Friday, July 03, 2020

Fabric Shopping

Yesterday's high was 26C and there was a cool breeze. It rained (drizzled) during the night and the temperature this morning was 16C. Not sure what we will get today. They say the high is to get to 24C and clearing this morning. 

Lifestyle

We are having our deck redone with composite boards. Our neighbor is doing it and is bringing it up to and past code. With so much wet/damp weather, wooden structures are subject to rot. Ours is in good shape. To keep it good for many more years, all top surfaces will be covered with a waterproof membrane. All cut ends of woods are treated. The other thing he did was put hurricane hangers on. 
We were out to get more patio pads for the steps and to have a landing at the bottom. 
There was one more case of the virus reported yesterday. We are now at 3. Two cases from travel outside of the province and one from a temporary foreign worker who became sick while in self isolation. Today is Atlantic Bubble day and people can travel amongst the Maritime provinces without self isolating. We wait and see what happens. 

Sewing

Though I had said no fabric this month, the quilt shop had some fabrics I knew would not last. I was out to get what I needed and then got some for daughter. My choices were these ones. 
It was the middle piece that was very popular as many people were looking at it. 
The store was busy as they can let 15 people in and they had that many in there shortly after I arrived. The building was warm and wearing a mask was hard. I wanted a couple more pieces but got my notions and left. I will make do with what I have. My next visit will be in August. 
I didn't work on Take 3 of the muslin yesterday as I was in and out of the house all afternoon. Hopefully today. 

Knitting

I worked on the sweater, undid several rows, and am doing the cuff on the first sleeve. I will take the sweater with me next month to find fabric for a dress. I think there is the greyed purple in the purple section. 

Today

The goal is to sweep and wash floors, sew on Take 3 of the pattern, and knit. Not sure if there will be any work on the deck today. I will be outside for a bit to dead head geraniums. 
Until the next time...................................

Thursday, July 02, 2020

A Very Quiet Canada Day For Us

Yesterday got to 27C with a humidex of 34C. It was hot and muggy out there. This morning it was 17C at 6 a.m. and is suppose to be a bit cooler today. Hopefully the rain will come tonight. Storm were all around us yesterday but nothing happened here except my knees were very sore. 

Lifestyle

I got all the floors swept yesterday. There was a lot of grass, cat hair, dust, etc. I will have to do it again before I wash them. Elliott won't stop shedding. He has always been a huge shedder. 
With exhaustion comes naps. The Spousal Unit had two and I had one. It did help us stay alert while out for dinner last night. We had a very tasty chicken dinner with our family. And a great visit. 
There were fireworks again last night; not as long or as late but from the same street behind us. As I dozed off to sleep I could hear more in the distance. Those were not disturbing but more like a white noise. It was another warm night so we didn't sleep as well as we would have liked to. The a/c was on (heat pump) but it doesn't cool our bedroom as well as we would like it to. 
There was a second case of the virus reported yesterday. The person traveled outside of Canada. There was no report if they had been self isolating or not. Hopefully we will know more today. It is mandatory people self isolate when returning to the province. 

Sewing

I did think about sewing but did nothing. I was just too tired to wrap my head around altering the pattern. I may start again with a different bodice pattern. I will resort to that if mine is not correct this time. I do like mine and would love to get it right. 
I also thought about the dress I want to make for Anna's wardrobe. I want to pin tuck the bodice for something different. 

Knitting

I knit on the next test pattern. I have a system in place so I don't have to knit the odd numbered rows twice. What was to be done after publishing will be part of the test. Only one person tested the pattern. The white sweater I finished only had two of us test it. Not sure why but I think the pandemic has slowed people down. 

Today

I'm heading out to the quilt shop. I need a twin needle for pin tucking a bodice for Anna's wardrobe and I want to look at the ticking fabric. I will also look at fabric to add to Anna's dress that I hope to make soon. I will work on Take 3 of the bodice pattern this afternoon. Tonight will be knitting. 
Until the next time..............................

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Take Two of the Pattern Done

Happy Canada Day
It was warm and muggy again yesterday. Though the high got to 27, the humidex said it was 33-34C. Today could be just as bad. We woke to 19C and it is to be the same as yesterday. 

