Monday, March 20, 2017


I'm always ready for spring, but after this winter, I'm even more excited. And...........I HAVE JOB INTERVIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!  2 to be exact.  One this week and a final interview with another organization next week, so I might be back to work soon!  Conversely, if I go through all of this and don't get either job, I might be spending April curled up in a ball in the back of my closet.  Ah, the possibilities......

I finally have a picture of Andy's new shirt with buttons,
and started my next project,
 which you might notice isn't pajamas.  It's another one of these
which is what I'm wearing for Me Made Monday today.  At least this is also a very old piece of fabric--probably 2006/2007.  It's a fine-wale corduroy, and I bought it to make a shirt for Andy, apparently before I figured out how much fabric it takes to make a shirt.  Since the jacket involves a LOT of pieces, it takes less fabric, so it's almost the only option for this fabric, and it will make a very nice jacket, so
One great thing about a pattern you know REALLY well--you can pin up a lot of pieces to sew all at once, so even with all the top stitching and 20+ pattern pieces, it might be the fastest sewing project I have now.  I should look for a similar pattern with front pockets--that would be very nice.  I'm sure I have one--what I am LACKING is the drive to look through the pattern stash......

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ah, Spring.......

So Me Made Monday was fairly easy this week, as it was freezing and spitting snow.  This
is one of the most comfy things I've ever made.  Being spring in Idaho, of course, it was 60 degrees yesterday  It's supposed to be almost 70 degrees this week, then heaven only knows.  Layers are our friend.

With the assistance of Callisto,
who has a passion for laying on sewing instructions, I have been working on Andy's shirt in little bits all week,
getting everything finished yesterday,
and adding buttons today:
The job hunt continues in both states, but slowly. job/moving/not moving is a FABULOUS way to get stressed out, but luckily we realized that most of the things we would have to do to prep our house to sell are things that need to be done anyway, so
this week I started with the closet in the master bath.  Besides just a general cleaning and sorting, it really needed to be repainted.  We'll have been in this house 11 years this summer, and the original paint definitely didn't have an 11-year life span.   Not that a bathroom closet could ever be really exciting, but it is looking quite spiffy with the new paint.  I can't wait to see how the doors look when we get those rehung and painted. 

I have taken some breaks for a bit of embroidery,
and I'm so thrilled with my recent success with the embroidered pocket that I dug this out today:
It's flannel-backed satin which I've had in the stash for a while, and while I don't actually need any new pajamas right now, they do wear out and I'm thinking of trying embroidery on the leg and chest, and maybe the lower hem?  And if I mess it up, no one but Andy will ever see them.   The other bonus:  this is older stash fabric.  It isn't in my original spreadsheet, so I wouldn't know the date for sure, but I'd put it at 2006 or 2007, so about 10 years.  There's something really exciting about using up fabric that's been with me a while--I think it gives me hope for the rest of it.  :)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

600 Days

It's now been 600 days since I last purchased yarn.  I think because I've been so busy with work, job hunting, and everything else, I haven't really felt the yarn-buying urge yet, which is surprising.  Shocking, really.  Okay--astounding.  Now if I just did more knitting............

Saturday, March 4, 2017

And This Week's Lesson Learned........

If one is cutting out a thick fabric--say, a thinner fleece perhaps--if the layout instructions say to cut out 2 matching pieces on the fold,
the squishiness of the fabric could be an even bigger factor than one originally thinks.  Between the two collar pieces and the interfacing, I have three separate sizes here.  REALLY separate sizes.  Luckily,
if I can get it away from Callisto, I have enough fabric to cut out more collar pieces, and this time laying the pattern piece flat so the two pieces will, I assume, come out to be the same size.  One never knows for sure with sewing, but there's always hope in my heart that the Sewing Gods are in a good mood.  Or have someone else to bother.

Aside from this fairly major collar issue, Andy's Valentine Shirt progresses,
 and could actually be done by Saint Patrick's Day.  We're flexible like that with holidays.

So, I might have gotten so excited about all the cool new designs that I ordered more towels,
like maybe 2 12-packs.  But,

I've now embroidered 4 of them.....and still have several new designs to try out.  Ahem.....

Thanks to the crafting time bribery, I'm still plugging away at the job search and
in addition to the towels, have made quite a bit of progress on the Begonia Swirl scarf/shawl.  I need to get back to the pink sweater, but the shawl is so mindless right now that it makes a perfect I-have-just-filled-out-yet-more-webforms-with-information-you-could-just-get-from-my-resume-if-you-had-bothered-to-look-at-it-and-am-rritable-and-tired project.  I had been previously unaware of this particular project classification, but it's a very real one.  It's probably closely related to the more general "I-knit-so-I-won't-hurt-anyone," which is very popular.

Today it's raining, so I am Chief Kitty Entertainer today it seems.  Theo woke me up at 2:00 AM to inform me of this, so now after we've changed the sheets on the bed, he's tired and is napping.  Poor thing--I think I'll go wake him up......and make another pot of coffee.  I now understand the attraction of fish as pets. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Glad I Could Help

As I'm sure all of you know, looking for a job can be a very depressing and frustrating process, and I think it's made far worse than it need be by receiving no notification or acknowledgement at all when one has taken the time to apply for a job.  I'm always grateful to receive notice when a position has been filled, but today's made my week:

"After considering your submitted application materials, we have decided to offer the position to another candidate."

Ha!  Glad I could help.  And tell that other candidate he/she owes me lunch. :)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wow, That Was Dismal

Yesterday was the last day of the "Race to the Bottom" challenge on Ravelry, which I helped moderate.  An 18-month challenge to potentially use up all one's stash (if possible) or an estimated 30,000.  Several people cleared out over 100,000 yards of yarn.  Me, I did an astounding 7,474.1 yards over a total of 18 months.  415 yards a month--that's just pathetic.  It did earn me the funniest badge ever,
The Dryer Lint Level participation badge! 

We'll be starting another 18-month challenge on May 1, and at least I'll have nowhere to go but up.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's Done!

And ready for Me Made Monday tomorrow.  And since I can't remember if I already did one for last week, I had a chance to wear my new yellow floral jacket for the very first time yesterday:
so I'm feeling a bit Amish this week.  I even started Andy's Valentine's Day gift.  I KNOW!  It isn't even March yet.  Aren't I just speedy...............?