Friday, January 24, 2020

Sewing Thoughts

Yesterday was another lovely day of sunshine. The high got to 5C. The low got to -3C during the night. We are to have another day with sunshine but more clouds. 

Lifestyle

I cleaned our bedroom yesterday. Quite a deep clean with the floors being vacuumed twice and washed once. Dusting was done and all is fresh in there. I could feel my allergy to the dust raising it's ugly head. While cleaning, I did 5 loads of laundry. 

Sewing

It was the start of three days of Christmas sewing. I worked on the tree skirt for our 4 ft tree. I stopped when I pinned on the lace and was 3" short. 
I had a lot of fun making this skirt. I did a rolled hem on the ruffle. The ties are red gros grain ribbon. The lace is something from the stash that I thought was long enough. I'll look for something today. 
I have a new doll's pattern to test so it is being slotted in the list to start on Jan. 26. There is embroidery so I am excited to start this project. Fabric will be from the stash. 

My Sewing Thoughts

As it is almost the end of the month and I've been working on a new plan, I've decided to do a small review. I know that I am not the norm when it comes to the stash of fabric. I'm actually quite the opposite. But, for those who have and love a stash, I understand your need for it as much as I understand my need to not have it. 
My Stash is not huge by any stretch of the imagination. I call it medium in size with maybe 250 yards of fabric on the shelving unit. I do feel stressed with my stash. It is time to sew it up into useful items. It is how I feel. I'm not stressed over sewing it up/down as I'm enjoying the journey each month. I'm more stressed that it is sitting idle on the shelves. I've really thought a lot about it this month.
Progress has been made and a plan has evolved over how many years. I'm thrilled with my current plan as I am focusing on the stash rather than feeling I'm failing and soothing my ego with buying more fabric. I've moved towards using SMART goals and having a to-do list of items I want to make. Nothing on the list is a must do but a want to do. I smile each time I tackle an item and have something to show at the end of a day or two of sewing. 
SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. I've worked them into my goal this year. I've gone from very broad goals (exploring) to having more specific goals. This year, they are quite specific and achievable, especially in sewing. 
Though a lot of people may not like goals, I need them. They are a part of who I am. I make to-do lists all the time. When I did my first sewing to-do list last summer, it was wonderful. I was more focused than I had ever been. I look back at it and it was a list of items I wanted to sew and was a great starting point. When building my sewing goals for this year I did a lot of talking with a lady and used this format to get what I wanted to do done. 
My goal To sew up/down the stash - 50 to 100 meters a year until it is gone.
Why am I doing this?- To be able to buy and sew new fabrics. The fabrics I own are getting old and need to be sewn into their planned projects. The orphans will become projects as I do research. 
How will I do it?- I keep saying 1 meter at a time. But it is thinking about what I want to sew. I make a to-do list. It pretty much started out as a long list of items I wanted to make. This year, I added categories and I can slot them into days of the month if I choose to. I keep focused on the stash and the list. I think about the next month towards the end of the current month. I start making a list of what I could sew from the stash. From there I finalize it before posting it. 
What will I do/sew?- I chose to sew up/down the quilting cottons first. I have 30 meters of Christmas fabric, 10 meters of Halloween fabric and I don't know how much of other. I really wanted to sew up most of the Christmas and Halloween fabrics this year. After a good discussion with another lady, I got a plan. Christmas sewing 3 days per month (23-25), Halloween 2 days on the months that have 31 days. I also decided I wanted else to sew; doll outfits, piping, reading pillows, and reusable grocery bags over the year. All help to sew up/down the stash. And they all make me happy. I look forward to designing and creating every day. 

I'm not depriving myself from buying fabrics but I have to have a place to slot them into. Yes, sew them up fast. I can also buy what I need to finish a project. This has kept me a happy sewer. At the moment, I feel like I'm in a win-win situation. 

Knitting

I started a messy bun hat for daughter-in-law. The yarn is a cotton/polyester blend. It is quite nice to work with and the multi colors are looking great. I've almost done the ribbing. This is relaxing knitting project and am using up yarn daughter gave me for Christmas. 

Today

I'm off to the city to shop. I'll start in Bedford and may end up in Dartmouth. I want to be home by 1 p.m. to Christmas sew for a couple of hours. 
Until the next time..................................

