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Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Me-e-ow-ow ~~~ "What's She Done Now?"

One of the first blogs I followed was Garden of Daises.  She hasn't written in a while, but there is where I saw these sweet vintage dishtowels which were a part of her collection:
http://patchofzinnias.blogspot.com/p/vintage-linens.html 

Then a few weeks ago I saw the beautiful work of Kathleen, http://yesteryearembroideries.blogspot.com/2017/05/i-call-themembroidered-appliqued.html and just knew I wanted to do work like this.

That's when I remembered a pattern I had that would be suitable for applique and embroidery on the same designs.


The towels were purchased at Wal Mart (Amazon has them also, but the price is a bit more.)  They're made from cotton and I think they will be very durable.  These are my finished towels:




I used gingham checks for the dresses and bonnets; gingham checks say "country" to me and they were used for little girls' dresses in days gone by.  I haven't seen checks in stores in years; do they not make them anymore?  If not, what a shame!

This was a fun, but time-consuming project.  
Charlotte





Monday, July 17, 2017

The Importance of Dye Lot Numbers



On Mother's Day my daughter gave me three skeins of this yarn to have to help me pass the time while my eyes healed.  She hasn't had much experience in buying yarn, but wanted to see how this color would work up.  

If you're an old hand at crocheting, you're familiar with the back of the label on a skein of yarn which reads, "Please purchase sufficient yarn of the same dye lot number to complete your project."  I knew solid colors could vary in color from lot to lot, but who would think a variegated yarn would have a difference.  So I just made this little blanket without bothering to look at the lot numbers.


The colors made a striped pattern to begin with (right side of photo), and then when I changed skeins I began to notice the pattern looked more like a plaid (center section).  The third skein made the same plaid pattern but was darker!  That's when it hit me!  The dye lots must be different, and when I looked at the labels, two skeins had the same number but not the same as the first one.  Who knows why the third part is darker!  Anyway, one should always check the dye lot numbers and hope for the best I guess.  

I won't rip it out, although I have done that before when something didn't please me.  It brings to mind a story my mother-in-law told me about an old woman who crocheted a "mile a minute" edging.  Her family would unravel it and give the thread back to her to crochet again, unknown to her of course.  It gave her something to do and this was back in the day when people couldn't run to Wal Mart for every little thing and they probably didn't have money to spend on more thread and nothing to do with the yards of edging she made.

My blanket doesn't look that bad unless it is spread out; maybe when it's wrapped around a baby no one will notice. :)

I'm still learning,
Charlotte

Friday, July 7, 2017

In Spite of Neglect,




I've had some beautiful flowers, among grasses, weeds, and tree saplings.  This is a white Stargazer Lily which has grown taller than me.  Each "stem" has from three to five big buds, making it very heavy and prone to be blown over by the wind when it rains.  So ~ I've tied it to a tree branch; a person does what a person has to do.

To answer a question from Chip Butter on my last post (she asked how I learned to crochet):  forty years ago a teacher at the local high school, held a class for those interested in learning to crochet.  I attended and learned to make a ripple afghan.  It was something learned that I have used over and over and enjoy so much.  Many times I have wished I could thank her for giving her time and knowledge to teach this class, and wonder how many of those attending the class carried the passion for crochet like I have.

Have a blessed weekend,
Charlotte

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Use of More Scraps...

This time it's yarn scraps.  In the quest to find something to keep me occupied these past weeks, I decided to try to use up some of my baby yarn left from projects I'd done before.  I found this pattern,
https://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Baby-Blankets/Hushabye-Simple-Shell-Afghan, online, and had the colors I needed.  This is my finished blanket.  Both blue rows and pink rows are the same color; the far rows look darker but they aren't.


Because I used baby yarn, in order to achieve the right width of the different colors, I had to make eight rows of the colors and four rows of the white.  The pattern shows more rows of color but there wasn't enough green in my stash to make more; anyway, it would have been too long.  I've hunted for baby yarn online and at Wal Mart and can't find it.  The brand is Red Heart; do they not make this yarn anymore?  It's really delicate and soft.

I'm always shy when showing what I've made; I feel like a cat who has brought a mouse to the back door for praise. :)

Have a safe and happy fourth with your friends and families.
Charlotte

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I Think This Apron Is Weird!

I've had this pattern for years upon years.  I don't remember ever using it, but it had been trimmed, yet it was in like-new condition.


I think one reason I'd never made an apron by the pattern was the fact that it took a lot of fabric and bias tape.  So after my daughter brought a bag of scraps to me last week, and some pieces were fairly large, I decided to try it, and made view B.  From the picture you can see how it is put together and that it has four ties.  I believe the ties for the back are brought around to the front and tied, making a knot on the belly. :)  Then the front ties are fastened in the back.  Weird?  It is a one-size pattern, but in my opinion, if a small person tried to wear it, she'd be swallowed up by it.

One day, as I searched Amazon for apron patterns, guess what I came upon...

https://www.amazon.com/Butterick-3872-Vintage-Sewing-Pattern/dp/B019FWQ6LA/ref=sr_1_149?ie=UTF8&qid=1498615183&sr=8-149&keywords=vintage+apron+patterns+for+sewing

Just take a look at the price!  My pattern cost fifty cents back in the days which have now become vintage!  Maybe a collector would want it that badly, but not me, especially after making this apron.  

Please don't tell me you think it's pretty...  :)

Charlotte

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Another Apron

This apron was made in April (?).  Time is just passing me by it seems with so many appointments and early morning trips to the eye clinic.  The second surgery was done on the 7th and today the doctor said it looks great.  (The farmer says he probably tells everyone this. :)  All in all I think I've done well, but ~ it hasn't been a breeze!  I don't think I'm going to need glasses!

Thanks for all your concerns for me.
Charlotte

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Good Report

My doctor was well pleased with the healing of my eye, so of course I was too!  Now on to next Wednesday for the second surgery and then I can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel ~ literally.  He thinks all I will need will be glasses for threading my needles. :)

Forgive me ~ but I have to post another kitty picture.  This one is a bit older than the ones I showed before.  Isn't it precious!


The farmer says, "Too many cats!"  He's feeding them for me.