The shelf pattern is finally starting to look interesting which is motivating. Until yesterday it was just a big patch of white snow and widely scattered dots of color but the dots are beginning to come together. With diligence I can finish the first page tomorrow. Or even tonight?
10-22-2019, 01:45 PM
Didn't get much work done on the wool afgan last night. I wasn't in the mood to work on it. And somehow, I did something to one of my fingers, which is now sore. I have no idea what I did to it. I'm having trouble bending one of the knuckles. Sigh.
I won't get anything done on it tonight, either. Going to my second sign language class. Although at this point, I kinda want to stay home and do nothing and go to bed early.
10-22-2019, 03:14 PM
I could never do white as the first color on a stitching project. I'm meticulous about washing my hands and wear an apron to work on stuff, and still white threads get dirty looking. It's frustrating.
I decided the PNW sounds more interesting than Utah for now. Husby is in agreement. Without researching much detail, I came up with a preliminary trip plan that includes 11 states, 9 national parks and a national monument, almost 5,000 miles, and 94 hrs of drive time not including any side trips. I wonder how much of this will get cut once I get into the nitty gritty of planning. None of it, I hope. It's kind of a bare bones itinerary as it is. I could dump Glacier and Rocky Mountain NPs and not be sad, if we have to. But I stumbled on Great Basin NP in Nevada which I had never heard of. It looks interesting, so I hope we can fit it in. Mainly this trip would be so I can finally see and smell an ocean.
10-22-2019, 09:08 PM
I don't have a lot of stitchery experience, but IIRC one of the keys to keeping threads nice looking is to use shorter lengths. That's part of what frustrates me, because I like to pull a good 18" -20" at a time, and it gets twisted and frayed looking before the end. With white I imagine you'd have to use 12" or shorter to keep it looking pristine.
Didn't get much done today, I was out at the hospital for routine tests and driving around avoiding closed highways that would have got me home quicker. Raided the craft stores for last minute halloween stuff. 70-75% off now. Doing a simple cat costume. Been digging around for the parts. Hairband and tail where I thought they should be. Had to hunt for the collar and... oh! ... found ~$200 in cash in a drawer. Must have been left over from a trip. Still looking for my black fingerless gloves.
Went by JA and looked at the remnants. It looks to have been cleaned out recently. I picked up two pieces of cotton, both are white, one has cute little deer and other woodland animals on it, the other has confetti dots in black, grey and brown. Both will be good mixers.
Hoping to get something done tomorrow. I have to set up my machine again after taking it to quilt bee. There were not many people there, tired after the show I guess. No one is rushing to get projects done now. Maybe next month before christmas. I only stayed a few hours. People were leaving and I thought if I took a lunch break I'd come back to an empty building. I didn't have anything ready to sew, so I did several star blocks for the guild. Found out they made 32 presentation quilts last year!
I need to see where I stand on the patches&pinwheels and plan what to do next. Also, I have about 6 weeks to finish 4-6 zipper pouches. Need to dig through stash and find some peach fabric for the cross & crown block. I did not see any at JA, but did not look very hard ether. I've got to have something that will do. It's supposed to be sunny again tomorrow so it should be a good day to work if I don't fall asleep after yoga. Then the weather is supposed to get colder and wetter the rest of the week.
I have not looked at the show photos yet. Will try to do that tomorrow when I take my tea break. :)
10-23-2019, 07:27 AM
I do prefer longer threads. Bead thread frays badly if it's too long.
Didn't get much done yesterday.
10-23-2019, 09:32 AM
Didn't get anything done on the wool afgan last night but I was able to get some done on my car WIP. Last night was my second sign language class. I just have to find a way to keep practicing. Yes, there are apps and books I could use but I also want someone to work with for the interaction.
I was having issues yesterday with one of my fingers but it seems to be going away. Today, it's not as sore as it was yesterday. And now the other knuckle is sore when I bend my finger. Weird.