Lifestyle

I was busy yesterday morning. I tidied up the kitchen, cleaned the bathroom, and scrubbed floors. While I was busy I did a load of blankets. It is nice to be working at cleaning the house again. 
The roses are blooming like crazy. The Spousal Unit has picked 11 blooms for me and I did a cute little arrangement for the kitchen window. 
The vase is an old sugar dish from my grandmother's house. I put a small bowl in it and set a glass frog on top to hold the roses. 
Last night, there was a good 30-45 minutes of fireworks on the street behind us. Elliott hid somewhere in the house as he is scared to death of them. I woke to quiet and then a bit later one more went off. I wasn't expecting that. The show was spectacular, at least the part I watched. There will be more tonight to celebrate Canada Day. There are no parades, etc. this year so people will celebrate at home. 
There was one case of the virus reported yesterday. The person had travelled out of province, self isolated upon returning, and tested positive. A reminder of how easy it is to get the virus. 

Sewing

I sewed yesterday afternoon and got Take 2 done on the Gotz sized pattern. The front length looks good and it is even all the way around. 
The back armholes bagged out so I took a dart in to see how it looked. 
I have done an adjustment at the shoulder seam to see if it takes care of the problem. If not, it's back to the design table. I have ideas on what I could do including trying another basic bodice pattern. 

Knitting

I got a picture of the last sweater and it is very sweet on Peggy. 
I started another test pattern -- a bolero. It will be published before I finish it. I seem to be knitting the increase rows twice to get them correct. I count as I knit and it is wrong. I do it again and it is right. Now I am knitting so much and putting in a marker so I can keep track. Hopefully this will help me. Though I don't like the yarn, I want to use it up and get it out of the house. The end product can go into the box of orphan items which I may find fabric to go with it. 

Today

The goal is to tidy up the rooms I have cleaned, clean the dining area and front entry and do more laundry. This afternoon I hope to do Take 3 of the pattern hack and tonight knit. If tiredness takes over, I may have to nap.
Until the next time...............................

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Second Hack A Success

Yesterday was another warm muggy day. The high got too 24C. This morning it was 19C at 6 a.m. It is suppose to be warmer today. 

Lifestyle

I spent a good morning cleaning the kitchen. I wiped cupboard doors, cleaned every surface I could and polished the stainless steel appliances. I had to quit just before 11:30 as I had to go to the pharmacy about one prescription. It was filled and waiting for me. It was a good feeling to have done housework all morning and see a room so clean. 
Yesterday was day 20 with no new cases of the virus. People here are being vigilant to keep the virus at bay this long. 

Sewing

I headed down to the sewing room after lunch and got the American Girl doll surplice bodice sewn. 
These are the two pattern pieces I used for Take 1. I cut the back on the straight of the grain. I fiddled a bit on the front as the center front notches slipped apart. When aligned correctly, the top fit to perfection. 
The dolls body at the arms shows a bit. I have two ways to correct it -- add 1/8" to the arm holes or use flutter sleeves. 
This pattern is ready to be sewn in good fabric and I have ideas floating in my head. 
The Gotz doll pattern has been adjusted and I'm ready to make Take 2. This has gone from a pattern hack to a pattern design. 
I posted July's sewing and I said I was staying out of the fabric stores except for notions. That may not happen as the quilt shop posted ticking in quilting cotton and I may need some (as daughter may also). If I keep drafting, I may have to get some cheap cotton for muslins. I use 1/4 meter each time I make a bodice. The 1 meter of broadcloth I bought in June is disappearing quickly. 

Knitting

I finished the test sweater last night and will be trying it on a couple of dolls. It may fit tight as I used (and finished up) a yarn that is a bit finer than the regular sock yarn I like to use. 
There is another test pattern to knit though it will be published before I get it done. It is cute and worthy of knitting.

Today

Grandson is here for the day. I want to scrub the bathroom and wash some floors. Take 2 of the muslin will be sewn and I'll set up another sweater for knitting. 
Until the next time...............................

Monday, June 29, 2020

Muslin #1 Done

Yesterday was cooler but with some rain and high humidity. The high got to 21C. This morning it is 18C. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday I puttered around making a potato salad and ignoring the housework. I was too tired to think about cleaning the house other than clean up the kitchen. I need to focus on doing some every morning and get the house cleaned once again. 
Yesterday marked 19 days with no virus. I keep wondering if a case or two will emerge every day prior to checking. July 1 (Canada Day) will be quiet in the province with no celebrations. I am not sure what we will be doing but it certainly will be things at home. 

