We're back from fetching the serger. Unexpectedly, this happened: As we were walking out the door, the tech pointed out a used serger just put out yesterday. It had been traded in on a new sewing machine. The tech said it was never used much, and judging by the perfect condition of the serger, foot control, manuals, accessories, and original box, it hasn't been. It was completely serviced (worth $130), and came with $16 worth of thread and a 90-day warranty, too. A comparable new one is about $1,200 or so. I wouldn't buy a random used serger as a rule, but they were asking $400 which seemed more than reasonable. The guy also said he would haggle, don't ask me why, since I know they wouldn't have had any trouble selling it at $400. He and Husby went back and forth and finally settled on $360, 10% off, more than fair. I've been thinking about a second serger for at least 5 yrs but since it was a want and not strictly a need, wasn't really searching for one. I darn sure wasn't going to spend $1k+ on one. But it wasn't as much of an impulse as it might seem. So now lucky machine #9 has come home. No idea where it's going to live but I'll figure it out. I never thought I'd find such a nice machine at that price. Attachment 49679
10-27-2019, 07:56 AM
You will still have a low cost per hour on the massive cross stitch project.
Well I am still on phase one of retirement city choosing which is to see what looks good through research. Phase two is a short trip to get a feel for the vibe of the city. Phase three is to start researching other cities. 😛
My idea of an ideal place to live is very different from most people. I want to live in a city center or near a touristy type area. For example near a museum or zoo or aquarium. I don't think I would ever be able to convince people that a suburb is not the ideal place to live. We all have different preferences and that's okay. I live in the near suburbs now. That is only because the areas I would prefer to live in here are out of my price range.
New apartments were just built three blocks from where I work. A one bedroom is $3000 a month.😲
Dallas has a pretty extensive light rail system with routes that extend to the suburbs. It has 121 bus routes. That is less than DC for a city that is more spread out. But it is not horrible. And the city center is generally a hub for public transportation. So you get good service there.
Weather is still a concern. I did once reject Texas outright for the hot summers. I think being retired I will have more control over when I am outside. For example, in Summer I could go outside in the morning when it is generally 10 to 15 degrees cooler and stay home during the hottest part of the day. In Winter I can go outside during the warmest parts of the day. And I would not need to be outside every weekday during seasons where the weather is difficult.
As I mentioned before, my husband is a deciding factor. He does good with heat, but has a low tolerance for cold. While I think I would do okay in some of the cities in the lower Midwest, I get the feeling my husband thinks they are too cold.
10-27-2019, 11:03 AM
It’s true that once you retire you are much freer to go out or stay in. I understand the appeal of living near a city hub. It’s not for me, but you would thrive there. DFW, as CH and I said, can be cold but it’s transient, not settling in for the long haul like in - brrrrr - Minnesota!
I got a little start on the Christmas piece last night. The mindlessness of it is a pleasure after the shelf. I’ll probably work on that until I get the new fabric later next week.
The grocery store did me a favor, I guess. I ordered a bag of trick or treat candy that I liked, knowing it would nearly all be leftovers. Little Butterfinger and Baby Ruth. Yum. Knowing I wouldn’t be back at the store before Halloween I added the note that they could substitute anything similar, brand or assortment didn’t matter. When I got home I was surprised to see what they considered similar. Three boxes of regular size bars of Hershey’s milk chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and Kit Kat. Fortunately or unfortunately none of those really appeal to me. Saved from myself! After the official trick or treat with LG, I’ll just send them all to the communal kitchen house stock. The Girl Scouts can have them. Thanks, Kroger. I think. Lol. Maybe next year.
10-27-2019, 12:29 PM
The black background on that quilt really does make the colors pop.
Dlr, hope you can get the machines cleaned up easily.
DC, what a strange way to fill your candy order! Enjoy your christmas stitching. I need to find my project and get it ready for next week. I want to have something to do at the hotel if the weather is bad.
