Have a great trip, CH! Too bad about the seats but that seems more like a minor detail that shouldn't ruin the whole trip, so that's a plus. 🙂
I found 3 Christmas prints in stash to make table runners, if I can figure out how to assemble them. I also want to make a sewing machine pad/organizer for a friend's birthday next spring. I have some pretty double quilted fabric with purple pansies, so it would be a really fast project. She loves gardening and flowers, and is a beginner sewist taking classes, so it seems like just the thing for her.
I have to make my 2 scrap catchers, too. I think I've figured out the one for my indy serger, and I took measurements for the other, so I'm started now. Hope to make progress today. I'm liking my new sewing room changes a lot. I wouldn't have believed it possible.
Finger-less gloves popular at the outdoor dog club event yesterday. I have a couple pairs ready for obedience event in February (in a big warehouse-type building so pretty darn cold.) I want to make several more pairs, so will justify buying 1 skein of yarn. I did one stripey pair to use small amounts but don't really like them. I also got rid of the "dog" bandannas (ones I made by cutting regular bandanna in half and hemming.) We gave "farm dog" tests and I figured that was a nice bonus gift.
I got the thread pulled for the robin, now all I need is the pattern and fabric - lol. For most patterns HAED has a list of thread with symbols and a list of amounts, but for this one they don’t have the symbol pages up, so I can’t set it up completely yet. I also got all the shelf thread put away. The floss stash still needs some work, but for now it’s ok.
Last night I finished the second bottom corner on the Noel. Now I can start moving up through the heart where it is much more open. It should move along quickly. I’m certainly plowing through the stash of that blue. I’m going to give myself a just cross stitch day. I want to see how far I can get with it.
SD - is DH working on a cross stitch now or is that strictly a winter thing for him?
I don't think Husby has a cross stitch project ATM. If he does, he hasn't been working on it. He rarely has more than one WIP going at a time. It's okay to hate him. 😁
Been thinking a lot about the typing table under the new serger. I like it, but with the small drawer where it is and the scrap catcher hanging over the drawer, it's going to be a pain. I'm not in a hurry to replace it, but if the right thing jumps out in front of me at the right price, I'd probably buy it. In the meantime, I can try out different arrangements with the table to help figure out what I really do want.
I got the first scrap catcher done. Still contemplating the second one. It's more complicated.
I serged 3 liners on the new serger. I like it but there's a learning curve, literally. I'm having trouble getting around the corners the way they should be. The new foot is much bigger than the old one, and it's hard to see where the edge of the fabric is so the stitching is in the right place. I'm sure I'll figure it out.
I dragged out a couple little x stitch kits, a buck and a doe deer. They go on small hoops and only have about nine colors. I'll see how it goes. My light isn't very good by my recliner. These kits are on 18 ct aida which is sometimes problematic for me.
Today seems like such a long day. I'm still sore from crawling around under sewing machines yesterday, and tired in spite of a nap. It might be early bedtime for me.
Sorry to hear about the serger problems, which sound really annoying.
Got my friend's afgan out on Saturday and it should be to her sometime today (Monday). I sent it priority mail since that's the box I ended up using. No matter. It's still cheaper than going UPS or FedEx. And with the cold weather, I'm sure it will be appreciated. This is for my friend's mil. I gave my friend and her husband wool afgans last spring (in March) and they were put to good use even then. I'm starting a wool lapgan with the leftover skeins but put it aside for the moment since there's no real urgency to that WIP.
Got some work done on my grey wool-blend afgan for myself. I'm about 90% done with it. I only need ~2-3 skeins left but that will still take a bit of time since this is my fingering weight project. I want to get it done since it's so close to being finished and should help keep me warm this winter. Also, finishing this project will free up the bag that came with it from the vendor. I love using these cloth shopping bags for my crocheting projects since I can keep the yarn separated from my stash while I'm working.
