Tuesday, October 13, 2020

It's Been A Long Year

What a ghastly year.  Besides the fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the pandemic, I am truly and utterly appalled by the realization that there are people who just don't care about others.  I just don't know what to say to people who are okay with those dying of coronavirus if they have "underlying conditions."  When did people become this awful?  215,000 deaths in the US now and I miss my "normal" life as much as anyone, but other people's lives matter.  I can't even believe this is debatable.

The new job REALLY keeps me busy, and for a few weeks I was was so stressed out that even with drugs, I could only sleep about 4 hours a night, but it's gotten better.  Hopefully.  I work a lot of hours--sometimes 12-14 hour days, so some days off I just rest, but there has been some sewing.  We have new, "fun" masks,

I have met the worst fabric ever made,

which will hopefully become shirts for both of us without killing me.  The drape is truly beautiful, but it is easily the hardest fabric I've met.  It's a moleskin/microsuede, which is usually fine once you get the hang of it, but this one isn't like the others.  I've had it so long that I don't even know exactly what it was labeled as, but I now understand why it was on clearance.  

Luckily I'd made some flannel pajamas for myself with these lovely butterflies before tackling the shirt, so I'm still almost positive that I enjoy sewing.

The cats think this is the best year of their lives because the humans are almost always home, and we chase water droplets in the shower,

We enjoy warm socks--each in our own way:

 We've sorted through some of our plush fabrics,

and we've learned some new features on THE sewing machine,

including how to keep a kitten from eating thread as I sew.  

Andy ordered a Gumby DVD set because I'd actually never seen the original show, and it came with two "blockhead" figurines, and to liven up being home, we've been taking turns hiding one of them in plain site for the other to "discover." 

Lucky for us, we can probably keep this up for several more months.  And if we lose interest, we always have Charlie:

Monday, August 10, 2020


Work is crazy-busy, but I did get a break yesterday and was able to finish a shirt I've been working on for me
 I'm really excited about this one, because it's the first time I've done more for a shirt than embroider a pocket.  My old machine just made too many mistakes to risk more, but since I had extra fabric in case I had issues, I decided to add embroidery to the yoke and the cuffs:

I know it's customary for the embroidery to be right-side up on the cuffs, but then my hummingbirds would be upside down to ME, so I decided as I would be the one seeing them most and it's MY shirt, they're upside down so they're right side up when I view the cuffs.  AND THE EMBROIDERY TURNED OUT PERFECTLY!!!  I'm so excited.  If it weren't crazy-hot, I'd wear this shirt today.

I'm also making the same shirt for Andy, with just a bit of approved embroidery on the pocket.  I staggered the shirt steps just a bit between the two sizes so I wouldn't sew the wrong yoke or pocket or something, so I'm closing in on Finished Project number 30.  I'm taking a few days off to make the Labor Day weekend a bit longer, so I hope to get some serious crafting done then.  4 1/2 months and 20 projects to go!

Sunday, July 26, 2020


There has been crafting!  Like every red state that reopened quickly to save the economy, coronavirus is surging here, so we're both fortunate that our companies are both still having employees work from home (though I have to be out and about some for work) and we go out as little as possible. Our county FINALLY has a mask mandate, which is helping, but gyms and indoor dining are still allowed, so we're not exactly protecting our citizens as well as we could.  

I made a new shirt,
which is NOT made of plastic or vinyl, no matter how it looks.

Venus has been helping me on my Irish Moss sweater,
which is down to just seams and the collar, but I think I'm going to run out of yarn and this particular colorway is out of stock right now, so I've put it aside again.  As the dye lots will probably vary, the best place for the new yarn is the back of the collar, so I'll probably have to rip out what I've done so far, start over with the new yarn, then switch to the remainder of the yarn I'm using.  So there is a yarn purchase in my future.  

Stress sometimes gives me a lot of nervous energy, so one weekend I used it to clean the sewing room (a bit) and sort through the stash.  This:
is 27 skeins of yarn LEAVING the house.  There were two large cones of yarn that left as well, which emptied an entire tub of yarn.  YAY!  Charlie was thrilled:
With the cleaning, I found where I'd stashed the top for this, 

 so it is now finished, and........
I finished the applique quilt I started 2 or 3 years ago!!!!!  It broke 3 needles and sent my new machine in for it's first repair, but it is DONE!  (And my machine is back home and functional again)  I need to add a sleeve to the back so it can be hung on a wall, but at least that is the easy part. When blogger isn't having issues, I'll post a full picture.

Monday, June 29, 2020

It's been a while..........

The new job is going well, but busy.  Idaho had shut down, reopened, and after reopening bars, is having huge spikes in coronavirus.  Lots of Fox News followers here, so they flip between the virus being some worldwide hoax against them or Trump, masks either don't let oxygen through OR won't stop virus particles--the really idiotic going with both--and certainly, not following protocols. 

Idaho has also had funnel clouds, an earthquake (with hundreds of aftershocks), flooding, and the mountains are getting snow today.  Our new term is "disaster exhaustion."  Thank heavens for crafting and kitties!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

And Now There Are Nine

Idaho got it's first confirmed corona virus case Friday, and we're already at 9 confirmed cases with at least 37 people being monitored.  Most cases were from people bringing it in, though I think 4 cases are untraced and are all in a pretty small population base, so it in the population in general in some areas.  Being a state that loathes government, the governor is leaving everything to counties and cities. so things are uneven and confusing with some cities acting quickly to stop the spread and others still pretending it's a hoax, so I'm sure THAT will turn out well.  Andy's company and my new company have already sent everyone home to work, so it's nice to be part of organizations taking this seriously.  Meanwhile,
Andy's Valentine's Day shirt is finished except for some hand stitching and buttons.  Clearly, not exactly on time. 

I'm still on the Spicy Spiral marathon,
and will be frantically finishing this one
for a charity auction for my local Boys & Girls club.  Normally, their major fundraiser would be coming up in just a few weeks, but it's had to be cancelled because of coronavirus, just at the same time demand for their services is going up, so we're switching to just an online auction.  There's always an online portion, but that is usually donated items like restaurant gift cards.  This year, that's a bit more problematic because I don't know any restaurants not hurting for money, so I'll probably go buy a gift card or two to put with this, and Andy is donating a piece he made with the new laser cutter, and we'll hope for the best....and send them a check. 

The cats are loving having the humans home,
 though Charlie gets a bit impatient when there isn't enough sewing happening:
 I've also been doing some gardening, and we have our first flower:
This week I'm choosing to be excited even about a weed blooming.  I think the world needs a splash of spring color right about now, don't you think?