Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Black and White Sock Knitting

I couldn't tell you for sure where I got this yarn. My best guess would be Woodland Woolworks because I used to love their clearance room and that's where almost all of the Regia I've owned came from. What I know for sure is it's been in my stash for a loooong time and this definitely qualifies as a Stashdive project. 

If I'd known how this stuff would look when it was knit up, I would've cast on MUCH sooner.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Finally Stitching After Doing the Other Things

Last week's stitching time got spent finishing my daughter's shawl and hand-stitching the binding down on the scrappy quilt with the blue sashing. When I finally sat down with my project on Sunday morning, I had a hard time putting it down again. 

Another stripe of wallpaper is done, and the left edge of the trunk lid, and a big chunk of the drapes, which you can't really see because it's all white and ecru and off-white... but I can see myself meeting my self-imposed goal for the month and that's making me really happy.

And that mistake I was afraid I made while I was at my stitching group earlier this month? It looks like I was worried about nothing because the lid of my trunk seems to be lining up just fine.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Kinds of Math that Quilters Do

The backing fabric I want to use is 44" wide and I need an odd number of blocks to make the top symmetrical...So how do I size the squares to make the nine-patch blocks so that will all work?

I got that part all figured out and now the question is whether or not I have enough of the light background fabric to make this quilt I'm picturing in my head actually happen. The other question would be why I'm starting a brand new project when I have so many other quilts in the works, but I can answer that. (It's not going to stay my quilt.)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

{Thrift Shop Temptations} Did I Ever Tell You I Wanted a Butter Churn?

Since I was a little girl, I've wanted to own a spinning wheel and a butter churn. As much as I make fun of that tacky Bicentennial stuff we keep stumbling across, I guess it left a lasting impression on my early childhood. Or I read the Little House on the Prairie books a few too many times.

I got my spinning wheel years ago and I got my butter churn at the thrift shop earlier this week. Actually, it's our third churn, but who's counting? The first one is just a crock, without the lid or plunger. The second one, which is technically my husband's, is the glass kind with paddles and a metal crank.

This is the kind I've been dreaming of...

And, yes, I do see that brand new screw and the plywood on the plunger. And, no, I didn't notice that until  I took the pictures. When I'm buying something that I think is old, I rarely spend enough money that it matters whether I'm right or wrong.

I'm fairly convinced that the crock itself is old. For the twelve bucks I spent -- did I mention that the butter churn of my dreams had a green tag and was 75% off? -- it doesn't matter if its a reproduction. I just want something neat looking to sit next to our big old fireplace. I could have spent a lot more for a brand new piece of decor that would look dated in a few months or years.


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