SD, great find! Where are you going to put it?
I got one cross-in-star block sewn yesterday and will try and get the 2nd done today. I have more important things to do, though. Need to find and print all our travel confirmations and itineraries and have them ready in a folder. Then start packing. How much can I get into one carry-on bag?
Shoulder is not getting better, everything is just getting stiffer and sore. It's the drugs wearing off. Never thought I would be looking forward to my chemo session, but I am. Feeling pretty awful today but will get through.
10-27-2019, 12:55 PM
too cold or too hot is a big nope. can't handle the heat. we have a mild climate here. sun is shining highlighting the cat hair on sides of the chairs etc. dh just knocked his coffee so cleanup time. have been decorating w halloween stuff. we went to friends for horror movie night and went to bed late and though only had one cider ..feel like I partied all night didn't sleep well dh snoring and stiff and sore. crocheted a couple scrunchies for his girls during movies. so sore hands. that is about the crafting I have done. with new job just doesn't seem to be the time though it is not a lot of hours. just new routine and not much energy yet..just drained
bought tixs for halloween garden event tonight so that will be fun. Attachment 49693.
10-27-2019, 12:59 PM
I hope you feel better soon CH. Pain really wears a person down. I have a tentative plan for the serger. I'm really happy to have it. It even has a free arm! I had no idea that was even available.
Our extreme cold usually doesn't last for long stretches either, and as you said, D, after retirement you can usually choose not to go out. We'd much rather go out in 30 degrees than step out into an instant sweat bath, but to each his or her own. We prefer to be able to enjoy summer. Climate change is already impacting our summers and winters here. Hard to know how much here or the rest of the country is going to change over the next 10 or 20 yrs. It sure is a lot different than ten yrs ago. Our summers are already much hotter than they used to be, which sucks.
I'm starting to get an idea how I can change my sewing room to wedge in the new serger. It's hard to explain but first I have to build a different set of shelves next to my industrial sewing machine, so my industrial serger can sit under the shelves. Then the new serger can go where the old one was and the old one can go where the industrial was. There are other details, too, but it's too hard to explain. Upshot is I have to build new shelves to start with, move a bunch of stuff, and find one of those old, small, folding sewing machine cabinets that are less than 2x2. I'm looking forward to moving the industrial serger because I think I will use it a lot more next to the industrial sewing machine. It should also be less of a clutter magnet. I'm hoping it will all be good changes.
Got the bag remade for the little stove stand, so that can be put away again. This is the stand. It's a vintage Coleman stand I think is pretty cool. It sets up in seconds, weighs next to nothing but is very sturdy, and adjusts to many different heights and sizes. Genius! Attachment 49689
The stand folds up quite small, so doesn't need much storage in our space-starved camper. Attachment 49691
It's one of those oddball things I bought for one purpose that didn't work out, but now have a perfect use for it after all.
Husby is already yapping about a trip to Grand Rapids. :sigh: I guess I better be making my list for lumber I will need. Luckily it's still in the 40s outside, plenty warm to work in the garage. I need to go through the lumber rack and see what we might have to build something.
Gonna be an interesting winter.
10-27-2019, 03:37 PM
I think I found a table for my little serger. https://pin.it/wofvhpozhda24k
It looks easy to build, minus the side shelves and probably plus a small drawer, and I think I have the lumber to do it. If I build it, I can tailor it to the space I have.
10-27-2019, 05:13 PM
that is a good buy. I had a serger gave to friend to use. just couldn't figure out tension on it. frustrating. ch hope you are feeling better ..does heat help? new job on the list.. ds was more fleas on buster. it is like the flea meds did nothing for the cats. now you can get revolution plus now. but don't what to put more meds on him since he had the 2 week antibiotic shot. so flea combing needed. but need a extra person to hold him while I do it.
