Saturday, March 28, 2020

Heart In The Home - A Big Thank You

After some dull grey days with snow flurries, we have sunshine and warm weather today. Hurrah!!

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning I got a delivery of birthday flowers from daughter. They were left on the front step after the gentleman called to say he had them. The fun began. The Spousal Unit brought them in and laid them on the freshly disinfected counter. I wiped the plastic outer layer with disinfectant, removed it, wiped my hands and worked at getting the flowers out of the second layer. I put them into the waiting vase. Wrapping was disposed of, and everything I touched was disinfected again, including the counter. Half an hour later, I disinfected again. 
The rest of the morning was spent cleaning the bathroom. It was scrubbed and disinfected. By the time I was finished, my eyes were burning and running, my nose was running and my throat was sore from the fumes. I washed my hands and slathered them in hand cream. 
I also put up two strings of lights in our living room window. It is my way of thanking the essential services people. The lady across the street is a pharmacist and leaves for work most morning at just after 6 a.m. She is opening a pharmacy down the valley for 7 a.m. shopping for the seniors, etc. 

Sewing

I spent 90 minutes in the sewing room getting the last ruffle made for the tree skirt. I can start sewing them on any time now. 
The next test pattern has been uploaded but it's missing most of the pictures. Waiting for the designer to upload the latest version.
I've been blah about getting April's sewing list done. I will work on it tomorrow. I have a few ideas in my head but have to see if I have enough supplies to do them. 

Knitting

I've been knitting more in the afternoon as I watch the update for here. The test pattern is further along than this but hard to photograph as it is floppy pieces. 

Today

The kitchen will be attacked once again. I will do a bunch more wiping down of the cupboard doors and drawers and bleach the floor. This afternoon we will go for a drive with no stopping, and this evening it will be knitting and movie watching. 
Until the next time.................................

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Fair Isle Knitting

Yesterday was quite sunny and the high was 5C. The clouds did come in and we are now waiting for the snow to fall, once again. 

Lifestyle

I made a huge pot of pea and ham soup yesterday. I did a crock pot version and it was very good. I also baked buns to go with it. We had a delicious dinner with left overs for tonight. 
I took the day off from cleaning the house as I was tired. I didn't sleep well the night before worrying about everything and everyone. I've had to think hard about my mental health and am going to continue on with what we are doing. If we do anymore, we will not be going out to shop. I will go out to shop but not a lot more. Friends and family are fine so that has taken a weight off my mind. The only other thing I'm going to do is look at the news only twice a day.  

Sewing

I didn't sew yesterday. I just couldn't focus on the skirt and was second guessing myself. That equals mistake making. I've decided to work on it until I'm finished it. If there is time, I will do Halloween sewing and piping. I'm hoping to get a box sent to daughter April 1. 

Knitting

I did knit and unknit during the afternoon and evening. But, I did finish knitting the doll's sweater. 
I still have to graft the stitches under the arm and weave in all the yarn ends. It fits the doll beautifully. 
It is a really sweet sweater even if it is a lot of work. I am slow at fair isle knitting but I did enjoy doing this small project. I may tackle another one when there is a lull in pattern testing. 

Today

I have to disinfect the house as I'm trying to keep up on it. Once this is done, I will sew on the Christmas skirt and finish up the doll's sweater. 
Until the next time...............................

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Progress On Projects

The snow fell for most of the day. Some of the flakes were huge -- about 3-4" across. It is -3C this morning and clear. Suppose to be sunny today with more snow tomorrow. 

Lifestyle

I headed out and did our shopping at 7 a.m. I was in and out in 30 minutes. The store was extremely clean, social distancing was in place, and under 10 customers in the store when I left. 
While I was gone, the Spousal Unit shoveled the driveway. He was back out mid morning scraping another 2-3" of heavy wet snow. The person who ploughs our road cleaned the entrance to our driveway with the blade. The Spousal Unit thanked him with several hearty waves. By dinner time, the driveway was almost dry. 
I stayed in the house and cleaned all the flat surfaces and disinfected them. I did light switches, door knobs, and locks. I even disinfected the soles of my shoes. 