I think it is pretty common to have multiple works in progress. I think it is actually more rare for a crafter to only have one work in progress. Some of the works in progress will be gotten back to eventually.
I hate to toss any WIP even if my chances are getting back to it are very slim. Sometimes it is something that just is not working, but it is hard for me to admit it is not working. So I keep it saying I will get back to it at some point in the future. I often blame my schedule. I think to myself that I would have less WIP if I had more time to do crafts. But there is a part of me the thinks when I retire I will probably have just as many - or more - WIP.
SD, I remember you saying you wrote magazine articles. I was wondering if those articles were about camping.
I am reading a Japanese series called "laid back camp." It is about a group of high school girls who go camping. It is a bit like a travelogue since they visit different sites. There are also part about places they stop by on the way to the camping sites. It is a very relaxing series to read. Things do not always go right, but the series still has an overall feel good vibe.
I feel like many travel writers/travel shows from the US try to make travel feel very exciting. I do not see as many about showing travel being relaxing. I prefer relaxing. Although sometimes things can be both relaxing and exiting at the same time. For example, seeing art by a famous painter is kind of exciting. But viewing art can also be deeply relaxing at the same time. I am not sure how to put it the feeling into words.
Hmm...but there are things at home that make me feel deeply relaxed as well....
I am kind of on the fence about traveling. I want to visit cities I am thinking about retiring to. But that is kind of a practical thing, not traveling for the sake of traveling. I read about lots of cities while looking for potential places to retire to. Even the ones that do not make my final list seem like they would be nice to visit. On the other hand, I have a pretty strong homebody streak.
I feel like rather than be a retiree that travels, I will be a retiree that spends more time in her home city. That is someone who spends lots of time going to various local attractions and festivals. Possibly going to other places that are a day trip from where I am.
Iím moving along on the Noel. My goal today is to finish the band Iím working and the Noel band. All the backstitching on that one will slow it down a little. It doesnít show up in the photo but the fabric is very sparkly.
Thanks, Ren. The most frustrating part is the serger not working. Good going on the afghans. Just in the nick of time, with the weather turning colder.
I think most crafters have multiple WIPs and UFOs. I think there are various reasons for that. I have a hard time giving up on a project, but it's getting easier.
We've done trips just to check out places for retirement. It wasn't much fun, at least the big one wasn't. The shorter trips are easier, of course. On the long trip, it was hard driving right by signs for places we've wanted to see for yrs but not having time to stop, and putting in too many 10 hr days driving. Still, we were happy we did it because it helped us narrow the field considerably. But traveling as a prospective citizen of a place is very different than travel for fun.
Sounds like you're settling in to a more enjoyable stitching routine, D.
I finished the second scrap catcher that should have been made 20 or 30 yrs ago. Duh, staple hook tape below the serger and hang the catcher from that. *slaps forehead* My only excuse is I haven't used that serger much since I closed my shop in the mid-90s, so just didn't think about a catcher. At any rate, it's done now and I think I will like it.
Hello from Florida. Here is the view at the pool. There is a highway on the other side of the palm tree. It's cloudy but still in the 80s. So far so good.
I am soooo excited! I bought my industrial serger sight unseen in about 1991. When I finally got it home, I realized it was old but I didn't have any info about it, no manuals, no nothing. I learned to thread the weird little beast by trial and error. I wasn't even sure of the brand. Today with a bright light accidentally shining on it at just the right angle , I noticed very faint lettering and could barely make out "SINGER" followed by maybe 'manufacturing' or 'machine'. Or something else. Who knows? Anyway, it was a clue. I went online and found 2 pictures but no other info. Waaah! Then I decided there had to be a model number on it somewhere. I found a tiny metal plate I couldn't read, so I tried rubbing it with chalk and wiping it off, leaving chalk in the stamping on the plate. The numbers lit up like neon, easy to read. So I searched with the model number, which I wasn't even sure was a model number. But it was, and after a while, I hit the jackpot. I got a 17 pg manual and different 9 pg manual! I wasted no time downloading and printing them both. What a treasure trove of valuable info! I still can't believe some kind soul took the time to scan these, upload them, and offer them free online. These will be a huge help not only in doing better maintaining my machine, but adjusting it AND learning what it's capable of . It never occurred to me it could do anything besides the one stitch I've always done with it. Lots to study now. It will be both fun and informative to read through all this new info.
