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June 13, 2011 3 comments

It’s Monday. This post is scheduled in advance. By the time you read this, I will either be in surgery or will be in a lovely post-surgical drug-haze.

On Friday, I broke my finger. A minor enough injury, you think. Aha, here’s how it’s not so minor. I broke it in such a way that a fragment snapped off and actually being held away from the main bone by the ligament, and it requires me to see a reconstructive surgeon to fix it. I’ll also probably have arthritis in that finger from now on, because of where and how the break was.

I won’t be able to do anything crafty for a while as this injury heals. I’ll be lying in bed, reading a lot and trying not to think that something as relatively minor as a broken finger actually required surgery and eventually, probably physiotherapy.

I’ll see you all when I’m able to craft again!

Categories: Uncategorized

Enchanting geisha progress #6

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She’s looking more colorful with every progress picture! I look back on the first progress picture that I took and can’t believe just how far I’ve come. There’s still plenty more to do, though, before she’s finished.

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery

Jam!

A friend and I found a great sale on strawberries not too long ago. 3 packages for $5. We bought 6 packages, and some pectin since I’ve always wanted to try making jam.

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I used a no-cook strawberry jam recipe that was very simple, if tiring on my arms because of all the mashing and mixing. We used only thr strawberries that were started to go soft. No moldy, but a little too dark and soft to be enjoyable to eat anymore. We still have lots of strawberries left, too, to snack on and perhaps to make more jam to give to friends as gifts.

Each mason jar holds about 2 cups worth of jam, and we had a little left over so we just added it to another container for now. I suspect I’ll eat from that one first. No-cook jams don’t stay good for very long, though (about 3 weeks if you don’t freeze them), so we’ll have to eat this all up quickly or else give a jar away to other friends, so that this doesn’t go to waste.

It was a lot of fun to make, though, and I look forward to trying more jam recipes in the future!

Categories: cooking

A wonderful birthday card

My birthday was this Tuesday, and it was a very good day! I had an interview for a new job that looks good, had lunch with my parents, and had a remarkably productive day at work. I couldn’t ask for more (except perhaps a winning lottery ticket, but I try to keep my wishes realistic)!

I wanted to show off a card that somebody got for me, which is so personalized that I couldn’t help but love it.

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I don’t know if it’s handmade, but it’s lovely, and very appropriate, since I love to knit. Just seeing this card makes me want to try to make handmade cards myself someday, too.

Categories: Uncategorized

Starting a quilting stash

June 4, 2011 1 comment

Quilting is something I’ve wanted to learn how to do for a long time, but also for a long time, I didn’t have the money to get supplies. Needles and thread can be cheap, but the actual material can get pricey. Sometimes local second-hand stores would have bags of fat quarters for a decent price, but usually when I didn’t have any money to spend on them.

But seeing as how my birthday is coming up, I decided to treat myself to a little something.

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Each pack holds five pieces of material, and were only $1.50 each. I bought all seven of them that were on the store shelf!

They individual pieces aren’t a bad size, either.

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Average-sized paperback book thrown in for size comparison.

So with 35 pieces that size, and considering I spent only a little over $10 for all of them together, I figure that’s a good start-up for learning how to quilt. I’ll probably start with something simple, just a block quilt, because as with anything, I know I’m going to make mistakes in the beginning, and I don’t want to make something very complicated and just increase the amount of mistakes I’ll make.

Categories: stash

Swedish weaving

June 3, 2011 1 comment

I know some people have been curious about what this Swedish weaving is that I’ve been talking about lately. Also called huck weaving, it’s technically a form of embroidery. It’s usually done on monk’s cloth, but since the structure essentially the same, it can be done on Aida or any other evenweave fabric. It involves drawing the floss or yarn under only the top layer of threads on the fabric, so that it makes floats.

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This is the project that I finished yesterday. I got the pattern from the Canadian craft magazine, A Needle Pulling Thread, which features projects by Canadian crafters and artists, and always has something interesting in it. This was my first attempt at Swedish weaving, and I did make some mistakes, but fortunately with this craft mistakes are really easy and quick to fix, so long as you catch them on time.

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This is a closeup of the pattern. The image is a little blurry, but you can see a little more clearly how the embroidery floss I use is only going under the first layer of threads of the weave. If I turned the cloth over, there’s nothing on the other side but the places where I anchored the threads. If you can finagle it, Swedish weaving is excellent for making double-sided items. I think most people only do one side, but you can repeat the image on the reverse since it’s like a clean slate. Very good for afghans made of monks cloth!

For the record, I have no idea what I want to do with this project now that it’s finished. I’m thinking that it might make a nice panel on a tote bag, but I could also use it as a wall decoration, too. I haven’t decided yet.

Enchanting Geisha progress #5

June 2, 2011 1 comment

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I feel like I haven’t done much work on this project over the past few days, but then when I look at it and compare it to the previous progress picture, I can see that yes, progress has actually been made. I’m only working on it at night, while I watch TV with a friend, so I have limited hours during the day in which to do this.

I’m not at work for the rest of this week, though. I went to the doctor yesterday and was put back on some medication that I haven’t needed to take for years, and I got his permission to take the rest of the week off work, to recover and adjust to the medicine. I’m not happy about having to do this, but if it has to be done, it has to be done. The alternative is worse, and I know that. And it’s easier to be strong when you know you have help.

So I’m going to spend today catching up on some housework and finishing a Swedish Weaving project that I’m looking forward to showing! It should be finished today, with luck, and I’ll post something tomorrow to show everyone how it turned out.

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery