2014
10/30

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Life
quilts

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Knitter’s gifts body done

It rained nearly all day today.   That’s good, the earth is dry so needs some water.   The forecast is the same for the next 10 days;  that should take care of filling our pond.   It’s a good day to bake, but this body doesn’t need extra goodies.

DSC00115 rain

Rain like this makes for a great day to enjoy a fire and that’s exactly what we did.   I did some knitting on the little sweater, but didn’t get enough to show.  Even Kiwi was enjoying the added warmth.

 DSC00113 fire

So I came to the sewing studio and finished the body of “Knitter’s Gifts” by Denise Russart.   She creates such fun patterns.  Next month she will tell us how to do the fancy borders.

DSC00116 quilters gifts inside

2014
10/29

Category:
Knitting

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New purple baby sweater

DSC00112The first sweater used less than half the skein, so what’s a person to do after they have finished shopping?   Knit of course.   This is how much of it is knit.    It still needs sleeves and a hood if enough yarn.

2014
10/28

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quilts

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More knitter’s gifts

Perhaps it’s time I start making real “knitter’s gifts” instead of just a quilt about them.   However, the blocks are now all sewn, but still need to be put together (on another day) .

DSC00111knitters gifts

I know I could use a larger board, but will be happy with this one now.   I just needed to crowd the blocks a bit.

2014
10/27

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Life
quilts

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A knitters gifts = mittens

I put these pieces back up on the board and plan to finish except for the borders this week.   The borders are for November’s bom.

DSC00109 on board again

Then after researching more ancestry, I pulled myself away long enough to do another block.   These are bigger and have more curves, so they take a bit longer.   This is the first of four, I’m planning for this week

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2014
10/26

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Knitting
Life

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Little sweater finished

DSC00107finished purple baby sweater

It’s all finished in size 12 months and I still have more than half a skein left.    The question is:   Shall I make another sweater or something different

 

 

 

2014
10/25

Category:
farming

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Sabbath day’s rest

The day started out a bit rainy this morning so we decided a fire would be a good thing.   We had breakfast and then enjoyed the fire while we rested and read.     Then the sun came out for a bit, but it was still cool.   It was a great day for resting and reading and eating.

Here the animals are all waiting for me to get down there and let them into their night abodes.   I think they knew winds and rain were just around the corner.  The chickens, ducks and geese are put in first.

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Then it’s time for the sheep.   See , all but one has a fabric winter coat to keep the hay out of their coats.   I still need to order for the one missing a coat.   Because the wool continues to grow, each will need a larger coat every 3 months or so.

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And last of all the alpacas are given a bit of grain in their building where they like to stay out of the rain, but with the doors open.

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See how these chickens blend with the fallen maple leaves

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and look again at how much the bantam baby has grown in a couple months

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2014
10/24

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Life

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Native American dress

Here’s is a darling Native American princess dress that Tee from Heart n Sole digitized.  I found the scepter and tiara at the Dollar Stores    Hopefully I’ll be making her a pair of boots.

IMG_0733  NA dress

2014
10/23

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Knitting
Sewing

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Purple baby sweater + pillowcases

I’ve finished the baby sweater up to the hood and I think I have that figured out.   I have picked up the stitches for the neck and will work on it this weekend.

DSC00097 purple sweater

These 2 pillowcases are for a sports loving person.

DSC00099 drew pillowcases

2014
10/22

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Life
quilts
Sewing
Shopping

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Sew Fun October infomercial

Today’s Sew Fun leader, Lee Fleek, spent a fair amount of time on stenciling and stamping which I haven’t delved into as yet, so I don’t have much to report on that except,  if that is something you are interested in, there are a number of new products on the market.  Here a couple items she showed.   This book she liked and below that is a really cute table setting she put on some fabric as well as a portfolio she made.

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DSC00083 stencil

These snowflake hangings are from the CD “Snowflakes 2″put out by Purely Gates

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They  were designed to be used with or without mylar and can be used in so many ways.

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DSC00089 snowflakes 4

DSC00087 snowflakes 3

From this CD which has all the designs to make this quilt,

DSC00093 Imaginary day 2

she made this stunning quilt.  She said it was the first quilt she completed and the instructions were so good, that it was easy to do.   It is all programmed in the pattern.

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Fiskers has produced some new shears for cutting very thick fabrics and another for cutting heavy items like metals.

DSC00091 Amplify scissors

And who can resist an owl?    Aren’t they cute?

DSC00081 pursey the owl

DSC00080 owls

Other items not photographed included some charms, bodkins, Pleather scraps for purse handles etc. yo yo maker, rhinestone setter,  and a few table runner patterns.

And that, my friends, is your infomercial for this month, which I hope you enjoyed.

2014
10/21

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
Sewing

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8 Flannel receiving blankets + busy day

I like to start my day with a list – even a mental one – and do the least desirable first.   Today, that was emptying out the bee water.   I didn’t suit up as these are such gentle bees and it was barely 60 degrees out, so there weren’t a lot of bees out.   I removed the roof, flipped off the water unit, and quickly covered them again.  Since I forgot to go back and get those water containers after the bees left them, that’s where I’ll start tomorrow.

That project done, I proceeded to the greenhouse where I lopped the banana trees back to about a foot high and used their foliage for composting them.   I learned these are Musa Bajoo which are a Japanese hardy banana plant.  They are strictly ornamental and can survive to 5 degrees below 0 F.   So this winter I’ll think of a nice place where they will get lots of sun and plant half of them outside in the spring.   I have really enjoyed the tropical atmosphere they give in the greenhouse.   I might even put a start in a pot and have a house plant.

DSC00064 cleaning bananas n mulch

For that I rewarded myself with lunch, then finished putting the last of the pears on the dehydrator.     They will do done tomorrow and I can bag them and clean all the stickiness off the trays.    Then off to the sewing room.      Well, I tried, but the turkeys don’t like sleeping on the ground and I covered their night enclosure so they can’t go over and be some coyote’s dinner, so they didn’t have a perch, but they do now, though a low one.   (that window is screened in)

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Then the alpacas needed their dishes moved out of the rain into a building.   That was easy as I only needed to do a bit of cleaning out and put two pallets in there.   I’ll know in the next couple days if that really works, or if they knock the side out of the building pushing the pallets through it.

DSC00065 grain feeders under cover

Then, I was free to sew the baby receiving blankets.

Hint:  before and after I leave an opening to turn, I like to sew from the edge of the fabric to the seam.   This makes the seam line up much better after the item has been turned as the open area wants to turn in to match the seam.

DSC00061 sewing side to seam

 And corners are another item that many of us have had trouble with.    So this is how I get a nice sharp corner:  First I sew the 90 degree corner, then fold it over on the seam line.

 DSC00070 foldover  on seam

Next I fold the top seam down over this and hold it all with my thumb and index finger.

 DSC00075 fold top seam down

Now take the back fabric up over this seam being held with the thumb and finger.

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  It took a bit of practice the first time, but now I get a nice sharp corner.   I turn all the corners this way, then pull the blanket right side out.  Press and topstitch.

 DSC00077 sharp corner

Here’s a photo of the blankets.   Some were different on each side and some were the same on both sides.

DSC00078  8 finished receiving blankets