Friday, April 10, 2020

More Masks

Yesterday was a lovely day with a high of 10C. Last night the wind blew and kept waking me up. This morning it was 3C and snow on the ground. The weather is to be unsettled until Sunday. 

Lifestyle

The Easter Bunny has been deemed an Essential Service. 
Yesterday I cleaned some more in the living area. I wiped down half of the couch and did the floor under it. All of the floors were washed again yesterday. Yes, our house smelled of bleach once again. 
The Spousal Unit worked on the puzzle and got quite a few pieces in. I spent some time putting together some and finding a few to attach to the edge pieces. 

Sewing

I spent a good part of the afternoon in the sewing room. I made one mask that has pleats. I used this pattern and video. I love how she folds her pleats and it is easy to do. 
I opened it up to show how it looks when worn. I'm not modeling this as the mask is going to a cancer patient. 
I was so proud of myself for having three masks done when the lady said her son is 9 years old. The little mask is too small for him. 
I will make a feather one in an adult size for the lady and I'm making this one for her son. 
This is fussy cut so he has the horses on his mask. I'll make him another one with horses on it also. 
I've been a bit worried about sewing machine needles and black thread. I wanted to shop Canadian but what I want is not available. I finally shopped through Amazon. I have enough of what I bought to last until they arrive. 

Knitting

I unknit one of the sweaters (not the white one) as I had made a mistake. I knit on it last night but am not quite caught up. I'm not happy with myself as I didn't read the pattern correctly. 

Today

Laundry, finishing the living area, sewing and knitting. I'm going to cut out several masks so I can sew with brown thread. I have brown cotton for the ties and enough elastic for them. I have to hunt in the garage for plant ties to put in nose pieces. Knitting tonight. 
Until the next time.............................

Thursday, April 09, 2020

More Face Masks

Yesterday was another lovely day with a high of 8.5C. This morning, it is clear and the 6 a.m. temperature was -6C. We will see it cloud up during the day and the rain/snow will begin tonight. 

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit had one of those days. He put a bunch of the puzzle edging onto the floor just before noon. He was grouchy for several hours and then he was fine. 
The only cleaning I did was to tidy up my knitting on the couch and put away what I'm not using. My mind was elsewhere yesterday. 
We had our all time high of positive cases yesterday -- 39. The numbers are going to be larger as people can be tested with 2 symptoms. The reason seems to be to get those with mild cases into isolation and treated. They are hoping it will reduce community spread from taking off. 

Sewing

I headed downstairs early yesterday morning to dig through my stash for left over pieces of fabric. I found some fabric left over from daughter-in-law's knitting bag and made her two more face masks. 
The lining is cute - lambs knitting. She can wear them inside out if she wants to. 
I then cut out two more masks, one for 10-12 year old and one a size smaller. They are for 2 little girls who's dad we know. 
I will be making their mom a pleated one as she wears a N95 mask. She is having chemo at this time. 
I also did a bit of stay stitching on the coat lining. I'm using the same colored thread on the masks as the lining. 

Knitting

I am almost half done the second sleeve on the white sweater. 
The sleeves are cute. They do look at bit on the large size. 
I didn't do any on the other sweater. 

Today

I have to do a load of laundry, clean a bit more in the living room and head down to make at least 1 mask. I will knit more this evening. 
Until the next time.................................

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Moved to Blursday

Yesterday was a cooler day with a high of 6C. This morning it is cloudy and cool. We are under a storm watch with high winds and rain. 

Lifestyle

We have moved into Blursday. The Spousal Unit put out the garbage today and it goes out tomorrow. We had a good chuckle when we realized it was the wrong day. 
Part of the living area got a good cleaning yesterday. The railing was wiped down, the end tables polished, and one chair was cleaned. Part of the floor was washed with bleach and soap. 
One thing I noticed yesterday is more hearts showing up in windows and porches. Even candles in windows. Giving thanks to the essential workers is very important and this is one way it can be done. 
Though the number of new cases decreased by almost 50%, the province had its first death. People are still out and about and being fined for not following the protocols set during this time. Our little area has been following the rules quite well. It must be hard on the children but they are being awesome about playing in their own yards. 

