Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shiny Objects, Distractions & Detours

Our hot water tank is not hot anymore. Sometime after we went to bed, it started to leak and when our son got home from work at one o'clock, he noticed and woke up Howard who turned everything off. It's cold showers for today.

Just yesterday, when I was showing my guests around, I'd noted that when it was time to replace the hot water tank we intended to move it around the other side of the furnace so I'd have more room for dyeing and painting. Hmm.... I didn't mean today... but... I'm thankful for a son who noticed and a hot water tank that didn't burst in the night and create a huge mess in the basement.




Cloth Habit is running a bra sew-a-long. I signed up and haven't done a thing. Shams just finished the Vogue 1333 skirt. It's gorgeous. I want one too especially as the pattern has been sitting on my counter for almost a month. When I first started contemplating it, I thought it might be interesting in a turquoise and black striped fabric of Marcy's. The fabric has sold out. The pattern is not traced. And I'm working on the sweater that never finishes. The sweater...

... that was supposed to be finished two weekends ago, and then last weekend, and then I wanted it done yesterday and now, today, it's my top priority. Yesterday, I thought about shiny objects, distractions, and detours - in my case the volume of work I think I should be able to create but somehow can't and the pieces I think I'd like to create when reality is I can't sew everything. I thought about multiple fields of interest and about focus.

As frustrating as it can be at times, I am thankful to be a one piece at a time kind of sewist because at least I finish.... eventually. The answer to last week's question is no, I can't sew five t-shirts and work on jewelry at the same time - LOL. I've been pondering what is realistic (something more than what I'm doing) what is ridiculous (something less than my long, long list) and how to find balance between the two (that illusive balance !! again). Always an interesting question.




The top of the button band has turned into a bit of a mess. Thankfully the left side goes underneath as I've pulled out the stitches at least four - if not more - times and this last time left a hole that needs  fixing. The right side is much neater and should cover up any issues. The band is twisting. I won't be sure of how it'll hang until it's completely finished and it's another reminder to pay attention to quality. This sweater is definitely a prototype. I'd like to quit but it's already getting too many compliments and has become a challenge so.... onward.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - NOT waking up to a puddle in the basement

9 comments:

  1. When our hot water burst and flooded the basement my sister wondered out loud if any one ever replaces a hot water tank before it dies. ;) Glad yours did a minimum of damage and hope it is not too much trouble to move it.

    Lois K

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    1. In our last house, we replaced the tank before it burst and right after some friends went through a three month insurance claim for the damage theirs did. It seemed like something we'd prefer to avoid. We knew this one was going to go but were hoping it'd last a bit longer. LOL - apparently not but lovely of it to crack and leak as opposed to burst and flood.

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  2. What good luck that he noticed. Water can do so much damage and I know we don't go into the furnace room on a daily basis. Here's hoping you have a new water heater soon.

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    1. LOL - my son is a milk addict. "Extra" milk, plus the jug he's currently drinking, plus his insulin, is kept in the second fridge in the furnace/laundry room so he's in there the most often of all of us. Good thing.

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    2. Hmm... so maybe I should get a beer fridge for the furnace room. At least we'll be in there now and again. ;)

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  3. Myrna you deserve an award for patience. I've thrown things out long before getting to this point.

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    1. Thank you. I'll take that award. I could use it. Just got the quote for the hot water tank and I'm not at all in the mood for sewing that sweater at the moment.

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  4. Glad your son noticed the problem.
    All the best making a bra. I know the issue will be chosing fabric and fit. I'll get the courage up to join you soon, I hope.

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    1. Me too. Great kid.

      Bra fabric has its fabric factor as well but it's less complicated in some ways than sewing other garments. In the past, I've used a woven fabric for the cups and that's been my favourite method. It means that I can use a woven lining and any other fabric as the top layer and maintain consistency. Gotta love that.

      Get up the courage. Bras are very fun. GO GO GO - you can do this.

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