10-27-2019, 06:54 PM
M, it takes a while to get rid of fleas. We had them 2 years ago. Put stuff on all 3 cats, it kills the fleas but then you have to wait for eggs to hatch and kill those, and meanwhile they can pick up new fleas or eggs.... took weeks to get rid of them all. We put throws on all the furniture and DH was washing them every other day to get rid of eggs. Ugh.
That is a cute table, SD, one you can make easily with your tools.
Been taking a lot of pills to manage the pain. Not a lot, really, but more than I'm supposed to. In 48 hours I will be home from the hospital full of new drugs. I hope my doctor can convince my insurance to shorten the time between doses. 8 weeks is too long.
Did not get a lot done today. DH found the box of fall decorations, so I may put them up at some point between now and thanksgiving. I did get all my travel plans printed, though.
10-27-2019, 08:24 PM
I think that table would be easy to build, but I poked around in my office and found one that might work as is or with minimal changes. Don't know yet, but I'm obsessed. It might not work, but I'm going to find out in the next few days. If I can avoid adding a new piece of furniture, I sure will.
Have to make another scrap catcher, too.
10-28-2019, 12:43 AM
yes ch worse this time for fleas...don't know if it is the young one or not..normally only have to put meds on them spring and fall maybe 3 times a year but this time nope. now don't know if it is the manufacturer since they have the new plus formula. but will use the rest of the other stuff first since $110 ! now the other one peed on the inflatable ghost someone left on the floor. sigh.
10-28-2019, 09:14 AM
Yay! Finished the wool afgan for my friend's MIL. Now I just need to get it to them. I do have two skeins left over from this project and I think I'll use them as a lapgan.
Started work on the vamp afgan for myself. This is with the wool/nylon yarn I picked up at this year's sheep and fiber festival. The weather's still pretty comfortable so I'm working on getting some length on this afgan before it turns.
The green/gray wool-blend afgan is further along than I thought it was originally. I think I'll only need ~3 more skeins on that one. I'm pretty sure I have enough to finish that one. I probably have enough to do a lapgan as well. If I finish this one quickly enough, I have two other WIP to finish. Those are both acrylic and will likely go a lot quicker than the two afgans I'm making for myself.
10-28-2019, 12:42 PM
I have a lot of chores today, but should still get plenty of stitching time. I’ll be working on Quaker Christmas.
10-28-2019, 06:19 PM
We got the bookcase out of the sewing room and the industrial serger moved to that spot. That was an ordeal but could have been worse. We also had to move 4 other pieces of furniture, though not very much. There will be plenty of room now for the new cabinet. We still have to get that in the house, which will be a whole new ordeal.
Because I've been continually tweaking the storage in the sewing room, I have a lot of small storage spaces available now, which helped to make room for stuff from the shelves. That's made a big difference.
The space for the industrial serger is a little cramped. I don't know if I'll be able to adjust to that or not. I'm not going to take the old bookshelf apart yet, in case I decide to switch back. I don't have a better option for an arrangement with the new serger, so I better learn to deal.
My sewing room is basically unusable at this point because of stuff stacked around in there. I hope I can get stuff put back together soon.
We tinkered with the end table I hoped to convert, but it won't work. ☹️ I think it will be a custom job. I have another table that will work for now. Maybe I will decide to like that table.
10-28-2019, 08:01 PM
It was cold and grey today, I didn't get any sewing done. The closest I got to crafting was making a lamp hanger out of twist ties. We have a small LED plant lamp we use in winter, and have been fighting gravity to keep it stuck to the bottom of the top shelf so it lights the plants below it. Even my super sticky indoor-outdoor tape didn't hold it. Drilled some holes in the shelf big enough to get a twist tie through, and secured it that way. Also had to reset the lamp timer. Power was out on Saturday, so all of them are wrong by ~4 hours. Still have one in my sewing room to fix. Or maybe I'll let people keep thinking that yes, we are awake at 2am during the week we're on vacation.
