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  1. I had this idea that it might be fun to do a journal project as a group, so I figured I'd post to see if there was any interest in doing this. Starting in January, maybe? I was thinking I could put together a basic supply list (using diy tools as much as possible to keep the cost down) and a few weekly prompts. If I can figure out a way to set my camera up over my desk I might be able to do a short technique video for each week. (I finally got my camera replaced by Canon - yay! The package was stolen after they sent it back from a warranty repair during the summer, and they kindly sent me a new one since Fedex didn't think it was their problem.) I'm not an expert at any of this stuff, but reading through the art journal thread it seemed that it might be a good way to get started for anyone who's wanting to try it and feeling stuck.
  2. I've been all about the knitting lately. I made a sweater for my grandson and finally finished my Central Park hoodie after three years. Some fingerless gloves snuck in there as well because my hands were cold 😄 and I made a hat for my roommate for Christmas. I love this hat pattern (Blue Poppy Hat by Valentina Cosciani) and definitely want to make one for myself later on after I finish the Christmas knitting. I typically don't do a lot of knitting for Christmas gifts, but I figured since I was in a big knitting mood I might as well. I've been churning out dishcloths as stocking stuffers, and I'm planning a Wurm hat for my stepdaughter in some Targhee handspun. A couple of years ago we were at a fiber festival where she was eyeing a hat that looked a lot like Wurm, and I've been meaning to make one for her ever since. I finally wound a ball of the yarn I'm planning to use and am hoping to manage a gauge swatch today. (I need to spin some more yarn as well - I have one bobbin full and just need one more, I think, and then to ply it.) This is about 2 months' worth of FOs. I've somehow managed to finish more knitting projects this year than any other year since 2010 according to my Ravelry notebook. I haven't gotten a lot else done with my spare time! But I seem to have snapped out of the funk I was in all summer and I'm so happy to be making things again. The CPH could have been two or three inches longer, but on the whole I'm really happy with it. This is my first finished adult-sized sweater. I learned so much about seaming doing this!
  3. @Sandi Wiseheart I'm feeling better today, thank you! I feel less stuck now. A lot of the time I can manage to keep my hands busy even when I'm having a hard time coping with things, which helps a lot. But in recent months that's been a little harder to do. These small mending projects are helpful for me as well. It's small and self-contained and doesn't require a lot of sustained effort. And if it works out it feels great to have that piece of clothing back!
  4. @Sandi Wiseheart Those pajamas are awesome! 😍 I've been in a major slump recently, which has led to a lack of making anything and also a lot of isolating myself. I managed to talk myself into doing something smallish -- I knew it would make me feel better to have done something but was having trouble getting moving. So anyway, I finally patched the shorts that split up the inside seam. I don't know how well the repair will wear given the overall condition of the material, but I think it'll make it through another summer. I think I'm going to do the other side as well. That seam isn't totally trashed but isn't looking so great either. I'm wearing them now, and they're super comfy -- the patch isn't making them bunchy or uncomfortable despite it being pretty big, about 5"x3" to reinforce the whole area of weaker fabric. I went for a matching thread color due to not wanting to draw the eye to my inner thighs 😀 But now I really want to try a fun visible mend with the same technique. The stitching isn't super neat, but the repair feels pretty strong.
  5. @Nectaryne Those are so cool! I've never tried making envelopes before, but that looks very tempting. I've also wanted to try making some popup cards. I recently impulse-bought a book about building popups -- it has all these punch out pieces that demonstrate how to make various kinds of structures. And if I do that, they'd need fancy custom envelopes, right?
