Saturday, February 15, 2020

Test Coat Pattern Begun

Yesterday was a bit of everything. Snow, wind, sun, and cold. This morning is colder; -21C at 6 a.m. It is going to warm up starting today. 

Lifestyle

Yesterday I did some cleaning up and washed some floors. I also did 3 loads of laundry. In the afternoon, I picked up grandson from school and took him home. Not an overly busy day but work got done. I was happy with what was done. 

Sewing

I am working on the test pattern. I laid out the pattern, cut it out and started sewing. I started with the two piece sleeves and they went together perfectly. Using a scrap of wool, I tested an overcast stitch for seams that needed to be finished. I did it on the sleeves. Trim was added to add a bit of color to the drab olive. 
Next I worked on the body of the coat. The back was sewn together and the shoulder seams were sewn. After that I pinned in the sleeves with about 20 pins in each and sewed them in. I just need to steam the sleeve caps to have the seams lay correctly. 
Nellie decided to model it as is. It looks like a sack as the side seams haven't been sewn. 

Knitting

I knit on the dog's sweater last night. I have 4-6 rows left before I can cast off both the upper and under parts. Having them both on the same needle has been great as I can see how much more I had to knit on the upper part of the sweater. 

Today

The goal is to start cleaning the living room, shop for some groceries and sew on the doll's coat. Tonight I hope to finish the two pieces of the dog's sweater and start on the collar. 
Until the next time..........................

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Piping Kind of Day

Yesterday was a day of wondering---what is the weather going to do. The warning was for lots of snow and we got very little. More like flurries. Some big fluffy flakes and at other times almost rain. It did snow a bit during the night and is cool at -10C this morning. Cool all day today with colder tonight (-19C they say). 

Lifestyle

I worked in the kitchen yesterday morning. I got the counters scrubbed and a drawer wiped out. It was dirtier than I liked. I also got the dining area ready so I can wash a bunch of floors. 
As there was no school yesterday due to the snow warning, the boys across the street were out most of the day playing in the snow. It is always fun to watch them. 

Sewing

We delivered the cloth bag yesterday afternoon and the lady cried when she saw it. She absolutely loved it and wants to order another one. 
The time spent in the sewing room was to make piping for daughter. I got two lengths done for her. 
The first piece was the left over mustard colored fabric I used for the pocket of the last reading pillow. I got 3 meters out of it. 
The second piece is from the Halloween tub and I used half of the fabric, leaving enough for another project. I got 4 meters of piping from it. 
I had some pieces of fabric left over from piping on a boot bag. I cut it down to 1" in width and made 1/2" bias tape out of it. I basted it to hold it firmly in place. 
It gives the drab wool a bit of life. I have more of the fabric to make a small ruffle for the hat. I can make more of the bias tape if I choose to put it on the sleeves. I'm thinking that may happen. 

Knitting

I got to where I need to be on the underpart of the dog's sweater. But, the top part is too short. I unknit it carefully and am ready to move forward on it. I have about 3" to knit before I start the shoulder decreases. 

Today

More housework this morning along with laundry. This afternoon I want to cut out the test pattern and start sewing it. I know it will take time as I plan on hand sewing a lot of it prior to sewing. Tonight will be more knitting. 
Until the next time..............................

Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Cloth Bag Is Done

Yesterday was a day of clouds and sunshine. No snow at all, which was nice. Today we are to get more snow starting soon. 

Lifestyle

We headed out shortly after breakfast to shovel our driveway. The Spousal Unit started shoveling and I swept the car off. I then headed down the driveway to clear the berm off. We were surprised with help from our lovely neighbors. The job was done fast.
With no school, the boys came out for snowball fights and then played in the ditch for a while. They also played on the snowbanks. They were the only children out playing yesterday. 

Sewing

I spent a long day in the sewing room making a bag. The pieces were cut out and the embroidery was done. I wanted to use up as much fabric as possible so I added pockets to the inside. 
The grey fabric is cat whiskers. The blue/green is the pockets which close with plastic snaps. 
The outside is plain with the cat face fabric the focus. I added black rick rack to the seam and a white cat face button to the handles. 
It will be delivered this afternoon. 
I am looking at more embroidery designs. I want to get one design to embroider out and put on a painter's canvas. I'm also trying to get the tweet series finished as I want to start stitching them out also. I am back to enjoying machine embroidery and creating projects for them. 

Knitting

I cast on the under part of the dog's sweater and got 10" knit. I will make sure it is correct and then start decreasing for the shoulders. The left over yarn will be knit up and I am thinking of a blanket for daughter's cat. Same pattern. Christmas gift. 

Today

Housework is on the list today and then I will sew piping. I have to go out and deliver the bag later this afternoon. Knitting tonight. 
Until the next time...........................

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Another Design Stitched Out

Yesterday's weather was one that was grey. By 4 p.m. it started to snow and it has been snowing ever since. I would guess we have between 5-6" of snow on the ground and it is still snowing. Temperature hovered around 0C all day.

Lifestyle

I did some housework in the morning. The bedroom and bathroom plus the sheets. The floors were vacuumed. We headed out to put a parcel in the mail and get a few groceries. The store was busy as people were shopping for the storm. 
Later in the afternoon I helped daughter-in-law get their two vehicles home. I picked up grandson from school on my way to their place. We had a lovely chat on the way home about Spirit Week at school. 
At home, we watched the snow fall until dark. 

