Category Archives: Projects

Rehabbing Betty

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Betty doesn't feel well....

Betty doesn't feel well....

Well, she was “Betsy,” but my eldest has a clarinet already named Betsy and has informed me that it’s weird to have more than one inanimate object with the same name, so “Betty” it is. 😉  Sorry about the blurry shot, still getting the hang of my new DSLR.

This is a Singer Stylist 466k made in 1969.  It belonged to my paternal grandmother and is one of the only things I have that was hers.  I’ve wanted to get the machine up and running for a long time, and I’m finally getting to do it!  I had no idea when I started how much I’d learn and how many parts I’d need. D:

Dead gear.

Mostly it was a matter of not taking all the accessories with me when I left my grandparents house.  Still, this is a 40 plus year old machine that sat for quite a while, so a deep lube and service was in order.  I also found a bit of damage like what you see (or almost see) in the above photo – the black gear in the center of the photograph sat still so long that it crumbled into the white gear’s teeth upon startup.  Needless to say, I’ve parts on the way.

This has been weirdly anxious for me.  It’s hard to wait so long and then be delayed by damage.  I really look forward to sewing on my grandmother’s machine!

 

 

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Too Many Radishes

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A Smattering of Radishes

Just a small, small portion of my radish stash - these have been topped and tailed.

See, what happens when your father-in-law and husband take over the garden plotting is you end up with – amongst other things – not enough of some things and too many of other things. Radishes, in this case. At least, that’s how it worked out this year, for us. I have bags full, and many of them are too old, simply because there *are* so many. So since somehow *I’m* the person responsible for creating a Radish Plan to deal with the Situation, I’ve been scouring the net looking for possible recipes. These are the best candidates right now, that I plan on trying out this week.

Small list, good for a start. (Sigh.) If anyone wanders through here and has another (frugal food) suggestion, I’m all ears.  Or in this case, roots.

Bits and Bobs

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School is ramping up, so there’s not a lot of time to post.  Been working on plain things, basics.  Have some cotton kitchen washcloths done, and a test hat on a basic pattern.  Will post pics soon.  Been working on my photography lately.  Really want to learn to do that.  Debating on a photo blog, or sticking to deviantart and or Flickr.

Be well, my lovelies….

Posts and Projects

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Well, losing the game, so to speak, with NaBloPoMo kinda put me off blogging feed.  I decided to get focused on other things for a while – got some projects done, recentered myself.  Probably good, in the long run.

SO – here’s what I’ve been up to:

I’m still working on exploring the Newbie Level of crochet.  I’ve gotten a few projects done  (Please forgive the photo layout – I’m struggling with this template and may chuck it soon. 😛 ) –

Solomon Models THE HATFirstly is this LAMB inspired hat.  You can find info on the pattern here at Ravelry, and see more pics at my project page here.  This one turned out pretty well – da kiddo is pleased – it’s for his girlfriend.  He was a bit reluctant to model it for me, tho. ^_-

Headband Attempt No. 1

I also worked up a headband last night.  For some reason it gave me fits – frogged it a kajillion times before I really figured out the pattern.  Go figure.  Anyhoo, while it’s far from perfect, it’s done and I like it.  I figure I’ll do more soon.

The pattern (Trebel Crochet Headband)  uses just a very little yarn.  I can see using project scraps to make more of these.  In this case, I used some left over Peaches & Creme from a Christmas present project.  (No more information on *that* one right now. Ahem.)

Headband Attempt No. 1

I also frogged a hat I was working on for the other half.  He’s finicky. 😛 So, as he likes the yarn I am using, but didn’t like the way the hat was shaping up, I frogged the whole thing.  Blech.  No fun, frogging an almost done project.  Ah well, I have some ideas for creating a Fabulous Hat for the man.  We shall see.

I’ve been contemplating picking up knitting needles again.  I’ve just been a little intimidated – the last few times I’ve tried, I’ve come away with aching hands and wrists.  Guess we’ll see, huh?  o.O  I’m also working on a few small projects for Christmas.

Oh, I also discovered the most awesome vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I believe I’ll leave that for the next post. 😉

Be well, y’all!

Finished Object – L.A.M.B. Inspired Hat [NaBloPoMo]

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Front of Said Hat

Spent the day not doing some house projects I’d hoped to get around to – seemed like a good day to kick back and just chill a bit….So I spent the time I’d planned on doing some Fall Clearing Out working up this hat.  It’s a variation on the L.A.M.B inspired hat on Ravelry.  (Modeled by my ever fabulous yet very serious youngest.)

I decided to use Caron Eco Soft just ’cause. Figured it was worth a whirl, and would turn out with a nice texture/feel. It did, but based on the exact pattern it’s a bit small for me – which is a shame, as it’s kinda fun.

Side of Said Hat

I was thinking of gifting it, but it’s a bit funky for most of the potential recipients I can think of. I may give it to Eldest Son’s girlfriend – she *does* have a birthday coming up and she’s a petite little thing. I’ve no doubt it’d fit her well. My only thought is whether she’d like it….Hmm.

LOL – on the other hand, Youngest just reminded me that *his* birthday is in a few days as well, and he’s pretty fond of the hat as well.  He has just enough panache to pull it off, too – da boy knows how to wear clothes.  Certainly doesn’t get that from me. o.O

Two more pics are below – sorry that last one is blurry – as you might be able to tell, I took these in a hurry.

Flat Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup of Hat

FO Frustrations [NaBloPoMo]

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I took a “mental health day” today – decided to sit and work on April Draven’s Star Slouchy Hat pattern.

Failed Hat

Exhibit 2

I frogged the green band at the bottom more times than I care to admit trying to get the decrease down – the way it’s “supposed to be done was just sliding off whatever part of my head I put it on.  I tried the suggested variation for a tighter fit, to no avail, so I fooled around for *way* longer than I care to admit trying to make this work. I ended up just finishing off the post stitches and finishing the hat off.  I *think* it was just too small thru the top – that’s my best guess.  I’m going to fool with the basic idea – good practice at least, and I kinda like the 32 bit pseudo-glow in the dark thing.

This project made me very aware I have a great deal to learn – I look forward to understanding what to do with in a situation like this, one of these days!