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Sandi Wiseheart

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  1. I’m Sandi, and all I want for last Christmas is to finish something. ANYTHING, but preferably something for me that I could wear. That sounds selfish but over the past few years I realized that I don’t have much of my own work to wear, not in the knittables department, anyway (I’m primarily a yarn person). I discovered that stuff I have knit previously either doesn’t fit any longer or went off to live with other people. (To be fair, I have a number of pairs of earrings and some necklaces that I wear that I have made/designed, but I really want some yarnly to wear!) I’m nearly done with a hoodie, as many of you know. I’ve got about a half-dozen rows left on the buttonband, and then a couple of seams to sew up, buttons to find and sew on, and maybe then I can post a pic of me wearing it. Here’s a photo of Tim using his tail to point out things he finds objectionable (at least that is what I think he’s doing).
  2. Thanks! I think Trello is so new to me that I don’t know enough to know what I need to ask. 🙂
  3. Well, it looks festive from here! And, for the record: I don’t believe I have ever seen a Chanukah festive garment of any sort (beyond the religious in-synagogue looks). I am thus deathly curious as to what constitutes “an ugly Chanukah sweater”. When things, uh....get less crazy....!!..then perhaps a photo of same would be fun, but NOT NOW. I’ve been thinking of you. Xo I’ll be doing some sewing-type crafting this weekend as well. Melody will be gone from 4 AM Friday to 10 PM Sunday, so I have to find ways to stay out of trouble, more or less... I’ve got the link to that serger in my Trello lists. (Trello, slooowwwly starting to figure it out and I think it’s brilliant, if I can nudge my brain to actually consult the dern thang now and then! LOL
  4. Slightly off-topic: Is that a holiday vest with light bulbs? OMG. I love holiday clothing that is festive without having to wear Elf Barf. Ahem. Anyway, really looking forward to this. I don’t have a serger yet, but I can see one in my not-too-distant future. I’m actually glad to have a chance to see how other folks use theirs before investing in one myself. I’ll have a better idea of what to look for. (Although, let’s be honest, I will probably end up purchasing the one Kim got because it seems everyone likes that one!)
  5. Melody’s Maple Granola is actually a year-round breakfast staple for us, but Melody makes batches for the local church Christmas Bazaar, so it’s sort of festive! You can obviously play with the ingredients to get a custom mix of your own! P.S. I have never put chocolate chips in this...but I have thought about it! (I hope the file download works. It took me a stupid amount of time to figure out that my ipad doesn’t like this particular task. Worked fine with my phone. Darn Gremlins.) High in protein and all tgat good stuff. Oh, and we use the darkest maple syrup we can get up here (super dark, delicious!) for the flavour. (Needless to say, for this recipe, ya gotta use the Real Stuff or the flavour will suffer.) Breakfast of swim champions and knitting sopranos. wiseheart-granola.pdf
  6. Thanks, @Carol! After washing, the scarf turned out to be incredibly soft. I showed it to my therapist (I like to start sometimes by showing whatever I am working on), and she kept petting it for several minutes. Then she kept it on her lap for a but as I talked, stroking it like a cat. She said it’s a good thing she dislikes pink so much. Ha! She did give it back but I could tell she really liked the feel of it. That’s a nice win, considering I used scrap yarn (worsted weight mercerized cabled cotton) for warp, and ordinary sock yarn for weft. I used a VERY firm beat as I wove. It’s not stiff material, though.
  7. More ends woven in. I think all the ends in the body section are accounted for. Both side seams now sewn. The hood is about 2” long by now. I tried it on. It’s going to be “roomy” given the 30-odd lbs I lost since finishing the body parts, but oh well. Given how easily this yarn breaks, I am not at all sure that this particular garment will be around very long. I’m not sure how fragile the knitted fabric is. I have more pics but the internet is wonky here tonight.
  8. I don’t have a photo, but the scarf has been washed and dried but not pressed yet. (I did end up adding some machine-stitching to the ends right at the base of the tiny fringes to help it all hold together better. So far so good.) As for the hoodie sweater: I have sewn one side seam, picked up stitches for the hood, and knit about 1.5’ of the hood so far. I also have been gradually weaving in ends, and I have finished about a quarter of those. (The yarn breaks easily, as it is a single; this has resulted in many broken ends mid-row and many unseemly words from my mouth!) That was a lot of ends, with more to do. No photo of that either, but I just felt like saying YAY after working on this for a couple of hours today.
