Yes – I’ll blame it on the cold weather. Before I posted info on this Month’s DPPAS blocks, I looked because I thought I had sent an email to friend Janet P (a/k/a quilting speed demon a/k/a tester extraordinaire) telling her what blocks were for this month. Checked my email folder and didn’t find any so picked two blocks. Aha – I was just fixing the link to last month’s information (which mysteriously disappeared from where I had it saved), and saw that I put the blocks for this month at the end of the February information download. I have been stitching on my Weaver block and just have to add the ear and eye and square it up.
Oops….. well poor Toby got left out but we’ll catch up with him next month. :-) So Janet really wasn’t crazy THIS time (some days you just never know) and I was the crazy one. LOL A bit of a brain freeze on my part.
As for the burning tongue — dinner — I went a bit crazy with the red pepper flakes. I was making some shrimp that gets sauted in chili oil (which I don’t think has much of a kick to it) so I decided to add in some red pepper flakes, cooked them in the oil, and then it gets some orange zest and orange juice mixed in. I don’t eat oranges but I like orange flavor in lots of stuff. This was good but whew – too many pepper flakes – it definitely had a kick to it.
Now for the first DPPAS giveaway…. the random letter selection I used was for the first person in my list of participants whose first name starts with the letter randomly generated number ….
And that person is Geri DeBoer. Congratulations Geri – the tote bag will be headed your way. Please email me with your mailing address – ( I also sent you a private email).
The giveaway goodies for the Head to Toe – A Knitter’s Gifts project came along with the Dog Pound Pals goodies.
Here’s what arrived
A few tote bags – perfect for those knitting or crocheting project or other needlework and the Crafty Ideas notebook. Just blank ruled paper inside. A nice size for writing lists, project notes, new project ideas, etc.
I plan to leave mine in the drawer of the end table next to my chair where I knit. I’m forever stealing needles from other works in progress that I need for a new needle and never making a note of it so later I start knitting with the wrong size needles. So this will be my notebook where I keep track of things like that, changes I made to patterns, yarn I want to use for a specific project, etc…. just crafty ideas.
Also, since sale prices were extended I ordered a few more copies of the Dog Pound Pals Calendar. They just turned out so cute – I can’t wait until next year so I can use one.
The delivery man just brought my new sewing chair – it was the same man who delivered my sewing machine – I promised him I had not ordered anything else – heavy or big or otherwise for him to deliver in the snow and cold. He just laughed. So now to let it warm up to room temp a bit so I can put it together and try it out.
In the meantime, the sweater sleeves are blocking and I’m going to work on one of the Dog Pound blocks – just have to go find a good movie to keep me entertained.
Lastly if you are a DPPAS member – please check the list below. Today’s drawing will be done using a random letter generator (like first person in the list whose first name begins with B or third person in list whose last name begins with M – that sort of thing) and some of you did not actually provide me with your names or not both first and last names. Some I could figure out (I think) from email addresses but some I just listed part of an email address to identify a person or just a first name. If you don’t want to give me your name, that’s fine and drawings will be just based on the information I have, but if you want me to change this list, email me and I’ll get it updated.
I was just unpacking a bag of the giveaway goodies I brought home and forgot I had put this in the same bag. No this is NOT a giveway goodie but I think it is so neat.
My younger brother and his wife were visiting the Midwest last week and making the rounds of all the family here – both our side and her side (before heading back to what they were hoping would be a much warmer Atlanta than it probably is right now) — yes they were not liking the cold here. But they took me out to lunch last week on their swing through Madison and brought me this great pottery bowl they had picked up in a nearby town with a great arts community.
What a lovely gift. The person who makes these uses actual old bits of lace to press in to the bottom to create the design. It’s actually a darker blueish tinted gray than the photo shows, along with burgundy and the outside is sort of a wash of the two colors. I think it may go on the breakfast bar and be my new fruit bowl.
And, I have turned off the battling fans in the sewing room. My sweater fronts and backs are dry and, fingers crossed, it looks like I just might have blocked them correctly. When laying them out, and pinning them to all the proper measurements, there seemed to be a bit of excess fabric (like I should have pinned it longer or wider to totally flatten it out) but because of the nature of the yarn, I used, when it dried, it all sort of tightened up and all that excess has lain in nicely and a preliminary holding up of the pieces has me thinking it just might fit! Now to get the sleeves soaking so I can block those today.
Good morning Dog Pound Pals Adoption Society quilters. I posted last night which blocks we will be making for March.
