I had one. The hats weren't really big enough for adult size and there's no way to adjust the one I had. The worst was if one of the hooks failed to catch the yarn, it was a nightmare to try and correct. When it worked right it was fun though.
I had one. The hats weren't really big enough for adult size and there's no way to adjust the one I had. The worst was if one of the hooks failed to catch the yarn, it was a nightmare to try and correct. When it worked right it was fun though.
we have all the different sizes. I found it hard on my wrists. bought them when they first came out years ago. but my kids used them for scarves. ds is making a hat.. when he is not playing video games so that won't be finished anytime soon lol he got some of the ones for blankets etc for xmas from a friend.
Thanks. I think I would be better off just finding a simple hat pattern. I found several online for just plain beanies that have lots of sizes. Better not to buy anything else that I might not like.
Iím at the ophthalmologist. The vision exam is done, but I have yet to see the doc. Itís about 1.25 hours after the appointment time. Sigh.
Finished skein #4 on the p/g afgan and started skein #5. I have the feeling I will need all the skeins I ended up buying, except for the one extra purple one. Michaels only sells yarn online in packages of 3 skeins. Joanns, at least, is willing to break these packages up if needed.
On Saturday I took the one skein of the mulberry mix color I had and pulled out the yarn I was sure would look good with it. Nope. The mulberry is a muted grayed color and the two or three I was counting on didn’t work. At all. Why, you ask, didn’t I do this before I ordered more of it? Because why would I do anything so logical as that? Apparently you can return online buys at any store and if so, I will probably ditch that part of the order and do something completely different for that basket. Meanwhile I made a scarf from the skein I had and have decided I just don’t like the color. If I can’t return the yarn locally I’ll just use it for scarves and consider it my not getting my ducks in a row tax.
I’m getting a slow start this morning, working through a big cup of hot tea. With the weather systems moving through I’m headachy this morning and low on enthusiasm. The forecast had been for rain and thunderstorms from today through Friday, but now it’s just predicted for Thursday and most of next week. Today was going to be - finally - cleaning out the fridge and freezer. I still want to do it, but I’ll see how the day goes. It’s not urgent enough to power through a headache for it. It’s supposed to be 75-76 this afternoon. I’ll open up the house. Yesterday I couldn’t since I was in town.
The yarn order is supposed to arrive today. If it does I’ll probably switch to the baskets.
Yesterday on a whim I started stripping that gigantic label off my new trash can.
It went pretty well, so today I really went crazy on it. Shouldn't have. Normally I don't react to Goo Gone but I did a much bigger area today, therefore was inhaling it a lot longer. Bad things ensued, but I feel okay after laying down a while. Lesson learned. I did almost half the label today. Tomorrow I will quit after the next 1/4. It looks so much nicer on the side without the label now. Can't wait to get it done. I still can't believe I found that thing. It's been working out perfectly for my purposes. This all started because I cut and slit some rubber tubing to put on the bottom of the can because I slide it around on the floor as needed. It's not made for that and I don't want to damage the floor. But I didn't want to put the tubing on and then strip it later.
I was reading last night about a grandma's experience losing twin preemie grandbabies, girl and boy. She was saying how much she appreciated the angel gowns provided for the babies, but wished her angel grandson could have had a more boyish gown. Her story touched me, so I am going to shop harder for blue gowns and fabrics and make a better inventory of boy gowns and pockets before I go looking for my next hospital. I think boy angels need to be my focus for a while.
In my search for more ideas for boy gowns, I ran across a good YT for drafting vests for boy gowns. I was planning to DIY those but there's no point in me reinventing the wheel when good instructions fall right into my lap. I don't want to get back into full scale gown production yet, but I might mass produce a couple dozen vests for when I start again. Bow ties, too. Those are fast and simple and I can finish them at crafts or while I watch TV.
I don't think I will ever forget the grandma and her little grandson. I sew these gowns for people like her, and I need to make sure I provide what these families need the best I can.
