Finished skein #2 and started skein #3 on the p/g afgan. This is the first color change. I do like the combination of colors at this point. It's not long enough to cover my lap yet, although it's slowly getting there. I think tonight I'll need a fleece blanket or even the down comforter while I'm working, to deal with the chill in the air. It's just so cold (and will be brutally cold tonight into tomorrow) that the heater will have its work cut out for it.
01-30-2019, 10:46 AM
I hope all of you stay safe and warm. I just looked at the ten day forecast and it looks like we will have a rapid warming, up to 74 one day. That’s absurd too, but on the other end of the scale.
I did a fair amount of housework done yesterday but managed to finish two more scarves. One of them was about half done from the day before.
More of the same today. Cleaning the next room and crochet.
SD - I like the ribbon with buttons.
01-30-2019, 12:42 PM
netflix and crochet today. once the ibuprofen kicks in. allergies bugging me big time. things starting to bloom here. did stop by michaels on the way home yesterday but no tempting yarn sales. have been hearing that pantone yarn was on clearance at certain ones.
made a bunch of beaded italy flags on safety pins for my spark group and learned to make clovers out of pipe cleaners. being left handed always a challenge to teach right handed people.
01-30-2019, 02:24 PM
bolero jacket done to the point the bride needs to try on and see if I need to change anything. and dress taken out and to the point bride needs to try on. both pairs of pants hemmed, so it is getting my steps in and practise the piano ( and prepare for Sunday as I am playing organ for our church for the next 3 Sundays) and back to string blocks and working on DGS's fleece blanket. I am waiting to finish the CC base for after the wedding dress stuff. I want to use some of the scraps from that in the stocking and since she is so young won't remember being sort of involved in the wedding. and dishes and laundry and so forth..... ahahaha!
01-30-2019, 02:42 PM
My heart goes out to all of you who are facing bitterly cold weather. We are having below normal temperatures as well but nothing like what people are having in other part of the country. It was 19 this morning and I bundled up to a ridiculously absurd amount.
I am in favor of all clothing being considered gender neutral. And I don't mean boring stuff like plain jeans and t shirts. I mean guys should be able to wear lace and ruffles and all the fun options that women get on their clothing without being looking down on or made fun of.
SD, I really admire the gowns you have made/are making. I know how hard it is to work with satin and silks and slippery material.
I am thinking of my boxes of fabric and fabric scraps. There is some material that is pretty, but difficult to work with. I think I may just let that go. I have all thins quilting cotton which is easy to work with. Why choose a difficult bits when I have some many easy bits to work with. Since I am only doing bears and small projects - rather than full sized quilts - I have enough to last a really long time.
I made some craft purchases. Last week when my husband and I were discussing finance, my husband noticed that we had lots of points built up on a credit card. It turns out that we could use the points for Amazon gift cards. We splurged a bit on things.
I got some embroidery pens - the type where the ink disappears with water. I got a roll of tear away stabilizer. I also got a bag of sample size pearl cotton size 8. Each roll only has 5 yards, but there are lots of yards in the package.
For embroidery, it seems like the main choices are embroidery floss (the six strand kind) and pearl cotton. The pearl cotton comes in lots of sizes but it seems like size 8 (for bold stitches) and size 12 (for delicate stitches) are the most common for embroidery. Crochet thread might work as well, but it is a little on the thick side. There are other choices too. These are just the most common. Also the ones that seem to have the most choices available.
I plan to try them and see which ones I like best. I am also contemplating mixing different thicknesses in one piece. At least one of the flowers in the stitching the seasons books has different thread thickness (strands of floss). It makes sense because flowers might have thick stems, but delicate parts.
