Saturday, October 19, 2019

Knitted Test Pattern Completed

Yesterday was a fall day. The high got to 12-13C. There were a lot of dark clouds with only a misting of rain in the morning. The sun shone on occasion. This morning it is 9C and will be about that temperature for the day. 

Lifestyle

We headed out to get groceries locally and to find apples. We priced them out at the grocery stores and one farm. We will go further afield today. The cheapest apples were smaller than we like. We share an apple so like the bigger ones. 
I did get pictures of a couple of gigantic field pumpkins. Their weight is on them so I'm assuming that these will be used in the regatta today. 

We are not going to it this year as the weather forecast is cool and a north wind. We are not completely over our colds and I don't want us to get sick. 

Sewing

I spent almost 2 hours in the sewing room yesterday and got the bodice lining sewn and the two pieces pinned together. The bodice takes longer than expected due to it has 7 pieces and the side pieces are sewn on in two steps; up to the under arm and then part way up the armsycle. Every piece needs a lot of stay stitching and marks. Extra pins are needed to make sure everything matches perfectly. 
The box Daughter sent me arrived. It has a lot of "Fairy Frost" cottons in it. They will go away to be made into doll's dresses and piping. I haven't seen it in Canada for a while. A couple of bolts came mixed in with some quilting cottons 2.5 years ago when I was working at the store. 
The fabric for pillows and a table runner was also in the box and I will be making those between now and the end of the month. The biggest job is matching stripes. 

Knitting

The major goal yesterday was to finish the test pattern. I sewed it together and got the buttons on it. 
Going down a needle size gave me a perfect fit. I'm more than thrilled with it. 
The top is semi halter which I'm not a fan of on these dolls. I hate their cloth bodies showing. That is just me. The top fits to perfection. 
It is a pattern where I had to pay attention to each row. 
I worked on the messy bun hat and have 1.5" left to knit before I do the top 5 rows. This is an easy knit. 
Once it is finished, I have to knit a dark grey one. 
Daughter has bought me a bit of yarn that was on a deep sale. I am going to knit hats and scarves out of them. I am going through my worsted yarn faster than I thought. I'm choosing easy as they knit up fast and I can enjoy my evenings. 

Today

We have grandson and will be heading out to get apples. I also have to stop and get some fabric to make one bag and a piece for another bag that I have everything else. I may not get to sew, but I will knit tonight. 
Until the next time...................................

Friday, October 18, 2019

And It Rained

Yesterday was a wet and windy one. 1.5" of rain fell in 6 hours. The storm ended with few flashes of lightening. When it was over with, the sky cleared up and the sun came out. The high yesterday was 17C. This morning the temperature was 10C and it is suppose to get to 18C. We could have a few showers. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning I finished the paper work I needed to do. I'm glad to have that job done. 
While doing the paper work and through lunch, the power was surging. The last two surges made me think that we were going to loose power. We didn't but about 4000 customers in the Windsor area were without power for 1-2 hours. We were a small band of lucky ones between Highway 1 and Highway 101. 

Sewing

I did some sewing for less than an hour after the power was restored to most of Windsor. I don't run my sewing machines when there are local power outages due to surging when the power comes back on. I got the bodice done on the test dress and am ready to sew the bodice lining. 
I did play with fabrics yesterday and am using this combination to make a boot bag for Daughter. 
The chocolate brown will be replaced with another darker brown fabric. I want one that is either batik or has a design that gives texture. Ideas are floating in my head on how this one will look. 

Knitting

I worked on the messy bun hat yesterday only to find out I should be knitting the dark grey for the hat. I'll finish this one first. 
I'm about half done at the moment. 

Today

We are out to grocery shop and then I will sew on the doll's dress. I also have to sew together the last outfit I tested (knitting) and photograph it. 
Until the next time.........................

