Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Visit a Bit, Do a Lot

My sister was here visiting this week and we had a blast.  We yarn shopped.  We spent hours drooling over baby knit books and scanning stuff for each other to share.  We Babies R Us'd, she a five times experienced grandma and me a first timer, come October. We went to the county fair and admired quilted, knitted, and crocheted items.  We also watched the Alaskan Pig Races and "rooted" on our favorite.  We laughed a lot at the musical Xanadu. So, did I produce many crafty items while she was here?  Not a lot but we did inspire each other and started some projects for my first grandchild. My sister started knitting the bonnet from a hat and sweater set for my daughter (who is also her godchild).  Pink, of course.

We sat at the kitchen table and talked and knitted away.  I knitted a pair of infant socks.  Yes, I know you can buy them much cheaper but there is something tactilely attractive about a soft cotton bamboo fluffy pair of socks for a baby girl that just urges me on.  Here they are.  Can other colors be far in the future?  I dare say there will be more.

Admittedly dealing with four double pointed needles in size three for such a small item took a bit of finger gymnastics but I prevailed.  I intend to try a circular cable technique to knit two at once for my next pair.  If anyone has experience with this, let me know. The book I plan to consult is

Then I bought these three colors for a baby afghan.  Don't they just go together is a luscious sherbet-y way?  More on this project in the future, once I have started it.

My daughter reminded me to take some pictures of my newly upgraded sewing room. We took out the carpet and it now has lovely hickory hardwood floors so I can roll my chair my in and out more easily to get up from my sewing machine. Also I wanted to be able to sweep rather than vacuum up thread and scraps.

I might note that like most projects there was a definite scope creep.  I want to expand to the adjacent bedroom in case I get a quilting machine.  So of course the two rooms should have the same flooring.  And of course, you do not want to have to deal with a threshhold to pick up and sweep over, so the hall connecting the two rooms should also change to hardwood.  To make a long story short, we ripped up carpet in four bedrooms and the hallway and put in hardwood.  Of course this made the bathroom look shabby so we replace the old linoleum in there with vinyl planking that looks like hardwood.  Disassembling the rooms, emptying all the closets, and reassembling the rooms all took place the week before my sister arrived.  Whew! What an undertaking!  But the results are sure worth it.  See the pictures of my sewing room.

My newly refurbished sewing room did get a quick workout.  About 10 pm the night before my sister is to fly home (last night), I decided she needed a pillowcase.  At the fair she bought a super-duper fancy pillow that is absolutely positively touted (and guaranteed!) to cure all your sore neck and spine nerve frazzled ailments and keep you in REM sleep for all the  nights for the next ten years of your life.  Something that awesome needs a pillowcase, of course, so while she was packing I set out to make one. I do not have a picture of the finished product. After all, when you go to bed at 1 am to get up at 5 am, the lighting is not the best and the completed item does still need to be packed.  But here is the source fabric combo in my sister's favorite colors.

This is WIP Wednesday and I feel pretty silly re-listing things I have not worked on but here it is none-the less.  Seems like other wanna-do's keeping cutting in line to the head of the list.

Completed projects:
  1. Turquoise baby socks
  2. Completed yarn purchases for next 3+ projects
  3. Had a great time with my sister
  4. Quilting of doll quilt by MaryAnn is complete
Ongoing projects:
  1. Little witch girl quilt to be
  2. Duck, Duck, Goose - completed binding- change mind, will quilt by self
  3. Doll quilt - attach binding
    No progress (but re-listed here so I do not forget and leave buried in closet):
    • Hexagon Mask Quilt - layout begun but overwhelming
    • Fire and Ice Quilt- sitting in closet awaiting decision on backing
    • Grinch Quilt - ripening on the design wall
    • Pumpkin/Iris/Blossom square wall hanging- needs backing and binding
    I want to start:
    • Presents with Bows quilt kit
    • The Ghastlies- strip quilt
    • Peach/lilac/pink baby blanket
    • More baby socks
    • Baby crocheted dress
    This week's stats:
         Completed  projects - 4 (I count generously)
         New projects - 1 ( doubled counted as completed socks) 
         Currently in progress - too many to count

    WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


    1. First off, AAHHH sewing room envy! That looks so bright and well lit and spacious and your cutting board gets to be out all the time... Wow. Excuse me while I fan myself for a minute. The new hardwood floors are gorgeous and do well to open the room up, and your space looks so organized and inviting! Also, I really like your quilt ladder in the back - any idea where you got that/if it's a specialty quilting item or something else re-purposed? I seem to have outgrown my little quilt rack (which needs to leave the baby's room anyway) and so I am extra admiring that as a tasteful and efficient way to display quilts.

      Also, baby socks! Those are incredibly cute, and since I have a sock fetish, I'm pretty sure my baby cannot possibly have too many adorable socks in bright colors and crazy patterns - I was thinking that was something I was going to request for the shower, actually, since she is going to be born in the winter and as my kid, she cannot possibly have too many crazy socks. The afghan colors are pretty too - they'll go well in the baby's room.

      Glad you had fun with Aunt M! That pillow sounds pretty neat, so I hope it works as advertised. But if not, at least it's got a rockin' cover. I am slightly afraid of what all you bought at Babies R Us, but I'm glad you're getting into this whole grandma thing.

      1. "Quilt rack" was a repurposed display for dish towels and linens I bought when a craft store closed out. The rungs are dowels ~ 3/8 " diameter, too thin for quilts with batting but perfect for tops only awaiting batting and backing.

    2. Love your sewing room. Just found your blog and put you on my good read list.