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  1. #41
    I knitted my first pair of socks in college - entirely without a clue. I sewed the sole onto the rest of the sock.
    Once you start to "get" knitting directions, things proceed much more quickly.

    As for recent quilting, English paper pieced a six pointed star block, just to see how those work. There are so many little ear tags coming out of the center, I expect I might cut a circle there out of the batting if it were to be a completed surface quilted block. Lots of bulk, but I don't have my iron set up, so none of the recent stuff is pressed.

    I really like the various videos for "string" and "strip" quilts that are made in small individual blocks. These are all pieced on some foundation, either paper, a muslin, or the batting itself. I like the direct approach to using the batting, but the batting bulk does not lend itself to a tiny running stitches on a small piece held in-hand, unsupported in a hoop. The square was acceptable, just clumbsy and unpleasant to manage - and I don't want to sew any more of those. I'll try another on muslin foundation (probably need starch). I am so used to tiny whip stitches on the edges of paper board stretched fabric, that my running stitches look huge and crooked, and not particularly secure. While it seems a little weird to EPP diagonal strips, that might be a good way to go. I do think the diagonally pieced "string" blocks would be a nice addition to the hexagon blocks.

    No more sewing for a few days. The house is a disaster, the yard needs extensive work, and BF is coming home in two days.

  2. #42
    You guys have a pool down here??!! I'd love to jump in!

    My attempt to macrame new seats on our porch swing was not successful, and I suspect it would not support our weight well. I'm trying to order lawn chair webbing to replace it instead. I think that will hold up better than cloth (what was originally on the swing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by moldy View Post
    You guys have a pool down here??!! I'd love to jump in!

    My attempt to macrame new seats on our porch swing was not successful, and I suspect it would not support our weight well. I'm trying to order lawn chair webbing to replace it instead. I think that will hold up better than cloth (what was originally on the swing).
    Yep we have our own pool thanks to Cardinals suggestion, and it's hot enough right now that clothing is optional at the pool, well at least at night! Loved skinny dipping as a teenager.

    Come cooler weather we'll go back to a fireside chat.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

  4. #44
    Housemate is sewing in the room next door given the expletives coming out of that room I suspect the machine is not cooperating, this is probably not a good time to suggest she set up upstairs and it may be too hot in that room anyway (or she needs the internet for a pattern or something).

    I am hoping to get the hat worked on some later as well as some of the other smaller pieces - Ireland is missing the worst of the European heatwave (the one that caused a tornado in England yesterday, it actually did some damage) but 70 degrees and 90 percent humidity is still not comfortable for big project knitting.

    Housemate is walking outside for fresh air, I think I'll just sneak off and get the bread out of the oven very quietly...
    expatriate Californian living in rural Ireland with husband, dogs, horses. garden and many, many cats

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