Updates

My to-do list still has many things on it. I still owe my better half a pair of socks, that are slowly working up. I actually didn’t have any knitting time for 2 days. I thought I was going to go bonkers! But I did bake a boatload of cookies! And who wouldn’t want a gingerbread Dalek?

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This pair of socks is going to be my first fully reinforced pair, and its quite an interesting learning process. Needless to say, a certain someone is getting excited about them.

I managed to score a swift and a much needed stand for my loom for Christmas and ordered some Texsolv tie ups so I can get some serious weaving done. Texsolv is super pricey but it seems to be less of a pain than the tie ups the Kromski Harps are sold with. The Kromski’s are sold with a fusable string that you cut in even increments and melt the ends and bond them together. They aren’t marked and you have to measure carefully and they break apart if you are a tight warper. Even if you don’t warp particularly tight they tend to pop off in the middle of a project. So it’s worth the investment in my mind to get the Texsolv because it has an anchor system. It uses loops and 2 piece anchors that hold them in place.

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So this lady is super excited to get to working on this baby again!

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I am quite fortunate to have such a supportive family when it comes to my love of fiber arts. Christmas was spent with my mom and step dad and sister. They enjoyed their gifts and love getting hand made things. The man cave sign is up at the man cave and suits it well.

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Along with the gifting gratitude, food, and yuletide spirit, came a few bouts of bad news. A good friend from school passed away, and I’m currently awaiting news on my last living grandmother who is being taken off all life supporting measures. This Christmas has been a rollercoaster. I’m trying to be strong for my kids over the break, and for my mom who is dealing with this much harder than I am. So I’m probably going to be m.i.a. for a while.

What a week

This past week and then some has been filled with finishing projects, starting projects, frogging projects, fixing projects and a massive family spread stomach bug.
I managed to finish my one non fiber project for my step dad. It was quite nerve wracking getting every part of it to fall in place mentally.

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Pyrography and paint, with a fresh clear coat. I’ll put a second coat on in the morning and wrap in Sunday.

Remember the Jeep Cap snafu?

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This is how little man turned out. Happy to have another hat, and one he could grow into at that.

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The last project I managed to finish, before succumbing to the plague earlier this week, was this hat for an acquaintance who will be at Christmas dinner.

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And this is the only thing I’ve accomplished since then. Time to catch up on sleep and recuperate.

Making a tangled progress

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The last gift that has to get shipped out is slowly but surely coming together, I’m scrambling to get the fingers on. I’ve hit a few delays but I’m so close I can hardly wait. I have been keeping up with my list, crossing things off, and reminding myself of all the other projects I forgot I had. Little by little everything is falling into place. Time to get back to work.

The learning curve

The jeep cap is finished, but I ran into a few snags a long the way. The 5 inches of k1p1 are probably the worst part of it. I opted for a heavier weight yarn than the pattern I followed and larger needles. I usually make hats bigger for men, or at least looser. I was expecting super big hat to work with. I had a crescent shaped plastic piece to place in the brim and sew, that caused the main problem. First, the hat pattern required it to be sewn inside out, and I wasn’t being smart and paying close attention to the revision notes that said right side not wrong. I had powerfully and beautifully sewn it and wove in all the ends before looking at it with head scratching confusion. Something was very wrong indeed. Spent and hour carefully ripping out the seam work, all done in a dark navy, same as the hat. The brightest lights in the world couldn’t help me, it was tedious. By the time I had it right, repinned, resewn, and together, the biggest and worst issue hit. It didn’t fit. Not my head. Not the husband’s head. So it most certainly won’t fit my dad’s head. So it became the 5 year olds. Fit his noggin rather swell. A headache and a half, so I did the unthinkable and bought a commercially made one and forwarned him. I feel terrible, but I think it’s for the best until my skills improve. Time to get back to work… a few more gifts left and maybe I’ll be able to finish something for myself before next year… *snickers* next year, sure, right… party time

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Black Friday was made for crafters

I’m not your typical shopper. I’ve always hated shopping. I’m more of a scavenger hunt type. I will figure out what the best deal for the best item is and go for it. Well Friday, I was working on my 5th of 6th sewing projects when the motor starting dying in my sewing machine. I’m sure if I was an experienced person, I would be able to find a way to repair it. But I don’t like it enough for that. It’s something that was given to me 8 years ago as a hand me down. I managed to finish my 6th project and plead to my darling dearest that I needed a new sewing machine, and that it was just fate that it decided to bite the dust on Black Friday. So asearching I went. Let me tell you, Amazon was chock full of deals, and still is. The cyber week price of the $540+ machine they have on sale for $180 ish is a joke compared to the BF price I paid. Seriously, best Christmas present hubby has gotten me to date. So if you want to plan ahead and make a list of all your high end craft purchases, check Black Friday sales and get warranties.

After I finished the last gift, I quickly wrapped everything, remembered that all the gift tags were packed away and hunted for printable black and white ones. (b&w printer is the only one we had, so creativity was key) You would not believe how many cute DIY sites had printable gift tags and labels. There were tutorials for sliding hangtags too. I had fun searching and printing and being lazy and using the rotary cutter to make super straight edges, ok maybe not so much lazy as it much as it looks better. Packages shipped, and now I’m waiting to see if the recipient gets the package by the intended time. I think I get more excited sending people things than I do getting them.

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Here are some of the cute places to get tags from: