Thursday, July 18, 2019

More Lady Bugs -- Buttons On A Bag

Yesterday was another warm one with a high of 30C. The humidex was 37C. Late in the afternoon, thunder rumbled quietly about and between 5 and 6 p.m. it poured rain -- 1/4" to be exact. This morning is 16C and quite refreshing. 

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit went to the hospital to give his blood for his cancer. 
I went out and looked at the vegetable plots and are they ever growing. They are lush. 
This is one box of tomatoes and they have been pruned. All are staked and are a good 3 feet tall. 
The potatoes have been growing like crazy. Most days over an inch. They are in bloom now and we wait for first new potatoes.

Health

One good day and one bad day. Relooked at what I ate and I have to give up some vegetables (broccoli) and carbonated water/drinks. Back to water, coffee, and tea. I have to buy more bottled water as our water has an off taste in it during the summer. I will get this figured out. 

Sewing

I had a good day in the sewing room. All came together well and it was a lot of fun. The lady bugs were delightful to work with. I even put a lady bug button on the back strap. 
Then I put two more onto one strap. 
The bag is now ready for the lining and a big red or black button. 
I'll be sad when this one is done but happy when it finds a new owner.

Knitting

I finished the hat to the test pattern. Really cute and I'm glad I changed yarn colors. 
I also worked on the Bella Bolero and am almost ready to cast off the sleeves and pick up along the front. Here's hoping my first and last stitch idea works for a tidy edge of picked up stitches. 

Today

I have to go to son's for an hour or so and then it's time to finish the lady bug bag down to the button. I will start the test pattern sweater this evening. 
Until the next time............................

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lady Bugs On A Bag

Yesterday was one of our warmer days with a high of 28-31C depending on which site I looked at. It clouded up in the evening and the temperature dropped to 18C only to rise to 21C this morning. Today is to be another warm one and then it cools off. 

Lifestyle

We headed out in good time to talk to a glass person about our china cabinet. It needs 4 panes of glass replaced. We then headed to get yarn and fabric. It was a morning out but not overly exciting. 
We got home at 11:30, had grandson for lunch, and then set about doing things in the afternoon. 

Health

I really changed up my eating yesterday. No dairy or sugar. Only 1 slice of bread (wheat/gluten). I felt much better and went almost 24 hours without an attack. Back at it again today. Lost 3 lbs also. 

Sewing

The trip to the fabric store was to buy fabric to go with the lady bug fabric I had in the stash. 
The lining will be a deep red. After laundering the fabric, I started to play. 
I then made piping out of one of the fat quarters. The handles got piping.
And the bag got piping. 
I have to say I had a lot of fun making the bag to this point. 
I also fixed the too small skirt for the Gotz dolls. I shortened the elastic from 10" to 9.25". Anna modeled it and stated she needs white capris and another top. 

Knitting

I wasn't happy with the color combination of the test pattern so I bought yarn for it. I took the skirt with me so I could get a good match. I'm doing white and lagoon (clear teal color). I'm ready to decrease for the crown and I love the color combination. 

Today

The Spousal Unit has to give blood for his 3 month check up. Then it's sewing time in the studio. 
Until the next time............................

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Cut Once Cuss Twice

Though yesterday's temperature got to 24C, it felt cooler with the wind. There was a shower in the evening which made it muggy. Today, we are under a heat warning with temperatures nearing 30C with a humidex of 33C. Bet it gets warmer than that. 

Lifestyle

The living area was cleaned yesterday. As I dusted, I noticed yellow pollen on the middle window and the heater under it. That window is open every night hence the pollen. I also cleaned down the steps but the carpet treads still need to be vacuumed. The hand held vacuum cleaner was charging at that point. Another room dealt with. 
With the coolness of the wind, the Spousal Unit mowed the lawns. He did it over two cuttings, having a water break in between. 

Health

Though my soreness up and down one leg is better due to stretching and moving about more, my IBS symptoms are still there. I am working out what are trigger foods and two that seem to have emerged are dairy (other than cheese) and wheat. I'm trying to limit the dairy and am going to severely limit wheat. Then it's onto figuring out what else is causing it to flair up. Stress is one factor and I think that the rehab of the basement took its toll on my system. 

