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post #41 of 635
you know what, this is a GREAT idea.

after joining in on the one challenge I've already begun completing my UFOs by default.

I'll try my best to stick with you.

These two threads are no little undertaking for a cat like me...

I think I can I think I can I think I can.... I KNOW I can!!!!!

okay here are two pictures of some walls I painted around our kitchen area on new year's eve...

first from the side with no flash:
http://picasaweb.google.com/wood.ver...35300666723234

then from our living space with flash:
http://picasaweb.google.com/wood.ver...42299868034546

and last our pantry... this is what started the whole painting project. I took the doors off our pantry and decided that they looked terrible and needed paint and then I thought that the paint would look better on our walls :0 (all of it having been don with my 2" wooster)!
http://picasaweb.google.com/wood.ver...43348051389762

ONE project down and only 51 more to go. ah ha ha ha
post #42 of 635
Nice color, echospiritwarrior!
post #43 of 635
Thread Starter 
Welcome aboard, everyone!

It's cool to see such a diversity of projects that people are working on.

I've finished two pairs of pjs this week (just quick knit pjs) and hope to get one more pair done too. The nice thing about sewing up fleece items, is that the fabric stash really starts looking smaller FAST!

I'm saving the larger scraps; I haven't been able to help with Holiday Helper in the past - but I think this year I will have enough leftover fleece that I could make a LOT of fleece hats to donate to Holiday Helper. I make some cute little hats (rectangle shaped, with the tips tied off like little ears and sometimes bells inside the 'ears') -- the hard part would be knowing what sizes to make ahead of time.

I also have a stash of flannel scraps for making flannel baby wipes -- and am really proud of myself for recycling an old women's t-shirt to be the ribbing for one of the pairs of PJs I made this week. It was too short-waisted to be useful for anyone if I donated it, but was basically the same fabric as the ribbing I use for pjs anyway.

One of my challenges is just getting TO my machine. I need to remember to sit down and whip out a few flannel wipes or some quilt blocks when I find myself with 20 minutes to kill, instead of spending so much time on MDC and Facebook.
post #44 of 635
Here is my goal for today. I bought a wool coat awhile ago at Goodwill and while it is seriously awesome- the sleeves are much too short for me. I ripped the sleeve hem out last night and I need to be creative and figure out how to make them even longer that that. Mmmmm and buttons. Why would you put brown buttons on a gray coat anyway? I have a large stash of random buttons and am considering mismatched black ones. Hopefully it would look cool and not like I am too cheap to drop $10 on new buttons. Which I am too cheap to spend the $10. This is supposed to be a cool $7 coat- not a cool $50 coat.


eta- the way too short sleeves totally work under my new bella mittens though.
post #45 of 635
well, it was a week of small projects. i did:
1. boxers for ds from a bandana
2. another pair for him from dad's old white t-shirt
3. boyshort undies for me recycled from a floral bandana and used up some lace from the stash
4. boyshort/ jammie bottoms for me from a stretchy silky knit loudly patterned long ugly dress (cute/sexy/comfy jammies, tho)
5. another, slightly different pair of these that i want to use as bathing suit bottoms- saved the rest of the dress for the top, later- but the bottoms can be worn and used now, as above
6. super comfy panties for me from our ripped organic cotton t shirt knit (hand dyed by me) bedsheet. i am only counting one for these now, but i am going to make more. The first pair turned out perfect and then I trimmed them in lace, which wound up being uncomfy and scratchy between my legs, so they were scrapped. I am going to make more like these but plain. and then i made a different pair (i used outworn fave old undies to cut and make patterns, 2 different styles). They are super comfy but a little lopsided. i plan to make several more like this, and i think they will be my favorite undies ever. i can make a lot of pairs from a queen sized sheet prob need to do boxers for ds from some of this, too. these will all probably be included in the dye bath for another tie dye project later, too.
7. one cloth block, 5". I used some ufos in this (irish chain blocks patchworked from favorite cords, in brown, cream, and dark mossy green), and an applique (a football with the number 1) removed from a ruined baby suit from the stash pile. this turned out beautiful and i will use more recyclable stashed stuff to make this into a set, hopefully soon.

