Saturday, October 19, 2019

Knitted Test Pattern Completed

Yesterday was a fall day. The high got to 12-13C. There were a lot of dark clouds with only a misting of rain in the morning. The sun shone on occasion. This morning it is 9C and will be about that temperature for the day. 

Lifestyle

We headed out to get groceries locally and to find apples. We priced them out at the grocery stores and one farm. We will go further afield today. The cheapest apples were smaller than we like. We share an apple so like the bigger ones. 
I did get pictures of a couple of gigantic field pumpkins. Their weight is on them so I'm assuming that these will be used in the regatta today. 

We are not going to it this year as the weather forecast is cool and a north wind. We are not completely over our colds and I don't want us to get sick. 

Sewing

I spent almost 2 hours in the sewing room yesterday and got the bodice lining sewn and the two pieces pinned together. The bodice takes longer than expected due to it has 7 pieces and the side pieces are sewn on in two steps; up to the under arm and then part way up the armsycle. Every piece needs a lot of stay stitching and marks. Extra pins are needed to make sure everything matches perfectly. 
The box Daughter sent me arrived. It has a lot of "Fairy Frost" cottons in it. They will go away to be made into doll's dresses and piping. I haven't seen it in Canada for a while. A couple of bolts came mixed in with some quilting cottons 2.5 years ago when I was working at the store. 
The fabric for pillows and a table runner was also in the box and I will be making those between now and the end of the month. The biggest job is matching stripes. 

Knitting

The major goal yesterday was to finish the test pattern. I sewed it together and got the buttons on it. 
Going down a needle size gave me a perfect fit. I'm more than thrilled with it. 
The top is semi halter which I'm not a fan of on these dolls. I hate their cloth bodies showing. That is just me. The top fits to perfection. 
It is a pattern where I had to pay attention to each row. 
I worked on the messy bun hat and have 1.5" left to knit before I do the top 5 rows. This is an easy knit. 
Once it is finished, I have to knit a dark grey one. 
Daughter has bought me a bit of yarn that was on a deep sale. I am going to knit hats and scarves out of them. I am going through my worsted yarn faster than I thought. I'm choosing easy as they knit up fast and I can enjoy my evenings. 

Today

We have grandson and will be heading out to get apples. I also have to stop and get some fabric to make one bag and a piece for another bag that I have everything else. I may not get to sew, but I will knit tonight. 
Until the next time...................................

Friday, October 18, 2019

And It Rained

Yesterday was a wet and windy one. 1.5" of rain fell in 6 hours. The storm ended with few flashes of lightening. When it was over with, the sky cleared up and the sun came out. The high yesterday was 17C. This morning the temperature was 10C and it is suppose to get to 18C. We could have a few showers. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning I finished the paper work I needed to do. I'm glad to have that job done. 
While doing the paper work and through lunch, the power was surging. The last two surges made me think that we were going to loose power. We didn't but about 4000 customers in the Windsor area were without power for 1-2 hours. We were a small band of lucky ones between Highway 1 and Highway 101. 

Sewing

I did some sewing for less than an hour after the power was restored to most of Windsor. I don't run my sewing machines when there are local power outages due to surging when the power comes back on. I got the bodice done on the test dress and am ready to sew the bodice lining. 
I did play with fabrics yesterday and am using this combination to make a boot bag for Daughter. 
The chocolate brown will be replaced with another darker brown fabric. I want one that is either batik or has a design that gives texture. Ideas are floating in my head on how this one will look. 

Knitting

I worked on the messy bun hat yesterday only to find out I should be knitting the dark grey for the hat. I'll finish this one first. 
I'm about half done at the moment. 

Today

We are out to grocery shop and then I will sew on the doll's dress. I also have to sew together the last outfit I tested (knitting) and photograph it. 
Until the next time.........................

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A More Relaxed Day

Yesterday came in clear and sunny. It got to 16C. This morning is cloudy and 11C. We have a storm coming in today -- rain and winds. It is suppose to be fast moving. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday was a less rushed day. I started it out baking buns. They had chives, rosemary, dill, and parsley added to them. They are ready to go in the oven here. 
I give the large pan of 6 to family and we eat 4. I'm hoping to make them once a week. 
While the buns were doing their thing, I did paper work and was done by noon. It was nice not having to rush around doing a lot of things that had to be done. 
This year, the small tree in our front yard turned red. The year we arrived, it was bare, last year the leaves turned brown and fell off rapidly. This year, the leaves have slowly turned red and it looks gorgeous. 

