Monday, April 25, 2016

Me Made Monday

It's cooled off to be more like a normal spring, so today I'm wearing the new peachskin jacket:
  
which had to be ironed this morning.  Seriously?  I guess the paisley fabric pretty much spoiled me--it doesn't wrinkle AND doesn't pick up cat hair.  I think maybe it's a good thing that I have several more months until I can buy fabric--it might take me until then to figure out how to smuggle cat hair into the fabric store to test any and all new fabrics before buying.  And then I'll probably have a really easy time not buying fabric once they ban me from the store...........

Friday, April 22, 2016

Maybe a Finishing Friday

This was an exhausting week at work.  Good, but exhausting.  I was back in the main store 2 days for piano training, and the other two days in my store, I sold two pianos--bringing me to three total.  Guess that was good training.  The fun this is, selling pianos is like working at an animal shelter.  I really  like the people who bought them, and I'm so excited about the pianos finding good homes--it's just the most fun thing ever. I didn't get a picture of the first two pianos, but this
found a home on Wednesday.  Thank heavens.  This beauty only arrived in my store on Monday and I was already trying to justify two pianos in our house.  However, it is going to have three little girls to love it and I get to have it in the store for three more days before it goes to its forever home.  Win-win.

Yesterday was the second full day of training on pianos, and when we took a lunch break, I was just feeling so overwhelmed that I dropped in to the Bernina dealership because I just needed to be around fabric or yarn.  Luckily (depending on how you look at it), I still haven't used the fabric I bought there on my last visit, so I was good and only came home with these
which I'm hoping will work for the two current table runner designs.  I was remarkably proud of myself for such restraint.  Now that we have two incomes again, it could have been ugly.

If you're surprised that the Begonia shawl isn't finished yet, let's just take a minute to recall how freakishly wide the edge of a shawl really is:
The cast-off used in the pattern isn't stretchy enough when I do it, so I had to rip back and start over, but even after all this, I still have all this
to work through.  Which explains why
 I would be going for a little instant-gratification today:
It's been so long since I embroidered that I forgot the top stabilizer for the first towel and had to pin it on.  And it took two tries to get my embroidery designs loaded to my card
though I seriously think the first try was a computer error.  For the towels, I'm using the designs in blue--they're a new one color design set I bought in March and haven't used yet.  I loaded one other towel design and some free-standing lace ornaments.  That should keep me busy for a while.  And I swear I'm not doing this just to finish something today, though it does help..............

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I Strung My First Cello!

....and broke my first cello string.  It's much trickier than it looked when someone else did it.  But I got the second one on without issue and even got it tuned.  And I've sold two used pianos now, which is a lot like working at an animal shelter.  Not all used pianos are capable of even being tuned, so they're hard to come by and need to go to a good home where they will be loved and taken care of--and I have to say, both pianos went to great people.  I'm really exhausted by the time I get home, but I am enjoying the new job.  And
this morning I even had enough time to start sewing the new blocks together.  If I do them all in order and keep them chain pieced while ironing, I think I'll be able to put them together how I laid them out.  This is the theory, though I've noticed sewing theories tend to blow up on me a lot.  I wonder if this is what it's like to be a chemist?

I was really dragging this week, so I rested all day Sunday, but these
are my next projects.  The home decorating fabric is one of the earliest fabrics I purchased, and has been earmarked for a jacket for at least 8 years.  Not a fast project or a good stash-burner, but I am really excited about using up one of my oldest fabrics, which makes me feel better about the stash.  And a new scarf which will be my stoplight/I'm really tired knitting.  I'm not sure if we'll be able to continue the handmade Christmas gifts program as we've been doing it, but this year is Andy's year, so I can stockpile a bit and see how it goes.  Besides, once I finish with the teeny-tiny lace yarn of the Begonia Swirl, big yarn on big needles will be SO exciting!  And will distract me from immediately casting on another shawl.  Now that I have a place to wear them, I should be more excited about sweaters, but it's supposed to reach 80 degrees by tomorrow, so sweaters just aren't doing it right now. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Me Made Monday

It's getting harder to remember what I have worn for MMM and what I haven't, but I think I haven't worn my new tunic:
 
which you would actually be seeing if my arms were longer.  BUT I TOOK A SELFIE!  And it wasn't just a shot up my nostrils!  On Friday I decided to cut my hair short for spring, and this is what the lady who cut it came up with.  It took a few days, but I like it.  And I'm rather proud of myself for trying a new hairstyle.  I'm not very good about that.  I'll do shorter and longer, but it's generally about the same.   And this makes exactly TWICE where a stylist's ideas for my hair actually worked.  Not bad for 45 years............

Sunday, April 17, 2016

I'm On The Last Patterned Row

 I'm a bit sore today, so I've been resting on the heating pad and working on the Begonia Swirl: 
which is REALLY close to being done.  I'm on the last row of the pattern, though there's still a really long purl row to be done, then the elastic bind-off, but I'm still really, really close to being done.  Then I'll have used one entire ball of yarn for this month.  Whew!  What will I do with all the freed up space????

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Feline Friday

My day off was mostly spent with the cats alternating custody of me:
 Calisto is still new at Sewing Interference, but Theo is nothing short of a pro.  As soon as I looked like I might grab something else, he was ON IT.  I think they miss me. 

I did manage to get the new blocks sorted
pinned, and ready to be sewn:
 I'd hoped to finish the chiffon jacket,
but there's a part that isn't working, so I think I'll be hand-sewing that part into place.  Maybe I can get that done tonight or tomorrow.

Eventually (because this was Theo's favorite part), I got this
ready for quilting.  I think just a little stitch in the ditch is in order here--I don't want stippling to distract from how much I love this print.

I even finished the day with my table mostly cleared off, so I almost started cutting out the next project,
and I have this BIG container of fabrics prepped and ready to go right outside the sewing room door, but I really wanted to start a new jacket with some of my oldest fabric.  I spent a lot of time trying to talk myself out of it, because 25+ pieces with home decorating fabric isn't an easy project, and I have been pushing myself to make clothes I could actually wear to work, but I decided I'm creating stress for myself rather than enjoying sewing, so if I'm still wanting to do it tomorrow, I'll start cutting out the jacket.  My hip still can't take wearing normal pants, and there is quite a bit of moving around, so I decided to try hospital scrubs for pants--they're durable, have elastic waists, and some sort of look like slacks if one removes the oddly placed tags.  They work like a charm, so I've ordered several more pairs and can now sew without being stressed out and desperate for clothing. I'll bet I can wear sweaters with them this fall as well..................

Thursday, April 14, 2016

He's On To Me

Theo has discovered my secret morning crafting time, darn it.