01-30-2019, 03:45 PM
Thanks, everyone. I'm happy I'm able to do this work for the people who will need it. I'm hoping I can donate this stuff to a hospital somewhere nearby. Then I would have a local place I wouldn't have to ship to. DfG cost me almost $50 last time, and I don't want to get into having to ship everything to everyone. I will ship to Spearfish if they want more gowns though. They do not have a NICU so only see a need during emergencies. High risk pregnancies go to Rapid City. The point being they don't need a large supply of gowns, so it's not like I would be shipping millions.
I got a lot done today but only one gown completely done. I'm way too pleased with myself about how it turned out. 😁 I love the beading on this. The colors are perfect and the design is so delicate. This skirt was the center part of the beaded bodice on the original adult gown. I have 2 smaller sections of beading from the sides of the bodice that will decorate 2 preemie gowns, after much piecing. I pieced one of them today and it turned out nice, so I will do the other one the same way. The adult gown had a peekaboo slit on the side, with a longer beaded panel under the slit. I split that into 2 sections for 2 other gowns. I almost didn't buy this gown because it didn't have much beading, but I'm so glad I did. It's working out nicely. Attachment 48303
We're up to 15 below today at 2:30 PM. We're getting some wind, too. Tonight is supposed to be the worst and then it's supposed to warm up. Forecast is supposed to be for a temp swing of 80-90 degrees, with wind chill factored in. Then of course we're supposed to get snow and maybe freezing rain. Fun times.
Saw a news report from Minneapolis today where the reporter was interviewing some guy out walking around in the cold wearing shorts. I don't get it, because no one ever interviews women walking in the cold wearing dresses. What's the diff?
Husby is one of those guys who wears what he wants, including a pink shirt with puff paint teddy bears on it and tee shirts with stuff like cute puppies on them. He also carries a purse because where else would he put all the crap he has to drag along. He's a very secure man.
01-30-2019, 04:22 PM
Beautiful gown, SD. Love the color and the beading.
Had a squall come through around 3 pm. It only lasted about ~15 minutes but the temps have fallen 10* since then. It's going to drop to ~4* tonight and then only get into the teens tomorrow. Upside is the wind is going to drop so the wind chills won't be as bad.
Nearly couldn't get into work this morning. We had rain yesterday. While we didn't get ice, what little rain/dampness got into the doorframe of my car froze. I could unlock the door with my key fob. I just couldn't pull it open. I was able to eventually open it by getting my fingers just under the doorframe at the top and eventually tugging it. Sigh.
01-30-2019, 06:25 PM
A picture of me ridiculous bundled up. For temperatures that are probably not that bad for most of you.
I finished my mushroom.
01-30-2019, 07:01 PM
I think the mushroom turned out nicely.
It was 19 degrees but windy when I took the dog out this afternoon. We didn't stay out long. Morning was better because there was no wind.
I have another quilt block cut out to sew tonight. I also cut some 4.5" square blocks to store for later. It does make sense to get rid of the small scraps and neatly keep only blocks you can use later.
01-31-2019, 12:02 AM
I'm sure you weren't alone being bundled up, Kathy. Love the hat! 19 with wind and probably some dampness sounds miserable to me.
Husby had a fun afternoon when he got off work and the truck wouldn't start. Some thoughtful passerby gave him a jump before Husby even got done digging out our jumper cables.
Forecast tonight is "minus low forties" according to the TV weather nerd. I managed not to swear at him. I'm just resigned to my fate. We could lose heat by morning. Hope not.
Still looking forward to sewing the teal gowns tomorrow. I think they're really aqua. I don't think I will get them done, but I hope to finish up Friday. Then I want to drag out the bear paw quilt and do a little bit with that.
01-31-2019, 09:12 AM
Hope you didn't lose heat, SD. The bundling amused me, Kathy. I think a friend would want to steal your bear hat if he saw it. :lol: I bundled up last night as well. (No hat though.)
It was 2* this morning when I was on my way to work. Thankfully, I didn't need the down comforter last night. I just layered up a few blankets, including a couple of wool afgans I made for myself. It's been a weird up-n-down situation with the temps this year. So having the ability to adjust the layers of blankets is better.
