Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sewing fail

oh this is sooo funny! I bought this pair of mitten liners for $1.00 at a garage sale.

mitten liners fated to be given away

the mitten liners-I liked the way they were made.

Nice easy pattern to copy and make covers for them. Which I did, using a thick wool skirt from the transfer station.

Oops… they came out looking like hotpads!

red mittens that look like potholders

well, it was a good try! Note that you can’t click on these for a larger image or go to my flickr site; nope, not saving this photo for posterity 🙂

I still like the pattern but I am going to resize it for my smaller hands and make another set of mittens with some windblock polar fleece and line them with regular polar fleece.

One of those times for “live and learn”!
The mitten liners? I think I’m going to give them to someone with bigger hands!

J.K. Rowling on failure: “It’s impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” from a Life Hacker post on Google+.

This is also a reminder to myself that sometimes you can’t fix it. I had a couple of semi-painful experiences at work in the last few days; when I went to apologize, that almost made the incident worse. Sometimes it has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the other person’s headspace. Can’t fix that-that’s something they have to fix. Learn to leave it alone and just go on. Ignore their *&^!# and just smile at them next time. I can write about the incident in my journal and clear it out of my own head, and maybe that’s the best that I can do. More of the “live and learn” lesson!


Newest hat!

This hat was supposed to go to the Hoffman Challenge in July. But, of course, I didn't get it finished in time. Ah well, next year! It was still fun to make and while I want to make some adjustments to the next version of this pattern, I do like it. I'm planning on using it for the challenge next year! I don't expect to win-a hat just isn't elaborate enough-but want to do it for the experience.

I tried a new pattern for this hat, Bow Bonnet from Timber Lane Press. I don't think the pattern is available any more; however, I did find one available on Etsy (September 2013). The directions are a little funky, so this is not a pattern I would recommend for beginners.

The band around the hat makes it super easy to have a nice clean finish and I will be incorporating this into all my hats. Not sure just how I will do that yet, so there'll be some experimenting in my future. The other thing I like about the band, is that it keeps the brim from flipping up in the wind. I use heavy fishing line in a casing at the edge of the brim, and in the wind, my brims flip up and a) look stupid, and b) you lose the sun shade.

I also want to adjust the bow; the bow tie isn't long enough for my taste. I've had a hard adjusting the bow tie to get the hat as snug as I would like, so I want to make the ties longer with the elastic set deeper inside the band. A minor adjustment though, so I can get that fixed easily. I might use a plain piece of elastic instead of the bow; it would be easy to set that into the band. But I sorta like the bow-makes the hat “girlie”.

So you'll be seeing more of this pattern in the near (I hope!) future!



Bethel Community Fair

Well, I didn’t get anything into the Palmer fair (Alaska State Fair), but I did manage to enter five things in the Bethel Community Fair, and six photos. First time for photos! I was pleased with my entries, but only my embroidery got a ribbon. In some ways a small fair is tougher than a big one. There are fewer entries to judge, but the judges have less experience and it’s a lot of work for them.

embroidered butterfly

Here’s the butterfly that won the class award. Select the image to see more fair photos.

The other thing that makes it hard to judge is that every entry is really good! I was not surprised at that; people just aren’t going to show their stuff off if it’s not really good, when everyone will know it was you that entered that dorky shirt, even if it was your first sewing project and you should be really proud of yourself! So only the very best stuff gets to the fair. I thought all the photos were very good quality; I was glad I didn’t have to judge them!

I did judge the fruits and vegetables. And that was hard! Everyone did a nice job of preparing their vegetables (and one fruit-a tomato) for the fair. The only problem I had with some of the vegies, was that all the outer leaves were left on. I thought they should be displayed as “ready to eat”, and trimmed. I also would have liked a little more information than “onion” as far as what kind of vegetable it was. And you can bet I am going to find out more about judging vegetables before next year! It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to next year.

Bethel Community Fair

The fruit and vegetables I judged

I will also write more about my own entries. Like what pattern I used (or didn’t use), what was my inspiration, that kind of thing. I also hope I’m a more active participant in helping run the fair next year. I felt so crappy and tired from a cold and didn’t have the energy to do much. Friday night was the talent show-me, I was asleep! Saturday afternoon, berry picking contest-me, I was napping! Saturday evening there was a great concert-me, I was asleep! I was sure glad to have Becky keep me company; she’s a great napper/sleeper!

So to next year! Bigger and Better and More Energy!