Sewing

I got into the sewing room for a couple of hours. I used up .5 meter of fabric I bought back in June and started to test a doll's dress.  I got one half of the bodice front done. 
I have some cute organza trim to put on this dress. 
I laid out some fabric for a boot bag and I do love it. 
With this big button. 
I have to dig a bit more and see what else I have as I need to make one for Daughter. I will spend an hour putting together ideas today. 

Knitting

The test pattern is done and ready for blocking. After that is done, I will sew up the seams and add buttons. 
I started another messy bun hat to ship to Daughter. She has ordered this one to gift to a friend. The ribbing is done. 
The yarn has a variegated shiny thread in it. 
We call this the grey unicorn thread and one person said it's full of confetti. This is an easy knit. 

Today

With the storm coming in, it is a home day. I will do more paper work this morning and spend time in the sewing room this afternoon. Knitting this evening. 
Until the next time...............................

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Rushed Day

Yesterday was a combination of sun and cloud and the high got to 15C. This morning at 6 am, it was 3C and you could see the frost on the cars. Today is to be sunny and 16C and then we are to have a fast moving storm cross the province tomorrow. Rain and winds.

Lifestyle

It was a day of no pictures. I laid my phone down and hustled all day. I did 4 loads of laundry and cleaned our bedroom. I'm happy to have it done as I moved all the furniture and wash the floor. I also cleaned the ceiling fan as we run it up until the end of September to help keep the room cool. It had a lovely layer of dust on it.  
I also wrapped some Christmas presents to ship out and the box will go next week. I can add a couple of extra gifts to the box rather than stuffing it full with paper. 
Elliott had quite the day yesterday. He had issues settling down to sleep and didn't get his daily nap until 2 p.m. By then he was a wreck. He slept through 2 boys who were at our house after school. Hopefully he will have a better day today. 

Sewing

I did the rolled hem on 2 scarves in less than an hour. They are in the box ready to go next week. I also let the hems down on grandson's pants. I had a bit of panic when I saw the stitches on the right side but it was bees wax. When I pressed the crease out, the  wax melted and all was good. I delivered them before dinner (laundered too boot). 
I am really busy in the sewing room trying to get presents ready to go to Daughter. I have 2 gifts left to make plus I have to test a pattern for a designer. 
The test pattern is for Gotz dolls. The last one I made fit beautifully. This one is by the same designer and I'm thinking of using something cute for it. 

Knitting

I knit quite a bit last night and am on the front section of the sleeveless top. A couple more days and it will be done. Next up is another messy bun hat that will be put in the last parcel out west. 

Today

I am going to make buns, do some paperwork and start the doll's dress. I'm not going to rush like I had to yesterday. Hopefully, I'll have pictures tomorrow. 
Until the next time................................

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

We are having a beautiful fall. Yesterday got to 11C and was a mix of sunshine and cloud. There was a bit of mist about 3 p.m. Today was suppose to be really warm but it has been revised to get to 14C rather than 20. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday I made buns and they turned out quite well. One batch down, one to go. 
Daughter-in-law picked me up after lunch and we went to the city to shop. The color of the leaves this fall are vibrant and have gotten brighter over the week. These pictures do not do justice as to how bright the colors are. 
The reds and oranges are brilliant in color. I have really been admiring them. 
The fire department came up our way with sirens blaring, horns going, and lights flashing. The fire chief led the way in the pick up truck followed by Search and Rescue and the two tanker trucks. They went into the area past us called the Crossing, did a loop and back out. As they drove past, we realized they were out and about wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. They probably did the area were Son and family live. They will do this again (may not be our area) after the Pumpkin Regatta and just before Christmas with Santa. 

Health

The Spousal Unit is getting over his cold. He was feeling much better yesterday and had a good sense of humor. He was also very alert. 
I, on the other hand, was tired. I'm fighting the cold and, with the Spousal Unit feeling better, relaxed enough that I was exhausted last night. I woke up this morning to my gut making noises which is the first time I've heard it for months. I'm hoping that all is back to normal for me. It was nice to hear those noises as my stomach has been quiet for a long time. 

