Personal Update: April 29, 2022

This month has really flown by! Let’s get to it then.

Work

Not much has changed on this front. I have asked to be considered for a full time position, and I’m looking at surrounding cities that have a Lowe’s in them. I am not adverse to moving or commuting. I’d like to get out of the department I’m in so I can learn something new – I’ve been in my present position for nearly a year,

Crocheting

Changes have been made in this area as far as my projects go.

Socks

I am no longer making socks because I can’t make a heel to save my life. I frogged that section so many times I gave up aggravated almost to the point of tears. I may try again at a later date, especially if I have someone who can show me, in person, how to do the heel.

Duster

This is a paid pattern so I won’t be sharing this project’s progress unless you want me to. It’s a lovely lacy duster by Briana K Designs I believe she’s calling Long Summer Crochet Duster. I was part of a blog hop last year and got the design for free then. I don’t have the link to the paid pattern and can’t in all good conscience share the free pattern here.

Fantail Afghan

I had stopped work on this to make the socks and now, I’m going back to it. I hope to get a great deal further on it by next week.

Tablecloth

I’m going to be purchasing the full pattern of Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle this paycheck so I can move forward with the tablecloth. I won’t have anything to show for a couple of weeks so, you’ll have to bear with me on this.

Cross Stitching

Fox and Rabbit’s Mystery Stitch-A-Long Changing Seasons

May’s design will be dropping any day now. They’re in Australia so they’re a day ahead of me so I think I’ll have the design tomorrow evening, the 30th. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see what gem Brendon has designed for my birth month!

Land Baby

I completed the second row and began work on the second column. I don’t want to show you it tomorrow though. I want to do some more work on the second column before I share my progress.

Cat Face – my Small Project

This poor project has been languishing by the wayside waiting for me to work on it. I did a great deal of work on it today – it’s a simple little chart. I’ll show you my progress on it tomorrow, and I might just finish it this week.

Other Projects

Dollhouse

I’ve got two floors up so far. Joe is cutting the interior walls for me, and he says using the saw and blades I got is very hard. He even demonstrated for me so I could see what he meant. These tools were recommended to me. If anyone else has better advice for cutting 1/4 inch Luann, please leave a comment below.

Since it is hard for him, and me, production of interior walls has slowed considerably. I’m hoping he’ll cut me enough to put another floor on this weekend, but we’ll see. There will be a ground floor with the basement, three regular floors and an attic inside a mansard roof. Cutting out doors and windows is going to be interesting so again, if you have any suggestions for how this can be done, please leave a comment below.

Dungeon Tiles

This is another project that has been languishing waiting for me to make time for it. I’m just making up squares of cardboard to look like stone for Joe’s Dungeons and Dragons games. He doesn’t want fancy or professional, he just wants usable and halfway realistic. I think I’m giving him both – he certainly hasn’t complained.

I’ve just got the painting left to do, but there are about two dozen tiles so, it’s going to take a while to get them painted on all sides. I’m doing a base layer of black followed by medium gray, light gray and then white.

Other Stuff

My weight loss goal is coming along slowly. I am still losing weight, and that’s the main thing. My doctor tells me losing slowly is healthier than losing fast so, I’m not worried. I’m feeling better, and in another month, I’ll be needing new pants again because the ones I have now are getting too big. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mimi Queen of Fluff is doing well. She’s putting on a bit of weight due to bad weather keeping her inside too much. She’s also going to be 6 this year, and she’s getting sedentary. I’m told Maine Coons can get this way. I’m working on ways to get her active without tiring her out too fast. She’s not a jumper except to get on the bed with me. She doesn’t play with toys or catnip though she will play with string…..

There’s not much else to tell so, I’ll end this for this month.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Dollhouse Project: Ground Floor

My dollhouse I’m building from scratch has four floors to it, the ground floor is the first. The story for this house is it’s a French Chateau renovated into a modern home, but this is subject to change. Most houses I’ve seen are either some variation of Victorian or Modern. There’s not much else. I welcome all suggestions.

