Another sweater for babies I don’t have

I had some wool left over from my last project and so I made another sweater.  I guess it will go into a hope chest for grand babies I may one day have.

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There is a bit of wool left over.  I guess I will knit it up into a square and add it to a pile of other squares I have made that may one day become a crazy quilt afghan.

In sewing news, I finally cut out my tulip skirt that will go with my Edwardian shirtwaist. I hate cutting out.

I procrastinated so much, I may not have the skirt done on time to wear at the end of the month.  I was hoping to use this past long weekend to cut and at least sew all the long seams and all I managed to do was cut out and start another knitting project that I don’t need.

I’m a bit frustrated with myself.  I didn’t do as much on my skirt as I wanted and I started another knitting project when I have dozens of unfinished projects behind my couch and in my basement!  If only I didn’t have to work.  There would be so much more time to do projects.  Wouldn’t that be sweet to be able to make a list of all the projects I haven’t finished and all the projects I want to start and do nothing but work through that list!

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Bought wool, used wool, now what?

In spite of my “don’t buy more wool unless you need it for a specific project” I bought wool merely because it felt fuzzy and was on sale.  That rule is intended to stop me from making such impulsive purchases and adding to my hoard but it only works if I actually follow it.

In my defense though, I did actually use it and didn’t just stuff it in the bin with the rest of my impulsive sale purchases.  I made a little baby sweater.

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It is cute but now I have a new problem.  What do I do with it?  I have no babies in my life right now.  My kids are adults.  No grandchildren yet.  No friends with babies.  No little nieces or nephews.  No babies.

Some times I try and sell my stuff at my friends craft sale table. But two problems with that…she decided not to have one this year and none of my stuff actually gets sold.

I think I will do one of two things: store it in a hope chest against the day that I do actually have a grand baby or donate it to charity.  It likely will go to charity.  It served its purpose for me which was keep my hands and mind busy while I watched TV and vented a little creative juice.  There is a bit more of that wool left over so I will get another smaller sweater out of that and then hopefully I will get to work on my sewing projects and work on reducing my wool hoard.

Chunky Cowl

I used my Thanksgiving Day weekend to whip up a cowl.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I actually like it so I will be keeping it for myself.  I just hope I actually use it!  I have dozens of scarfs and shawls and things along those lines but I don’t make full use of them.  Many folks wear them like jewelry but I just get to hot!  Here is the completed project.IMG_20171009_163701936

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New toy

This is another non-Victorian post.  Sorry ’bout that!  But, I bought a new toy and thought it would be fun to share it with you.  It is called an Embellish Knit.

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It is basically a mechanized spool knitter.

I bought it with two intensions…one is to take cheap crochet thread and use it to make cording for decorative trims on Victorian gowns.  Cording and soutache is NOT cheap.

The other intension is to take all the cheap wool I have been hoarding for years and turn it into chunky yarn.

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My first project used up 3 balls of this synthetic wool.

The Embellish knit turned those three balls of wool into one massive ball of chunky wool.

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The beauty of chunky wool , of course is that it knits up quickly.  The heavy neck cowls seems to be popular these days so I may try knitting up one of those with this stuff and see what it looks like.

Once I have knitted it up I have no idea what I will do with it.  Donate it to charity?  I have no idea.  Another idea is to just make balls of chunky wool with my machine and old wool and see if I can sell that at my friend’s craft sale table.  One thing I know is craft sales don’t just attract people who can’t craft; they attract people who can craft who are looking for ideas.  A knitter may be attracted to an unusual looking wool.

Hopefully my next post is a completed project post-either a neck cowl or a corset cover!  Have a good Thanksgiving Day Canada!

Back in action

I’ve been MIA for a bit.  As you may recall, I have been juggling drama at work, a newly diagnosed diabetic dog, a son’s wedding and a house guest here from Germany for the wedding.  Work is still drama and likely will be for the rest of the year (sigh), the dog is still diabetic but we are starting to get used to it, the wedding is over and the happy couple is on their honeymoon and the house guest is back home in Germany.  It is time for me to try and get settled into my routines for my new normal.  That means I should try and put out a post or two a week here.

For the wedding I made my own dress.  Nothing difficult.  A tube with sleeves really.  I took a sleeveless dress I have that I find comfortable and relatively flattering and used it as a pattern (only I added sleeves).

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Original dress

 

I don’t have any good pictures yet because I vowed that for the wedding, I wouldn’t take any pictures.  I would just be there “in the moment.”  Once I have a good photo I will share.  For now, you will have to settle for a blurry selfie with my eyes closed.

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Sure, I would have felt prettier in a super fitted dress with all kinds of support systems in place (like a corset) but the day turned out to be brutally hot for an out door wedding and I was frankly happy I was wearing a loosey goosey gown.  Father of the bride was smart and brought three shirts and a pair of shorts to change into as he sweated his way through everything!  My hubby had to drive and hour and a half round trip, home to change!

There is a long weekend coming up and I have no real plans so hopefully my next post will be another completed project or at the very least, more Victorian in nature!

Random modern projects

This is just a quick post on some random things I did this past week.  I had a little party for my seniors at work that was ocean themed.  As a little treat, I dyed some vanilla pudding blue with food coloring to create “ocean water” and used some graham cracker crumbs to make “sand”.  They liked it!

 

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I also made little origami sea creatures (which I forgot to get a photo of) for decorations and parting gifts.

This past holiday weekend I worked on a modern summer dress that may or may not be worn at my son’s casual wedding.  It is all done except for the sleeves (and ironing).  I took this picture before finishing the neck line.

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I can’t decide what I will do for sleeves.  Easiest thing is to just hem the edges.  But, my arms aren’t exactly the arms of a 20 year old athlete.  But I also don’t have a lot of left over fabric to deal with so I wouldn’t get much more than a cap sleeve out it.  I will stew on it this week and see if any inspiration comes to me.

Modern shawl

I have a wedding to go to this summer and I plan on wearing a sleeveless dress.   This could be okay, unless it is cold, or the mosquitos are out.  Or there are cameras out there, ready to take pictures of my bat wings.  So I decided to whip up a shawl. Sorry for the crap photo.  I just can’t figure out how to take good selfies.  I’d make a lousy 20 year old.IMG_20170509_103702572 Sure, it looks like a lot of work but the “wool” comes half crocheted.

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Here is a close up of the “wool” once it is opened up and crocheted together in strips.  I like the little sequence in it.IMG_20170509_103718562