Looks like everyone has been keeping busy with something or other. :)
10-28-2019, 08:02 PM
I finished knitting 2 baby hats over the last 2 days. That took care of a partial skein of yarn - gone.
10-28-2019, 08:22 PM
Good job on the 'ghans, Ren. Sounds like you're zooming through them.
I'm pleased for now. We put the rejected end table back in the cabin and got out the typewriter table instead. That's it right there, with the serger on it, green chair, and the pail and plastic box under it. Attachment 49695
It's a great size although it doesn't face the way I'd like it to. I can live with that. It has a shallow drawer for little stuff like needles, rippers, etc. I have 2 of those plastic boxes. They fit the accessory box for the serger just right, with a little room for some other things. The second one would work nicely for cone thread storage. I could knock together an easy little shelf to fit under the table and hold the 2 boxes, with space below them for a small trash can. I'm really liking this idea so far. We've had the typing table since 1982. It has been used for many things but nothing has lasted. We don't want to get rid of it, so I hope we've finally found its purpose.
This is the wall space where I need custom shelving. Attachment 49697
Now that the serger is in place and I can see the wall space and what has to go on the shelves, the design seems fairly obvious to me. I hope to get that done this week. The basket of thread and box of webbing both go on the shelves, plus other things. I think everything will fit.
I found some scrap fabric for my new scrap catcher. It has loons and ducks and water. How Minnesota! Can't wait to get it done. It will look nice.
It's been a good week so far. 🙂
10-29-2019, 10:29 AM
Thanks, SD. Yeah, the afgans go by fast since that's pretty much the only thing I do. I like the mindlessness of it, especially when watching TV.
Did some work on the vamp afgan. I really like how the colors are coming out on it. I do like the green/grey afgan as well but since the 'background' is grey, the green and brown don't pop as much as the red and black does on the white yarn of the vamp afgan.
I think I will have extra skeins of the green/grey yarn. I won't have enough of it left to do a lapgan so I might end up doing scarves. Not sure if I'll send some off to my niece who started college or give them away to other craft-worthy friends. If I make a scarf for my niece, I'll likely have to make one for my sister and other niece. That shouldn't be too much of a problem, if I end up with three skeins left. I have enough scarves so I don't need more for myself.
10-29-2019, 10:59 AM
Sun's shining, no wind, no bugs, almost 40 degrees, seems like a good day to slice and dice. Husby's disassembling the old bookshelf ATM. I drew up some plans for the serger shelf already, along with a plan for thread shelves on the industrial sewing machine. Thread takes up a lot of space. I also need to make a plan for the little stand to go under the typing table for the new serger. I hope to get all 3 done today, since they're all simple.
I moved some oversized drapery rings to a different container, so I emptied one of the two pails I won't have room for. The other one just has some random scraps I have space for elsewhere. It will help to get those pails out of there.
I think it will all work out. I sure didn't expect my week to go like this! My plan last Saturday morning was to get my serger back and spend this week on DfG stuff. Oops!
10-29-2019, 11:28 AM
I’m impressed with those of you actually getting things finished. What a novel idea! Lately I seem to have become, as they say, a serial starter non-finisher. That’s bad enough but when it’s the same project you serial start ....
Yesterday I worked a couple of hours on the Quaker Christmas against increasing resistance. I was obviously just not in the mood to do that one. It’s also another big one. There’s no point in doing this if I’m not enjoying it, so that one will wait for another day. I did want to do something for Christmas though so I pulled out one that’s been hovering high enough on my list that I had taken the pattern out and it’s been just drifting around in the table clutter. It’s a traditional style redwork pattern, but red isn’t really my thing, so I’m doing it in DMC 820, an intense dark blue. I’ve been wanting to try something on the glittery opalescent aida and this was my chance. This one definitely fit the bill. It’s small, 6.75” square on 18 count, on an interesting fabric, and uses up some floss that is rarely called for in patterns I make. To work on it though I had to switch my lamp to the warm yellow light and dim it. Either that or go get my sunglasses out of the car lol.