Cricket and Huckleberry. So check out the project page for the info. Lots of great photos have been added to the Flickr group. Please add photos for just the currently months blocks we are working on (or past blocks you are catching up on – I still haven’t gotten Weaver done yet!) If you are working ahead, wait to load those blocks until we get to that particular month. This will sort of keep each month together and make it easier when I’m doing drawings based on images loaded to Flickr. And speaking of drawings, I’ll be doing the first giveaway later today but this one is not based on who has uploaded photos – I’ll be randomly drawing for this giveaway so you don’t have to do anything to enter this one – I’m using my final list of participants to do the random selection.
Now I can hear all the DPPAS quilters thinking…what will the drawing before?????
Well I finally got all my goodies in for giveaways for this project and the Head to Toe project — Vista Prints extended their sale and gave me a deal on some additional items so I ordered a few more.
This first giveaway will be for a DPPAS totebag.
This is on one side of the tote bag, and the second image is on the reverse side.
I think they turned out really cute. So check back later today to see if you have won!
I think I need to find some time to applique this evening to get Weaver done and then start pulling fabrics for this months blocks to get them ready.
More coffee, I missed breakfast totally so need to find some lunch, and then to get busy.
My sewing room is currently hosting the battle of the fans. The little white whimpy one on the upper left that chirps like a cricket so I may not be able to leave that on and sleep tonight — and the super powerful quiet black one on the lower right.
Hmmm.. will it be dry by morning? We shall see and then I can get the sleeves laid out to block while I start sewing this together.
Well I couldn’t resist – I finally found a yarn that would give me the correct gauge for the KAL sweater, Tressage, and since I had the ball wound and the needles in my hands, I decided to cast on a few days early. This is my progress so far. It looks a bit crazy with all those different stitch markers hanging on it. LOL I really like the sort pinky coral color and the cables are looking good. Now I just need to repeat what I have done so far four more times or so.
On the bus I’ve been working on these socks.
Second sock is coming along and if I wouldn’t have knit about 2 inches totally forgetting to add in one of the pattern rows, I’d be a lot farther but there was some ripping out involved to get back to where I started that craziness.
This weekend I’m hoping to get all the pieces to My Shore Ledges sweater blocked so I can start sewing them together. As a matter of fact, I just might do that after I find some supper — at least block the front and back and turn the fan on it to start drying since I don’t think I have enough blocking board space to do the sleeves at the same time.
I hope to get some quality quilting time in tomorrow with my new sewing machine and my new sewing chair will arrive tomorrow too — made for tall people — so I’m really looking forward to that.
Check out all the other knitting on the needles at Judy’s
And check out this sweater pattern Netherwood. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and it didn’t hurt that it’s in one of my favorite greeny shades. Yes, I know I said I don’t like doing cables but I will do them if it’s something I really like. I think I convinced Judy that she liked it too. :-) I have a few things to get done – some spring/summer type stuff – before I think about making this one. I’m trying to think spring really hard, but the ten below temp this morning is making it very hard!!!
Since I finished off my sweater and probably won’t get around to blocking it till the weekend, I needed to find something else to work on (because you know I just don’t have any half finished projects around here!) :-) I did work on a pair of socks for a while but they weren’t holding my interest, I pulled out my Art Deco but I was watching a good movie so didn’t want to have to pay as much attention to reading the pattern while watching the movie so set that aside.
I had been wanting to make another Swing Cowl, ever since I finished my first one, using my left over Mini Mochi yarn that I used in Dreambird. So went looking in the stash for something to go with it. I found some Cephalopod Skinny Buggga in Dragonfly Tattoo colorway. The flash lightened the colors in it but it’s gray and has just the palest green, blue, pinkish and purple colors in it – very subtle – but they pick up the colors in the Mini Mochi.
I started last night, worked on it during my bus rides today and this is how far I’ve gotten. Moving right along.
And miracle of miracles — these yarns actually came out of the stash!!! and not out of a recently ordered Box of Fun! LOL
Can’t I stay home and play with the sewing machine? :-) Ok – I’ll go to work but I think I may need to plan more vacation time soon.
This quilt is now on the machine (this particular photo is before the borders were completed). My nephew’s graduation quilt. He just might get it now before the end of his first year of college since he didn’t get it when he started the school year but he’s been patiently waiting. It will just get some meandering on it and probably some straight line quilting on the piano key fabric borders. Nothing fancy since it’s headed to a dorm room or college apartment anyway to be used and abused.
