"To label any human being as inferior based on their health, their appearance, their size, their choices in food or physical activity or any other arbitrary measure that is nobody's business but their own is bigotry." ~ Fat Heffalump

7/12/14

Going Offline For A Bit

I had plans to take my camera outside and take some pictures today. Clover is growing thick in our lawn this year. Our lawn needs mowing, so the clover is blooming. It looks gorgeous at certain angles. Then I was going to work on packing our trailer for a camping trip we are planning to start tomorrow. However, my day didn't go as planned, so not only do I not have clover pics, but I have no pics at all. And no packing got done.

Life is never dull at the Parkarosa.

Last night, around 11pm, our water well croaked. The pump quit working, permanently. I'm blaming it on Sue. She's the one who was trying to do her laundry. (I love you Sue!) Actually, the pump is more than 20 years old and it's died a natural death of old age. It's something we all hoped wouldn't happen before we could actually plan to replace the pump on our own terms. Didn't happen that way.

Needless to say, there was some panic. We are having the hottest temps of the year right now. Not having water is a bad thing. It's going to take time to get our well back into working order, and it's gonna cost a LOT of money. My in-laws and husband kicked into action very quickly. I'm quite impressed.

So, I spent the day running errands, including buying a whole lotta bottled water. I have potted plants all over my deck that need water, or they're gonna die. Did I mention it's HOT? Upper 90's today. It's supposed to get up to 100F degrees tomorrow. Also, daughter Ruth is not going on the camping trip. We needed to set things up so she'll be comfortable without running water. We're using the hot tub water and a bucket to flush the toilet. Paper plates and disposable utensils will be used for food consumption. She's planning on using the employee restroom where she works for cleaning up. If she needs a shower, friends have offered their facilities.

Tomorrow morning, very early, Mike (a member of the family who worked in the well business until he retired) will be bringing in a crew to pull the pump out. It's at the end of over 350 feet of pipe down there in the ground. Today sweet hubby and his brother got the area around the well house ready for the job. Small trees were taken down, the brush was mowed to make room for the trucks and all that pipe being pulled up, and they removed the roof over the pump. We're ready.

After the pump is pulled up, a list of parts and things we need to order will be made. Then most of the Park clan is going camping. We figured since we've gotta live like we're camping anyway, we might as well go ahead with our planned trip. The park has actual running water and toilet facilities. Home does not. I will do that trailer packing while the guys pull the pump.

On Monday morning Mike will order the parts. With any luck, they will come by Wednesday, at which time he'll call us. We'll pack up and come home to get things installed. If that goes well, we'll have water by Thursday.

Now, on Thursday, we are scheduled to drive over to Newport, Oregon for a wedding (We're camping on this trip too). One of my nephews is getting married the following weekend. (Originally, we were leaving the campground on Thursday morning, coming home for a quick shower and exchange of dirty clothes for clean, then heading on our way to Newport.) Hopefully, the plan we have now will work out and we can get out of here on time for that wedding.

I'm so glad I didn't grow a veggie garden this year.

If the well was gonna croak, it actually picked a good time to do it. Everyone was taking the week off from work anyway for the camping trip. We're making improvements while we're at it. I mean, since it will be taken all apart anyway, might as well upgrade it. When it's all fixed, our well will not only be better than it was originally, but it will be good for another 20 years.

Keep yer fingers crossed. I'll let you know how it all went when I get home in a week.

Live long and prosper. \\//


7/9/14

How Could I Forget?

It has just dawned on me that I never posted on here that my Sweet Niggles sock pattern has been published. I did so the last week of June. Oops!



It's in PDF format. You can find it on my pattern page here:  Sweet Niggles

Live long and prosper. \\//


7/8/14

I'm Busy

The title says it all. It's summer time. Lots is going on in my life.

I've been knitting quite a bit, but most of it is doll stuff. I did these just this past week.



I've almost got the patterns memorized. That will be nice. I need to sew up some seams and weave in some ends, of course. I've also perfected the fit to exactly what I want. I've upped the needle size to 3's, double stranded the lace weight mohair, and adjusted the pattern accordingly. I am very pleased with the results

I received a large order of embroidered lace tulle trim for making skirts. These are just a few of them.



