Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fall Back

Lately things have been smoothing out.  Work hasn’t slowed down at all but I have.  I’ve given myself permission to relax and do fun things like knit and my fall back interest, sewing.  Do you have a fall back?  I know Judy embroiders because I’ve seen those magnificent socks, and Nancy makes the Best. Quilts. Ever.  Kathy could go into the making and selling bears business.
I’m a little confused at this point about which is my fall back, knitting/sewing or sewing/knitting.  I am doing a lot of both!  I discovered a hat last week, printed the pattern and couldn’t wait to start it.  Fortunately I had yarn that I think will work in stash.  It has a stained glass look to it and offers the opportunity to do some Fair Isle, which is one of my favorite things. Back to knitting.
Then I received the flannel from Fabric.com—my favorite online fabric store.  I plan to make another flannel baby blanket, this time for the new boy baby, with a Paw Patrol design on the front and sweet baby blue on the back.
Back to knitting:  I discovered a skein of variegated, heavy weight cotton in stash.  I wondered what kind of dishcloth it would make and of course a knitter can’t ask a question like that without finding out the answer.  Already on the needles!
We are in need of hot pads in the kitchen.  I made a dozen of them to go with the microwave bowls for Christmas but none for us.  So I decided to grab some leftover 100% cotton batting and make some cute heart shaped hot pads to spruce up the kitchen.  More sewing.
Finally, there is the constant and most important dog toy sewing.  Macy and Max are hard on toys and love to pull the stuffing out of them.  (In the picture of the cotton yarn you can see a squirrel's tail which has been reattached to the squirrel).  So I re-stuff the toy and do some heavy-duty sewing along the tear, then toss them on the floor of the sewing room.  The pups have started sleeping and/or pacing outside the door to the room and when they see a toy on the floor there is a mad dash to see who gets to it first.  I usually try to put down two at a time and whichever dog notices it first tries to get both toys into his/her mouth. 

It seems I have a lot to fall back on, and it is working—shoo anxiety and stress!!

Life is good.