The house will have a ground floor, three floors above and an attic space. I just added the ground floor interior walls and the floor/ceiling.

The rooms are, from left to right: cellar, wine cellar, mudroom/trade entrance, pantry, kitchen and washroom. The angle for the washroom is a bad one, and I do apologize. The ceilings are 4inches tall in 1:24 scale and 8 feet tall in normal scale. 1 inch equals 2 feet. The depth of the walls is 6 inches or 12 feet.

I’m waiting on the next floor to dry else I’d have the rest of the room measurements for you. I’ll give them to you next time.

None of the rooms will perfectly line up with the walls below. Normal houses don’t do that, so my dollhouse rooms won’t either.

I noticed, belatedly, the house is not properly centered on the base, and I left no room on the back for chimneys so they will have to go on the sides of the house. I’d rather not have them hanging off the back of the base.

This is definitely a learning experience for me, and I’m looking forward to doing more to this piece. I am going to be making as much as I can by hand from inexpensive materials. Considering the size, I don’t think it needs more expensive stuff.

Once the frame of the house is done, the front of the house will be held on by magnets. They are really small ones that I will be embedding in the wood and covering up so they’re not pulled out. I had originally thought of hinges, but the correct size ones are too weak to hold much weight. Once the front has all its windows, doors and staircase added, it will a great deal heavier than it it now. Plus, the magnets won’t be seen.

Next week, I should have more floors in. I won’t be putting up the left wall until all the floors are in. The mansard roof will be going on last.

Feel free to leave comments and/or suggestions below. I’d love to hear from you, especially those who have some experience with this sort of thing.

Stitching Saturday: Land Baby Pt 5

I have finished the column I’ve been working on for what seems like forever, and I’m almost done with the second row as well!! It helps when most of the area is one color. ๐Ÿ™‚

My apologies for this being turned sideways in the wrong direction. I’ll have it fixed in my next post. The columns are a great deal longer than the rows are wide so it takes longer to get them done.

I’m excited to be getting more of this done though at the rate I’m going, this might not get done by the end of the year. I’ll do my best to get more done, but there are only so many hours in the day. These hours have to be shared amongst my work, projects and family time as well so, I won’t feel bad if I don’t get it entirely done by the end of the year. I’ll be pleased to have gotten it as far as it will be then. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I’m going to frame this too. It just seems like something I should do.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: A New Beginning

The first sock I started for my co-worker, R, is going to have to be reworked after she tried it on and found it too tight around the toes. While I was waiting on her to try it on, I began a sock for my co-worker, J, and she managed to try hers on before R. ๐Ÿ™‚

The top part of the sock is going to be the heel. The yarn is Red Heart It’s a Wrap Hues in Jammin Grape size 2. I’m using a “D” 3.25mm hook just like the first one.

I’m finding the pattern very easy to follow. It has lots of pictures which are annoying at times but helpful at others. I’m very grateful for the designer.

Step-by-Step Crocheted Socks

I have a third pair to make, for my co-worker, T. Hers is going to be pink mainly. Funny thing happened today though, a male co-worker saw the two partial socks I had with me, and he asked me to make a pair for him too. I’ve not had a man ask me to make him a wearable before. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week, I should have the purple socks done, and I should have the first mostly black sock reworked in time for Friday’s post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyone made socks before – either crochet or knit?? If so, would you post any pictures of them you might have?? I’d love to see what others have done!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Dollhouse Project: Finally, A Beginning!!

Around the beginning of the year I mentioned wanting to redo a dollhouse I’d bought off Facebook Marketplace :

I’d had to take off one side of the roof to get it to fit into my car it was about 3 feet tall and about as wide. I’m not sure if the scale was 1:12 or 1:6, but it was pretty big.