10-23-2019, 12:14 PM
I really bogged down on the shelf yesterday. I kept getting lost in the pattern. There were also two or three stitches out of place and between having them so randomly scattered and so nearly identical in color it was really hard to figure out which were the wrong ones. I’ll carry on this way to finish this page, but when I start the next I’m going to try the parking method. You work a small block at a time and when you finish with a color in it, you put the thread at the beginning of the next stitch in the next block and mark that square in a different color on the chart. When you get to it you just pick up the thread and carry on.
I’m beginning to want to start the Quaker pattern with the Christmas carols. Something EASY. After yesterday’s experience, I’m guessing two more days to finish the shelf page, though I might be able to finish it today.
10-23-2019, 01:12 PM
The sun has come out, I was beginning to wonder if we'd see any today. It's also up to 65 already, sure sign rain is on the way.
Wrenched my left shoulder somehow yesterday. It started bothering me in the evening and didn't get better overnight. May not get much done today because I can barely move. Missed yoga because I can't hold the steering wheel to drive.
Here are pictures of stuff I bought at the show Friday. The scrap bin did not have as much awesome stuff as last year, but I found some usable pieces. The blue half yards will get used with the blue cat printed panel for a donation quilt.
The puzzles looked like fun. I almost missed out on them. I did not think they would be very popular and was going to come back and get them just before I left. And then i saw someone walking by with a bunch of them and figured I better go get them if I wanted them. The snowy scene looks like it will be a real challenge.
This next one was one of the guild's Mystery Quilts. Everyone who participates gets instructions each month on what to cut and sew. No one knows what the finished pattern is. So at first you might just make 4-patches. Then the next month Flying geese, etc. Finally you are given assembly instructions. There were quite a few finished quilts in the show.
Thanks for the photos. That Halloween quilt is wild. I can’t decide if I like it or not. I love the owls.
10-23-2019, 03:10 PM
Hope fingers and shoulders heal up soon. Sometimes I think it's just the weather.
Love all the pics. Gorgeous work. The Halloween quilt reminds me of the creepy mansion in the game I've been playing. Love the black and purple. The mystery quilt sounds fun. Good finds on the fabrics.
D, I hate when I mess up and can't figure it out. Good luck on it.
I've been working on the doggy bags. I hope to get those done yet today. That would be 3 less things on the work table. Besides, we need those bags in the vehicles. Coulda used them Monday when we made an unplanned grocery stop.
I love how all the Mystery Quilts came out in different ways.
10-23-2019, 04:55 PM
Thanks, SD. It was weird. My finger felt a bit sore on Monday. Then I couldn't bend it yesterday (Tuesday) without pain. Now, the pain's almost gone. Definitely weird. I'm just glad it no longer hurts.
I guess having an evening 'off' from crocheting might have helped. Although I will probably go to sleep early tonight. I've been tired recently. I don't know if it's because of the weather changes (warm to cold) or just work 'gunk' and the cold season coming around.
10-23-2019, 05:00 PM
Quilt pics are beautiful. Love the snowy cabin puzzle picture, dreamy. I remember I promised myself crafting time in Nov-Dec, looking forward to that. I still have not sewn the 2 different fabric trims on the white flat sheet (to mix with other/printed bottoms & pillowcases.) Finished new Barbara Kingsolver book "Unsheltered" and started new John Grisham last night.
Ren, I get transient pain like that sometimes, too. In my case I think it's just age.
Got sidetracked from the doggie bags, but did get them done except for pockets and sewing the bottoms. Finishing up tomorrow should go fast.
Our credit monitoring service earned their premiums today. Some jerk tried to open a CC at Saks 5th Avenue using my SSN, and they were all over that. They got the CC fraud dept involved and they shut it down immediately. It doesn't look like the card was ever issued so no charges were made, so that's something. They contacted the credit reporting services to tell them to remove the fraudulent application so our credit will be repaired. All I had to do was prove I'm me and they took care of the rest. Easy. We would have never known about this without the credit watch service. You never know if insurance is any good till you need it, but now we're a little more optimistic we're not just throwing our money away.