About halfway through skein #3 on the p/g afgan. This is taking longer than the first two, probably because I worked on them over the weekend (meaning more hours). But it's coming out nicely. Still not long
01-31-2019, 01:02 PM
SD - stay warm. EVeryone else too. K - congrats on finishing the mushroom. Looks good. We’re at 48 right niw, may get to low 50s this afternoon. The forecast for Monday has gone up to 76. With such cold and warm air I hope there isn’t a big tornado outbreak when they meet.
Sharon may be out here sometime this weekend so I’m going to crochet like mad today and tomorrow and finish as many scarves as I can. I think I have six finished, maybe seven, and the current one is about half finished. I used some solid yarn, but I’m going back to the variegated to keep chipping away at that.
01-31-2019, 01:46 PM
Heat is still on. In fact, I turned on the fireplace. Chester and Storm are basking. Storm has his neck draped over poor Chester, squishing him. It's hard to remember now the 3 months of hell and chaos when the dogs moved in and would not stop attacking cats. Sure glad they all finally adjusted. As a bonus, we can now keep the dogs from attacking squirrels by yelling "NO KITTY!" I'm not sure how cold it got overnight. Probably around -40 plus wind chill. Luckily, not much wind.
I finished another gown and bonnet. I'm not sure I like the gold flowers but it's the only thing I have that even remotely goes with the lace, which came from a yellow adult gown. Otherwise, I like how it turned out. I've spent a lot of time today cutting odds and ends of gowns and bonnets. Things should speed up now since most of the prep is done. I plan to use up the entire big gown so will have more little gowns to sew when the current batch is done, but not many and not as detailed. Attachment 48311
01-31-2019, 06:37 PM
I should have said the lace on the gown above is more gold than the white it looks in the pic. It coordinates nicely with the aqua. That's why I put the gold flowers on it. They go nicely with the lace. It's not the color of the flowers I don't like, it's their pointy little bases. They don't sit as flat as I would like. I got another gown done, the one on the right. The one on the left is the one I finished yesterday, with the bow actually attached. Attachment 48315
Husby told his supervisor today he plans to retire between mid-March and early June. I sure hope we've done all our math right. :yikes:
It looks like our overnight low will only get down to 19 below, so it's warming up. Of course that means it's supposed to snow tomorrow. Luckily, it'll only be a 1-3" nuisance snowfall.
I see on the news Hell froze over in Michigan. But it was colder than Hell here, so I don't see the big deal.
01-31-2019, 07:08 PM
SD you did not report how husby liked the wolf quilt. I assume you gave it to him already.
I sewed 2 quilt blocks last night and messed up the first one, had to rip out final 2 seams and re-do. 2nd one went smoothly. I'm distracted by the car problems and impending job changeover to new company tomorrow Feb 1. Have to pick new health insurance. :pull_hair:
01-31-2019, 08:36 PM
Husby loved the wolf quilt. He uses it every day.
It seems like I made that quilt years ago.
02-01-2019, 09:20 AM
dlr.... good luck with your job change. Kathy, I love that mushroom. It is very nice. SD your gowns are so nice. what a wonderful thing to do for those who lose little ones.
Picked up another hemming job. Those things keep coming to me. Just puttering away today. and it is snowing again. ( of course I cannot go out since DH takes the vehicle I usually drive. It has AWD and does better in the snow, which makes me stuck at home)
02-01-2019, 09:31 AM
Still working on skein #3. Sigh. I probably won't have it done tonight, either. Likely on Saturday, although I have events I'm planning on attending. At least it's going to be warmer tomorrow than it has been all week, which is a plus because one event will be held outside. But they usually have a fire going as well as buildings for people to step into to warm up.
02-01-2019, 12:07 PM
I got less done yesterday than I planned/hoped, but did finish the scarf that was started and got most of a second done. I would have finished that one too but had to rip out about a foot of it. I somehow lost a stitch on a turn. No. ďSomehow ď is a weasel word. I lost it by not paying attention. At least I noticed it eventually.