The copyright date on this info is 1950. I was happy to find out an approximate age for my little lump of a serger, too.
Looks like fun, CH! The only thing on the other side of our trees today are snow plows going by. Glad to see you're enjoying yourself.
Kathy, I forgot you asked about my articles. Yes, when I worked for the camping zine, I did articles about different destinations as well as a regular camp cooking column, product reviews, some ad copy, and other writing along with my editorial duties. IMO, there is a difference between camping and traveling, though others disagree. I think camping is very relaxing. When we camp, we drive somewhere, set up the trailer, drag out any gear we might want such as recliners, RV mats, Dutch ovens and all that goes with them, tablecloth on the picnic table, etc. All this is usually done in a leisurely manner as we get around to it. Mostly we plop our butts in the recliners and read, nap, chat about nothing, stare at a lake or trees or mountains, depending where we are. But if we're traveling instead, our campsite will look more like this.
If we're only going to be at a place overnight, it's not unusual the only things we get out are wheel chocks, dog tie outs, and gray water tank. Sometimes if a site is level enough for the fridge, we don't even unhitch although that makes me uneasy since the storm incident at Mandan, ND. We may or may not crank down the stabilizer jacks. We don't get out anything unnecessary inside either. Everything is geared towards minimizing break down time the next morning, especially if we have a long drive ahead. Travel for us is usually about getting to a destination as quickly as safely possible and then sightseeing, then usually moving on elsewhere. That's by nature less relaxing, particularly if weather or traffic are bad. That's why I think of travel and camping as 2 different things.
I don't know if that answers your questions or not.
SD, glad you finally found the name and model number of your serger. The manuals sound like they'll be helpful. Wonderful 'aha' moment.
CH - what a life! And thanks for sharing the pic.
SD - gadgets are always better with manuals. That’s a great find.
I just got a notice the patterns have shipped. That’s faster than I expected. What a happy surprise! I haven’t started stitching yet today but I better get it in gear And stitch like crazy on the Noel.
CH glad you are there relaxing for a couple of days. SD good find on the manuals. Old machines are really fun to figure out.
Checkout lady at the library asked me all about my knitted hat. She showed me the one she knit. I tried to explain how mine was made - hers was similar but had a front-only straight brim - mine has rolled brim all the way around. Hopefully she figures it out. Got 2 books by Maeve Binchy. I realize there are several in print I have not read yet.
Thanks, Ren and D. It's a real relief. I've always had a lot of questions about that serger and now I have some answers.
Kathy, the stuff that goes wrong while camping, as long as nobody gets hurt and stuff doesn't get damaged, often make the best camping memories. I know we'll be laughing about being lost on our last trip for 3 hrs in rural Wisconsin for yrs to come, especially since we eventually figured out we could ask Husby's phone where we were and have it show us how to get back where we needed to be. Not being as smart as our phones has been good for quite a few laughs, too. The unexpected is often the best part of camping.
My green/grey (g2) wool afgan is coming along, now that I'm focusing on it again. I think I've done half the current skein since I picked it up again. Of course, that's not too hard to do, given that it takes a bit to do each row since it's such a light weight yarn. But I'm pretty sure I have enough skeins to finish this afgan and may even have enough for a scarf or two.
I'm pretty sure I'll need more yarn for my vamp afgan, especially since I'm using a slightly smaller hook on that one. But I think I'll put that one aside for the warmer months since it's still short and doesn't cover my lap or legs yet. I do have other WIPs and enough stashed acrylic yarn for other projects that will go faster during the cold months. Especially if I do lapgans.
