Showing posts with label needle. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Cables || Four Things

This morning I woke up with a stiff neck. I have no idea what happened. I woke up when my alarm went off and felt a little twinge when I reached for my phone to turn it off. I noticed I wasn't laying funny at all. My head was on the pillow and I was on my right side. I got up and went about my normal morning routine of getting cereal and yo...ouch.  I turned my head slightly to the left when I opened the fridge. You  don't realize how much you turn your head a certain direction until you are in pain. Trust me. This short summary of my morning bears significance. Continue reading.

1. Needle Felting. Today, I tried needle felting. I found out it takes more patience than I had this morning. The cardinal I was going to attempt to make is still a very loose handful of wool roving. Natural color, I didn't even finish the core, wool roving. I was looking down for bout 20 minutes poking the needle in and out of the wool and the foam block. When I looked up my neck made it very clear that it was not really into o needle felting. I do hope to give it a real go when I no longer need a hot pack on my neck so please, stay tuned for needle felting adventures at a later date.

2. Crochet. I'm crocheting a 1942 Doily pattern that I found on allcraftsblogs.com. I love crocheting doilies! Some patterns are stunning! They are almost an instant gratification project. It usually takes me about a week to finish one about 12 inches wide. Smaller doilies sometimes only take a few hours! I'm on the home stretch with this one. Just 4 1/2 more rows to go! Of course, the larger the circumference of the doily gets, the longer it takes to complete a row. The little green wire is an ornament hook I'm using to mark the beginning of each row.



3. Sewing. Sewing. Sewing. I need to get back to this. I stopped on Thursday because the sewing machine is still not behaving properly. I did some Google searching and found out that the take up lever might be too shallow. I have another machine to try but haven't sat down to figure out another new (to me) machine yet. Anyway, I was making the sewing part work the best that I could and using my serger to finish the edges when suddenly BAM! -- A serger needle broke. I now have all the necessary materials to fix that problem, but I had to stop for the rest of Thursday when it happened because I had no spare needles!


4. Cross Stitch. Since last October, with a fairly long break in November, I've been working on a Christmas cross stitch to give to my mother. My husband is going to make the coat hanger part of it. What I have so far is not even worth showing. I only have the outline of the boarder mostly done. So you get to see the picture fomr "101 Christmas Cross Stitch Creations." I'm really enjoying it and I have another cross stitch to start when I'm finished with this one, and yet another still in one of my moving boxes that has been in progress for about 2 years! I think my goal is to complete them all before the end of this year.

That about catches you all up on what's been going on craft-wise in my life. Now I realize that I need to get caught up craft-wise myself. A lot of things started and not so many completed. In fact, I just got shoe box the other day and labeled it to be my Works in Progress box. I think I'll be in good shape as long as the box stays less than completely full!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Resolution Part Two: Check!

     Just as the last line was spoken on the last episode of my Season Two DVD of the Dick van Dyke Show, I finished weaving in the ends of a blanket I had planned to have finished 6 months ago! The size goes a little funky. That seems to happen when I make blankets like this. It happened with a Judy Garland blanket I made too. I'm glad it's finished and that the picture is recognizable. It felt like I would never get through the whole entire blanket! 
     Last night at 11pm I had just finished weaving in ends on the back and my plastic yarn needle snapped in two. Luckily I pass a craft store on my way home from work at the library (but not a JoAnn's. Shhh! Don't tell my manager!). So I went in there and finally bought my very first metal yarn needles, which should last me forever, or however long it takes for me to lose them. 



Up next: No, not a work in progress, but a pattern I had been wanting to try and figure out for quite some time. Not because it's all that pretty, but because it's old fashioned. It's the vest Judy Garland wears when she sings "The Joint is Really Jumping Down at Carnegie Hall." I found a WHOLE PDF book of old Hollywood knit and crochet patterns via [This Shop] on Etsy. 



I think this will be a pretty quick project, then it's back to working on another unfinished blanket. Still, it's a really pretty blanket that I am excited about finishing up! I'll get into that a little more in next week's post. 

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