I spent maybe 2 hours yesterday afternoon, geez was it really that long, trying to figure out how to do an attached i-cord border to my knit afghan. I couldn't figure it out from the diagrams and written instructions so I went to youtube and started watching videos. Those sent me down some paths trying different methods, none of which I could get to work. I didn't have the correct needles and that wasn't helping anything. I think I've got it now but I had to order new needles and I'm pretty sure my yarn for the border is going to be wrong.
All of this just to say that making things is difficult. I'm just putting that out in the universe this morning. Learning new skills, following patterns, improvising to make things work for you, all difficult.
We had a lovely 3 day weekend. Two bright sunny days to take in all the Fall festivities and one nice rainy day to stay home and work on my crocheted hex afghan. Also this week I finished up knitting a blanket. I just need to get the trim on it. I'm obsessed with covers! I really want to make a harvest/halloween themed quilt as well. I would have jumped right into it this morning but my annoying PTA life intervened. Maybe saved me from myself?
Of course after clearing out/destashing my basement fabric supply I get the bug to make a bear from felted thrifted sweaters. I'd held on to that stuff for years! Since this era! (because Wee Wonderfuls is such a vast empire that I can refer to its past in eras) And then I tossed it all. Oh, I'll never get around to using all that. What's that declutter rule, if you haven't used it in x years than toss it. And you'll want it the next day! So of course I find myself at the thrift store last week searching for wool sweaters to felt down. Big thanks to my thriftpal Lisa who spotted a pink cashmere and wool fair isle sweater for me!
I made a quilted handbag for my mom for her birthday. I saw this bag on Pinterest and thought she'd like it so I went down to the Quilt Merchant and found some wool and flannels and autumnal prints and gave it a shot. To figure out the shape I cut squares of cotton and basted them together til I got it. I think I got it right. Either way it turned out cute. I pieced the squares together first, then handquilted diagonally with embroidery floss to batting. I cut a lining out in same shape, then sewed the seams of both up, sewed them together right sides together along the top edge leaving a gap to turn it rightside out. Ordered purse handles off etsy and 6 weeks later when they came I sewed them on and voila. The bag itself came together in one day. Super fun project! I kinda want my own now.
Terrible photos, but here they are.
And here is the shape I decided it was & it all taped together 3Dlike.
Phoebe jumped into her own scrapbook with zero encouragement. She found the album and pocket pages I bought her, appropriated my paper cutter, glue stick, corner rounder, gel pens and went to town with my pile of unused photos. Her pages are pretty awesome so far. I would share them but I would have to get up from under this blanket, move all these hexes and go into the other room. So I'll do it later. For my hexes, I think I'm going for the afghan instead of stopping with a pillow. Because to make a pillow I'd have to figure out how to make half hex's and finish the edges and sew it all up. Further evidence of my laziness.
It is an overcast and drizzly day and I'm happy to be home crafting except that I'm too all over the place. I want to work on 20 things at once. And I have the wrong stuffing. And I just found two huge (blanket sized) pieces of beautiful wool in my basement fabric stash and now I need to make blankets out of them right now. How does one do that? I'm thinking plaid flannel, but quilted how to a wool backing? I need to research that. Also want to knit this doll I'm working on a dress. I need a cute doll dress pattern. And I picked up a 6x8 album for Phoebe to do her scrapbooking in while I'm working on mine but now I'm wondering if I should keep it and make it into a recipe book. I saw they had PL kit to make recipe book and can't decide if that's a great idea -- spot for photos, cards behind plastic, lays flat -- or a bad idea, too fussy?
I tried to shoot a video of myself stuffing this doll head. riveting stuff. but I can't deal with this stuffing so it's a no go.
I have started another over ambitious project in a medium I know nothing about, crochet. After weeks of futsing with it here and there I think I figured out how to crochet a hexagon. Sometimes they turn out right and other times, doing the exact same thing, I get slightly different results. That happens when I crochet. So I barely know how to do this but I think I want to make an afghan of hexagons. I should totally go for it right? Who cares that I can barely join them, think I may be using the wrong kind of yarn, that I don't know how to finish the edges and have ZERO idea what to do with the back.
I'm guessing I just put these on a tapestry needle and weave them in. The instructions I'm following say an option is to crochet ends in as I go. I don't know how that works. I need to do some research before I continue but I probably won't. Knitting, crochet, quilting... they are all so overwhelming when you try to learn them. I just muddle my way through. I just need an actual person to come over & show me what I need to know. A crochet fairy.
I'm all proud of myself because we went and picked the apples before it was too late. I always miss it. Pickings were slim. And I may be imagining it, because I know it was a hard Winter for apples, but they don't seem to taste as awesome as they normally do.
cider doughnuts are obviously harsh Winter resistant.