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Location: Maine, United States

I am a 40 something year old mother of 2. I have always been interested in crafts since my sister and I spent summer weeks with my Grandmother, who was a very crafty lady, while my mother was in college. I mostly quilt since I seem to have an obsession with owning large quantities of fabric, but at one point or another think I have tried almost every craft out there.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

does yarn count?

I didn't get a chance to do a whole lot of stashbusting this week. I have been on a new quest. Our sofa is about the same age as my son and is getting extremely threadbare. We've been shopping for a new one for years and haven't been unable to find anything that I like. I have finally found a place to have it reupholstered. I have to pick out fabric and hadn't realized how hard it is to find upholstery fabric now. I'm sure most people simply buy a new couch, but I've tried going that route and it didn't work. It's going to take between 11 and 14 yards to have it done and in the end it is going to cost more than I originally paid for the sofa. The only fabric I have found so far that I really like is $104/yard. OUCH. Not an amount I am willing to pay. I found another online, but no durability rating given. I guess I'm going to have to keep looking. I'm not going to consider my upholstery fabric stash addition (if I find any). It's more like buying a new couch.
No fabric stashbusting this week. I did start putting together the quilt for my coworker. No new fabric used, but no new fabric added either. I'm sort of standing in place.
Does yarn count? I did manage to use 3 skeins of stashed yarn. I made a shopping bag. DH laughed thinking it was funny that I would use a knit bag for shopping, but I think it's great. It expands a ton and is really lightweight. I'm doing my part being green. :cD
I also made this felted bag. I love felting yarn. I bought a set of Options knitting needles for and wanted to try them out. They are wonderful, very smooth and a dream to knit with.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

he's off

DS headed off on his school summer cruise only one year late. He was supposed to go last summer, but due to breaking his leg at football practice one week after arriving at school he couldn't go. He's pretty excited about going. They are going to cross the equator which qualifies him for a shellback. I guess they are have some sort of ceremony which involves ruining clothing. We had to bring him a set of old clothing that he can throw away. Hopefully he will make it the entire cruise without breaking anything.

Now for the stashbusting report --After our trip to DS college to bring him all of his last minute supplies I did manage to find some time to do some sewing. I didn't actually bust much stash since most of what I put together was already cut out. I ended up cutting about 1/2 yard, but on a much brighter note I have pieced all 72 blocks for the quilt I am making for one of my friends at work. :cD

Thursday, May 01, 2008

did she or didn't she?

You guys were absolutely no help at all. I don't think you would be much good to me in my crafting ADD support group. I was looking for some words of wisdom. Some help with restraint. The only person who tried at all to dissuade me was DD who thought we should spend our money going to visit her instead of buying me a loom. I suppose it all has something to do with having to want to change.
Doesn't it look nice in my living room? I have been so excited all day. I got so many extras with it it was an excellent deal. "Every gadget you could want for weaving" according to the woman I bought it from. She is mildly afflicted with crafting ADD as well. She was very interested when I told her my first love was quilting. Quilting is something she has always wanted to learn. We chatted a bit about what was available for sewing machines and so on. I tried very hard to convert her, but it appears her restraint is much better than mine. She has moved on from weaving and gone back to stained glass. Lucky for me! :cD In addition to the loom I became the proud owner of 2 warping boards, a bench, 4 reeds, shuttles, bobbins, bobbin winder, warping hooks, a balance, books, magazines and even yarn. If I knew what I was doing I could sit down and weave tomorrow.