Friday, February 17, 2017

Hoping to Finish on Friday

If you think I've fallen behind on this blog, some of these
are Christmas gifts that hadn't yet been shipped, and this
is the current status of Andy's Valentine's day gift.  Ahem............

There has been crafting.  Remember the stack of new towels to embroider?
9 out of 12 are now embroidered.  These are all new designs, which is really fun.  We give away embroidered towels as host/hostess gifts, and I've been doing it for so long that it's fun to have new designs that I know no one has even seen before.  And I'm NOT just saying that to try to rationalize all the new designs.  I'd need more towels for that.

 I have also finished two of the small University of Idaho table runners,
and I'm ready to bind the next one:
On this one I added a little decorative stitching for quilting, but it isn't really necessary as I used fleece for the backing.  I think I'll do a decorative stitch "tie" with the two larger runners, but I think I'll need to cut some more black cotton strips for binding before I get to those. 

I've also tried some lace designs I hadn't yet tried.  This
is supposed to be a tree to go over a fake tea light.  I'll need to check the instructions on how to join the ends.  I'm thinking hand stitching.  I've seen directions for things like this using a glue gun, but I think we all know how that would turn out, don't we?

These are also designs I haven't tried.  The outline of the gift stayed visible, which I'm not pleased about,
and the red ornament ran out of bobbin thread but didn't stop stitching before finishing, so it's missing the center stitching and may not hold together without glue.  Hey, the back of the tree needs ornaments too, right?

I did get sleeves of several sweaters measured and I think I'll edit the pink sweater sleeves to 17 or 17.5 inches rather than 18.5.  It's a set-in sleeve, but unless it was tight enough to cut of circulation, 18.5 inches would fall well past my wrists.  So I'm ready to move forward on that, but in the meantime
 I have been working on the Begonia Swirl scarf.  It's at an easy point where I can just pick up and knit when I'm tired, so it's been a good project.  I've been polishing up some of my software skills for the job hunt, and the threat of even possibly moving motivated me to start cleaning the sewing room AND I even went so far as to sort out some knitting patterns that I was truly never going to use again.  I KNOW!  I was shocked as well.  On Valentine's Day we went through our movie collection and selected over 50 dvds/tapes to donate to a charity shop, plus some puzzles and games and books and an old doll crib that I brought back from my parents' house.  It always feels good to declutter, doesn't it?  The sewing room is hardly any less frightening, but I did at least start.  Now if I could just learn to knit in my sleep.......... 

We've had some rapid warming, which is unfortunate for large parts of the state which are experiencing avalanches, rock slides, and flooding, but as we live on a hill, we've been kind of enjoying it.  Our snow is gone, the hyacinths are coming up, and even the sidewalks that have never been shoveled are iceless. I've even thought about trying more primroses, though I'm happy to say the urge passed.  I think exactly one of the rotten little flowers has ever come back.  I think it's time to put up the spring decorations instead.  Even I can't kill silk flowers.............