Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Quick Finished Object (of a very *not* quick Finished Object)

Details to come later once I've finished the shams. But in the meantime...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Final Stitch

This photo contains the last quilted stitch of Quilting on Rails, aka “Winter Quilt”.

Celebrating with a ten-year-old cellared bottle of wine.

Next up: making and attaching the binding of the main quilt, and finishing the shams. Sounds like a lot, but comparatively it is very little, indeed.

Finished Object: Rabbit Rattle

This project was so quick, it never showed up in any of my feeds: the Rabbit Rattle by Erika Knight, from Natural Nursery Knits. Short on time (and bearing a substantial hand injury at finishing), this ended up being a four day project, one to knit the body, one to knit the head and ears, one to stuff and seam the ring body, and one to stuff, seam and attach the ears and head, and embroider the face. It could have taken half that time, easily. It just didn’t this time.

I used Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend, left over from another knitting project two years ago, and stuffed the head with two little jingle bells, along with fiber fill. The pattern called for cotton stuffing, but that’s not something I had on hand. Fiberfill worked fine. This particular cotton gives a slightly larger gauge, but not enough for me to worry about.

It was a baby welcoming gift for a fellow knitter, and a new baby boy on the way.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Three Unmistakeable Signs You’re Meant to Take the Day Off

1. Inexplicably and without warning, the power goes out in your entire neighborhood.

2. As a result, you discover the battery back-up for your computer has died.

3. With no power in the office, you decide it’s as good a time as any to run errands—including stopping by an electronics store to buy a new battery back-up—and discover the car battery has died as well.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Approaching the Quilting Homestretch

I’m officially on the final leg of the final quilting for my new winter quilt. The last bit - prior to trimming and adding binding, was to touch up the birch tree trunks within the main field to make it more consistent with the birch trunk outer border. I’m now 2/3 done with that task. If all goes as expected, I'll be taking the quilt off the frame some time in the next two weeks.

In other news, this year I have made a concerted effort to re-jigger my life. That means setting goals (something I generally loathe), and creating new habits. As part of this effort, each week for the next month I complete “Five Nasty Jobs.” These are jobs that aren’t directly connected to an income stream, but that need to be done and have been hanging over my head for way too long. Often, the un-doneness is preventing or slowing down other work - either in my job, or on the home improvement or crafting front. An example: inventorying and burning archive disks of my past interviews for the past three months. Once that is done, I can delete the files off my hard drive, which is woefully low on space.

I may not be excited about the “Nasty Jobs” themselves, but I am excited about the possibilities they create once they are accomplished. Nobody likes to clean the garage, but I can’t build shelves if I can’t get to my circular saw, can I? And I can’t finish my block of the month quilt, until I finish my machine quilting class. I can’t begin spinning on a new batt until I get my plied yarn off the wheel, soak and set it. And I shouldn’t even then until I’ve adjusted the tension, which has been off. You get the idea.

Very little knitting is happening thanks to a injury (a la Top Chef) to my thumb, but at least my left thumb isn’t required for quilting. But I am at the finishing stage for a small toy. More on that in a later post.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Results of the “if I were a Stars War character” personality test

Your results:
You are Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Qui-Gon Jinn
Boba Fett
Luke Skywalker
Han Solo
Darth Maul
Mace Windu
You are civilized, calm, and
have a good sense of humor,
even when those around you don't.
You can hold your own in a fight,
but prefer it when things
don't get too exciting.
(This list displays the top 10 results out of a possible 21 characters)
Click here to take the Star Wars Personality Quiz

Sooooo me.