Sewing

Yesterday was cut once, cuss twice day in the sewing room. I cut out a skirt for the dolls from Oh Sew Kat's Four Season Skirt and I made it an inch too small. My mistake. I cut it out again and it turned out great. I added lace to the skirt and I love it. The small skirt will be fixed up so it will fit the Gotz dolls.
I also fixed the fabric flower on the plaid hat. The width of the fabric is 2.5" wide and 1.25" wide when folded. The proportion is much better. 
What will I do different the next time I make a fabric flower? Serge the raw ends to eliminate the fuzzies that appear when gathering the fabric. 

Knitting

All of the projects are on hold as I test another pattern. This is a hat and short sleeved sweater. The colors are the teals that are shown with the skirt. I will see how it turns out color wise as the pattern on the hat is really nice. I'm ready to decrease for the crown. The yarn is Paton's Silk and Bamboo and a nice yarn to knit with. 

Today

I have to look in the stash for fabric and see if I need to buy anything to go with it. This one is the lady bug one. Cleaning today is the sewing room as it is looking a bit messy and the floor needs a good sweeping. 
Until the next time..............................

Monday, July 15, 2019

Bag #2 Completed

Yesterday was another warm and humid day. Though the high got to 26C, the humidex said 30C. We had a shower late in the afternoon and another one in the evening. Today is suppose to be similar in temperature but with no showers. 

Lifestyle

I got the dining area cleaned up and the table disinfected. Yes, I'm on a disinfecting streak. The floors were swept ready to be washed. It didn't take too long as everything is pretty well organized. 
The laundry was folded and put away in record time and I'm ready to launder the blankets in the living room. 
We watched the second to last performance of the Calgary Stampede yesterday and recorded the last performance to watch tonight. With a 3 hour difference in time, the last performance was late coming on. 

Sewing

I cracked the whip on the second bag and finished it while watching the Calgary Stampede. I really do like this bag. 
I did match up yarn to fabric so I can sew a doll's skirt today. I need something quick and easy to sew. I also made a flower for the doll's hat but think it is too big. I'll take it off and redo it this afternoon. I can hand sew while watching TV. 
I will measure the lace I used as a flower on another hat to get the correct width. Experimenting is fun. 

Knitting

I finished the bolero and am happy I didn't trash it. 
There is always something to learn from our mistakes. I did a lot of internet searching and am trying something new. Yes, I cast on another bolero in the same color. This time, I'm slipping the first stitch purl wise and purling the last stitch. I omitted the first and last marker and am doing a Make 1 Right and Make 1 Left where those markers should be. I will study the videos again before I pick up the necessary stitches. 
I am suppose to receive a pattern to test knit. I have the yarn out and I'm ready to go. 

Today

The goal is to clean up the living area, wash the blankets on the furniture, dust, and sweep the floor. Then it's downstairs to sew a basic gathered skirt for the dolls. We also need to grocery shop as we need a few things. 
Until the next time................................

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Learning Something New In Knitting

Yesterday was cloudy for most of the day but the high got to  25C. The humidity was around 90% all day and the humidex got the temperature equal to 30C. It was a sauna when you went outside in the afternoon. Two boys next door to us spent the afternoon playing in a pool of water under the deck trying to keep cool. 

Lifestyle

I have been trying to keep up with the housework the past two weeks and yesterday morning the focus was the kitchen. I disinfected all the work counters and put away a few items. It is nice to have it really clean in there. The floor was swept and is ready for washing. I will keep it swept until I can do it. 
The laundry was done and is ready to fold this morning. When it was time to fold, it was time to watch the Calgary Stampede. 

