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Stitches West 2014: Adventures in Fleece

It was a few years ago when I had convinced myself that I wanted to adopt a fleece. I had gone through this whole phase of wanting to go from sheep to garment. This involved me bringing home a dirty fleece once. A really dirty fleece. So dirty that I gunked up my kids’ bathtub and then my husband instating a Renfroe household rule banning me from bringing dirty fleece into the house.

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Bella on the scale.

But I can explain…

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Walking the floor with two bags of fleece.

The household rule banning my possession of dirty fleece is common knowledge amongst my knitting group. But Courtney is a smart girl, and adept at getting around the rules. So months ago she told me she had an idea.

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Courtney and David with Bella and Lucky.

Courtney did her homework and came up with the perfect plan for us to wash a fleece in the hotel bathroom. She knew exactly how to sell it to me… my husband couldn’t possibly get upset with me if I brought home clean fleece.

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The bag of Bella fleece.

So David, Courtney and I went to Judy’s Novelty Wool booth and we split 2 fleeces, three ways. Now, Bella was already cleaned, so no problem there. She was greasier than David liked, but I don’t mind my fleeces slightly buttery. That lanolin is good for my skin. So half of the work was done and Bella was tossed aside. Lucky, however, was our dirty one. The three of us put down a shower curtain on the floor, dumped the fleece out, and started to sort pieces into “dirty” and “less dirty”.

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Starting to sort the fleece.

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Proud parents!

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I actually took this picture by accident when trying to take some video.

We stuffed the fleece into lingerie bags to soak in the tub.

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Lingerie bags are ready!

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Soak #1 with plain water…

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Check out that water! Here is where I let Courtney know she is making me nervous holding her phone over the tub.

We soaked the fleece for twenty minutes in plain hot water. Then we soaked in hot soapy water. Of course there were multiple soaks, but I passed out on one of the hotel beds sometime before 1 a.m. I hear that Court and David were up until 4 a.m. They let me sleep because I had to drive us home from Santa Clara and they knew I needed the rest. Of course, this means I don’t have any photographic evidence of David breaking one of the salad spinners that they used to dry the fleece when they were done. Sorry, I’m no journalist.

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Courtney and Dawn.

Now, this isn’t the end of the story (or process). While I have Bella here at home, Lucky is still at Courtney’s house. Lucky was dry enough to bring home in the van, but she still needs some work. I am hoping to get together with Courtney sometime soon so we can finish work on her and get her ready to spin!

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The sewing never ends…

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 | blah blah blah, Miscellaneous, sewing | No Comments

Why are no yarn based projects being done? I dunno… maybe because I have had so much sewing to do, that I can’t seem to get my hands on my yarn.

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I am starting to think that my kids are purposely trying to destroy everything they own. They each are on the second backpack of the school year, because I couldn’t keep up with the repairs.

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And Girl Scouts…oh boy. I decided to be one of those over-achiever Moms and sew every patch on.

Now that Halloween is over and my parent’s have left to go home, I am hoping to try and carve out more time to get Christmas taken care of. I feel like I should be a lot farther by now. I mean, IT’S NOVEMBER ALREADY.

 

I’m so not ready for the holidays…

Why is there no knitting in my crafting?

All of last week was crunch time. I am not sure how it happened, but I was the last one in my family to get prepared for Halloween. Maybe it was because my costume had the most the DIY.

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There was felt…and hot glue gun injuries.

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Paint to ruin my manicure. (But let’s be honest, I do my own manicures…so bad could I have possibly ruined it?)

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Sharpies and wigs.

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And quite a lot of hand sewing things to other things…yes, I’m sewing these as I’m wearing them.

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And makeup (which is an area that is pretty foreign to me).

It was a lot of DIY, but I think it turned out okay. Granted, no one (well maybe a few small children) knew who I was and my husband’s store bought mask and gloves were a bigger hit (which is annoying when you put that much work into a costume), but my daughter appreciated that I dressed up as a Monster High Doll for her, even without my finding latex gills.

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Here it is! Frankie Stein and Lagoona Blue

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No rest for the crafter…

I know it has been a while since my last post. Boy, have I been crazy busy. Now that I have less time to work on projects, I am trying to jam every available second into getting things done…on top of the general care and feeding of the twins…oh, and 3rd grade math (ugh).

It seems like a lot of the projects I need to get done are not necessarily knitting related. I guess my crafting sort of happens in waves. A wave of knitting…a wave of spinning…and currently, a wave of sewing.

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Lil’ girls favorite skinny jeans.

My kids seem to wreck stuff at record speed. Clothing, shoes, anything really.

My daughter was so upset that she ripped a hole in her favorite pair of skinny jeans. The hole was in a strange place up high on her pant leg and there was no way that little 8 year old was going to be sporting those jeans to school anymore. She was so sad…but it wasn’t anything a little star fabric from my friend David and a little embroidery thread couldn’t fix!

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Fixing Lil’ guys backpack.

Then there is my son…who couldn’t explain to me why, after one month of school, his TMNT backpack had a gaping hole in the bottom. Really? Like, what the hell? I frankenstein’d that bad boy back together.

There is other mending that needs to be done, but I have to do this stuff in baby steps. Hand sewing takes time!

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Measuring hands.

Then there is my actual sewing project…clothing for Gray (yeah, remember him?). After my whole process of agonizing over how not to mess it up, I went forward with my actual plan (which worked of course, I don’t know why I torture myself). Those sleeves were a total pain, but Gray’s hands fit through them, so I am happy about that. I also took a little time to draw up rough pattern, so as to make my life a little easier should I need to do this again.

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Seaming a little shirt. I tried desperately not to sew it to itself.

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Getting ready for some new projects…

Not a lot of knitting going on this time, but you can hear how my family has the tendency to hurt themselves with power tools.

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Back to school, back to work…

The kids heading back to school means I better get my butt back to getting stuff done!

Baah Yarns website is here.

You can check out the California Poppy pattern here.

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When I’m too lazy to actually type…

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I’m most definitely sleep deprived.

You really wouldn’t believe how much I cut out of this video.

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A vacation from Hermitville.

I decided to poke my head out and let you actually see my face.

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Keeping busy, kinda.

I’ve been wavering between levels of crazy busy and being a complete slug (but mostly on the slug end). I have had absolutely no desire to work on my safety scarf, which is kind of ridiculous because I could probably bang that thing out in no time if I tried.

It’s just that I have been wanting to work on other things…that is, when I feel like working on anything at all.

I’ve been pinning fabric in preparation for more sewing (that would be done by now if I weren’t afraid of sleeves), I’ve been learning some new kumihimo patterns, learning to tie heart knots, and even working on my Celestarium edging. All of this while consuming Seasons 1 and 2 of The Killing…in a record 3 days.

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