So, I’ve figured out the secret to easing the pain of weaving in all of those yarn tails at the end. Ya ready? WEAVE IN AS YOU GO. It’s that simple! Why didn’t I figure that out sooner? Somehow I guess weaving in as I go won’t work for this small afghan square.
I finished another two Crafty BOM 2012 quilt blocks. These two were all about cutting triangles using two different methods. The first is the Magic half-square triangle where you create the triangles by sewing around the edges of two layered squares and cutting them open. In the second, more traditional method you create the triangles by drawing a line on the diagonal of each square, layering two together, sewing a seam on each side and finally cutting down the middle. I prefered the first method, which seemed to go together much faster, but it was nice to be able to sew a chain of squares together without breaking the thread using the second method. Anyhow, here are my two finished squares.
I finally got around to purchasing a copy of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Kline. I cannot wait to dive in! First, I need to finish the two other books I’ve started and then I’ll let you know what I think! Have any of you bloggers checked out this book?
I love books which I’m sure you readers know if you’ve seen my craft library. I can read just about everything (except Horror genre). That doesn’t mean I’ll like it or be able to get through it, but I’m always ready to give any book a try.
One I finished: Gone Girl. I was a little let down at the end, but still enjoyed the read.
One I want to read: The Sari. I am fascinated with the sari and some of the exquisitely beautiful fabrics used to make them. I asked my husband (then boyfriend) if I would look crazy wearing a sari and with no hesitation he told me yes. I had to laugh at that. He knows I’m quirky enough to wear one anyway despite “looking crazy”.
One I couldn’t get into: Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals 2. I was a big Rachel Ray fan and I loved her 365: No Repeats cookbook. This one just didn’t grab me. The recipes are a little blah and arranged in a menu format, which I am not crazy about either. However, from this book I did get the idea of sprinkling a little chili powder, butter, and a squeeze of lime over corn on the cob. That is delish!
I had a slip-up with my challenge. While I’m having no problems working from my current craft books, I did slip in a spring fabric and pattern purchase. Oops! I should make sure I incorporate those items in my crafty plans this year.
This month, for the Craft Book challenge entry, I finished up a project that I had worked on for a while based on a square found in Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs. I didn’t follow the instructions given for linking them since I did more of a triangle shape that I sized as I went along. I used Size 3 cotton crochet thread (warm teal and copper mist) and added beads to the edges for weight and fun. All that work trying to get a decent picture and I managed to only capture the reverse side of the shawl.
And two other things for Thursday…
How cute is this? I must have this fabric!
There is nothing like a good ole’ sweet orange! I once went on a snowboarding trip to Vermont and when I returned my friends/family asked about the trip. I remarked “Vermont has THE best oranges!”. At a small market near our lodging, our group picked up this super huge bag of oranges. I faintly remember orange, black, and gold packing. Let me say, those oranges were the best damn oranges on the planet! We tried looking for that supplier/brand again and never found them. If you are in Vermont and have an orange tree in your back yard, please do share! 😉
I went to a local fabric store to check out the spring fabrics and then found myself in the pattern section. They had tons of vintage and out of print patterns, but I was more impressed by finding the very first pattern I ever purchased back in ’91-’92. My grandmother had an old (maybe recent at the time?) sewing machine, one of those heavy ones in its own handled case, and I was suddenly hit with the idea of teaching myself how to sew and read a pattern. I never did finish that skirt because the machine had issues eating up the thread.
I love this little book . It seems every time I pick it up it’s speaking directly to my thoughts in that moment.
Soon as it gets warmer I’ve talked myself (okay, STILL talking myself) into doing this running program. I hate running! Everything is all jiggly and hurting at once! I’m not doing any marathons nor am I aiming for a specific distance. It’s purely for cardio and endurance in the event that I do need to run. It will certainly be a challenge.
My friend’s almost 11 year old daughter got a sewing machine for Christmas. This past weekend I walked her through the fabric selection and cutting of her first pattern. She was so excited it made me excited and I can’t wait until we get together to do some real sewing! I wish I started sewing at her age.
Had a Youtube Dance Party on messenger with DragonWillow. Passing music back and forth sure helped me get through this work day!
One thing I do miss from the personal blog that I used to keep is “Thursday’s Three Things”. When I would remember it was a Thursday, I would post three brief, random things that I was thinking/feeling/wishing for at that moment. I think I need to bring it back since I miss it so much. And look, how convenient: It’s already Thursday! This is mainly a craft blog, but I won’t promise that all three things will always be craft related and I won’t promise I’ll post every Thursday.
Bad, Bad, Nizzy. A new knitting magazine added to the stash. You should be slapped. Now go home and immediately throw away one magazine without looking at it. 😉
I hate being cold, but being outdoors with a wonderful and wooly Dr. Who scarf makes the cold just a tad bit more bearable.
Just discovered crafting and audiobooks. What an awesome combo!