Topic: The Fungus AmungUs
Still waiting for the arrival of my first grandchild. He/she is sure taking his/her time. And I am happy to report that the whole "settling up" business finally feels under control. We have decided to do some fixing up before selling the place -the only real decision is whether to do it ourselves or to hire people. My vote is hire people! I'm hoping to bring a few pieces of furniture home this weekend -a bookshelf and maybe a dresser for Ben -a night table for myself and that sideboard in the basement. With a dresser and new book shelf we can clean out his room and get rid of a couple things. He still has track suits from grade six in his closet. Back then he was under five feet tall -now he's well over six feet tall. With his Asperger's autism change is very difficult for him and the only way to convince him to get rid of the old is to give him something new.
I have a few links to share today. I don't spend much time cruising around the web anymore as I spend most of my web time on sewing and craft boards helping people. I'm not big on the whole "pinterest" thing where you post pictures of things other people have done and then add the caption "must try this some day!" or "looks Easy!" These people are so busy pinning I doubt they try anything and it only looks easy because the person who wrote the original blog post is a professional or very skilled craftsperson. Like the things people pin from my blog. I try not to inflict the "must try" crap on all five of my blog followers because there's more than enough of that elsewhere.
So it will surprise all five of you to see me say this: I found this blog entry on making a braided neck t-shirt like the kind you buy at Banana Republic. It looks easy (or at least not too difficult!) and I have an old t-shirt so I must try this!
This is the original. The caption calls it a looped braid shirt but it isn't a braid at all. It's obviously a bunch of chain stitches worked from slits in the shirt. One blog had the instructions to cut the hem off the bottom and use that to make a braid and then sew it to the neck. No. there was none of the cute gathering. The second blog knew it was a chain and had elaborate instructions for cutting off the hem and making a chain and then using elastic to gather up some of the neck and then sew the chain to the neck... No. Not easy. Not trying. Then I finally found workable instructions that do it the way the original was done: By cutting slits in the shirt at the neck and chaining those!In the original it appears that an extra row of these chains are added -possibly sewn on to cover the raw un-sewn neck edge.
Here's the tutorial I plan on using as a starting point: http://www.hernewleaf.com/2011/07/21/diy-banana-republic-braided-neck-tee-shirt/ this one has the braid coming from slits cut in the neckline. If I combine that with this one: http://www.ourlifeisbeautiful.com/2011/05/banana-republic-braided-top-diy.html I should get one with the two rows of chains. I plan to use an ordinary fruit of the loom type t-shirt and cut down the sleeves so they are more cap shaped and more feminine. Unlike the blog tutorial I will be brave and cut off the neck ribbing and cover it with a row of chains.
I also recently found a really cool artist's blog. She is in the process of making 52 knitted fungi. She is obviously a fungophile because she's attempting to make them look as realistic as possible. They are absolutely enchanting! Here's the blog: http://www.bromeleighad.com/search/label/52 forms of fungi today's entry is purple clavaria coral. If you've ever seen finger like things breaking through the forest duff they could be one of the many corals and clavaria fungi -among others. Sometimes you can trample a whole bunch of these as your fruitlessly search for boletes and chantrelles. This isn't fair -just because they are tiny doesn't mean they are only good for trampling. They are worth looking at and admiring for their serene beauty BEFORE trampling in order to get to the boletes.
There's also a total OMG!!!!! MUST TRY!!!! On this blog. A small silver knitted mushroom pendant. I love mushrooms. I enjoy knitting. I make jewelry. this is relevant to my interests. http://www.bromeleighad.com/2013/01/tutorial-silver-knitted-mushroom.html This does not look easy -knitting embroidery floss on tiny needles is a challenge simply because of the scale. Nevertheless is looks adorable, I have some different colors of metallic floss and pearl cotton (and serger yarn) lying around so I do want to try this and make an adorable mushroom necklace for myself.
It's been a very cold and snowy winter so I find myself battling cabin fever. on a recent very cold day Ben and I decided to go to the mall. I needed new jeans and rather than wait for spring and pay full price I went to check out the end of the season last chance sales. I'm happy I did. I got two pairs of dark wash jeans from the Gap at half price. One pair was my go-to perfect boot" cut and the other was the "sexy date night straight" cut they introduced in the fall and are not continuing in the spring. And over at Old Navy I got a pair of lighter wash straight legs and as I was coming out of the fitting room I passed the final markdowns rack and I saw a pair of super skinnies in my size and 75% off - the final price was a whole 10$ to be exact. I tried them on and they fit. And they didn't look hideous! So I now have a pair of super skinnies in a not-so-skinny size number. It's a philosophical victory! I am still super skinny!!!!!! Yay me! -or at least my jeans are.
You know what this means -now that I have bought a pair of skinny jeans they will immediately go out of style.
It also leaves me with lots of old jeans that have holes, rips, thin spots and more. So I'm going to take these old jeans and a couple denim skirts I no longer wear and make some patchwork denim yardage and turn the yardage into a pair of pants and a skirt. I have to sew the patches together with as little bulk as possible because I don't want seam intersections to be excessively bulky and unworkable -especially since I am making jeans. If one of these patchwork seam intersections ends up at the crotch seam intersection I might end up with 8+ layers of denim to sew through. Even my industrial 20U gags on that. And I have to figure out the size of each patch and whether I want it to be even squares or off-set squares or sort of quilt-y inspired patches. I might do quilt-inspired nine patches offset with larger basic boring squares. Or I might do lots of simple basic 5X5 inch squares with fancy thread flat-locking done on the serger.
And that is a picture of a pudgy little baby foot of a very late grandchild! I also have a profile picture that I won't make public and it appears as baby already has hair on the head. Doesn't surprise me -Dan was a very hairy baby when he was born!
And that's it for now. I hope to see my grandkid soon. more than just his/her foot. Until then I will knit a few shrooms and cut up a t-shirt and some jeans and then maybe make something.
Edit: the "make links" tool wasn't working yesterday so none of the links worked. They do today. This morning I did all the link coding the old fashioned html way. Now they should work. If you look at the hover titles they are all captions people have used while pinning stuff from my blog onto pinterest.