Hi, All…. Sorry I’m running late this week, can’t figure out how to get pics off my new phone. Hubby walked me through the transfer again. Thank you, Skywolf.
Okay, here we go…. Happy Halloween month! As you can see, I’ve got Ms. Bones dressed in her finest for the month. A nice little 1960’s era dress, handmade with a few strips of ric-rac down the front for decoration. I’m sure it was made from scraps back in the day. The fabric is a heavy -hmmm– what I would call upolstery fabric today – linen. I like the autumnal colors of it, Don’t you? Boo!
Ahhh, love these crisp autumnal mornings where the fog is slowly lifting through the trees on the hillsides, and the sun is breaking through the clouds. Perfectly fitting for the chilly air. I’ve been so topsy-turvy these past few weeks that it’s been hard to find time to slow down when I didn’t crash into sleep almost instantly. That said, I have been doing little things, mostly finishing up projects I’ve been working on for a few months, at least. The little accomplishments are good, but not always “scrap” worthy. That said, I have quite a mixture of things to share this time….
First up is the completion of an additional prayer kapp. This one I made with a little bit larger hair cover to accommodate a small bun. No, my hair is nowhere near long enough to even bobby pin back, yet. I just want it to be there. This time I recorded time, fabric to finish…took approximately 4 hrs. A quick project, but took me two days to complete. I’ve used very small, Victorian style stitching (about 15 st to inch). You can barely see them unless you look really close. Why it took two days, really. I had to sit in direct sunlight to catch the glint of the thread to see the stitching. I’ve worn it almost non-stop since.
Next up is a sweater I’ve started. Top down crochet. It’s out of the last “Interwearve Crochet” magazine that I picked up for all the shawl patterns. I had a half skein of variagated that has turquiose, magenta, dk blue, dk brown, tan, and maroon in it. It’s really pretty. I thought it would look nice for this sweater so I started it. I got to the point in the pic and decided that there was too much of the variagated, so I ripped back and did an alternating between dark “coffee” brown and the variagated. It looks better in person. It’s hard to see in the photo at this point. So, now, I’m into the section of dividing out the sleeves v/s body. The rest of the sweater will be in coffee brown, with variagated again in the cuffs and maybe a line on the bottom edge (still deciding that part). I only have one skein of the coffee brown at the moment, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have to get another skein or two to complete it.
If you’ve known me for long, then you’ll know I’m not exactly fond of kits. I find them most frustrating mostly because there never seem to be enough thread to complete the project as instructed. So, it’s out of the ordinary for me to buy one… then, there was the pandemic! Shelves were virtually empty of any crafting supplies. And so, there was this lap quilt block set with campers on it. I thought: “Well, it’s better than nothing”. I picked it up, used the thread chart and stocked up on the floss needed (adding an extra skein for each one to stave off frustration), and came home. I started this up while laundry churned away. Then, somehow it got misplaced when I packed to move. found it this week. Need I say more???
I did put the final scallop row on the bottom of this little throw. It fits perfect on my cot (that I pull out when the ptsd makes sleep impossible). No scrap of yarn to be wasted. This was made with the last of my yarn stash decimated by the pandemic isolation period. Now, I’m slowly rebuilding scrap bin until the start of a new blankie. I’ve got a few small (cue ball size) balls of yarn so far. It will come together in time like they all do. In the meantime, Leahmae has adopted this blankie as hers. She gets upset if I use it.
It’s still a bit wrinkly as I haven’t taken the time to press it, yet, but here’s the latest dresser scarf. Another pandemic kit picked up out of desperation. It was a fairly quick sew up for what it was. cross-stitch and backstitch. It will serve it’s purpose. I should probably attach some lace around the edge, though. Maybe I’ll get out my needles and do some tatting.
Before the sweater above was started, I made up a couple of boggies for our church group “Purls & Chains”. They’re both toddler sized cappos. Both made with left over yarns. I’m sure that they will be put to good use this winter for some child who wouldn’t have any otherwise. I’ll be delivering these along with some blankies and layettes to the women’s shelter here soon. In the meantime, there’s already another blanket’s worth of yarn waiting to be stitched up into a layette. I’ll share it soon, no doubt. In the meantime, it’s boggy time!
Last, but by no means the least is this small quilt. Hexagon shaped, Christmas themed. Something my Buddy and I started sewing before she succumbed to Covid. I finished up the binding this week. It is beautiful in person…. made with scraps from Christmas’ past. Every year, we made it a habit to wrap our gifts for each other with cloth. Cloth that we later used to make scrappy quilts for the homeless shelter. This small quilt is made up of scraps left over from those larger quilts. No scraps were wasted in the making of this. Even the batting is a used blanket. Too small to be donated to the shelter. I think I’ll keep it for a while in memory of our friendship. A reminder that we can persevere through even the hardest of times if we but take it one stitch at a time.
I hope that this month finds you still persevering through these uncertain times with courage and strength. Trust me, you CAN do it. Just slow down and take it one small stitch/step/minute/second at a time. Inching ever forward.
Now, I’m off to scrappy land (AKA: my closet) in search of something to do today…. Happy scrapping…. and watch out for those skeletons in the closet… BOO!