Sewing

I only had 3 hours to sew yesterday and I made the most of it. I made piping for the handles and love the look of it. 
The second edge has since been topped stitched on the one strap.
That was an experiment well done. I can add it to other bags if I wish. 
The bag is ready for its closure tab and lining. I'm happy with the result. 
I looked for a piece of fabric to show daughter. I'm going to make a special bag for two young girls who love lady bugs. 
I even have lady bug buttons to put on it. I just need to hunt for red fabric for the bottom part of the bag, handles, and lining. 
Once I am done the horse bag, I am going to sew a doll's skirt. Very simple tiered skirt which I will add lace to. I need a skirt to go with the next test pattern I will be knitting.

Knitting

I just about threw the Bella Bolero into the trash bin. I was so upset with it. Where I had to pick up the stitches looked a mess. 
I decided there was a lesson to learn so I worked on picking up the stitches and have almost finished the bolero. I'm not 100% happy with it but it will do as a learning project. I'm going to swatch what we do with increasing like the pattern calls for at each end. Then I'm going to practice picking up stitches at each end to see if I can get the look I want. This is a practice to make perfect technique I want to master. I will keep you posted. 

Today

Laundry needs to be folded and the dining area needs to be cleaned up. I would like to finish the bag and start prepping for the doll's skirt I want to make. Then I can start the next bag. 
Until the next time..........................
Until the next time..........................

Friday, July 12, 2019

Bag #2 Started

After quite a few days of lovely weather, we are going to have a few days of showers. The sky is overcast this morning and it is 16C at 6 a.m. Warmer than the 8C yesterday morning. 

Lifestyle

Today is the last day of grandson's swim lessons. I will miss our morning trips to the pool as we talked about lots of things. 
Last night we went to watch him play soccer and he is doing well. He thinks, looks, and tries to get the ball where he thinks it should be. He plays his position well and we were proud of him. 
Our front yard flowers are blooming. There are only lilies and hosts in that bed. 
I need to weed that bed again. The pot by the front door has the geranium blooming. It has very dainty flowers on it. 
I did a plants that were mainly leaves this year but chose them for the color of their leaves (pink, lime green, burgundy) and their shape (looks like maple leaves). 

Sewing

I got started on the second bag and got the front done. I made piping on this one. 
I can now cut out the back and interface the pieces. After that it is sewing time. 
I had to stop and mail out the other bag and fabric to daughter. I gave her 5 meters of fabric for her shirt making business along with what she had me buy for her. 
This is one piece of what I sent her. It will make one gorgeous shirt for someone. 

Knitting

I got the second right sole crocheted yesterday and they look the same. Now it is time to do the left soles. 
I also finished a dress for a designer. It is very cute. 
I am thinking of going through the AG doll clothes and selling them. They are multiplying like crazy and I need to put them up for sale.

Today

I take grandson to swimming and then I will sew on the bag and do some pictures of outfits for sale. I need to think prices. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

And It Sold

Yesterday was another sunny day with a high of 25C. This morning it is clear, sunny, and 13C. Though not hot like we lived in, we are certainly enjoying the summer weather we are getting.

Lifestyle

I enjoyed another session with grandson watching him swim lengths and do the activities required for the level he is in. 
The lawn people were here to put a light application of fertilizer on and to check for cinch bugs. We have a few so the Spousal Unit has to water to drive the larvae back down. Otherwise they mature and suck the life out of our grass. The company will be back to do the cinch bug spray. 
We watched Pool B's round 1 at the Calgary Stampede. Knew a few names but not as many as in Pool A. Still enjoying it though. 
And Elliott is 100% again and back on his regular schedule. 

Sewing

I made the lining for the bag and added a loop so the bag can be closed. I finished it off at 4:30 p.m.
The back is plain as it has the strap on the back for velcroed boots. 
I put it up for sale on Facebook and it sold in 3 hours. Now there are others who want them. Planning the next one today.

Knitting

I spent a good hour on the sole of the shoes I want to make. Got the first right one made and am pleased with the results.
I have one more right one and two lefts to go before I can start the uppers. 
I also have to get ready to knit another cute test pattern. I will have to see what I have for solid yarn. Know I have the white but need a solid color. 

Today

I take grandson to swimming, plan the next bag and maybe buy fabric for it, and do a bit of crocheting. Another busy day for me. 
Until the next time..........................