19 March 2017

The Quilt

Well. That didn't work.

That stinking green inner border bled.

That effectively takes this quilt out of any show or competition. Yes, I had planned on putting it in one or two. Not now.

I went to the store and bought 3 boxes of Color catchers and hand basted them over the border and washed the quilt to help remove more of the color. I air dried the quilt. That worked, somewhat.

Then I found some of Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. I used it on two of the lighter areas and it took them out. So I moved on to a darker spot. I've been following the directions: rub Grandma's into the spot and wait 5-10 minutes before washing. Except instead of washing I have been placing the area over an empty bucket and pouring water on it until it drips out the back side. Then I let it air dry. It is working, but oh so ever slowly. I have almost gone through a whole bottle and the spot is still there.

My next thing to try is a bleach pen. Yes, I know this is harsh but....
I bought a brand new bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Did you know that hydrogen peroxide neutralizes chlorine? One part hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts water in case you want to know. The reason I bought a new, unopened bottle is that hydrogen peroxide, after opening, looses it's effectiveness over time. I want this to be as strong as I can get it.

Here is where this is today. Picture #1 is where I started. Picture #2 is with Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. Picture #3 is with the bleach pen. I think is is good enough to hang on my wall but not for shows. Comments?

Picture #1

Picture #2

Picture #3

08 March 2017

Hi there!

It's been a while hasn't it?

Other than bunion surgery, nothing has been happening here. The surgery is the culprit. Since my sewing room is in the basement, I couldn't negotiate the stairs with the air cast on my foot. And let's talk about using the foot pedal to the sewing machine. Not! It is my right foot, so I can't drive either. Can we say that I have been effectively curtailed?

I did get a lot of experimental knitting done, but nothing to show for it since I frogged it all.

In my defense, I am very well rested now.

Soon (I hope) the cast will be just a memory and I can go back to my daily life again.

24 January 2017

New in the kitchen

This was my Christmas present! Hubby and I decided to do this in lieu of other gifts. We had to get an electrician in to pull a 120 line since there was only 210. Then we had to get the tile guy in to drill a hole in the tile for the gas line. Then we had to have a gas line pulled. After all of that, this got delivered and I am in seventh heaven. I don't think the old electric ceramic top range would have made it too many more days.

07 January 2017

There Is A Quilt There -- Somewhere

Really there is! I am soaking a quilt per the instructions from Vicki Welsh's tutorial: Save My Bleeding Quilt. The water has already changed color. I am soaking it for 12 hours because I want all that dye to release. I'll keep you updated.

02 January 2017

Warm Winter Hat

I made myself a very warm winter hat from some leftover chunky yarn. It's a bit big, but it's warm. The yarn is leftover from a poncho that I knitted for the grand-daughter.

26 December 2016

Sunday Morning Shawl

I was commissioned to make a shawl for someone's mother. This pattern lends itself wonderfully to a yarn that self-stripes. The pattern was written for leftover sock yarn but I used a different yarn and needle size. Don't you love the ruffle?

Pattern: Sunday Morning Shawl
Yarn: Lion Brand Landscapes; colorway - Mountain Range
Needle: US #10

24 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I usually pick from last year's photos of our Christmas celebration to make a greeting card for the current Christmas celebration. I wish you and yours a very, merry Christmas, Hanukkah, and/or Kwanzaa.