Saturday, January 10, 2015

A little thrifting

Not much quilting going on here - - I've been binge watching Downton Abbey this week.

Hubby and I went out to run a few errands, pick up a few groceries....and as long as we were on the road...a little thrifting.

I found this colouring book, and was anxious to learn more about the artist, and the purpose of the book.  As a social worker, I don't--as a rule--do any clinical work, but for a $1 I may find some use for it in my practice.  

Anyway, I learned that this colouring book was created to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, to support African women who have lost their own children to the AIDS epidemic and are raising their grandchildren under very difficult circumstances.

I also found this turquoise beaded necklace for $4 -- I have a serious case of like for it.  Hubby doesn't like this photo.  He thinks I look oooooold.  I think he has some sort of filter in his eyes that still sees me as 27.  I'm going to be 46 in less than two weeks.  Heck!  That's almost FIFTY!!!!  He's nuts.  I don't look old.  I look just the right age.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Another Pinterest pin - - NAILED! (but not in a good way)

Ah...the best laid plans...etc., etc.

Being a new-comer to the K-W area, I depend on the GPS on my phone to get me EVERYWHERE.  (I suspect the most seasoned native armed with a map and a compass would be unable to navigate themselves across this town - - but I'm naturally suspicious).  I saw this pin on Pinterest from "Positively Splendid" and thought, "AHA!  THIS is exactly what I need to attach to my dashboard to hold my phone when I'm wheeling around."

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AAAAAND here's the nighmare I made:

I had a number of problems with the construction of this THING.  First of all, the pattern calls for a layer of Peltex AND a layer of fusible fleece.  Not a problem, I happen to have both of these substances.  I should have stopped at this tell-tale instruction: "Note: The photos below do not show the fusible fleece backing on the back main body piece, since that was a later addition to the pattern." I can confidently say that the pattern was NOT tested after making additions to the pattern instructions.  Here is my evidence:

1.Trying to turn this thing inside-out was akin to pulling teeth.  Most of the seam on the top curve is hand sewn, because I had to keep ripping out more and more stitches to turn the piece.  Have you ever tried handsewing a curved edge that has fused fleece on one side and Peltex on the other?  Don't.

2.The material was too thick to close the grommet.  I had to cut the stitching out around the hole, and dig out some of the peltex and fleece.

3. The vaguely box shaped pleat at the bottom - too thick to be functional (i.e. no extra space was created within the pocket. the thing is done.  I can make use of it, right?

Nope - I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (a great phone!) - it's dimensions are: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm (5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 in).  In short?  It doesn't fit.

Back to the drawing board...

Friday, January 2, 2015

"Can I Ask You a Favour?" (the most dreaded words for a crafter to hear....)

I traveled to my hometown today to celebrate my grandmother's 98th birthday.  While I was there, I received a text message from a friend.  I was shaking in my boots when I read: "Can I ask you a favour?"

I'll spare you the negotiations - - but what it boiled down to, was I agreed to stitch together 20 knitted blocks that were donated to a group she works with that cares for abandoned cats and dogs.  She was feeling pretty sure that  the blocks could but put together to make a nice blanket that they could auction off to raise funds for the group.

The reality of it?  I have ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE of the weirdest creations ever knitted.

The casting on and casting off techniques are completely unique to me - - I can't say I've ever seen anything quite like them.  

And there are at least two full cats of fur knit into these...uh....trapezoids. The cast-on edge is about 20" - - the cast-off edge is 14".  The are slightly "C" shaped, and about 9" wide.  The donor intended them to be used as bedding in the cages for the homeless kitties.

WHAT am I supposed to do with these?  They aren't suitable for anything except bedding for cats.