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Kim Werker

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  1. Ooh, what a meaty challenge. I suspect the cases might be great for watercolour paints? There are so many DIYs for paints around, and since these close tightly, you could even hold liquid paints in them...
  2. Thanks, @Gayle! And @Corrie! One day I will write extensively about these (men's) overalls and how even work-clothing manufacturers make men's clothing better, more flexible and in a greater size range than women's! GRR.
  3. I finally have a few minutes this morning for a table update. Update: It's finished! We've been using it since Sunday evening (though only lightly, since we needed to let the varnish cure; it's been in regular use since Tuesday). It's wide (around 39"), so we had to assemble it inside. Thankfully, we had friends to help lug it around. It took about three full days of work to make it, with the bulk of time in sanding and planing the table surface. Then a full day of on-and-off varnishing. It seats eight a bit tightly and ten if we squish. :)
  4. Thank you! We're hoping that by the end of next summer it'll be in shape enough to have friends come visit comfortably. Then we'll start to focus on working to get it into shape for maybe-someday a retreat... (I have visions of inviting writers and/or artists in residence in the warmer months...)
  5. 😂That, friend, is our tractor. It doesn't have many limbs, but it does have a few implements, one of which is sitting beside it and may look like it's attached, but it isn't. On the front (far side, in the photo) is a bucket (like a bulldozer), and on the back (low rectangular thing) is a box scraper (used for levelling things like paths or driveways). The implement to the side is a brush cutter (used for... cutting brush). For now, we're using the beast (it's actually small, for a tractor) to clear paths, level the driveway, mow down tall grasses (that aren't being cut for hay), clear small sections of land (to level, eventually, for camping), etc. Soon we'll use the front bucket to scoop gravel from elsewhere to aid in levelling the driveway. We're quickly learning that it's all about having the right tool for the job.
  6. Greetings from the country! This place is a serious fixer-upper, and so far we've furnished it almost entirely with shelving our neighbour was getting rid of. Makes for the appearance of a mess! Everything exposed. Also that for seating all we have are some camping chairs and ancient hideous folding chairs. We brought an old round of wood with IKEA legs to serve as a temporary kitchen table, and it seats four somewhat comfortably (thankfully we're only three). But! We have friends and family coming out, and I declared that we need to make a proper table. So yesterday I went to a wood pile I'd noticed last week (this place was somewhat neglected for years; we've found two bathtubs on the acreage so far – nearly half a kilometre away from each other!), and discovered in all my jogging I've severely neglected my upper body. #weakling With the kid's help and also the help of a utility trailer, we hauled quite a lot of discarded lumber up to the house, then G and I made a plan for a table, inspired in part by the simplicity of this plan. But seriously modified because the lumber we're using is hulking and aged and in parts rough hewn and, we discovered, mostly pressure treated. (Pressure treated wood is not food safe. This made our decision for us about whether we'd simply oil the finished surface or varnish it into submission. Varnish it is!) We're making the table 6-feet by about 38 inches, which is about all our space can accommodate. We figure if needed, ten people can squish around it, which is a major improvement over our rickety four. We cut the 2x8s into planks to be the table surface yesterday, and cut four posts into legs so the finished table will be 30-inches tall. We also cut two salvaged 2x6s to be cross-braces for the tabletop. Today we'll cut and attach a full apron for attaching the tabletop planks, and we'll finish that bit. The table will be too big to get into the house, so after we make the tabletop and I sand it into submission and then sand the legs, we'll varnish it all in pieces, then eventually (hopefully by Saturday?) bring it inside and assemble it in place. I'm far less sore this morning than I'd thought I'd be, so yay! Here's to getting that upper-body strength by making stuff.
  7. The first finished project of our rural adventure: A picnic table! I see many more Ana White projects in our future. Do you have any favourite woodworking projects?
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    August is chaos (or out-of-touch holiday) for so many people, perhaps starting next year we'll treat it differently from all the other months. Thank you so much for stepping up, Sandi!
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    Kim will be back in the realm of reliable internet! $10-and-up Patreon members, find the registration link here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/28841807
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    Join community member @Sandi Wiseheart at our August video chat for $3-and-up Patreon members! (Kim's internet will be spotty, but she'll try to pop in by text chat.) Find the registration info and link here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/register-for-aug-28831245
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    Register now to be automatically reminded of the chat! (No worries about committing 😊.) This chat is for $5-and-up Patreon members. Find the info and register here (or become a Patreon member!): https://www.patreon.com/posts/28812060 (Thanks to @Corrie for hosting while Kim's internet connection will be terrible!)
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    Find the registration link here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/28330851
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    Yippee! Registration link here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/28330650
  14. Kim Werker

    Storing Wool

    I mostly store in clear Rubbermaids so I can see inside. I wish I were more organized in how I store, but other than keeping skeins of the same yarn together, it's a free-for-all. :)
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    Bring something to make and/or something to show off! Registration is required (even if you only think you can make it – can't hurt!) – https://www.patreon.com/posts/28278204.
  16. @Sandi Wiseheart I think your reply to @Corrie above is what I meant. :) Why don't you start a thread in the Sewing & Quilting forum, and if it grows into something that would benefit from more/different features, we can add/move/adjust in the best way. (Note: To tag someone in a post, use the @ symbol, then choose the appropriate name from the list that pops up.)
  17. We have lots of options on here. :) Let me know more about what you want as you figure it out, and then I'll lay out options for how best to make it happen. (I'd lay out possible features, but I'd hate to constrain your thinking by what the site can do – better to figure out what you want then make the site do just that!)
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    Please join us, patrons at the $10-and-up level! Find the registration link here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/27800463
  19. @Miriam Felton A local friend has offered to lend me hers! Yay!
  20. Oooh, I love these kinds of projects! If I weren't hoarding t-shirts for my own (eventual...) plans, I'd send you some for sure.
  21. What if you topstitched across the whole bib?
  22. Ooh! I'll have to take a pic of my years-old yarn storage made from baby formula containers!
  23. Kim Werker

    Some Origami

    Those flowers! 😍
  24. I'm working on a collaboration with an artist, and I'm going to need to cover several long tubes with knitting or crochet. As it happens, the tubes are about the circumference of an adult sock. Which has me thinking of borrowing or purchasing a sock-knitting machine. Anyone have experience with sock-knitting by machine? I know it's not the large/hat-size version I'd need, but the small/sock-size, for sure. But beyond that, do I need the schmancy Addi machine, or will a kids' machine do? I won't be doing heavy production, but I do want something that will work well and last, since obviously if I get it I'll also want to use it to make socks!
  25. Oooh. I'm watching this with interest (and with a bag in need of similar repair!).
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