I seem to be in my Scandinavian period. A couple of weeks ago I saw a mention in a cross stitch group that a company I had never heard of had a sale and free shipping. The owners were away and nothing could be shipped until Oct 28. There was a cool pattern of a Yule goat. Huh? Turns out it’s a traditional Christmas symbol. I learn something new every day. It was irresistible. I see it’s sold out now so apparently I’m not the only one who thought so.
Almost 40 seems like a little cool to do outdoor things to me. But I think ideas of what are good temperatures for outside things vary from person to person. It depends a lot on where the person is living, but I think individual differences are a factor as well.
I was looking at the website for the Dallas zoo. They have half price admission during winter to try to draw more people in. But Dallas in winter has average highs in the high 50s. I have been out several days this month in temperature in the mid to high 50s and found it pretty pleasant. I would not mind spending a day at the zoo in this type of temperature. I told my husband about this and he said that he does not think high 50s would be good temperature to go to the zoo.
I honestly did not expect that reaction from him. But I have visited the DC zoo by myself. I would be okay visiting the Dallas zoo by myself. But that reinforces my suspicions that I would be as open to Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana as I had previously thought.
I mentally place temperatures in three categories though the lines are a bit fuzzy. Of course other factors like humidity, wind and sunny v. cloudy make a difference. The first category is good days to be outside for extend periods of time. The second category is okay for short walks and waiting for buses. The outside time required to get to an indoor place is fine. The third category is don't go outside if you do not have too. Maybe go someplace if it is literally a block away. (I currently have a museum that is a block away from where I work.)
So even if a temperature is not nice enough to be out all day, it can still be nice enough to go places.
Project 2 done. Attachment 49701
The plan was to put the 2 containers at the top with a little trash can on the floor underneath. But the space isn't very high, and it's wider than it needs to be, too, so would waste space. But as luck would have it, the pail with the screws we were using is a perfect fit, and even has a handle and lid. And it was almost empty, so of course we had a full one with plenty of room for the few left in the old pail. So I'm claiming it. It will be nice storage for something. I decided I don't need a trash can anyway since I will have a big scrap catcher.
I'm tired and know my limits, so will assemble the thread shelves tomorrow. Once those are done, I'll just need to get the fabric put away, which needed doing for months, and the sewing room will be in pretty good shape. Then I can get back to work, and give both sergers a workout before warranties expire.
10-29-2019, 06:11 PM
That looks like a good space, SD.
IMO 40-50 is not a bad temp to be outside IF it is sunny and not windy. It's *always* windy in Texas. Sometimes just a breeze, sometimes a gale, but it never stops. It was in the 30's here today, and slightly breezy. If it had been sunny it would have been a nice day to do some yard work. The activity would keep you warm. If it were in the 50's I could do yard work in a t-shirt. I'd want a flannel shirt or light jacket to be out walking in the zoo.
I had a day. Wanted to go by HL before chemo but I slept badly, kept waking myself up from the joint pain. Got up a little late. Had enough time to stop and get a large mocha coffee to keep myself warm. Got to the clinic and when the nurse called me I stood up and dropped my coffee all over the floor. Sigh.
The nurse couldn't find the vein on the left side. She poked twice and it wouldn't catch. So she did the right side, where I already have a huge bruise from last week. Settled in with my Kindle, only to find the battery exhausted. Was annoyed, because it has been plugged in and should have been at full charge.
Afterward, I grabbed another coffee and went to HL. Left it in the car because it was too hot to drink. Got myself two new paint brushes @50% off. My old ones are getting pretty ratty. Got back in the car and dumped my coffee all over the center console and gear shift. Sigh.
Was starting to feel woozy at that point and wanted to get home. Somehow got on going the wrong direction down the highway. I'm pretty sure the sign said "west", which was the direction I wanted. Not sure where I went wrong, but it was an extra half hour of driving around I didn't really want to do.
