Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Don't worry, Pinterest is still Pinterest. This:
I also got the Begonia shawl finished for my friend's birthday,
I'm trying to keep more and more projects in bags with details and to prevent fading, so I keep a plastic bag of plastic bags in the sewing room, which Calisto has recently located:
Hope you're all having a lovely last month of summer!
Monday, August 1, 2016
This is probably a great time to mention that 1) I faint at the sight of blood, and 2) I was still in my pajamas, and 3) my car is a stick shift. So, I had to call the ambulance, though at least this time I was downstairs.
The thing I've noticed about doctors is that they have no idea how gross their profession can be, Necessary? Yes. Fascinating? I'm sure. But if your patient has already told you that she gets very queasy around blood and needs to not see you putting in stitches, for the love of God, do NOT give her a play-by-play of what you are doing. And do NOT then be shocked when the patient's heart rate has dropped from 60 to 40. I think this should be covered in medical school.
Not that the fun ended there. The nurse who cleaned it up and bandaged it cut off my circulation. Even with a local anesthetic, I could tell it was super-tight and mentioned it, but she said it had to be to stop the bleeding, but that I could just pull on it later and loosen it. I now apologize to Theo for all the frustration he went through with his cast, because I was pulling on that thing for all I was worth as soon as I was in the parking lot with my friend who was driving me home. And I bow to Theo's expertise because hours of tugging did nothing except finally allow me to see part of my hand that was now very, very purple. By this point Andy was home, and my hand was in more pain than it had been yet, and the nurse on the follow up line was sending us back to the emergency room to get the bandage off, but on the way there she called and checked and said that we could remove the bandage ourselves, which I did immediately. Not wanting another round in the ER, Andy brought me home and just put me to bed. And THAT was what I did with my day off.
Needless to say, I didn't do a Me-Made-Monday. As I had to call in sick to work, I didn't even get dressed. I did wear the dragon kimono jacket on Saturday just to keep in the spirit of the thing, but I'm back on track today with this:
Saturday, July 23, 2016
I could have tried cutting out a cotton shirt or something yesterday, but instead the sewing room needed some tidying--especially after I rampaged through it looking for another ball of yarn to finish the THREE remaining rows on the current Begonia Swirl shawl. I found the yarn, but then when I swear I was putting away the leftover rope from making the last bowl, I found myself working on this:
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
We had a busy weekend. Andy's birthday was on Saturday, so we celebrated on Sunday since one of us now works on Saturday. But I did get in a little sewing time,
Now I have a question for my fellow crafters. These bowls are cotton fabric, which will fade in sunlight. I seriously doubt they're ever going to be washed or anything, so I was wondering about covering them with Mod Podge to help keep them clean and stop them from fading. I know it can be used on fabric, but A) I've never used it on fabric, and B) I've never used Mod Podge on anything at all. What do you think? Have any of you used it?
Saturday, July 16, 2016
So I had PLANNED to wear the shawl, but walked right out the door and forgot about it. Then it just didn't work out any other day, so I am wearing one of my VERY favorite pieces today. It was a nightmare to make as the fabric ravelled badly, but I adore this jacket.
Monday, July 11, 2016
which is easily my favorite shawl (meaning I've actually worn it). I finished this back in 2003, and I think it's the second shawl I made. The pattern is Lotus Blossom Lace, and the great thing about this shawl is that the construction makes it easy to wear. I love shawls, but while they look great on the models posed in pictures, but when it comes to wearing them in real life, they fall off, slide around, or get caught on things. The v-shape of this one makes it actually fit around a human AND STAY THERE, or at least until said human gets warm or spills something on it. Ahem. It almost makes me want to make one in a lighter yarn--you know, like the weight that had its own entire BIN in the sewing room--if I ever get this
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend. I didn't spend as much time sewing as I thought I would, but we did a LOT of walking, got some flowers planted, I got some financial stuff taken care of, read a lot, stretched a lot, and relaxed. I even made a bowl,