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..........................

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Another Bag In The Making

Yesterday as another warm and sunny day. The temperature rises quickly in the morning. Today is another warm sunny day. High yesterday was 27C with a repeat for today.

Lifestyle

Grandson had a fun time at the pool yesterday with rescue after falling through ice. They played another game during their lesson. He is enjoying his lessons. 
The big push yesterday was to fold laundry. It hadn't been done and it took a good 45 minutes to get under control. It can't happen again as that was just too much laundry to fold. 
Elliott is feeling better. His nose is cold and wet and his tummy is soft to the touch. It was quite hard while he was ill. He is enjoying the canned cat food that he gets when he has his medication. I hate to tell him there isn't any more for a while. I'm sure I will be low down on his popularity list for a few days. 

Health

I had my stress fling with over eating so I'm starting back on the wagon today. I have decided to get back onto my old eating regime over the next two to three days. 

Sewing

 I had a fun three hours in the sewing room. I got the pattern drawn, the bag cut out and the fun elements done. The bag is now ready for the lining. 
I put jumbo rick rack along the diagonal seam. I took my time applying it so the edges of the rick rack won't curl up. 
On the back, I put a band that is sewn down in the middle. If a barrel racer wants to hang a pair of velcro closed horse boots on it, she can. Otherwise it is a fun decoration. 
I want to make a long leather tassel to hand on the handle. I have added a swivel snap for that reason. 
This bag will have a large button with a loop so it can be closed. 

Knitting

I started the doll shoe yesterday and ripped it out at the end of row 1. I need to try again today. Once I get what to do, I will have no issues. 

Today

Grandson goes to swimming. Then sewing on the bag and finally work on the shoes. We will watch the Calgary Stampede as Pool B starts their 4 days today. 
Until the next time..............................

Monday, July 08, 2019

Time In The Sewing Room

Yesterday was a lovely sunny day with the high getting to 24C. The wind was from the north making it feel cooler when outside. Last night was cool at 11C. Windows were open all night to air out the house. Today will be another sunny warm day.

Lifestyle

Elliott is getting better. He ate more yesterday, especially the canned cat food he gets with his medication. He did sleep a lot under his blanket on the bed. But this morning he was yelling for his canned cat food and fought me when I gave him his medication. 
The Spousal Unit and I went to the meat market at Canning yesterday morning. We ordered his birthday prime rib, got some strawberries, and a bit of meat. It was a great trip.
We had strawberries for dinner last night and they were delicious. The first of the year and I know we will be buying more. 

Sewing

I spent about three hours in the sewing room yesterday afternoon. I decided to make the wall art for the downstairs bathroom. It was a struggle as I had .6 meter of fabric and needed .7 meter. I won in the end.
I'm happy with the results and they will cheer up the area. 
After that was done, I made the 4th placemat. 
I have 2 more cut out and will make them after I do other sewing. 

Knitting

I cast off the dress last night. The bottom of the skirt is about 33" from one side to the other. It needs to be blocked, have the buttons put on and ribbon at the waist. Pictures when it is done. 
Next up is to crochet a pair of shoes for the dolls. 

Today

I have to take grandson to swimming this morning, fold laundry and start the first of two bags. That means ironing the fabric and making the pattern. I'm looking forward to getting them started. 
Until the next time........................

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Under A Heat Warning

The weather has been hot here. We were under a heat warning for 3 days with temperatures ranging from 30 to 34C and humidex readings up to 38C. The wind was hot and everyone was indoors staying cool. Our street was empty of children. Last evening, we had a thunderstorm and the rain cooled the temperature down to 16C; 5C lower than it has been for the past few mornings. 

Lifestyle

Grandson made it through week 1 of swimming and has 1 more week to go. He is certainly stronger this summer than last. 
Elliott has been sick. He laid around on Friday not eating or drinking. He was hot and lethargic. He got up in the evening for a while. Yesterday morning was the same so off to the vet he went. He had a fever and a sore tummy. He came home with medicine. He is feeling better and we assume he had a touch of something. We keep his shots up to date for an outside cat even though he is inside. 
The Spousal Unit and I have been watching the Calgary Stampede. We stopped for a few years because we didn't know any of the contestants but this year we know some that are in Pool A. I taught one of the barrel racers when she was in grade 1. 

Sewing

I went to the fabric store on Friday while shopping. I got 2 pieces of fabric; one for bags and one for the dolls. 

This fabric was on a good sale - but 3 meters for the price of 1. So I bought 3 meters plus .5 meter as a remnant (1.87 for it). The buttons are for bags I am going to make out of it. The remnant is for lining the left over piece of linen. 
The other piece is an orange and white stripe for an apron for the dolls. 
While grocery shopping, I did find a dark red ribbon to go with the grey plaid dress and sweater I made. 
I finished the bag yesterday and put a beautiful cream colored button as a closure. 
I also made one more lobster print placemat. One more to go and I'll start on other sewing. 

Knitting

I'm within 5 rows of casting off the test pattern. It has been a lot of work and used up a good 50 grams of yarn. I'm up to 235 stitches on the needle. Hopefully I'll have it ready to block by Tuesday. 
My next project is to crochet a pair of shoes for the dolls. I bought black and red no.5 cotton for the project. The soles will have to done during the day as they are black. But it will be a fun challenge to do this. 

Today

I'd hoped to weed the hedge today but it is too wet. I'll do some housework and sewing instead. 
Until the next time.........................