Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stitch and (Bitch) Talk Nicely About Our Lives

I've posted this topic on FB, and gotten quite the postive response, but never followed through with actually planning a "Stitch and Bitch" event.  These things go on around the country y'all! Didya know THAT? I'm not clever enough to make up my own slogan, so any credit you gave me can be given to Debbie Stroller.  She's the author of the actual Stitch and Bitch books, which include patterns for knerds knitters. 

I've aquired what I believe is carpal tunnel from knitting, so I've all but completely stopped :(. But I still crochet like a mo-fo, and have just started sewing (doi, you obviously know this).  Last night, my crocheting p.i.c. Megan excitedly told me she is getting a sewing machine!!!  We are only now 7 sewing mates away from a Project Runway competition.  I can just imagine models strutting down the runway showcasing my oven mits and napkins. 

SOOO, back to the idea of getting together to drink craft. I was thinking maybe once a month we come together and maybe one person can bring an easy project to do, and teach the rest of us.  OR, we could just get together and work on whatever project we've got goin on. For example, I would love to teach how to make that braided scarf I posted about earlier.  It literally requires 4 straight stitches.  And I didn't even have to cut material!  I know a few people already that are interested:  Jenny (who is highly advanced at sewing I might add), Megan, Carly (although she stated she's more interested in the bitching and less into stitching), Katie, and Rodney's interested too. HA. joking.

Anyone seriously interested in crocheting/sewing/bitching? There will be alcohol involved, so lets not get our expectations too high on the final outcome of the projects.  I mean I'm not going to be going around with a whistle and pouring tequila down your throats/shaking your head around, but a beer or glass of wine can only strengthen our creativity, right? 

Leave a comment if you are interested, and the first par-tay can be at my house.  If you don't have a sewing machine, I can let you use mine (after a drivers ed type course).  If you don't have crochet hooks, I can also let you use mine (as I have MANY).   I've got some shitty yarn I can probably let go of too, but if you want the nice stuff, you might need to supply your own :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Is quilting in my future?

Dear Magic 8 Ball,

Is quilting in my future?
Am I on my way to becoming the best grandma before I even have kids?
Will Jo-Ann's ever have moderately priced items?

Yes, Yes, and Ask again later.

My yougest acting eldest sister Robyn quilts.  Ok..... I'll give you time to clean your monitor of coffee spit.

She really does. It shocked me too when she started up with this craft.  Not surprisingly, even her first quilt was impressive. During a recent late night conversation, I mentioned I'm really only sewing straight lines because I feel I need to start basic.  Thats when she said she was totally gonna get me hooked on quilting.

When I think of quilting, I think of blanket quilts, naturally.  But I think this chick's gonna quilt pillows, and everything BUT blankets. I've already been told NOT to crochet a "grandma" blanket, so I'll take that as a hint we don't need a quilted blanket either.  I could go all hippie and sew together a quilted skirt to wear to the next Gorge concert, but I fear if I start wearing stuff like that I might stop brushing my hair and shaving my pits.

I have sooo many projects that I want to do right now. I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  Sometimes I just want to live off the land.  I can totally envision crafting all day long while hottie hubs hunts and gathers. I wonder if the UPS truck would deliver fabric/yarn/sewing supplies. Cuz by live off the land, I mean far enough away, but close enough for electricity, running water, and the internet. (how else would i blog?)

A lot goes into quilting, and I'm not sure I'm totally ready for it all.  I browsed the "quilting squares" area of JoAnns the other day, and man alive that shits expensive!  Cute, but spendy.  I can't imagine how much money I would have to sell a blanket for after its all said and done.  The quilt squares, thread, the filling, the backing, and whatever else I'm probably forgetting, all adds up.  I just googled, "how much does a quilt cost to make" and a search came back from one quilter stating she's spent as little as $60 and as much as $700. Are you freakin kidding me?!?! Did she use egyptian cotton with a crazy thread count and thread made from a bald eagle's chest hair? Maybe I'll just make a cheesy denim quilt with the back pockets still attached.

For the record, this is not my sister's quilt.

Monday, June 11, 2012

County Folk

I couldn't WAIT to get home to sew. 

I'd been impersonating a big city girl since Wednesday night with my hottie hubby and I was done.  Put a PeeWee Herman size fork in me. 

1. Seattle weather and my hair have never and will never get along.  It didn't help that I had to leave all my product at home since we were flying.  I'm just to the point where I can pull it back though, thankfully.
2. Money must grow on ferns there.  I'm just not used to having to pay to park miles away from my destination.
3. My personal space bubble is about 20 feet in circumference. Too many people tryin to do the same thing at the same time.  Too many cars, wierdos, garbage, smells all sharing the same exact space for my liking.

Ok. I'm done bitchin, here's my stitchin.

Its a bib with a tie that flaps up so you can wipe the kid's face!

I went to Jo-Anns on Sunday with coupons in tow and wierd, everything was "on sale" so I had to actually find something that wasn't on sale to buy.  I did need a bobbin case, so THERE Jo-ANN.

I also made the placemats and napkins that the bib is sitting on, and they're double sided, black on the other side.  The napkins and the bib are also double sided.  The other side of the bib is green.  As it turns out, this will not actually fit a baby.  So, if anyone's doll spits up, I've got just the thing for you.

Here are some pics from out trip.  We made it to a Mariners game, a no hitter actually, which made for a short (and kinda sorta boring) game.  But its NEVER boring when you're with friends, drinkin and sitting in the Hit it Here cafe!!!! 

Cody Gapp, Nick Wahl, Rodney and I with Dave Niehaus.  He was nice.

Surprised they let us in?