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Saturday I finished hand warmers and knit about 4" on the hat. The hat usually takes about a week. Watched a Hallmark Christmas movie. Dad insists on informing everyone that the TV is NOT HIS and he doesn't know where it came from and prefers it not be used. (It's one of my brother's.) Also he needed emergency trip to the bathroom right at good part of the movie. Sigh.
11-24-2019, 12:50 PM
SD - on here at 3 a.m.? We could have chatted. I was thinking of going to bed about then. I keep trying to get back to a sensible schedule, but I worked evenings too many years. That, added to my natural night owl rhythm, it’s hopeless. I really need to just give up and go with it.
I didn’t do anything last night except mess about on the internet. I was just too tired to stitch. It’s time to get some breakfast and get started on the house again.
11-24-2019, 02:00 PM
I drank a can of diet 7-Up around 9 and apparently it has caffeine in it. I didn't get to sleep till around 4. Now I'm exhausted. Lesson learned.
Still sewing, though slowly. 25 done so far. I should get another 25 done today. Then I can bag up another 100 for the suitcase. I'll still have 75 to do. I can't decide if I should do all 75 at once or another 50 then 25, or 25 for 3 days. 25 per day would probably work best, given the food prep and holiday and serger return this week. I would still be able to finish no later than Friday, I think. My hands and wrists would appreciate a reduced schedule, given the RSI kicking up again. Gotta watch that since I want to continue avoiding surgery.
It's a productive day so far, but lunch break is over.
11-24-2019, 02:17 PM
didn't do much yesterday except watch shows w dh.. kids activities too. today craft show, groceries for scouts. library and potluck dinner xmas for ds sport. got 8 doz cookies for it from local bakery good ones and cheap. stressed crocheted a bunch of scrunchies. my friend is selling at craft show so will bring her a hat. she gave hers to son and I had another out of similar yarn.
so sending ds down to rake leaves at grandmas and will take her to other library later. will do more crocheting later. will get dd to help pack the armpit fudge for scouts. figure icing sugar is too messy for little ones to do ..they can add flavouring. i will put the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar in the baggies. they can add the vanilla and cocoa if they want.
11-24-2019, 03:15 PM
Beautiful 60F afternoon. We should be putting up christmas lights outside, but we're both tired already. Opened windows and put houseplants in the sun.
The dragon fabric order looks correct. Will need to find a project box to store that until I get to it.
It sounds like SD is doing enough sewing for several of us.
11-24-2019, 07:39 PM
I got the trimming and turning done on the second 25 shields today, but I'm just too tired to topstitch. I would consider that a failure if I hadn't gotten so many done in such a short time already. Didn't I hear myself say I only needed to do 10 per day to finish in time? Not 50? I might lose the reputation I've worked so hard to cultivate of not being an overachiever.
Saw a moving story about a boy who is severely colorblind and just got special glasses to correct that. Turns out he's from Husby's little tiny hometown in SW MN. Cool.
Sounds like we're supposed to get about 3" tonight into tomorrow morning. I hope the roads will be all right by Tuesday so we can take the serger in. If not, I have plenty to do here.
I bought poster board to make templates for the DfG bags, so I can just lay the template on top the bag fabric, flip the casing over the template, and press to mark it. Should be lots quicker than measuring and marking each one and then pressing. Also need another smaller template so I can lay that over and quickly mark where the label goes, instead of having to measure. I'd like to make more bags, but they're so tedious following the actual instructions. I'm looking forward to testing some ideas after the shields are all done and packed away. I hope to streamline the whole process. Then they'd be fun to make.
11-24-2019, 08:00 PM
My mom mentioned she wished she had a wren house to hang from her garage. Since she's hard to buy for because she doesn't need or want much, this little tidbit was good news. I rooted around on Pinterest for about 3 minutes and found this: https://pin.it/sai6h56sbznusj
So simple even I should be able to do it. Shouldn't take long, and I have everything except threaded rods. I'm going to make 2. Husby shoveled a path to the junk rack behind the cabin so I could find the PVC for them and get that cut while it was warm. I guess that means the project is officially started. The timing is nice so I can pick up the threaded rod when we take the serger.