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A More Relaxed Day

Yesterday came in clear and sunny. It got to 16C. This morning is cloudy and 11C. We have a storm coming in today -- rain and winds. It is suppose to be fast moving. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday was a less rushed day. I started it out baking buns. They had chives, rosemary, dill, and parsley added to them. They are ready to go in the oven here. 
I give the large pan of 6 to family and we eat 4. I'm hoping to make them once a week. 
While the buns were doing their thing, I did paper work and was done by noon. It was nice not having to rush around doing a lot of things that had to be done. 
This year, the small tree in our front yard turned red. The year we arrived, it was bare, last year the leaves turned brown and fell off rapidly. This year, the leaves have slowly turned red and it looks gorgeous. 

Sewing

I got into the sewing room for a couple of hours. I used up .5 meter of fabric I bought back in June and started to test a doll's dress.  I got one half of the bodice front done. 
I have some cute organza trim to put on this dress. 
I laid out some fabric for a boot bag and I do love it. 
With this big button. 
I have to dig a bit more and see what else I have as I need to make one for Daughter. I will spend an hour putting together ideas today. 

Knitting

The test pattern is done and ready for blocking. After that is done, I will sew up the seams and add buttons. 
I started another messy bun hat to ship to Daughter. She has ordered this one to gift to a friend. The ribbing is done. 
The yarn has a variegated shiny thread in it. 
We call this the grey unicorn thread and one person said it's full of confetti. This is an easy knit. 

Today

With the storm coming in, it is a home day. I will do more paper work this morning and spend time in the sewing room this afternoon. Knitting this evening. 
Until the next time...............................

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Rushed Day

Yesterday was a combination of sun and cloud and the high got to 15C. This morning at 6 am, it was 3C and you could see the frost on the cars. Today is to be sunny and 16C and then we are to have a fast moving storm cross the province tomorrow. Rain and winds.

Lifestyle

It was a day of no pictures. I laid my phone down and hustled all day. I did 4 loads of laundry and cleaned our bedroom. I'm happy to have it done as I moved all the furniture and wash the floor. I also cleaned the ceiling fan as we run it up until the end of September to help keep the room cool. It had a lovely layer of dust on it.  
I also wrapped some Christmas presents to ship out and the box will go next week. I can add a couple of extra gifts to the box rather than stuffing it full with paper. 
Elliott had quite the day yesterday. He had issues settling down to sleep and didn't get his daily nap until 2 p.m. By then he was a wreck. He slept through 2 boys who were at our house after school. Hopefully he will have a better day today. 

Sewing

I did the rolled hem on 2 scarves in less than an hour. They are in the box ready to go next week. I also let the hems down on grandson's pants. I had a bit of panic when I saw the stitches on the right side but it was bees wax. When I pressed the crease out, the  wax melted and all was good. I delivered them before dinner (laundered too boot). 
I am really busy in the sewing room trying to get presents ready to go to Daughter. I have 2 gifts left to make plus I have to test a pattern for a designer. 
The test pattern is for Gotz dolls. The last one I made fit beautifully. This one is by the same designer and I'm thinking of using something cute for it. 

Knitting

I knit quite a bit last night and am on the front section of the sleeveless top. A couple more days and it will be done. Next up is another messy bun hat that will be put in the last parcel out west. 

Today

I am going to make buns, do some paperwork and start the doll's dress. I'm not going to rush like I had to yesterday. Hopefully, I'll have pictures tomorrow. 
Until the next time................................

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

We are having a beautiful fall. Yesterday got to 11C and was a mix of sunshine and cloud. There was a bit of mist about 3 p.m. Today was suppose to be really warm but it has been revised to get to 14C rather than 20. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday I made buns and they turned out quite well. One batch down, one to go. 
Daughter-in-law picked me up after lunch and we went to the city to shop. The color of the leaves this fall are vibrant and have gotten brighter over the week. These pictures do not do justice as to how bright the colors are. 
The reds and oranges are brilliant in color. I have really been admiring them. 
The fire department came up our way with sirens blaring, horns going, and lights flashing. The fire chief led the way in the pick up truck followed by Search and Rescue and the two tanker trucks. They went into the area past us called the Crossing, did a loop and back out. As they drove past, we realized they were out and about wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. They probably did the area were Son and family live. They will do this again (may not be our area) after the Pumpkin Regatta and just before Christmas with Santa. 

