baby’s first handspun

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It is immensely satisfying to go from the first picture to the last picture. Right now knitting is not being very satisfying, because I’m too busy to spend a good chunk of time on it. Everything is inching along, giving me the illusion that nothing is happening. Perhaps a couple weeks from now I’ll suddenly have knit the attached lace border for a shawl, or have some very late Mother’s Day socks, but somehow I can’t get myself to believe it, especially since my other projects (hand-quilting a bag for my spinning wheel so I can take it to guild meetings (more on that later), re-upholstering 3 chairs and a bench, unpacking a staggering number of books, adding variety to my diet) all seem to be coming along just as slowly.

I thought spring was about fresh starts and relentless growth, what the hell happened?

Mending

I wore my Storm Walkers on the way home for Thanksgiving, which ended up taking 30 hours. I paced a lot during my overnight at the airport, since the calm of knitting seemed beyond me. Apparently I paced a bit too much, because I ended up with a sizable hole in one of the toes. Tonight is for mending that.

Rcentely at a charity shop, I bought a blazer (of course, who can resist?) with too-short-sleeves (of course). Tonight I’m going to try and do something about that, as well.

Observe:

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P.S. I’m so tired of having shaggy growing-out hair. Can’t wait until it’s long enough to braid, or even just put behind my shoulders.

shower curtain to tab-back curtains

I fell in love with shower curtains. I’m trying very hard to move into the flat across the hall, but there’s electrical work that just can’t seem to get done, so I’m stuck doing things like falling madly in love with shower curtains, and turning them into something presentable for the new place. 

Step 1: Buy yourself some cloth shower curtains to cover your windows. Like so. 

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Step 2: Examine the back of your curtain. There will likely be a wide band at the top, with evenly spaced slits for hanging. (If not, mark a band 3-4″ wide, and mark “slits” approximately 6″ apart.) Use the following formula to determine how much ribbon you will need to make tabs for one curtain. 

Magic formula of pixies and fairy dust: number of slits per curtain x (the width of the top band+2)

 

 

 

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Step 3: Purchase 3/4″ ribbon of the length you need (plus 10% to be safe) in a similar fiber as your curtain. This ribbon will be the tabs, so be careful to use a matching ribbon if you don’t want it to show on the public side. 

 

 

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Step 4: Cut the ribbon into pieces 2 inches longer than the top band. Cut the ribbon on the bias to prevent it from fraying. 

 

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Step 5: Finger press the edges of a ribbon strip down, lining up the ribbon over the pre-existing slits. 

 

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Step 6: Flip the ribbon over, and (using a matching thread in at least the bobbin) stitch both ends to your curtain with the world’s tiniest seam allowance, the top band will likely have a seam you can use as a guide. Repeat until you have tabs along the top of your curtain, spaced approximately 6″ apart. 

 

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Step 7: Trim the stray threads off your curtains. Hang your curtains and admire them! 

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The slits are slightly visible, if you wanted to cover them up you could stitch a ribbon along the top. 

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The bottom of these curtains is what I fell in love with. Seriously, none of the proper curtains were this pretty, and shower curtains will fit my new windows better. 

 

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