Archive for August, 2013

Busy Fingers

August 31, 2013

On one of my recent blog posts, I mentioned that I had most of my UFO’s and WIP spread out on the daybed in my sewing room waiting for me to get to them. Well, that’s exactly what I started doing. In fact, I posted about finishing some of them. And I was moving right along.

Then I picked up the box with the cotton yarn and the beginning of a dish cloth. (This should be considered an “ongoing” project because I don’t think I’ll ever “finish” them.) My mind started whirling as I sit there knitting. I wondered if the totes and totes of #10 bedspread cotton that I have in my stash would diminish if I used it to make dish cloths. Would that kind of thread make a good dish cloth? Of course I would have to hold several strands together to make it thick enough for a dish cloth. (The better to use more of it and help my stash to disappear faster, my dear. Right?)

Well of course nothing else would do right then and there, but to run out to the garage and get some of it to experiment with. There was a frenzy of knitting going on and I now have eight dish cloths and almost seven empty spools of #10 bedspread cotton. What fun! It was so satisfying to experiment with the colors and watch spool after spool of thread disappear!

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The cloths at the top are made from the cotton yarn and the ones made at the bottom with the “tweedy” look are the thread ones.

But wait. Would this kind of cloth work as a dish cloth? The thread is mercerized which means that it’s treated with a chemical to make it strong and shiny and it takes away some of the “fluffy” fiber. The only way to find out is to use one to test it out.

That’s exactly what I did. And I like it. It’s not as heavy and bulky as the ones made out of cotton yarn and it’s easier to handle in my opinion. The only problem I had with it was that it didn’t seem to absorb as much at a time when I had to use it to wipe up a spill. The more I use it however, the more I like it.

So if they don’t sell at the craft sale, I’ll have myself a supply of dish cloths for a while!

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Making Progress

August 16, 2013

Here’s the pic of the granny totes that I mentioned in yesterday’s blog,

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Just using scrap fabric, I lined each one of them with coordinating fabrics.

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Here’s another bag that I’ve been meaning to decorate with this doily. My original idea was to cut the fabric bag from under the doily. But once I got it onto the bag, I thought it would show up better with the dark fabric behind it. It still looked like it needed something, so I found a piece of lace to stitch around the top. It’s simple, but I think it turned out rather pretty.

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This last pic is of the baby afghan I started a couple of weeks ago out of some stash yarn from my sis. It turned out very pretty and very big! But that’s ok. Personally I like them on the big side.

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What will I work on today? It’s not like I don’t have a lot to choose from! Ahhh, retirement is a good thing. 🙂

Will UFO’s Ever Go Away?

August 15, 2013

No, not in my lifetime I’m sure. What can I say? I LOVE to make things. My problem is not finishing them because (1) I get bored with the project because it’s too large or (2) complications come up I’m not sure how to deal with, or (3) I get side-tracked with another project waaaaay too easily. So yeah, there will always be UFO’s in my life.

Accepting that fact will allow me to get on with my life, however. I didn’t realize how much I “worry” about my UFO’s until I was reading my past blogs. I write about it a lot. My entire energy is absorbed by them at times. This needs to change. I need to work on developing some self-discipline and self-control. (And while I’m at it, I’ll try to rub the stripes off a zebra as well!)

I have to admit, I’m getting a little better with the self-discipline thing. I know this because my UFO’s are constantly changing. Some get finished as other projects join them. (Wait a minute, did I just contradict myself?)

Entering items in the Fair has always been a great opportunity for me to finish some of my UFO’s. I’ve been doing this for many years and it’s been working out great.

Dragging out all my UFO’s to see what I could finish for the Fair this year has been another eye-opener for me. Now, I’m “worrying” about how many I have again. (It’s a lot!)

OK, new plan. Don’t put them away. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

While cleaning up my sewing room last week (because it’s always a mess after getting items ready for the Fair), I left most of my UFO’s out on the daybed in my room. (There wasn’t room for all of them, so some had to take up residence under the bed.)