Husby has been talking to HR at work and thinks he's going to take his vacation time starting March 15. He will have to go back for one day in late April and then he will start getting pension after 6 weeks or so. It's getting real now. :yikes: Things will be tight the next 3 years, but we should be okay.
I finally had a chance to really look at the vest patterns I already had for babies and identified some problems. I corrected those, I hope. The YT tutorial was helpful for that. I will have to test them to find out if they work. There was no pattern for the micro preemie size and the author said it wasn't possible to make a workable pattern, so I did. That one has to be tested too, so maybe I will find out why she said it can't be done. I have some other patterns I need to draft for boys, basically simple mods to the patterns I have. Everything has to be done in 4 sizes. If I can get 3 or 4 styles that work, that would be enough for now. It would make sewing stuff more interesting if I could do a variety.
Finally hemmed/shortened pants (summer weight) and put away in storage. Maybe they will become PJ bottoms instead. At least not sitting in the "to be fixed" pile any longer.
I hate the TBF pile. Also the UFO drawer.
The snow guy came and plowed ahead of the storm we're supposed to get starting tomorrow with wind and 5-8" more snow. Husby raked the gh roof so that's ready too.
I'm tickled tonight because I figured out the HM cream soup mix I've used for years and the HM Hamburger Helper mix recipe I've looked at for years with good intentions are basically the same, so can be used interchageably. One less jar of stuff to store in the house and camper, plus the mix will get used up faster so stay fresher. I'm going to check for rice cooker recipes because I suspect there are some for making HH in a rice cooker. Crockpot recipes, too. Both could be handy in the camper.
I love living in a world where there's always something new to learn.
Wow SD. Thatís suddenly quick for DHs retirement. I hope you and he have all the fun in the world! Think how much you can get done!
The yarn did not come today. I looked back at the email I received when it shipped and there is a barcode for in store return so the mulberry mix will definitely go back. I didnít do anything today after all. The headache dissipated, but I did a really dumb thing Sunday. At the bday party I had a coke with supper. I know to never do that and donít know why I did. I canít have that caffeine jolt that late. I was still wide awake at 4:30 when I made myself go to bed and fell asleep sometime after five. I couldnít sleep too late because I had that ophthalmologist appointment. I think I was still just tired from that today.
We got up to 78 today. Ridiculous.
We were planning on retirement in May, but another shipload of crap is about to happen at his work, so he wants out. The past year has been hell for him due to changes in his job. He's already had one heart attack and now is under so much stress it's worrisome. He's been taking sick days almost every week because of stress. We will be taking a huge financial hit because of having to pay 100% of our health insurance, but we're not seeing a good alternative. I don't see much travel happening for a while. Which will give us time to get the dogs trained better for camping.
Yesterday was freakish warm here. It got up to 70 during my lunch time walk.
Last weekend I finished work on one of my skirts. It is a plain black skirt I sewed a big chunk of novelty fabric to. The fabric theme is wizard's library. It is not one I will be wearing to work, but it will be good to wear during our weekly D&D game.
I am thinking for my next embroidery project I will do a small felt heart. Or maybe several of them. I have seen a few online with a felt heart filled with random embroidered flowers. I have also seen hearts with more free form embroidery designs.
Work is really busy. People are trying to cram as much stuff in as they can before the CR expires on February 15th. The head of our agency is "optimistic" that we will not have another shutdown when the CR expires. Not too many share that optimism. Although I am doing prep work for a conference that happens in two weeks.
I looked back at tracking on the yarn and it said Tuesday 12th. Oh. I just saw Tuesday and assumed it was yesterday’s Tuesday.
Today is mostly housework until evening. I rarely use cookbooks, except for baking, but I’m going to take out some meat to start thawing in the fridge and I may look through a couple to see if anything inspires me, but I’ll probably end up just doing the same old things.
I re-covered the lid of a box we have at the foot of our bed. The dogs use it to get off and on the bed, and we sit on it to put on shoes. I bought it before we got married 43 years ago, and it was old then. It's been redone at least 3 times, and it's overdue again. Still have to do the bottom part.