so, 7, plus bonus points for recycling as per op- for all seven, honestly, but i wont count the green bandana for ds boxers, since it was workin just fine as a bandana, lol. (Im counting the bandana for my undies tho, as it wasnt being used as it was and came out of the stash pile). so that's 13
and then, demerits-
minus 1 for adding bathing suit top to the to-do list,
-1 for adding panties on the to do list
and then minus about FIVE for adding a BIG project as I spent lots of time looking into blogging and signed up at wordpress and I think I am going to start that.
so i total my score this week at 6, then. 46/52 oops, no- gotta count off for needing more blocks for the set. so 47/52
REALLY need to get on ds' quilt in time for his bday! But there is good news for my UFO pile, as I found out people sell and buy quilt TOPS. SO I am going to just sell the 5 or 6 tops i finished (some)long ago and dont want to quilt. if i can make some cash will be awesome, but it just is a relief to not have all that sandwiching and quilting and binding forever on a to do list anymore! and then wont feel bad about starting new quilts if i can just sell the patchwork.
also, reduced my fabric and trim and notion stash significantly as i gifted a large box of pretty stuff to my niece who got her first machine for christmas. but i might replenish it as i have a gift card to joanns in my wallet waiting to use, lol. still saving it so far tho

might go get on those blocks now while the baby is napping- need to get offline! have a nice day, everyone!
post #46 of 635
I think I'm going to join you ladies! I don't have a ton of projects partially done, but do have a whole bunch of ideas and a stash to work on thinning. I'm going to try making my second quilt ever, this one maybe big enough for a twin bed? My only other attempt was a cute little lap quilt, but now I have some fabric I really like and want to make something bigger. With a 3yo and 3mo, we'll see. But this will be a good group to hold me accountable.

Today I did some touch-up work on a birthday banner I made, checking one crafty to do off the list. So 51/52 for me!
post #47 of 635
Thread Starter 
Welcome, Kritto!

Ms. Shell, you've accomplished a lot. Great recycling, too!

Iowa Organic - do you have a piece of wool you could repurpose into a 'cuff' for the bottom of the sleeve? Maybe from some old dress pants? Or a loud plaid wool for the cuff (from an elderly relative's stash?)? Honestly I think most people don't notice the details in garments, so I'd bet that assorted black buttons would fly just fine.
post #48 of 635
Just saw this, very good idea! Nak that's sleeping soooo, will be back later to type up projects needing finishing. I also feel like I have very little time to do these things. We're currently looking for a house to buy, and getting ready to move, on top of homeschooling, having a toddler, and my grandmother living with us I feel like I get little time to myself. I do the computer primarily while nak and rocking her while she sleeps (she doesn't nap well at all otherwise). I've joked with dp that my username should be ratherbeknitting, lol.

Here are my started projects (varying degrees of started) I want to prioritize finishing-
1. Sewn blanket with fleece and cotton for little dd.
2. Felting knitted ball for friend's baby.
3. Weave in ends on rest of crocheted wash cloths and knitted bibs for friend's baby.
4. Sew fleece inners into gloves I knit for ds.
5. Knit gloves for elder dd, sew fleece inners in.
6. Recycled cotton yarn hat I'm knitting for dp.
7. Knitted shrug for elder dd.
8. Sewn felt food, loads of it, for little dd.
9. Knitted lap blanket for self.
10. So almost done knitted longies for little dd.
11. Knitted longies for friend's baby.
12. Knitted cat toy.
13. Knitted mittens with sewn fleece inners for myself.
14. Recycled sewn sweater pants for little dd.

Projects I've mentally started and have materials for-
1. More knitted bibs and crocheted wash cloths for little dd.
2. Knitted hat for self.
3. Knitted sweater for little dd.
4. Various sewn soft toys for little dd, blanket buddies, baby doll, etc.
5. More sewn recycled sweater pants for little dd.
6. Bulky knitted socks all around.
7. Pretty sewn rice socks for the kids and myself, maybe others too.
8. Mending pillowcase for dd.
I know there's more. I'll add them for my own reference as I think of them

And I have at least a dozen sweaters to take apart and recycle the yarn for projects. This is, I think, a project in itself. Its time consuming, though pretty easy.
post #49 of 635
I broke out my crochet shawl project this evening. Got a few rows done on it after dinner. I only have about 30 left to make the base shawl, and then I'll have to find the pattern to figure out what the next steps are.

Baby steps are good...

So for week 1 - I made progress, which means I fulfilled my goal!
post #50 of 635
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Originally Posted by iowaorganic View Post
Here is my goal for today. I bought a wool coat awhile ago at Goodwill and while it is seriously awesome- the sleeves are much too short for me. I ripped the sleeve hem out last night and I need to be creative and figure out how to make them even longer that that. Mmmmm and buttons. Why would you put brown buttons on a gray coat anyway? I have a large stash of random buttons and am considering mismatched black ones. Hopefully it would look cool and not like I am too cheap to drop $10 on new buttons. Which I am too cheap to spend the $10. This is supposed to be a cool $7 coat- not a cool $50 coat.


eta- the way too short sleeves totally work under my new bella mittens though.
Black velvet collar and cuffs?

elanorh, we needed big kids hats for HH this year, rather than tinies. HTH!

