Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Quick update before work

Thank goodness for SLUG camp at Harvest War.  I managed to finish 4 out of 6 seams; including edge bindings, on the coat.  I would have gotten more done but I ran out of linen thread and had to run up to The Needle Point Joint on Monday.  I am very pleased with the way these seams are turning out.  Smooth, even and all around COOL.  I'll try to get clear pics up soon. 

I also got a scroll assignment that needs to be done ASAP so I won't be working on ACC this week.  I should be back on track by next week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

My assistant

He also likes to borrow my tape measure and carry it around.    Thank goodness the other one doesn't like to help too.


I've been putting off working on Hoggar's coat for one simple reason.  I really hate sleeves.  I can never get them the right length, the right circumference,  they're too tight in the arm pit, Hoggar's hands won't fit through the opening, WHATEVER!  I repeat I just can't get them right.  Added to that I have to draft a totally wacky pattern that has two main parts and two gussets AND those gussets are no where near the underarm.  Strange. 

With this foreign configuration I pulled out the trusty pattern paper roll and drafted it on that rather than straight on the fabric.  It took about an hour and I had the usual math headache when I was done but the most amazing thing happened as I was sewing it together.  Everything fit together exactly the way is was supposed to.  Easing the sleeve into the arm hole was a breeze.  When Hoggar put it on it fit, well not perfectly, but it was comfortable and not binding around the under arm.  It is totally crazy.

 With the sleeves finished I've completed the drafting process, made a few adjustments and have begun cutting out the wool.  I intend to get that done today and start hand sewing the wool together before work tonight.  Since I'm hand sewing I might be able to (possibly, hopefully, don't curse it) finish this week.

Challenges yet to come

The little tiny guy sitting in the Anasazi Ruins is my nephew Marcus.  If I haven't cornered you and ranted about him you're gonna get it now.  Marcus came into this world at only 25 weeks gestation.While in the NICU he suffered from NEC (basically his intestines tried to rot inside his body; usually it's fatal) and when he came home from the hospital he had a SIDS episode that if my sister weren't awake and proficient in CPR for he would have died then too.  All that in just 16 mos of life.  Despite the poking with needles, the prodding, the constant visits from various specialists Marcus is happy, stubborn, sweet and a general joy to be around.  He has a smile that will light up the room. 

He also has  Muscular Dystrophy.     With the research right now the prognosis is wheel chair by 12, respirator by 30.  So as you're out and about this weekend if you see a fireman holding a boot please throw in your change.  Every penny counts.  Thanks.