Thursday, May 25, 2023

Episode 131: Communal

Our Sweet Briar Rose is in bloom!

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Warm Thanks :
Readera: Yes! I am dying to get the 2 new Tanis Gray books and stay tuned for reviews!
Salpal: Oh Man! You're in Maine???? Wow, do I want to get there some day!!!
Lexicom- graduated her masters program. You make us all proud! Congratulations!
Chrisaah: sent a link to the pretty Emerson shorts pattern to help me in my quest for better shorts to make
TwinsetJan: advises me tha green tea DOES have caffeine. About 60% of black tea. THANK YOU!

Cogknitive FiberRetreat 2023: it’s on for Saturday, November 11, 2023
Attendees so far:
1. Me!
2. Lex
4. Kai H.
5. Andrea 9772
6. Jenna I
7. Mary P.
8. Carrmal 
9. Potchke
10. Maridee
11. Ariane G.
12. Gigi
13. Jasmin
14. DangerMouse
15. Peachy
16. Smidjin 
17. Tiamoe 
18. Redsknits
19. Goodstuff 
20. Judy K.
21. Priscilla A.
22. Drew Kaitlin
23. Sustainablelivin
24. CherulSlover
25. Myladyirony
26. Glowingelegy
27. Susan G (mama at90807)

Possible vendors:
Lisa Souza Yarns
Tina’s Soaps
Lazersheep yarns

And a colorway by Dizzy Blonde Studios!

What's On My Hooks and Needles:


Simplicity 8558: dark blue shorts

In Progress:  
Stash toss 2023 (4 in versus 33 out) 

The 5-seam skirt:
Sewing machine, matching threads, wound bobbins, 2 strips of half-inch elastic.
2.5 yards fabric— cotton for spring, eyelet for petticoats, flannel for cooler weather.
1. Cut 2 rectangles (use the fold): 21/42 x 39
2. Pin right sides together; seam each 39” edge to each other (2 seams).
3. Keep inside out. Fold top 1/4 inch over and iron down.
4. Fold top 1.75” down; iron and then pin down.
5. Sew as close to bottom edge of this fold as you can, sewing through the quarter inch folded under and the fabric facing you. (Seam #3). Now you have a casing for your waistband elastic.
6. On the casing waistband, sew another seam 0.75” down from the top. (Seam #4). Now you have 2 channels in your waistband to run elastic through for your waistband.
7. Work 2 strips of elastic through these channels. Each strip is (length of your waist plus 1” long.) You can open a hole to insert the elastic by using a seam ripper on the inside seam carefully of your waistband. You should only pull out 2 or 3 stitches where they cannot be seen. You can hand-stitch this in a few seconds to close AFTER your elastic is in. (Or use the Simplicity method, which is easier.) Sew the ends of the elastic together to fit your own waist and snip off excess.
8. Hem (seam #5). I like to fold the raw edge under for a half inch and iron down, then roll that u dear a half inch and pin it. Then I sew my seam through both thicknesses.

You can layer these skirts, add pretty edgings, and also add tucks to reduce length or just measured finished skirt against yourself and determine a shorter length. These come out just above my ankles.

Blueberry Who Socks: and we are on to sock #2!

Lanesplitter Skirt- I’ve turned the first corner and I’m on the straight-away--32 inches along!

Don't Know Yet--a year in blocks-- onward! Seaming experiment:

19 x 19 blocks! 
18(19) squares=361 squares. And extras

Arranged, photographed, and clipped. Rows 1-17 sewn together, ends woven.  Row 17 is now clipped to the body of the blanket and getting its long edge seamed. Row 18 has  its short edges seamed. That’s 304 (84%] blocks out of 361 done!

Lady Eleanor Shawl-- The Next Big Thing. Progress in middle of skein 7/11. 32” long so far.

My Favorite Resources:

Webs for supplies

The Altered Stitch in Valley Village, LA

The Knitting Tree in Airport-land, LA

Latelier on Ventura

Birch and Cider for custom leather tags on Etsy

Razzberries Studios on Etsy for chatelaine supplies

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day
Unboxing the new Nano—not yet


Mindfulness Strategies: communality as group mindfulness

Fluffy Books:

An Extravagant Duplicity by Lynne Messina—the Beatrice Hyde-Clare series  
Netflix: binging Seinfeld, Queen Charlotte
Dungeons and Dragons: Honor among Thieves—loved it. 

Something I Really Like:  

10 Minute Mail- generates an email address that is canceled after 10 minutes. Now you can use the address to reply to sites that want your email and will also add you to mailing lists that you hate and that spam you.

Put a Lid on It: 
Tea tastings:  continue. Ordered 3 new Plum Deluxe flavors in their 3-for-2 sale.
Neti pots, epsom baths, and my latest cold


ASL:   Deaf culture class: our final projects.

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie: chewing 

Hubsdate: getting through our colds together


Cogknitive FiberRetreat 2023: Saturday, November 11, 2023

Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference: Anaheim, Dec. 12-17, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: it’s been a loooong school year!

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