Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
Yet when I looked for size 13, there were none! Luckily I have a few needle sets in my possession....
Kind of like collecting stray cats! And how many yarn bowls do you have?
This is an oddball /made up project.... using Pima cotton. I envision it on my 9 year old as a tunic. Someday I’ll get it on the model. The arm holes are super sized so it may be a little crazy.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
The back story... or How years pass!
Once, a long, long time ago, someone got up out of bed in the morning, and said, "My, what a huge waste of fabric I have, in plastic bins, tucked away in a closet." Yes, many of us have said this, and at least I'm proud to say mine is ALL in ONE closet. Or, should I say that years ago my sauna became a closet? Shame on me...
And, yes, that someone was me. And I decided I could whip up a quilt top without shopping and OH! How rewarding that would be to diminish my fabric stash. Do NOT be fooled, my foolish fabric friends... Today (August 25, 2018) I see NO difference in my stash.
EIGHT years ago I pulled fabric out, intending to make quick work of it. Here are the stories that lead up to today:
Then FOUR years later:
Then Another Two years pass:
I'm appalled that the bias binding has been hanging out for another 2 years... and that had nothing to do with finishing at this date. I was totally unaware of the timeline when I sat at the sewing machine yesterday and thought, I should really do something with that bias binding.
In the end, at some point, I took the whole thing with a backing, to my local fabric store and put real money with it so they would quilt it to make a coverlet. And so I was pleased to see it when I pulled it out again. Not so pleased when I realized that the brown bias binding that looked so promising reached exactly half way around it... BUT, I soldiered on! I found a section of a sheet (which I say proves I'm a hoarder) and I ripped, cut and sewed and cut more bias binding. I intended to continue my "scrap" theme by piecing it together with the brown binding, but discovered that my new binding would be enough!
It's a CRAZY quilt. I started out symmetrical in the center, but lost my way and finished each side differently. And my well-meaning idea to make it a duvet cover? A year or so ago, I made a plain cover, so no need. That would be just SILLY!
Interesting difference in colors, inside/outside. Not bad for 8 years of work!
Friday, August 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018
Size isn't everything! I LOVE this needle... The funky color, the flex,... It delights me to find a project to use this, and then, BOOM, it broke. Inconvenient at the time, but mostly I feel I have to discard an old friend.
Knitter's Pride Marblz Fixed Circular. Yes, most places will replace broken needles. But I won't bother unless I think of it when I'm in Rochester again. Hello, Village Yarn & Fiber Shop.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
I wanted to say I have an alter-ego, which can be sinister, but really it means I live two lives.
I have a home, a great man, and activities which can be defined as hobbies and work. Then I have this other life which happens 4,000 miles away from home, where I am a live-in grandma, cook and errand runner. My hobbies follow me to my second life, and I feel loved in both lives.
Rather than driving everywhere, I use public transportation.
Rather than having meals discussed and prepared for me, I fill the refrigerator with my desires for my family. This is how the refrigerator looks when I arrive... I fill it.
Rather than sitting in my backyard, I get invited to picnics in the park and discover geocaches on my own.
Rather than listening to the occasional dog barking, and the sound of hammering on the roof of a new house, I listen to children playing, and music blaring from next door.
I get to celebrate with a nation of people who are strictly traditional, wear red, white and blue, and hope it never ends!
Rather than depend on sunshine and hanging clothes out to dry, I cross my fingers and hope that I'll be able to go outside without rain gear and boots.
Rather than fretting about my monstrous stash of yarn, I get to reward myself with new yarn and ideas.
Which can get a little out of hand... Here's the makings of 3 pairs of socks and a sweater. What you don't see is the yarn for another 2 sweaters, one which quickly was started and finished so I didn't have to embarrass myself (my own guilty conscience) when packing for home.