Sunday, June 16, 2019



And I loved none of it.  Like this one:
I enjoy knitting cotton washcloths, but after purchasing this cone, I knit a few balls of this colorway, and as soon as this yarn gets wet, the colors bleed together, so it looks like some sad, half-melted Christmas mint found at the bottom of a purse somewhere.  I don't like how it turns out, so I was never going to knit with it.  Ditto this:
In December of 2007 when I was gearing up for my first year without buying yarn--I hadn't even come up with the term "cold-sheeping" yet--and I allowed myself one "last hurrah" purchase, and bought Knit Picks' Shine in both worsted weight and this sport weight.  The worsted was easily the worst yarn I've ever used--it sheds, every single ball (and they were less than 100 yards each) had terrible splices that look like they'd been done with an egg beater, and the sweater looked ratty and old within 2 months.  But I hung onto this yarn.  It's been almost 12 years.  There were a few times when I started to list it for sale on Ravelry, but my experience with selling yarn on Ravelry hasn't been good, so I didn't and it's just existed.  Enough is enough.  There are better yarns and my knitting time is too limited for horrible yarn.  

I'm also donating some quilting flannels,
and some fleece.  I have tried quilting with flannel and probably would never, ever attempt it again, but someone else can can it.  Ditto the fleece--that was going to be a baby gift, but again, I don't need as many baby gifts as I used to.

I also cleaned out a box of old jeans
that I was saving to make some hanging storage for the closets in the OLD house, and if I ever come up with a new project needing old denim, we'll have worn out some new jeans by then.

I did keep a few discoveries, like this:
which is an almost-finished, WAY too busy table-runner top.  That muddle in the middle is supposed to be a pinwheel.  This has to date back to my first house when I had just taken up sewing, because I hope I'm better at picking coordinating prints now.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it--we'll have to see if I can locate this particular fabric in the stash as only two sides have borders and there's only fabric with it for one more side. Maybe from a distance it will look better..........

The sewing room is still really cluttered, but I made a very visible dent yesterday.  I also did some weeding, a bit of tidying, did a few more rows in my quilting
then my hip was so tired that I had to rest.  First the sock got some attention,
 then the shawl, which has now been divided for the first side, so the rows move pretty quickly.
 even if it doesn't always feel like it.  I have to work some seriously long hours at our big event next week, so it's been nice to have a quiet weekend. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

There Is Cleaning Happening!

Sorry, should I have warned you?  I know it's such a rare occurrence that the shock might be too much here, so sit down for these next bits:

I am donating an entire (overflowing) box of yarn.

I have admitted that 3 old sewing WIPS are truly irreparable and have tossed them.

I am donating Christmas crafting books.  

I am even donating one of those huge Rubbermaid totes BECAUSE IT'S NOW EMPTY AND I DON'T NEED IT!

I know, right??????????????????????????????????????

This is even a visible dent in the craft room!  To be fair, none of the yarn was good stuff--I even found Fun Fur lurking in the bottom of the tote
(which might be breeding as I swear I purged all this stuff before moving), but I still struggled a bit to part with this,
which is crazy.  I believe I bought this for a sweater for my sister's first child, and he's now in high school.  In my defense, he did get something like 8 sweaters, but this has been in my possession for at least 15 years now and I have done nothing with it, my close friends are all too old to have children, and I have lots of yarn and lots of projects that I want to make.  Now I just have to stay strong until that box actually leaves the house........

I did run across these,
which helps to distract me.  Back in 2015, I ordered some yarn, then made up little project bags to "surprise" myself with new yarn when I was getting the must-buy-yarn shakes.  This worked well until we moved, and now all my yarn is basically a surprise when I find it, and frankly, knowing where something actually IS is enough of a surprise.  I'm going to cast on that little turquoise project later today when I need a break from cleaning/purging as a bit of a reward.  Andy has gone camping for the weekend, so I have the weekend to myself.  Who would have thought I would spend it cleaning?  Honestly, that wouldn't be anyone's top 10 guess.........

I did plant a few things and do some weeding last night AND I sorted through some unopened boxes of books we found in the garage (I'm under the 2-year mark, so WHEW!), and so far have refilled one of those boxes with books to be donated to the library!  I CAN DO THIS!!!!!  Honestly, if there's something even harder to give up than yarn, it's books--especially some of my more eclectic books that I know the library will never, EVER keep, but I'm admitting that I'm not going to reread any of them.  This is growth for me.  When we packed up the old house, we found boxes we'd never unpacked in the first place, so I swore we wouldn't do that in this house, and I did actually believe that we had unpacked all the books, so now that we know about them, it's unpack or donate.  We both read so we will always have a library, but we're just being selective.  If I'm going to dust them, they have to be worthy...........