I be stuck. The top for DD is not going exceptionally well
post #51 of 635
I finished spinning 143 yds of blond llama wool.
Working on 150 yds of black baby llama fuzz to finish a 2 ply for socks for ds2.
Finished all of the green dyed wool for friend...now I just have to get it into the mail.
50/52
This is fun...now if my children will stop looking at me like I've abandoned them.
post #52 of 635
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Originally Posted by ms.shell View Post
6. super comfy panties for me from our ripped organic cotton t shirt knit (hand dyed by me) bedsheet.
Did you use a specific pattern for this? I could so use one! I need undies pretty badly and have a t-shirt knit sheet that got blood stained (random - FIL staying over, scratched his leg in the middle of the night, didn't tell us - found it 2 weeks later when he left) that I've been trying to decide what to use for. I was leaning toward wipes for the new babe, maybe I could make both!

I am working on 50/52 but I have a blog post planned that I will share when I get it finished!
post #53 of 635
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by flapjack View Post

elanorh, we needed big kids hats for HH this year, rather than tinies. HTH!
Big kid as in, five year old -- or big kid, as in 10? A five year old would be fine with hats this style, I suspect a ten year old would prefer a different style. Whatever age range you suggest, will be the age range I'll work on. I've been thinking I ought to just try to do one hat a week (they're quick) and set them aside 'til HH kicks in again in the fall.....
post #54 of 635
I finally felted the knit baby ball. Not sure I'm crazy about how it turned out, but it feels good that I got it done.

51/52
post #55 of 635
Yay! I am on a roll!

I finished DD bella mittens, finished up lining a felted bag I made, made stings for a bunch of the kids mittens, and redid my coat! I will try to post a pic later- but I switched out the buttons for antique random blackish buttons from my ggmas collection- awesome look. I took out the sleeve hem and lengthed the lining to fit using some old random ribbon. Then I was terrified of ironing out the old hem crease- so I covered it with black rickrack and added rickrack along the bottom hem as well. Then since the sleeves were almost long enough- I added an 1 1/2" black suedette ruffle. The result? Cute and kinda funky! I would love to pick up another pack of rickrack and trim out the collar though- but it is cool without it too. So my $7 coat was still just $7.

44/52

gotta reevaluate again... but DS NEEDs a new winter hat. That is going otn next.
post #56 of 635
I don't seriously thinks this counts for this challenge , but I thought I would mention my project this week since I did not get to any craft projects. Instead, I finalized our 2009 financial statements and prepared our 2010 spending & savings plan. DH looked everything over today and, after his eyes glazed over, agreed so far. I am pushing for a bit of a change that he is not as excited about as I am, so we still need to work that issue out. I hope to have this completed before month-end, but the majority is finished so I can focus on other things now....

A little closer to a "craft" project... I went to the nursery and got the compost and mulch and food plants I planned to pick up this week. I have yet to do the work required for them, however.

Lastly, I received our continuing education catalog of classes (many are free) and found several I want to take this semester: bedroom decorating sewing class, time-saving cooking class, and qigong (fitness class). I looked over the list of Saturday quilting classes, too, but am not interested in any of the projects this semester. I can always drop in on one of several weekly quilting classes if I need help on a project, but I do NOT need to start a bunch of new projects right now! The bedroom decor class is working on the exact items I need to sew for DD's bedroom and our master bedroom, so with any luck that class will encourage me to FINISH projects I have partially started (in my mind and have most of the materials). Classes start in a few weeks, so I have a little time to get organized. I added them to my calendar today and invited a few friends.
post #57 of 635
I finished one bib and several crochet rags by weaving in the ends, also fo one more crochet rag. I think I'll count them together as one. The rag is baby sized and the other projects were complete, just needed weaving in ends.



50/52
post #58 of 635
Just squeezed my project in this week: a fitted Chloe Toes nappy:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2895561...7623116314914/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2895561...7623116314914/
It does actually need some snaps added to it, but I'll be visiting a friend with a snap press in a couple of weeks and will take it with me to properly finish off then.

50/52
post #59 of 635
Well, I got DD's top finished, so that's one down. I've literally just seconds ago cast on for a hat for me, because it's freezing here and I haven't got one that goes with my new winter coat.
post #60 of 635
M IN!!!
Some projects-2 pairs fingerless gloves/atleast 2 pairs of socks for F-I-L(xmas/bday)/socks for aunt/thomas blanket for ds/thomas curtains for ds/....post more when I think of them
52-1 pair of fingerless gloves DONE
51-1 sock..I hoped to get the pair done, but that was pushing it.

This week is going towarde dd's birthday party(lolli-pop flowers/homemade decorations ect.)
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