Archive | September, 2014

Another Diamond

29 Sep

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Are you bored with this project yet? It’s slow going and there’s not much to report on other fronts. However, here’s some exciting news. I was prepping the hexagons with thread and that was taking somewhere around forever. I watched a Sue Daley video and she uses a very thin glue stick. I ordered one and…. It’s awesome. It cuts the prep time down significantly. It cuts it down so much that I prepped and sewed that second diamond in two days whereas the first one took a week. So I’m sold on this method. Onto number three…

Slow Going

26 Sep

Like everything else around here. But I have one diamond finished and attached!

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And I have to say that I like the back too!

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Better

23 Sep

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Yep, I like this gray better!

Gray Too Dark?

22 Sep

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I feel like the gray I’ve chosen is too dark. When I change the photo to black and white, the contrast is still good. But I don’t know… Seems like it’s going to overwhelm the star in the middle instead of accent it. I don’t think I have any other grays in my stash. Hmmm…. Need to let this sit a bit and see.

Yesterday was a whirlwind of a day. We had a total breakdown of girl hormones at softball practice. The coaches are truly nice guys who are constructively criticizing the girls to help them get better, but the girls feel overwhelmed and have no self-confidence so they feel the criticism without the constructive-ness. And, being a girl, I can see how the girls are feeling. They feel like three coaches are telling them what they are doing wrong while a beacon of light shines only on them. The other girls are watching them get corrected and it’s too much to bear. So we’ve got two girls in tears. I’m talking to one on a car who wants to quit because she’s “the worst one on the team” (her words)…. Then I come out of that crisis to talk to another who is holding back the tears and anger and her frustration is spilling over. The coaches stopped the practice twice to calmly point out that no one is being picked on, they want to help the girls take their game to the next level. But what you feel as a 13 year old girl and what others see as reality can be two different things. What’s my role in all this? I’m not really a coach (by choice ) but I try to be the one on the field saying the positive things. Yesterday I was not doing that because of the “girl-in-the-car issue”. Ugh…

After leaving practice a little early, I had to race home to take DJ back to school. It’s an hour and ten minute drive. I didn’t do my usual walk through but just loaded his laundry into the trunk, asked if he had everything, ran through a mental checklist and we took off. Got to his school before realizing that we left his keys to get in his dorm, dorm room, school, and his school ID which gives him eating privileges sitting on the kitchen table. Oh… And some Japanese worksheets. I was going to fed ex them to him overnight but his mailbox key was on the lanyard too. Of course. So I woke up this morning, took a personal day, got into the car and met him during his break at noon to drop off the things he forgot. I can take two different routes to his school. Yesterday he and I saw a small fender bender on the way there (that evidently still required an ambulance) and then I saw a bad accident on the way home that needed a fire truck, 4 squad cars, and two ambulances. Traffic was backed up and re routed. Last week there was a plane crash on the same road (there is a small aircraft landing strip near that stretch of road). Today I took the expressway / tollway there and back. It’s 5-10 minutes longer but I am just spooked by the danger of the other, shorter two lane route.

Hexagon Progress

21 Sep

I just finished this off-white row of hexagons.

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So what’s the plan? I didn’t know before this morning when I sat down with EQ7 and started playing. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

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If I get that far, it will be a miracle. My ADD will never let me finish it before getting totally bored and stop it unfinished. But if my some miracle I do get that far, it will be pretty cool looking, don’t you think? AND even if I do get that far, this isn’t even lap sized yet! LOL.

I’ll keep on plugging away with those diamonds next.

Oops

19 Sep

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That is my hubby’s toe after missing a pitch thrown by our 13yo daughter. Oops… She throws in excess of 50mph from 43 feet. Dan had shoes on – nice leather tennis shoes. But she throws hard! That is why I no longer catch for her. I think we are going to get a catcher’s mask and shin guards for the future. :-). I lost a toe nail when I missed catching a pitch thrown by her when she was 10 or 11. She throws much harder now so I’m no dummy! I have Dan or her oldest brother catch her instead. They have better reflexes and more ego that prevents them from admitting that they are afraid of the ball. Not this chick!

Just Stuff

16 Sep

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

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

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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

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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.

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From far away it doesn’t look too bad.

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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.