Sewing

No sewing was done yesterday as I was out shopping in the city. 

Knitting

I cast on the sleeveless top of the test pattern and knit 8 rows of ribbing. That was all my poor tired brain could handle. 

Today

I have to make another batch of buns and cook potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. It is a family and friends dinner across the street. While the buns are doing their thing, I would love to do a bit of housework; the living room needs to be finished. 
Until the next time.............................

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Recovery Day

Yesterday started out wet and then was cloudy. The high got to 13C and it was 11C at 6 a.m. this morning. Today will be cloudy with some drizzle. It is suppose to get to 14C today. 

Lifestyle

It was nap day yesterday. I had two short naps to get through the day and the Spousal Unit slept for 3 hours. He is feeling much better though he still has the cold. One could say it was recovery day. 
I did go out and get some groceries before lunch and daughter-in-law came over to get tomato sauce and check in on us. It was nice of her to do that. 

Sewing

In the late afternoon, I went down and cut the satin to make daughter 3 scarves. The satin she sent is light and shifts around like crazy. I forgot to check the first scarf and there is one crazy part. It will be hidden when worn. The second scarf was checked and is ready for a rolled hem. 
I did a test using the thread she sent and it is a perfect match to the green in the scarf. 
I had to use one white spool of thread which gives a tiny bit of definition between the rolled edge and the fabric. A scarf takes less than an hour to hem and I'm hoping to have all three ready to go out in this week's box. 

Knitting

No knitting last night as I was too tired to think about it. I would have made a mistake so it was best to leave it be. 

Today

I have to bake buns, get a couple of missing items for dinner tomorrow night, and hem one more scarf. I also need to take down grandson's pants as he has grown over an inch since school started. A busy day. 
Until the next time............................

Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Trip Down Memory Lane

We've had fall weather with clouds, sunshine, and, starting last night, rain. It is to be wet today with a high of 13-14C. 

Lifestyle

I got part of the living area cleaned up yesterday. Pulled furniture from the walls, swept, washed and put back. The goal was to finish it today but.......
I'm tired. I had to take the Spousal Unit to the ER at 1 am as he was confused, crabby, and not himself. His cold has gone to his chest and I am sure he was running a fever fighting the cold. Getting up and moving broke the fever as he was sweating when he got his coat on. The doctor checked him out and it's a common chest cold. He was fine when we got there. At home, he climbed into bed and went right to sleep. He slept until 7:30 a.m. 

Sewing

As I'm fighting the cold also, I haven't felt like sewing. Nor will it happen today. But, I got a box of items from Daughter. One bag was a trip down memory lane. 
In a bag she sent were several of these pieces and some of the fabric. 
It brought back memories of making rodeo queen clothing. I thought I had made a vest out of these but it was a top. Way back in 2012-13. 
Every piece was hand sewn onto the top. The pattern was a hack using a dress pattern, adapting the neck, and designing the collar. I could make this top in my sleep. 
The Spousal Unit and were discussing how much work I did on these tops and how happy I am not doing them anymore. One thing I did learn was how to hand stitch items onto the fabric quickly. Some of the dresses had about 40 hours of hand stitching and you learn to do it quickly and neatly.  I'm keeping these pieces until I can find something to make for Daughter and hand sew them onto it. I will probably be some for her sewing room. Like a wall hanging. I'm thinking on it. End of memory lane. 

Knitting

I did knit the second sleeve for the test pattern. Next is the sleeveless top. 

Today

I'm going to do a bit of tidying up, get a few items from the grocery store, rest, and nap. Housework is on hold for today. 
Until the next time...........................

Thursday, October 10, 2019

A Bendy (Bentley) Bag Made

Yesterday the weather was lovely with a high of 15C. This morning the temperature was 4C. It is suppose to be another sunny day here. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning the Spousal Unit had to go and give blood. We got home and decided to go to New Minas and Kentville. It was a fast trip and we were home in time for a late lunch.
I had a nap in the afternoon as I was to be up late with grandson. He and I had a great evening together reviewing English grammar. I got home about 10:30 pm. 