It warmer and sunnier here today. I'm hanging out in my room, working on my sewing project. Had plans to go to the beach with another woman, but she hasn't started her day yet. I will either get a lot of sewing done, or go to the pool later.
SD, that's cool that you found the online manual for your machine. I love that stuff is available like that.
I’m debating now whether to do the Morning Cheer, aka robin, or the moon hare first. The hare is considerably smaller. After deciding to use the 820 blue for Noel since it’s so rarely used in my patterns, I looked at the floss requirements for the hare and it uses - 8 skeins. Sigh. JA has floss on sale again Thursday - Saturday, so I may take a couple of days to really work with the floss stash and see that I would need for these new patterns. I know I won’t have enough of some of the blues.
I learned something interesting about DMC. Apparently they have had to change dye processes or dyes used several time to meet changing environmental laws in the EU. The grays were some of the most affected colors. I’ve noticed that my grays are all over the place and I have to be sure I have enough on the bobbin to complete the project when I pull one. Now that I know the reason I’ve decided to just write them off, put them in the miscellaneous floss boxes, and start fresh with them so that additional skeins will match. Consistency will be worth a few dollars. There are six of them I would do this with.
I didn’t get as far along as I hoped on the Noel, but it’s coming along.
DLR, I found the manuals at
all-guides.com, in case you're not aware of them. They have zillions of manuals. It's a great resource if you need one.
We got mixed news at our cats' annual checks today. We know Chester has issues, and it looks like Cody does, too. We know Ches probably has a brain tumor, but it looks like he may be getting into kidney failure, too. Coco may have hyperthyroidism. Chessy is about 18 and Cokie isn't much younger. At this time they're both doing well, but it sounds like some loss may not be far away. ☹️☹️ Not unexpected, but still depressing.
Vet run for the dogs' checkups today, where Storm will spend his exam trying to bite the vet. I've been trying to work with him to teach him it's okay if someone touches his face. He's marginally better, but not ready yet. I suspect mean things were done to him to shut his loud mouth, before we got him. This time, I'm taking treats along in hopes if the vet gives him some, Storm will decide he's a good guy after all.
Don't know what I'll get done today. I'm always so tired lately, I don't get as much done as I used to.
Down another 2.2 lbs the past week, so hope I can keep momentum going. Only .6 to go to my first mini goal. Then I'll reset for another 5 lbs. 15.6 to lose before I get back to my lowest. ☹️☹️☹️
Good luck on the vet run, SD. Also glad to hear you're nearly to your weight loss goal. I've been kinda stuck at my current weight but I think I need to tweak my food intake. Again. Sigh. At least I'm still walking every day. At least one person said it looked like I'm losing weight so I might be dealing with muscle gain, rather than weight loss.
Didn't get any work done yesterday on my wool afgan since I was at my sign language class. I did get some work done on the car WIP, though. I did find the color yarn I was looking for and ordered some more a couple weeks back. Right now, I'm finishing up the skeins I currently have in the bag before I put the new ones in.
Yesterday turned out to be a very busy day after all. We went to a museum downtown and spent several hours looking at local history. Then in the evening we went to Disney Springs, which is a very upscale shopping mall. Lots to look at and of course the Disney store, but we didn't spend a dime. So much walking, my feet hurt. Today I am going to hang out by the pool again.
DH won a drawing for a free sushi dinner. We are going to try and figure out how to get there without a car. They have a tourist bus that might get us close enough to walk to it. Or we'll get a cab.
This place is a monument to consumerism.
I have to go to town today to pick up a prescription, but I’m just going to scoot through the drive through and come back home.
I’ve been stitching pretty intensively so I’m going to take some time to work with the floss stash. I want to consolidate where I have several bobbins of a color with small amounts so I can get the bobbins back. I’m skipping the floss sale. I need to get the stash work done first and see what I really have to have for the new patterns. There will always be sales and coupons.