10-23-2019, 07:46 PM
Ren, glad your finger feels better. I get arthritis pain like that all the time. Sometimes it is just strain.
SD, glad that fraudulent activity got shut down quick. It happens to us once in a while. I have almost memorised our CC#, we have had it so long it's about time for a new one.
I spent some time researching our Florida trip. We will be right near Universal Studios theme park. Hotel is not as nice as last time (corporate made the reservation, not me) and in fact the reviews have a higher than average number of low ratings. It's in a very commercial area with a lot of discount shops and fast food places. No Michelin star restaurants this trip, lol! We will adapt. The hotel restaurant has poor ratings and high prices so I may take instant breakfast stuff we can make in our room (micro + coffee pot). DH will get all kinds of free food at his conference anyway, so I mostly have to plan for myself during the day.
Considering these two peach fabrics for my cross in star block. These were near the top of the pile and easy to dig out today.
I wasn't able to adjust the color correctly. The bottom one is the darker of the two, and it has a brownish color to it, not greenish. The top one is that peach you've seen before, it is more washed out than it looks in the photo, but does have little green leaves on it.
10-23-2019, 07:55 PM
I love the top quilt in the second photo post. You can make that one for me - lol.
10-24-2019, 12:47 AM
lovely photos of quilts! like the halloween one. hope you are feeling better! yes pain when you get older.. had weird hip pain yesterday. pain from crocheting etc but seems to depend on weather etc too. who knows why we have advil and other things! haven't crafted much but got stuff packed to ship up north this week. bought cat to vets for stitches..thought fabricland and get bread since right there but the power went out in complex so took him home and bought him back this morning. got half price crochet hooks and couple pair knitting needles to send with them.
did my first scrunchie now that I found the elastics I bought for them. did get a thank you for the hats, neckers etc I sent as a thank you so that was nice.
10-24-2019, 10:05 AM
Great quilt photos!
Yeah, the finger pain's almost gone today. Weird. Hope everyone else is feeling better as well.
Got some work done on the wool afgan. I'm about halfway through the final skein. Hopefully, I'll have it done before Halloween. This way, I can get this to my friend (and her MIL) before it really gets cold.
10-24-2019, 11:01 AM
Shoulder is still tender today but I can do most normal movements without sharp pain. Will try some sewing later. It's cool and grey today, light is not great, but will have to do.
I'll post some more show pics too.
10-24-2019, 11:56 AM
I’m trying to remember why I thought this cross stitch would be fun. I worked on it for hours yesterday and have precious little to show for it. I have a couple of small areas coming up where some color is concentrated. The stitches are still rather scattered but there are at least a reasonable number of them in the same color so that should speed it up a little. The last tentative goal I set was half a shelf a year, so eight years. Now there are officially no goals at all. I’ll do a page when I feel like it and if it goes nowhere for a while, even a long while, that’s ok. I have too many other patterns I want to do to stress over this one.
Last night I cleaned numbers off bobbins that I have emptied, but won’t have enough to finish kitting up this pattern and the Quaker Christmas. I guess I’ll have to order some more. The last time I ordered the bulk ones from Amazon though they were terrible. The plastic molding wasn’t clean and the slits were too wide to hold the thread. I’m using them but they’re a nuisance. Not sure what I’ll do to keep the cost down. But that’s on today’s agenda.
10-24-2019, 12:29 PM
The snowy puzzle does look challenging. At least it has some yellows and greens and a little bit of brown. There was a puzzle on sale I considered getting yesterday. It was a pretty picture - but it was snow covered houses in snow covered mountains. Almost the entire puzzle was white or off white.
I went to the dentist yesterday. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Well my teeth need a lot of work, so that part is bad. When I went to the dentist as a child, it hurt quite a bit despite them giving me stuff that was supposed to numb the pain. So I was pretty scared coming in. But it was so much better this time. I feel much less stress over future appointments.