I ordered 15 different ones, but they sent me 3 extra free, which I thought was kind of cool, so I have 18. I spent quite a bit of time cutting them into skirt appropriate pieces. Now I'm waiting for the lining fabric to arrive that I ordered. Should be here in the next day or two. I've also been teaching myself about sewing doll clothes, and working with certain fabrics. There are lots of tips on the internet that have been extremely helpful.

One tip is use Freezer paper for cutting out small pieces. That is the coolest tip I've had so far this year. I did not know it could be used in this way. I tried it out yesterday and it works pretty well.

I did work on a knitting project that ended up frogged. I started the gloves that go with the fairisle hat I made for a shop model. If I thought the hat pattern was a mess, it was nothing compared to the glove pattern! I've never seen so many typos and math errors in one pattern. I don't think it was ever test knit. It was, quite frankly, unknittable as written. I wrestled to the top of the thumb gusset and stopped there. There was no point in going on with it. I would have to completely rewrite the thing to make it work. Since this pattern is in a kit the shop wanted to sell, I advised them to skip that idea. If they sold the kit, they'd have to add my rewrite, which is then just knitting a pattern I wrote. Not the original. Besides, who wants to support such a badly written pattern financially anyway. I frogged the glove and gave the materials and pattern back to the shop owner. She won't be carrying that kit.

I am amazed at how prolific errors are in published patterns now. Especially the ones from publishing companies. We, as knitters, shouldn't put up with this kind of thing. We pay for these patterns, they should be error free.

I have done very little beading this year. What time I can spend on crafting, I've been spending on doll clothes. So this last weekend I made myself sit down and bead. I worked on a project I started quite some time ago that got stalled due to frustration on my part.



I've figured out what I'm gonna do now and the project is back in progress. It is going to look much different than what I started doing. Sometimes the beads want to be something else from what's in my head. I hope to get it done in time for entering it in the fair.

Had a very nice 4th of July. We went up to my sister-in-laws cabin on upper Twin Lakes for a family barbecue. It was too chilly for swimming, but there was lots of good food and drink and it was nice to catch up on what everyone has been up to. We watched fireworks going off around the lake after dark too.

The weather here has turned hot and muggy. Typical July weather. I'm enjoying it. I like it so much more than snow.

Live long and prosper. \\//


6/24/14

Boxy Bags

Well, now that I've dug out the sewing machine and got it working at peak condition, I want to sew. I've been wanting to learn how to make boxy bags ever since I won one in the year I did the Sock of the Month KAL. Last year a friend gave me a pattern, and I bought some fabric, but never got around to it. I finally got around to it. I found the fabric easily enough, but I couldn't find the pattern. Ugh. It's supposed to be with the fabric, but it wasn't. So I went googling and found a wonderful online tutorial on how to make a boxy bag. I made this one last Friday.



I used some fabric I bought a couple weeks ago to make doll skirts. I made the skirts on Wednesday, and had lots of left overs. It has mistakes in it. But it came out okay. Ruth loves it, so I gave it to her.



Saturday I made a second one using the original fabric I specifically bought for making a boxy bag.



It came out much much better. I LOVE this fabric. It's from Timeless Treasures Tree of Life collection.



I've moved right into it. I mean, I've moved a project right into it.

The wildlife are making themselves visible. Yesterday, while I was checking the chemical balance in the hot tub, a beautiful Whitetail buck stepped out of the woods. It walked up pretty close to me. I talked to him a bit, and then he nodded his head and trotted off down the hill. (Cable missed the whole thing-silly dog). I didn't have a camera anywhere near me, which is a shame cuz he was really pretty with a very nice set of antlers.

On Friday a moose stopped by for a visit. I was at my ironing board pressing some pieces I'd just sewn together on the pirate themed bag above. It was set up right in front of the dining room window. Movement attracted my attention. I looked up right into the eyes of a moose. I sort of panicked, cuz the back door was wide open and I don't want Cable chasing the moose. I ran over to close it, just as the moose arrived at the bottom of the steps. When I slammed the door I startled it. It reared back, then ran around to the front yard. I got my camera.



It's not a real big one, as moose go. It's kind of skinny. It's shy too, which is a good thing.



