Fortunately for me, the friends I make the afgans for are either crafters themselves or know/are around crafters. So they understand the amount of work that goes into making afgans. Plus, a good number of them are LARPers so the acrylic afgans are more sensible as they're likely to get make-up and/or dirt on the afgans. If I make it for someone I'm not sure of, I will use the Simply Soft (or similar) yarn so it's both soft and machine washable.
A friend I saw at the sheep and fiber festival last month introduced me to the term "craft worthy". Meaning - are the recipients worthy of the work (and in this case the wool yarn I was using)? I love the term as not everyone appreciates handmade stuff anymore. My friend has/knows some people who can't understand why someone would make something when they can pick something 'similar' from a store.
As for buying yarn, I"m lucky to have two craft stores within five miles of my house so it's pretty easy for me to stop by either one and pick up yarn. There are technically three but the Hobby Lobby is a pain to get to and that's saying something with the crappy parking lot layout of the strip malls where the other stores are. There's another (AC Moore) but that's a bit farther. We used to have a yarn boutique with non-brand yarns in town but that recently went out of business. I think there's another craft store/boutique ~30 minutes away but I haven't gone there in a while. I don't know if it's still there.
There's also the annual sheep/yarn festival I go to so I have the chance to indulge my small batch, hand-dyed yarn fancies. I generally go online for yarns I either saw or purchased from the festival vendors.
Other than that, I don't generally go online for yarn, although I do try and pick up yarn when there's a sale at the stores.
10-04-2019, 05:00 PM
I like "re-making" because a great deal of the work is already done. For example I have made 2 camisoles from half-slips. Use the nice lace around the bottom edge. With a tank top pattern, cut the arm and neck openings, sew the shoulder seams and turn under on the neck and armhole edges. Very little time and effort, turn something I have too many of into something different I have a use for.
10-04-2019, 05:08 PM
DC, that's a lot of green thread. I can see why you would want organizers for it.
Renmerc, it is definitely afghan weather. I had to get a quilt out of storage last night, too.
Kathy, I think there's a big difference between needing to be frugal and choosing to be frugal. It's trendy right now to choose frugality (recycling, reusing, remaking, etc). Those who get to choose their lifestyle will always look down on those who can't.
I went by JA to have a look at halloween stuff and overheard some women talking about a quilt show. Looked it up, it was just a few miles down the road. How did I miss hearing about it? So I spent about an hour there, it was not a large show, but there were some impressive quilts. I didn't buy anything, but took some large scraps from a bin labeled "Free -- take some".
JA didn't have a whole lot, either. I got two remnants for scarves, one "hand dyed" purple and one brown cut velvet that is perfect for fall. Just half yard remnants, easy to throw on.
Sorry I haven't been around. Haven't done any crafting either. Latest report from the doctor says I have anemia, which at least explains why I am tired all the time. I've been spending a lot of time sleeping, or wishing I was asleep.
10-04-2019, 08:47 PM
CH - that’s a bummer. I hope the underlying cause is minor and that you can rejoin the land of the wakeful soon.
I’ve had a lot of kitchen work yesterday and today, but I got the roasts and chicken cooked. I have six containers of roast for quick soups and eight containers of chicken for whatever in the freezer, and have a pot of vegetable beef soup cooling. The only thing left from that is get all the broth from it decreased and in freezer containers. I can do that later tonight or in the morning. All the pots are going to wait for tomorrow. But as soon as that is done I am off duty for a couple of days. Playtime.
I’ve been second guessing the trees. There was a block of black that looked ok last night but in daylight its less than perfect coverage was glaringly obvious. Sometimes that shows less on the evenweave lugana and I stitched a bit on that. It was some better but not enough to change. I would have buy yet another big piece of fabric that I don’t want to do, and it would be harder to stitch. I put what I’ve done halfway across the room for a look and think that once it is framed and on the wall it will be ok. It will have to be. I’ll never be looking at it from as close as when stitching it.
10-05-2019, 09:33 AM
CH, I hope you get good treatment for your anemia and feel better soon.
I concider myself to be voluntarily frugal. I don't think of myself as better than those who are frugal and low income. I have mentioned it on the site a few times. Not to be elitist, but to be honest about who I am.
I spent a big chunk of my life poor so I don't look down on anyone for it. And I started doing frugal thing because we did not have much money. Sometimes I think like someone who has far less money than we do. I suppose most of the time that is not a bad thing.
Some of the trendy people have a very different mindset than me. They upcycle thrift store things but buy groceries at higher priced stores like whole foods. They buy fair trade organic cotton t shirts for $80. I think I identify more with frugal people who make far less than me.
10-05-2019, 10:42 AM
Unfortunately the anemia is a side effect of the chemo. That's what it does, it kills the white blood cells (and red ones, too) in an effort to limit immune response to my disease. The trick now is going to be balancing the chemo so I don't have any disease progression, and don't fall victim to something that could kill me, like pneumonia or cancer. If my immune system were to return to normal, my disease would come back. Whee.