Sewing

I spent almost 3 hours in the sewing room working on the tree skirt. I pressed the bias tape on the inner circle and it turned out perfect. The bias tape is on. I then cut 2 10" strips of gingham fabric and sewed them together. They were finished with a rolled hem and gathered on the raw edge. I did a bit of testing to see how it will turn out. 
The small black lace will cover the raw gathered edge nicely. I am doing a lot of zig-zag stitching to hold it firmly onto the burlap. I'm working on this until it is done. If I have 2 days left at the end of the month, I will sew Halloween fabrics. 

Knitting

I knit a bit before dinner and a lot afterwards. The doll's sweater is coming along nicely. 
I have a couple more rows to knit before the yoke decreases begin. Almost done this project. The weaving in of the ends will take a bit of time. 

Today

I will be putting on a pot of pea soup soon, making buns, and cleaning up the mess. I want to work on the tree skirt this afternoon and knit tonight. It is an at home day today. 
Until the next time.....................................

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Heavy Snow Is Falling

Today is a perfect day to self isolate. It started snowing at 3 a.m. and it is still snowing heavily. There was almost 2" on the ground at 9:30 a.m.
This picture was taken 2 hours ago and the Spousal Unit had shoveled the driveway 20 minutes prior to me getting home. They say it could turn to rain later today. I'm not holding my breath the way it is snowing at the moment. Big flakes and plenty of them. 

Lifestyle

I was out and at the grocery store just before 7 a.m. First person in and not many people shopping when I left. Probably due to the weather. I stocked up for 10 days. The coup today was Lysol wipes so I can keep the counters disinfected. Used only plastic bags and they are in the recycle bin. 
Two boys were out shortly after I got home, playing with their dogs. Both got their exercise and both are bored to death. We talked a bit from across the road. 

Sewing

I started daughter's tree skirt yesterday. Got the circle cut out of burlap (made me itchy) and remembered I had gingham bias tape in the stash. I am using it up for the areas that needed trim. 
The left over piece will become ties. If I can't get the circle to lie flat, I am going to thread elastic into it and tighten it up a bit. 
Next up will be the gingham ruffle. I have a plan in place on how to do it. 

  1. Divide the circle into 4 sections.
  2. Each section will have 120" of ruffle that is 8" wide.
  3. Each ruffle will be rolled hemmed.
  4. I will gather each section separately and zig zag it onto the edge. The raw edge of the ruffle will be covered with lace. 
I'm pretty sure this will work if I take my time, overlap the ends, and enjoy the process. I have lots of time to work on this. 

Knitting

I finished the fair isle last night I quite like the design.
Easy knitting here on in. 

Today

I will be disinfecting the counter tops, shoveling snow, sewing, and knitting. There isn't a lot to do today. 
Until the next time.......................................

Monday, March 23, 2020

Another Project Done

This morning it is cold and sunny. We woke to -12C temperatures. It is suppose to snow tomorrow which isn't what we wanted in March. It seems as if March came in like a lion and leaving like a lion. 

Lifestyle

Nova Scotia has declared a state of emergency and have new rules in place. Personal fines of $1k per day if you are gathering in groups and not self isolating, $7.5k and upwards if business are not following the rules. If you are coming in from another province you have to self isolate for 14 days unless you are deemed essential services. I'm sure this is happening because of non-compliance in the province. The number of cases up to yesterday was 21. 
Our street is pretty quiet. People are outside in their yards but aren't visiting much. Kids are still being self isolated. Those who need to go to work are going and I'm sure the rest are working from home. 
We are holding up well though it is hard on us. We did have a snarl at the puzzle table yesterday. I left so we both could calm down. We were fine after that. I'm sure we will be testy with each other again. 

