It's TUSAL TIME! The jar looks pretty full, but in reality it's mostly big orts from fluffy yarn that makes it appear as if I have done so much.
At the bottom is a few bits from the Fire and Ember SAL. The page I cannot seem to finish no matter how much I want to. Seriously, it's almost finished!!
Piled on top of the Fire and Ember SAL orts are the fluffy yarn orts from my finishing up a project that has taken 3 years to complete. My Big Mama Chickie Bag which is larger than the "normal" Big Mama's...it was MASSIVE. Arthritis or no, I was seriously annoyed to see it in my yarn bag where I keep my current knitting and crochet projects and decided to FINISH THE BEASTIE!
I really like it and maybe will sell it if I ever open my Etsy shop again.
Because I finished this, I pulled out the yarn I had stuffed in the bag for Terri's book bag. She didn't want a Chickie Bag, but she liked the style and wanted a book bag so I started that. I'm pulling it apart right now because it looks terrible and the base is not big enough for a book bag. What you see in this picture is not where it is at right now, it looks like a bowl. The pictures I took made the yarn look black so no current pictures of what I'm ripping out.
February Neglected Floss SAL was stitched up and came out beautifully as a biscornu. I have already planned to stitch all of the patterns for 2018 Neglected Floss SAL as biscornu.
The next layer in the old ort jar is a large amount of white thread. I had battled to the bitter end with my possessed sewing machine and lost. That thread is expensive and to have battled so hard for so long I finally decided the machine was done. My son Randall did get me an early Valentine's gift and found a gently used machine for $50. I couldn't be happier with the new machine! It is simple and quiet and even the vibe is good. I don't need anything complicated to sew with....I quilt, sew a few clothes...nothing difficult. This machine is perfect.
After that I went ahead and stitched the March Neglected Floss SAL pattern, but cannot share that as it isn't March yet. I wanted that one done so I could focus on the Olympics and do some Olympic stitching. For that I have been working on Ink Circles Tapestry...so lovely!!
I'm really enjoying this pattern and the threads. I almost went with the DMC-ish colors that were recommended on the chart. When I dug through my flosses I had quite a few and the colors of the GAST threads were so rich and lovely I caved and ordered the rest I needed. Very glad I did.
And THAT is February TUSAL! Now I MUST get back to curling...it's VITAL I watch all the curling!
Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'