I get mystery aches and pains too. I also get muscle stiffness. Maybe stress. Maybe hormones. Maybe my chakras are blocked. As a child I was diagnosed with "there is nothing physically wrong with you, it is all in your head." There is a strong possibility it is some kind of issue not currently recognized by medical science. I have seen things in the alternative medicine area that seem like possibilities, such as sensory overload and other sensory processing issues.
I have tried lots of different things. Some of them help. But nothing has helped 100% of the time. And often I find things simply reduce pain and stiffness, not get rid of them altogether. This makes it difficult for me to stay motivated to keep doing things that [sometimes] help. So far the best results for me have been yoga and hula dance. Hula dance is good for hips and lower back. The hula dance was from a video.
10-24-2019, 12:52 PM
DC, it's ok to put projects down for a little while if they no longer inspire you. Most creative people I know have trouble staying focused on one project for a long time. Give it a rest and come back to it when you feel better. Work on something today that makes you happy.
DH finally left for work. He had to be up very early to do something on the computer from home. I have a few hours to sew before dinner. Hoping to get to the point where I can begin connecting blocks.
10-24-2019, 06:22 PM
Well, I got another handful of square blocks assembled today, with the 3 waiting to be sewn I am up to 45, which ought to be about what I need. Plenty of cut strips left if not. Going to be leftover strips, but they will get used for something. Time to move on to pinwheels.
10-24-2019, 07:55 PM
What will make me happy today is getting nearer the end of this page - lol. I really must see it through to the end or I will never figure out again where I am. I was doing pretty well until I closed my eyes and woke up about two hours later. I will definitely have to manage later pages differently. Iíve never done anything nearly this complex so itís a learn as I go experience. Itís also frustrating not to be able to use my wonderful new stand but Iím starting and stopping thread too often. I had missed a few symbols when I was pulling thread for this page. I started with 147 and have added 4 or 5 more. The shading is definitely on the subtle side! However the cross stitch groups I follow are full of people doing max color projects, and if they can do it, so can I. Itís all just one stitch at a time. Itís pretty daunting though that there are 337,500 of them. I have the same picture in a 1000 piece puzzle. I should have been content with that. On the other hand, from the box I have a much bigger picture which is helpful.
10-24-2019, 08:52 PM
All this cross stitch talk makes me want to cross stitch. Nothing big though.
I finished the doggy bags so those can go into the truck. I like them! I could have lived without the doggy fabric and saved my 50 cents, but I'm glad I bought it, just because it's fun. It's nice that it was just the right amount of fabric, too, with just a few small pieces left.
I got the first round of sewing done on 52 DfG shields, so my winter project is underway now.
I get my serger back Saturday. I hope I don't have any more problems. I'm going to pick up some stuff at Menards for a couple small projects while we're out of town. Saturday looks like the only decent day this week to go anywhere, so that's lucky. It seems like winter comes earlier every year now.
10-25-2019, 09:03 AM
Over here, they are taking the tropical plants at the Smithsonian garden in for the season. One of the signs of fall over here. Leaves are starting to change color here and there. It is getting to be jacket/sweater weather. I don't see a spiderwebs at my bus stop this year though. In the past two years, a spider has made webs on the bus shelter where I get on the bus in the morning. It does not really feel like fall around here till around mid-October to me. But I am thinking of fall weather where I grew up.
It is interesting to me how people in different areas perceive the seasons. I may have mentioned this before, but I have been looking into the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a possible retirement area, since my husband is leaning toward someplace warm. In one of the city data forums, someone said that Dallas does have four seasons and does have a winter. It was a statement many people disagreed with. But from a certain perspective it does. It is not uniformly hot the whole year. Winter is significantly cooler than summer. However, the weather in winter is close to what I think of as fall weather. It is weather for sweater or jackets (not coats). It is weather where there is just a little bit of chill in the air - but pleasant enough to stay outside several hours. Spring transitions between this weather and being extremely hot. And fall transitions back again. Chunks of spring and fall seem similar to the weather in a climate with a mild summer.