 I don't know how long this de-cluttering mania is going to last, but I'm hoping long enough to take a spin through my sock drawer.................

Sunday, June 9, 2019

We Have Baby Quail!

Friday when I got home from work, I found a family of quail in our front yard, and as I was trying in my COMPLETELY unstealthy way to not frighten them,
I frightened them into the bushes.  Wildlife photographers everywhere remain completely unthreatened by my prowess.  I spent a fair bit of Friday afternoon out watching to see if they'd decide to come back out--doing some weeding as a cover, just in case my neighbors would worry about shrub-watching as a new hobby or something--but I haven't seen them again. But they were adorable.  

Yesterday was surprisingly chilly, so aside from some yardwork and a few chores, Venus and I worked on the quilt:
Thanks to a thread-cutting button, I'm sewing rows of stitching on the larger dragonfly print blocks in long rows, and I'm just over half done on the second row of blocks--there are a total of 8.  So it's a long process, but it's a good after-work project as it's just the same thing over and over.  Slow is better than never, right?

I had meant to curl up in bed a bit early last night, but someone else had the same idea.
I guess it really was THAT sort of evening.  He doesn't believe in sharing when he's the one who will be doing the sharing, but he does believe in getting up when cat treats are being offered in the laundry room.....

Sunday, June 2, 2019

I'm Still Here

So my new job is with a radio station/advertising agency, and we have live events and radio remotes and I've worked the last 2 Saturdays, so I haven't been keeping up with the blog, laundry, the garden, and pretty much everything else.  But let's catch up, shall we?

Several weeks ago now, I went to a sewing expo, which was rather disappointing.  I'd gone two summers ago and there were SO many things I would have purchased had we not been packing and moving.  This year it was about half as big and there weren't that many things I was even interested in, but I did find this lovely little clock for the sewing room:
I love it!  I've been looking for a clock for the sewing room, and this was just too adorable to pass up.  Don't you love the little scissors as a pendulum?

My three-day weekend was unfortunately only a 2-day weekend, but there was some serious craft time.  While I set up the new machine to embroider some towels,
I set up my other machine to do some free motion quilting,
One of the reasons I'm making so many checkerboard-style runners  is to help me learn new free motion quilting techniques, 
The grids help, and I find it easier to try new things if there's not just ONE project that I'll worry about messing up.  I have several of these,
so if one went really badly, there's still more to try new things with, though I did stippling on a couple of them
 to "loosen up" as it were.  This one just needed binding this morning, so with my trusty sidekick:
 we finished a runner, two embroidered towels, 
 and a new pair of flannel pajamas for Andy:
 which is kind of a weird summer project, but I was trying to tidy up the sewing room and it was easier just to make the pajamas than to find a place to store the fabric.  Because Joann's flannel is now something ridiculous like 40 inches wide, it takes 7.5 yards of the new flannel to make what 6 yards used to do, but I didn't know that until I'd bought some and had to go back for more. I'm still trying to find 2 more yards of a flannel I bought for me--otherwise I'm going to have to do some pattern editing. 

We've had some unusually wet and cold weather, but this weekend turned out mostly nice, so last night we spent part of the evening enjoying the pond after a day full of chores,
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and socks are the perfect pond-knitting project:
and are extraordinarily aerodynamic when one discovers a spider has joined one for a closer look.  I'm better at some parts of nature than others.....

This evening I've gone back to the dragonfly quilt,
 having decided that I didn't feel confident enough to try free-motion quilting on this, didn't know how free-motion quilting would look after I'd already started quilting with lines, and wanted to get back to finishing this before I was so overwhelmed by trying to find the "right" way forward that it never got finished at all, so I have decided to continue with the lines of quilting for the blocks.  I love the fabric, so I just need quilting to not detract from the design, and I want to finish it so we can be using it.  The rows of stitching are about 1/4-inch apart, and then I'll need to go back and quilt the pink patches as well, so it's going to be quite a while before this is finished, but I'm DOING IT!  Do you ever get that "perfection paralysis?"

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  Can you believe it's June already?