I’ve got a quarter of it quilted but since I’m working on a table higher than my normal sewing table (because no one cleaned my sewing table off) I’ve forced myself to stop so that my arms and shoulders will actually move tomorrow. So enough playing with the machine for one day. Time to get to a bit of sleeve knitting and fold the last load of laundry.
Yeah – finally a fabric stashbusting report (I only did one previous one this year that had me all at zeros – nothing used, nothing added – just no dang sewing was going on - or not any sewing finished to the step where I add tally the total amount used). I hope to remedy that and am off to a start finally – even if a small start.
Fabric purchased YTD: 2.5 yds Fabric used YTD: 3.5 Net busted: 1.0 (yes I’m not starting off in the red, says the gal who has fabric arriving next week!)
I finished Too Tired To Give A Hoot earlier this week (my Loopy Challenge project) and today I pulled a little wallhanging off my design wall to test out my new sewing machine. It is now quilted, binding added and binding just needs to be hand stitched down.
Now this is the first thing I quilted on the new machine so don’t look too closely. I was figuring out how things work, if I look at this part of a foot will it line up here or there – and sometimes I just was looking at other stuff on the machine while quilting along – like not paying attention how close I was making some of the feathers to the outer edge of the quilt so when I added the binding I chopped some off. LOL
Once I get use to the fact that the free motion foot doesn’t hop up and down, I’ll be ready to really roll along — oh yes, it has way more speed than any other machine I’ve had.
The cupcake and sprinkles mini will, I think, go to the office and in our corner of the office – it will hang on a birthday person’s cubicle wall the week of their birthday and get moved around.
The funniest thing – after I quilted my name in on the bottom of it I realized I had left the “i” out of my name so it said “Dense”. Hmmmm…. had to sneak back in here and fix that. The problem was for some reason when I machine quilt my name I put two “humps” on the “n” but when I actually write it I don’t, so that threw me off (or I was just looking at one of the other buttons on the machine and not paying attention again).
Well I’m having great fun with the new sewing machine. Biggest adjustment will be that the free motion quilting foot does not “hop” like the one on my other machine did – it just sort of glides across the top of the quilt. It’s not a bad thing – I just need to readjust my quilting rhythm since the sound my machine made as the foot was hopping along — all that helped adjust my speed to get in my quilting grove so needle speed and hand speed all played along together– so I just need to get used to a new hum of the machine to get back in my grove. It makes a fantastically balanced free motion stitch - I nearly have a little wallhanging I layered to test quilt on.
The two things that will take the most getting used to — the handle on the bobbin case that you hold on to put it in and out, that’s backwards compared to my other machines and the needle threads from the left to right – my Janome, front to back and the featherweight right to left so this is totally wrong. LOL But since it has the automatic needle threader, I won’t have to think so hard. LOL
And what’s for lunch?
Chicken salad which was a WW’s recipe. It has carrots, grapes, celery. I altered the recipe to leave out the things I don’t like — for instance I don’t like fresh ginger in things other than hot stir fry dishes.
One thing I have learned – I hate, yes hate, fat free mayonnaise in any way shape form or brand and I do not care for greek yogurt.
This recipe had the “dressing” made from fat free mayonnaise and plain greek yogurt. I decided I would use those actual ingredients even tho I am a loyal Miracle Whip girl — yes and not fat free Miracle Whip either. But I bought them – I mixed them up – I will eat the rest of the chicken salad I made (rather than thowing it out since it’s not THAT bad) but I will be throwing out the fat free mayo. ICK ick ick.
Then as I was comparing points of mayo versus fat free mayo versus Miracle Whip and fat free Miracle whip — I’m totally willing to keep eating my Miracle Whip. The two things I won’t compromise on — Miracle Whip and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. ;-) Anyway, I’d make this again but just use Miracle Whip and maybe a little fat free sour cream (that I do like in the fat free form). I didn’t have any walnuts the recipe called for (need to add those to the grocery list) and I would probably add some raisins when I make it again because I love raisins in chicken salad. But those strawberries – I don’t know where they were shipped in from by they are delicious.
My lunch break is over – I was eating as I was typing this – and I just have one row of feathers and then I can show you my first quilted item on the new machine.
Oh and someone asked about the quilt in the background of the photo of the sewing machine.
It was this one. It had just gotten pulled from my “finished extras” pile. It had been quilted for a while but I wanted to wash it and dry it so it got the “puckered” comfy look. It’s going to an event where a women’s legal group auctions baskets containing various items as fundraiser for the local domestic abuse shelter. This quilt will go in a basket along with some home-made candles a coworker makes – she said she has some teacup candles so can’t wait to see those.