I decided to redo it because the wood on the walls was splintering in the middle and some of the second floor was cracked. I recently took the entire piece apart:

The piece standing up in the back right corner is the base, and it’s going to stay intact for the new build. The rest will be cut down for interior walls and other bits I can salvage out of it. The wood isn’t of good quality so it’s not going to be used for the exterior of the house.

This wood is 1/4 in Luan, and it was cut by my co-worker, Dennis. The pieces in the back are the back and front pieces. The front is going to be held on by magnets and be removable. I’ll be decorating from the back of the house forward. The house is also going to have a mansard roof.

I’ve decided to do the outside as a French Chateau with the mansard roof, stone faรงade and a staircase that goes down both sides of the front doors.

The first floor will actually be the basement area, and the second floor will have the entrance to the house.

I would love suggestions on how to decorate the house. I was thinking Regency era for the interior but then again, I could do modern as well. Please, let me know what you think. I’m open to all ideas and suggestions.

Here are the main tools I am going to use:

I’m sure I’ll end up using other tools as well but for the framework, these are the main ones I’ll be using.

I’m not rushing this build. I’m going to let glue dry overnight and do only a piece or two at a time. The only nails in this build will be the ones for the magnets to attach to. I plan to drill holes for the magnets to be glued into on the front wall, and small nails will be inset into the edges of the side walls. These will all be covered up with glue and either paper or something else. This will not only help them blend into the frame of the house, it will also help keep them from pulling out due to the magnetic attraction. Ara from Bentley House Minis talked about this happening during her initial build of the Beetlejuice house.

I’ll show you what I’ve done to the house next week. Tomorrow, I plan to put on the back wall and Thursday, I’ll put up one of the side walls. I also plan to start marking where the first floor room dividers are going to go. Those will need to be cut to size before they can be placed. I’m planning on going out of town Friday, if all goes well with my car’s front end work and thus, I won’t be able to work on the house until I get back.

Still, this will be a welcome break from my stitching and will keep me from getting burned out on it. I hope someone will be as interested in this as I am. This is going to be a long term project as I plan to make as much as I can of the furnishings and only buy what I can’t make myself. This is going to be quite the journey!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Stitching Saturday: The Land Baby Pt. 4

This is what the finished project is supposed to look like. Notice the subtle shading the artist uses to develop detail and give the painting depth.

Whomever turned the painting into a cross stitch graph did a wonderful job of keeping the subtle shading in the piece as evidenced by the fact I stitched the mermaid’s fanny and didn’t realize it until after I took a picture of what I’ve done so far.

After this little section of 4 different colors, I have 1 1/2 blocks left to stitch before the first column is complete.

While I’m glad I don’t have to do any backstitching to provide details, it’s a bit hard to tell where I’m at when I’m trying to compare the two during stitching. Still, it’s turning out wonderfully so I’m continuing on. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Making Socks!

I have never made socks before, and I’m now going to teach myself how. I’m also crocheting them as knitting and I don’t get along. I found a pattern that is quite easy, and I plan to make three pairs of socks, for three co-workers.

Sorry the first one is upside down even though I saved it right side up.. The colorway is Mountain Range. I am using a size “D” – 3.25mm aluminum crochet hook.

This is where I’m at right now. The pattern I’m using is Step-by-step Crocheted Socks Tutorial.

This pair of socks is for my co-worker, Rebecca. She’s going to try on what I’ve made so far over the weekend and let me know where adjustments need to be made before I move on to making the heel. She wants mid-calf high socks so she can wear them under her boots. I’m making hers first.

This pattern is so simple and easy to read I’m enjoying it a great deal. There’s lots of pictures too. So far, the stitches have been simple: slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet and grit stitch which is just a combo of single and double stitches.

The yarn is a cotton blend so it has some stretch and moisture wicking properties. It was a bit of a chore finding the yarn at a reasonable price too, and I ended up having to order it online because nobody local carries this yarn.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress with the socks, but I’m liking the journey so far!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Saturday Stitching: MSAL April Done!

