Beautiful work as always, CH. Those girls should love the pillowcases.
I told Husby you're countjng stitches, D, and he said, "why is she doing that to herself?" LOL. Sounds like youre winding up to get going on something big. It will be fun to hear about your progress.
A project I don't want to do fell into my lap. I bought a set of 4 little cutters a few yrs ago. They came in a case that is made with a sheet of hard plastic. Attachment 49985
It's supposed to fold in half lengthwise and zip shut. The plastic sheet is so hard and inflexible, that's impossible. I tried it once and the zipper broke immediately. It annoys me it doesn't work, so I'm going to take it apart and remake it so it actually works like it should. That's my hope anyway. I don't expect it to be very easy.
12-21-2019, 09:06 PM
lovely gifts ch! reminds me I was suppose to make pillowcases to go with dd duvet. thanks about the hat.. the colours I didn't pick it was the bernat yarn. though I don't know why none the yarn people make one in that colour. the latest ones from lion brands are all mixed 2 colours and then multicoloured. don't like them which is fine because I don't need more!
my craft stuff is all over the house because no room. not that any of our rooms are that big. but working on it. after new years project! have the tables set up downstairs but not until xmas season is over. dh put a new light over the table too so lots of light.
12-21-2019, 09:08 PM
Because I’m crazy? Since I decided to start with the smaller ones and work up, I wanted to know real sizes. The patterns give stitch counts and it’s simple to just multiply them. That’s easier than the apples and oranges of squarish vs long and narrow. I certainly won’t stick to it strictly. As for calculating fabric size for 18 and 25, these will all be done on one or the other and it will be nice to have that already figured out when I need to find stash fabric that will fit.
12-21-2019, 09:24 PM
I knit a baby hat today while at dad's. Started a hand warmer. I need to pace myself because I think that is why my wrist hurt last weekend. Finished the book, I have the next one in the series on hand also.
Brought more silver-plate home to polish - a nice Sheridan ice bucket and 3-stem candelabras. Going to take a lot of polishing. Some pieces have graphic maker's marks (instead of a stamped manufacturer name) that will take some research.
12-22-2019, 09:46 AM
A few days of rest and recovery. Maybe do some easy projects.
I did some God's eye craft with toothpicks and embroidery thread. One basic and one advanced. Pretty fragile but fun to make.
Some of you may remember making these out of yarn and popsicle sticks as a kid.
I remember talking with someone about them once. She was asking why are they called God's eyes? They do not look anything like an eye. I am not really sure.
The simple one was especially relaxing to make.
I have read that in times of stress going back to things you liked as a child helps.
12-22-2019, 11:21 AM
Kathy - those are cute. The bottom one looks like it has a rose in the center. They were after my time, I think. At least I never saw or heard of them as a child. However to be fair, I always had my nose in a book and probably wouldn’t have noticed if they were making them on the other side of the room.
I started the jungle Buddha on 18 ct Aida. It’s going to be ok, I think, but is sort of hard to stitch. I have to use three strands, and getting the eye of needle with the folded over three strands through the hole takes a bit of a tug. It would be hard on my hands to do it for long stretches. I don’t know if this would always be the case. Fabrics vary and this seems to be a pretty tightly woven piece.
I’m still going to try blocking out my stitching year by quarters, so it’s nit quite so free wheeling. For the remainder of the winter quarter, Dec-Feb, I’ll rotate among the beaded Christmas kits, the half stitch Buddha, a regular pattern - the spring sampler, and a WIP, the north wind rhyme. I can’t just abandon the WIPs. Or I could, but shouldn’t. I need to pull out north wind and get the thread out again for it. Then all four will be ready to roll in the rotation. With the beaded kits and half cross projects, I will have plenty of variety to keep it interesting.
12-22-2019, 11:41 AM
Martha, what really got the ball rolling for me when I started to purge and organize my sewing room and pulled out ALL my bead stuff. I was shocked what I had! I thought almost all of it was in this little cabinet, without the boxes: Attachment 49991
Hahahahahahaha! Such optimism, thinking all that stuff would fit in there! I sorted it all, purged a bunch, and then bought a tall narrow entertainment center for $10. All my bead stuff fits into the top part, with leather, fur, and macrame stuff in the 3 bottom drawers. Getting all that bead stuff out of the sewing room made such a difference. It got me off to a good start and helped create space to organize the sewing stuff. I bet rounding up your yarn so you can get it in one spot and see what you have will do the same for you.
I highly recomend repurposed entertainment centers for craft storage, if you can get them cheap and find the right ones for your spaces. We were picking them up for $10 each. They're big, but they hold a lot. The stuff has to be somewhere, and they look nice.
12-22-2019, 12:17 PM
Makes sense, D, about organizing your fabric. Can't wait to see the Buddha .
Looks like fun projects, Kathy. I never did any gods eyes projects, but I did have a pair of copper earrings in that design, which I bought in Yellowstone in 1973. That design was popular then, especially for macramé. Hope you're feeling better soon.
I got the case taken apart and cut in half, ready to rebuild. Hope my machine can handle it.
Still have to paint the shelf extension. That won't take long. It'll need a couple coats ar least, but it should be ready by Christmas.
I finally had the idea to check certain cat litter pails and found out they would hold shield pieces perfectly. Since we have approximately 24,591,748,521 of those, I shouldn't have to worry about how to haul shield parts around ever again. I'm still going to look for another duffel but if I need anything beyond that, I can always use pails.
