My Bernina may still be somewhere in storage, but there’s one thing that came to light straight away: My crochet hooks, bag, and a bit of yarn. Yeah!
There’s a lovely local craft thrift store that accepts every kind of crafty thing you can possibly imagine. And they had the perfect single ball of yarn plus crochet hooks until I found mine in storage… It might still have been summer, but humidity is veeeerry much less up here, so it was no problem at all to whip up a little neck warmer to gift to my landlady.
Accessories for Winter. Yes, I know that’s a piccie of boots, but they’re the closest I had to wellies, which is really what I’m wondering about.
In most of the southern winters I’ve experienced thus far wellies’d seem to be the perfect solution to wet winter weather, which hardly ever includes snow.
I’m a little unclear as to what’s usually worn under the wellies, but hand-knit socks seem to be the norm. (But that might be because I’m reading blogs written by people who knit.)
I know there are crochet patterns for socks, but are they going to produce a decent sock, if you keen w’ay mean, quoting my Scots granny?
I also wonder how insulated wellies are, and how ergonomic for the feet? Traction is also a concern. because much of the ‘dirt’ down here is clay — every bit as slippery as ice.
Although my spot on the East Coast continues to be in a drought I’m thinking positive: sometimes it does rain. As I’m pondering what is needed to winterize meself, boots came to mind, but wellies might be more practical. 🤣
All comments, reflections, or suggestions are welcomed!
From time to time I’ve been into both, and never fail to see interesting items.
They might not be what I was searching for, as you never know what you’ll run across along the way, but sometimes that’s the most fun. 😉
Which brings me to another item I’ve had squirreled away: Su L’s (Zimmerbitch) thoughts concerning our current situation, from her post about a month ago.
Being a New Zealander, she acquaints us with a Maori word, rahui, in reference to what we’re experiencing. I like the concept, and wondered if some of you might also like to know about it. Quoting from Su from the online Maori dictionary, rahui means,
“Rahui (raa·hoo·ee): to put in place a temporary ritual prohibition, closed season, ban, reserve – traditionally a rāhui was placed on an area, resource or stretch of water as a conservation measure … A rāhui is a device for separating people from tapu things. After an agreed lapse of time, the rāhui is lifted…”
I think that idea sounds so much nicer than the LD word. What do you think?
As you can see, I’ve been taking on some hand sewing tasks that were temporarily put off to get to the wearing part faster- hehe!
But the pile has hit the fan, so to speak, and it’s time to make the wearing part more enjoyable. After all, who appreciates forever-flapping facings? (Added note: Am teaming up with Textile Tuesdays over at Wild Daffodil.)
And it’s May! Lovely, Springy May! Just to temper the enthusiasm — as if it needed tempering these days! — it’s also Hurricane Awareness week down south. Sorry if that brought you down with a thud. And I know officially that mess isn’t supposed to start till June, but past statistics have caught up with just how much weather has shifted.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if one of the unintended offshoots of our worldwide rahui was better weather?
MeMadeMay, the brain child of Zoe Edwards (Sew, Jo, What do You Know), is with us again. In thinking about this year’s self-challenge, I realised I already have a wardrobe of either me-made or me-refashioned clothes. So what’s to challenge??
Hidden deep in my closet are two boxes and a full hanging rack of things I almost never think about, and therefore never wear. Whatever could they be???
Jewelry. Weeelllll, it’s accessories, idn’it??
Not talkin’ the sparkly, high ticket items, but the dime store variety. Which actually, these days, can become vintage after a few decades. And that, me lovelies, is definitely moi. 😉
So my self-challenge is to wear stuff, and try not to repeat myself. But isn’t that breaking the rules?
“…a month-long challenge for people that create their own clothing, be that through sewing, crocheting, knitting, refashioning, to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe… You can literally pledge anything… The only stipulation is, really, it does have to be a challenge…”
The MeMayMay discussion starts at about the 30 minute mark into the podcast.
Judging by what’s been worn so far, I’d say there’s a fair bit o’ orangey-red, wouldn’t you? Mind, these have been accent colours, not matchy-matchy. Hmmm… Interesting, veddy interesting.
In case you’ve been Zooming away, I ran across a couple of articles on settings to help you be less palatable to unwanted “guests.” Whilst Zoom experts are working on better security, this and this is supposed to help.