Sewing

I finished the Bendy bag. I call it the Bentley bag after Daughter's cat who's breed is on the fabric. 
I'll put his Christmas gifts inside it. 
Though I'm trying to stay out of the fabric stores, I may have to get the fabric to make Daughter's dog one for Christmas. It takes 2 fat quarters to make this bag. The dog fabric I use has his breed on it. 
I also cut out the front of the pillow. The batting was spray basted onto it and the cross hatching has begun. 

Knitting

I finished the body and one sleeve of the test pattern sweater. One sleeve and the sleeveless top left to go. 

Today

We are out for grandparent's day at Grandson's school We arrive at 11 am and take him home about 2:30 p.m. It's a time when grandparents get to see what is happening at the school this year. 
Until the next time............................

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

A Tomato Kind of Day

Yesterday was another nice day with a high of around 17C. We did have sun for most of the day. This morning it was 5C at 6 a.m. And the fog started to roll in shortly afterwards. Suppose to be another warm day with some sunshine. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday I made tomato sauce. All the tomatoes came in and I had a lot to do. 
Once they cooked down and were sieved, I had one container of juice. 
And, it cooked down to 19 cups of sauce. All in the freezer and I'm done for this year. Was done by 4:30 p.m.

Health

My IBS has settled down quite a bit lately. I've been trying to have little stress in my life. It has been helping. I've also decided to stop going to Weight Watchers and do it online. I will go back later on. I need to focus on this at home rather than going out. I may go to the noon meeting starting next week as I have 2 months to decide. 

Sewing

I used a fat quarter of fabric to make some piping. It is going to Daughter's to see if it is the right amount for a shirt. 
She can use this on a kid's shirt though I think it would be fun on an adult's shirt. 
I also dug out this kit.
I started a Bendy Bag or is it a Bentley Bag (named after Daughter's cat). 
I'm ready to start the bendy part of the bag. 

Knitting

I didn't knit last night. We were for supper at son and family's house. While there, a lot of fire trucks went down the road close to their house. There was a big fire about a 4 minute drive away. We went home when all was quiet (about 7 p.m.) and later got more information. 

Today

Housework in the morning and sewing in the afternoon. I do have to go to the post office sometime before 5 p.m. I pick up grandson from school this evening and sit with him until son and daughter-in-law come home. 
Until the next time............................

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

A Summer-Like Day

Yesterday was a warm day with a high of 23C. It was sunny/cloudy all day and a warm wind blew. The temperature this morning was 14C and it has rained. 

Lifestyle

After a brief discussion, I headed into the city to get groceries and meat. I was in awe at how lovely the trees are looking on the way in. Reds, oranges, and some yellows. Hopefully they will be lovely for a couple more weeks as I want to get a few pictures.  
I went to Ikea to get some Xmas shopping done. It was hard to shop for Xmas with it summer-like outside. I wandered around the Market place getting a few things, and by the time I was done as was at the other end of the building as to where I needed to check out. I had done 3 rounds of that huge space. 
I went to get groceries and meat and came home. I had no other stops to make. It was too warm to think of Christmas shopping. I was thinking of a cool drink in the shade. It didn't happen as I had to put away groceries, freeze meat, and get a parcel shipped out at the post office. 
While I was gone, the Spousal Unit mowed the lawns and gave vegetables to the neighbor. Other than a cold, he is very healthy this fall. And stronger than he has been in years. 

Sewing

I have not stepped foot in a fabric store for 18 days. I did not go into one yesterday. I needed nothing; no fabric, trims, or notions. The to-do list is helping me keep on track. So has my mantra of using up the stash first. 
At home, I looked at the pattern for the reading pillow and thought about the pocket on the one I am going to make. I have decided the pocket will be 1/3 polar bear print and 2/3 grey snowflake print. The grey will have the embroidery stitched on it. I can cut a strip of fabric to sew down over the seam to add an extra detail. 

Knitting

I worked on the test pattern and got the back finished. 
I did one row on the right front and hope to have it finished by Friday. I find I have to concentrate on the pattern each row is different. 

Today

I'm leaning towards cooking down and freezing the last of the tomatoes. It is time to put that project to bed. Next year we will be planting less plants. What ever else gets done, gets done as this is a full day's job. 
Until the next time.......................

