Peggy and her husband often hang out on the front porch and chat with passer byers like me. Once she shared lemons with me too!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Bet my father wasn't actually as jolly here at Camp Roberts, waiting to get sent off to Europe as he looked with that camera....
Saturday, February 27, 2010
My Cal Poly daughter is in the area on a field trip with a group, and is spending the night here.I sewed up this robe for her this last week as a visit-home surprise.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I enjoyed listening to Lori’s “Sew Forth Now” podcasts so much, I have been inspired to improve my sewing skills with knits. I pulled two different types of knit out of my stash. It’s sure nice to put my sewing time into things that are really worth my while because I get so much use out of them.
I’ve written before both in my blog and on Crafster about my experiences pulling this pattern together. These tops are the fifth and sixth ones I’ve created with this concocted pattern or a variation of it. I expect I will keep working with it and intend to try more new ideas with neckline, shape, sleeve style and length. The more familiar I get with one pattern, the more it helps when I work with different types of material.
I make a neckline facing for this like a regular woven facing. I’ve been experimenting with how to sew down those facings. With the heavier knits, the rib knit and the fleeces, I did two rows of straight stitch, similar to what I’d seen in some purchased tee shirts. When I got to the jersey I ended up adding a thin voile ribbon all along the underside, a length of grosgrain ribbon across the front, also underneath, and three courses of stitching to make it stiff. The first line of stitching was straight stitch. The second two were a feather stitch. I did the black top second and did the feather stitching right off. That was enough to stabilize it. I also used that same stitch on the sleeve edges and hem of the two tops.
In the case of the green top I found that the neckline stretched out too much and it didn’ hang well. I decided to make the extra material a feature and made the little tuck in front. I really like that tuck now.
The pattern for both is same one I created and wrote about on Crafster and also at
Monday, January 11, 2010
Yep, I'm still hooping. I do it most days of the week and have gotten my typical session up to 50 minutes! It's been hard to move from 40 minutes to 45 then 50. I still log each attempt but I haven't been putting the data into excel. So I have little pieces of paper all around the house with dates and little grids on them... I know one day I managed to do over 2,000 without stopping and that was 25 minutes of non-stop. A few other times I've done over 1,000 but until I compile all those bits of paper I won't really remember which were 1200 and which were 1500 plus! Mostly I do manage 200- 400 plus swings before the hoop drops and that makes me happy!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
We went for a three mile loop hike at Pulgas Ridge this morning. It’s part of the Mid-Penninsula Open Space preserve here in the San Francisco Bay area.
It’s just off Edgewood Road in San Carlos, near the 280 freeway. On the other side of Edgewood you can also hike in the county park. But dogs aren’t allowed there. Even though my pooches are no longer hike-able I still like to go where the dogs go.
January seemed kind of bleak. The last time I hiked here was fall and there were lots of bright colored berries and foliage then. Then I noticed the ferns.
and then the tiny, tiny fungus. There were tons of little mushrooms as well as other little saprophytic plants and other biota. I bet these mini-environments probably seem pretty big to somebody!
There were also a lot of happy dogs.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
My daughter bought this Winnie the Pooh Sweatshirt at Disneyland when she was 8. I think she wore it there once. Then I acquired it.
That was 11 years ago.
Though the shirt it still perfectly GOOD, I have always disliked it intensely. Still I needed something warm when I’m done exercising, in the garden, or walking and it’s not quite light jacket weather.
It’s going into the donation bin today! After all it really is still perfectly good. Not even any stains.
I made myself two pretty new sweatshirts out of Joanne’s fleece. The flowered one came out of a yard and a half long panel. I enjoyed piecing out the sleeves and a small place in the back that doesn’t show under the elastic.
The lime green one has beads from Beads For Life (http://www.beadforlife.org/indexb.html). It’s an organization to sell beads for women in Uganda. They make the beads from recycled paper and some kind of varnish. I tested a bead by attaching it to a cork for several days and letting it float in cold water. No fading, no pulling apart. I cold water wash and hang to dry stuff like this so it should be OK. I will turn the beaded side to the inside before it goes into the machine.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I'm feeling a little sad that my neighbors husband is back from the holidays, because I no longer have an excuse to go over nightly to shut the chickens coop door and chat with the feathery girls. The company of chickens really grow on you. Fully grown birds, raised and cared for by someone else are probably the most appealing. We really don't want the responsibility of more creatures. Still I enjoyed their company a lot.