Over the past couple weeks, I got around to doing a couple things crafts-wise that I’d been putting off for awhile. For one thing, I made a lining for another kitty basket:
This is not the basket I’ve been meaning to line, but I figure it should be done anyway, and since it’s a little bigger it’s probably also more comfortable for the catlets anyway. Of course, this past weekend we attended the first of this year’s garage sales and bought… another, bigger, pet-bed-style basket, so I guess I need to make yet another liner at some point… Is 4 baskets for 2 cats excessive? I mean, I’m all for cats having comfy spaces to curl up, but they also use the beds, the chairs, the rugs, any clothing they can find, etc.
On the other hand, this whole basket thing is actually really good. It means that sometime soon I will finally finish up all that excess red fun fur I have on hand. (I’m not even sure how I bought so much to be honest; I must have seriously misread the amount of fabric needed for the original cat-tube project.) Once that’s gone, I’ll feel less guilty about not having any space for any fun new prints I might randomly buy. Like for example if one went to Fabricland on the weekend and later walked out having mysteriously spent $80. On fabric. And no notions or tools. *cough*
But at least I got a pretty new message board out of it?
I have to say that in terms of colour, this is a vast improvement over Take One, which used a sunflower fabric. It’s not that the sunflowers were ugly, per se, but they seemed a little faded. This is just much nicer. Also: I am completely in love with the gold colour over the russet-y background. It’s like batik, but not really. So pretty! Also, it’s now on a plywood backing instead of a repurposed bulletin board, so the staples are actually staying put, which is nice.
Anyway! There was also some non-machine dough-making going on, as I did end up buying myself this book for my birthday. While I maintain that regularly cranking the oven up to 500F (or hotter) for one loaf makes me cringe inside (hey, I love bread, but there is an environmental cost to that kind of baking) the sweetbreads (challah!) are all baked at lower temperatures because of the fat, and some others (read: naan) are even pan-fried.
I made up a batch of pizza dough (which admittedly is one of the retardedly hot recipes) mostly because at the above-mentioned garage sale, I also bought a pizza stone, so this seemed like a good way to test-drive both the book and the new stone!
The dough’s been hanging out in the fridge for a couple days now, so hopefully it is wondrously yummy, but I’ll let you guys know when we get around to eating it.
(Oh, on a bread-related note, I did try the rye recipe again with mods. I thought it turned out slightly too dense, although The Boy pronounced it toothsome and satisfying. Okay, he might not have used those words, but it’s what he meant. Anyway, if you’re curious, I put the mods up here.)
The last thing I finished up last night. I’ve been meaning for several months now to finally just make myself some cloth napkins. I don’t know how The Boy manages to eat a meal without needing to wipe his face on anything, but I am frankly just not that tidy. Napkins are a must.
While at home I tend to use smaller dishcloth type things we have lying around, I was mostly thinking about making them for myself to bring to work where, every day (pretty much), I grab a paper napkin while I’m heating up my food and it just seems so… unnecessary. It’s not a big thing, but it’s definitely something I can change.
So finally, after seeing this awesome fabric with matchy-yet-not-matchy motifs on it, I cut them up, hemmed them, and voila:
Aren’t they cute? No? I’m overly excitable? It’s okay. The Boy actually laughed at me because I was getting all worked up showing them off. It’s not just the little wreaths; they have words on them, little expressions that are different for each one! … Hm. As I’m veering dangerously close to squee! territory here, you all will just have to take my word for it. These napkins are awesome. Better still, of the $80 I may or may not have dropped at the fabric store, the cotton for these was a mere $1.50.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with my Making over the past little while. (Yes, I realize none of it is knitting. Look, I can only do so much, alright?) While I am actually hoping to get some knit stuffs finished up soon, there is also one other sewing project (no, it is not another basket lining) which I’m also stoked about. Pictures and ranting whenever I get around to them, I suppose.
So! Although it is only Wednesday, it is feeling decidedly weekendy around here. I find myself plotting and planning for stuff to make or do (mostly Do, I think; gardening season approacheth) over the weekend. What are you up to, Internets?