Back to back injury- time to crochet!

Ha ha….sorry for the pun, though I’m not really laughing. Yesterday proved to be a stressful morning, and my back seized up after being OK for a couple of weeks. My allergies seem to be in overdrive today, and I am very stuffed up. I’m exhausted from stress, injury, and antihistamines.

In times like these, I crochet. I think this is one of the first kind of fiber arts I did. I was taught to crochet by a nun named Laverne who lived on my block. I grew up in Calumet Park, IL. This nun brought all of us kids on Ada St into her home almost daily and let us do crafts, color, and otherwise keep us off the streets. She taught me how to crochet, just one stitch, the single crochet. Laverne passed away not too long after teaching me, and my grandmother would not let us go to her funeral. I eventually taught myself the rest of the stitches, years later. I have never made a large crochet project, but plenty of small things.

When I am laid up like this, I usually crochet because it’s easy and I can do it and watch TV at the same time. The past couple of weeks before getting back into the sewing room I made lots of washcloths from cotton yarn I got on sale at Michaels. Now I’m thinking of making some socks…

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The Domestic Diva Kit from hell

I was in JoAnn’s shopping with some Christmas money when I spied one of these kits… It’s an apron kit which is one large “cheater style” fabric in which you cut all of the pieces out and sew together.
Mine is not the one pictured above, with the chicken, but it’s similar. Mine has strawberries and a light yellow checkerboard, and the bottom ruffle is all red.

What a nightmare to put together. The directions are “okay” because I know how to sew, but if this was my first ever project, forget it. It’s got ruffles, bias edges that need to be turned under, the apron strings are tubes that need to be turned…. I should have serged every edge and then turned them under, but again… GAH!!! I didn’t put the pockets on because I was DONE, after about 4 hours. AND I KNOW HOW TO SEW! Geez! I’d stay away from this one…

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December’s weekly theme- GEARS

What a theme I picked to end the year….

These little gears were a real pain in the you-know-what to cut out. I designed about 4 gears total, because more would have killed me. The cramping in my hand over cutting the templates, and then the fused fabric, totally sucked.
On the other hand, they look somewhat as I intended. These are ideas for a larger design I plan to do for my dining room, which happens to be a golden yellow with black furniture. I wanted a more “steampunk” look to them, but I will need more flourishes and “lace” to go with the gears in the larger work to pull that off. In the end I am happy with it. This does complete “year two” of the weekly quilts. I’ll post more on a look back at whatI learned in doing them in my next post.

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