Slo-mo knitting and sewing

Crafting is going really slowly now. My daily schedule changed when BC started kindergarten and I don’t have as much free time. That seems backward, I should have more free time with him in school.

I have made a little progress on my quilt top using the rose fabric.

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And I knit the Galway yarn till I ran out.

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Then I felted the piece. You can see from the dog’s feet that it shrank quite a bit.

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I washed the rectangle piece two times in hot water (with regular loads of laundry… trying to be moderately green). I am really pleased with the texture of the Galway felted yarn… so nice and nubbly, and not too frizzy.


Banner recipe

I made a banner for MrC’s birthday. I’ve seen several versions of banners all over the crafty and noncrafty web, and I was hooked. But I wasn’t hooked enough to sew a fabric banner. Here is my version of the newspaper and craft paper banner:

Start with a pile of newspapers and pretty craft papers. I made a triangular template (not shown) to trace on the paper.

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I used scissors to cut out the paper because I was too lazy to change the blade in the rotary cutters (I have blades for fabric and blades for paper)… a craft knife would work as well. Put the template on the fold of the newspaper to make a diamond shape when it’s unfolded. Cut out enough for your banner message (I used on diamond per letter).

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At some point, change your mind about the design because you don’t have enough colorful paper to finish the project. Instead of using the colorful craft paper, use plain white paper instead. Use your template to cut out triangles (you don’t need diamonds for this step).

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Glue the triangles to one half of your newspaper diamond.

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Break out some colorful markers, and write your message in bold print.

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Find some twine long enough for your message… attach it to the wall, or the curtain rods, or the roof… wherever you want that message to be displayed.  The folded diamond slips over the twine and hangs by itself.

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Wait patiently for hours and hours for the recipient of your message to come home and read it… and be AMAZED you have that much time to make banners and homemade-out-of-this-world cupcakes (sorry, no pics of the cupcakes… but they were GOOD!).

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I don’t have a picture to show but BC and I wrote birthday messages on extra triangles. We nudged the letters together to make room for them. I think that was a better idea than the original banner message. MrC plans to save his notes.

Current projects

I have had this pretty rose fabric for a while now.

[This photo doesn’t really show the colors very well. The rose fabric is pretty close but is prettier in person.  The solid fabric is a light yellow that coordinates with the background yellow of the rose fabric.]
I was looking for the “perfect” project for the rose fabric. It sat in the closet for a long time. I realized that there is no “perfect” project, and that any project was better than no project. I broke out my beginner quilting book and picked out a pattern.

There was one critical criteria for the pattern… I only had 1 yard of the rose fabric. I could have cut it up and used it in a scrap quilt but I really wanted to have something that showcased this fabric. I found a pattern, bought some coordinating fabric, and started chopping and sewing.

I didn’t get too far along before my back started screaming. I don’t have a very good set up for sewing. I sit at the dining room table on a dining room chair. The ergonomics are excruciating.

I tried adjusting the sewing machine height with yoga blocks.

It was better but my back still hurt.

After much research, I ended up putting the sewing machine back on the table. I put the yoga blocks under my feet and a lumber pillow behind me. Raising my feet and supporting my back was a 80% improvement. I think the final 20% will require tilting the sewing machine somehow and using an office chair. Also, better lighting would be lovely.

And, just in case you think I’ve forgotten how to knit, I started working on this:

I don’t know what “this” is going to end up being. Does anyone else ever knit for the sake of knitting? No pattern just knitting? I do have some ideas for it but it is definitely a “I love to knit for the sake of knitting” project.

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The pillows on the couch were all wrong once I painted the living room walls. I created new pillows to make my couch and my walls a harmonious blend of cool, calming colors. I also put up new curtains (no pictures until the wrinkles fall out!).

See how I glossed over the big jump in blog time like it didn’t happen? That’s because I’m pretending it didn’t happen.

This is the last in the series of “I did this” posts.  I did do more stuff but I don’t have pictures of the remaining projects.  Also, I like working in the present.  Next post, what I’ve started doing recently!

And this 4

BC started kindergarten 4 weeks ago… he has brought home 3 viruses (there is some dispute where the second one originated but let’s say it was school).  I think he has missed more days than he has attended.  This last virus is rough… I think it’s the flu.  He gave it to me.  All crafting (and housework) has come to a grinding halt. I’m actually nodding off right now…

Before my head hits the keyboard, I’ll show you a little bit more of what I did while I wasn’t posting:

My living room before:

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My living room after:

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Not quite done but the color change was huge. I liked the golden color with my last couch… this newer couch looks much better with the robin’s egg blue (and have you noticed that everyone’s version of robin’s egg blue is different? … No? … Ok, don’t mind me and my fever riddled brain… just rambling… must find tissues!-).

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I’m Mouse.

I want to show you my threads… or rather,  my yarns.  This outfit was handmade for me this year.

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The inside of my jacket is not lined… I thought it should be lined but the designer couldn’t be swayed.

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Raglan detailing with shoulder button closure.

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The back looks as good as the front.

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Take a closer look at these buttons! Cute!

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Thanks for dropping by… take care!

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And I did this 2

Stash busting happened while I was away.

I was knitting this… thing?… while sitting with my mom in the hospital. One of the nurses was really enthusiastic:

“What are you knitting? It’s so PRETTY!”




You be the judge:

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Either that nurse was the nicest lady in the world, or I don’t want to see her non-work wardrobe. Just saying…

The recipient of the… thing… chose not to show her face:

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Do you blame her?