08 November 2016

I've Been Playing with String Again...

Hello Readers!

I changed the header the picture to show off the north field. It sure is green! There's a possibility it will get some snow (gasp!) Friday or Saturday. It's gonna get chilly in my neck of the woods. But as you can see in the picture, it was a gorgeous afternoon today. Got up in the higher 80sF. 
You'll see another picture of the north field later in this post.

As the title suggests I have been playing with string again. Mostly that play has involved crocheting with said string. I'm plowing ahead with the granny square project. You will see a good number of them. I am working on number 51 of 365 at the moment. I had to run off to a birthday party and visit my former cat, Tommy, who is now named Jack so that one didn't get finished in one sitting like all the others. I've actually made 52 granny squares in total. I started the granny square project on the 8th of November this year. I whipped one out without a pattern day before yesterday. It turned out pretty decent for having winged it.
Anyway, if you don't care to see all these granny squares, just scroll right on past them and you'll see playing with string also involved some sewing of felt. Oh and there's a drawing down there also. There would be two drawings but I forgot to take a picture of the card I drew for my sister's birthday today.

Here are the granny squares along with a few words about some of them.

 Some of the them look a tad wonky but once they've been blocked they should be more square.

 This one I need to do a do-over. I didn't do this one exactly right. It will work, but would be much better done correctly.

 I really like this one. I wouldn't want to make a whole passel of them for a blanket though. Those petals took a bit of time to crochet. It is a very nice square though.

 This one above is the one I winged it on. No pattern. I was just happy it turned it out square!
 This is another one I wouldn't make a bunch of for a blanket. Those bullion stitches were bigger pain than the flower petals! This granny has taken the longest of any so far. About an hour.

 Does this look like a heart to you? Yeah, me neither! I got into February and there was a week of heart squares. I didn't do so hot with some of the hearts. I call this one the blue blob square.
 Another heart shape that isn't quite heart shaped. I call this one Ameba square.
 This one kinda resembles a heart. Almost. Looks kinda like a blue kidney bean too though!

 Well you made it through the granny squares. 
There will be more granny squares in the next post. There are four of them in the stack I did today that have yet to be photographed.

 I see blogger is messing with my pictures again....grrrrrr.
I sewed some more brooches.
 I gave this one to my sister for her birthday.
Yesterday was my oldest brother's birthday and in four days it will be another of my sisters' birthday.
 These little things are addictive! I cut out all the pieces for these over the last three days. I sewed them all together in the last two days. I finished them up early afternoon today.
 Ma liked the mushrooms the best.
 I'm kind of partial to the fishes from this batch.
 Three of these brooches have a large safety pin instead of a lapel pin like the other two. Does anyone know what the devil I did with that box of lapel pins? I seem to have hid it from myself.

I did this postcard last night.
 Markers on mat board. The other side is blank at this moment but I intend to do something on it.
 Here's a nice picture of a sleeping cat. Feel free to use Murray as a model for practice drawing. She won't mind at all.
This is the north field on the 14th of November.
 North field 16th of November. 
I took a stroll out to the field to take this one. I didn't actually go out in the field to take this, but close. I didn't feel like getting my sweater covered in dried out weeds so I didn't venture passed those. There are still no cow sightings, unfortunately. I might traipse out into the field if there were cows. Pray for cows! LOL And pray some show up in the north field in the near future. I think cows could be entertaining.

Ma and I went to the Dollar Store before we picked up my sister Susan at her house to go to sister Elaine's birthday party and I noticed the Co-op had covered that giant pile of milo you all saw in the last post. They covered it with a huge sheet of plastic and then vacuumed sealed it to the pile somehow. There's another pile of milo, much smaller than this one, on the other side of this pile that is also covered in plastic. Guess it will sit there until they truck it all off to where ever it is milo is trucked off too. That's whole lot of truckloads of milo!
This is the best I could do sitting in Ma's truck in the parking lot, across the street from the Co-op. 

My sister Susan had a stroke last week. You might include her in your prayers too. A mild one, but she's still a bit wobbly. She's going to physical therapy twice a week and getting better day by day. Doc says a few weeks and she'll be doing much better. I hope so. I had to drive her car to Phillipsburg to the birthday party cause the three of us, Ma, me and her, wouldn't all fit in Ma's truck. And my car was still dead at the time. Susan couldn't drive. Hell, she can barely walk! Though she does alright so long as she uses the walker. She keeps trying to fall over. The walker helps. She says she will graduate to a cane in a couple weeks. She wants me to fancy up her walking stick so she can be hip like me! (I use a fancied up cane myself.)