Sewing

I spent time making the Portable Doll's Closet. The front part of mine is fabric as I was testing the pattern to see if it was worthy of the expense (I have the clear vinyl in the stash). It is. 
The bag closes with velcro and I will be using snaps. I don't like velcro near the clothes. The seams are enclosed so no raw edges can be seen; a very nice feature. 
And it hangs perfectly on a hanger which I like. 
I can see more of these being made. Some wider and longer for dresses. The size given is perfect for pants, t-shirt and shoes. 

Knitting

I'm knitting away on the fair isle part of the body of the sweater. I had to undo a row as I made a mistake. I read the pattern incorrectly. I'm hoping to finish the fair isle part by tomorrow night. After that it will be easier knitting with only one color. 

Today

I need to do some housework, then start on daughter's Christmas tree skirt (3 days of Christmas sewing coming up) and knit on the sweater. If it isn't windy, I'm going outside to pick up some garbage on the front lawn. 
Until the next time.......................................

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Spring Wall Hanging Completed

Yesterday the temperature dropped all day and it was windy. Today it was -8C at 6 a.m. and there is still wind. We had lots of sunshine yesterday and the sun is shining again this morning. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday was wash the floors and they are done. A bit dirty but not bad. I also did laundry and that was it. With the cooler temperatures, I'm not doing windows. I can do them when it warms up again. 

Sewing

I cleaned the sewing room yesterday morning. It is quite tidy now. I also washed the floor as I needed to get the escaping threads and tiny fibers captured. The floor was dirty and now looks amazing. I will probably do another deep clean soon. 
I used my sewing time to finish a wall hanging for daughter-in-law. I am really pleased with it. 
That was it for the day. 

Knitting

I finished the second sleeve and started the sweater body. I had issues getting it into the round the first go but I won on the second row. I will be focusing on it for the next few days as I have another pattern to knit after that. I know that once the design is knit, it will be fairly easy knitting after that. 

Today

I have the next lesson to work on as I digitize, sew the portable closet, knit on the doll sweater. We may go out for a short drive this morning and deliver the wall hanging. I can put it on the porch or we can visit for a few minutes. We are isolating from family unless we don't feel well. 
Until the next time..............................

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Regency Era Dress Complete

Yesterday's rain stopped in the morning. It was grey but not too dull. The rain started again in the evening for a bit and then it was just cloudy. The temperature rose all day to 14C at 1 a.m. It is 8C at 6 a.m. and will cool off today. We will have it cold for the next couple of days. 

Lifestyle

With self isolation, I spent an hour yesterday morning setting up the Spousal's iPad so he can read books from the library's ebook selection. He has 3 to read and 1 on hold. I will be doing this for him on a regular basis as the library is closed and we are not going to the used book store we love.  We are doing our best to stay home except for grocery shopping. 
I did get the front entrance area cleaned up yesterday. The stairs to the basement need doing as the vacuum cleaner needed to be charged just as I got to it. 

Sewing

I spent a full 3 hours in the sewing room finishing the Bib Front Regency dress. It was tense until I got it together as the fabric wanted to fray like crazy. Once it was together, I relaxed some and got it done. 
I put snaps on the bib to keep it closed. Tiny ones that wanted to dance across the floor when they jumped off the fabric. I won in the end even if it took 2 tries. 
The skirt back is interesting. It has pleats and gathers and goes from the bodice front around to the other side. One of the pleats sits at the side seam perfectly. 
The back is simple but very effective. The cording that gathers the front skirt ties in the back. 
Kit and Peggy decided to model their outfits together. 
I took stock of notions yesterday and may have to order online a few things. Fabricville has announced they are closing their stores for 10 days which I agree with. 

Knitting

I knit on the second sweater last night. I am about half done it; the fair isle part is done and I'm knitting the sleeve in the light green color. I will be focusing on it more as another test pattern is coming our way soon. 

Today

I need to do more housework, laundry, and clean the sewing room up and prep for the next project. I am going to finish the spring wall hanging next. Knitting tonight. In all, another self-isolation day. 
Until the next time.......................................