The new patterns are supposed to be here tomorrow. I’ve decided that since the trees are for the most part pretty straightforward, I’ll look at the robin and hare patterns and start the most complex. That is almost certainly going to be the robin. I hope the fabric for it will come by Saturday. It should ship today, I think, but I have plenty to keep me busy if it doesn’t.
Good luck the vet SD. Poor Storm. I hope he learns life is completely ok now and that the vet emerges with all his fingers intact.
That is too bad about your cats. It is hard when pets are near the end of their lives. Even when they have lived a longer than normal life, it is still hard.
I am still a bit stuck on my weight too. Right now I have a lot of things going on, so that is not a top focus for me now. Of course it was not really a top focus for me when I did not have other things going either....
Our reorganization will be finally starting next week. It seems like all the big things have been decided, but there are lots of little details left to be determined. Like what exactly people are doing. I have been told that this is "an opportunity for me to take on more responsibility." Not more pay or different title of course, just more responsibility. But there seemed to be an expectation I would be somewhat enthusiastic about it.
I am feeling a bit overwhelmed this week. I hope in a few weeks, it can transition to just being whelmed.
Thanks, everyone, about the pets. It's hard, but not unexpected. All we can do is love them as long as we can.
Storm screamed his head off having his claws clipped. He was so upset and took a while to calm down. Then he had to see the vet. Nothing helped. He didn't want treats or his emotional support bear. He did eventually let Vet give him a treat, but wasn't very happy about the whole ordeal. Poor boy. Vet had Husby try to open Storm's lips to check his teeth. It wasn't perfect, but it was progress, so we'll keep working on getting him used to having his face touched. Shadow just thought the whole thing was a fun visit with her frenz, all wags and grins as usual. Vet said most likely Shadow's hip abnormality, one being higher than the other, is most likely either congenital or due to a broken pelvis that didn't heal right. He's not worried about her because she doesn't limp or seem to have any pain. There's nothing that can be done to correct it anyway. We had her at least a year before we noticed anything wrong. They both seem healthy and now have their shots, so they're good for another year, I hope.
Still snowing and cold. Supposed to get worse this weekend. Yippy skippy.
I finally scored an 8 lb pkg of hamburger for half price, so as soon as the 7 lbs of ground turkey thaw out, I can make burger patties, meatballs, and meat loaves for the freezer. I saved $16 on the hamburger, so that's helpful. I might make Husby do the meatballs. He can use the cookie scoop. Hope we get this all done tomorrow or Friday. I hate the job but it's always nice to have healthy food in the freezer ready and waiting.
Good luck with your transition, Kathy. And I hope there isn't another shutdown at the end of the month, too, for everyone's sake.
Hey SD, years ago we had a Boston Terrier that was terrified at the vet. What seemed to calm him some was putting a towel over his head so he couldn't see. You know, like they do with wild animals.
Thanks, Rabbit. Might be worth a try. The second time he was at the vet clinic was the night he broke his leg. He was in so much pain and then he had surgery and had a fixator put in with 4 pins through his leg, also unpleasant. I don't know if he will ever get over the trauma from that. He has to go back to the same room as that night for claw clipping, where he gets held down and sometimes it hurts. I suspect it all takes him back to that awful night and all the pain. Poor baby. He's a drama queen to begin with, but he has good reason to be afraid and upset, too. We decided today we'll never have his claws clipped the same day he sees the vet though. Both things are too upsetting for him to have to do back to back.
ROFL! Husby is trying to have a nap, but it's time for afternoon snack so Storm is outside the bedroom door howling his head off. I guess all his suffering this morning did nothing to upset his internal clock! That boy sure knows how to run this place and keep his staff in line!
Glad to hear Storm's vet visit is over and done with and he's feeling better.