I really need to catch up with kitchen work, but I really want to get as many scarves done as possible in case I have a chance to hand them over this weekend so Iím sticking with that today. Yesterday I put all the variegated that Iím not holding back for baskets on the table so I can really see what I have and in what quantities. That will help.
02-01-2019, 12:32 PM
dc - I do the same thing with reusable cloth grocery/Target bags. Most of the time, I just set aside what I'll be using for a project. If I've just purchased the yarn for a WIP, I'll leave it in the bags from the store since I'm usually going to start that WIP almost immediately.
02-01-2019, 03:30 PM
Our temps have gone up 31 degrees in the past 6 hours, to 9 above. Heat wave. I hope we're done with severe cold for this season.
I got everything cut out this morning and then 4 gowns sewed. I have 2 left, which I hope to finish yet today. They're finally at the stage where they don't take long. I talked to Mom for an hour while I sewed and was shocked I got 4 gowns and bonnets done in that time, while I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing. It will be nice to wrap this up for a,while and put away all the stuff I've dragged out for this project. It looks like a container store exploded in the FR and sewing room.
02-02-2019, 10:42 AM
got my hemming job completed and worked on an oven apron for a bridal shower gift for another friend who's daughter is getting married in about 3 weeks. got to get something else to put with it.
02-02-2019, 10:47 AM
I have enough pieces cut out for 1 more quilt block, but no time for sewing today. My birthday falls on a Sunday later this month so I think I will schedule a sewing day and line up a bigger project. Temperature is supposed to start warming today and reach 50 Sunday-Tuesday. Hooray.
02-02-2019, 02:34 PM
I have 11 scarves done, the 12th about 1/4 done. Doing all these for now with just dc they are super fast. Sharon tells me the girls love them, so I may just continue doing them mostly the fast way. Certainly for the variegated because stitch patterns get lost amid all the busy colors. I may do some lengthwise too.
I took a little time to wash a few dishes. I donít actually have many but they are almost all large pots and pans so it looks like they just go on and on. I have a couple soaking now and Iím ready to get back into the crochet.
Oops - upside down. It doesnít matter for this
02-02-2019, 03:24 PM
I got the last 2 gowns and bonnets done this AM and most of the mess put away. The FR looks twice as big now! I ended up with 33 gowns and 11 pockets. I will need to make more pockets, but not now. Attachment 48323 Attachment 48325
I've been doing marathon sewing for the past 3 months, so I think I want to do something else for a while. I still have stacks of WW recipes I was working with before this, trying to get my travel food figured out, so maybe I can make myself get back to that and get it off my work table.
I think I need some kind of rack for my quilting rulers that live on my work table. They won't fit in drawers. I don't know yet what such a rack might look like, but eventually I will find something. Maybe Pinterest will give me some ideas. I have some ideas I could build.
02-02-2019, 05:41 PM
The dresses look great!
I don’t know if Sharon will be here this weekend, but I just learned from Little girl, by chance, that her birthday is Wednesday and she will be here then. I’m glad I got at least a little notice! Amazon gift card to the rescue! Pretty free box and free one day shipping. God bless Amazon!
Because of that I will keep churning out scarves until then. After that I’m going to do another basket for my yarn leftovers and when the JA yarn arrives I’ll make the ones for Christmas. I don’t know when it will arrive. It was shipped Thursday or yesterday, but is coming from Michigan so it’s posted, understandably, as weather delayed. I’m thinking that after I make those I may go on and do the placemats. It would be great to have all the hand made Christmas done.
I watched a video a couple of weeks ago that made a pot holder that was made so it turned inside out to finish it, rather than being quilted in the usual way with a binding. It was then top stitched around the edge and then quilted. Why didn’t I think of that. The placemats are small enough that they could be done that way too. I hate putting on binding so this is a genius solution. I’m going to give it a try. After all that I could piece some blocks and finally get to the really fun stuff.
