Just Stuff

16 Sep

Not much to post except that I got my points attached to my hexagon star.


And my sister scored some yarn from her Goodwill store for me. $4 for the lot.


The former owner didn’t leave any labels tucked in the center of those balls but most looks like good stuff. I’ll do the burn test to see if it’s wool. Only one small yarn is sock weight. Most of the rest look sport or DK weight. Will make nice accessories like gloves, hats, etc.

More Hexagons

13 Sep


I’m plugging away at these hexagons. The wrinkly ones have the paper removed. It will look fine once I get farther. I try to work on the hexagons about 15-30 minutes a day.

But the real news is that I’m cleaning out my basement crawl space. It’s bad. We just throw everything in the world down there saying that we will deal with it later. Well now is LATER! I can’t take it anymore. Gianna and I spent two hours today on cleaning out the crawl space. I’m embarrassed to say that’s not nearly enough. But the good news is we made a huge dent with a lot going into the garbage and a trunkful going to Goodwill.

What’s Happening

7 Sep

Softball, work, visiting Dj, worrying about Dj…. That’s pretty much consuming my time!

I knitted an infinity scarf out if some pink yarn I had laying around. No pics of that yet. I’m going to block it today.

I balled up some yarn to start a new pair of socks some time in the near future.

I tried my hand at EPP – English Paper Piecing. It’s frustrating because no matter what technique I try, I can still see my stitches.

From far away it doesn’t look too bad.

Up close? Not so good.

I’ll probably make it big enough for a pillow to hand quilt and then drop it again for another day.

That’s it for the stress-relieving crafting here. We went up for Parents’ Day at DJ’s school. He seems to be doing okay. His classes are very intense already and just going to get more so. Japanese is kicking his butt and he’s spending quite a bit of time trying to get a grasp on that. Math is great. Science ? Don’t know how he’s doing but all of us really like his instructor. History is good and who knows about English?? He’s getting B’s so far which means you are doing what’s expected. Below 70% is failing. A’s are only given out on exceptional cases. Weird? Yes. Not what everyone who is there is used to, that’s for sure. They were all straight A students at their old high school, so it’s stressful for them to see B’s and C’s on their assignments.

Dj is a little homesick. He will come home every other weekend – or at least that is the plan. But he can come home every weekend if necessary. His friends from home want to visit soon also.

Wish I could show more progress on the scrappy quilt, but I haven’t worked at all on it. Between groceries, laundry, and straightening the house (oh, and don’t forget softball practice), not much will be done on that project today either.

Sewing the Scrap Top

31 Aug

I haven’t been sewing much so this top is taking way more time than it needs to. But it’s simple and I can start and stop without asking myself what I was doing.

It’s going to be 8 x 9 blocks so this bottom row represents the halfway point. I like it so far. At first both Gianna and I thought it was too scrappy. That was after row one and its corresponding top sashing. But experience has told me to keep going before I judge. Given a few more row, I can see that’s not the case at all.

If I put a 4″ border around the whole thing when I’m done, it will be queen sized. I will do that so I can swap out another bed quilt here since the ones on our beds are getting pretty shabby and old.

Hope you have some relaxing time on your holiday weekend. Take some time to sew or knit or whatever makes you relaxed and happy!

DJ is Good

29 Aug

Whew. After 10 days of DJ’s new boarding school, we picked him up and brought him home for an extended holiday weekend. Dj is not very good at communicating via phone calls and text. So we (all the family here) were so concerned about him. The monosyllable answers, the ignoring of texts and details… Was he doing okay? How were classes? Has he made any friends or does he seem to fit in?
Not to worry. An hour long drive home and he really opened up. He’s doing well! Classes are good, he has people he palls around with, everything seems great. He is bubbly and glad to be home to see his friends here, but on a scale of 1-10 he gives the first week and a half an 8. That will allow ME to sleep tonight!

I don’t think I posted any pictures of Gianna’s new quilt in her room on her bed. Here are some from her freshly made bed today.




Have a good holiday weekend!

Refashionista is Done!

26 Aug

We hacked up the dress and came out with a skirt!


Doesn’t look much different but in reality it took about 3 hours to get it where it is now! This picture shows the waistband treatment.


We put in two exposed side zippers. I had to take in the waist A LOT! And I added lace to the bottom of the hem.

I feel like it’s still a little big in the waist. And the waistband could have a bit more interfacing. But overall, if she likes it, I’m calling it a success!

A Breather

22 Aug

My first week of school has ended fairly successfully. I say only fairly successfully because the bookstore is under new management and they have messed up almost every single book order. Most have been resolved but I’m still short numerous copies for my students. I’m not the only one – all classes and teachers are having trouble.

We got DJ moved in fine on Wednesday. His conversations and text messages are positive. We actually see him again tomorrow for some kind of “carnival”. I will take pictures – I forgot when moving him. His air conditioning didn’t work in his room but apparently it’s fixed as of today. Or so he says… We will bring other necessities such as coffee grounds with us!

I just now finished my washcloth.


I like how one side is bumpy and one side is relatively smooth. I also like the no-brainier of a two row pattern.

Gianna and I took a quick trip to Goodwill today. They have the sweaters out already. I haven’t unraveled all the ones I bought last year yet so I didn’t even go over to those racks. :-)

But Gianna wanted to do a “Fashionista” project. We follow a blog where a woman buys clothes from thrift store and remakes them to be in fashion and refits them to her shape. Here is Gianna’s find – a dress that we will hack off the top part to make a nice fitted skirt.




The top doesn’t fit her anyway. She’s going to add exposed zippers along the sides and lace peaking out the bottom. It should be quick and interesting if she/we can pull it off.

I’m headed downstairs to sew for the first time in a long time!


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