I finally used up all the cotton furniture batting I bought in the early 1980s, which I used to pad the lid. Glad that's finally done. I don't know why I hung on to all that this long. It took up a lot of space everywhere we lived for over 30 years. Stupid.
Husby told HR his second to last day will be a couple hours on March 13, then vacation, then his last day will be May 1.
I hope we can get the garage ceiling done during that time. And some stuff with the greenhouse and garden. We're supposed to have a late spring again though. There's plenty to do inside, too.
Big changes coming.
Sounds like some great things happening here. I can officially say " the Wedding Dress is done" I finished it off today for all the alterations and got it put back together ( did have to take out one seam as I didn't like how it looked so redid that one.) and it is finished. Yay me! So now I get to enjoy and do things I would like to do ( at least for a while anyway..... I am sure there will be some more sewing jobs coming in) So on my to do list is..... finish putting snaps on the new bib I made for little miss. stitch on DGD#2's fleece blanket and also switch out to some quilt blocks when I get tired of the crochet. I have a blue ridge beauty I am putting the blocks together right now.
ffinished mil's shawl yesterday. got a meah from hubby and son when I asked if they liked it so said screw you cus you will have to come up with your own gift for your mom because she knows this is not your doing. still have to wash and block it. added a couple of inches in at the collar because it was too wide though I followed the pattern. it is mandala yarn unicorn. one she always looked at but didn't want a blanket. it is a lot brighter in person Attachment 48357
That's very pretty, Martha. I bet she will just love it.
March 13 is 5 weeks from yesterday. I don't know why I feel like I should be doing something to prepare. It would be nice if we could leave on a trip but there will still be a couple feet of snow on the ground. Weather permitting, we may take a trip to Duluth or GR for no real reason. Woohoo. We're so extravagant.
We can't work putside that early either. I'm hoping we, or at least I can get the master bath ready to have the vanity installed. That will include painting. I've been putting that off because I'm not comfortable jumping on and off a ladder or stepstool when I'm home alone.
I'm sure we will have plenty to do.
I got the box reupholstered and back in place. It looks much nicer. Here's the old view. This never was the right fabric in any way, and since it raveled easily and was too lightweight, the top was all ripped up.
Here's the new view. Much nicer, using upholstery fabric with a design that fits with the knotty pine bedframe we have now and the northwoods theme I'm trying to put together. I like how it turned out.
Shadow is very much relieved to have the box back. Our bed is higher than usual because of the drawer base I put under it for blanket storage, and she had a hard time getting on the bed last night, poor girl.
Don't know if I will work on the trash can or not today.
Everyone is busy! Congrats on all the finishes - wedding dress, shawl, and box. The shawl and box look great.
Iíve been in donít-do-much mood. I finally cleaned out the fridge and found less to toss than I expected. There were a couple of leaks/spills I had to clean up. One I had been trying to ignore was at the back of the top shelf that I canít reach. I used my grabber to hang on to a rag. That worked fairly well. I have chicken, a roast, and several chubs of ground beef thawing for the big cook-in next week. I donít like cooking so Iím trying to streamline meals even more. I ordered reusable meal prep containers, coming tomorrow. Instead of just having ingredients prepped, now I will have meals in the fridge and freezer. I think that will help me eat better. A couple of days of cooking misery then a lot of coasting. I hope that works better. It should cut down on dishwashing too.
I started another scarf last night and have it maybe 2/3 done. That will be a quick finish tonight. Todayís project is to inventory and reorganize the freezer, start deciding that to cook, and putting together a grocery list.
About halfway through skein #5 on the p/g afgan. I definitely get more done on the weekends but I'm still chugging along.
