Category Archives: sewing

macro monday

Clearing out some back-log…

Finally got used to this super slubby yarn, but totally forgot to count stitches. You can guess the result. 🙈

Considering all the slubs, and that this cotton doesn’t behave the same as wool (cotton doesn’t block as well as wool might), frogging really isn’t an option. Guess I’ll go with the flow. Maybe start a new fashion?

Y-E-A-H!

The new keyboard* has arrived and I’m getting used to it.

What’s that you ask? What’s different?? The back-lit keys, for one. Being able to sync it with computer, phone & tablet, for another.

There I was, happily alone for almost a decade with my old keyboard & it’s shaped clickety-clacking keys — deliberately chosen because it wasn’t my former flat, disliked Apple keyboard. Typing was good.

And stayed good until the space bar went on vacation. Permanently.**

🙀 What to dooooooo?????????????? 🙈

After researching other companies, I decided to call the manufacturer and ask for any suggestions. They had several, but none fixed the problem.

Hm, I mused whilst typing a follow-up email. Am a bit of a DIYer and idly wondered about how to fix a probable broken connection.

Back came an answer, along with several YouTube videos from indie sources showing exactly how to un-solder, remove, and solder in a new connector. Using their parts, too. Plus, they praised my DIY leanings.

That’s not just service with a smile, Dear Readers!!! 🏆

Those of you who’ve read my blog for any length of time know I don’t do recommendations, nor do I receive gratuities for anything I write. If the good folks up in Ontario happen to read this, I hope they’re pleased. I sure am!

*Matias is a Canadian family-owned company with international distributors/resellers.

**I have to admit the probable cause was my habit of removing crumbs from the old keyboard by gently banging it on the desk. After almost a decade, I’m lucky only the space bar broke.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone has something special planned for the day, and has a lovely time, no matter the weather!

The pillow was finished a fortnight ago, cobbled together from leftover strips of 2 cotton panels, plus an addition.

The pillow size I’d wanted to make needed more yardage than just the 2 beige strips. I remembered some red cotton I’d bought, and snitched a few inches off an end. Stuffed with leftovers from an already partly remade pillow, it’s turned out beautifully!

Middle fabric used to be a dress.

Almost complete are some face masks made from a new-to-me pattern I’d seen on Marcy Harriell’s YouTube channel. She used double-sided fabric so I had to pay attention to which side went where in mine. (In a later video she clears up any confusion.)

Also completed was the bottom section of a dress I hadn’t worn the past couple of summers. It’s now a simple elasticated-waist skirt, being laundered so no photo. But if you look carefully at the masks, you’ll see the green tropical print face mask I cut from the leftover dress bodice. Waste not–want not! 😉

Lest you think I’ve forgotten a Valentine’s card for you, I’ve a treat instead.

Follow this link over to the New York Public Library’s online digital collection of vintage Valentine’s Day cards and scroll down til you see the small blue “View as book” link in the center of the page. Click there and the collection will enlarge and you can scroll through the collection.

❤️ I couldn’t decide which one’s my favourite, so I’ve sent them all! ❤️

Tell me which one – or ones – you like❣️

Happy Valentine’s Day❣️

revisiting the past . . .

This past 3-day weekend was a celebration of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Junior’s birthday, and a time to reflect on his legacy here in the U.S.

In early 2015 I and a dear friend visiting from Australia went to his memorial in Washington, D.C., where I took some photos.

Hope you’ll enjoy. And pause a moment to reflect.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” 1963

time

If this first fortnight of the new year is a taste of what the rest of the year will bring, there’ll be a lot o’ reading going on!

I skimmed through The Last Flight (Julie Clark) for various reasons. Chiefly, I guess, because there wasn’t enough detail or description to hold my attention for very long. I didn’t want to wait to find out what the author did with what she’d conjured up. A lot was predictable.

Much more engrossing was Kate Morton’s The Lake House. It struck me as almost a fairy tale for adults, although sometimes her plot solutions left me feeling, “Hmm. What a coincidence.” And it was long. As in 500 pages long!

Facts + fiction? Susan Elia MacNeal’s Mr. Churchill’s Secretary appears to be based on a lot of historical data, and made for a pleasant read, with a few characters using double identities, as good spies should. Am wondering about checking out another in the series. Has anybody read any of the sequels? (Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, His Majesty’s Hope, etc.)?

Somewhere I squiggled a quick recount of last year’s reading, and discovered magazines outnumbered books 2-to-one! The books averaged about one per week. Having the library app has greatly increased my reading because it’s so much easier and safer than trundling to the library.

LB Pullover

I also had time to get a bit of sewing done, and am now enjoying another LB Pullover, this one in gold polar fleece. Snuggley soft, I’m trying to convince myself my stash’s brown fleece needs to become pants – and who cares if they’re bulky. They’d be comfy, warmer, & more flexible that the cords I’ve been wearing.

What I forgot to show in the photo are the wrists. I stopped the sleeve seams 2″ from the end so the sleeves fold up into cuffs. My previous versions used other adaptations to avoid wet washing up sleeves. This might be the best solution yet.

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ All for now, Lovelies! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

you’ll never guess …

A couple days ago I sat down at my machine to sew up that gold fleece LB Pullover I talked about last time. Then I thought maybe I should change the needle first.

The needle was probably a couple projects old — about when I last cleaned the machine. Oh! Might as well clean it, too, right?

It didn’t take long. The machine was fairly clean already. But you can see the long thread that fell out of the bobbin casing, and you know what that would ‘a done. 🙄

Every time I pull out the bobbin thingey — the half that comes out of the place where you put the bobbin — I can never get it back until I lean the machine back, then it falls into place. That’s why I made those 2 red rice bags.

Anyhoo – Next day I ironed a couple things and remembered the gunk on the iron’s edges. Might as well get on with another cleaning project, I thought.

Over on IG #James_is_so_happy had a recent post on cleaning his iron. I revisited.

He made a baking soda & water paste & scrubbed with that. There’s a ‘but’ coming: Don ‘t get the mixture into the steam vents. I went looking for an alternative.

And found this, from Architectural Digest. Choosing the steel wool option, I scrubbed. Am not finished yet — those steam vents are filthy! I’m leaning towards trying the vinegar-on-towel method for the vents. Any suggestions?

Our 20 degrees above normal temps continue, so I’m not hard pressed to sew fleece. As Friday night is New Year’s Eve, in the words of “The Wassail Song”. . .

Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

🥳 See you in 2022 🎉

❤️ 🧵 ❤️ 🪡 ❤️ 🧶 ❤️ ✂️ ❤️