Ending with a gentle reminder that the 15th, Friday-week, is our next #VirtualTeaParty2020, and you’re all invited!
Managed an update over the weekend, and a save – not bad! (click a pic for all the details)
What’s on the table just now? What’s not is my denim hat. Remember the hat? It’s on hold, awaiting horsehair braid . . . (no, it’s not real horsehair).
The machine’s currently threaded for a new duster, using handkerchief linen from stash.
(Pattern? Good question. One of the Big Four and very basic: front, back, sleeve, front & neck facings. From California days and I didn’t save it. I had one cut out and made a pattern from those pieces.)
Since linen ravels so badly this had to have french seams, which means double the work.
Not satisfied with that, I decided to add a bit of shoulder seam detail. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge . . . 😄
Then there was that one sleeve that had to be pieced to fit the limited fabric…
So its slow sewing this week, and lots and lots and lots of ironing between seaming and seaming and seaming.
Remind me not to do french seams on a fabric that has no right or wrong side. . .
The Petersham ribbon arrived Friday. It’s rayon and feels lovely – thank you to Chicago’s Vogue Fabrics!
(What petersham ribbon? I hear you ask… See previous post…)
Vogue has a variety of colours and widths, as the link above should indicate.
There’s also Britex in San Francisco (more choices). Now to sit down and sew & steam mine into place…
Got into warm weather hat making earlier in the solid week of 80’s, as I’ve been wanting a denim hat for years.
Using the never-ending denim (also used for that Morris blazer) it’s been sitting on the sewing table for a bit. Not saying how long a bit. 😳 But it finally came to the head of a pile one night and got mostly sewed up.
Then I discovered I really reeeally wanted some wire for the brim. And something to cover up the wire and finish off the brim nicely. Guess where I discovered just the thing. . . Yep. Vogue Fabrics, with the Petersham already in the post.
And all sewn to procrastinate on starting to fit & cut out a new pattern.
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure whether to use it or frame it.
The insides are in the slide show below.
Do please click a photo to go into the show viewing, as there are multiple texts and not all are visible if you hover. You can also make comments there on individual piccies. Then click Escape to come back here.
I’ve already checked out the web site of the woman who ran the class, Raggedy Annie. She has kits, Lovelies! For all us folk not living close enough for classes. Can you look & not get all kinds of ideas? I surely couldn’t!
PS/ For those fortunate enough to live in the U.K., and near to Halifax in Yorkshire, get thee to Fabbadashery for even more classes from Raggedy Annie and other creative people. The owner, Chrissy, is a delight! You won’t come away empty-handed from her shop. 😉
Am feeling chuffed to bits because I finally got both my shawls washed last week, and just finished weaving in the last of the loose threads.
Yeah! Ready to wear, and I’ve got the black ‘n gold on right now.
I’m also luxuriating in the empty floor, where all that cardboard used to reside. Even a week after the last trip to recycling, it’s still wonderfully novel. Don’t want to fill it with anything, now that the sewing machine is there.
What a mixed bag this week’s been, and not over yet! Time to catch up, and thank you Lovely Readers again for suggesting that sandwich test. The plates came home empty, and not because there weren’t a lot of delicious choices at the party.
click any of today’s photos to go to complete captions & larger piccies
oops! didn’t mention the swiss cheese & tomato on italian panne
forgot to photo the chicken salad until already wrapped – oops!
At the same event, we had been asked to bring contributes for members of a young women’s group we’re sponsoring this year. In addition to store-bought socks, I included a fleece scarf, sewn up quickly on faithful Bernie, who made the move beautifully. It took more time to trim the two cut edges of the fleece than it did to sew up, but boring telly made the task pass quickly!
slightly wonky edge
temporary sewing nook
slightly more obvious oops!
Yesterday morning delightful crafting friend Karen called: Did I want to go shopping? Hmmm, does a mouse like cheese?
After a mammoth grocery run ~ I’m still restocking ~ and making certain frozen items were well insulated ~ we stopped in a few more places. . .
taken literally whilst walking quickly!
started with 2 spring rolls ~ was too hungry to think about photos
no fabric under these pillow forms ~ promise!
Then home for more unpacking and sorting. The good news is all the small moving boxes went to recycling, along with some of the paper and all the plastic wrap. The remaining medium & large boxes and paper will go next, after today’s rain. Good day for more rationalising…