Sigh. Not looking forward to the drive home tonight. One of the roads into town closed today for the next six months or so they say. They're repairing one section where there are three (relatively small) bridges/culverts. No one really believes that the work will be done in six months, especially going into winter. They did 'add' an additional lane on one of the roads going out but I doubt that will do much help. And the most annoying part will be all the people 'trying to beat the light' who will end blocking the intersection so that nothing moves. Plus it seems like practically every road in/out of town has some sort of construction recently. For the most part, the other construction hasn't bothered me. It's just that this road closure will probably affect practically every other road around town, which tend to back up on a good day. Sigh.
Training dog to open mouth on cue:
Open Mouth Behavior - The Good Dog Spot
I think you could start with yawning behavior - can you initiate a yawn? Some dogs will if you do first. Supposedly this measures how attuned they are to their owners. If Shadow will and gets a treat will Storm mimic her?
Nails clipping - I am happy with just 1 paw day or every other day. I just do a tiny bit, have not drawn blood on the new dog at all. I did quick the old dog twice, did not blame him for being mad at me for that.
Ear cleaning - I learned to warm the solution by putting the bottle inside my clothing 5-10 minutes to bring to body temp. Cold liquid in your ear would certainly be annoying.
Sorry to hear about your cats SD. Hope they can be treated to a good quality of life while they are with you.
My cats get anxiety going to the vet, too. One of them at least is getting used to it. Considering you don't normally take them that often, it can be a while before they get over it.
Had a relaxing day here. Worked on my sewing project a bit this morning. Went.for a walk. Spent time at the pool. Taking it easy this evening. We just got back from getting ice cream. 🍨
I think I m going to be ready to go home soon, though.
Thanks, DLR. It doesn't help the vet clinic is always a madhouse and anything our dogs know at home in the quiet flies out the window. I did have Shadow's undivided attention the whole time we were there though, because she knew I had treats. She's the Hermione Granger of our family and likes to show off what she knows, so she sits for snacks without being told while Storm is yelling and running in circles. The boy is sweet but brash and reckless.
Sounds like a traffic snarl in the making, Ren. I hope it goes better than expected.
There's no treatment for either of our cats, but Vet says they aren't in pain. They don't act like it. All we can do is take it a day at a time.
I saw a boot cuff I liked I thought I might try. It is from a drawing, not photo, but I think it is something that is still doable. It is from the camping series I am reading and the girls wear pretty realistic looking clothing.
This is a link to the cover:
It was an ankle length boot and the cuff looked to be sitting out a bit, like the shirt collars that fold over. It was plaid, which gave it a made from a flannel shirt collar look. It could be done just sitting on the ankle loosely. I could also make it with some stretchy knit material to hold it in place. The folded over layer would cover this part.
I want something like that, but a little longer to cover more of my foot.
I am actually looked for some thing more for shoes than boots. Something that would cover the top part of my shoe and keep my feet a little warmer. I googled shoe cuff, but I got lots of .... um.....weird stuff involving leather and metal bits. Ankle boot cuff is a much safe search term that gave me fairly normal results.
I experimented with making spats at one time. My sewing skills are not really good enough to make fitted clothing. I need to do loose fitted things or stuff with stretchy material.
Most of the boot cuffs I had seen previous fell in one of two categories. Some were like leg warmers, but only a few inches long. These were usually knit or crochet. The other type is (fake) fur that makes it look like you are wearing a fur trimmed boot. These are nice, but what I really wanted was something that goes down further and provides more warmth for the foot area. Kind of a coat for the feet. So I think the collar style is good for that.
I am thinking in the back of my mind how I could cover the whole top of shoe. Something removable that would also stay in place. It seem like a covering that went too far down the front would have a chance to flop over onto the side and drag on the ground. I could possible do as far down as the shoelace goes and hook it onto the shoes that way. I could sew buttons to the edges of the shoes, but that would look a little odd wearing the shoes without the coverings.
Kathy - may be look for either putties or gaiters?
