Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hitting A Few Snags.........

I ended up resting yesterday--including taking some afternoon Nyquil so I could nap--but there was some knitting.  While I'm very proud of myself for working on an older WIP, mohair and Nyquil don't really mix, so it was perhaps a mixed blessing that when I reached the end of the first ball of yarn, I had to stop because the rest of the yarn was in the lace bin, which is UNDER two others.  So not a lot of progress yesterday, but I feel a lot better today.  So much so that first thing I went looking for these
 which, when all used up, will still leave my lace bin looking like this:
At least the lid closes easily.  AND it is one of the smaller Rubbermaid bins--not the large ones that house my fabric.  Did I mention the weakness for lace yarns?

I'd like to say that the sewing room looks much roomier without the fleece, but I still have a long way to go.  Part of me is wondering if using up 100 yards this year would make a visible dent even, but I try not to listen to THAT voice.  I am pretty much shooting for 100 yards this year, and the rest of me is pretending it will make a huge, huge, HUGE difference.  HUGE.

I have been moving this little pile of strips around for about a month.  I sorted them out to make more table runners,
but the strip sets would each make 2 strata, or enough for one table runner IF I remembered to cut them out correctly.  Which is why there were two of these,
because I didn't.  I didn't have enough strips already cut to make 4 strip sets of each set, so I decided to put them back into the box until I was ready to cut more strips.  Sure, I think that I know how to get it right, but with my history, it's hard to be optimistic.  Besides--Valentine's Day is coming.

In general, I think Valentine's Day is ridiculous.  If you aren't in a relationship, or if the relationship is going badly, it's a pretty rotten day.  And if you ARE in a relationship that is going well, isn't it nicer to do things for each other because one WANTS to, rather than just because there's a sickly-sweet holiday driven by advertising that says one should?  Instead, we take it as an opportunity to make each other gifts--Christmas being too stressful and busy for such a thing.  Andy loves the shirt I made him last year,
so I was really excited when I ran across this print during my "last hurrah" online shopping:
Fun, right?  I've washed and ironed the fabric, and was just making a mental note to make sure I get the people all going the same way when I noticed that they'll all be sideways if I cut the pattern out normally.  

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

While I do wear a summer dress on which the palm trees are right-side-up on the back and upside-down on the front, that is because I didn't notice I'd messed up until it was done.  I can NOT cut out a shirt with sideways people.  So, I get to try laying out a pattern cross-grain, praying that the extra half-yard makes it work.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Luckily for my sanity (what is left of it, at any rate), these arrived yesterday from some friends living in Germany for the year:
CHRISTMAS FABRIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Two cottons with metallic accents, and a lovely tapestry panel that will make a lovely pillow.  I got new fabric without having to break my no-purchasing rule!!!!!!!  And they're Christmas fabrics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If I survive this shirt fiasco, I get to play with them.  That seems fair.........

Hm, this is making knitting with mohair look pretty good right now..............