Still have to make the table runner, too. The deadline I set is a week from Wednesday to get it in the mail. I plan to start it Saturday whether I'm done with shields or not. I'm hoping it won't take too long. Shouldn't.
11-24-2019, 11:34 PM
Well, I won both auctions for the refurbished stitch kits. They are small, 5 or 7". That should be enough for years to come.
DH wants to have dinner before the movie tomorrow, so I need to get across town before rush hour. Sounds like a good excuse to do some shopping during the afternoon. I'll try and work on pinwheels in the morning. I need to get away from this puzzle. Enjoying it immensely, but I'm sure that sitting for hours hunched over it is part of my pain problem right now. One of the things I want to find is some Sambar, a very spicy Indian soup mix. It's kind of like instant vegetable broth, with a kick. I love it in the winter.
Weather is supposed to be nice for a couple of days, then.... something, not sure yet if it will rain or snow. We could get either this time of year.
11-25-2019, 07:33 AM
I don't know what it's doing here, but the plows have been going by. Not a good sign. Wish we could have taken the serger today, but it doesn't matter much. I expect to have to leave it there if it needs a new motor. That will mean a 7th 100 mile round trip because of serger issues since June. :sigh:
That's interesting that people are refurbing kits to sell. What a good idea!
11-25-2019, 09:34 AM
Finished my green wool-blend afgan last night. I probably could've done another skein (or at least half of one) but I had enough. It's long enough anyway. I did find a couple small holes in it where it seemed the thread was weak and then broke. Those got stitched up. So it's ready for use. Yay!!
Now I can focus on getting the wool lapgans done. Those should go fairly quickly because they're lapgans and I'm using worsted weight yarn (rather than the sock/fingering weight). I have another acrylic lapgan started as well that has been sitting around for some time. I think I'll focus on the wool lapgans to give to my friend. The acrylic one will go to my neighbor to bring to her job for donations.
11-25-2019, 12:20 PM
Ren- woohoo! :vs_bananasplit: congrats on the finish!
I think I accomplished quite a bit yesterday but itís stuff that doesnít really show so it looks like discouragingly little was done. Todayís progress should be more visible.
SD - I scrolled on down the Pinterest page and there are some cute birdhouses there. I think before spring Iíll get a neighbor to knock down the swallow nest in the carport and make them build a new one if they want to nest there. Theyíve used this one for two years and it probably has a full house of mites or other bird parasites by now. If I have to clean house, so do they. I like having them around though. It never hurts to have insect hunters on the wing around the place.
The house cleaning has given me lots of thinking/planning time. Iím going to divide the year in quarters, starting in December, and will set cross stitch goals by three month blocks. Starting after Thanksgiving, for a big project, Iím going to work on the weird Lake Superior pattern in half cross on 18. I want to see how that goes before giving more more time to the robin or trees. Itís going to be an easy straightforward pattern and should go fairly quickly. I might get at least a couple of pages done, but no stress there. Part B is more important.
Iím going to set all the other WIPs aside and see how much I can get done on the beaded Christmas kits Iím using for presents next year. It will be more appealing to work on Christmas projects while itís still (relatively) cold. Also itís been great to have Christmas stuff done so early this year.
11-25-2019, 04:48 PM
Congrats on finishing the afghan, Ren.
D, I didn't look past the first birdhouse since it looked so easy and I had most of the stuff to make a couple. I bet if you let it be known you wanted birdhouses for Christmas, some of your family would be more than happy to help Santa provide them. 🙂
Another long day here, but I got 50 more shields done, plus step 1 done on the last 50. I'll trim and turn them tonight and they will be ready whenever I have time to do them. Weather is still iffy for tomorrow. If we can't take the serger, then I might have time to sew. If we go, that's a day gone. Wednesday is food prep day, but if I buy a frozen key lime pie, I can put off making the Tortuga rum cake till Christmas. Except I really, really, REALLY want Tortuga rum cake! I make them in mini Bundt pans so they're not only rich and decadent, they're so cute. It's been yrs since I made them since they're so rich. Thursday is T-day, but I might have some time to sew in the morning, maybe enough for a run of 25. Friday I need to start the table runner. Saturday I have to make dog food. Table runner needs to be done by a wk from tomorrow. Gonna be a busy week.
