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Sandi Wiseheart

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  1. Stitch marker cases? You could sort your markers by however you sort them (mine are by type and then size) into different cases and mark the outside of the case somehow. Or if the cases come in different colours/shapes—even better. . . . Is it weird to sort one’s stitch markers? I just assumed everyone does this...but maybe not? If it is weird, then I totally own my weirdo status. 😎
  2. I wrote this after our talk today. https://sandiwiseheart.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/zoe-a-season-of-love/
  3. How fun! And yes, two months sounds like a long time, but it really isn’t...you can do it, though. We’re here to back you up. Not to hold you up, of course, you have to do that yourself. 😉
  4. Oh my GOODNESS. I didn’t realize a tractor could have interchangeable parts. No wonder it looked so odd. The box scraper was the bit that was stumping me. I had not seen one before and I kept trying to imagine what it might do and was coming up flails. The levellers I have seen here are giant big things for levelling entire lots. It almost always IS about having the right tool for the job, isn’t it? Whether you are making hay or making yarn or whatever. I love that you are calling it “the beast”. I think you need to paint that on the side of the tractor with big claws and flames or something. I’m eagerly awaiting the next chapter in your adventures up there. What will Kim and her gang make or attempt next? 😉🙃❤️
  5. @Kim Werkerwith power tools! Watch out, world! That’s a great photo. (That orange thing behind you looks like some sort of Construction Site Transformer. It has many...limbs...of mysterious origin and function, plus it’s a colour that would show up well against a green screen. What IS it?) I think what you and your family are doing up there is amazing. The amount of work and the scale of the project are so daunting, but you’re just digging in wherever you can and making surprising progress. !! Save a place for me at that table. I have little upper-body strength to speak of either but power tools are FUN. 😉
  6. Oh, and @daisywreathI think the mending job in the photo is very well done. That’s a hard area to patch up successfully! I’m glad the result is comfy—that is always my issue when trying to fix something along those inner seams.
  7. @daisywreath: How are you doing today? I admit that I have been isolating myself too, to some extent. And not making things is one of my responses to Big Stress. Seems as though it ought to be the other way around, doesn’t it? I think for me, my hands feel as though they have a direct conduit to my heart sometimes; so if I am feeling Big Things or stressed, I have trouble doing anything “expressive”. Not sure if any of that makes sense. Actually, starting up this mending thread and being more intentional about my mending has helped with this. Mending is something I can do with my hands, therefore soothing and satisfying; however, there’s not usually a big emotional investment in sewing on a button or patching something up. Different emotional context, I suppose. I feel as though I’m circling around something important here, but can’t quite reach for the right words. Ah well. Perhaps this will resonate with someone else in some helpful way. 🙂
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    I showed up, and Tessa my cat showed up, but no one else. I waited until 4:20PM, just in case. Anyway, hope everyone is enjoying whatever it is you are doing today! Missed you!
  9. Jaw drop. Those are EXACTLY what I need, thank you, @Holly! And that website is amazing! I bookmarked it to peruse when I have some spare moments. When it comes to crafts and sewing and such, I tend to forget there is an entire internet full of help out there. I use the internet for figuring out computer problems, or recipes, or household fixes, or other such practical daily things. (Yesterday, it was a tow truck. Not a great day.) For the things I do with my hands, though, my first impulse is to hack it myself or ask someone. In-person communications. Books. Not the internet, even though clearly there are fabulous sites out there. (THANK YOU!0 Learn something new about myself every day. I can find things about sewing and crafting on the internet! Whoo! (I’m a bit punchy. We spent much of yesterday out in the horrible heat and drenching rain, with a car that wouldn’t Go. All’s well now, and we’re dry; but I think a bit dehydrated and definitely poorer!)