Sewing

I made daughter-in-law another mask yesterday. The previous one fits her perfectly and she really likes it. 
The lining isn't plain this time, I found a scrap of fabric that has a fun winter print on it. 
I started to prep the lining for the doll's coat. A bit more prep and I'm ready to sew it. 

Knitting

I knit on both sweaters yesterday. Not a lot rows but some rows on each. I will have to focus more on knitting in the late afternoon and evenings. 

Today

More cleaning in the living area. I may not finish it as I have to clean the couch and launder the blankets. I need to sew on the doll's coat and knit on the sweaters. 
Until the next time..............................

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

More Cleaning, Sewing, and Knitting

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day. The high got too 11C. This morning it was -1C, the skies were pretty clear and it looks like another nice day. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning I spent a long time cleaning the windows in the living area. There is black behind the locks and I worry it is mold. I attacked it a while ago but yesterday I scrubbed, cleaned, and sprayed with a bleach solution. The curtains were taken down, shook in the wind, rods wiped clean, and trim given a good wiping. The windows were washed on the inside and I did open the bottom part and washed the outsides. The tops need me to be outside to clean them. That job took 2 hours. I can now move forward and clean the rest of the room. 
The Spousal Unit was outside in the sunshine and removed the burlap from the rose bushes. He was happy to putter outside. With the nice weather, I did open the back door and aired the house. We are running the heat pump for a couple of hours in the morning and then it's off the rest of the day. 
We spent almost an hour in the afternoon putting the edging together on the new puzzle. It was a case of put together, take apart, try again. We are short about 5 pieces to having it done. 
The briefing yesterday states we are now into community spread with 31 new cases reported. It was reported we could see the spike in cases at the end of April. They are processing over 1000 swabs a day now and the message is the same. 

Sewing

With the chief medical officer stating that wearing home sewn masks is a good thing, I cut out daughter-in-law's 4th mask. It's the cat fabric again with a different scrap of fabric for the lining. 
I also worked on the doll's coat. The hems (sleeves and bottom) are finished with an overcast stitch and the side seams are sewn up. I have to machine hem this fabric as it is hard to hand sew. 
The lining is now cut out and ready to sew. 

Knitting

The first sleeve is done on the one sweater. The second sweater was cast on and about 15 rows knit. I will continue to knit on both daily. 

Today

More cleaning in the living area. Everything needs a good wiping, the furniture needs vacuuming, railing needs wiped with bleach, and the floors scrubbed. I'm hoping to finish it up tomorrow. I want to sew and knit this afternoon. A walk in the yard would be nice also.
Until the next time....................................

Monday, April 06, 2020

A Mask and A Drive But Not a Masked Drive

Yesterday was sunny and warm with a high of 10C. Today is cloudy with some showers but is suppose to get to 10C again. We wait and see. 

Lifestyle

Early in the morning someone chalked this message on our street. 
We went out for a long drive yesterday afternoon. Was gone 90 minutes. We noted that our little town was dead quiet except for the grocery and drug stores. We took the old highway and noticed other towns were quite also. At the edge of one town, people were out walking using social distancing. Even the town we do a bit of shopping in was quiet. But the highways were busy with people out enjoying a Sunday afternoon drive. 
We were home in time to listen to the daily briefing. A few less cases in the past 24 hours (good), a dozen fines handed out, and we need to hunker down and stay home. It seems as if drives on nice days is being dissuaded. 
People have taken the premier's phrase "Stay the Blazes Home" and have put it on t-shirts, mugs, and even shower curtains. Sale profits go to health care workers, homeless shelters, and the main food bank. 

Sewing

I made another mask using a different pattern. I watched the video as well as following the instructions. I made the 10-12 year old size and know the adult size will fit me if I need to make them that size. 
I like that they are contoured to fit your face better. 
I am making one more of this size for daughter-in-law. I will use the cat fabric so she knows at a glance they are hers. I haven't heard of a need for masks in our local community. 

Knitting

I worked on the sweater and am almost done the first sleeve. As the needles I need is free, I'm going to cast on the other pattern. I'm going to do one in the late afternoon and the other at night. I need to move forward with both of the patterns and I've done this before. 

