Saturday morning camera cleaning and list update   12 comments

I woke up early this morning so I could do a load of laundry so I could get dressed.  I have found the season for which I don’t have a lot of clothes – sum-tumn.  It starts cool, gets warm, gets cool again, What to wear?  I like cropped pants, a t shirt and light sweater or sweatshirt.  Turns out I haven;t got many pairs of cropped pants.  So, I have to wash the ones I wore yesterday before I can get dressed.  And so I have to sit in my nightie on the couch and cruise the internet while I wait for the dryer.  How very sad for all of us, huh?

I can’t go back to bed because there is a big spider there.  We tried to catch it when it made an appearance beside the bed but it got away.  Not sure I will be able to sleep there again.  That sucker was big and on my side. I REALLY hate spiders.

So, I cleaned off the camera, and amazingly, found a few things to share with you!

First off – a few more of the hats I made last week.  These need blocking to get the edges to lie flat, so here they are, drying in the sunshine in the craft room.  These are Alpine Toppers, using Lamb’s Pride Bulky.  On the light gray one with stripes, I modified the pattern by decreasing one stitch in the body so that the pattern flowed without a jog.  Truly, I wonder why the designer didn’t think of this – if you do it as designed (the black and white one is as designed) every 4 rows you have to of the color B (in the black and white hat, this would be white) next to each other, and it really shows.  If you decrease the number of stitches by one, this does not happen, the pattern just flows around that hat.  Much as I like this pattern, it tells me that the designer wasn’t really paying attention to the diagonal hat when she wrote this up. Her directions work very well for the traditional version (alternating rows of the highlight color, my medium gray and red version)

3 alpine toppers                   small alpine topper

Anyway, it is a fast knit, and very warm and cute.  I suspect I will make a few more of these in my life time.

While I was in the craft room, I thought I had better make those two cards I needed for today.  I wasn’t feeling HUGELY inspired, and I didn’t have a lot of time, so they are very simple ones.  One of them I forgot to take “during” photos, and the other I did, but really, how easy it is! It looks kind of lame to bother with anything but the finished product!.  I know you could have figured these out without seeing the parts.  🙂

quick card parts

Card stock is from a pad named Tradewinds, I can’t remember by whom, off the top of my head, but Die Cuts with a View would not surprise me.

another quick card

Card is my usual 5.5 by 4.25 card on white card stock.  I shaped two of the corners of the solid piece, stamped happy birthday in gold, swiped the edges with gold ink pad and stuck it in the middle of the roses piece, attached it all to the card.  Done.

one quick card

This card didn’t photograph as well, when I used the flash it got all crazy looking, without it, we have shadows – sorry!  It wasn’t much harder, actually, just involved cutting two pieces with my beloved Spellbinders dies, and spritzing the back of the blue one with gold shimmer spray, so that when I folded and tucked it, there would be some shading.  I hit the whole pink rectangle with the corner shaper punch, and then did the same things as on the previous card – stamped in gold, swiped the pad around the edges, stuck it all together.

Et voila – two cards in less than an hour.  Not my preferred way to do things, but it got the job done.

Now.  What else was on the camera?  Well, the stuff I picked up at Good will last week!  All of this for less than ten dollars!  I have been wanting one of these wire basket things for the porch – to hold silver ware or flowers or whatever – and was THRILLED to pick it up for like 3 dollars.  I was not looking for any of this other stuff – but I can never resist candle holders, adn these retro stars remind me of ones we had when I was a kid.  They have been tucked away with Christmas linens to surprise me in a few months.  the placemats will not remain orange, but at 74 cents each, who could resist?  I’ll be either painting or dying them some colors that better match things around here. The frosted candle holders might be altered and turned into Christmas presents.

So lots of potential DIY fun craft projects for me.  A just rolled her eyes.

Goodwill haul

That’s it for the camera!

On the Friday to do list, I made good progress on some things, not on others.  Went through another bin of magazines and clippings in the craft room, but only tossed a few things.  I sorted all the Vogue Knitting and Interweave knits by date, but did not otherwise edit them.  Not sure what to do about them.  I have them back into the early 90’s (what huge dropped shoulders we wore then!) and while I might never make the actual projects, they both do such a good job of teaching in the patterns and articles that I don;t feel like I can be selective in what to keep or toss with them.  So for the moment, I am keeping.  And clearly, as I do have them back to at least ’92, I have felt this way for a long time.  🙂 If you ever need one as a reference, let me know, I am glad to share.