Monday, October 07, 2019

Practicing Techniques on the Serger and Sewing Machine

Though yesterday started out cool, the sun shone and the temperature got to 17-19C. It started to cloud over by the evening. The temperature dropped to 11C and then jumped up to 14C by morning. Today will probably be cloudy with a forecasted high of 21C. 

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit cleaned up the front flower bed yesterday. All the plants have been cut back and the weeding has been done. We can move around if we can ever get to redoing the front step. 

Sewing

I spent quite a bit of time in the sewing room. I wanted to make a simple doll's skirt using a 3 thread narrow serged seam finish. This is the first time I've really used it properly and I quite like it. It is narrower and more suited to doll clothes that the 4 thread finish. I can see using it on light weight fabrics. 
All the seams are straight so I could practice and assess. The only worrisome seam was the gathered one with the eyelet lace. It was perfect. 
The fabric used was left over lining fabric from daughter's lunch bag so all scraps of that fabric have been trashed. 
I was looking through the thread in the cabinet trying to figure out if I'm winning at using it up. I am but when I sorted a bit I found I have 3 spools of lime green thread. 
All have never been used. I've sewn up the lime green broadcloth I had left over and have one reusable bag I can sew up using some of this thread. The rest will have to be used when I'm making test muslins. 
In the afternoon, I chose to sew 2 of the lobster napkins (8 left to go). It was a practice mitre corners which I enjoy doing. 
Daughter is sending me some fabric to make her 2 cushions and a table runner. The table runner will have this type of mitered corner hem on it. 
Note - neither one of these projects count for yardage sewn as they have been tracked already. 
I have been focusing on keeping the sewing cabinet and cutting table clean and it is really working. I'm now going to sort and clean up the thread in the thread drawer of the sewing cabinet. 

Knitting

I had a good run at knitting while dinner was cooking and then in the evening. I only had to take back one row which allowed me to get ahead. 
The one front is completed and I'm about 10 rows up on the back. Other than my mistakes, the pattern is well written. I'm down a needle size now for this designer and this yarn. I get the correct tension when down a needle size and I hope it fits the doll better. The last few knits have been a bit baggy in my opinion. 

Today

The plan is in the air. Stay home or go shopping. I need to do a Costco run as we are almost out of meat. Decision time after breakfast. 
Until the next time............................

Sunday, October 06, 2019

One More Project Completed

Yesterday got to 11C but the wind was bitingly cool. It came in from the north west for most of the day. There was frost this morning with a temperature of 0C. Suppose to be warmer today with a high of 15-18C

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit and I headed outside in yesterday morning to assess the front porch. We looked and talked and looked some more. We decided on which boards did what job. By that time we were cold so we shut the garage door and came in. The wind was blowing on us the whole time we were out there (north west part of the house).
The Spousal Unit pulled a carrot for dinner and it was about a foot long. More than enough for the two of us to eat. We slice potatoes and carrots, coat with olive oil and herbs and roast in the oven. So delicious. 

Sewing

I spent a long day in the sewing room sewing the dog bag. The day slipped by as I merrily sewed, trimmed, and pressed and was done by 4:30. The only time I emerged was to get supper ready. 
It was way too much fun to make but I was stiff when I got finished. I haven't put in a day like that for a long time. 
The to-do list has two items left on it -- pillow and doll's outfit. There is also the red lobster fabric to sew up. I have also added a couple of bonus items to the list. 

Knitting

 I unknit the doll's sweater back to the last row of the diamond pattern and I kept getting 1 less stitch than I had cast on. I decided to carefully knit the pattern row and I had all the stitches. When I came to the eyelet row, I carefully knit it and counted. The number of stitches was correct. I am not sure what or where the missing stitch(es) were hiding. I'm now ready to divide into fronts and backs. I was too tired to count the stitches for that row. 

Today

I am going to sweep the sewing room floor, put some scraps into the trash, tidy up the cutting table and put the next project on the table. It will be two napkins from the red lobster fabric. A short day in the sewing room. 
Until the next time....................................