02-02-2019, 06:11 PM
For once, Pinterest was no help, but eventually I thought about some kind of wire rack for my quilting rulers. I looked at Amazon and didn't find anything, since I have two 2-footers that don't fit in anything. I also have handles on 4 of my rulers, so need more space between each than if it was just the plexiglass. And I need something easy to pick up and move if I need more space on the table. I finally figured out what I was looking for was a modified wire dish rack. I recalled a small, beat up rack I salvaged to use outside with my potting bench. I knew it was on the bottom shelf of the bench, which is buried in snow. I could see it sitting under the bench, along with another one I'm sure was salvaged, too but I don't recall picking it up. Husby dug them out. The beat up one was too small and too beat up. The other one is like new. It's somewhat bigger than I had in mind, but that just means I can subdivide it for storing some other stuff that's always on the table, plus there is room to grow. I think it will work out nicely. I was lucky I had some end caps from a brand new bag I got at a garage sale for .50. I like it! It very much tidied up my work table already. Now I will also have a place to set my rulers so they don't get buried under whatever fabric I am cutting up. I'm constantly searching. I haven't even used this yet but I will go out on a limb and count this as another repurpose success. Attachment 48331
02-02-2019, 08:04 PM
Never ever believe an 8 year old. I asked her six different ways if the bday celebration was really Wednesday. It sounded very improbable. While ago I texted her mom and no, it’s tomorrow. GAHHHH! I was still able to cancel the gift card and I’ll text her one tomorrow. If I had not been able to cancel it would have been ok. There are plenty of birthdays coming up. I’m going to fuss at someone for not warning me of this. However barbecue will put me in a forgiving mood. Especially since there is always Amazon to the instant rescue.
I’ll do another scarf tonight and then that’s probably it until I get some baskets made. That will give me 13 to send with her.
02-02-2019, 09:26 PM
Cash always works well, too.
At least you found out the right info in time.
02-03-2019, 11:16 AM
I have little cash on hand. She loves Amazon as much as I do, so the gift card will be welcome.
I finished the scarf I was working on and got almost another whole one done last night. It won’t take long to finish that. The party isn’t until 6:00 so I will have plenty of time to make another, maybe two. I’ll pull out some of the thicker yarn that will work with a J hook. Nearly instant scarf. The older RH seems generally to be thicker than the newer.
Monday through Wednesday it’s supposed to be around 75. That may fool some trees and bushes. It’s quite unseasonably warm.
02-03-2019, 12:27 PM
At 75, we'd be complaining about our broken AC. We're supposed to get 5 inches of snow today and tonight.
Finally! We got the big knotty pine headboard we salvaged 3 or 4 years ago moved into the bedroom and set in place. Not attached to anything, but it's progress and it's out of the LR. I've been putting off dealing with it for lots of reasons but the most important one was we needed a shelf added across the top. I've been dithering all this time about about how to match the finish so it didn't look like a tacky add-on, but couldn't get it right. I finally decided to sacrifice one of the side rails, since of course it's a perfect match. I had thought of that a long time ago but didn't really want to use a 2x8 instead of a 1x8. Fortunately the bed frame is massive itself, so it does not look over built or out of place. I've been letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, which in this case has been paralyzing. This whole bed frame thing will be a huge project, but at least it's a start. It will be worth it. Still can't believe someone just threw it on the trash heap. What a waste. They could have at least put it in the shed out there for someone to salvage. Good thing we found it right away before something got dumped on it or the bulldozer got it. People wasting perfectly good, expensive stuff like that just makes me mad.
We found the cord cover we've been looking for over the past year. It was behind the headboard in the LR, for reasons that remain a mystery. But at least now I can get that put over the extension cord that powers my work table, so it doesn't get damaged being walked on. It's in a very low traffic area but still.