  10. Mending report, Tuesday, July 30, 2019 FIRST PROJECT: The Cat Pajamas: Status: Done (wearable) but I could fix Just One More Thing to make it “perfect” ::coughcocugh:: I have a wonderful summer PJ set: shorts, strappy little tank top, lightweight robe; all made out of a lightweight knit jersey featuring black kitties on a purple background. (Yes, I know—perfect for me. Purple plus kitties. Be still my heart.) Here are photos of the set: (1) Robe of Cat PJs set (2) Top of PJ set OK, (3B) after crowd requests...here are the shorts, just to complete the photo montage of the outfit... However, despite the Awesome, I was only able to wear the set for a short time before my, ah—super flexible home weight management program, shall we say—progressed to the next new weight, one where the shorts were just too tight and the tank top looked stupid on me. Since then, again on my flexible home weight management program, I have lost about 30-something pounds, and wanted to see if I could wear my cute PJ set now. Sure enough, the shorts fit PERFECTLY (yay), but the top was huuuuuge on me. So I measured and did math, traced the top and measured again. I finally realized my “unbelievable” numbers were in fact true (yes, I really had lost 35ish pounds!). Turns out that I had to take the top in by at least 5 inches! Thus, after another measure-and-math session just to be sure (just like the song says, “my mother was a tailor”, but this time it’s the literal truth!), I finally sewed side seams each about 1-1/4” from the existing seams, thus taking in each side by 2-1/2” and thus the whole thing by 5 inches! (3) Side seam after taking it in about 1.25”, folding seam allowance towards back of top, and sewing edge of seam allowance down—inside view. Now, I am no fool. There is no world in which I will not gain at least some of the weight back, because that is life at Sandi’s house on the aforementioned flexible home weight management program: I lose 20lbs, then gain 17lbs back, and so on around and around. I have the standard 3 sizes represented in my closet, with several inbetween sizes just in case. Thus, I knew it would be stupid of me to do the normal thing and trim off the 1-1/4” extra seam fabric. As in REALLY STUPID. So I folded the extra fabric down (towards the back of the top, not the front), and sewed that down, creating a sort of French seam on each side seam. (4) Side seam sewn down, outside view Result: It fits! The whole set now fits, when it never did previously. I have been wearing it every night in this terrible heat wave, and using the robe when the A/C feels too cold, and I love it!! I confess that sometimes, “time for changing into PJs before bed” has been creeping up earlier and earlier each evening. 😜🛌 (Not the actual bedtime, you understand, just the time when Melody and I look at each other and say, “Let’s get comfy and crawl into our jammies”. HEY. We’ve been married 15 years and together for 16. At least both of us still care that our jammies are (somewhat) cute—except when we both don’t care, because Comfy always wins out over Cute, every time. TO BE DONE: In order for the alterations to be complete, there is one last fix I haven’t tackled yet—the straps. They are adjustable, to a point. Unfortunately, that point does not include a setting which allows the straps to stay on my shoulders and not fall down. In the following pic you can see that I have used a tiny bit of handspun yarn (of course it’s handspun yarn, what would you use that is commonly sitting around your living room or bathroom when you get a crazy idea at 11 PM at night?) to tie the straps together so they won’t fall down. After I tried on the top with the tied-in-place straps, I realized that the tie created a really nifty criss-cross pattern across the top of my back and shoulders. I love it! So I am working on a way to fix the straps and have a more permanent “tie” in place to help the straps stay up. Stay tuned! (5) Suggestion for further alterations: Fix straps so I don’t have to use a piece of handspun yarn to make them the correct length! And, if possible, maintain the cool criss-cross pattern created by the yarn tie. OK, I have completed a couple other mending projects, but I will post those later. Melody is cutting onions and MY eyes are watering. 😜
  11. Yesterday (Wednesday 24th July) I completed a test block for The Kittens quilt. (First photo.) I only used one fabric because I didn’t want to slash up a bunch of my “good” fabrics before I figured out what exactly I wanted to do with them. I like it! Finished size of just the cat block alone (without sashing) is about 9.5” H x 7.5” W. So, again without sashing, 5 cats x 5 cats would be mumble-snort, with 2” sashings, 60”h x 50”w. Pattern is 6x5 cats, sooo 71” H x 50” W or so. That’s useful. Now to figure out borders for the wall hanging. I also spent a goodly amount of time playing with the 26 fabrics I have to see if I could fit them into some sort of gradient arrangement on the actual quilt. This is what I came up with (second photo) using the black&white function on my camera to aid in organizing the gradient values. When I actually laid out the fabric quarters for the photo, I went with dark to light gradient from blue to center, then light to dark from center to pink. The blue stripes will be dominant fabric in the square at bottom right corner; red with pink hair balls (it’s a cat-themed set of fabrics) will be dominant at top left corner. The final photo’s caption would be: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion...”. 🐾🐾😎🐾🐾
  12. Hm. Materials list shows only two quilts, two sizes. Smaller quilt has a different list. I don’t know. I decided I would make a test block or two (pillows!) to check for myself. Halfway through cutting them out now.
