Friday, October 20, 2017

The Good Stuff

The other day Kathy B wanted to know if there was some new product or gizmo that was rocking your world. At the time I had nothing. But a big box from Amazon changed that yesterday. For my craft table I bought this little battery operated camping lantern that is making a world of difference with my stitching. I am in love.

I also bought a stand up stitching frame which is also my new BFF.

I was getting a cramp in my side from bending over the Q Snaps but no more. This thing holds them at just the right height and angle. I could have stitched all night.

 An added bonus of goodness was this surprise package all the way from California. Chocolate, cookies and a critter. What could be better!

Thanks so much Mary. I am in awe of your skill with a hook! Squeeee.....

Thursday, October 19, 2017

KAL Update

 The Spiral Socks are done and I am so glad to be rid of them.

 Continuing the pattern down the foot was a real headache and I am more surprised than anyone to see that it all worked out. I don't know how it did because I had to abandon the pattern and make it up as I went along.

 The skull mitts are also done but......

 I made a boo boo on the last gusset. For some reason I can't explain I thought I should increase to 28 stitches on the second one when there was only supposed to be 22. As a result one thumb is much bigger than the other but for now I am fine with it. It doesn't look terrible on but if it drives me nuts I'll rip it out NEXT Halloween. I don't have it in me to do it now. I would have to rip all the way back to the middle of the last skull and I HATE ripping back stranded colorwork. Ugh.

The last Falling Leaves sock is this big. The first sock went pretty fast but this one is just poking along. Now that the other KAL projects are done this one should move faster-at least I hope so. I've got a sweater I want to get back to.

Finally, look what Daughter sent me. Cute, huh? And look at the hem. It's longer in the back to cover up my fluffy parts. She found it at Joann's of all places. I love it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Winter Soap Preview

 I've been on a mission to get all my winter soap made this week. Here is the redo of Santa's Spruce.

 This is the redo of Peppermint Stick. I am using a different mold, a smaller one that makes cute little bars.

 I get nine bars from each loaf so there will be plenty to go around in 6 weeks. This is Fresh Snow that looks a little like not so fresh snow. My baby blue turned greenish. Boo...I think I will call it Thundersnow instead.

 Sleigh Ride is nicely swirled. It smells good too.

Cinnamon Stick smells good enough to eat.

Finally, this is Frankincense and Myrrh, the last of the line for the moment. I still have plenty of winter scents left to make but I am out of both Cocoa and Shea Butter so until it shows up in the mail the soap factory is closed. Darn. I was really on a roll.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Starting Over

Last month I threw this clearance material into my Connecting Threads cart with the intention of making an apron.

This apron to be exact.

 The worst part of this pattern is cutting the large pieces you need for the body and the liner. Numbers are not my friends.

 See what I mean? Those two pieces are supposed to be the same size. Grrrr......

 I even know what I did. I measured one of them from the wrong side of the cutting board. I do this all the time. You would think I would check but nooooo......

 Thank goodness there was more of this material still on clearance. I ordered another yard of the stripe that I ruined. While I am waiting for it to show up I'll just work on the straps. Sounds like a plan.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Starting Over

 I was on a roll with the new Juki. I thought I had it all figured out but noooo......

I was happily making a mess of this panel quilt outlining farm animals and making loop de loops when the bobbin ran out of thread.

 Even though I thought I had all the tension issues worked out it seems that if you change the bobbin and rethread the darn thing you have to start all over again with the adjustments.

 That's better. This is the back and I still have lots to learn but at least it's not a bird's nest anymore.

Now I need to sit down and watch some videos of some actual free motion patterns and see where that leads me. Loop de loops are getting old....

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Stitches

 Even though I am living in chaos I managed to have a few quiet minutes to put a few stitches in the Halloween samplers.

 I'm pretty sure I won't get too much further before the big day. It's still a good start and I'll be looking forward to seeing them again next Halloween.

 I am really impressed with myself that I managed to get Mr. Raven done this year. I am even happy with the way he turned out. Miracles happen.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Absolute End

 This is what the end looks like. I would have liked to squeeze a few more inches out of the second towel but no. I can't go on. The loom says it's over so it's over.

 There is nothing left to do but cut it off. I hate this part. It's like steeking. It's scary. You know it's all going to fall apart but it never actually does.

 Unwinding is scary too. If you have made boo boos on the underside, this is when they introduce themselves.

 When it's all over there are little bits and pieces all over the loom. Clean up is easy though. The poles pull right out and it all falls off.

 Even though I warped enough for two 30 inch towels, I got one big one and one little one again. I had a big emergency detour right in between the two.

 There was a knot in the warp thread that I must have missed. Boo me. That's a rookie mistake.

 Now I have to secure the edges by zigzagging them on the machine but I'm in no mood today. I'll put them in a safe spot away from the kitties and tackle them on football Sunday.

This looked like a big success of a project until I realized that I had made the worst mistake of all. I never got around to warping anything to take its place. That's always a bummer. Now I want to weave some more but I got nothing. Nothing. Boo me twice.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Piece by Piece

 The appliqueing of my Wedding Ring quilt is progressing slowly but surely. It's a job to be sure.

 I am now on the last block of the Dresden quilt.

I'm still enjoying this slow process.

 It's a good thing too because I have another one of these Dresden quilt tops waiting in the sewing room.

It's still a long way off in the queue but I kitted up the Dear Jane quilt in case I catch the startitis bug. I would probably need a snow storm that cut me completely off from humanity for at least a week or two to tempt me into starting yet another quilting project-but you never know. Winter's coming.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall KAL Update and More

My midnight knit schedule hasn't been going well lately. I've had so much going on during the day that I fall into bed exhausted every night. I did get a quiet few hours yesterday afternoon to watch a couple of episodes of Supernatural on Netflix and get caught up.

 The second Falling Leaves sock is past the heel now.

I had an issue with the Spiral Eyelet socks because keeping that  pattern going on the foot was a real head scratcher. I'm still not happy with the results but I'm moving on.

 The last skull repeat on the mitts has been started but I don't think I need to hurry. It's still hot as heck here and it will be until next week sometime. Ugh.

 The big ta dah is for the shawl from hell.  That is the last lace repeat. It's over. It's done-but it's going in time out until I get the house sorted out. No room for blocking around here at the moment.

I have had a few spare moments to get the Halloween towels started.

I wasn't sure about how these colors would work together but the more I weave the more I like them.

I even talked The Mister into making me a Halloween potholder to match, sort of. Now I need to get those towels done. I am going to hate finishing them just to pack them away.