V Kay

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Matt Todd wrote:... Knowing yourself is important and regularly asking "am I starting to get loopy?"

It took me awhile to realize this is the first symptom for me. Probably couldn't recognize it cuz...I was getting loopy? Now when I can't finish a two-step task, or am wandering around trying to *remember* what the next step/task/current purpose was, I know it's time to take immediate cooling measures, as quickly as I can while going v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y.
"Ice scarves" help delay my reaching that moment, but if the heat/humidity combo is high enough, nothing else works but finding refuge in a cool space.

Mercy Pergande wrote:I'm one who feels my life force oozing out of my body when the heat and humidity hit. I also have a chronic illness that is exacerbated by heat... I do feel like getting my feet into some cold water seems to bring me back to life for a while. Even if I am just rinsing them off for 10 seconds... or a quick soak in a bucket.

Me too re life force melting and oozing away. Thanks for the cold footbath tip, I'll add that to my cooling "toolbox"!
1 year ago

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote: Why not Lime Green???

This is not the piece I'd want to draw that sort of attention to. Tho' I'd happily do it with others.
wrt knitting ribbing - knitting is not a skill I've ever learned. I was thinking about purchasing some ribbing, but again, this piece doesn't look to have a lifespan long enough to warrant that.
But it's a good practice piece.
2 years ago
[quote=Deb Rebel]Still  trying to keep us clothed, and still have a Chesstock Speedweave staring at me. I have looked at the machining and jigs, and am saving for a 3D printer to try some of this. Alternative may be to cut a ring of hardwood, predrill, and make pegs to produce the 'round' that the Speedweve handles.[/quote]

Deb, did you develop a design that you can reproduce and sell? One YTer said they preferred the Chesstok style, with the bar across the top to make changing direction on the hooks easier. The exposed curves, aka "Soviet" style, is apparently harder on the fingers.
2 years ago

Jay Angler wrote:... It wouldn't be perfect, but what about doubling over the bottom of a cotton T-shirt and encasing the hoodies bottom 2 inches in the patch? As if you were applying extra wide bias tape to an edge - this is hard to describe in words, sorry! Inge, can you picture what I'm suggesting and provide better words?

I get what you're saying, Jay. You explained it pretty well, thanks! (And this piece is far beyond requiring "perfect".) Now to cast about for a stretchy T (so it will help keep the cold out) that's not too worn and isn't, say, lime green? XD
2 years ago
DH has a strong preference for the waffle-weave lined thermal hoodies. They're getting hard to come by, and he wears them out quickly. So I mend them, using tops from worn-beyond-darning socks for new cuffs, and patches cut from the salvage clothing stash for other areas. Fortunately, he's content wearing Frankenshirts.

(Tried to embed an image of a particularly patched piece, but...I don't have a url for it. Is there another way?)

edit: typo
edit a'gin: image! (?)

Seeing it in better light here on my monitor makes me realize how beyond-shabby the bottom is. I haven't come up w/anything yet for how to fix that - don't have anything in the salvaged clothing stash that looks like a good reinforcement/replacement at first glance.

Feel free to share your brilliant suggestions for how to prolong the poor shabby thing's wearable life.
2 years ago

Jay Angler wrote:...
So my apple poll questions are:

1. Are you the type that would fix a broken thing now, so it was done, even if it wasn't going to be needed for at least several months?

2. Are you the type that would toss it in the shed broken figuring you will fix it when it's needed?

Can anyone think of better wording or other questions that would go with this concept?

I know it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around, but in fact, that shutoff was leaking last spring and we were too busy to fix it then. I *really* didn't want it put away broken, but am I typical, or the exception?

I *used* to be the fix it now type, but as life got more complicated and my energy more limited, many things had to be put off until absolutely necessary. Doesn't help that my partner is definitely the better late or even better never type.  (Opposites attract. Opposites attract. opposites...)  I am trying, however, to get back to that repair-in-advance-of-need approach - it's much more calming, and allows me time to figure out thriftier, perhaps more durable solutions.

Another good resource for repair how-to is www.ifixit.com/.
Thanks, Nancy! I have seen that gorgeous rug before.

Nancy Reading wrote: Not mending, but upcycling?

Yup, I was just thinking I should see if there's already a thread on jeans-parts repurposing specifically, and perhaps start one if there is not. The internet has not yet answered some of my detail questions, but I'm guessing the wealth of talent and experience here has the answer.
2 years ago
Thank you all for the inspiration and tips! I love the Sashiko circles, think I'll try that next time I need to patch hubby's jeans. (It won't be long. Never is!)

I'd love to know what other projects you're using jeans offcuts for - we had accumulated several pairs that were beyond mending, and as I deconstruct them to reclaim parts for salvage, I'm contemplating what they could be used for.  Once can only use/make so many potholders and fabric baskets, tho' I do see denim tote bag making and giving away in my future. My hands aren't strong enough yet for a denim quilt project. Other ideas?
2 years ago
I wonder, how tall does the valance have to be to qualify? And if the drapes/coverings were inserted inside the window frame, sealed at the inner top edge, wouldn't that be as effective as a valance? Looking for a simpler, easier to keep clean, yet still maximally effective design.

The earlier-style "Warm Windows" Roman drapes we made and installed at our previous abode cut off the cold air *very* effectively. They used the sealed at the inner top edge design.

Meanwhile, I'm puzzling over how to use the rare earth magnets and screw in holders to install them in this house. Thanks for that heads up! We'd rather not put the magnetic strips on the window frame side and bottom molding as the previous design called for.
2 years ago