  13. Hm. My photos are showing up as hyyyuge. I tried dragging the corner to make them smaller, but that doesn’t seem to work here. Hm. I shall work on this. It would be a PITA if I had to re-save every photo as a smaller version of itself. Anyone have any ideas here?
  14. It might help if I gave you a photo of what the quilt is supposed to look like...Sorry I didn’t crop it, I’m typing this on my iPad which struggles to access my photos, so I just took this with the iPad camera.
  15. Anyone working on a quilty project? As I said elsewhere, I have a kit to make Elizabeth Hartman’s The Kittens quilt; the fabric is Tabby Road by Tula Pink, which is a collection of cat-themed prints. I’ve been doing the math, as the pattern calls for only 12 FQs and I have (gasp) 26. I’ve been sorting those and trying to put them together into interesting pairs—the pattern calls for choosing 2 FQs for each type of cat face; there are 5 different faces. Each pair makes 3 faces. So 6pr x 3 = 18 faces. See this is where I get confused. The quilt shows 30 faces, but clearly only calls for 12 FQs. I think there must be a typo in the number of FQs. Fortunately, I have 26 FQs or 13 combinations. If I were to use all 26 fabrics, I would end up with 13 x 3 = 39 faces! That’s a huge quilt, given that 30 faces (5 rows, 6 columns) gives you a 66” square quilt. I could add an extra row of faces to a 6x6 grid; that would give me what, a double-bed size? (I have to look that up.) I’ve been playing with the FQs, attempting to put them into interesting pairs. I figure since each pair makes 3 faces, I can mix and match the shapes so that each of the three is a bit different from the other. (These are a few of the combos.) The challenge is that some of the prints have big repeats, so, for example, I won’t be able to get in an entire cat on the cat fabric. I’m thinking about that one. Can I combine some of the shapes into a larger area to show off the bigger prints? Or, another option: I could make several cat faces all one fabric and more or less one single piece of fabric (ears excluded). I started cutting out on combo, and wow. Those cat faces are deceptively complicated. Even the simplest one is made up of 9 or 10 pieces. In other words, not a quick quilt. I put a new blade in my Rollie Cutter. 🙃❤️
  16. My goal as stated in the last chat was to start on The Book that everyone is always begging me to write. @Corrie promised to help me come up with ideas, right, Corrie? And I believe @Kim Werkermay have mumbled something about helping edit or outline or whatever. 🤓 The funny thing is that no one is ever able to tell me what sort of book they want me to write. “Just write!” they say. Right. I do have some ideas, possibly too many. I did write a draft of a blog post this morning, which is the first bloggish type writing I have done in months. It isn’t published because I tend to write stream-of-consciousness in the first draft, wherein I include far too many details, wander off-topic, sometimes do not have a topic, sometimes switch topic once (or twice) mid-stream, etc. But it was a couple thousand words, and it was writing!
  17. @daisywreathThat is the sort of mending a friend of mine is turning into artwork on her clothing. She’s studied sashiko and another type of stitching used in mending and some of her work is wonderful. (Of course, I cannot find any photos now when I want them.) I like the blog post you linked to—thanks!
  18. I leave space, too, but I’ve never used a physical object. My grandmother taught me to sew the button on loosely, and then, while the thread is still in the needle, to wind the thread around the stitching underneath the button several times until the thread itself is the shank (after winding, make a knot and done!). Another trick I use in stitching buttons onto knitted things is to use a buttonband of grosgrain ribbon (the real cloth kind, not the weird paper kind), and also, to sew a second, plain and slightly smaller, button right behind the working button, but on the other side of the fabric. The idea behind both, of course, is that these help to stabilize the working button over the life of the sweater. However, the matchstick is a much more stable way to ensure the shanks are equivalent in size.
  19. I kind of missed answering the point of your posts, sorry! I like the story about the teens. Yeah, once I get the thing done, I will definitely have bragging rights! “I ripped out sixty-eight miles of stitching to finish this quilt!” I am persevering. I realized that I could do the same thing here as I can do with other unpleasant things: Set a timer for ten minutes, or even just five, and then set the project aside after that time. It’ll get done eventually. The problem seems to result from me wanting it done NAO. 😎 We do have all-house A/C, but in a house this size (1500sqft, and no, we didn’t really realize how big it was until the papers were signed and keys handed over!) with tall ceilings, the cooling is very uneven! Like Goldilocks: This room is too cold, and this room is too hot...! All five of my kitties snuggle together. 🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈 And a last question: What’s the match for? Inquiring minds...