Today

The plan is to start cleaning the living room. I want to start at the windows and move towards the dining area. This afternoon I will work on the doll's coat and cut out the next mask. Knitting late this afternoon and evening. 
Until the next time...................................

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Sewing Masks

Yesterday's weather started off with a snow flurry. It didn't last more than 5 minutes and it didn't leave a white impression on us. It was cool with a high of 4C. Today it is partly cloudy with a bit of wind and a temperature of -2C this morning and a high of 7 later today.

Lifestyle

I finished cleaning the dining area. The curtains were taken down and shook in the wind. Rods wiped free of dust and all put back together. The furniture was wiped and the heat pump head cleaned. I also scrubbed the floor with soap and bleach. I also washed the bathroom and kitchen floors to keep them really clean. 
I took my birthday flowers daughter gave me a week ago and washed the stems in warm water, removed the dead flowers and put them back into a clean vase. They add some brightness to our days. I'm hoping they last another 4-5 days. 
I made lasagna for dinner last night and it was a wonderful meal. Leftovers tonight.
We had our largest number of cases of the virus -- 29 reported yesterday. Are we going to spike as they are now finding community spread? Or will people follow the rules and help slow the spread?  

Sewing

Daughter-in-law wants a couple of masks. Using the information from the blog High Fibre, I made two in about an hour following the video link. 
They are going to be too big for her as they are almost too big for me. I can do some changes for my size by sewing an almost 3/8" seam allowance rather than a 1/4" and make the elastic 6.5" long rather than 7".
I have looked for another pattern in a smaller size and am ready to cut one out. Same fabric as the ones I already made. I will report on the pattern tomorrow. 
I am only making these masks as there has been no call for masks in our area. If need be, I may make one or two for me if needed. We are limited on what we are doing so don't have the need for them at this time.

Knitting

I'm knitting away on the test sweater asking myself questions as I'm going along. 

  • Why do we have to pick up stitches to knit the neckband? Why not start off with the neckband on the sweater as it is knit neck down? Yes you have to increase  on the first row of knitting. 
  • The same question is asked of the button bands. Add them onto the fronts rather than do them after the sweater is knit. 
I may just have to adjust the pattern on my own if I chose to knit it again. I am now knitting the sleeves. 

Today

I am going to sew the next rendition of the face mask this morning. Will deliver them on our way out for a drive. No stopping while we are touring around. Knitting tonight. 
Until the next time......................................


Saturday, April 04, 2020

How Are We Doing? Surviving The Storm

Today has shown it's colors (white to be exact). With the wind blowing, we looked out to see a snow flurry. It has since stopped. Not the wind though. It will be warm (7C they say) and windy. 

Lifestyle

We had a slow start yesterday with no housework being done. The cause is staying at home with little social interactions. We will survive this. It is important that we stay at home at this time. 
I have been doing a bit of thinking how the virus is hitting our little province. We had 20 new cases yesterday putting us over 200. But the graph tells us more than what you see at first glance. 

The total number of cases is going up (blue) but if you look at the black, we are not having a spike in daily cases. It has remained almost the same for the past 4 days. That could be delay in lab results. It could mean the majority of people are following the rules. And it could mean we haven't seen the spike. With the premier staying "Stay the blazes home" and "the virus will find you" to those who are not following the order set by the province, there is hope the spike won't be as big as it could be if we all were out and about. 

Sewing

I worked on the Mac version of the Chatty Chicken yesterday morning. I hit the wall with it the outline. I can get the body outlined but it is crazy. No rhyme nor reason as to how it will stitch out. The same when I got the tail. I did a lot of swearing when I hit the eye. It would not work at all. At noon I quit and may not get it finished on the Mac. 
In the afternoon, I saved the PC version as an embroidery design, opened it as an embroidery file and eliminated the background (chicken outline). It is ready to stitch out shortly.
I turned my attention to the doll's coat pattern I am testing. I laid out the lining and got the strip cut for piping. I decided on piping vs bias binding. More interesting. 
The yoke is on the coat with the piping added. I do love how it looks. 
On a Facebook page a lovely lady posted this link to a book of crocheted edgings. I'm going to look into making pattern 314 if I have the proper thread and hook. If I don't, it will become a pattern to try when we can shop again. 
The same lady posted this link and I stopped short. I remember this book being in our house as my mom made the pansy doily and we made the Christmas ornaments. 

