Misc November 2019 Fire Side Chat

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
Wow where in the world did October go? How's your stitching, knitting, and crochet going gang? I'm working on a crazy quilt block using my hand dyed fabrics and trims.
 

TerriHaute

Hoosier Gardener
I have been amusing myself this week by making a snood-style hair net as worn by ladies during the Civil War for future reenactment costume. I go with DH to his blacksmithing gigs where he dresses in period costume and so far I only have a pioneer dress. I need something for the Civil War era and also late Victorian. Hair net pattern is here: http://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/net-for-the-hair.html
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
I have been amusing myself this week by making a snood-style hair net as worn by ladies during the Civil War for future reenactment costume. I go with DH to his blacksmithing gigs where he dresses in period costume and so far I only have a pioneer dress. I need something for the Civil War era and also late Victorian. Hair net pattern is here: http://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/net-for-the-hair.html
How do you make that is it knitted? Prange?
 

Melodi

Disaster Cat
I'm still on hats, waiting for the Cottage Creations patterns to get here.

My housemate is dyeing wool fabric in the machine for the first time - we shall see how it turns out in a couple of hours.

It is dark, raining and really nasty weather this weekend, a good time for knitting.
 

AlaskaSue

North to the Future
WAY too hot down here where I’m visiting family in Tampa for my normal knitting. Or even quilting. But I do plan to teach granddaughters how to sew up some little shorts. Yep, I’m homesick for winter back home...but this is good too!
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
I'm doing some hand sewing. And still cleaning/reorganizing fabrics and supplies. I am truly loving the magnifying lens on my Ottlite. No more hunching over or holding things too close to my face.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
I'm doing some hand sewing. And still cleaning/reorganizing fabrics and supplies. I am truly loving the magnifying lens on my Ottlite. No more hunching over or holding things too close to my face.
I looked at one of these last week, it was a floor stand unit which is good so I can move it around when I'm working in a room that's not my studio. OC noticed me looking at it and asked me if I wanted one, and I said yes... when it's 50% off! ;)
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
I looked at one of these last week, it was a floor stand unit which is good so I can move it around when I'm working in a room that's not my studio. OC noticed me looking at it and asked me if I wanted one, and I said yes... when it's 50% off! ;)
I got it a couple of months ago when it was on sale. Then my son broke the bulb trying to figure out how to turn it off. So last week, when they were discounted, I got a replacement. I also got two bulbs for the ceiling fixture in my office. Big difference.
My vision prescription is so strong that even reading glasses would be expensive. So for now, the magnifying lense is a great help.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Kyrsyan... you can get reading glasses from Zenni for a very reasonable price. I'm talking about actual prescription "close up" lenses, not just the generic magnifiers available OTC everywhere.

Both hubby and I have severe astigmatism, and the OTC readers just don't work. But we can get a pair from Zenni for under $30...

I've got the formula on my computer (what numbers to enter from a bifocal prescription to only get reading lenses) if you want it, or you can just ask their customer service.

Summerthyme
 

marsh

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I was delighted to find that an online subscription platform (Bluprint,) where I watch crafting instruction videos, is going to be offering a class on "Welsh Quilting." Tia Curtis has converted traditional Welsh designs into "whole cloth" free motion/ruler work quilting designs. It appears that she has a promotional video for some tools on youtube that gives a history and example of Welsh quilting designs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0_1haCmA6U

Although I did get my Halloween quilt completed last month and several others basted, I did not get to the messenger bags because I was called to babysit with sick kids, etc. So this month will be those bags. I am also doing the "How do I quilt it? challenge with Angela Walters, and continuing the ruler challenge with Natalia Bonner.

In my typical squirrel way, I have been distracted with future planning for a Corgi applique portrait quilt of my son's dog and a possible bookcase quilt for my school teacher daughter.

Meanwhile, the Brother PQ1500 is in the shop for some stitch formation issues and I dragged out the old Juki for my free motion work.
 

Melodi

Disaster Cat
I found my neck light from Hobbit Yarns in Denmark (they ship worldwide) to be very helpful, my own problem is my husband keeps taking it to candle his quail eggs lol.

Still on the current "double hat" my husband's favorite for Winter, if the Cottage Creations Patterns get here I'll probably cast on a Wonderful Wallaby for him next week sometime; but we both need a lot of small things like more socks, mittens, glittens (shooter's mittens with thumb and first finger only) at least one scarf; plus other stuff like baby clothing for a friend and the throw for my Native Elder Friend.