  20. @daisywreathHooray for the button being sewn in! I don’t have ADHD (I think; no one’s ever tested me gor it), but I do know that hyper-focused state, or my version of it. I can lose hours when I get csught up in something! After thinking it over, I realize that I’m having a bit of a “crafting crisis”. “Nothing I do matters; doesn’t matter if I finish things or not—who’s gonna know?”; and in general feeling discouraged and disconnected from my creativity. I’m having a bad time with respect to making things, I suppose. Since I don’t work, is crafting just a way to fill time, or is it valuable beyond that? —Sandi, asking the Big Questions for a friend, of course...
  21. Status report: I am so bored with ripping out stitches. It has gotten to the point where it just feels like I am wasting time and being unproductive with something that doesn’t really matter all that much. Slog, slog. I’m at the point where sometimes I give up, put the thing away, and just start something new. Sloggity slog slog... Soooo, fellow creatives, what do you do when working on your crafts feels meaningless? Or unproductive or whatever word fits your experience? (Bonus random cat photo: Dusty (cream w/dusty points) and Tim (grey/white tabby) snuggle in a very artistic sort of way.)
  22. OH DUH. Status, me, as of Wednesday: I ripped out stitches from two more half-columns the other day. I’ve been sick and in a fit of frustration, I didn’t rip in an orderly fashion as I had done before, I just was all over the place. This photo is about 20% of what I have left to rip out. I use the seam ripper to cut every fourth stitch or so on this side (the back); then when I’ve gone up one side of the ovals and down the other (=1 column), I flip the quilt over and pull on the top threads from this column. Those come out with an extremely satisfying sound and riiiiiiiiiip-ing feel that are a bit addictive--that part is fun. Cleaning up all the little thread bits from the back side, not so fun. The front threads, however, come off in looking pieces--whee! OK, so some of us live in hicktown and have no social life and get their thrills in really silly ways. 🤷🏻‍♀️🙃🤓❤️
  23. @daisywreath, I agree with @Corrie: Fixing the jeans by cutting them off? Totally counts, because now you have two newly wearable pairs of shorts! That’s awesome. OK, it’s Wednesday, and it’s midweek check-in time: Maybe you haven’t had time to actually work on your projects because WeekDays. Anyone scheduling in time for their mending/fixing? Do we need an informal meetup sometime when we can be online encouraging each other? I have no idea what that actually means, but it sounds like a Thing that people might want at some point, so I’m testing the waters. I’m also thinking about what accountability looks like—for me, for others. I like in-progress check-ins, partly because if anyone’s stuck or needs help, that is easier to do than if we only check-in when we finish something. And I am thinking about accountability more broadly than just this thread, perhaps. Has anyone had a really good experience with accountability, or a bad one, they can share? One of the best parts of this RocketShip, I think, is the ability to ask and discuss those sorts of big-picture questions. 🙂
  24. Who has a mending basket that is overflowing? Who has buttons to sew, hems to hem, alterations to make? This thread is here for us to have some accountability and support for those of us who really, really need to do some “Fixin’’ Sewing”! I’ll start: OK, I know this sort of doesn’t count as clothing, but it counts as Sewing That Fixes: I have a BIG ripping out “project” to finish. Basically, I screwed up Big Time when I was attempting to machine-quilt a lap quilt, and wow. Is the quilting a bad job or WHAT?! (The answer is Yes.) I’ve ripped out about 3/4 of the stitching that needs to go, but dang it, I’m SOOO BORED of ripping out badly done stitching I could scream. BUT I really want this quilt to be DONE. It’s holding me up from working on other quilts, it’s too hard on my body to sit for long periods ripping out just to get ‘er done, sooo. I need nudging. 🙂 Status today: I worked on the rip-outs for about an 1hr+ this AM. Ripped out one half-row and one full row. I have seven full rows left to go. (Once that is done, I need to get out my walking foot and just do basic stitch-in-the-ditch because I decided the fabric is too busy for any other kind of stitching on top.)
  25. OK. Turns out Miriam F. started a Mending thread, and posted videos there for mending a hole in a knit fabric as well as mending the toe of a sock. I think we’re talking mending clothing, as in sewing repairs. So, OK, I’ll start a new thread. Let’s see what happens!
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