Saturday, October 05, 2019

A Day Out

Yesterday was cool with a few small showers. The high got to 9C and this morning the temperature is hovering around 4C. It is suppose to be sunny and 12C. 

Lifestyle

We scrapped our plans and headed out the door. It was time to get away for the day. We headed up to Coldbrook to buy apples and got some Honey Crisps. They taste pretty good though they are not quite ripe. After not having apples for months, we will eat them happily. 
Next stop was the used book store. The Spousal Unit got a bunch more books to read. He wandered around the store having a good look. I didn't buy any but I do check to see what is new. 
Next was lunch at Subway. And finally we did some grocery shopping in New Minas. As usual the traffic was heavy. We got home at 2 p.m. tired and happy. 
We always go via the 101 and come back via Hwy 1. Both ways were colorful as the leaves are turning reds, oranges, and yellows. 

Sewing

I decided I needed to start the next bag that has been preordered. It is the Triangle Pocket Bag. The theme for this bag is dogs. 
As I cut the fabric, I noticed that I'm shorting myself on the body fabric. Instead of .6 meter, I need to buy .7 meter. The other pieces need to be .6 meter. I need to remember that when I buy fabric again. 
As I was short for the handles, I made them out of two pieces of fabric 2.25" wide. I sew them together with a 1/4" seam, fold in half and then folded the brown fabric under and the paw print over the brown fabric. I turned the paw print  under 1/2" to get the two fabric look. I then stitched it in place. 
Here is the back of the handle. 
I use the machine's zipper foot to get the top stitching close to the edges. 
I use the zipper foot when top stitching the handles when piping is used. The edge of the good fits against the piping and I move the needle position to where I want the stitching to be. With these handles, I put the edge of the foot at the edge of the fabric and move the needle to where I want it. The zipper foot is wide and holds the handle in place as I stitch. 
I got the pocket fabric ready to cut into the triangle shape before I called it a day. At that point I had texted daughter and put 3.5 meters of fabric for boys western shirts in her box to go on Tuesday. I have 3.5 meters of the same fabric left for a shirt for the Spousal Unit. 

Knitting

I merrily knit away on the doll's sweater and was pleased I was ready to start the next pattern row. 
Nothing went right after the 3 pattern and I looked. I had forgotten to do 2 yarn overs at one decrease leaving me with 2 less stitches than what I needed. Now I'm unknitting to fix the problem. 

Today

I'm not sure what is happening here. It could be the front deck, housework and laundry, sewing, knitting. With the sun coming up, I have a feeling we will be outside doing the front deck. 
Until the next time..............................

Friday, October 04, 2019

Tear Away Stabilizer To The Rescue

Yesterday was cool but sunny. The high got to 10-11C. The temperature this morning was 5C and, once again, there was no frost. There is to be showers today. 

Lifestyle

I got up and at it early yesterday. Two loads of laundry were done, laundry folded, and the dining area was cleaned up and the floor washed. No paper work was done as I was in cleaning mode. 

Sewing

I finished daughter's lunch bag before lunch. I love it. 
It screams flannel shirt even though it is 100% cotton. A very casual looking bag.
I cut the satin into a 41" square to hem a cowboy rag for daughter. I had brought it home when we were over at Christmas and promptly forgot about it. I found it in with the doll's stuff. The thread I bought for the project. I set up the serger to do a rolled hem. A bit of fiddling and this is how I placed the thread so the variegated thread would show on the top. 
After getting that correct, I did a trial run. Satin is slippery and I had some issues with it going through the serger any way but straight. It is light weight and very slippery. Think. Think. Think. Tear Away Stabilizer To The Rescue!
I cut 3 pieces 3" wide and carefully lined up the satin to the left edge of the stabilizer. Using the presser foot as a guide, I trimmed off 1/4" from the edge while doing the rolled hem. Here is what it looked like when done. 
I carefully ripped the stabilizer off and used it again on the next side. I went around the scarf with no problems what so ever. After a good pressing the edge looked like this. No ripples at all.
The variegated thread is perfect for the plain satin. I think I still have over half a spool of the variegated thread left (it's the most expensive thread at $6.00) and a full white and an almost full pink ($1.00 each). Really gave the plain satin a finished look. 
I left the sewing room a very happy person as I figured out how to do a rolled edge neatly and nearly stress free.

