Sunday, January 31, 2021
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Since my vision is so miserable, I pulled out the classic dishcloth because I can knit this with my eyes closed, literally!
Friday, January 29, 2021
One of the shelves is four inches longer than the other--they will be placed over the doorway-which is up very high so it will mean some ladder work, finding studs, and getting Bill to help me!
Last night, I tried to start a new colorwork pattern for mitts but the colors are too close in tone and the contrast of the pattern is lost! I will rip it out and try something else!
First thing today, though, it is off to the doctor's to get some help for my eyes, they are still too painful-something is going on with them. Sigh. Too much fun.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Lean advised making the bigger ones and to remember to brush her between each block made!
Look at the wood Bill harvested for me--grapefruit wood is the vertical piece, there is sycamore in the back and some grapevine in the forefront. Let's see what I can do with each!
I've completed another pairs of mitts; the yarn is CoBoo in the back and the darker pair is Berroco Comfort DK yarn. I am going to try a pair of Mosaic mitts next while I wait for some sweater yarn to arrive!
We signed papers yesterday-the sale is complete and we have the money in the bank to prove it. An end to a chapter....
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The bowl has worm holes and trails...it is very unique! It measures 5 1/2" square and 2 1/2" deep.I'm always happy to see it sits flat and level on the table!
Signed and sealed, it is ready to go in the mail to my Dad for his birthday! Shhhh! He is turning 88 next week!
Just before bed last night, I finished the second mitt in Lion Brand's CoBoo yarn. Silky smooth and very comfortable. I sure was glad when I brought mitts and socks to wear in the 'tube' yesterday--it is freezing in there, no matter that it was a very warm day outside!
In fact, the sunset last night guarantees another warm day today-red sky at night and all that! It is nice to get a reprieve from the chilly temps we have had this winter--I will sit in the sunshine for you today, if you are having snow!
Monday, January 25, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
I woke yesterday with both eyes in full pink eye mode--a lot of pain and crud and PINK! On top of that, I had a volcano of a cold sore on my lip. Needless to say, I stayed in bed all day, listening to free Audible books of Agatha Christie. I could doze and listen and hold my knitting like a lovie blanket! I slept in late this morning and feel a bit of improvement-enough to see to type, at least! All I can think is that I picked up something on my long day out for appointments on Wednesday--my body handles viruses by sending them to my eyes! Some people get chest colds, sore throats, etc but I tend to be very susceptible to this! I'm gonna be fine.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
It picks up the color of the dining room and the kitchen/family room just through the doorway!
And I did some more work on the square bowl--it is hollowed out and has finish drying on it here.
I love the shape of this--worm holes and all! It is 6" x 6". I will be finishing the bottom today.
Friday, January 22, 2021
This is the other half of the maple log so it , too, has worm holes. It is so pretty to work with!
I signed and sealed the first maple bowl. The signature is working out now and feels natural. (I sign with the wood burner.)
I also did an hour of sanding on the table top for the drafting table. I am not taking the wood back to original colors but removing a few decades of dust and grime! It is smooth and polished now.
I can't wait to sit and draw out the plans for putting base boards in the house! I have to figure out how many boards we need for each room-I am going to do it a bit at a time-I will put the miter saw to work on this job.
I also cleaned several old tables and cabinets that will be in the garage sale-there is so much stuff, we could fill another two more portable garages!
It's hard to see, but I also sanded an old cutting board and then polished it with food-safe polish.
I have to figure out what this little table would be good for? It is only a foot high. Perhaps we have a piece of glass to go in the top.
I also finished the table runner on the frame and added my other two borders on the SAHRRQ!
Today we go and sign papers to turn the properties over to the new owner. It's good timing for us.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
I cut out all of my pieces and made the hst's as needed.
Soon, I had all of the pieces sewn and was ready to think about some more math.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The center has a glass test tube, 3/4" in diameter, glued to the hole I drilled into the vase so I can put real flowers and water into this vase!
This is the tool that came! It is called a Forstner Bit and extender; you can see that I am at the very edge of my length for this smaller lathe! (the tail stock is leaning almost off of the lathe rails!)
But I did it and drilled to the full 8" so the test tube would sit well into the vase.
When I went to remove the face plate to remove the waste wood at the base to shape the bottom,
STOP READING HERE IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH....!
I notice a bit of movement in the middle hole--could those be....termites?!
I freaked out and grabbed the nearest can of pesticide--and sprayed into the hole of the face plate and all over the lathe table as I banged the bugs out of the base! When Bill came in , I showed him what I had found and he confirmed it--yup, termites! (Remember, this vase was from a downed branch to the magnolia tree in my front yard. Were they the reason the branch fell instead of the windstorm? They certainly weakened the branch, at any rate.)
The good news is, I killed them all and the vase itself was fine. I learned a good lesson today--it's why woodworkers leave unworked wood outdoors! I think I will ask Bill to spray my little woodpile!
Monday, January 18, 2021
Bill and Caleb worked on running electricity to the shed in Caleb's back yard; Matthew and I started with this project and arranged the...
It turn out beautifully after the wash and dry! The quilt is a very comfortable size and pleasing colors/prints! Nice to see it done, ri...
I had phone service early in the day yesterday but no internet! And then there was NO phone-no texts, no calls--very silent and isolating!...
I spent a good part of the day piecing the elements I've been making for the mystery QAL. They are pretty and very different than ...