12-22-2019, 02:29 PM
neat spirit... I have things organized lol just that no room for me. until a kid moves out which won't be for years. I know where everything is.. and somethings no one needs to know how much lol like yarn. my sewing stuff is in the storage seating bench downstairs and a cupboard..a chest of drawers holds beading stuff. have two wooden sets of drawers from a closet w stuff in it in a storage area..my stamps etc. couple bins of scrapbooking stuff to go though and get rid of lots of it is the last one to declutter. we have barely any closets in our house. my caron cakes are in an armoire in the bedroom (10x12) and i have baskets of other yarn on top. 2 under the bed containers of mandala and a bookcase I moved from bedroom to dining room of mandala..foot by 6 ft. there is some other stuff too lol. kids craft stuff is in the old tv entertainment unit and bins on top. and then there is stuff downstairs wall unit holds tv books, dvds games etc. lego etc. bookcases.. dd is like her dad takes over space..she has a desk in her bedroom but takes over the desk in playroom and the couch there too. it is an ongoing process. we have to update wiring and put drywall etc up to finish off the basement. plus my cabinet of decor that is not xmas or halloween lol
but we have things like painting and paint supplies in the house not the garage because that is so messy from dh. his office over flows... like he has a box of drawer slides etc he bought months ago still sitting by his spot in the living room...he just spreads like his dd. he had a 3 bedroom w rec room and storage and workroom full when I moved in. I say he could fill buckingham palace. why get rid or declutter if there is space.
just more never had a locked room ..you know if you wanted to leave something out that the kids wouldn't get into so you could think about it like a beading project or the cats not get into it. you know little kids always want your stuff and then you get them their own. so working on it. why I crochet lol portable and can keep piles beside me. another yarn stash lol and then we have the fact things on floor get peed one by miss piss pants. liked sewed..kids got into it now non working machine that I still have to deal with after xmas. all new years projects!
12-22-2019, 05:27 PM
I attacked the work table while ago. It felt like a lot of shuffling between piles, but I actually did make at least some progress. I won’t get anything more done on it today. I’ve got to get a shower and make myself fit for socializing in a few minutes. Round one of Christmas is tonight with our gift exchange. Some of the neighbors’ relatives will be here at Christmas so they will do family gifts on Christmas morning at their house. The rest have to work tomorrow, some of them early, so it won’t be a late night. I’ll stitch some when I get home.
12-22-2019, 05:47 PM
Sounds like you're fairly organized, Martha. We still have areas that need attention here, one room that's never been purged, some places that need redoing, like my office. Clutter gets out of control so easily.
Sounds like a nice evening, D. Merry early Christmas!
I spent most of the day reading my book, Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz. It was interesting and hard to put down. I still think Koontz is a brilliant storyteller. Now I have to find another book to read.
I can't remember ever doing one as a child, but we didn't live anywhere where I might have seen one.
Went shopping this morning and it was much busier than I expected, being game day, but then I found out the game isn't until 7pm, so yeah, lot of people everywhere. And last minute christmas shopping. Was tiring and I haven't really done anything today. Just starting supper now.
I did get the sewing room cleaned up a bit yesterday. You know how things accumulate. Put away some costume skirts, and had to rearrange a few things, and re-hang some stuff. Then today I found more scarves and a dress that needs put away.
Can't believe the weekend is gone already.
12-22-2019, 06:14 PM
Finished 1 hand warmer. Identified marks on candelabra. Doesn't appear valuable (maker 1920-1945.) I am not a candelabra person. Individual candlesticks - yes. Maybe will try & see if it grows on me? The ice bucket polished nicely, and 1 heavy Gorham candlestick I will try on replacements.com if they are buying. Polished 1 short candy dish - so thin it was like polishing a disposable aluminum pie pan. Creases and dents already so not valuable at all. Stuck a short pillar candle in it and tied ribbon around and put it in another room. That is 3rd one around the house w/ candles now.
12-23-2019, 08:22 AM
Didn't get the painting started on the shelf extension yesterday, but did gather up the stuff, so will get the first coat done right away today.
I realized I was overthinking the dust cover for the tool bag, so decided to just make a square big enough to lay over the top. Then I thought about the mismade quilt squares I did last week. I will have to mismake a few more blocks, but I don't mind. That will make a nice dust cover. That false start has been bugging me because I couldn't think what to make with it so it wasn't a waste and wouldn't just be laying around useless. I hope to get that done today, too, but will have to see what distractions develop.
12-23-2019, 10:06 AM
Did get all the packages I was expecting. The problem is that some of the DVD's won't play on my computer. On one hand, they're from the UK, which means they're Region 2 while I"m in the US (Region 1). On the other, I've had no problem playing other DVD's from the UK/Region 2 on the same computer in the past. Sigh. They were a couple of seasons of Time Team, a UK show on archaeological digs. The premise is the Time Team (a group of archaeologists and historians) go to/are called into a known or potential historical site and have three (3) days to dig it. In some cases, it's a site where there's rumors or stories of something historical located there. In other cases, the historical site is known but they're looking into sections that haven't been excavated or looked into. Not sure how the show started but at some point they started filming the actual dig while they're there so the audience gets to see archaeologists while they're working.
Anyway, finished the first wool lapgan. I ended up having half a skein left over, which I'll use for scarves later. It was getting pretty long with what I had. I started the second wool lapgan and am about halfway through the first skein.