Non sewing – we got the new bank account set up, I am just amazed at the fees that banks think to charge. I think we were spoiled by TFCU, and I wonder about checking out some others.  Getting the account was somewhat complicated because I forgot my wallet (with my license) at home so mike drove back home, and then back to the bank. We mailed off the paperwork for my SCA name and device submission, and the little fishy thank you card. Both ended up being much less postage then I expected and I waited in a silly long line at the post office. Mike and I also went for a walk. I convinced him to make it a bit short (just over 2 miles) because he keeps trying to do one of my walks and then being crippled afterwards. I hope we can go on a short walk tomorrow as the weather is supposed to be glorious again. I also made a chicken salad (spinach and such with su vied chicken) that had a dressing  mike actually liked!!

Crafty wise, I made another sample free motion quilting square (bubbles sample 3) , and worked on hemming the two hemds I have in the process. I should finish the hemming by end of tomorrow ?  The dells also did not get dropped off for hemming because they are still in the process of being made. Very unproductive day, not feeling inspired- so hemming was a good chore. Oh, and mike Reyes to fix the sewing machine, no luck with that. I think, instead of bring it to the place in KC, I am going to try appletree’s service.



Weight at wake up: 203.4
Daily listen/read: listen -Elizabeth Hunter The Scarlet Deep, read – Elizabeth Hunter Waterlocked


Did not do that much today, but around 3 pm I figured out that I had not had any caffeine yet today, so finally had my morning pills and a SMALL glass of Sunkist.

I did another sample of free motion (Bubbles sample #2) and it looks nicer. But my machine is still having a problem with the needle falling out at high vibration (and I am still worried about that screw that fell out). I got the name of a good place in KC so maybe on Monday I will drive my machine over. The one problem is that supposedly it will take a week to get the machine back. This is the problem with not having a back up machine anymore. But I guess I can work on different projects then the baby quilts, though I think I will still iron on the fishes and the bubbles.

I have also decided (I think) that I want to do two layers of batting in each quilt. One layer part of the original sewing (sewing the iron on patches onto the fabric) then another layer of batting and the backing fabric for the true quilting stitching. But that means I have to decide on a sashing before I do the true quilting. I think I shall ask the mother of one of the recipients if she likes the simple or the sashing version better. – naw, that seems like I am bothering her so I bothered mom instead. She says to plan a border, it looks more finished!

ok, so I had an aha moment about the quilts.
->I don’t like the aqua fabric that came with the kit I got from the Riverhead store. I also did not like either the orange fabric I had for the binding edge or the boarder – in the quilt they had displayed the boarder was a cool batik that looked seaweedy, and in the included fabric it was a batik, but a obvious flower pattern. Ah, well, live and learn.
-> so, I am going back to appletree and buying more of the blue fabric I bought (1 1/2 yard) for the third quilt
->AND appletree had a blue fabric that was Identical to the light blue but was a much darker more intense blue, and I am going to use that for the border (maybe a 5 inch wide border – one yard for each quilt so I need 3 yards of that?) and to keep an eye out for a neat Orange for the binding (there were a couple I bought for the fishes that I really liked)
Also, it occurs to me I should mention, somewhere, where I got the pattern for this quilt. It is from the book Modern Baby, whose author is listed on Amazon as That Patchwork Place, and the quilt is Bubbles designed by Dana Bolyard https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Baby-Fresh-Quilt-Designs/dp/1604682787/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1487384206&sr=8-4&keywords=Modern+baby

Oh, and I made a fabric “postcard” modeled after this Bubbles quilt following this tutorial ( http://land.missouriquiltco.com/fabric-postcard/?utm_campaign=qt_tms32&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=facebook&utm_term=mansewing). The satin stitch around the edges looks messy, I have never mastered that on a sewing machine, and I gave up on it being a postcard, I’ll mail it in an envelope. If my device (which I need to actually MAIL) passes, I might make a couple with my device on the front and use those for thank you notes over the next bit. I think that would be cool. And maybe just have a few more of the fishy type ones made up also. They are very easy. Very very easy, if I find a better way to do the edges.