Knitting

I'm still working on the sweater and am feeling a bit frustrated. There is one marker in place that may not be needed. We wait and see over the next few rows. 
The next pattern has arrived and I really want to cast it on but I'm being patient. I'm using the needles for the other sweater right now. 

Today

 I must do housework, sew, and knit. It is too cold to be outside and I need to keep busy inside. 
Until the next time....................................

Friday, April 03, 2020

Warm, Wet, and Windy

Yesterday was warm, wet and windy. The high got to 9C and an inch of rain fell. The wind blew all day and most of the night. Today started off the same but is to become warm and windy. The temperature this morning was 5C. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday started with a couple of cranky people. We ended up in our respective corners. At noon we talked to the doctor via a telephone appointment. He is happy we are staying at home all the time. The Spousal Unit is not to go to the hospital for blood work. My prescription was filled and I am not to go for my blood work. The afternoon was better as both of us were in better moods. 
We finished the puzzle yesterday afternoon. The Spousal Unit put in the last piece, we cheered. 
On to the next one. 
No housework was done due to the crankiness. But, the kitchen was tidied up and the wood furniture in the dining room was wiped clean of dust. 

Sewing

I finished the Chatty Chicken lessons and am pleased with the end result. I now need to save it as an embroidery file. 
I did have to fiddle around a bit to get it the way I wanted it to be. But after 90 minutes, it was done. 
I got the test pattern cut out and started sewing in the sleeves. I also cut out an easy dress to test for the Gotz dolls. For that I used left over fabric from the last reading pillow. The skirt won't be as full as the pattern as I was working with fat quarters. 

Knitting

I worked on the sweater last night circling the mistakes and correcting them myself. One can see the written instructions were written in a hurry. 
Another pattern should arrive today to be added to the list of patterns to knit. 

Today

I am hoping to do some housework, sew, and knit. Keeping us motivated and with a positive outlook is hard at this time. We are healthy, have food, and a nice house to be in. We have a wonderful daughter-in-law who is trying to keep two families healthy. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful person in our lives. We will continue to self isolate to help flatten the curve. 
Until the next time...............................

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Trying to Stay Motivated

Yesterday started off with rain showers and it quit to be a grey day. It did brighten up a bit in the afternoon. This morning it was raining when I got up but it stopped and started again. We are to have periods of rain or drizzle today. 

Lifestyle

I cleaned up the kitchen yesterday and wiped down the counters to keep them sanitized. I started in the dining room and got quite a bit done in that space. The windows were washed, the table scrubbed, and the moulding at the top of the doors all wiped down well. I didn't get the curtains shook as it was raining. I might get creative and try today so I can finish up the area. I also did a load of laundry. 
The Spousal Unit is nearing the end of the puzzle but is working on the sky. It is hard and if the lighting is wrong, it's hard to match the pieces. He wants to get it done as he has enjoyed doing it. 

Sewing

I am finding it hard to be motivated but pushed myself yesterday. I put together a pattern and laid the pieces on the fabric. 
The piece below the tie is for more hat pieces. The rest of the fabric is for another project. 
I hunted in the stash and am using this for the lining. 
The bias will be made out of this also. I don't know why I bought this fabric but it is now exiting the doll's stash. 
I also worked on Chatty Chicken. When I started to do the fill on the comb, the whole picture was covered in the stitch design. Result - one line didn't meet another line and it was a leak. I started again and then again. I deleted files to help me use the right ones. During the night, I kicked myself as I figured out how to fix those leaks. I can move forward now and fix as I go. Another big lesson learned. 

Knitting

I printed out the written instructions and made good progress on the sweater. I did have to unknit a row and a bit to fix a bobble placement. I don't mind knitting using a chart (did that on the last sweater) but I hate it when I have to switch back and forth between 4 charts and a row of instructions for each row knit. I'm ready to start row 18 today.

Today

We have a telephone appointment with our doctor this morning and then I will try to finish up the dining area. Curtains will come down and I will dash outside to shake them when it isn't raining. Furniture will be cleaned and floor washed with bleach and soap. This afternoon, I want to cut out the coat and work on Chatty Chicken. Tonight is more knitting. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Out Like A Lion?