Some people say that summer in Dallas is extremely hot and that summer lasts 8 to 9 months. But that is a bit misleading. It is only really hot for around 3-4 months. The rest of summer weather months are moderate/mild summer weather.
I have gone into obsessing over retirement cities mode again.
This spring we are going to the big Board Game Geek convention held at a hotel in the the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. From the airport, you can take commuter rail to both Dallas and Fort Worth. We are adding on two days to the trip. One to visit Dallas and one to visit Fort Worth. There is a commuter rail from the airport to both cities. This should let us feel the general vibe of both of the cities.
There is a commuter rail that goes between the two cities. It would be an easy day trip between cities. We could enjoy the attractions and festivals of both cities. There are also plans to build a high speed rail that would be 90 minute rail trip between Dallas and Houston. That could potentially make Houston a day trip as well.
10-25-2019, 09:30 AM
I thought the cross-stitchers would get a kick out of this story:
I had to frog a little section, really quite small. But thatís another lesson learned for this pattern. The frogging was hard with so much thread cross crossing on the back. It was a place my count was off and in frustration I improvised a few stitches. When finished it looked weird. I looked at my bigger puzzle picture. Oops. It wasnít just a background area but a couple of tiny leaves. Thatís why there were some lighter stitches there. My improvisation had made a right mess of it. Lesson learned: look at the big image before deciding another stitch of the same color wonít matter.
We have a lovely rainy day today. Too bad I ordered groceries before looking at the weather. I have to pick them up this afternoon. It shouldnít be bad though because it isnít stormy, just s nice slow steady rain. Itís been awhile since Iíve seen that.
Kathy, I grew up in Fort Worth and it was hot. That was also before global warming kicked in. The summer can be brutal. Donít think about moving there until you spend a few days there in late July or August. It starts heating up in May and it can be October before there is much of a break. The climate there is very similar to what we have here. We are only about three hours east of Dallas. In winter it can be very cold when a norther blows through, but it will usually only last a couple of days before warming up again. That part is nice but Iím not sure itís worth paying for with the summer.
10-25-2019, 03:00 PM
Dallas does have winter. It may not be what folks up north are used to but it gets near freezing, wet and unpleasant, and does snow, or worse: ice. And nobody knows how to drive in it so everything just shuts down. Spring and fall thunderstorms bring tornadoes, hail, and heavy rain, and flooding is an issue. Last week's tornado skipped over a house I used to live in. Most homes do not have basements, I can't imagine what we would have done knowing a tornado was coming our way. Its a wonder no one was killed. I lived and worked there for several years and go back annually. Enjoy your cell phone service, I helped build the first network of towers in the early 90's. :smile2: The metro area is growing at a phenomenal rate, traffic there is as bad as any east or west coast city. Summers can be brutally hot. There is a lot of concrete and not many trees. 100F is a normal summer temp, and being outside on a 105 degree day was not unusual for me when I was in grad school there. When I was last there, in Sept, it was 85-90F out. What Texans would call "comfortable". Also, DFW has a lot of air pollution. The morning news will tell you what the daily air quality is, what the UV index is, and whether you should limit your time outside. You will want sunglasses all the time outside to protect your eyes.
Yes, they have public transportation, but it is not what you might be used to back east. Clumsy at best. Locals don't use it. If you want to know what it's really like there, rent a car and drive around some afternoon. Go into the suburbs, not the tourist attractions.
10-25-2019, 04:29 PM
Lol - it sounds like CH and I aren’t DFWs biggest fans. There are good big city things, of course. Lots of arts and music, doubtless theatre too. Ft worth has a nice zoo and a fine botanical garden. I’m sure much else since I was there many years ago.
10-25-2019, 04:32 PM
Ft Worth, Cowtown,” used to have the motto “Where the West begins.” Dallas countered with Dallas is where the West begins - Ft Worth is where the smell begins.” It is a vile libel.