Andso, it is getting late in the day, my wrist does not hurt much, the table is mostly cleaned off, the living room floor is also mostly cleaned off, and I am going to knit on the gray shawl. I think I will feed in a lifeline so I can block it out and see how big it will be at this point tomorrow. I got that lifeline in, right after the 13th row of eyelets.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll get the shopping done, and Silé will drop off the dells to be hemmed, and I will put on the cotehardie (which I sewed the sleeves onto yesterday(or the day before?) and we will see how that works and ….

Oh, and I am including pictures of a little orange bag I made a while ago – I really like the circle designs, but I don’t quite remember how I did them….






So, I think it has been years since I posted here. I am going to try to change that – mom was saying I should have a blog (why everyone thinks every one else should have one, I’m not sure but here goes another attempt.

Last evening/this morning my right wrist just like a mother, so tried not to do too much that would hurt.  Started the day off knitting on the shawl. Gray and grey – I love it, but I have also been loving the pale pink that I used as a lifeline.  I looked up the type of yarn (madelinetosh tosh light merirno) and discovered they had a light pink colorway (called scout?).  I’ll see if I still want it when I get to the striped part.  I think I have something like 15 sections done, and I don’t think it is big enough yet (and the pattern only called for 10).  I am thinking about maybe putting another lifeline in, and blocking again to see what the size will be blocked out.  Maybe tomorrow.

Then I switched over to the Bubbles quilt project.  I am doing three of them.  One using the background I bought last summer in the kit from the Riverhead store, and the other two using the background from Appletree quilting store here a week or two ago.  I mixed the new fabrics for the string pieces fishes, and the bubbbles.  I also decided on the appliqué method used by Shiny Happy World quilts as I had the hardest time getting the circles to not have little points in them.  I don’t think anyone would notice but me, and maybe with more practice I’ll get it to be satisfactory to me, but we will see.  Anyway, I got all the fishes and the bubbles cut out, and I finished the sample I started yesterday with the free motion stuff.  It was a bit hard to get the stitches/tempo/look right at the beginning, but I think I was getting back on the bike by the end of the sample.  I’ll try to do one square a day for ambit to get better.  I also choose a pebbles pattern because I thought it loooked a bit like bubbles, but I think I will have to practice some to get it to look like bubbles!

today’s listen: Elizabeth Hunter  Sand and Blood

Just another status

so, I finished the second (called d3) shirt yesterday evening, and out it in the wash, though I forgot the washing mark in the bottom front corner, so will add that and rewash.  I also want to type up some notes about them, and maybe possible plans for the next set of shirts (made out of the next heavier linen from grayline?) for Danial before I mail, so I might not mail the shirts out until fridayish.

I finished both swatches of the green lace+beads, and emailed the pictures to Betsy.  I might end up mailing the swatches since I have found out the shawl does not need to be made for two years! But I might not.  So, the first swatch was done one size 4mm needles and used the lighter color beads that were the closest to bronze I could find a michael’s,  the second swatch was done with 5mm needles and both of the beads from fire mountain.  I liked the darker (fire mountain) beads and the bigger sized needles swatch, and according to Betsy, so does she! (Good taste!) between the darker beads, one can see a color difference when they are sitting in the case of beads but once on the yarn, they look virtuously identical.  Mike says the only difference he can see is one seems a little rounder then the other.  I think I will go with the little rounder ones.   Also, I have never put beads on my knits before.  The method called for in this patter makes it SUPER EASY. I am using the directions in the pattern, so I can’t post those, but I am going to try to find something similar to post here, just in case anyone actually reads this post and wants a super easy beading while knitting tutorial.

Have not done ANYTHING to either the quilt or the fishes, but on Monday I went up to Waterbury and worked a bit with Kit on the base for a pair of trunk hosen for myself.  Will have to do something about that now, preferably before we meet up again.

Plans for today are to get the stuff to make carnitas with tomatillo sauce and fresh tortillas, and then make that (maybe, gotta read the recipe to see how slow cooker the carnitas are) so I probably won’t get too much crafty done, but I want to spend the rest of the week focusing on Thomas’s Christmas blanket, maybe I can get either done with it, or done with the yarn I have for it and need to order more.

p.s. On the really cool note, I finished the length on the gray February lady sweater on Thierry back from Connecticut on Monday evening, then bound off Tuesday morning, and started on the arms.  The arms gain length very quickly!  I think I will do 5 rounds of the lace on one side, then do 5 on the other until I either run out of yarn or they get to a length I like.