Small progress, but I'll take it.
02-03-2019, 12:43 PM
Good job everyone. We're at 48 degrees now so I think I'll take the dog for a gooood loooong walk.
I assembled 1 more quilt block and stored it. Cut some more scraps to standard block sizes and stored.
I layered the "inherited" yellow/green quilt top with the sale batting and an old white sheet for the back. I noticed sheet has a light stain but the top itself is spotty in places. So "not perfect" but better than being in storage for another 60 years.
The 17 butterfly blocks were also found in storage. Each butterfly is a different fabric but all appliqued w/ black thread. The 32 leaf blocks were already assembled in with green lattice fabric the same as the yellow flower quilt. Each leaf different fabric and a matching thread. I had a go at hand quilting the leaf cover but gave up, disassembled and trashed the green fabric which I hated anyway. I think butterfly blocks would look nice set in a black background fabric with small multi-color flowers.
I think so too. the yellow flower one is nice. allergies hitting hard but actually snowing here a bit like a 1/3 of an inch. had a ragged small tablecloth that was in the clean laundry the middle basically gone so cut it up all the embroidery parts to be used for patches or something in the future.
02-03-2019, 06:37 PM
I cut up an old heavy tablecloth into napkin sizes. It was stained but I was able to get some fairly large unstained areas. It was good heavy printed cotton fabric. Or you could make place mats.
02-03-2019, 07:01 PM
I like that you're reclaiming the vintage quilts and blocks. I like putting old stuff to work and letting it see the light of day. The flower quilt looks so cheery. I like the others, too.
I had to laugh the other day. I needed bias tape to hem one of the little gowns, and I found the right color in an unopened package I got in a big bag of assorted bias tape from SA, for which I paid $1. The price sticker on the bias tape was from Penney's and it said 21 cents. I wonder how old that is.
I didn't do anything today except moving the headboard. It was nice to just relax.
02-03-2019, 09:44 PM
I found out why Little Girl was convinced the party was on Wednesday, which is Sharon’s actual birthday. Nobody told her it was today because she is totally incapable of keeping a secret. We all had a good time.
Sharon said she will keep giving out the scarves so I guess I will keep making them. I have a bunch of audiobooks in the lineup I want to listen too and it is really great to be working through all this variegated yarn. I have given her, I think, 41 so far. I’ll do it until I just can’t face another one. The embroidery is for my own amusement but this is making a lot of kids and teenagers happy. For the teens it sounds like they are less for warmth than a fashion statement. Sharon is astonished at all the ways they can find to wear them. I think of the girls doing that but apparently the boys are just as crazy for them.
02-03-2019, 10:54 PM
That makes me smile, D. I can imagine kids who don't have much would love to get those scarves. I was one of those kids, from a family with enough but not many extras. Getting something new and pretty was special.
02-04-2019, 08:51 AM
dc - nice "stash" of scarves. I'm sure people will appreciate getting one.
Finally warmed up from the bitter cold temps on Thursday. Temps on Thursday were around 17*. Temps yesterday were around 50*.
Finished skein #3 and almost done with skein #4 on the p/g afgan over this weekend, even with going out on Saturday. The one event I wanted to go to Saturday afternoon was close to home so it didn't take long to get back. I'll probably be able to finish skein #4 and start skein #5 tonight. The afgan now covers my lap. Glad to have something to start covering my legs while it's cold outside.
02-04-2019, 11:59 AM
Have any of you ever used one of those round knitting looms to make hats? I would branch out and make hats but I really don’t like crocheting them. Maybe I just never had the right pattern. I would appreciate any info on the looms.
02-04-2019, 12:03 PM
Originally Posted by dcompton
Have any of you ever used one of those round knitting looms to make hats? I would branch out and make hats but I really don’t like crocheting them. Maybe I just never had the right pattern. I would appreciate any info on the looms.
I've purchased one that I can hand crank but have yet to try it.