  6. Lately I've been too busy sweltering in the heat and being out of my non-air-conditioned apartment as much as possible to do anything useful. (Heat index of 108F/42C this weekend! Last night it never got below 80F, so it didn't even really cool down overnight despite having window fans in every room. The heat is supposed to break overnight, for which I will be very grateful.) Anyway. So I haven't made any more progress after sewing on the button. My mending list looks like this right now: replace the elastic hanging strap in the dress with the polka dots re-do the stitching that keeps me from accidentally flashing people in the wrap dress fix the hem on a beloved skirt whose hem as started raveling a bit. It has a teeny-tiny hem to start with. I think I can roll it, stitch it, and then use a bit of fray check on the back to make sure the frayed bits don't get worse. If I roll the hem under enough to catch all the frayed parts, I think it'll look really weird. (When it gets to the point of no return, I want to take it apart and take a pattern from it.) mend the cutoff shorts from a previous post. One pair ripped vertically right beside the inner seam -- apparently they were in worse shape than I realized. Luckily I'm lazy and hadn't thrown out the legs yet despite them being too trashed to do much with, so I have a piece of the original denim to mend it. There's a big enough piece in okay shape to patch them with. I want to do this kind of mend with them. I think that will probably hold up the best -- and these are currently my comfiest pair of shorts. ETA - I just bought a copy of the book mentioned in the blog post I linked to (Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh. It looks really useful!
  7. Yep, that's it exactly! I always sew the button on too tight if I don't use a spacer. It makes getting started a little more awkward -- which contributed to my sewing it on in the wrong spot on the first try. But it makes for a much better final result for me.
  8. Yesterday I got nothing of any actual usefulness done. It was brutally hot in the house -- no AC, and there's only one window large enough to accommodate the tiniest window AC unit available because I have these ridiculous old windows that open side to side -- and I felt like I'd been beaten with a stick on account of I fell when getting out of bed this morning. The dog was lying next to the bed, which I didn't notice until I very nearly stepped on her, and in my attempt to not hurt her and her attempt to get out of the way, I ended up falling and taking out the laundry hamper with me. I felt really banged up yesterday but am pretty much better now apart from a nasty bruise on my arm. Anyway. Today is cooler, and I'm feeling better, and the button is on its way to being back on the shorts. I sewed it on once already but it was too low, so I had to rip and start over. I think it's placed correctly this time. (I'm having major camera sadness - my good camera is packed up to go for a warranty repair, and my phone camera is not so good.) And I even worked in some time listen to/take notes on a podcast that I tried all week to find time to listen to that had exactly some info I needed to put together a bit of reference material for a work-related thing. Edit: And it's done!
  9. Yay bonus kitties! I wish my two got along more like that -- I only ever catch them snuggling in the winter. Once caught, Boo will edge away and pretend that he was *not* snuggling with Vladimir. (To be fair, Vladi can be kind of a jerk to him at times.) One of the nice things about ADHD is that I can at times get so hyperfocused on something that the essential meaninglessness of the task doesn't bother me at all. But once I snap out of that, it's hard to get back there again. I try to remind myself that the work will be worth it because otherwise I'd either abandon the project or finish it in a half-assed manner and have a twinge of dissatisfaction with it every time I see it. (The hyperfocus trait is not always a good thing -- it can lead to my spending an inordinate amount of time futzing with the layout of a training handout so that it looks inviting and pretty rather than, say, getting the content finished and polished first so I don't end up scrambling at the last minute. But it's very good at keeping me going once I get into that mental zone while I'm working on a project.) An ex of mine told me this story once about something that happened with a mutual friend when they were still teenagers. A group of them had been hanging out in a park at night (it's pretty safe to assume that some kind of intoxicating substances were involved) and she was sitting on the ground and kept saying "ouch" every so often. He asked her what was wrong, and she said there was a plant that hurt when she touched it. When he asked her why she kept touching it, she said, "Because it feels good when it stops." That is sometimes how I get myself through the part where a project feels like a meaningless slog -- I know it'll feel great when it's done, even though in the moment it's causing me to question why ever wanted to start in the first place. Not a perfect system, since sometimes I fail to talk myself into it and end up setting the project aside for ages, but it works some of the time, at least.