Health

The Spousal Unit is getting over his cold. He was feeling much better yesterday and had a good sense of humor. He was also very alert. 
I, on the other hand, was tired. I'm fighting the cold and, with the Spousal Unit feeling better, relaxed enough that I was exhausted last night. I woke up this morning to my gut making noises which is the first time I've heard it for months. I'm hoping that all is back to normal for me. It was nice to hear those noises as my stomach has been quiet for a long time. 

Sewing

No sewing was done yesterday as I was out shopping in the city. 

Knitting

I cast on the sleeveless top of the test pattern and knit 8 rows of ribbing. That was all my poor tired brain could handle. 

Today

I have to make another batch of buns and cook potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. It is a family and friends dinner across the street. While the buns are doing their thing, I would love to do a bit of housework; the living room needs to be finished. 
Until the next time.............................

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Recovery Day

Yesterday started out wet and then was cloudy. The high got to 13C and it was 11C at 6 a.m. this morning. Today will be cloudy with some drizzle. It is suppose to get to 14C today. 

Lifestyle

It was nap day yesterday. I had two short naps to get through the day and the Spousal Unit slept for 3 hours. He is feeling much better though he still has the cold. One could say it was recovery day. 
I did go out and get some groceries before lunch and daughter-in-law came over to get tomato sauce and check in on us. It was nice of her to do that. 

Sewing

In the late afternoon, I went down and cut the satin to make daughter 3 scarves. The satin she sent is light and shifts around like crazy. I forgot to check the first scarf and there is one crazy part. It will be hidden when worn. The second scarf was checked and is ready for a rolled hem. 
I did a test using the thread she sent and it is a perfect match to the green in the scarf. 
I had to use one white spool of thread which gives a tiny bit of definition between the rolled edge and the fabric. A scarf takes less than an hour to hem and I'm hoping to have all three ready to go out in this week's box. 

Knitting

No knitting last night as I was too tired to think about it. I would have made a mistake so it was best to leave it be. 

Today

I have to bake buns, get a couple of missing items for dinner tomorrow night, and hem one more scarf. I also need to take down grandson's pants as he has grown over an inch since school started. A busy day. 
Until the next time............................

Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Trip Down Memory Lane

We've had fall weather with clouds, sunshine, and, starting last night, rain. It is to be wet today with a high of 13-14C. 

Lifestyle

I got part of the living area cleaned up yesterday. Pulled furniture from the walls, swept, washed and put back. The goal was to finish it today but.......
I'm tired. I had to take the Spousal Unit to the ER at 1 am as he was confused, crabby, and not himself. His cold has gone to his chest and I am sure he was running a fever fighting the cold. Getting up and moving broke the fever as he was sweating when he got his coat on. The doctor checked him out and it's a common chest cold. He was fine when we got there. At home, he climbed into bed and went right to sleep. He slept until 7:30 a.m. 

Sewing

As I'm fighting the cold also, I haven't felt like sewing. Nor will it happen today. But, I got a box of items from Daughter. One bag was a trip down memory lane. 
In a bag she sent were several of these pieces and some of the fabric. 
It brought back memories of making rodeo queen clothing. I thought I had made a vest out of these but it was a top. Way back in 2012-13. 
Every piece was hand sewn onto the top. The pattern was a hack using a dress pattern, adapting the neck, and designing the collar. I could make this top in my sleep. 
The Spousal Unit and were discussing how much work I did on these tops and how happy I am not doing them anymore. One thing I did learn was how to hand stitch items onto the fabric quickly. Some of the dresses had about 40 hours of hand stitching and you learn to do it quickly and neatly.  I'm keeping these pieces until I can find something to make for Daughter and hand sew them onto it. I will probably be some for her sewing room. Like a wall hanging. I'm thinking on it. End of memory lane. 

Knitting

I did knit the second sleeve for the test pattern. Next is the sleeveless top. 

Today

I'm going to do a bit of tidying up, get a few items from the grocery store, rest, and nap. Housework is on hold for today. 
Until the next time...........................