Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

If you read a few blogs, you've seen this adorable handmade card over the last few days:

Yes, it is the handwork of Deb. If you don't know Deb, you can meet her here. In addition to writing a great blog, Deb might be the most generous crafter out there. She is a master of soapmaking, and she gives away her amazing wares:
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Look at that loot! From top left, there are lotion bars (which I use constantly), soaps, lip balm, and facial soap. You cannot buy soaps like these! And I mean that literally: These are superior to any commercial soap out there. Effective, gentle and perfectly scented. And beautiful:
A huge thank you to you, Deb, for your incredible generosity. You are so talented -- and so kind to share your creations.

That was the good. Here is the bad:
Fair Isle is so much fun to knit, but then there are all those ends to weave in. Not so much fun.

And then there's the ugly. Yesterday, my MIL and I took a class at a local fabric store to learn how to free motion quilt. I'm really glad to start learning this skill, but my first attempt is not beautiful.

My MIL, a lifetime seamstress who sews most of her own wardrobe and all my FIL's shirts, took to it right away. And we both learned that quilter's gloves are not optional. Neither is practice!

Also ugly: snow in mid-April. The roads are snow-covered ice. We were able to have breakfast with my parents, but I can't see going out a second time.



15 comments:

  1. Ooh i saw some of her soaps earlier this week! Gorgeous marbling and I bet they smell heavenly!

    Colourwork = ends... I suppose that’s why I can only manage one or two a year no matter how pretty the patterns.

    Best to stay in with snow and ice. Gavin just got back from Toronto. He said two trucks blew past him on the highway but he passed them a couple of Kim’s later, both in the ditch!

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  2. What beautiful images! I want to do All The Crafts now.

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  3. love the card!! I love getting those kinds of presents so thoughtful. Look at all the burying you have - I pop in a movie or tv show and it's done quickly. Hopefully you have better weather now.... when you read this.

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  4. Deb is so incredibly generous, I am loving my soap, lotion bars and lip balm. Good for you taking the new class, looks like fun.

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  5. You made me blush!
    I am so happy to see someone else struggling with free motion quilting. It is so much harder than they make it look. Those squiggles are actually not too bad. If they were on a piecework top they would look fine after a good wash.

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  6. Deb's soaps and lotions look fabulous. I wish my skin wasn't so sensitive because I'd love to try them. Oooh, look at all those loose ends! I'd love to try free motion quilting but I haven't seen any classes offered locally.

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  7. Quilter's gloves? Do they keep you from poking yourself with the needle? I would certainly need that if I was doing the quilting.

    Have fun learning your new quilting skill.

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  8. The Hubs and I haven't bought store soap in years.....we prefer goat's milk based, but will try any...I stock up at craft and fiber shows...we are running a little low, so good thing CT Sheep and Wool is in two weeks...love all the projects...I'm just really getting into colorwork

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  9. That soap does look like it would be nice to use. That is so nice she gave you some! I don't enjoy weaving in ends either it is not the fun part of switching yarn. We have really bad weather in Toronto too and it is so windy as I type this and all day its been freezing rain. Can't wait for Spring weather!

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  10. Don't we enjoy the soap giveaway?! The good-is good, the bad, it just another excuse to play with yarn-it will be worth it; the ugly is not ugly and you are right about the practice and the gloves! lol

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  11. Yikes on the snow!!! We are having torrential rains (but I won't complain since it is NOT snowing here). Aren't Deb's soaps the BEST??

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  12. Since I have met Deb over the Internet, I have not purchased soap at all - she keeps me supplied all year! And they are PERFECT.

    Your hat looks like it will be pretty - I do not envy you the weaving in part though ... ;-)

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  13. I think you've done a wonderful job on your first attempt at free motion quilting!

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  14. That Araignee is one talented crafter; she excels at everything she does! And very generous to boot. Do you have a trick for dealing with those ends? Gosh you Midwesterners sure have had a lot of snow this year! Hope it goes away soon!!! And stays away till next winter also!

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  15. Deb's generosity is amazing. I love that card too. Oh those ends. So sorry. I have lots to weave in on my log cabin blanket which I picket up again when the snow started this weekend. Soon, Soon, soon, we will have 50s and 60s.. I'm just telling myself that no matter

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