We had a few snowflakes last night and now all the pickup trucks have plows attached to them and are driving around a little snow-crazy. Had one almost hit me today, not looking where he was going. Have more weather moving in tonight. Rain and an undetermined amount of sleet, snow, and/or ice. And it's still only October!
DC, I like your redwork patterns, though I have no patience for that myself.
10-29-2019, 06:25 PM
CH, I hope for you a much better day tomorrow.
10-29-2019, 06:31 PM
It was always windy in South Dakota, too, and it was the kind of wind that cut right through clothes like they weren't even there. Miserable. I dreaded winters out there because they don't plow for less than 12" and Husby drove about 1,000 miles per week in desolate country every week. I could never relax till he was home.
10-29-2019, 06:52 PM
Just found out the library won't do holds (beginning yesterday) while they are converting to a new catalog system. Hopefully I can find an audiobook to download instead. Finished the Grisham book Saturday night. Have not decided on craft projects for Nov-Dec yet. I washed a crib-size applique'd quilt (mostly pink) from parents' house, probably something a grandmother made. It turned out pretty well, I am keeping for the time being. I polished a few nice oval silver-plate tray or serving dishes but cannot find a maker mark. Just a lot of random stuff getting done......
10-29-2019, 07:50 PM
CH - how absolutely awful. I think you’ve earned a couple of cozy days inside, quilt on lap, favorite tea or coffee beside you, doing whatever you like best.
I’ve never done a single color project before but after the shelf page with 150 colors it’s like zooming down the interstate after a couple of weeks jolting along in a covered wagon. I’m not getting much done on it though. After all the experimenting and false starts I have patterns, and worse, parts of patterns, all over the place. Ditto thread. And fabric and other supplies. I also never finished getting all the thread ready for the shelf pattern, and I have lots of new floss that I need to sort and put some of it on bobbins. That’s all going to be an ongoing job through the week. Tonight I’m going to at least get all the shelf thread done before I start stitching again.
10-29-2019, 07:53 PM
I've seen those yule goats, but then I've spent most of my life surrounded by Scandinavians. I would think a single color like that would go much quicker than multiple colors.
10-30-2019, 08:18 AM
Looks like it will be colder today, in the 30s. Glad I cut lumber yesterday, although I may have to redo a couple things. Seems like a good day for soup in the Crockpot.
I finally figured out how to put a rim around the thread shelves I have planned, to keep the cones from falling off. I really want to get that project done without spending more money. It's hilarious the weird stuff that keeps me awake sometimes.
I need to get some kind of stand made before winter, to hold one of our lighted magnifiers. I want to be able to do cross stitch and beadwork while relaxing in my recliner. I think I might have something figured out now.
10-30-2019, 10:59 AM
Got some work done on the lapgan WIP I leave in my car yesterday. Had a class for work all afternoon yesterday, followed by my sign language class that evening. I had a bit of time to work while I waited for the sign language class. Found out there was a knitting class across the hall last week. I might take that class another 'semester' (this is for adult continuing education/learning).
Getting home from the ASL class was a PITA. One of the 'main' roads into town from the east will be closing for repair or replacement of some culverts over a stream and canal (as well as expanding those bridges). The plans are for the project to be done in six months but I think most people seriously doubt that. So the DOT did some repainting on the next road over from the one to be closed. This way there will be two lanes at one section where the road (where everyone is being directed to by the detour) crosses over the highway. The thought is to lighten the traffic for the people making a right turn onto the highway to get back onto the road being closed. Anyway, I got caught behind the DOT trucks as I was trying to get home last night. There was no notice that this was going to happen.