Knitting

I finished the messy bun hat and am pleased with it. 
I've cast on a sweater to test for a designer. I got the ribbing done and have started on the pattern. I'm on row 18. 

Today

I want to start cleaning the living room area, do some shopping and cut out the next bag. This one is for a friend who ordered the triangle pocket bag in dog fabric. I also want to knit on the sweater this evening. 
Until the next time.............................

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Two Projects Are Near Completion

Yesterday was a miserable cold day. The 15C temp at 6 am dropped to 9C and the wind came up. There was a couple of showers out of the north. It did brighten up around 5 pm. Frost? Maybe as the temperature was 3-4C at 6 a.m. 

Lifestyle

The batch of paper work on the schedule was done yesterday and the table got cleaned off and washed. We do have our usual items on the table. They are easy to put away when necessary. At least it isn't piled sky high all over the table like it was 
The Spousal Unit was in and out during the day. He is moving stuff around in the shed and taking items back up there that migrated to the garage during the summer. He even dug some potatoes. He came in when the wind made him feel really cold. 
We both had a nap as we were tired. The cold is really draining us. To bed early. Hopefully we will be over it soon. It hasn't gone to our chests which is good. 

Sewing

I worked on daughter's lunch bag and took a picture as it sat waiting for me to sew up the lining. 
The lining was finished and the two parts are pinned together ready to be sewn together. I stopped for the day at that point. I'm hoping to finish it today. There isn't much left to do. 
As I'm shipping a parcel a week this month to Daughter, I'm slipping in an extra project this week. I'm rolling a hem on a scarf for her. Though we both want to stay out of the fabric stores during October, I may have to go and buy a spool of thread for the scarf. I'm thinking it may take 2 spools on the outside looper rather than one. That spool is smaller than the serger cones and the outside looper uses a lot of thread. 
After looking at that project, I walked out of the sewing room in a good mood. 

Knitting

I knit away on the hat and have 6" knit. Not sure if I'll do 6.5" or closer to 7" before decreasing. I need to bring up the next project soon. 

Today

Day 2 of paper work and some more cleaning in the dining area. The bag will be finished as will the hat. Another inside day as it will be cool outside. 
Until the next time...........................

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Cold VS Ann

Yesterday was sunny and cool with a high of 14C. The temperature dropped to 12C at 8 pm. and was at 16C at 6 a.m. this morning. It has rained as predicted and there are showers in the forecast for today. 

Lifestyle

The kitchen is cleaned and floor is scrubbed. That room has had its fall cleaning. By the time I finished, I was sweating and it wasn't from the heat. My cold was winning the war. 
We headed out and went to the library and tried to get a few things (unsuccessful) and came home. Mid afternoon I went to bed for a rest but didn't sleep. Out again to take a parcel to the post office and get some dinner as I was feeling horrid. The cold was really winning. Was in bed early and am feeling better this morning. I just might be winning the war but I'm not going to bet on it 100%.
The Spousal Unit has been busy cleaning out the vegetable beds and mowed the lawn round the boxes yesterday. He has one more huge load to put into compost next week and he might be done for the year. 

Sewing

I spent some time in the sewing room working on daughter's lunch bag. It was the handles and I had to stop and think so many times that I did make one minor mistake. Thank goodness it is on the underside of the handles and not noticeable. 
I also had to make more piping for the handles using what I had left over and adding to it. It wasn't easy but I was successful as the strip of piping fabric was only 1" wide. I usually use 2" wide strips and cut off the extra fabric. 
The navy side will be the outer part of the strap which is perfect for this bag. 
The plaid will be the under part. 
I did mark the bag where the straps go on, took a picture of the dolls and went upstairs. I was no longer able to think properly or sew. It was time to rest in bed. 

Knitting

While hugging the hot water bottle, I knit on the messy bun hat. I have about 2" left to knit before I start the decreasing. 
As the pattern is easy to follow (how many of these have I made??) I can see my mistake about 8 stitches after I've made it. I made two of them last night. This hat is going to BC in the next box. 

Today

The goal is to do a bunch of paper work and clear off the dining room table, do some laundry, and sew on the lunch bag. Knitting tonight and to bed early to see if I can win the war with this cold.