Sewing

I was in the sewing room yesterday. I ignored cleaning up as I wanted to test the pattern I had hacked. I found out that the design is easy to sew. It went together like a dream. I put it on Anna and started to make the adjustments. 
I pulled it up at the shoulder seam as the bottom of the arm hole hung down too low. Pulling it up made it fit Anna better. 
I've measured and adjusted that part of the pattern. 
Next, I looked at the back. The fit was excellent. I then looked at the front and the bodice is too short. 
Her tummy shows so I have worked on the pattern by adding to it. I haven't taken a picture of this adjustment. I added about 1/8" to the side seams and about 1/2" to the center front and curved it down. I had to add 1/8" to the back side seam and curve it up towards the center back. I am ready to trace the pattern pieces again to make the next muslin. I am certain there will be a third muslin to make. 
One one of the forums, someone shared how to make a collage using Funky Collage Maker. I did a collage of Kit's wardrobe. 
I am happy with the results. 

Knitting

No knitting last night. 

Today

I want to do some housework, out to get a prescription filled, and work on Anna's pattern. I may have to be outside for a bit to move wood to the pile at curbside. I do hope to knit tonight. 
Until the next time..............................

Sunday, June 28, 2020

And It Rained

The weather has been warm. On Friday, there was a thunderstorm warning, we got 6 rumbles and it was over. Yesterday was warm (28C high) and last evening the clouds rolled in and it rained hard for a bit. This morning, it is cooler with some showers. We are suppose to see rain today. We do need it. But the temperature is to get to 23 with a humidex of 30C. Not very nice. 

Lifestyle

With high humidity and temperatures, I have hit the brick wall. I am exhausted, not sleeping well, and feel like a zombie. Much like Elliott does.
We went for a drive on Friday afternoon to the bookstore. The Spousal Unit and I were the only ones in the store while we picked up books. We wore masks and shopped happily. 
I picked up three books on diabetes. Ones I had wanted but didn't want to pay full price. I started doing my blood glucose and it is good. I'm where I was when I stopped doing it. 
Yesterday we were 17 days without a new case of the virus. We have been warned the virus will/could resurface as the province opens up. We are continuing to be diligent and hope we don't get it. 

Sewing

I got the sewing room floor swept ready to wash. I still have some wiping and tidying up to do. It will get done. 
I binge watched the Great British Sewing Bee.(I hope the link works). The three who made it to the finals were all worthy of winning but I was happy for the person who did. 

Knitting

I got a picture of the sweater I tested for one lady. It is actually quite cute on the doll. 
I need to take it with me to buy fabric for a dress. 
I am on the last sleeve for the other test pattern. It is cute and if too small for the AG dolls, the Gotz dolls will get it. 

Today

I don't have a lot planned for today. I need to plan July's sewing list which includes Anna's wardrobe and a bag. I may finish the test sweater tonight also. Not a lot as I want to be busy tomorrow. 
Until the next time.................................

Friday, June 26, 2020

Too Hot Too Long

It has been very warm here the past few days. Broke the record a couple of times during the heat wave. Yesterday it got to 28-29C. This morning it was 15C at 6 a.m. and is suppose to get to 27C. It has been too hot too long. 

Lifestyle

With all the heat and working out in it, we woke up exhausted yesterday morning. Nothing was right for us as we hadn't slept well due to the night temperature sitting at 20C. 
We put together a plan for the day and stuck to it. We did more clean up in the morning and a bit in the afternoon. We stopped before I over heated (I don't sweat very easily). We went inside to cool off and both of us slept until 3:50 pm. We sat outside in the cool last night which helped us a lot. I actually was cold when we went inside and was happy. 
We hit day 16 with no new cases of the virus. The Atlantic provinces are opening up to travel between them. It is called the Atlantic Travel Bubble. People are advised to continue to be diligent as the virus can rear its ugly head if we don't. 

Sewing

I haven't stepped foot into the sewing room the past few days. I keep thinking about Anna's wardrobe and the pattern I drafted. I'm too tired when I get into the house and just rest. 
I read about how to store doll clothes and use the container as a bed. I will start to buy the containers and make the quilt, pillows, and bed ruffles. Kit's will be the first when I find the fabrics I want to use. 
I had hoped to be done cleaning the sewing room but it is still half done with more needing to be completed. I had an idea this would happen back in March as we usually do outside work in June-Sept. 

Knitting

I did knit on the doll's sweater and the first sleeve is coming along nicely. I hope I have enough yarn for both sleeves. If not, I will rip it back and so the short sleeved version. 

Today

I have to run into the doctor's office and get the paperwork for blood tests and try to get appointments for our blood tests. I am assuming we will be outside for a period of time and inside to rest. If not, I will do housework instead. 
Until the next time......................................