11-25-2019, 09:30 PM
Got 25 more shields done to the point of topstitching. I'm done for today. The last 25 are trimmed and turned, ready for the pockets to be sewn, trimmed and turned which is step 2. Then they'll be ready for topstitching and shields will be done. I should be less than 2 hrs away now. Can't wait. Total shield count will be 376. In a normal yr I would have done about 150.
I've noticed my speed picked up from so much practice. It's like being back in my contracting days when I could whiz through dozens of pairs of boots per day.
11-25-2019, 11:43 PM
Congrats, Ren on finishing another afghan. I hope you enjoy your next project.
Not much going on here. I did one star this morning, and have the next one set up for tomorrow. Went out and drove around on a fool's errand. I remember now why I don't go out on Mondays, many smaller shops are closed. Like the ethnic groceries I wanted to visit.
I found a new thrift shop, and picked up a piece of carnival glass. One of these. https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/71029707 They are common, and not terribly old (~50 years) so I got it cheap, but I was thrilled to find something for my collection that was in good shape. They had Corning Ware and Fire King pieces too, I had to make myself walk away. I just do not have room.
Stitch kit #2 came. It looks like this: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/V1wAA...uUD/s-l400.jpg The hoop is 5" and the fabric is 28 count. Not sure how well ribbon is going to work on that. I think I will start with this kit. I like the cardinal a lot, but this is more manageable right now.
I hope the weather cooperates with your plans, SD. We are not sure what we are getting here but there is a 80-100% chance of weather Thurs and Fri.
I am not sure what we are having for Thanksgiving, other than a turkey breast and cranberry salad. Guess I better figure that out tomorrow.
11-26-2019, 01:24 AM
I love that blue carnival glass. I have the footed oval fruit bowl. Those reproductions were popular in the early '70s. We got my mom a set of the orange tumblers with pitcher. I also have the orange candy dish. I got my grandma"s orange set of pitcher and glasses, which is original orange carnival glass. I love it, but don't have room for much.
11-26-2019, 08:52 AM
Thanks, folks. That afgan was quite a bit of work due to me using fingering weight yarn. But it'll be worth it in the spring and fall since it's both warm and light. So, right now, I'm working on the first wool lapgan WIP. I think I will have enough yarn with what I ordered a week or so back.
So - AC Moore's going out of business. There's one in my area but I rarely went to that since it wasn't that close to me. I already have a Joann's, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby that are a lot closer. Anyone affected by AC Moore closing?
11-26-2019, 09:00 AM
I've never heard of AC Moore, so I guess I'm not affected.
Hobby Lobby is supposed to be opening in the town we shop the most (50 miles). The old Herberger's is being redone for it but no signs of HL yet. ☹️
11-26-2019, 09:07 AM
Yea! Just looked up HL and the new store opens 1/27/20. I've only been in HL twice so I'm not real familiar with them. I'm hoping the new store will help me avoid the extra 30 mile drive to go to JA on top of the 50 mile drive to our usual shopping.
11-26-2019, 11:02 AM
AC Moore isn't in this area, but I have heard of them. Sad to hear they are closing because more variety and competition is a good thing in the craft and hobby business. I liked having choices between JA and Hancocks years ago. IMO HL carries too much home decor, wall art and kitchy knick-knacks.
11-26-2019, 01:58 PM
No AC Moore around here, but people in craft groups use them. AppRently not enough though.
I got quite a bit done yesterday. I was glad to get the seasonal clothes switched around. I had to pull some winter things out during the last cold snap and that area was pretty chaotic. More cleaning today and this afternoon the HVAC guy will be by to service my unit. I ordered the gift cards for Christmas so after Thanksgiving I’ll get everything wrapped and that’s done for the year.