Oh, and I also think I am going to go back to fire mountain and get some numeral beads and make some of the counter things for my knits I have been saying I want for years! Maybe I’ll do that right now!

No pictures, fingerloop braiding, and other updates.

No pictures today, just words.  I got the paper doll quilt blocks finished sewing on the cloths, the all cut out and stacked (did that about 8 days ago really) but have not sewn them together.  I am a bit intimidated by chosing which block goes where.

I finished the 32 fishes for mom before I left Chicago, but started some purple, lavender, and sage green ones.  Got 6 of them out of the three balls of yarn.  Then I bought some dark blue, orange, and white cotton balls, these balls seem to be bigger then the other ones I bought before as I have six of the “bears” fishes done, and am not done with th balls.  That project has not been moved on for a week either.  Maybe today I will sit down and finish the crocheting.  None of the ounces that I have done since leaving Chicago have the eyes sewn in or the ends sewn in, I figured I would do that as one big job at the end of this project. On the plus side, I have not needed to look at the pattern for quit some time!

last Friday (8 days ago) I started a cardigan for myself out of a pattern that I had been wanting for years.  The February lady sweater using some gorgeous grey yarn I had handspun several months ago.  I am hoping the yarn does not run out before the sweater is done.

I also did a swatch of the tendrils pattern for Betsy with the green yak/silk yarn I bought at the WI sheep and wool festival, but did not finish the swatch as I decided the beads I bought at Michaels were a bit too light colored.  So I hoped onto fire mountain and orders some bronze colored beads and I will do the last round of knitting with the real beads.  Though I was thinking I might want a bigger needle, so maybe I should finish the sample with the Michaels beads, and do another sample with th bronze beads and size 8 needles.

I spent most most of the time this week working on another handsewen linen shirt for Daniel (d2) that I finished yeaterday, then started on the third one (d3), then got sidetracked.  I decided that f wanted to try finger loop braiding, looked at fingerloop.org, and was still a little confused, then watched this video, and got unconfused.  http://youtu.be/xKOKn7wazJA  So, I got the longish ties I need done for d2 done and one the shirt, and the two ties for d3 done.  I got lazy and decided the wrist ties did not need finger loop, but that decision is now bugging me, and I might go and make the extra four ties for the wrist cuffs and replace th twisted linen ties I put in last night.

And so, that is the summary I think.

P.s. Oh, and I keep having to stop myself when I go into Michaels for the random supplies.  My new dresses call for necklaces…simple one with matching beads I think, and so I find matching beads.  I think, how hard can it be to make a simple fricking necklace and pair of earrings.  Then I slap my hand and say, don’t you have enough crafts…..

Wi sheep and wool, and a class

took a class the wi sheep and wool festival, and had dinner with an old friend in Madison.

Here is the class description

Carol Rhoades – Instructor 3 HOURS

Cable patterns make wonderful surface textures in knitting. Cables stand out and look their best if the yarn is plump without being too airy or dense. In this 3-hour workshop, we will discuss various styles of cable patterning and learn how to produce yarns for those styles. You will learn how to choose the best fleece for cable knitting and how to prepare and spin fine semi-worsted yarn for small twisted stitch cables and Aran weight woolen yarn for chunky cables. Materials fee of $5 covers washed fleece, prepared wool fibers and handouts.

Students should bring: Spinning wheel in good working order, hand cards for wool, extra bobbin or index cards for winding yarn onto so you can make 2- and 3-ply yarns, notepaper and pen; optional: mini-combs and/or flick card.

Experience level recommended for this class: Advanced beginner spinner and beyond

CLASS SIZE Limited to 15 students

Friday, September 11, 2015

i somehow did not realize September 11th was so soon until last night.  Too busy to its my own life.

I forgot my pair of handcarders for the spinning class I am taking this afternoon.  Will probably end up buying a pair, am thinking about getting a pair with either very corse cloth or very fine cloth, so I don’t buy a replica of what I already have.

Craft wise, I have been working on the paper doll quilt and those darn fishes for mom.  Am running out of that large cone of white (which I thought would never happen) so some of the other colors that I found will have to be the predominant colors.  How odd.  I have about 24 done…i hope to have them all done before I leave!  Maybe today’s drive will let that happen!

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