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I recently ran across the quote in my title: “What you measure is what you do.” Thinking about this, I began to identify things in my life that I measure and things I ought to measure.
I measure my kids’ schoolwork. It is important that they progress. I measure my prayer. One rosary, one reading, one journal entry, one chaplet of Divine Mercy each day, always reminding myself of what Chesterton said, “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” I measure my kids’ and my own hygiene. Teeth get brushed a minimum of once a day, showers, baths, etc. I measure my medications and supplements. One per day of this, three per day of that.
I need to measure my meals better. Three square a day, not two plus a lot of snacking or worse, one plus an obscene amount of snacking. I need to measure my sleep better. Eight hours a night, more if needed, never in bed later than 10:30PM. And I need to find a way to measure my sewing and crafting output.
I’ve got more works in progress than ought to be legal. For now I’m going to make a list of the ones that are in my face, and if I find more in the attic someday, I’ll add them to the list. I’m going to include projects that haven’t been started but for which I already hve the supplies. If I decide not to do one of them, it gets crossed off the list. No guilt.
In the order I think of them or find them and named what makes sense to me:
Ruth’s pink stripe dress
Charity mystery quilt
Baby quilt quilt
Baby blue WAS quilt
Raggedy Ann and Andy quilt 1
Raggedy Ann and Andy quilt 2
Beach windowpane quilt
Polka dot top
Hannah’s fall dress
Indian paisley top/dss
Charlie’s denim work apron
Repair Hannah’s jeans
Blue and gold baby boy quilt
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil frog x-stitch
Holy Family x-stitch
Lady of Guadalupe x-stitch
Knotted embroidery lily pad
Charlie’s green shirt
By my count, 26, plus whatever I find when I clean out the attic. Definitely time to start finishing.
What do you need to measure? What do you already measure well?
Following the video instructions from KnitCircus, I made broomstick lace.
I think this will be a scarf when done. The texture reminds me of the old lady afghans that lived at church when I was growing up. It invites you to stick your fingers through the holes.
The back is different from the front.
I’m finally showing you the quilt I finished last month. Several years ago I was using Bonnie’s Scrap User’s System, which was a great way to get scraps used up. I never made any intricate traditional quilt patterns, but I did a couple like this. Shortly before we started major remodeling and I moved all my sewing stuff into bins in the attic, I had put several strips together in a blue, green, yellow/brown color scheme.
A few months ago I started bringing sewing stuff down from the attic, and I found these. Everything that survived the attic exile had to be washed, and these were no exception. Some of the strips lost some width in washing. I sewed the strips together side to side and then had the start of a quilt, but it was far too small for an entire quilt top. So I added very wide borders from thrifted vintage sheets and used a second vintage sheet of the same pattern on the back. I like the way it turned out.
This has become Hannah’s quilt.
Pattern found here.
One lesson learned a hard way. Lace is hard. It’s confusing. If you make a mistake, often the only way to figure it out is to rip the entire thing out and start over. But someone on my Ravelry forum mentioned lifelines. I’d never heard of these, so looked them up.
About every 10 rows, you use a tapestry needle to run scrap yarn through the work where the needle is. Make sure you don’t incorporate the scrap yarn into the work, and keep going. If you make a mistake and need to frog (rippit! rippit!), you can rip back to the lifeline, instead of all the way back to the beginning. The shred of sanity I still had has been preserved!
Knitting is my newest obsession. I’ve only not gone stark raving mad with it because I have imposed on myself the one in, two out rule for my craft stuff. I can’t buy anything unless I get rid of two things. I may sell them or donate them or throw them away or give them away or use them all up, but go they must.
I found this pattern on Ravelry, as one of the suggested patterns for a group KAL (knit-a-long). I’ve been wanting to do lace.
So I took two craft books to the thrift store this morning and bought this lovely yarn.
And I’m having a good time with it.
You can find me on ravelry as “prairiesarah”.
Forgive my crude sense of humor, but every time I repurpose old sheets, I want to use this joke.
I’ve been washing and cutting fabric for the shop and have lots and lots of extras that don’t make fat quarters or yardage. So I’ve been slicing it up into 5-inch squares and 2.5 inch strips, oddly shaped strings, and pieces too small to eek seam allowances out of.
What better to use up strips than a log cabin?
I can’t wait to see how this will turn out!
I made this little wall hanging a month or so ago.
Scrap cotton, scrap satin, scrap batting, scrap floss. Have I mentioned I’m cheap? The pieces were sewn right sides together, then turned through a cut hole in the back. Then the hole was stitched and a folded fabric hanging tab was stitched in place.
Candlewicking is made with knots and is traditionally white on white. I used French knots and COLOR! This was a fun little project. If you haven’t done candlewicking, you should try it!