The week that got away from me
Having the power out for 2 days really got me off schedule and out of my habits. I've been pretty spectacularly unproductive this week and that's just fine.
I did go into the sewing room yesterday to clear off the table for my next project and I decided to salvage my 2 pair of fleece-lined pants. I was going to buy new ones because these are too big now. But then I saw that new ones are $89 and I really only wear these outside here or hiking. I could fix these for free and that's what I did. I opened the back waistband seam and added some elastic and now I have pants that fit again. You can see that the ones with the pink lining are bigger but elastic is like magic and fixed both of them. I still have a pretty good stash of garment sewing supplies including a big box of elastic in a variety of widths. An hour later and I didn't need to order new clothes.
I also ordered some fabric for the backing of a wedding gift quilt that I will be making later this Spring. Fabric.com had the fabric and also had a big sale yesterday. I put a bunch of yarn in my basket (it really was a great price) and them I made myself take it all out and I checked out with just the fabric. I don't expect this week's sense of financial responsibility to hold but I'll take small wins when I can get them.
In the crochet department I've been making progress on 3 projects. The dark blue duster is going to be slow going because the yarn is really hard to see but I'm doing a little each day. The back and sleeves will be easier since they are all double crochet. It's the front panels that are patterned. I'll get there eventually.
The bulky blanket (green and beige) is looking pretty nice I think and it goes really fast with that M hook. It should finish to about 52 x 60, a good size lap blanket and this yarn is really pretty soft.
The other project is a shawl and it's pretty slow going too. The yoke is all front loop single crochet. It's going to be very warm and sturdy and I think it will be pretty in the end. I don't feel any rush on any of these. They get a little attention in the evenings and that's about it.
Next in the sewing room is to add a border to the vulture quilt. I've been itching to get to this. I just haven't been able to decide how I'm going to about it yet. I will figure out that this weekend and get started. My best friend made this for me last year for my 60th birthday and I am going to enlarge it a bit with a coins border so we can use it on our bed. You know I love my vultures! I absolutely loooooovvvvvee this quilt. Some day I'll share some photos of all the vulture art that I've collected thanks mostly to my friends.
Here's one more photo from the pretty day of the snow storm. This was the sunset Tuesday night. We were still without power at that point but we were very comfy with our wood stove.
I have done that with pants too and sometimes have taken the waist band off and changed it - some pants have such a high waist band that bothers me that I will make it so it sits lower. We got no ice this morning or sleet - the temperatures warmed up to above freezing - wouldn't have minded seeing some snow flakes - but not today!
1/9/2022 08:12:14 am
I did not know you loved vultures, how fun. Yes, do a post on your vulture art. It is great that we sew, and can alter or re-do elastic to save money on clothes. Lovely sunset photo!
1/10/2022 07:38:25 am
I bet it won't take you long to get back into your routine. What an easy save for those pants. I have done that same thing with two pair of pants that were too big because I lost a little weight. I use to do a lot of alterations. In fact I did that for a living for a year between real jobs i.e. jobs that had benefits like insurance, a 401(k), and paid vacation and sick time. I quit doing them a few years ago except for friends or neighbors once in a while. So like you I have lots of sewing supplies for just about any alteration that needs to be done.
1/11/2022 09:49:53 pm
Egads. I get distracted and look what nonsense you get into when I’m not looking. I feel a massive case of FOMO coming. And you should fear a massive case of vulture artifacts heading your way…
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.