10-30-2019, 12:26 PM
Feeling quite a bit better today. It's cold and miserable out, so I'm staying in. No reason to go out. My goal today is to find and prep some hand sewing to take on my trip in case the weather is bad and I have to spend time indoors. I can't take scissors on the plane, I might be able to get a seam ripper in my bag. If they seize it, no big deal. I think I have some cross stitch somewhere, and a mini christmas project or two.
10-30-2019, 12:33 PM
I just watched a tutorial on crochet feather stitch. It would make a great warm puffy lapghan. Now I want to make one! But I will be faithful to my cross stitch.
I didnít finish the shelf floss last night. I got bored with it and quit. I can finish it up today. Iím just a few stitches from being finished with the little houses across the bottom of the redwork Noel and the border across the bottom. Iíll continue with that tonight.
The shelf fabric is showing delivery tomorrow, a nice surprise. I expected it to be Friday. The Yule goat should also arrive tomorrow. That one just goes in the stash though.
10-30-2019, 01:02 PM
CH, I don't know what you need to cut, but I've read of people who take empty dental floss containers on planes so they can use that to cut threads, yarn, etc. If you had the right one, maybe the innards could be cut out leaving the little cutter, and needles put inside. Glad you're feeling better.
Got the thread rack cut and assembled and I'm about to commence painting. Things are starting to come together fast now. I knew the rack would interfere with the overhead light, so I'll add an under cabinet light to the rack, which should help a lot. Except for that, I like the rack a lot. It's not as deep as I would like, but that's what I had for lumber so will make it work. Should be okay. I've never had good storage for that thread so the rack is a big upgrade. Attachment 49709
Can't wait to start using my new and improved sewing room again.
10-30-2019, 03:32 PM
I found the cat cross stitch project from beyond time. All that's left is the lettering, not enough work to bother with. I looked at the christmas project, it is a wool applique. This is the kit about 6" wide. https://shop.quiltropolis.net/stores..._460/BR155.jpg It came with a few little pieces of felt for stockings, but I read the instructions and the whole fireplace background and red fabric edge has to be sewn together first, and I'm not in the mood for that today.
Well, *bleep*, it's snowing.
I wonder if I can find something cute online and order it when I get back.
CH, we have rain here. And the forecast says it's going to be warmer Thursday night into Friday while it's raining than it is now. Go figure. Then, once the cold front comes through, it'll be chilly during the day and cold (in the 30*'s) at night. Sigh. At least I have one fingering weight (wool, at least) WIP that covers my lap. Some of the others don't yet but they'll go pretty quickly since they won't be the fingering/sock weight WIP's. And by the time it really gets cold (at least during the day), I should have WIP that cover my lap.
10-30-2019, 04:31 PM
Ren, I believe we are getting more arctic air than you are. Temp has dropped to 32 --freezing-- and it is snowing harder, starting to stick. DH is going to leave work early. It's just a flurry, but first of the season so traffic will be a mess and roads are wet and may ice now.
I marked some christmas kits on amazon, to order later. Surprised to not see anything for thanksgiving. Maybe amazon is not the place to shop for that?
Fall did not last long, about 3 weeks. I got the christmas quilt out today. It's going to be cold tonight.
10-30-2019, 04:35 PM
That’s a pretty kit, CH. I love the soft colors. Don’t be intimidated. It’s just one stitch at a time until it’s done.
They keep pushing our rain off until later and later with decreasing probability. Still it’s a gray gloomy day. Love it!
I finally finished prepping all the thread for the shelf.
I’ve been thinking of putting the two big projects, shelf and trees, which I may also switch to half cross, and start these big shiny projects in the bright shiny new year. It feels fitting. And meanwhile work on some of the other WIPs, maybe actually finish one or two.
10-30-2019, 04:46 PM
Hogwarts! That's beautiful, CH, but maybe not as a travel project. It looks very involved.
1/1 isn't far off, D. Where the heck does time go?
Got the thread rack painted. I think another coat tomorrow might be enough. I hope so. I want the rack installed so it's off my table. Then maybe I can start the scrap catcher project.