D, I used to do OAMC cooking, but that was just too much work and mess. These days, I just make bigger batches of stuff one at a time. I usually cook 6 or 8 servings for the 2 of us and split everything up before we eat any of it. Sometimes I freeze it, sometimes we just eat repetitive meals till it's gone. The weeks I feel more like cooking, I make different meals every night for a while so I get a variety into the freezer. That way I still don't have a giant mess in the kitchen, just the mess of making one meal. I used to hate leftovers but now I love not having to cook so much.
I still keep things like browned hamburger/turkey mix, HM chicken nuggets, HM meatballs, uncooked meat loaf, cooked wild rice, and other components in the freezer, too.
I finished stripping the label off the trash can! Glad that's done. My hands are so torn up now. But it's all done. I probably should buff it to remove some of the scratches from the razor blades, but they don't really show so it's not a priority. I didn't expect to get that label off already, but I'm glad it's done.
I've been saving ideas from Pinterest, and tomorrow I plan to work on getting that all organized and printed and maybe some more patterns drafted. I need to make some gown fronts with the new little vest patterns to make sure they work now, before I need them in a hurry sometime. Working on all the stuff I did this week is helping me stay away from food, too. Win-win.
I wish I knew what happened to CH.
I wish I knew about CH too. Whatever happened must be serious, but there’s no way to find out.
The best laid plans and all that .... I went through the freezer in the fridge while I was cooking supper. I was going to do the big freezer after I ate, finish the grocery list and then do a Kroger run today to pick it up. Until the power went out. I ate the part of my supper that was done and spent the rest of the evening in the recliner - that I could not recline - bundled up in the colder and colder house, with a flashlight perched on my shoulder working word puzzles until it came back on around 11:30. At which point I finished cooking and eating supper and rejoiced in the light until I went to bed around 2:00 as usual.
I mixed some meal worms in the bird seed hoping the bluebirds would get some. Soon after I put some out while ago I saw them at the feeder for the first time. Then a few sparrows showed up and they skedaddled. Just now a huge flock of sparrows zoomed in so the larder is probably empty again. I’ll put out more this afternoon. It’s cold, damp, and windy today. The birds all look like giants with their feathers at maximum fluff.
With one thing and another, no crocheting yesterday. Maybe tonight.
We do kind of a modified once week cooking. We do most of our cooking on the weekend. For vegetables we generally heat up frozen vegetables each day. Sometimes we will do something Friday if we run out of food. With both of us working and having long commutes, cooking every day just does not work.
I feel like even if we were retired, we would probably only cook every other day or every three days.
Now that I am back at work, I am back to doing crafts just on the weekend. I think if I had a small embroidery or hand sewing project in progress I might do a little bit each night. Or maybe at least a little bit some nights.
I feel like small hand sewing projects lend themselves to doing just a few minutes here and there. Sewing on my sewing machine does not feel that way to me. Even though one seam is something that can usually be done in a few minutes.
Kathy, I agree about hand projects vs sewing machine projects. Setting up the sewing machine makes it a big deal and I feel like I have to grind through it to be able to put the machine away. Also that kind of sewing seems to generate much more mess.
I’ve been planning to move some furniture. Originally I had my clothes in the utility room but about a year ago, I think, moved them into the bedroom and put bookcases in the utility room. I have never liked it. Today, suddenly, I’m in a do it or die mode. Unfortunately the reality is probably more like do it and die, because this weather change is doing a real number on my arthritis. I may try it though. I really, really want it done.
I think anytime stuff is inconvenient to use, it does not get used. Hence my insistence on tables and chairs for almost all of my sewing machines, pullouts in all possible kitchen cabinets, separate tables and cabinets, many on wheels, for power
tools in the garage, stuff like that. It does make a big difference. Same in the camper. Especially in the camper. I overhauled all the storage in there so things were easy to find and easy to get. Otherwise it doesn't get used and it's a waste of space where there is no extra space.
I cooked 6 lunches for myself, a big pot of bean soup for suppers the next few nights, and my WW pretzels for breakfasts and snacks, so I'm in good shape for the next week.