SD, thanks. It wasn't so bad last night or this morning. I think they've extended the length of the light to allow more people to go through, especially with all the people trying to make the left turn from the highway to the road into town. It's a jug handle turn but at least people aren't blocking the fast lane, trying to make the turn. The extra lane going out of town seemed to help as well, especially since there are a easier ways to make the turn onto the road into town.
Got some more work done on my wb afgan last night. Not sure if I'll finish this skein tonight or not. It's coming along faster than I thought but I'm sure I'll get annoyed sooner or later
try ravelry for boot cuffs they are easy ..plus they have fun new soft faux fur now too if you want that look. sounds you want socks we have all the traffic issues here too always a surprise driving around. at least they are finished on the road here. It is hard when pets get sick when older. just like us. our adopted cat..the one who pees on things...no way she would get nails clipped etc without being put out. she bit me hard when I was holding her at the vets and he tried to look at her nails. made dh take our youngest to the vets last night to get his stitches out..you know he can be the bad guy for once. back in 20mins..meanwhile I have to wait min 20mins just to see them.
worked on lap blanket that will be for xmas yesterday. went though my lingerie drawer to get rid of some things. shortie nighties are now camisoles lol somethings donate and some recycle the fabric. my house is cluttered and just on a binge to clean it up. last boxes to ship up north. got free shipping international so sending my cousin some halloween stuff and treat bags since they don't celebrate halloween there and she was interested in how big it is here. they are starting to know about it there. michaels had 80% off sale so got a couple of things for me too. will send a couple of my crocheted hats too.
took 3 days for cat to figure out i had a catnip toy from craft show in a bag on my dresser..so 5 am bag on head knocking over all my stuff on the nightstand to the bed yesterday. now the cats are taking turns w it. got another to send to cousins cat. so that is hidden in the box. working today so not much will happen craft wise. except I straightened my yarn bookcase..was leaning w bottom raised because someone peed on shoes and got the front wet....and ikea pressboard so needed to dry. at least not the yarn.
We cleaned the house a bit and now I can see my sewing machine. I'm going to spend 30 minutes today working on her quilt. I think the next quilt will be done in strips instead of squares. I think it will go faster. In fact I think all my next quilts will be done in strips. I have lots of different fabrics and make what I call memory quilts for my dgds. The older one loves disney princesses, so I bought fabric for just about every princess. I have all the squares cut, they just need to be sewn together. I only have a month to get it done, but if I spend 30 minutes a day/5 days a week, I should be able to get it done. That's my goal for this year. At least one quilt done, hopefully two. Better get sewing.
I had surprises driving into town yesterday. Turned right into narrow two lane country road, soon came upon the loggers. Lots of sitting waiting to be cleared to move around the trucks, then squeezing past with truck and workers on one side and and an abrupt three foot drop on the other. When I finally turned on to the next road, same kind, i found all the utility workers at several places putting in poles. Coming home I went the long way around to the highway to the west. That comes to the turn that led me to the loggers from the opposite direction so I could avoid the whole mess. It takes longer, but worth it. I may go to town again tomorrow and I’ll just take the long route to begin with. The other work may be finished, but I don’t want to find out the hard way.
I got through the 800s on the DMC consolidation last night. This is just working through the main boxes, a first pass. I’m clearing lots of bobbins. I have extra, some on bobbins, some in skeins, that I will deal with later. The bobbins have a lot of old floss and that’s where I will start picking up colors that don’t quite match. I’ve only found three or four in the main boxes. I’ll keep working on that today.
The new patterns are out for delivery, so I’ll see them soon. They are printed two sided, so I want to make one sided copies to work with. I may go to town tomorrow to do that. If so, I may get a list of colors on the pattern I decide to start that will need multiple skeins. If I’m short any I may go to JA after all. The fabric should be here tomorrow so I would be ready to start it. I may finish the Noel first though. Or maybe not.