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Yeah! And these pics don’t show them all because some of those “stacks” have several projects in them. (Plus the ones under the bed!)

But believe it or not, I’ve been working on and finished several of them. While I still had my fabric paint out from working on the “bag” contest for the Fair, I finished some projects that have been around for quite a while,

Two bags,

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Three aprons,

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and a sweatshirt.

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There were three knitted items that just needed some blocking, so those were finished as well.

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Yesterday I finished up some crocheted totes that just needed lined. They’ve been sitting around for at least two? years. Don’t have a pic yet, but hopefully it’ll be here tomorrow.

BTW, the “problem child” afghan has been finished.

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In fact, I had finished it before the Fair this year, but didn’t entered it because I didn’t think it would be done. Well, if it’s still around here by next year, it may go then.

Chores are done, (anyway all that I’m going to do today), so I’m off to the sewing room to see if I can finish up another UFO!

The Fair is Over

August 4, 2013

Yesterday was the last day of the Fair for this year. It went out with a BANG! Yes, literally!

The last Special Contest was the “It’s in the bag” contest. Of course I entered this one because I LOVE making and decorating bags. (Just call me the “bag lady”.) The contest was to start at 5 pm. The judge was late. We had to wait at least 15 or 20 min. for her to arrive.

Of course as soon as she arrived and apologized, she immediately began judging the bags. She got almost through all of the bags when all of a sudden the lights went out and the auxiliary lights came on. A second after that happened, we heard a huge BANG and a woman near me let out a scream/yell.

The judge finished up and the helpers were putting the ribbons on the winning bags when the security people came and told us we all had to leave. The Fair helper was beginning to tell the winners’ names and told the security we were just finishing up. He said, “You need to leave NOW!” I thought, “Wow that was kind of rude.”

I understand why they wanted the people to leave, but he didn’t have to have that kind of attitude.

We were supposed to receive any prize money we won plus take our bags with us when we left because this was the last day of the Fair. But that didn’t happen.

Anyway, we were watching as the ribbons got put on the bags so I know that I won a first and second even though they didn’t get to announce the winners. I didn’t get pics of my bags with their ribbons, but here are my entries before I took them to the Fair . . . . .

This backpack won the second place,

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Here’s what the back looked like,

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This is the one that took first place,

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After the judge wrote “2nd” on the back of my tag for the backpack, I could tell that she was writing something else as well. Now I’m curious to know what she wrote.

We’re supposed to pick our projects up today, so on the way to Hubby’s Dad’s today for our visit with him, I’ll run by the Fairgrounds and pick up my projects. Can’t wait to see what she wrote. If it’s something good, I’ll share with you all. If not, well, NOT!

Another New Project

August 2, 2013

A couple of days ago, I was thumbing through some crochet magazines looking for something and I came across a baby afghan crocheted from white yarn with stripes of different colors running through it.

Immediately my mind went to that cobwebby part of my brain where I remembered some yarn that I inherited from my late sister’s stash. Apparently she had started a crocheted, rippled baby afghan from several different colors of baby yarn and then ran out of yarn. I knew I would find a project one of these days for this yarn — I just needed to be patient until it came along.

This magazine is from the year 2000. It’s called “Old-Time Crochet.” And this pattern is what I kinda/sorta had in mind to use this yarn. I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. All I needed was some white yarn (which I always have because white will go with anything) and I could make this pretty little baby afghan.

Of course nothing would do until I found said yarn and started this afghan. After finding it, I had to frog it (rip it out) and here’s what I have worked up so far after starting it last night,

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As you can see, it’s going pretty fast.

What was the “something” that I was looking through my magazines for? I have no idea. Once my mind got tangled up in this baby afghan, I lost my train of thought for anything else. Yes, people, that’s the way my mind works. (Or doesn’t work!)