....as is Pimpeliess. I was knitting away like crazy every night on them while watching Ozark and I've run out of episodes. I have also been wilted by the evening from the record breaking heat we've been putting up with. This is the time of year I curse the ancestors who thought it would be a good idea to get on a boat and come to the new world. I'm much more suited to the weather in the UK than I am in this tropical nightmare. I need clouds. I need rain. I need a hot cup of tea.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
That's how much time there is until the actual Tour begins. At least is was when I was writing this yesterday. I'm getting excited but not too excited. That's a long time and more virus stuff can happen between now and then. I'm still getting my little spinning corner ready. It's in the middle of the unholy kitchen mess.
I've been working on the Streets of Loredo fiber but it's going too quickly. I love to spin while I watch TV but I don't really need anymore handspun at the moment.
What I need to do is dig out last year's unfinished Tour projects and put some work into them instead of just peddling away on the Ladybug every night.
What I also need to do is finish Trinidad, the California Red. I carded all those batts back in March and then let them just sit. I've got two finished skeins already and I'd like them to be a pair of socks one day.
I've also got plans for some cotton I started two Tours ago.
I managed to ply this much over that time but I need more. Lots more if this is going to become something one day. That's the problem with spinning. You aren't done when you're done. Something always needs to come next.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Up next is this one that just came in the mail last week. My little puzzles have been the best part of this whole pandemic experience if there is a such thing as a best part. I am completely addicted.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
In spite of sewing a hole in my finger this week I have very little to show for it. I only managed three of my 10 by 10 green squares on the sampler. I had hoped to get one done a day. Nope. No excuses. I just didn't feel like working on it this week.
I have one more block quilted on the nine patch. It doesn't look like much at this stage. I'm hoping a few more blocks will make it look like all this work has been worth the trouble. Not that's it actually been trouble. This is still something I really like to do and that's saying a lot because right now I am so sick of being in this house and doing the same thing day after day that I could just scream.
Monday, July 27, 2020
Mr. Blue Crab took the brunt of it. I was beyond mad at myself. I usually stamp on a separate table but had gotten lazy.
Other than being ticked off at my stupidity it really wasn't much of a catastrophe. This is just the sample I'll use to make my cards this year. I figure if I make a few a day it'll keep me purposefully occupied in the evenings. I never usually start this early in the year but you know how it is. There's a lot of hours in the day to fill these days.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
That's the post.
If you had on your 2020 bingo card that I would be doing cartwheels over a mediocre, no contact delivery, Papa John's pizza you would be a correct. The only good thing about it was that I DIDN'T HAVE TO COOK IT. It was our first take out since way back in early February.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Since serious sewing was not going to happen, what I did do to speed the finishing process up was to cut out pieces for the sashing. That I could do. I'm going to need a lot. It's a good thing he also left me packs and packs of charm squares. They make the job so much easier than having to cut yardage.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Here's the photo on the pattern where you can clearly see that it's a mountain range which Lofoten in Norway actually is. Now that my eyes can see it, it's pretty cool.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
I also have another sink full of produce to cook this week. I see fried green tomatoes and eggplant parm in my future. I am going to bake those overgrown squash like a winter squash using a recipe I found for them on the internet. It was a good day and I suppose all good days come with some amount of risk.
I totally admit that I am more freaked out than most over this virus thing but I have asthma. That feeling of not being able to breathe scares the you know what out of me on pretty much a regular basis anymore. My asthma got notably worse after my bout with H1N1 back in the day so I really, really don't want to tangle with this virus thing. The way my sister described what she and her husband went through when they had it still keeps me up at night. It's one nasty bug.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
My refrigerator pickles turned out to be delicious so I was happy to see the cucumber plants are still making baby cukes in this horrible heat in spite of looking so dismal.
I actually found a good looking one today.
The tomatoes are starting to get some color. Trying to keep them going in this heatwave has not been fun. I have to carry gallons of water out to them regularly.
How happy is that? I didn't get many Black Eyed Susan blooms this year thanks to the deer eating half the plants but what I did get was most welcome in this dreary time. Cabin fever has definitely set in. We are both taking turns being grouchy this week.
Speaking of deer, I now have a long path down the front walk of sad half eaten stalks of Hostas. The Mister always complains about them taking up the sidewalk. Not this year. That's just pitiful.
The Hydrangea has taken over the end of the sidewalk. This is the best year it's had in ages. Look at that color. When this nightmare is over I'm going to rip up the front beds and plant more of them. I don't think anyone can have enough Hydrangeas.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
The dark green part of my sampler is turning out to be a real pain. I hate stitches that touch other stitches on all sides. No matter what I do I can't make them neat. I also lose track of where I am. I don't usually use the grid lines on a pattern but this time I am. I am doing one 10 by 10 section a day. It may take forever but I will keep my sanity.
My other tiny needle was busy getting two more blocks appliqued down on the hexie top. Three to go. Mercifully, this is the last row.
You can't really see it but I have two blocks of the nine patch hand quilted. I was worried about using different colored thread for each block but it looks fine to me.