Making, Crafting, Creating... aka Whatcha workin' on?


#1167

…looks at the towering slopes of Mt. Offcut and sees three tiny figures scaling it muttering something about having to throw something in the Poplin of Doom…

I’ll get right on that. Real Soon.


#1168

Starting yet another motorcycle restoration. Frame stripped and degreased, ready to begin tube straightening and working on the geometry of the sidecar mount.


#1169

Yesterday, I went through my collection of necklaces (I’d had them packed away for 7 years). Then I dug through a few craft bins and found parts to put together, so I could display the baubles and get back to actually wearing them.

A painted wood plaque, some cup hooks, eye screws and wire. Sometimes it pays to be a little bit of a pack rat.

After I hung it up, I relocated the bottom cup hooks. I think it’ll do for now!


#1170

I bought this vanity stool for $5. I’d been looking everywhere for one that wouldn’t cost me $50 or more, so I made a spontaneous trip to a thrift store/antique mall and this was literally the first thing I saw sitting out in their sidewalk sale. $20 of fabric and spray enamel later:

And now my “dressing room” is complete!


#1171

In the latest season of The Americans, the daughter Paige has one of these in her bedroom. My eye gravitated to it immediately, and brought back memories of childhood, moments spent in the bedrooms of girls…


#1172

Pics!

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#1173

Made boot projectors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwoLzUZpjTU

Working on an upgrade with custom text:


#1174

Oh, those are cool! :sunglasses:


#1175

those are great looking. Always love your stuff.


#1176

That always perplexes me, because I’m a right-handed knitter who learned to knit from her left-handed grandmother… who knitted right-handed. She always insisted knitting was a two-handed operation, and that calling it handed was BS.

She said the left hand drives the motion, and the right hand feeds the yarn (we tuck the right needle under the right arm – that gets called “factory knitting” among other terms).

I’ve taught both righties and lefties, and the people who have the hardest time are the lefties who keep on seeing it as a handed activity, and the righties who are freaking out that their left hand gets to do something important.


#1177

Yeah, I get that now, and eventually taught myself (thanks, YouTube!) enough of two-sticks knitting to realize I didn’t want to invest the time to develop competence. I think it says a lot more about my family members and their (in)ability to deal with both beginner’s mind and imperfection than handedness. Knitting was not the only skill where this happened. (Although I do still resent that certain tools really are designed for a right-handed world – side-eying the electric compound mitre saw and the jigsaw.)

The interesting thing in dealing with the machine is that I actually now understand two-sticks significantly better. I have gotten derailed in the past week, because I need to move furniture again (to accommodate lighting, having a public-facing room, weather, and for us, moving furniture is best accomplished all at once, while Spouse is out of the house) but in the process of swatching and skills-development, I can run multiple tension and pattern experiments, and I don’t feel all that grumpy frogging something that took longer to cast-on and cast off than it took to knit. I learned how to integrate a hem and increase and decrease, and while my cables are ugly, that’s my learning curve. None of which I ever would have learned on my own. The downside is the machines are noisy and they take maintenance that two sticks don’t. But the upside is that Spouse may indeed get the 4th Doctor scarf (though not at the 16 foot length) that he’s always wanted.


#1178

Tonight, I’m off to the local library to get certified on their 3D printers and vinyl cutter.

Tomorrow, the world! (Probably a small one to start with.)


#1179

Doctor Blancke wants a new bathroom. So I am up to my neck in concrete board and pvc pipe. The worst thing was getting the old tub out and the new one in, it’s on the third floor. Deep quasi-Japanese soaking tub. Tile everywhere. Heated floors. I will post some images when it starts to look like less of a disaster.


#1180

pussyhat


#1181

First day warm enough to get outside and spray!

I’ve been doing the multipart stencils for a while, but I recently bought a Cricut, which reduced my time to design and cut something like this from 8-12 hours to maybe 2 1/2.

It’s based on a selfie posted by my friend Bella- One of my favorite models.


#1182

I’ve been working on this and I’m previewing it this Thursday if anyone is interested. http://bit.ly/2oNfzPv is the Zoom Registration link.



#1183

Working on the Humboldt Firkin Tappers 2017 Boonville Beer Fest button. The theme of the beer fest this year is, we’re legal. Not sure where I’m going with the design yet


#1184

And, finished!


#1185

That looks awesome!

I’m always amazed at that sort of piecework, I feel like if I ever tried it I’d lose my mind about halfway through, complete with nightmares about “just… a few… more… buttons… huh!”. So kudos for the tenacity!


#1186

Thanks! I think the losing one’s mind part way through is a part of the process. I always panic when I’m partway through the final grind that I misspelled something in the design, or otherwise botched it. Because after I’ve seen something many times, all the words look misspelled.