I haven't gotten anywhere with the Pinterest stuff I wanted to print. I pinned about 50 pages, most of which are just pics. I want to dump them all in Word so I can reduce them and put several on each page. But I don't think I can load my old Office program on my new laptop. Microsoft wants a code word, which I don't have. It says I can reset it, but when I try, it wants the code word I don't have. Not helpful. I also still can't get into my e mail because it won't accept my password. It's been one annoyance after another with that new computer again today. It's a brand new computer and it's so aggravating I don't even want to use it. Waste of money and so disappointing.
When I start to sign in on a site on my phone that I don’t already have a password set or have told it to never remember it, like for banking, it pops up a friend’s email instead of mine. I have no idea why or how to fix it. I have not even emailed her years since we text. I feel your tech aggravation.
From 76 to snow flurries. Bah humbug! It’s changing to honest rain now though.
I’ve done zip today. Again. Oh well. So it goes.
I could use Husby's computer except I hate his setup. I will spare you the gory details but among other things I have to sit turned to the side at his desk, which is very uncomfortable. I think we have to replace the Office software or at least Word, because the old stuff was only licensed for 3 computers, and we used it on at least that many. If I could get into my dang MS account, maybe we could remove the old laptop and then use the software we have.
I have 2 bottom halves of wedding gown sleeves I'm trying to figure out what to do with. I hate to just throw them out. I think I might be getting closer to a workable idea.
I thought I was burned out on the whole gown project, but I think I was just burned out on having a whole herd of totes and containers sitting all over the place. It's been nice to have a break though. Gathering up a bunch of new ideas has re-energized me. I'm ready to go back to work and make some more boy gowns and more pockets, too.
Ah-ha! I think I have the sleeves figured out. I should be able to get a small and a micro preemie gown out of the 2 sleeves. I took the buttons and buttonholes off one sleeve part and swapped them so the 2 sleeves button together. Once I cut the small gown, I can make the same button changes on the 2 pieces that will be left and should have enough for the micro preemie. I will make backs and bodices from something else. It's kinda hard to see, but here's a pic.
I thought I was done with girl gowns, but I guess not. Too many ideas keep popping up.
I hope I can find a good pink gown sometime this summer.
Kathy you might enjoy embroidering a cuff bracelet. I see pictures & tutorials online. Small amount of fabric to make the cuff and embellish as you please.
One reason I like bead jewelry is that the projects are quick and the materials don't take much storage space. So I usually don't mind getting it out and putting away. I was thinking of that when I thought of combining embroidery w/ making a bracelet or a choker. You might embroider some shirt collars and cuffs and pockets also.
Last night around midnight I decided the furniture wasn’t going to move itself so I needed to at least start it. The real motivating factor was all the clean laundry just dumped on my bed because the plan had been to move the clothes rack and why hang it all up just to have to pull it down again before the move? However, if I planned to sleep in the bed something had to be done. First I had to move a long bench that had gradually collected clutter, so that was what I did last night. I ended up cheating with the clothes. I roughly folded them and stacked them back in the dryer from the cart I would need empty to move books. Voila! Usable bed and the first part of the move ready to roll today. I will have to do it in small increments but should be able to get at least the rack and bookcase that are trading places done. Then I will have the drawer unit and second bookcase to switch which will be easier. So that’s today’s agenda.
I have been binge puzzling with the code words, partly because it’s fun and partly because I think I’m getting tired of scarves. The yarn order is being delivered today though, so I’ll start on the baskets tonight. I really need to do those first to see what is leftover for the scarves. Well, I’ll probably finish the scarf I have started first. Maybe I can do that during breaks from the moving.
Freezer and cooking on temporary delay.
I was greeted by our lunches and suppers when I opened the fridge door to get out my breakfast apple. I was happy not to have to think about food for a few days. It helps so much to keep me on track. I know if I don't plan ahead, I usually fail. I ate the last chicken strip for breakfast, too, so probably should AF some more before too long.
I made a new pattern and then made a gown. The pattern needs minor adjustments. I'm not sure I like the gown, but it should work for a boy. That's lace on the top but not the flowery kind.