Yesterday was grey, cool, and windy. During the evening it snowed. It seemed as if March was going out like a lion. 
This morning it is grey with chances of snow or rain. 

Lifestyle

It was another morning of cleaning. The bedroom was attacked with a vengeance. Curtains were taken down and shook outside and the rods wiped free of all dust. All the trim and doors in the room were wiped down as was all the furniture. Bedding was laundered. When all was done, the floor was washed with bleach and soap. I was happy when it was done as the hidden dust was affecting me. I try to keep this room clean but it was time to take it to another level. 
The Spousal Unit worked on the puzzle yesterday and I joined him for 15 minutes. He could be finished by the weekend. Then onto the next one. 
I've been communicating with the Halifax library system and they are working at allowing people to use Ancestry Library edition at home. I'm excited as I can research more on our family tree. Here is hoping I can do a bit each day starting on the weekend. If your library has this feature, ask if they will make it so you can log in and use it at home. 

Sewing

I worked on the wall hanging and the binding is ready to hand sew down. It isn't my favorite item but it will be useful at Halloween. 

Knitting

The sweater was finished and Jennie got to model it. It is a lovely pattern. 
I would love to knit this for the Gotz dolls. I would go down a needle size and knit parts of it longer (sleeve and body). 
I started the next pattern and it was almost out the window. You read the row you are knitting and flip between 4 different graphs for the fronts and sleeves. The designer has written it up for us to follow. There is a set of directions to print that has no pictures. I will continue on with it tonight. 

Today

The kitchen will get it cleaning and the dining room will be the focus area. I want to start a test pattern, and knit. It sounds boring but we are healthy. 
Until the next time........................................

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Working on Projects

Yesterday did get to 6C and the sun tried to shine in the afternoon. Today it is cloudy and cool. It looks quite grey and dismal out there. 

Lifestyle

It was a very quiet day in our household. We had a quiet dinner and then had Face Time with grandson and family. They had birthday cake with candles on it and sang happy birthday. 
The Spousal Unit worked on his puzzle and is doing quite well with it. I put in one or two pieces while admiring it. 
We listened to the daily briefing and we have one confirmed case of community spread. That is the scary part. The message yesterday was about e-learning which will start next week. Grandson started yesterday through his school. 

Sewing

I worked on the Chatty Chicken digitizing lessons and got 2 lessons done. It was good to start at the beginning as I had forgotten a few things. I zoomed in to make sure all connecting points were in the right spot. A lot of work. I'm doing fill now so it will move faster. I'm only doing it on the PC as I don't have the energy to do it on the Mac. Those lessons are fine until doing the outline stitch. I still can't get it to work. 
Halloween sewing was on the agenda. I got a panel out and got it ready to sew the binding on it. 
It isn't perfect but it will only be hung for a couple of days once a year. 

Knitting

I finished the sweater last night. 
It needs to be blocked and a silver button sewn on. I quite like it. The next test pattern will be started today. Yarn and needles will be upstairs this afternoon. 

Today

I'm pushing myself to stay motivated. Today I hope to clean our bedroom and launder the bedding. I  want to bind the wall hanging, do a lesson on Chatty Chicken, and knit tonight. 
Until the next time..................................

Monday, March 30, 2020

Grateful

Yesterday was another warm day. 11C was the high. No windows opened as it was too windy. Today it was 1C at 6 a.m. and cloudy. Only suppose to get to 3C. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday I wrote (and trashed) a post on being grateful. My list changed several times during the day. 
  • I am grateful we have such caring daughter-in-law. She is doing all our shopping as the virus is in our community. I text, she delivers. 
  • I am grateful I live in a province where the premier has lots of guts. He ended the education part of social distancing and being where you shouldn't be. The first ticket for this was issued early yesterday afternoon. The person's vehicle was towed away. His message was strong and his actions great for the reckless few who think the way they do. 
  • I am grateful for social media. I can keep in touch with those who live far away from us. 
Both the Spousal Unit and I are finding it hard as there certainly is a difference between wanting to self isolate and having to self isolate. We will get through this as will many others. We are not basking in self pity and trying to keep it positive. 

