My list of works in progress has inspired me a little to get somethings done.
I’ve finished off three baby quilts I had cut out.
Knocked over a knitting project as well. This project started life as a scarf but when I picked it up again I realised the reason I stopped was that the finished product was just too dense and heavy for a scarf, it didn’t drape or flow like it should. So I unpicked and reworked it into a cushion cover.
Been doing a little work around the house as well, putting new putty in my windows and trying not to get frustrated with the slow progress. Someone who lived here before tried to fix the windows with a silicon filler instead of the proper glazing putty so it is taking forever to get the silicon out so I can do the job properly. Got to keep telling myself I’m not in any hurry.
During my recent trip to a craft show in another city I found myself buying a lot of kits. That’s not something I have really done before because I am notoriously bad at following instructions, preferring to figure things out for myself and add my own unique stamp to them as I create. However, because of a combination of work and other activities I have found I have been lacking the time, energy and the motivation to create. I had a pile of half-finished projects and no inclination to work on any of them. I suspected the kits would be a quick and easy way to inspire me to get creative again without having to put too much thought into what I was doing and how I was going to do it, but wasn’t sure. Thankfully my instincts were right on this one and after a couple of cute Christmas decorations I was on my way and I finished a bag and a little jumper for a lady at work who is having a baby (the jumper is for the baby not the lady).
After a couple of weeks of rain, my garden is starting to recover from months of dry. So, nature is creating as well. All the roses are blooming in my garden, and the Grevillea by the drive is positively flourishing.
I only have air-conditioning in one room of my house, the living dining area. Fixing that is on my very long list of house jobs because I have a tin roof and this place heats up something shocking in summer. Normally it doesn’t bother me too much though, it just means that for a couple of months of summer when it’s really hot I move all my craft stuff to the dining room table and work there until the office is bearable again. It’s not a bad system and the move back is a bit of a cue to tidy up my craft space and reorganise all my supplies. About three weeks ago things started to cool down a little and I moved everything back to the office, had my big tidy up etc.
Today we were back to 39C (that’s 102 for any fahrenheit people who might be reading this) and it looks like it is going to be crazy hot all week. I’ve been too lazy to move my sewing machine back out of the office so I have been knitting instead, because its portable and the baby jumper I am knitting for a pregnant work colleague is easily managed and doesn’t leave me draped in hot fabric or wool.
I’ve almost finished the back, but better get a move on as the new mum’s maternity leave starts in April.
I’m having one of those months where I don’t feel like I am doing much but somehow I keep getting things crossed off the list. So much so, that I feel like I need to have a new planning session soon to figure out a new list and that is way ahead of schedule.
I have also found some time to be crafty, finishing a scarf from some silk and alpaca blend wool I picked up during a trip to Sydney earlier this year with sightseeing relatives. The wool was so lovely just by itself, so I kept it simple and just knitted on big needles.
I’ve also started a new quilt. Its going to be vertical rows of border fabric broken up with rows of the squares. Only problem is I don’t have enough of the pink and green fabric for triangles so I have to decide whether I go back to the store and by more or fudge it with a few squares that are just the centre fabric. It is not my usual colour choice, but will look nice and soft and pretty when it is done.
It’s getting towards that time of the year where I have to camp out in the one room of the house that has air-conditioning and I am trying to muster the energy to do the things I need to do before it gets too hot to do them – like get my crazy garden in order, finish painting those last two windows and getting organised for Christmas. Which of course, is why I spent most of yesterday on the couch, hand quilting a quilt instead of tackling anything on my to do list. However, I’m determined that next year is the year I get my groove back (or actually get a groove, because I’m not convinced I’ve ever actually had one).
Pictures of the hand quilting will have to wait until it’s finished, so for now you will have to make do with a picture of the hat and scarf set I just finished knitting.
With some trepidation I went to my first stitching day out on Saturday. Trepidation because not only is attention to detail in hand work not one of my strong suits, the days seemed to be themed very much along the lines of pink, flowers, shabby chic style work. Totally not my style, but it was a nice day out. It was a pleasant environment to sit and sew with a decent sandwich for lunch, and snacks to snack on. I think I came away with more stitchery patterns than I know what to do with, and I didn’t really follow the instructions but I think it looks alright. Plus it’s close enough to actually finished that I might get round to finishing it.
Being out all day Saturday meant that Sunday was mostly about chores, but I have been trying to restore some order to my craft room and last week I picked up some cute balsa wood containers for storage. I spent Sunday afternoon decorating two of them. I painted one of them and used fabric decoupage on the other. I did also manage to finish the pair of baby pants I’ve been knitting but think I am going to deconstruct again as I am not really happy with the making up.
The house is nowhere near finished (who knew painting a house would take so long), and despite my best endeavours I never did get a boost of afternoon energy. At least not in the way that I wanted.
I managed a trip to the library, some reading and some knitting. My Mum and Dad came over one day to help and bought my eight year old nephew with them. Nephew needed a birthday present for his Mum, and wasn’t looking forward to a trip to the shops. When I offered him a chance to raid my handmade stash he jumped at it and decided that his Mum would like a hat and scarf.
I started knitting a replacement straight away, because I actually quite like knitting hats and scarfs. I think because they come together very quickly I feel like I am achieving something and they are simple enough to do while watching tv. So, there was a lot of afternoon movies last week, and I finished a new hat and got a good start on a scarf.
On another note: I seriously thought I would be sore from the painting, and I was mostly fine all week but I woke up this morning after one day back at the desk job and everything is stiff. I suspect just doing weekends from here on is going to be physically harder than doing one long slog.
I was feeling a bit inadequate because my shower was leaking and I thought I would put on my big girl, home owner pants and change the washer myself and failed miserably. It’s not that hard I thought – after watching one how to video on you tube. Well, I tried and nothing went at all like the video. For a start someone had glued my tap to the wall. I finally got it off after what felt like 2 hours of chipping off rubber glue, and unscrewed everything and realised it didn’t look anything like the video and the bit that the video guy was pulling out of the wall, was not coming out of the wall. I was briefly tempted to just keep hitting it with a hammer until it came out but resisted on the grounds that I didn’t want to damage the pipes and make my shower unusable for weeks. So I retreated and called a plumber.
I’m feeling slightly less like a plumbing failure now, because the plumber took one look at it and said – you don’t see that very often. Apparently I had ceramic taps and they don’t even have washers. I didn’t know that was even a thing. Though it did mean the whole inner tap needed replacing. Still waiting for the bill, but now my shower isn’t leaking and I can get back to doing other cool stuff, like knitting a scarf and hand quilting the quilt that had been sitting half done in the cupboard for far too long.
I have been trying to make a curtain for my bathroom window, and not having much luck. I suppose it does the job, but I just can’t get it to hang right. I suspect the material may be a bit too heavy for the hanging string and I may have to install a proper curtain rod, which is not as easy as it sounds because it’s not a standard sized window so I am going to have to build my own.
My hat knitting skills are thankfully much better and I managed to finish this one over the weekend. Now I just need to find a recipient who isn’t going to freak out over the hand wash only thing.
So, I’m still working on the ugly zip theme, and experimenting with making different kinds of mini bags. I’m quite pleased with the fabric I got to go with the green zips. Other than that it’s been a pretty quiet weekend, watching some movies and finishing knitting a hat. Now I’m working on a scarf from the same wool.
My no TV thing worked ok during the week, though I don’t know that it made me more productive.