First break but not from moving. How easily I get distracted. I started some cooking after all but nothing too challenging. I found three packets of cooked chicken breast the other day in the fridge freezer that’s been there long enough for me to forget about it as well as some leftover chicken broth and a container of something that I think is probably the broth from crock pot roast long ago. Looked like soup. So that is started. I have some old veggies and opened frozen veg packages that can round it out. I have a package of frozen roll dough in a warm oven to quick rise, and while I’m eating supper I will probably make a sweet sour sauce for the part of the chicken that didn’t go in the soup, and cook a bag of brown rice for it that’s been in the freezer quite a while. That will solve the what to eat problem while I work at other things. The only downside to clean out the kitchen cooking is that there are so many containers to wash. Sigh.
Soon to the moving and then I can start in on the crocheting. The new yarn should be here in an hour or so.
You can freeze cooked rice, too.
Not getting anything done, except clearing off and putting away the stuff I dragged out for the gown. I'm just bored today, not like me at all. I think it's this retirement thing. I can't focus on much else. I guess that's probably normal.
I sewed 6 or 8 four-yard flannel strips to narrower strips for DfG liners, so those are ready to cut some other time when I feel like it. I also cut up 3 yds of fabric from GW. I got 83 shield pieces from that. I'm set pretty well for having stuff cut for DfG now, in case I don't feel like doing it some other time. Still have a tote full of fabric and everything else I need, so I shouldn't have any more expense for supplies this year, besides shipping. Of course, if I find suitable fabric cheap at thrifts or garage sales, I will pick that up, but that's always hit or miss.
My trusty 990 performed flawlessly. I hadn't used it since I took it in to be serviced and the tech dug a chunk of lint out of it. It's nice to have it back.
I need to make a good template for making DfG bags. It takes too long to mark label placement and stuff like that without one.
Our boy and his bear. He loves Bear.Attachment 48371
This was a scheduled do nothing day because I did too much yesterday. I got all the furniture moving done except for a few odds and ends like putting empty containers back on top of the clothes rack. When I finally got the bed clearedvabout 1:00 last night, I was done and done in. I may crochet tonight but I’m just as likely to work puzzles. I’m addicted to them for the present. It’s just so easy to turn the page and do another. But that’s ok too.
The JA was not very successful. The gray and magenta/pink are great. The colorful one I got for the guy’s basket is way too bright, and the brown was the totally wrong brown for what I wanted to use with it. I will either regroup and use it with something else or return it. While ago I did something I’ve never had to do before - figure out a first communion present. Amid all the sweetness Amazon suggested there was a bright, contemporary “let your light shine” pillow cover that met the approval of those who know about these things. I can use the yarn return to buy the pillow form for it, so that’s timely. It’s not until May but for once I’ll be ahead of the game and have it ready.
I decided I want some cloth bags to use for popcorn when we travel. I'm hoping I can find some food safe fabric at JA to use for lining. I wanted to use some ripstop nylon I have till I did some research. :sigh: But I will figure it out eventually.
Some thread experiments. More words coming later.
Finished skein #5 and #6 over the weekend and started skein #7 on the p/g afgan. They're moving along because they're relatively small (6oz). I think I will need ~14 skeins on this one because I made it a bit wider than usual. I did go out for a bit on Saturday then wasn't in the mood to do anything else once I got home (besides crocheting and watching TV).
Those are great Kathy. I really like how they turned out.
It occurred to me that I may need to tone down the pinkness of one basket. I’m used to the mom/girl household with two pink enthusiasts, but dad will be here by Christmas. The mulberry yarn might actually work with it. I have some left over from the original skein I had so I’m going to experiment a bit before I do a JA return.
After I play around with that a bit I may carry on with scarves. I will probably see Sharon on the 18th and could give her a nice little group and let that be the last for this year. I have four done now.
Thursday I have a dental appointment and I can pick up groceries then. Other than that it can just be a go with the flow week.