  10. I thought I was deluding myself about the shorts -- I'm glad to hear I wasn't! @Sandi Wiseheart It is oddly and profoundly satisfying to do the top side of the ripping. It makes the rest of the process way less disheartening. I have a minor update miracle: I found the long-missing shorts button just now. On my desk. How weird is that? It's clearly a sign that I need to get on with this. (Tomorrow. It's late and I should be in bed already getting extra sleep to try to fight off a cold.)
  11. @Sandi Wiseheart Part of what kept/keeps me from playing around with watercolor as much as I'd like to is my conviction that I'm totally unable to paint. This past week or two I've used them more than in the past year total, I think. A few years ago I spent a bit of time practicing with them, but I let myself get in the habit of only getting them out when I wanted a background wash. I am definitely not very good with them at this point, but hopefully that will improve with practice! Here's what I've done over the past week or so. Only the last of these was done out in the open -- the others were done from photos I've taken recently. That last one was really hard -- I had difficulties with perspective and the relative sizes of the building and the trees, and I badly misplaced the horizon line. My hand was more shaky than usual, too, which didn't help. My hand is a little messed up due to various injuries, and I probably had pre-tired it by holding the dog's leash in that hand -- I'd stopped to do a little sketching in the middle of walking Rosie this morning. Stuff I'd like to add to my portable watercolor kit soon: A water brush that doesn't leak (or a pocket brush/cut-off regular brush and a very lightweight water container) and something to put between the pages in the sketchbook so still-damp paint doesn't get blotches on the opposite page like what happened this morning after I closed it and crammed it back into the bag. Toward the end Rosie had started baying at a couple of dogs in a nearby yard (they had reportedly insulted her grievously) and I was trying to get moving pretty quickly so as not to annoy everyone in the neighborhood with the full-on Hound Voice. (I eventually managed to get Google to disclose that my unidentified tree bits in the first one are immature seed pods from a tulip magnolia. I found them on the sidewalk last week and brought them home to draw them.)
  12. I need to sew a button on my favorite shorts. And replace a broken clear elastic hanging strap in one of my dresses. I have supplies for both but have been having an inordinate amount of difficulty working my way around to actually doing this. A different dress needs a tiny bit of sewing as well. It's a wrap dress (sort of, more a mock wrap thing - the only overlap is in the bodice), and I put a few tiny stitches in it when I first got it to make sure it wraps in a spot that won't give anyone too much of an eyeful at work. But I bought new bras, which are apparently more supportive than my old ones, and suddenly that dress is cleavage city. Probably doesn't count, but I "fixed" two pairs of old jeans yesterday by cutting the legs off at the spot where the thigh seams were already too worn out to salvage. Yay new shorts!
  13. I am terrible about mending things. I don't know why I resist it so much -- when I finally knuckle down and do it, it feels awesome to have Fixed Stuff. But my favorite shorts (hiking shorts with many pockets) have been missing the button for over a year, and I just wear a belt with them instead to keep them closed.
  14. @Miriam Felton Those look wonderful! My little travel watercolor kit is assembled, and I took it out with me yesterday. I went up to Berlin, Ohio with my husband to go to Zinck's (fabric store with incredibly good prices and tons of fabric.) We stopped in Millersburg (edit - I thought that was Millersburg but no, it was actually Berlin). and poked around in all the little touristy shops for a while, then spent some time sketching while my husband went into an antique store. It was definitely challenging, and I had to keep reminding myself that it's okay to be terrible at this, and that I won't get better without practice. I haven't used watercolor much for quite a while other than as a background wash to draw over, and I tend to draw slowly, so a quick sketch in a very busy area was tough. Many liberties were taken to simplify the sketch -- there were zillions of people and cars and horses with buggies going by. All I had was a medium-ish waterbrush -- I need to pack a small one as well next time.
  15. I have some empty half pans coming in the mail and an empty Altoids tin waiting to be filled up with watercolors. (It says here you can fit 14 of them in an Altoids tin -- woohoo!) Now I just need to get over the awkwardness of sketching out in public. In some ways it would possibly less intimidating to wander in public with no pants on 😂 but hopefully the awkwardness will wear off quickly once I've actually done it.
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