I hope SD is having a god time camping. It's been a very cool and rainy week here in the midwest, with more rolling out today.
10-05-2019, 11:11 AM
I turned suddenly cool overnight (49 degrees). I have not pulled out the warmer clothing yet, maybe next weekend. I finished a very small Halloween cross-stitch piece to sew onto a tote bag to cover the store logo. There's also a logo on the other side so I'll see if sewing a fake flower over will cover it. I have more yarn to use for finger-less gloves. They will have to be striped or color blocked since these are small balls.
10-05-2019, 11:21 AM
Wow, CH - talk about a catch 22. Here’s hoping they find a balance soon that will both protect you and not completely sap your energy. I remember that totally drained feeling from chemo. I don’t know how you get so much done. I couldn’t do anything except hold down a chair.
I have a mostly-fix going forward on the trees. If I do the darkest colors with a looser tension on the stitches I can increase the coverage. It is slower going though, fighting against years of muscle memory. I have to do it consciously. As for the area done, I have a sort of fix. If I add a single strand to just the top stitch of the cross, it fills it out enough to help. That will be a lot easier than cutting it all out and redoing it.
My kitchen is a disaster zone. I think it looks worse than it really is though because most of the stuff to be washed is big. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
10-05-2019, 11:27 AM
It’s cooler here too. Only 91 forecast for today and tomorrow. After that, it looks like it’s dropping to the 70s for a couple of days and then settling into the 80s for a while. Sure beats 95 day after day.
10-06-2019, 05:50 PM
This is going to be mostly a miscellaneous week. I got back the last of the bits and bobs I sent over for Little Girlís state fair projects. I have all kinds of other stuff out that I have used or was considering using. Itís going to take forever to sort it, and will involve pulling out all the containers of beads and embellishments and a lot of the thread to get it stowed again.
I just finished pressing in a narrow turned hem on three sides of the fabric for the bookcase. I need to do that then measure for the length. Iím just going to use a quick running stitch to secure the hemmed edges. It needs fast rather than fancy.
I finally finished laying out cross stitches for the bulletin board and got those pinned, a job that been on my list for a couple of months. I think the last time I had any displayed was early last spring.
I did a few test stitches with the Sulky thread on 18 count and really like it. Ive ordered more colors and fabric for a couple of patterns Iíve wanted to do smaller - a modern mermaid and a Christmas pattern done in one color. I got a darkish blue for the mermaid and a piece of opalescent white for the Christmas pattern. As Iíve said I have very little 18 count, no blue except a very light one, and my sparkly white piece is a couple of inches too narrow. I donít mind having a little more of that. It has limited uses but Iíll do Christmas cards with it. Eventually.
I just have in general a lot of sorting and putting away to do. I need more groceries - must remember Halloween goodies - and a dental appointment. More cooking. It will be a week of mostly craft adjacent chores, but Iíll work on the trees some at night.
10-06-2019, 07:21 PM
Finally! Wifi! Greetings from Hannibal, MO! The rally has been interesting, especially the open houses yesterday and today. More mod ideas to steal, my favorite being the expanded metal shelf that attaches to the frame of a camper's steps, under the camper. It's perfect for wet or muddy shoes and the steps can still fold up like usual. No chance of accidentally leaving shoes there because then the steps wouldn't fold. But otherwise the shoes are out of the way and out of the weather under the camper. I can't wait to do this mod, but it will probably be next spring.
Doggies are far exceeding expectations for good behavior. We should be able to travel as much as we want with them.
More later. I guess I'm missing a campfire.
10-06-2019, 07:42 PM
Hope your campfire doesn't get rained out.
I think I'm ready to return to quilting this week. No appointments to work around and the weather is expected to be sunny for a few days.
10-06-2019, 07:52 PM
Glad you are having a good time SD.....forgot you were going and was wondering why you haven't been posting.....senior moment....hope the weather is cooperating....
10-06-2019, 07:58 PM
False alarm. Husby's over with a group of people watching the Packers game on a 7" TV. He shoulda bought some Leinie's while we were in WI, but alas. No cannoli, either. We're getting rain showers off and on, so I don't know about a campfire. Fortunately, everything is packed for tomorrow morning's departure except a water hose and the power cord, so we won't have much wet stuff to deal with.
It was mid-90s and humid almost our whole stay in IL, just miserable. Good thing the AC worked. It's seasonably cool now, around 60.
Looking forward to getting home later this week, so I'm not burning data like crazy trying to keep up with all the historic news events. Of all the times to take a vacation. What were we thinking?
10-06-2019, 08:29 PM
SD - great to hear from you. Good news on the doggie front. I’m glad to hear you’re having such a great time, but I’ll be glad when you’re home. Miss you.