Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Now I can get back to sorting things for the quilt show Fish Pond (Garage Sale) without any guilt.
Have a good evening!
Monday, January 26, 2009
He has spent the day at the vet's being treated with lots of pain killers, IV fluids, IV anti-biotics and stuff to coat his stomach. They took two different sets of x-rays but even the one they took with his belly distended by air did not show anything stuck in his gut. That's the good news. The bad news is that they are going to keep him all night and most of tomorrow. They will try a little soft food tomorrow at about noon and if he handles it well he may come home tomorrow evening.
Our regular vet is out on maternity leave so he had to be seen by the older male vet that Alex hates. His first real reaction to anything today was when the vet entered the exam room and Alex growled at him. The vet took this as a good sign and I must admit that I was happy to see him being his old self. Just a little while ago most of the sedation had worn off and he tried to snap at a vet tech who was taking his temperature. He did lick her hand when she was done so all is right with the world. They haven't had to muzzle him to get their work done which is good as he hates being restrained like that. They may sedate him this evening to keep his stress levels down ... I wonder it they have any for anxious owners?
Just to cap off a truly crappy day I put my cell phone in the washing machine today and now its not working. One of the web sites suggested drying it out slowly under a light bulb. The moisture under the screen seems to be getting smaller but it still might not work. Oh well, I really don't need it when I am spending all my time cleaning up Alex's fluids from the bathroom and one of my closets.
I hope your week has started out better than mine.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I did a hands-on workshop with Barbara Crawford on hand needle felting. Although I didn't stay for the full workshop (little bits of wool flying through air does not help the allergies) I did learn how to hand needle felt which was a new-to-me technique. Patty Dunn's trunk show on creative trims was very, very enjoyable. What that girl can do with a bit of yarn or ribbon was a little mind-blowing. One of my friends saw a very neat trick from Linda McGehee. Linda pieces fabric together with the seams on the outside and joined by her serger in a rolled hem stitch. In her serger she puts two peices of metallic wooly nylon in the upper looper and regular thread in the lower looper and right hand needle. Its a great effect and I will have to try it out.
This was a very inexpensive day for me as the bus was free, admission to the show was only $6.00 (group rate) and there wasn't all that musch I wanted to buy. I picked up some Rizi zippers (the kind used for zipper based necklaces) and a wonderful purse handle. The mall that hosted the show was pretty empty but with both JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby in close proximity I did manage to fill up my tote bag with some glorious yarn. Stein Mart was also in the same mall but I resisted the temptation to shop there. Stein Mart always seems to pick my pocket when I shop there because of their great selection of shoes and accessories, not to mention great clothes... all at discounted pricing.
Although the bus ride was long, three and a half hours each way, I got to spend some good time with a couple of ASG friends solving all the problems in the world. I had intended to spend a lot of time knitting on one of my sweater projects but, even though I brought all my yarns and needles, I forgot the pattern. I ended up knitting some more book mark for the kids and a cell phone cozy, our latest middle school project.
If you ever have a chance to go to San Antono when this show is on I think you would enjoy it. The local ASG chapter may do this bus trip again next year and I hope I will have the opportunity to go again just to see what these talented teachers can come up with to keep us all sewing.
I hope your weekend is going well. It is so gloomy here that I made a date with a friend to go out to lunch just to brighten the day with some good food and conversation. If only all problems good be solved that way!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Yes, that's right, chop sticks. Chop sticks with narrow to sharp tips are a great thing to use when you run out of official knitting needles and are great for small projects. One project that we have been workng on for the last couple of weeks is book marks for the school library. Very simple knitting... cast on 18 stitches, knit 8 rows, bind off and then finish it off with the tails pulled to one end of the knitting and tied in a knot for a tail.
Here is a shot of the over 40 we have done:
Officially you are supposed to worsted weight yarn, size eight needles and eight inch tails but when you have limited supplies you use what you have.
Now, If I could only get them to learn purl stitches we would be making good progress!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
My first foray into the crafty job market was when the owner of Quilter's Quarters in Conroe asked me to do the bog coat workshop as a class for them. Instead of just going over the steps in construction, the class and I will make real live bog coats. I even have one that can be made for a baby from a fat quarter. I don't see the classes on their calendar yet but one will be on February 6 and another on March 28, both in the afternoon. The income will be very small compared to the pleasure I have in bringing this great jacket to other sewers and it is a beginning. Now, if only enough people sign up for the class that will make the minimum required. I have my fingers crossed on this one! If it works I'll try it out with Sew Crafty Houston.
My next attempt has turned into working at Yes Prep in Houston once a week for a couple of hours running their Arts and Crafts Club. Ike ruined their ability to hold this club last semester so they are trying again. The original Fall instructor is hosting the Japanese club this time while I will take over Arts and Crafts. This is a real paying job and will take a lot of prep time including a real lesson plan and sourcing of materials we can use. The classes will go on for twelve weeks and end up with a student extravaganza.
This one has me a little nervous in that I hope I have come up with projects that will interest the kids without being too juvenile. I will try to get others to be guest speakers/demonstrators but I don't know if many will interested as these kids probably can't afford to buy many supplies from them... sales being the motive of many demonstrators. I'm off to do paper work today and the club starts next week. The wierd part of this employment is that I heard about in a Sew Crafty Houston post last year and it appears that I am the only person who wants to do it.......or maybe the crafty fairies spread some fairy dust so that my name made it to the top of the list.
I don't want to know!
I hope your week has started well. It's around freezing here this morning and Alex and the girls were having a hard time finding a cosy spot in the backyard. I can see the three of them right now all huddled down in a pine needle nest enjoying the sun. I wish I had a big telephoto lens for my camera to get a picture for you.... maybe later.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I seem to get the laundry done but I never seem to get into the closet or drawers. I have been workng on a knitted sweater for a couple of months now and can't seem to get to the knitting store to buy the extra yarn I need to complete the project. I started another sweater but I seem to have misplaced the circular needles I need to transfer the project to when I am done with the double pointed needle section. I quilted that chinese coins quilt the other night and ended up with a large number of unintended pleats in the back. I am working on things but none are actually completed.
Actually, I did get one thing done. My goal to complete a weekly collage did happen for last Sunday. Its not fabulous but it was fun to finish something. When I have a critical mass of them done I will post pictures.
I hope you are doing better than me this season and that your weekend will be fabulous... well, if not fabulous at least restful.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
- quilting bias cut fabric means that you eliminate all the give of bias cut fabric.
- when the instructions say that 18" squares are your right size, cutting 17" squares is not a good idea.
- too tight jackets like this can be made wearable by wearing a tight bra and/or shirt underneath and then adding a zipper. It will fit snuggly but not be uncomfortable
- raw seams on the interior make a jacket like this un-reversable.
- when you are quilting squares like this together is probably better that the fabrics be cut a tad larger than needed so you can square it up before actually making the jacket.
- if your zipper is heavy duty and a tad long, your can still use it in this type of relaxed neckline... just don't zip it all the way to the top.
I got a lot of compliments on this jacket from sewers and non-sewers alike. I don't think they were just being kind as it did look rather good on me. Although I made it for Christmas I know I can wear it during any cool weather here. One other thing I did was to shorten the sleeves to about elbow length as the full length version was a bit tight at the wrist for me.
I hope your new year has begun on a positive note that will carry through the rest of the year. We can only hope!