I’m not fond of HL and haven’t been there in a long time. I agree about the furniture and decor stuff.
There seems to be wide agreement in the cross stitch groups that Anchor black, like the white, covers better. I have a lot of patterns with a lot of black that will be done on lightbfabric. It seems to have gone up to .69 everywhere but 123 Stitch where it is still .54. I’m thinking of stocking up before that changes. I can’t get it locally.
11-26-2019, 03:44 PM
I'm not overly affected by AC Moore's closing although I heard that some will be taken over by Michaels. I've only been in the local Hobby Lobby once but I do recall that it seemed to lean more toward pre-made decor and nick-knacks than crafting stuff.
The local Michaels leans more towards arts related crafting stuff (to make, rather than pre-made) while the Joanns leans more towards fabrics and sewing/quilting projects. But they both have yarn and one has what the other doesn't so I'm usually covered.
11-26-2019, 04:04 PM
I have started the christmas kitty.... and will never attempt anything on 28ct again. I can barely see it, even with magnifying glasses. 18 stitches have taken over half an hour. That includes picking several out. This is a beginner kit and should be on something with larger weave.
Anyway, yesterday while I was out wandering around I browsed through one of the quilt shops I don't get to very often and I saw this fabric panel. SD, it seems perfect for you:
I don't recall much about my first visit to HL, which was in Oklahoma about 10yrs ago, maybe. Second was in Bemidji last spring where I got some fabric for the basket covers in the camper. They did seem to have lots of decor, but a good size area of fabrics, too. I didn't have much time to look around that day, so I'm looking forward to the new one where I can take more time. We literally drive right by JA in Hibbing every time we go to GR which is more than we should, as we want to spend enough time there to see if we want to move there. I will still get to JA sometimes, but HL should make it easier to pick up some things in a more timely manner when we go for other things in the closer town. I can't say I'm really satisfied with JA either. Most of my fabric purchases involved DfG, so with that need ending, I will probably have less need for fabric stores in general. If I don't need fabrics, Amazon offers most anything else I might need. HL has a big COMING SOON sign up now, I noticed. It will be in the same mall as Aldi, right across the hwy from Menards, very convenient.
That's a pretty fabric panel, CH. Everybody on it lives in Wyoming. We have some of those animals, too, but not all.
18 ct aida is about my max, even with a lighted magnifier. It's worse if it's not daylight, too.
We dropped of the serger. Tech plugged it in and it was still dead. A bad thermocouple was mentioned, so it may not need a new motor. Other tech said he'd take it to Duluth (he runs the store there) to work on. I hope it won't take long. Really want to get all the liners done. The serger still stinks, so I hope they can figure out why. It makes me sick to use it and it stinks up the whole house.
Today was a quick trip, drop off the serger and hit 3 stores. Didn't spend much anywhere. Menards was out of the under cabinet light we need. Had to take the truck due to road conditions so couldn't get the weather stripping for our door. Again. Maybe next time.
I finished another 25 shields and sewed pockets on the last 25. I'll trim and turn the pockets tonight and should be able to finish tomorrow, I hope.
All in all, a good day.
11-26-2019, 05:42 PM
I missed that the panel was a whole map, CH. That's really nice. I wish I had a use for it.
11-26-2019, 06:09 PM
Found the panel on eBay. Wow, is that gorgeous! We're trying to find an excuse to buy it. LOL!
There are a few AC Moore's here but JoAnn and Michaels are closer. I went a few times when I got GCs for taking surveys. I liked that they had a box for donating handmade items, I have not seen that in other places.
I am in the decreasing rows for the hat crown so expect to finish in 1-2 days. More hand-warmers after that. I wore one of my knitted shawls today and got compliments. Maybe I will do another one in that size & pattern.