  9. I think my “cowl” turned into a scarf... I hemstitched the ends, but I think I trimmed the fringes too close to the stitches. I am going to add some machine stitching to make sure it all stays together. Then I’m going to give it a good wash and dry and press. I’ll post another pic after that’s done.
  10. @Kuchylm, thank you! And now that I’ve done my AM chores, maybe I can let myself sit long enough to finish the last bit of the sleeve cap on sleeve #2. I only have 30 rows left (including bind off); and of course they are all short rows in which half are decrease rows. Sooo. I have 50 sts now, and need to decrease/bind off down to 20 for the final BO. Hmmm. Let’s see.
  11. I decided we needed a thread for posting victories/finished objects. A finished object is whatever you say it is. In other words, this is the place to crow about milestones as well as crossing the actual finish line. I’ll start: After months of not finishing anything, I finished a sleeve for the hoodie I am knitting. YAY. I have already completed both fronts and the back, as well as most of the second sleeve. Left to do: the sleeve cap of sleeve #2; the hood; the making-up; the edging and button bands; and weaving in ends—and blocking, of course. But I FINISHED SOMETHING.
  12. @Corrie: What @Kim Werker said! (I am bleary-eyed so will be considerably less eloquent.) I, too, thought, wow, she is STRONG when I was watching the practice video. I admire what you did: Discovering something that intrigued you, having the courage to sign up and even TRY, which is the hurdle I think a lot of folks (coughmecough) get stuck at. And even though it was REALLY hard at times, you ended up doing something wonderful! One of my take-aways from this is that if you stick with something through the difficult bits, if you manage to finish something you can feel good about, then that helps with overall self-esteem. (I don’t know if you said that exactly, but that’s what I got out of it.) One of the challenges for my own creative processes has been that I learned a very bad habit while showing up to work as Knitting Daily Sandi. I wrote 3 newsletters a week, and, when a new issue of the mag came out, I would write about the patterns, etc. One approach that I found readers liked was when I chose a pattern from the latest mag to knit for myself, and post about the yarn I chose, mods I made, etc. In reality, what would happen is that I would start these projects, and, because I am not a terribly fast knitter, I couldn’t/didn’t finish things before the next issue came out and the whole process would start again. I already had a tendency towards not finishing things, and the above process just reinforced that. I think it did become a habit, not finishing things, because just now, I looked back at my photos and Rav projects page, and, wow. I’ve only completed 3 projects in five years: Hiro (cardigan), completed 2014. I re-knit the collar Fall 2018. https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sandiwiseheart/hiro Ruth’s Leafy Mitts, 2016 https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sandiwiseheart/leaf-collectors-mitts Pansy hat, 2018, https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sandiwiseheart/pansy-garden-tam I have finished several small spinning projects, but nothing big. However, I have a dozen UFOs, at least, in various project bags and boxes around the house. I think finishing projects has just become a solid goal of mine. Not to put pressure on myself, but to give me something I can show off! I’m going to go get my headphones so I can watch your final performance, Corrie!
  13. Brava! Brava! I love it! @Corrie this is amazing! (I’m watching from my hotel room at Rhinebeck, btw.) You are so controlled and graceful in your movements. The dismount was really good, smooth and natural-looking. I also liked (not sure about the right terms) the “designs” you created with the hammock/ribbon as you wrapped it around limbs as you did various poses and movements. So well done! Yay!!!
  14. I love the hair, @Corrie! I like that you put little streaks of grey in there as well, because Bride of Frankenstein. 😉. You could go a little heavier on the white hair streaks if you wanted to. I have no idea what a BumpIt is, nor why you would want three in your hair. But hey, what do I know?
  15. 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. 😎
  16. I wrote this after our talk today. https://sandiwiseheart.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/zoe-a-season-of-love/
  17. 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. 😉
  18. 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? 😉🙃❤️
  19. @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. 😉
  20. 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.
  21. @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!
  23. 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!)
  24. 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. 😜
  25. 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...”. 🐾🐾😎🐾🐾
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