Monday, August 18, 2014

Best $10 I Ever Spent

Someone at Goodwill must have been mis-marking things the day I found this:

It's a fully functional (albeit old and in desperate need of a tune-up) Singer sewing machine with table and 100% of its parts. It has enough versatility for my needs and will allow me to do a couple of around-the-house projects I was planning to do. It's old enough that while it has a lot of options, it's extremely manual, with each different stitch type changed by using different disks that slot into the housing and five different dials that control the stitches. At first, I wasn't sure if it was going to work, but after a little bit of playing around with it, I got it going. It mainly needed to be run for awhile so all of the bits could get un-stuck.

My sewing stash has a number of things from my Grandmother's sewing stash. That included a few pillow panels (and the quick quilt you see on the table now). What better way to test and tune-up the machine than by getting those out of the stash and into use or the present pile?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Quick-ish Scarf

This was going to be a very quick scarf, the V-eekender Scarf, something for me to get through while cleaning out e-mails and RSS feeds after a 2-week hiking trip. It almost worked, too.

Then I ran out of white on the last row. Not a big problem, it won't be noticeable when I wear it, and I like it so much I'd be wearing it a lot I think. On to the final edging row - except as you can see, I'm going to run out of red too. Sigh. Looks like I'll be ripping back the final rows of white and one of the rows of red (each stripe is two rows), then adding one row of white and the red picot edging. Not as quick as it could be, but still a very quick project!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

July Count

Up yet again, due to buying a large skein of laceweight for Camp Loopy 2014 project #3:

The skein is already 15% knit, but I'm intending to (finally) wash and finish the three spinning projects I've had on the wheel all summer long. This month's graph might go up and it might go down...who knows?