My car is not dead as I type. I bought it a new battery today. It's been dead for a few weeks now. People been on to me to get a new battery so I have wheels. I really didn't care about having wheels.
Looks like I'll be headed to Nickerson for Thanksgiving. I really don't know what the plans for Turkey Day are. Maybe I'll just sleep through it. I've been in long sleep mode for a few weeks now. I'm babbling now...
Alright! You all have seen enough of me today!
Thanks for hanging in there to the end!

be kind, be good to one another.
It matters!


Crochet, More Crochet and a bit of Glue

Hello Readers!

Did you go out and vote today? Excellent! At the time of this writing we don't have a new president just yet. I only hope the right candidate wins, though, regardless who takes the reins, America is in for a hell of an awaking! I'm in high hopes we get our first woman President. That would be cool. If the orange idiot becomes president, I don't even want to think about the consequences of that happening. Tomorrow I will deal with the election when I know the outcome of the election.

For now, I want to catch up on all the projects finished since the last time I was here and to show one new project in the works and maybe another also.

Lets get on with this...

 You all saw this one in a previous post before it was completed. It's now done. 
Acrylic yarn with a mother of pearl button. It measures about 4 inches wide and six inches long with a long strap braided on the braiding disk.
 Nothing special. Probably isn't even done yet. Just a tiny basket crocheted from silk cord. This basket is about an inch tall and 2 inches across. I wish I had a boatload of this cord. This stuff is a dream to crochet with! This little basket was an experiment as I had never worked with this type of string before. Don't know what I'll make out of the rest of the ball. Probably a small amulet bag.

bags have been heavy on the muse's mind of late...
 This basket/bag (could be either) is about a foot tall, somewhere around 14 inches square on the bottom. It's crocheted from acrylic yarn in pink and purple, two strands at once.
 This thing took about three hours start to finish. And that's exactly how I made it, in one sitting. It could have been a tad taller.
 The plarn market bag is finished. It is about 14 inches tall, a little over a foot wide and is about 4 inches from front to back. You all will see more plarn bags in the future.
 I seldom buy yarn/string to crochet with but I was in Hobby Lobby last week and they had this raffia yarn on sale for less than 2$ a ball so I bought the three colors, one ball of each, and less than two days later this bag materialized out of thin air! This bag is about 15 inches across, 4 inches front to back and about a foot tall minus the handles. I ran out of green at the tailend of the last row so I will have to figure out how to cover that up. Maybe some flowers crocheted from cotton string? Ma says it is fine just how it is, but I don't think it is. I could just take that last row of green away and end it with blue but I really like the green as the end.
 This is a bag made from a couple of crocheted panels that came with a bunch of yarn someone gave to me. I couldn't find the ends to revert the panels back to yarn so I made a bag out of them. It still needs a handle and the ends sewn in. I think it will get a white leather strap for a handle so it can be worn like a crossbody bag. It's big enough to hold a laptop.

Here's the glue part of this post.
 A little paper mache bowl with the sun and moon inside.
I drew the sun and moon separately from one another, then colored them with markers. I drew them on sheet music. I cut them out and glued them to the inside of the little bowl.
 The outside will get a few more layers of blue tissue paper and then
 these paper stars will be glued to the outside of the bowl.
The bowl measures about 4 inches across and two inches deep. I used a small pyrex bowl covered in tinfoil for the mold.
I have another bowl the same size in the works.

I woke up at 4:30 this morning. By 5 I was busy crocheting. I found a 365 project to work on. 
I started at the beginning...the first one was posted January 1, 2016...I made 11 of them today.
Blogger is messing with my pictures again.
All the granny squares are made with yarn remnants mostly. There will be many more colors involved before it's all said and done with the granny squares.

That's all I have for now on the creative front.

Lotty the possum is still coming round. She had one and a half pieces of peanut butter toast for supper this evening. She was just finishing up her sammich when I came through the livingroom, passed the front door. She saw me and decided the porch wasn't a good place to stay. She didn't leave in a great hurry, just fast enough that my old brain didn't get the camera going in time to get a good picture this evening. Perhaps tomorrow!
I'm gonna sign off with a picture of the giant pile of milo (aka sorghum) at the Co-op in town.

It's pretty,isn't it? It's multicolored like that because of the different varieties of sorghum. Apparently they pile it all together. 

I'll get an update of the wheat field in the next few days. I was going to do that this morning but I put one socked foot on the front porch and did not proceed farther out the door as the rug was sopping wet. It rained all night long. So picture of the wheat field today.

Thanks for reading!
Be kind to one another!
It matters!