Sewing

I started to cut out the lining for the bag and put one piece on to embroider. It is a hummingbird in memory of her lady's mom. This bag is sold. 
I bought the pattern yesterday morning on a whim and wondered how it would stitch out. It took 32 minutes and is a beautifully digitized pattern. While it stitched out, I cut out the rest of the bag. 
I bought two other patterns that I am fooling around with. I can see one on a bag which I'm looking forward to stitching out. Not this month though as I have my wall hanging to make. 
I fooled around with a couple of designs from another designer trying to get the colors worked out for tea towels for our kitchen. 
The idea is there but not sure if I like the browns. I'm still thinking on it. 
I'd change the light blue to a medium blue and the green to a wheat color. I am at the point of buying a set of tea towels and matching the threads to them. The second one I can see in a hoop on the wall. A lot of ideas floating around in my head. 

Knitting

I finished the back of the dog's sweater last evening. I'm quite in love with it. 
Next is the under part which gets sewn together at the shoulders (decreased part). Finally a neckband. 

Today

It's a home day for us. Snow needs to shoveled and I need to sew on the bag. It has to be delivered tomorrow afternoon. I will cast on the next part of the dog's sweater. 
Until the time.......................................

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A 3 Hour Shopping Day; Travel Included

Yesterday we had mainly snow flurries during the day with a bit of rain about 4 p.m. The high was 2.5C. This morning it is 0C and cloudy. Snow is be here later this afternoon and overnight. They are forecasting up to 15 cm of snow by morning. 

Lifestyle

As it wasn't snowing a lot, I headed into Bedford to shop. I got new wiper blades for the car. I also went to Fabricville to take advantage of their big sale and then to the grocery store. Home by 11:30 a.m. The roads were good on the way in and I had about 15 km of road that was okay in one lane and snowy in the passing lane. 
The power was out for about 30 minutes around 3 p.m. so we headed over to son's to deliver his muslin for banners. The power came on as we were leaving. 

Sewing

I did shop yesterday and got a few items for me. New lace trim was in so I got 3 pieces of it. Buttons for the wall hanging and for the reusable bags I make. Two pillow forms. All 50% off. I did buy a piece of light weight wool and faux ultra suede for doll's coats. Both were 75% off. I'm ready to test two doll coats when the designer is ready to post them. I'm hoping there will be enough to make a jacket of each piece. The wool is a sort of brownish mossy green. I need to buy a piece of cotton for the trim to give it a bit of color. This fabric will be gone before May.  
I did go down to the sewing room for a few hours yesterday afternoon. I put the buttons on daughter-in-law's wall hanging. 
I had an issue with my wall hanging so I picked out all the embroidery stitches and the fabric is ready to starch and start over again. 
Lastly I glued velcro to grandson's pouch for his diabetic supplies. A zipper broke and can't be fixed. I have it clipped in place while it dries. Today I'll know if it worked. 

Knitting

I didn't knit last night. I read instead. I was tired and not feeling well. I'm still fighting the cold. 

Today

I plan on doing some housework and then sew on the bag I need to deliver on the 13th. I hope I can knit tonight. If not, I'll read. 
Until the next time................................

Monday, February 10, 2020

February's Wall Hanging Started and Finished

Yesterday we had a cool but mainly sunny day. The high got to -5C. The temperature dropped to -12 during the night and then rose to -4C this morning. We are to have snow and rain today with a high of 3C. 

Lifestyle

We carved the turkey I cooked. The meat has been frozen and the bones cooked for soup. I need to get vegetables and noodles to finish it up. 

Sewing

I spent quite a bit of time in the sewing room making a new wall hanging for Valentine's day. I had designed the pattern last month and tweaked it so it would be what I wanted. The thread came from the embroidery thread stash. The goal this year is to use up as much thread in the stash as possible. I can see that becoming an issues as time goes on but I am working around it. I can buy white and black thread when the time comes. 
The brown tweed thread for the monkey is old. I bought it at least 12 years ago. It is perfect for this project and others that I plan on making using sock monkeys. 
I have to say that I am enjoying using the embroidery machine once a month. I hand stitch down bindings on other projects while the machine stitches out the design. 

Knitting

I have the dog sweater ready to start decreasing for the shoulders to the neckline. One ball of yarn is almost used up. It looks like I will have one ball of yarn left over. 

Today

I am watching the weather as I had thought of going into the city to shop. If I don't, I will be doing some housework and starting a reusable grocery bag. 
Until the next time...............................

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Test Pattern Completed

Yesterday was cool with lots of flurries. The skies cleared towards evening and the temperature dropped. This morning it was -12C and the sun is shining. 

Lifestyle

With the wind came debris. We had a garbage can in our yard which the owner came and got. Our next door neighbor tossed their live Christmas tree into the yard about 3 weeks ago and it came to reside in our yard. The Spousal Unit returned it. A shingle from someone's house was in our yard also. The neighbour across the street had quite a few shingles standing up on his roof. The Spousal Unit walked over to tell them. Our damage was minimal. The plastic extension for one down pipe was in the ditch. Retrieved and put into the garage. 

Sewing

I spent quite a bit of time in the sewing room working on the test pattern. I did a lot of basting on the bodice. It paid off. The collar laid flat without being tacked down. I did tack it down in the end to keep it stable. 
The skirt was easy to make. I kept the pattern on the fabric and basted the curved lines for the bias tape. I ripped off the pattern. I will print it again if I choose to sew it in another fabric. People were concerned about hemming the circle skirt. I serged it and hemmed it easily. 
I hate tying bows. I think this was the hardest part of the pattern. 
There was to be buttonholes in the back but I sewed on buttons and put snaps underneath. 
If I make the dress again, I would use a plaid fabric with a plain collar, no trim or bows. 

Knitting

I unknit 4 rows of the dog sweater and then did the second set of button holes. I have more knitting to do before the third set of button holes. I did quite a bit of knitting last night after two nights of not knitting. 

Today

I need to launder some fabric, set up the next wall hanging and prep to make a bag that someone ordered. I hope to knit tonight. I'm fighting a cold so am tired at night. I'm hoping to win this round. 
Until the next time.................................