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Two Projects Completed

Yesterday was warmer with a high of -3C. The sun shone and it was lovely outside. This morning the temperature is -3C and it is to get to a high of 3C. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday was hair cut day so we were out for a bit. We had to go to get Elliott food after we were done. We were both tired as we hadn't slept well the night before. But we lasted without a nap until bedtime. 

Sewing

I fiddled and diddled with the pattern and got three extra snowflakes embroidered on the wall hanging. Once it was done, it was an easy task to finish. I was done by just after 3 p.m.
I have everything ready to make another one on Jan. 26th. Same thread colors but I'll mix it up a bit. I also have 3 snow buttons to put on the extra snowflakes. 
While hunting for plastic circles to hang the wall hanging, I found the kitty buttons. I popped one onto the Market Tote. 

It really finished the bag off. 

Knitting

I spent the time and finished the child's sweater I was practicing on. I'm quite pleased with the end result and learned a lot. 
Overall, it looks balanced for a small sweater. I like how Cheryl Burnette walks you through each step. Some you need to watch several times to get the technique (unless I'm dense headed). She does leave out bits and then mentions them in the next video. I need to work on sewing up the side seams so the decreases match perfectly. I have one ball of yarn left and I found a toque pattern to knit. It will go on next month's list. 

Today

I was going to go into the city but I'm not. Not sure of the weather (freezing rain mentioned). I'll do housework and start sewing the Christmas fabric I cut out. Knitting will be a messy bun hat. 
Until the next time....................................

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Embroidered Wall Hangings

We have had cold weather the past few days. Yesterday's high was -11C. The nicest part was the sun shone all day. Last night the temperature went down to -16C. It should be sunny and warmer today.

Lifestyle

This week has been busy. The Spousal Unit had to give blood  for the cancer clinic. Yesterday I had to go in to respiratory therapy for my C-Pap machine. All is great there. Today is hair appointments. 
I've taken a week off from Weight Watcher's. I needed a week to relax and enjoy some extra foods. I will start again tomorrow watching what I eat. I am tired but do have my blood works done next week. 

Sewing

I've been working on this month's embroidery project. I sat and designed and my first project was a flop. Second try and one letter was off. Third try and I'm ready to either add 3 buttons or 3 more embroidered snowflakes. 
The fabric is to be cut 3/4" to the right of the W and the same to left of the snowflake. Top and bottom will be the same; 3/4". I will back it with fabric and bind it like a quilt. I have fabric left to make another Snow wallhanging. 
While I was playing, I did February's wall hanging. 
I may have to buy fabric for this one as I don't have any Valentine fabric. 
I also am playing with this design as I love the Tweet birds. 
The colors haven't been fixed up yet so it does look a bit dingy. But the idea is there. I'm going to have fun with this one as I have time. 

Knitting

I got the buttons for the sweater and need to sew them on. From there I can do the buttonhole band and collar. Then on to the next project - a sweater for daughter's dog. 

Today

Out for hair appointments and then working on the wall hanging. Knitting tonight. 
Until the next time.......................................

Monday, January 20, 2020

A Lot of Great Neighbors

Yesterday was a snow day. It snowed most of the night and  all day until about 5 p.m. They say we had 11.5 cm of snow which is almost 5". The temperature went from -12C to 1C. This morning, it is -3C and it is suppose to get cooler. 

Lifestyle

Our neighbor was out snow blowing early and the next thing we knew, he was doing our driveway. What a great surprise. I headed out to shovel the driveway where the snow blower can't go. The Spousal Unit swept off the car and I got a lot of the driveway done. 
The Spousal Unit went out to clear the deck. A wide pathway and the stairs for easy access. Before he knew it, another neighbor and his two small children were helping him. Another surprise. 
The third surprise happened in the afternoon. Bang went the garage door and daughter-in-law was clearing our driveway. After she was done, the Spousal Unit threw salt on the driveway. 

Sewing

After finishing the Market Tote, I hauled out the strips of fabric used in the piping. I made 3 meters of piping for daughter. 
I wound it up and it is ready to be put in a small bag. 
I still have a fat quarter of the fabric and will make more later on. I want to make 2 more lengths of piping and ship a box of fun to her. 

Knitting

I watched the video on weaving in the ends on the sweater and got that done. I did learn a few things. Next up, I figured out and cast on the button band. I knit it and am ready to sew on the buttons. I have the buttonhole band and collar left to knit and I'll be done. A great learning curve. 

Today

The Spousal Unit goes for bloodwork this morning then it's home to do a few things before I start on an embroidery project. I'm sure I will be stressed out before the afternoon is over. It is all about placing the two patterns onto the fabric to make one design. I will knit tonight and do a bit more on the sweater. 
Until the next time....................................