On that one, I have a knit afghan I started that is turning into a monster, the engineer housemate pointed out how it is almost a lap rug as is, so I may modify it (cut off the bottom and move it to the side) and add a border to it.

I know I have way too many projects (a common problem) but if I keep most of them small, they have a better chance of getting done.
 

thompson

Unrepentant WrongThinker
I looked at one of these last week, it was a floor stand unit which is good so I can move it around when I'm working in a room that's not my studio. OC noticed me looking at it and asked me if I wanted one, and I said yes... when it's 50% off! ;)
I have one and absolutely love it.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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LOL! So can I!

It's funny... the kids have been out of the house for almost 20 years now (boy, time really does fly!). I've still got a pair of orange Fiskars (long since relegated to common household duties... but you'll get my Ginghers and Mundials when you pry thrm from my cold, dead hands!) with faint, but still readable Sharpie lettering: "FABRIC ONLY! Touch and die!"

Summerthyme
 

Melodi

Disaster Cat
Well, I was going to get a picture of the latest "Wolf Hat" but he's already wearing it and isn't taking it off for anything (a compliment of sorts, especially from a husband) and he's already seen another one in my new Cottage Creations patterns that he would like.

I tried to cast it on last night but it got all twisted and I was just too tired to deal, so I "frogged it" rip-it rip-it back and will probably start again this evening.

I got the new Wonderful Wallaby pattern and once I figure it out I think I will like it better - I already modify it sometimes and I think the placket will work better than the drawstrings (even if it may be a bit harder to knit the first time).

The one for kids is still on the way (poor Carol told me it costs less to mail one at a time from the US now, I guess they stopped having the "packages" you used to be able to use that could fit several patterns in for the same price).

I also didn't realize she is still the one (with her daughter) running most of the business, I want to see if there are any other patterns that I either want a second one or get a copy of because I suspect that with her now in her 80s they may not be around all that long.

Thankfully I have most if not all of the canceled patterns that I wanted, including some I've never used to knit figures/dolls with.

I can really late to the fabric scissors it is always a losing battle in this house - I got to the most recent SCA event when we discovered my current set had obviously been "compromised" when the young man selling fabric tried cutting fabric with them.

While I don't do US Civil War Re-enactment I just love this meme!

 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
Kyrsyan... you can get reading glasses from Zenni for a very reasonable price. I'm talking about actual prescription "close up" lenses, not just the generic magnifiers available OTC everywhere.

Both hubby and I have severe astigmatism, and the OTC readers just don't work. But we can get a pair from Zenni for under $30...

I've got the formula on my computer (what numbers to enter from a bifocal prescription to only get reading lenses) if you want it, or you can just ask their customer service.

Summerthyme
I'm going to get a set after the next eye exam. But the last time I checked, with the old prescription, I sti had to pay extra for the lenses because the stremgth is so high. But definitely getting glasses from Zenni after the exam.
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
LOL! So can I!

It's funny... the kids have been out of the house for almost 20 years now (boy, time really does fly!). I've still got a pair of orange Fiskars (long since relegated to common household duties... but you'll get my Ginghers and Mundials when you pry thrm from my cold, dead hands!) with faint, but still readable Sharpie lettering: "FABRIC ONLY! Touch and die!"

Summerthyme
Yeah. My sewing scissors cost a pretty penny. I was so happy when I finally found someone local that could sharpen them.
 

marsh

Has No Life - Lives on TB
When I was a young girl in Illinois (1950s,) we still had the tinkers that would come around house to house and sharpen scissors and mend pans.
 

Seeker22

Veteran Member
I am crocheting along on the last of a Virus Meets Granny shawl and should have it off the hook by the end of the week. I will put together a shawl pin with antique beads to match the yarn color. That will be fun. Some of those were Mom's stash.

Also got back into loom work- barrettes, cuffs, hatbands, and some matching duster earrings with twist bugle and seed beads with the old patterns I used to do. I am doing some in 11/0 and some in 15/0 which gives a bit more design latitude. The colors available now are head and shoulders above what I started out with in those humble days. The Japanese shook up the glass bead market and showed the Czechs a thing or two. They came out with Unions a while back that combine Jap and Czech and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some. Just amazing colors that no longer rub off.