Sewing

I trashed the Christmas skirt I was making. The burlap/jute was fraying too much. I will start it again when I can get a wide jute colored fabric to use as an underlining. Instead I made 4+ meters of piping and prepped a box to send to daughter. 
 I will make more piping over the next month as I do have the supplies for it. I did the bag in the bottom left corner, the others are from earlier this month. 
  • As I sat sewing, I was grateful for the stash I have, even if I have a love/hate relationship with it. 
  • I'm grateful for the all the notions I have. 
I wonder how much will be left when we can finally get out to shop. 

Knitting

I worked on the sweater yesterday afternoon and evening. It is a cute pattern. 
  • I'm grateful for the stash of yarn I have and the designers who need their patterns tested. 

Today

It is my birthday and we are not celebrating. We will do that later on. It is my day so I am going to redo the Chatty Chicken lessons this morning and sew this afternoon. Knitting tonight. Self isolating to help flatten the curve. 
Until the next time................................



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

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Drive In The Sunshine

Yesterday was sunny with a high of 7C. Today it is 7C and wet. We could see 12C today.

Lifestyle

After doing 90 minutes of housework, we went for a drive. We went out around an area we sort of know but took a route we didn't know. GPS keeps us on track. When we got closer to home, we took the long way adding another 20 minutes to our outing. We were gone for an hour with no stopping for bathroom or food. We ate lunch when we got home. I have to say it added a bit of interest to our day. 
My throat has recovered from the aftermath of the disinfecting spray. 

Sewing

I had a fairly good day in the sewing room. I got the digitizing done and am ready for the next lesson. I will post it today. 
I worked on the Regency dress and the cording took me an hour to turn. My original plan did not work so I had to rethink what I was doing. I finally got it to work using a snip in the fold, stitching heavy thread at the snip and threading it down the tube using the needle eye end first. After that, it was easy sewing. I finished the front to the hem. 
The back of the skirt is cut out and ready to sew. I am hoping to have it done today. I am going to sew snaps on to hold up the bib front. I'll do a button and buttonhole on the tabs that hold the under bodice closed. 

Knitting

I finished one sleeve of the test pattern and it is darn cute. 
I'm working on the ribbing for the second sleeve. 

Today

It is a home day and I will do more housework, sewing and knitting. 
Until the next time........................................

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Busy With Sewing and Knitting

It was a sunny but cool day yesterday. Warm standing in the sunshine and cool in the shade. There was a cool wind also. Today is cool but the sun is going to shine for part of the day. 

Lifestyle

I was out early this morning (7 a.m.) to do some grocery shopping. We can hunker down for a good week now. We do plan on going for short drives to get out of the house. No stopping for anything. 
The grocery store I went to was spotlessly clean and they were cleaning all the time. They even did the shopping carts for people. There were 10 of us in the store at 7 and about 25 when I left. Everyone was shopping as quickly as they could and leaving. The cleaning/disinfecting solutions did affect my throat but I will live with that. It was constant spraying and wiping while I was in the store. 

Sewing

I worked on the Regency dress yesterday and got the skirt back and lining cut out, the bib front sewn, and thought of how I can turn the cording right side out without a bobby pin.
The bib turned out quite cute and I pinned it on the doll to see how it will look. I am going to use tiny snaps to hold it shut. 
I took pictures of the romper but the sun was still incorrect. One did turn out; the one of the ribbon bow on the front. 
Testers have used picot edged ribbon on the collar (really cute) and buttons down the front. Every one has been really cute. 
I worked on the chicken digitizing exercises and I had to redo the eye. One part was stitching the whole eye. I did follow the instructions but it didn't work. I learned a lesson. 
I'm now ready to do the lesson on the PC and hand it in. There is one more lesson, a challenge, and then we have to do our own project. I'm looking forward to that. 

Knitting

I finished the hat for the second test pattern. I had to put it onto double pointed needles to get it the way I wanted it. 
The three needle cast off made a cute edge on the top. The lambs are very sweet. 
I started one sleeve and am half done it. It just has flowers on it. The sweater will be the most work as it is has the most stitches. The pattern is the same as the hat. 

Today

Housework this morning, sewing this afternoon, and knitting tonight. Plans can change if we decide to go for a drive. 
Until the next time....................................