Friday, June 18, 2010
And forget to buy the plastic.
Picked up more fabric to (hopefully) someday become a dress, but forget alllll about the plastic.
Second, decide that enough is enough for all this little, portable, sock knitting and get your teeth into something that will actually turn into something substantial and requires a bit of brain power to complete.
Then screw up 4 rows of 400 plus stitches each and prepare to "TINK" all of the stitches because the project is not conducive to ripping back!
Yeah, I know where to begin; go back to where you started and step back 3 steps. Geez! I think I'll go to the garden. (to eat worms yum, yum --- now I'll have that song stuck in my head all day)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
In current news, today is my friend Christine's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!
Here's a blog birthday card (sort of); it's also a picture of this neat planter I found that came home with me (much to my husband's dismay) when I went plant shopping. The girls at the nursery had no idea what a treasure I was taking home with me! I haven't used it to wind yarn yet, but I'm pretty sure I will...
The labels mostly buckled from the moisture of the spray. There was also some colour change, but nothing too drastic. But the smooth tabletop that I was looking for, because, this is my sewing table you see, was not to be. So, obviously, I was meant to come up with an alternate plan.
I don't want to put a glass table top on because I don't think that that would be secure enough for the way I plan to use my table. That plexiglass stuff is too expensive. I'm not ripping the labels off---not an option! I'm going to get some clear plastic table covering from Fabricland, wrap it over the top and secure it underneath (probably get to use my staple gun again!).
I hope to try this again, because, I still think it's a cool idea. I still have a bunch of labels (and plan on adding to the collection). I think I would try a decopage product next time and I don't know? Varathane over that? Is Varathane even necessary?
So many questions; so little time!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday I was presented with a piece of plywood that had to be turned into a headboard by Friday because that's when it was being installed.
So, Thursday, after watching my daughter in her Field Events at the Area Track meet, I went to visit the lovely folks at F&K Textiles in Bradford, ON. (There is no website) Whenever I'm tackling an upholstery or drapery issue, that's where I go! They are always happy to take the time to listen and offer advice on how to achieve the look that you're after with professionalism and sincerity. They also have an incredible selection of quilting cottons at very affordable prices and there are many beautiful quilts decorating the walls of the store; all hand made by their mother. I really admire these people, because they outlasted Fabricland, who moved in literally across the street from them and they also came back, stronger than ever, after a fire almost destroyed their whole building!
Back to the headboard.
Step 1: Cut 1" foam to desired size (1/2" within board perimeter) and secure to plywood.
Step 2: Cover with Dacron Batting and secure using a staple gun (almost as much fun as power tools!). Please note the exquisitely executed corner wrap. My mom taught me well.
Step 3: Secure covering, again using a staple gun. (FYI you'll probably have a blister by now; so make sure you have bandaids available).
Step 4: Have installer place frame around padded headboard and mount to wall above bed. Please note, again, the Plaid Silk that I told everybody I was making the headboard out of, turned out to be striped Polyester Taffeta. I still like it.
Stand back, admire, and wait for praises from the masses. Masses that you allow into your bedroom at least.
Probably the best response I've gotten is from my daughter, who came in while I was crawling all over the floor; "It's cool your making it yourself." Brings a tear to my eye I tell you, a tear to my eye.
Dear Jenni in Edmonton,
Thank-you for dropping by for some Wine, Wool and Whoppers! While I made the comment, offering to sell some Bamboo, tongue in cheek, I thought I should dig out the offending party.
Here is what 3 skeins turned into after trying to wind it into centre pull balls (mistake #1); people should refer to this book before attempting such acts of insanity. The fact that I was partially blind from an eye exam (mistake #2) and that the skeins were too big for my swift (mistake #3) probably had less of an impact that I initially thought.
Anyway, I'm sorry Jenni, but I still find this yarn and pattern very attractive, I've already swatched for it, it's souvenir yarn from Stitches West 2007, and I think it's learned it's lesson from the time out that it's been on since the whole winding episode. So, (for now) I won't be selling it. Have you looked on Ravelry for other people who may have Bamboo to Trade or Sell? I hope you find what you're looking for.
Yours in Yarn,
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
What I did want to comment on and share with you are some funnny knitters!
Someone new to my lurking (although, I commented today) is Mary. I found her through Maria. Mary wrote a wonderful blog today and honestly, I want to print it and put it in a folder for prosperity, it was just that enjoyable. Go there, read it, but first be sure that you don't have your mouth full, so as not to spit upon your computer and that you have tissue available to wipe the tears of laughter away.
While you're equipped with the supplies needed to read the trials and tribulations of knitters, be sure to visit Stephanie. I also commented there (you'll have to read through quite a few comments before you find mine, but it's there! I checked.) and thought I should have a recent post so as to entice potential readers to return to Wine Wool and Whoppers! (I'm thinking of changing my blog name; is that allowed?)
My knitting friends, mostly the Cast Offs, may remember the story that I shared with Stephanie. Let's just say, eye drops, Bamboo yarn, and renovations are not an especially good mix. Opening a bottle of wine and/or beer, however, is an appropriate response to any eye drop and yarn situation. I think we can all agree on that.
I have some wonderful knitterly-type ideas rumbling around so don't forget to check back to see what's new. In the mean time you can go here to keep up to date of what's going on.
FYI: Eleven days until World Wide Knitting In Public Day!
I know; I can hardly contain myself as well!
So keep knitting and keep smiling!