Back in the day, my patterns were graph paper and colored pencil. They took hours to make and if I changed it any, had to generate yet another pattern. I still have those slip sleeved in a notebook but now I have a shiny new updated copy of BeadTool. Oh my! I feel rich. I have used this thing for over a decade now and the updates just keep getting better. $50 bucks well spent. For those who cross stitch, it is a Godsend. Not just for the beaders.

http://www.beadtool.net/download

I caught a bunch of beads on clearance, so I get to play. Mo and Lali are being instructed by the last one out of the old Wreckin' Crew of nine Catahoulas how to approach mommy when she is beading. No oopses so far. They are curious, as all Catahoulas are, but restrained enough I can leave a saucer of beads on the table without having to worry it will turn into something between a dog toy and a missile. Love these guys. Having my two great loves in the same room (pups and beads) just makes me happy.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
I am crocheting along on the last of a Virus Meets Granny shawl and should have it off the hook by the end of the week. I will put together a shawl pin with antique beads to match the yarn color. That will be fun. Some of those were Mom's stash.

Also got back into loom work- barrettes, cuffs, hatbands, and some matching duster earrings with twist bugle and seed beads with the old patterns I used to do. I am doing some in 11/0 and some in 15/0 which gives a bit more design latitude. The colors available now are head and shoulders above what I started out with in those humble days. The Japanese shook up the glass bead market and showed the Czechs a thing or two. They came out with Unions a while back that combine Jap and Czech and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some. Just amazing colors that no longer rub off.

Back in the day, my patterns were graph paper and colored pencil. They took hours to make and if I changed it any, had to generate yet another pattern. I still have those slip sleeved in a notebook but now I have a shiny new updated copy of BeadTool. Oh my! I feel rich. I have used this thing for over a decade now and the updates just keep getting better. $50 bucks well spent. For those who cross stitch, it is a Godsend. Not just for the beaders.

http://www.beadtool.net/download

I caught a bunch of beads on clearance, so I get to play. Mo and Lali are being instructed by the last one out of the old Wreckin' Crew of nine Catahoulas how to approach mommy when she is beading. No oopses so far. They are curious, as all Catahoulas are, but restrained enough I can leave a saucer of beads on the table without having to worry it will turn into something between a dog toy and a missile. Love these guys. Having my two great loves in the same room (pups and beads) just makes me happy.

Thank you for the link, where did you get the beads on clearance at?
 

marsh

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I am crocheting along on the last of a Virus Meets Granny shawl and should have it off the hook by the end of the week. I will put together a shawl pin with antique beads to match the yarn color. That will be fun. Some of those were Mom's stash.

Also got back into loom work- barrettes, cuffs, hatbands, and some matching duster earrings with twist bugle and seed beads with the old patterns I used to do. I am doing some in 11/0 and some in 15/0 which gives a bit more design latitude. The colors available now are head and shoulders above what I started out with in those humble days. The Japanese shook up the glass bead market and showed the Czechs a thing or two. They came out with Unions a while back that combine Jap and Czech and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some. Just amazing colors that no longer rub off.

Back in the day, my patterns were graph paper and colored pencil. They took hours to make and if I changed it any, had to generate yet another pattern. I still have those slip sleeved in a notebook but now I have a shiny new updated copy of BeadTool. Oh my! I feel rich. I have used this thing for over a decade now and the updates just keep getting better. $50 bucks well spent. For those who cross stitch, it is a Godsend. Not just for the beaders.

http://www.beadtool.net/download

I caught a bunch of beads on clearance, so I get to play. Mo and Lali are being instructed by the last one out of the old Wreckin' Crew of nine Catahoulas how to approach mommy when she is beading. No oopses so far. They are curious, as all Catahoulas are, but restrained enough I can leave a saucer of beads on the table without having to worry it will turn into something between a dog toy and a missile. Love these guys. Having my two great loves in the same room (pups and beads) just makes me happy.
Oh do try and post photos!

I once took a photo of an historic cross stitch tapestry in the museum in Keflavik Iceland, projected it on the wall and carefully plotted it on graph paper. I subsequently found the pattern on sale in the gift shop on another visit - lol

(BTW, I have a friend who breeds Catahoulas in N. CA named Gamaelich.)
 
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