On Sunday we bought and planted a new flowering Crabapple tree. I better get a protective fence around it before someone eats it!

6/18/14

The Victory Tam

The Victory tam is finished.




Pattern: Victory Tam by Rohn Strong

Yarn: Made In America's Wayfarer
Content: 100% wool, fingering weight
Colors: Meadow, Sand Dune, and Mud Puddle

Needles: Addi Turbo circular size 2 and 4

Cast on: June 4, 2014
Bound off: June 14, 2014

Comments: This pattern is published by Made In America Yarns. I don't know if it was not test knit before being published, or what, but it has a LOT of errors in it. I would not recommend knitting it. However, if you must, here are my corrections.

... First of all, except the ribbed cuff, there should be no purl stitches in this. At least, I don't see any in the pictures in the pattern.

…Under Gauge it doesn’t say what size needles were used for the swatch. Size 2 is the answer.

…In Rnd 3 it starts with K11. It should be K1.

…In Rnd 9 it says to purl 8 and the repeat doesn't work as written. It should say K1, (m1, K7, m1, K7). No purls involved whatsoever, and certainly not 8.

...Rnds 38 - K2tog, (k9, k3tog) to last 10 sts, k8, k2tog. (120 sts)

...Work 5 rnds of chart.

...Rnd 44 - K1, (k3, k3tog, k4) around, end last rep with k3. (96 sts)

...Work 8 rnds of chart.

...Rnd 53 - K2, (k2tog, k1, k2tog, k3) to last 6 sts, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1. (72 sts)

...Work rnds 54 and 55 of the chart.

...Rnd 56 - K1, (k2tog, k4) around, end last rep with k3. (60 sts)

...Rnd 57 - knit.

...Rnd 58 - K1, (k2tog, k2) around, end last rep with k1. (45 sts)

...Rnd 59 - K1, (k2tog, k1) around to last 2 sts, k2tog. (30 sts)

...Rnd 60 - (K2tog) around. (15 sts)

Finish pattern as written.



It was a frustrating knit for me. I'm glad it's done.



Facing front.



The back.



Another view



I will be getting this back to the shop tomorrow. I'm going to ask to enter it in this years North Idaho Fair. Despite the frustrations, it came out pretty darn good, if I say so myself.

Now, to begin the mitts that go with it. Wish me luck.

Live long and prosper. \\//

6/14/14

Skirts Sewn

I spent the day, yesterday, sewing. Well, technically, it was part of the day. The other part of the day I was working on my machine trying to get it to work. It didn't want to sew at first. Then, when I got it sewing, it didn't want to sew correctly. I did a lot of adjustments before it finally starting behaving properly. It was an educational time.

I learned quite a bit about my sewing machine, which is a Ricarr. You may not have heard of this brand. It's an all mechanical machine. No electronics in this baby to toast. It's a basic work horse machine, which is what I want. Something that can hold up to my abuse. Heh heh. Anyway, when it's working properly, it's a dream to sew on.

I also learned how to use this baby.



I bought it last week when we were in Wallace. One of the vendors in the street fair was seeking a new home for it because she never used it. Quilting is on my list of things I want to do when I retire, and she was asking a very reasonable price for it. I snatched it up. It's called a QuiltCut Fabric Cutting system by Alto.

I love this weird contraption! My sister sent me 4 pieces of French embroidered lace trim, and instructions on how to turn them into doll skirts. I used it to even up the edges on the lace trim, and cut my linings with it. It is awesome if you want to cut straight pieces of fabric. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it.

I made all four skirts yesterday. The plan is to knit sweaters to go with the skirts. These ones have white lining. I think they're gorgeous! I will enjoy making sweaters to go with them.



The fourth one is my favorite because I love the design embroidered on it. It has a black lining,



and clearly, I've got a sweater for it already made.



I was surprised how much fun I had making them, even though there were times I was very frustrated with myself (I sewed one of them inside out at one point. Argh!). By the fourth skirt, I was doing pretty darn good.

I think I mentioned I had another red wig for my dolls, but I hadn't taken a pic yet. Well, this is it.



It is cold and wet today. It's raining. I was planning to putter in the yard, but I guess I'll change my plans. Knitting is on the agenda instead.

Live long and prosper. \\//