11-27-2019, 11:01 AM
no ac moore here just michaels. there is one hl across the border that I go to sometimes because they have craft kits for kids we don't have here. but they aren't open sundays. now that michaels is sending all the black friday sales emails here... plus everyone else. but did a bunch of online shopping xmas shopping buying handmade things from a home business like totes, dinner cozies etc. and avon yesterday too. can't resist the marked down dresses etc got a dressy top and 2 dresses for me. $47 total plus taxes. got ds pjs too cheaper then store.
stopped writing cus cat whining to go back out and then didn't want too.. don't know if they didn't like food or too cold not my problem. bunch of crows waiting for food old moldy bagels I threw out last night for raccoons.. so opened a pack of little smokies and threw out some for them. lots waiting so must be cold. then seagulls showed up so threw out the half loaf of bread that was starting to mold for them. opened curtains and discovered other cat had barfed over the window sill. too early for all this! was up early too. second coffee time.
internet went out when I was on the site yesterday and dh had to spend hours w co.. they tried to pull fast one ..was their problem .he said the hold music was music announcement, buzz click to make look like you had been disconnected and then when you didn't hang up music would quietly start up again. he works w computers so doesn't work w him. kids twitchy without it lol esp ds.
me..watched my shows..not used to having no one bugging me every 5 mins so just made more scrunchies. don't know what I will do with them all. did pack up some for xmas game at moms group today. getting windy out there. need to visit friend too she fell and dislocated her hip monday afternoon. going home today.
need to work on xmas present instead of scrunchies.. just they use up end bits of yarn and satisfying quick results. have a wreath of scrunchies now. Attachment 49835
11-27-2019, 11:14 AM
I am really curious what a refurbished stitch kit is. I just can't picture it.
I have not really done much lately craft wise, but still feeling okay about it. I am having a rough time with the office reorganization. It has been pretty crazy around here. So I am really just focusing on getting through the transition bit.
I did a little bit of mending this weekend. I did some on my stuffed chameleon. However, when I went to turn it inside out the head shape looked off. I realized I had sewn it together wrong.
I want to do a little something Christmassy....
Maybe some tiny embroidery snowflakes.
I have not bought anything from a brick and mortar craft store for a long time. Most of the stores I buy from just sell online. I wonder if online buying has contributed to the decline. On the other hand, it does seem like a lot of people on frugal village shop the actual stores.
11-27-2019, 11:51 AM
Finally, shields are done. That's at least 300 made in less than 2 wks. No wonder I'm tired. Plus a pile of liners. Here's where my suitcase goal is so far. Attachment 49837
The remaining empty corner will be filled with another 150 liners. I'm hoping there will be room to squish in about 3 dz bags on the top. The whole works including the suitcase will eventually end up in El Salvador. I feel like I'm actually making progress now.
Today I have some food prep to do, in case we can leave home tomorrow. It's snowing like crazy right now. The storm was supposed to start last night but held off till 8 AM. Sounds like we're supposed to get 1-4 inches. Already have about 2".
Hope everyone stays warm and safe over the weekend. Happy Thanksgiving.
11-27-2019, 01:46 PM
Kathy, the seller said she added new fabric and matched the floss colors to the old instructions. I will know in a few hours, it should arrive today.
I am going to work on christmas kitty for a bit and then put it aside for one of the other kits. The cardinal is on 14ct, much easier to see. Not sure about the other two yet.
One of my geraniums died. Too dry inside and not enough sun. Two more are hanging on. DH is going to set up the garage grow lights this weekend and move plants down there. Not enough room in the living room window. We wrap steel shelving with saved bubble wrap to make it airtight, put in some old fish tank lamps and it's like a little greenhouse.
Almost done with the puzzle ~100 pieces left and they all more or less look the same: white with flecks of green and yellow leaves.
Congrats on finishing up your project SD!
11-27-2019, 02:51 PM
Not quite done yet, CH, but thanks. Still have liners and bags. My serger is fixed already though. I figured it would be quick. They think the smell will just have to work itself out. With the forecast, I probably won't get it back at least till next week. That's okay.
Today is the day of not being able to find things. Hate that. Still have to cook chicken and make coleslaw for tomorrow. It's going to be a simple meal.
