Monday, October 17, 2016

Me Made Monday

This is so much easier now that it's cold, and if I figure out a way to wear one of the shawls or scarves I've never worn, I could be on track to get to that 20 never-worn items.  Of course, I thought I'd have a few more finished sewing projects right now because Andy is gone and I've had the house to myself for a few days now.  BUT I've had the silly job-hunting thing taking up my vacation. 

Here's a question for you:  If you have been called back for a second interview with several participants, then they ask you to leave the room so they can talk things over, is there any person on the planet who wouldn't expect to hear one way or the other when that little conference was over?  Really?  And have you ever tried to calmly craft when what you really want to do is throttle people?

Searching for a new job has certainly been an eye-opening experience.  In such an internet-savvy culture, I'm amazed at how many companies behave in such a way that not only would one never want to work for them, but one would be driven to actively complain about their behavior over Twitter, Facebook, or all the other social media platforms available.  When cleaning out our file cabinet, I found a file of letters--REAL on-paper letters--from companies I'd applied to back in the 1990s, thanking me for my application but saying the position had been filled.  Now with the internet and online application process making it FAR easier to notify applicants with simple, automated email responses, I almost never receive a response from an application.  What happened to us?

So there hasn't been as much crafting this week as I would have liked, and even less successful crafting.  I had decided that one of the things I wanted to work on would be an existing quilt top, and when rummaging around in my fall fabric bin
(yet, there is one, and it's huge) I finally found where I'd stashed a brown fabric that I thought might match a quilt I'd started in 2009:
and it really doesn't.   But I'd also located the bolt (yes, bolt) of hunter green fabric that would does match, and dragged it down to wash.  Since this quilt was started before I understood that steam could really stretch quilts, I rewashed the top as well,
which led to a LOT of pressing with a bottle of starch and a pair of scissors to cut away all the crazy loose ends a trip through the washer created,  which leads to the FIRST tip of the day:
When using scissors on the ironing board, know where they are at all times.  It turns out these
have a fairly low melting point.  Tip number 2:  It takes a surprising amount of time for an iron plate to cool off enough to scrape plastic off of it.  Who knew?

Anyway, since it's fall, I have been cutting 1-inch and 2.5-inch strips of fall fabrics,
this one being a personal favorite.  Mostly I've been too distracted and irritated to really get anything done, though I finally managed this,
which I'm pleased with.  I've also been playing with this:
though I might stitch the 2-color blocks together differently.  I just did 9 table runners with this sort of layout, but I really like how these two browns go together.

My Husqvarna embroidery machine has been having some issues with the sensors--it keeps stopping during any embroidery to tell me that the bobbin is empty.  Fun fact:  when the bobbin IS actually empty, it takes the machine an astounding amount of time to notice.  This is what prompted me to start looking at new machines, though in the meantime, the second Husqvarna machine which I bought on Ebay several years ago has started regularly flipping out and telling me that I can't use the button sensor foot when it isn't attached.  So on Wednesday the machines and I are heading two hours away to visit the only Husqvarna dealer around who actually fixes anything, and I'm staying over for a couple days just to get totally away from everything.  I'm seriously hoping at least one of them can be fixed.  Husqvarna is perfectly awful about supporting their older machines, but this dealer is wonderful and maybe at least one of them is a fairly simple fix.

In the meantime, I have rewarded myself with this:
This yarn is an angora blend that I bought before climbing back on the sheep, and while my normal approach would be to use up the cheaper yarns first, I have finally talked myself into knitting up the nicest yarns FIRST.  Or, at least, I have for right now. 
So far, I adore everything about this project.  The yarn is soft, the pattern is easy, and the hanks are large so there will be fewer ends to have to deal with.  Now if I could just do something about the desire to lash out and buy all the available colors of this yarn, it would be absolutely perfect..............

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Still Clinging To The Sheep

It's now been 459 days since I last bought yarn.  And, like AA, we have badges:
which really help me stay focused.  I have a lot of yarn.  I have a lot of really NICE yarn, which would make wonderful things--socks, scarves, sweaters, probably even some things that DON'T start with the letter "s."  My longest stretch is something over 1 year and 9 months, so I'm hoping to at least make it to two years, though as slowly as I'm knitting lately, I could realistically make it to 20 without buying any new yarn......

That's it--I just have to knit faster................

Monday, October 10, 2016

Me Made Monday

I'll change later for my interview, but it's cool enough this morning for my new socks!
I'm thinking they're a bit bright for a job interview, but you never know.  Maybe they'd make a good ice-breaker?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

NOT Working on a Saturday

I LOVE not working on Saturdays--have I mentioned that yet?  And I have an interview on Monday, so on the list of Things I Want to Get Done Before Returning To Work, I spent the first half of it cleaning out my closet.  It's not exactly "clean," but my summer clothes are put away, my winter clothes are out, and there's a pretty big pile for the donation bin.  And,

I gathered up several bunch of plastic hangers that hadn't yet gotten hot glue dots, and I am happy to report that I have used that blasted glue gun AGAIN without burning myself.  Positively cocky,
I tried my luck with wine cork Christmas trees.  Okay--I did burn myself at this point, but I got two of the things glued up.  That's something.  

Also on that list is this:
which is a great fabric that I thought would make fun birthday decorations, starting with
figuring out a way to make a fabric pennant banner.  I used a stiff craft interfacing between the layers
then stitched them together with double-folded black bias tape.   What do you think?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Me Made Monday

I'm sort of back on track with Me Made Mondays with this
I actually wear this quite frequently, which is good.  It's good to make things that become favorites, though that still leaves me needing 6 more "unworn" things before the end of the year...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Maybe a New Favorite.......

So, I started out with good intentions.  I was going through my scrap bin cutting fabric into usable shapes/strips.  But, after cutting up some red fabric, I picked up the black and white fabric from my dress earlier this year, and....
suddenly I was hooked.  And I mean hooked.  I usually don't finish a fabric & rope bowl in a single day, but
I love this bowl!  It matches nothing, it should be a gift, I have no use for a bowl, I have bowls...and I want to keep this one.  I don't even know what I would do with it, but I'm so pleased with it!!!!!!!!!!

 Well, SOMEONE obviously needs to work on their sharing............

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Knit ALL the Things!

In spite of yesterday hitting a sweltering 92 degrees, fall is in the air and eventually the weather will catch on, so it's knitting season and I suddenly have a mad desire to
Seriously, I have the biggest case of starteritis I've had in a long time.  How does this happen?  I spent an hour--an HOUR--of prime crafting time last night searching Ravelry for patterns.  Do I not have a queue?  Of course I do.  But Me Made Monday has almost ruined knitting for me.  Now, not only do I have to want to knit the item, I need to want to wear it.  When did THAT happen?  I have thousands of yards of yarn stashed, and NOW I'm going to start being sensible?  That's going to RUIN crafting for me!