Life goes random

It’s been a week of great difficulties and a very few random small accomplishments.  Since the big troubles are outside the scope of this blog, here are some of the random things I accomplished this week.

I sewed some fabric masks for my nieces to wear in grocery stores.

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I repotted my window cacti, something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, but I feared the spines.

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I bought the metal pots a while back at IKEA and then drilled a hole in the bottoms for drainage.  A very heavy duty gardening glove saved me from the spines.  And I used a technique I learned on Gardner’s World, where you put the old pot inside the new one and fill dirt around it and then it leaves the perfect sized hole for the plant when you take it out.

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And yet I still got dirt everywhere.

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I also used an egg carton to start some pepper seeds.  I’ve never succeeded at growing peppers, but maybe this year?

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More seeds still to plant.  It needs to be a bit warmer.  I had to put chicken wire around the new raised bed where these seeds will end up because the puppy (who is now 35 pounds!) keeps digging all the nice loose dirt out of it.

.And I did more work on my slippers, which were developing holes around the patched areas.  I don’t know why I don’t just knit new ones, but I’m entertaining myself with different techniques to stretch out their lifespans.  This time I tried needle felting.

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I didn’t have foam or a felting mat so I used my fingernail brush.  Other than the awkwardness of fitting it into the heel it did the job.  I used some of the multitude of fiber I have on hand for the spinning I never seem to do anymore and stabbed away on the inside-out slipper bottoms. It seems to have worked, and it doesn’t show from the outside.  A little more time added to extend their lives.  I’m running out of techniques though, so this might be their last chance and then I will have to pick up the knitting needles.

Other random accomplishments this week:  I ate a lot of cookies, got into zero fights with my housebound teenage sons, and reread a huge number of comfort novels.  All good things.

This is Spring Break week for three of us according to the school calendar.  Kind of meaningless under the circumstances.  My husband is still going to work, but has a furlough week next week as his company cuts back on payroll as orders are drying up.

My high school is going to attempt online school starting next week.  We had an exploratory Zoom session on Monday to see how that would work.  74 of 90 teenagers showed up for it, which was an encouraging sign.  It was so good to see them again, even if only in little squares on my tablet screen!

All but two of the 90 have signed up for the Google Classroom my teaching team has created, so we are hopeful.  We have an integrated project planned that isn’t overwhelming to get started, and a special ed teacher involved to add extra support.  Fingers are crossed.

Hoping you are all safe and healthy, wherever you are.

Visible mending

I can’t remember what combination of blog links led me to this post on the TomofHolland site about a visible mending project, but I liked the ideas behind it, and the visual effect, and put it in my mental try-this-someday file.

Enter my charcoal cardigan and a small hole in its front.

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I looked up some mending techniques, as my experience with repairs has been solely machine based before this.  I followed the directions found here, that I had saved to Pinterest a while back.

(Brief tangent to rant about how angry Pinterest is making me.  Trying to access my boards through my browser is impossible as it demands downloading the app onto my iPad. I don’t want the app, but it won’t let me see my boards or search for pins without the it anymore.  Why won’t they just let me use the website?  Why do they care how I get to it, as long as I’m using their program?  I don’t like the app interface.  And now I don’t like using Pinterest either.  End rant.)

Here is the result:

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I rather like the scattered seed stitch effect, but I’m not sure I like the appearance of the mend on the sweater,  it looks a little like I spilled something on my stomach.  If there were more holes, more mended areas, it would look better.  But I’m not going to chop more holes, so I think this is coming out, and I’ll mend it again with a charcoal thread.

But I’m going to keep the concept in mind for the future.

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