10-25-2019, 05:38 PM
Of course DFW has some great qualities, including a good job market, a lively hobby gaming scene, fine arts and international cuisine. But nobody should go there thinking the weather is mild or that it is easy to get around. I spend a lot more time driving than DH does, and I used to live there so it doesn't bother me much, I just plan *plenty* of time to get places. DH hates the road system there, the way exits are labeled, the access roads and the switchbacks at major intersections and swears a lot when he drives there.
Anyway.... today I finished the 3 remaining square blocks and packed up all the strips and set them aside. Pinwheels next. I found a different peach fabric to use for the cross-in-square. It has a more vintage look and is a little softer. Something I bought for a quilt project back when I lived in Dallas, but it does not really go with that other fabric, which has a modern look. I will get that cut this afternoon. I'm eager to move on to other projects.
10-25-2019, 05:56 PM
I should mention I "inherited" a cross-stitch project of The Last Supper from mother-in-law. The easy parts are done, the remaining is all hard stuff. I don't really plan to finish it but you never know.
I did sew the blue print strip onto the white flat sheet, then put it away. There is a printed bottom sheet and pillowcases it seems to coordinate with pretty well. I have a wide selection of sheets, blankets, and quilts/comforters for that bed now.
I have knitting I may work on at dad's Saturday, otherwise reading the Grisham book.
10-25-2019, 06:14 PM
One of our daughters is a teacher in Dallas, so we notice the weather there. It sounds awful to us, particularly the ice storms they get. And the heat of course. Anywhere in the south is going to be more and more unlivable as climate change accelerates. Air quality in the whole country is more than 5% worse than a couple yrs ago thanks to aggressive deregulation by the current administration. It's gonna get ugly. Climate change has been a factor in our consideration for yrs as we try to decide where to move, if anywhere.
The leaves have been off our trees here for at least a week, thanks to the high winds we had. The gales of November were early again.
I got the next round of sewing and trimming done on the shields. Just have to get them all turned and topstitched. Then I should probably start on the Christmas table runner for my diet buddy. That will either be a fun project or a nightmare.
Predictably the bottom one with the black is my favorite. Gorgeous!
I only have two jobs today. Carry out the suddenly smelly kitchen garbage and finish the first shelf page. Admittedly it’s been something of a struggle, but I’m learning techniques to deal with it. The second page should be better.
10-26-2019, 01:37 PM
We brought 2 of the old Singers into the house - dirty and gross. One barely turns, rubber belt obviously rotten. I looked up the serial # and it is a 285K. One reviewer said "too bad it's not heavy enough to be a boat anchor." So not spending any more time on that one. The other is a 401A so there may be hope.
10-26-2019, 03:53 PM
Well, neither job done but more education acquired. As usual, costly education. Iíve joined a Heaven and Earth Designs group (Shelf and Ladies are HAED patterns). I did some digging there and got more info on doing them with half cross or tent stitch, like needlepoint. It seems quite a few do them this way. Obviously it cuts the time in half. Staring down the barrel of a heavy confetti 84 page pattern, thatís a brilliantly attractive idea. Using 28 count seems to be a popular choice. So I pulled out some 28 and started experimenting. A 2 strand half cross covers well. I further discovered that gridding 28 myself is difficult, needing a steadier hand. Iíve used 28 over 2 with lots of projects. Even 32 count. The holes on lugana are easier to work with than on aida. I also found the suggestion that Anchor floss white covers better than DMC white. More experimenting and seems to be true. Still not enough to completely mask the woven in grid lines. It then occurred to me that I could cover the grid lines for white areas with a white marking pen.
So back for another round of ordering. MORE fabric, the pen, a couple of extra skeins of Anchor white, and some bobbins. By the time I finish this dumb project will have cost me a bundle, but itís not like Iím throwing away the fabric from all the starts. The stash is just growing. This only looks half as daunting now, and thatís a big win. I am going to conquer this one way or another.
Meanwhile, the shelf is on hold until the next 123 Stitch order comes. I guess Iíll start the Quaker Christmas.
Iím going to be really good at stitching the first page of the shelf pattern. If this keeps up Iíll be able to do it professionally.