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Wave Pocket Market Tote

It is done and here is my review of the bag. 
Pattern Used
The free pattern was found sometime ago at https://sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/wave-pocket-market-tote
The fabric used was bought at a quilt shop. I found the cat fabric and then laid fabrics with it until I got what I wanted. 


The fabric for the piping came from the doll's stash. I needed something to spice the bag up a bit. 

A short description on how you made it/problems overcome/etc.
The pattern is a bit hard to follow in spots and I wanted to do a few changes to it. 
I made my own piping and followed the instructions for sewing it onto the pocket. Great instructions for that. 
I did the back pocket as per the instructions but changed the front pocket. Instead of sewing a seam down the center front, I added a magnetic snap for a larger pocket. 
I reinforced the fabric with a square of interfacing before adding the snap, covered it with a piece of fusible fleece before adding fusible fleece to the bag. 
The inside pocket is practical. I opted to use my handles on the bag as the pattern's were not finished to my standard. I followed their instructions for attaching to the bag. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Progress On The Market Tote

The snow quit yesterday morning but the wind blew until sometime during the night. Then it cleared off and got colder. This morning it is -15C with a wind chill of -22C (which it has been for almost 24 hours). Today is to be cold and sunny with snow starting tonight. 
We didn't complain much about the weather yesterday as parts of Newfoundland were under blizzard and storm surge warnings. The wind did get on our nerves but we kept a positive attitude. 

Lifestyle

No shoveling yesterday. The wind kept our driveway clean from snow. I did do a bit of housework but was tired so did rest a lot in the morning. 
Elliott was cranky yesterday morning. He laid on our bed making angry noises due to the wind. He finally crawled under a blanket and slept until mid afternoon. He woke up in a better mood. 

Sewing

I worked on the Market Tote. (This link should work.) I put on the magnetic snap on the front pocket. 
I reinforced the back of the fabric with interfacing and then covered the back with a bit of batting. Once done, I put the iron on fleece on the inside. 
I do like the bigger pocket in the front for a cell phone. 
The sides are now pinned together and I can start sewing the bag together. I'm hoping to get the bag done by Monday. 
The next decision is whether to put piping on the handles. I have to wait until I get to that step in the instructions. It seems doable when I read the instructions through for the first time. 

Knitting

Yesterday was knit up the side and underarm seams of the sweater. I watched the video first and then rewatched and did the sweater. Not perfect but not bad for my first try. Next up is weaving in the ends. 
Once the sweater is done, I will have to buy the yarn to make daughter's dog a sweater. It will be a fun knit in acrylic yarn. Color will be a dark teal heather. 

Today

I'm not totally sure what is on the agenda as grandson could be here for tutoring. If not, housework, sewing, and knitting. 
Until the next time..................................

Friday, January 17, 2020

A Nasty Day Today

Yesterday we had snow and last night the wind came up. Today we are experiencing snow showers and high winds. It is not a pretty day. 
While watching the snow blow, I actually lost sight of this house which is across the street from us. 
Looking down Underwood. The visibility was poor. 

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit went out in the afternoon to clear the driveway. As soon as he was out the door, the boy from across the street was over to help. He mimics the Spousal Unit and it was a delight to watch them clean the driveway. 
I did sweep floors and do a bit of housework. I rested a lot as I am not feeling 100%. It could be my thyroid needs a boost. 

Sewing

I got the last picture of the dress. I puffed up the sleeves. 
I also spent some time fooling around with the embroidery program and have the wall hanging planned. I will do it on one piece of white fabric with a snow border. There will be two hoopings. Goal is to do it the 27th to the 29th. 

Knitting

I sat down to start the second sleeve and when I looked at the first one I saw that I had picked up 10 stitches wrong. It stood out like a sore thumb. So I ripped out the sleeve and redid it. It is finished and I have started the second sleeve. Am I upset that I've knit this pattern, ripped it out, and knit it again. No, as I am learning a lot from my mistakes. 
My next pattern is picked as there are no patterns to test. A dog sweater for daughter's dog. I will have to buy yarn for it but that is fine. I'm thinking Paton's yarn in an acrylic so it washes easily. 

Today

I would like to say I'm full of energy to do a lot. But, I'm not. I plan on having a nap and doing some sewing. Knitting and that is about it. 
Until the next time...................................