Thursday, July 2, 2015

Daddio Update

Daddio isn't able to sew anymore but he has quite a bit left to finish up.

 His Double Wedding Ring in gorgeous tropical batiks was always a favorite of mine. Now that I have reclaimed my sewing room from all the costume projects, I've been working on appliqueing it down.

 I'm not sure what he intended this to be but I'm having fun with it.

 I've always wanted to try some big stitch hand quilting and it seemed like a perfect fit.

 He was also working on a quilt for a great grandson. It needs to be backed and then stitched in the ditch. I'm on it-when I can find a spare minute, which isn't too often these days.

Finally, his super wonky Christmas quilt is ready to have its borders and backing put on. I'm going to have fun machine quilting this one. You can't hurt it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


 I hope July isn't as hot and and miserable as June was.

In spite of being stuck inside from all the miserable weather, June didn't get very far.

Only two squares until fall. Do you realize how close we are to Christmas again? Wasn't that just yesterday?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Oops...I had said earlier these were Regia but they are actually Opal
 I've got two more pairs of socks to keep my tootsies warm this winter.

Wandering Cat-Barn Cat in Ride With the Moon colorway
They are both such happy socks. I need more happy socks in the sock drawer especially if this winter is anything like the last two. Brrrr........

Monday, June 29, 2015

Star Spangled Mug Shot

 Everything's been fixed and clipped. In spite of my best effort, I still had a few puckers that had to be exorcised.

 The back had to be pieced since I still haven't figured out how to measure backing before I order the material.

Now to put it in the wash and pack it up carefully so no kitty kooties can climb aboard.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Soap

 I'm still obsessed with making hot process soap. I am determined to get it right.

 After watching a million You Tube videos, I gave it another try. In spite of blending the daylights out of all the luscious oils and butters and giving them a longer, slower cook time, I got a crumbly mess once again. It looks like dried out Playdoh, doesn't it?  Phooey.

 Crumbly sure, but sticky insides. Go figure. The bars feel like they will take forever to cure. In the category of "what was I thinking" I added white colorant making it harder to check for undissolved lye pockets. Argh...

On a positive note, the green mica hanger swirl turned out better than I expected in the gloppy mess as did the herbal fragrance. Two out of three isn't bad.

On another soap making binge later last week, I made two swirled cold processed soaps and another hot process with some cinnamon pencil lines. The drying rack is full at the moment. Until I get some of the cured ones moved off and put into use, I need to slow down. You can only use so much soap.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


 That's all that's left of the warp on the back of the loom.

 The towels have been finished and cut off.

 They've been zig zagged and cut apart,

 They've been hemmed. I loved using sewing thread as the hem weft. I'll be doing that again.

Now they need to go in the wash.

Ta dah....the final mug shot before they get put into use. The poor things are in for a hard life in my kitchen. So far their handwoven siblings are hanging in there just fine. They do seem to get better with age. Don't we all?

Friday, June 26, 2015


 For the past four years I have drug this project out of the closet during the TdF.

 It started with a giant Cormo fleece I bought at the MDSW. I washed it by pinning the locks in a bag and pouring the soapy water over them like so many do but the locks were still too greasy to spin easily. That's why this project never got finished. It's no fun.

 I decided to give the locks another wash to see if it could be done. This time I'm using Margaret Stove's Merino washing method of dip and scrub. I dyed them with Paas Easter egg dye and not a bit bled out. That's some good stuff. I need to use it more.

While I was at it, I dug through an old Merino fleece and picked some locks to dip dye just for fun.

 It is so muggy outside nothing will dry so they are camped out in the kitchen. I'll do a handful a day until The Mister starts to complain.

Over the years I have gathered quite a bit of these Cormo singles but still have no idea what will become of them. Maybe this year's Tour will be the one with the answers.