I actually thought I’d posted this yesterday so this is actually a day late. I shared the photo in the Facebook group yesterday but forgot to share it with all of you. Here is my completed design for this month on the Changing Season’s Mystery Stitch-A-Long designed by and hosted by Fox and Rabbit.

I’ve seen a lot of variegated threads being used for this, but I’m liking my solid colors. Trying to keep the designs simple. The colors I used were DMC 744, 972, and 3841. The green was something I had in my stash without a tag on it. Next month’s green ight be something lighter to go with summer, but we’ll see.

The lettering was a bit fiddly, and I don’t think my “S” was a defined as it should have been. I’d wanted to do it in satin stitch, but it was coming out like a blob so I frogged it all and just went with the chart. I’m wondering if it needs a bit of seed bead bling added…..

I’m actually wondering if I could add some bling to the vase with a charm or a rhinestone or something. It just seems a bit flat and boring to me. Maybe I’m wrong. What do you folks think? Add some bling or leave it be?? If bling, what should it be?? I’m open to suggestions and ideas. I’ll even do backstitching if it will bring more to this part.

I’m eager to see what May brings, maybe one of the smaller squares will get filled in next since May isn’t a summer month. I hope so as those empty blocks are begging me to fill them. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Free Pattern Friday: Tablecloth based on Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle Pt. 2

The above is where I’m at in the pattern right now. I just started Row 39 out of 111 rows. I decided to get the full pattern and work on it until I ran out of thread. I’m using up scrap thread I’ve been given over the past 5 years. None of the thread has labels on them, and while I’m trying to stay in the size 20 range, the multi colored purple is a size 10.

It’s going to be interesting when it’s finally done, and I’m going to enjoy using it.

The pattern is called Rings of Change, and it’s available on Ravelry from designer Frank O’Randle. He is a fantastic designer and has 67 patterns using the “of Change” name.

The stitches used in the newer areas are fans made from triple crochet and inverted V-stitches. It’s now how difficult the stitches are(most are basic), it’s how he uses the stitches to make some beautiful designs.

I usually don’t repeat patterns, but I might do this in worsted weight yarn to make a round blanket or rug some time in the future.

After I complete Row 39 I will be putting the project on hold because I finally got it in:

Sock Yarn!

Yes, I got the three cakes of sock yarn I ordered so I will be making socks for three co-workers who offered to be my guinea pigs as I learn something new. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be using the same pattern, but I’ll be using three different colorways and two different yarns. I hope to have at least one sock done by next week. If I have a full pair done, I’ll be very happy.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Stitching Saturday: MSAL April Design Pt.1

I actually started this last night, but I made a mistake so bad I had to rip out almost everything I’d stitched so, I left it for today. After all the picking out of stitches, I began again, counting more carefully this time.

I’m using satin stitches for the leaves, and it makes me think of hand drawn images the way my stitches don’t quite fill the space at certain angles. If you look at it straight on, the two leaves on top are full. I left the two on bottom partially done, and I might leave them that way. What do you all think?? It wouldn’t take much to fill them in.

The design for April is three big flowers in a vase with Spring written below it all. I’m trying to decide if the parts to the side of the flowers are leaves or petals, it could be either. I may wait to see what others are doing before I try them myself.

In the Facebook group, several members are gushing about how gorgeous, amazing etc the new design is, and I’m like “meh, it’s okay”. I wouldn’t voice that opinion there of course, but while the design is pretty, its nothing like the design in the very middle square. It’s not as challenging to me I guess. I’m still going to stitch it, but I’m doing the satin stitches to give me something new.

Let me know what you think about the stitches, do they look good or should I pull them out and just cross stitch the entire thing? For those of you who are stitching this SAL too, what do you think of what I’ve done so far?? Everybody’s opinion – negative or positive but always respectful – are always welcome!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!