Started another hat (for sale) that isn’t colors I am in love with so I find it tedious.  But I know that some people like colors I don;t and I want to have a good range of products, so I am doing it.  Ugh. I need to find a craft fair catering to people who love blues and greens with dashes of reds and pinks and purples.  lol.

Socks are coming along – last night was game night, so I got a lot done.  I should finish sock 1 in the car today, and start the next.  I even did a bit of hitchhiker knitting, AND NO I DID NOT SIT AND KNIT ALL DAY, but what else is there to do while the plumber is crashing about?

Speaking of which – GRRRRRRRRRR.  He was about an hour late, and installed the toilet just fine, except there is a nick on the seat.  It seems minor, but we paid hundreds of dollars for the darned thing, and so I will call and ask for a replacement.  I hate having to do that kind of thing, it feels petty, but it isn’t, really.     Then he told me he was taking a lunch break and would come back afterwards.  tow hours later his office called to say he got called away for an emergency, and could he come back on the 23rd?  Sure, what the heck, we won’t be home, but we can let him in the cellar and he can do his thing. I was getting cranky about that until I remembered that when WE had plumbing emergencies, they always came right away and fixed it, so I guess someone else got bumped then. Still, it makes me happy that we set up things so that the cellar can be locked from the upstairs, and plumbers can come and go out the basement while we aren’t home.

Well, the laundry is done and I have to get going – I’ll catch up with you later!

PS played a GREAT game last night – TImeline!  Have to use your brain and random knowledge and logic and still have fun.

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12 responses to “Saturday morning camera cleaning and list update

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  1. sounds like you need to go clothes shopping lol

  2. I love the hats and the cards. I am just like you with clothes the summer autumn time is missing in my closet.

    • thanks! it is a tough time of year. for work it is easy, I wear my skirts and sandals and run the heater in the car on the way to work. weekends are tougher. almost time for socks!

  3. The black and white hat is my favorite. That color combination always makes a striking contrast. The second card is pretty like a a pastel pinwheel at a fair.

    • thanks! It is a go to card for me, I have made several iterations of it, it works for lots of things. 🙂 funny about the hat – I did it with leftovers, never thought it would turn out so well – I will be looking at that combo again 🙂

  4. Blocking …. what is ‘blocking’?

    I saw you say this on a previous post and wanted to ask, but felt such a twit not knowing. However – I have a beautiful, fine knit cardigan which has a hem which wont STOP ROLLING UP – and it drives me nuts. I’m continually pulling at it when I wear it – and I don’t wear it that often simply because of the bl**dy hem.

    Seeing you talking about the bottoms of the hats needing blocking … I’m wondering if this magical thing might work on my cardigan. So at the risk of making myself look like a total nincompoop:-

    What’s blocking?

    Great post by the way! lol. love ~ Cobs. x

    • lol – blocking is what you do to knitwear to shape it – after knitting, you do it, or when you wash it you do it. Essentially, you lay it out the way you want it to be when dry – so, for that cardigan, lay it flat, and make sure that hem is unrolled. You may need to put some pins in it to hold it – like on a bed or a cushion, some T pins to hold it in place.

      If it is a washable item you can either wet the whole thing, or spray the bits that misbehave. then leave it in place until dry. If you can’t wet it, you can ask your cleaner to do it for you.

      If it is durable fabric, you can also use a steam iron on it – hover over the curling hem, let the steam hit it, and gently hold it the way you want it. But be careful not to flatten the fabric too much. Does that make sense? Check out this article if you want more info – http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html

      I hope you can get that sweater to behave!

  5. I love those cute hats. 🙂 A pattern that is a “must have” for sure. The band of colour just makes it perfect for anyone.
    Your cards are so pretty. You have a good eye for crafts.

    • thank you! You are very kind. Those are definitely slapdash kinds of cards – thank heavens for coordinating papers! I was pleased with how they looked, but normally, I like to give things a bit more thought and attention. There isn’t; even a bit of ribbon on them, can you believe it?

      I was pleased with the hats as well – I think you can get the pattern on Ravelry if you are interested in making some – it is the Alpine Topper, available from Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine, USA. If you search for the pattern name and the store, it comes up. If you have trouble finding it and want it, let me know, I will find the link and send it to you.

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