FutureSarah

Sewing, knitting, whatever….

There is always more.

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I hope I can keep up my momentum with FutureSarah. While I am extremely happy that as of Thursday morning, I will be working 20 minutes from home rather than 50, I can see that extra time per day going to staying later at work. Already I have pretty much lost my scheduled gym time because I’ve been working too late to exercise AND make/eat dinner.

We have a huge milestone due in mid-April, and I keep finding more problems with what we currently have running. In addition to the tasks we knew I was going to have to do, I seem to be spending an awful lot of time fixing other people’s broke-ass code. (Non-technical people: I just have a ton of un-fun work to do in the next month).

Here’s hoping that there is an end to the unplanned work*, and I can get back to making happy coasters, aprons, bibs, bags,…. Sigh. Just thinking about sewing and knitting both calms me down and makes me wish I was anywhere but in my cubicle right now.

*See blog post title

Written by Sarah Levantine

March 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm

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Finished! Quilted coasters

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Quilted coasters

I was able to find enough seam allowance to finish two sets of six quilted coasters. Aside from the stuff I mentioned in my last post, I think they turned out pretty good. They’re headed for Angelfish sometime tomorrow 🙂

Written by Sarah Levantine

March 6, 2008 at 10:38 pm

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WIP: Coasters

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Quilted coasters

These things are not turning out exactly like I had hoped. I think I am unskilled at ironing round objects. A handful of them were quilted too close to the edge, and now I can’t turn under the edges. For those, I will bind with bias tape instead, and keep it in mind for next time.

Actually, things will be completely different next time anyway – I’m going to add a layer of interfacing to increase the stability, and I will sew the sandwiches together before I do the quilting.

The one plus: I have gotten a lot of practice with machine quilting since I started this project. On a small scale at least, my Kenmore sewing machine handles it just fine.

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March 6, 2008 at 1:44 pm

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Getting S*** Done

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In following with Jen‘s GSD initiative for the month of March, I got busy last night. With TAXES!! Sexy 🙂

I’m sad it took up the entire evening and I didn’t get to work on any crafting, but now that it’s out of the way, I feel like I have more freedom to work on hobbies, without the shadow of procrastination hanging over me. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes; I may or may not actually have time to make things for St. Patrick’s Day. On the downside, I seriously need to get in some gym time. On the upside, next week my company moves to a new facility, half the distance from home, and with a gym included! I should be able to go at lunch, freeing up evening time for cooking, sewing, and taking/updating photos.

Excited!!

Written by Sarah Levantine

March 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm

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Accountability Failure

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Last weekend was fun and relaxing, but I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. As a recap, here were the goals I set out to accomplish:

  • Finish figuring out the quilted coaster pattern.
  • Make some green stuff for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Go through old hand-made scarves and bring the lightweight ones (that will sell in this weather) to Angelfish & Co.

I completed none of these things.

On the coaster design, I did figure out machine quilting, and on about half of the coasters, got as far as binding the edges (then ran out to JoAnn to buy some bias tape because I was too lazy to figure out how to make my own tape). They are looking good, but you can tell it is a first attempt at machine quilting.

On the St. Patrick’s Day stuff, I did start on a lightweight scarf in green yarn, putting away my selfish sweater knitting for a while. I did not bring it in the limo to Napa, though, because I thought it would be weird being the only knitter in the vehicle. Also, it was poorly lit. Also, increased alcohol consumption equals increased mistakes in knitting.

On the cleaning out of old scarves, I almost went through them last night (and again this morning), but realized that I probably couldn’t get them to the store before Thursday, so I put it off again.

I had also thought of signing up for a mini-NaBloPoMo for the month of March, but since the first of the month came and went with me not looking at a computer, I guess that idea is out the window as well. I can still try and post more often, there are just no fabulous prizes waiting at the end of the month.

Written by Sarah Levantine

March 3, 2008 at 1:42 pm

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Accountability

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If I tell you what I’d like to get done this weekend, maybe I’ll be more likely to actually do it!

Goals for the weekend:

  • Finish figuring out the quilted coaster pattern.
  • Make some green stuff for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Go through old hand-made scarves and bring the lightweight ones (that will sell in this weather) to Angelfish & Co.

    Most of this will have to happen tomorrow after dance class, as Sunday will be spent in a limo in Napa!!! I am such a yarn dork, I am already thinking of bringing some yarn to start a scarf on the trip.

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    February 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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    Stitches West

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    I went to the Stitches West show in Santa Clara with my mom last Sunday, and while I don’t have any pictures (yet), I can tell you all the awesome stuff I got – pictures after the jump!

    My major win of the day was a ball winder and swift, which were cheaper at the show than I’d seen them anywhere else. As soon as I got home, I set them up in the craft guest room and wound a couple of balls (it took a couple of tries to figure out the exact setup and technique).

    I also got a few sweater patterns, and a bunch of yarn to make quick-knit things for the store like scarves and hats. Since it was the last day of the show, they were only open until 4:00, and it took us right up until the deadline to work the entire room (“Reminder: DO NOT start tearing down your booth until we announce that the show is officially over” rang repeatedly over the loudspeaker). Mom got some stuff to make a crazy multicolor sweater – not really my taste, but will most likely suit her perfectly when it’s made. She also got the last copy of Fitted Knits at the entire show (after flipping through her copy, I searched every book booth I could find). Now I have to go find it on Amazon.

    Finally, I found out about this great charity, Mother Bear Project. You knit or crochet a bear, personalize it however you like, and it gets sent to a child in Africa who could use a hug. The pattern was just $5; how could I not get one? Now to find this mythical “spare time” so I can contribute….

    After the show, we stopped at Subway for a bite, and then went to the open house at Angelfish & Co. I sold an apron!! I also got a request for more aprons in the smaller size. I’ll start on that as soon as I get two or three sets of coasters finished.

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    Written by Sarah Levantine

    February 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Posted in Outings