11-27-2019, 03:03 PM
I just can’t get myself in gear to do anything today, but I need too. I want to finish the actual house cleaning, and then just have some craft clutter left to put away.
CH - why not just switch the fabric and do the kitty on 14 count? It will be the same size. When I first used 28 the problem wasn’t seeing the holes, but leaning to count over two threads instead of the aida blocks. That took some getting used too. If there are quarter stitches though, it makes them much easier.
11-27-2019, 03:28 PM
DC, I will probably do that at some point. The used fabric store sells bits and pieces of it, I might be able to get a small piece of 14 ct. So far this morning I have done 10 stitches in an hour+, picked it out twice, and had to remove ~5 of the 25 stitches I got done last night because they were off by one thread.
11-27-2019, 04:38 PM
Husby was just reading to me that the parent company of Michaels owns AC Moore and some other craft stores, so that would explain why Michaels might take over some of the other stores.
I'm proud of having successfully talked myself out of this:
Masterforceģ️ Rolling Tool Tote - 3 Piece at Menards https://www.menards.com/main/p-1553063454669.htm
It's on sale this weekend for $60 and the biggest tote would probably fit my little sewing machine. That's the kind of arrangement I originally wanted for taking machines places, but I never thought about looking at tool totes. All the sewing machine versions were $110+ and not big enough even for my little machine, plus they didn't seem nearly as well made and sure didn't have all those great pockets. But after dithering a while, I decided I Iike my rolling file box well enough, it fits in the truck, it's paid for, I love how my recent setup worked out, and it folds down so small it's easy to store in my overstuffed sewing room. I might regret it later because the toolbox setup is soooooo nice, but I doubt it. Does this mean I can spend $60 on other fun sewing stuff I don't need? 😁
I can't seem to get any ambition today. It's been go, go, go sewing shields and it's nice to relax. I'm taking a snow day.
11-27-2019, 05:40 PM
That is a very nice rolling tote. I wish they had a pic of the inside and how it opens up. Not that I am going anywhere near the stores this weekend.
The kitty stitchery is put away and I got the new one out and ironed it. Got sidetracked having to clean up the sewing room when i went to look for my small hoop, one of the cats was in there yesterday and knocked a bunch of stuff down.
The puzzle is finished. We will admire and then break it down tonight or tomorrow. I plan to share it with a friend who likes puzzles.
Our forecast for tomorrow is rain/sleet/snow. Glad we are staying home.
11-27-2019, 06:33 PM
The totes look like they zip open across the top. Most likely they have heavy wire that holds the top open.
11-27-2019, 06:48 PM
The description says how many pockets are inside each tote, but of course not the shape of them. The totes are on sale through Monday at $60 (while supplies last). What concerned me is the 18" measurement on the big tote is most likely outside and includes the pockets sticking out. Not sure my little Brother would fit inside. It's tempting to try it, but since I don't have storage for it, must resist. I'm glad I really do like my file box and toiletry bag setup.
I dragged out a big folding Mountainsmith bag that might come in handy to haul DfG stuff. It's rectangular and I'm trying to figure out how to add a drawstring top to it. Could be interesting.
11-27-2019, 07:53 PM
Thanks. If it has pockets inside then I probably can't get a sewing machine into it either. And like I said before, my biggest issue is going down stairs, not hauling it. Someday my bag will come. :)
My pie looks good. Never made a cherry pie from scratch before, but I used an Epicurious recipe and theirs are usually very reliable.
11-27-2019, 08:35 PM
It's possible inside pockets can be removed if they're just sewn in and not riveted. If riveted, they would have to be cut out. Which could be done neatly, probably. If the pockets were on the sides but not ends, it might work okay. You could take good measurements of your machine to the store and see if it looks workable. The bases on my travel machines are pretty narrow, which is why my littlest one fits in a laptop case, so my machines would fit into a narrower tote.
The description also says the 2 smaller totes fit inside the big one for storage.
I need to be careful or I'll talk myself into buying that thing yet. LOL