Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday musings

in which our plucky heroine becomes confused, and laughs...

I cut out my first toile of the loose capri length leggings (a necessary part of my SWAP 2017 wardrobe components), using my blue tape pattern pieces. I looked at my instructions for "how to sew pants together": sew crotch seams, sew inseams, sew outseams, cover waistband, attach waistband. I sewed the pants together and moved on to the covered waistband. Which went together perfectly; the instructions in Threads #126 are good and helpful. However, when I tried to attach the waistband to the pants, something didn't look quite right: I had somehow sewn the pants together upside down, mixing up the inseams and the outseams, so I have a toile that has REALLY short legs, and is REALLY high-waisted!

Fortunately I used fabric I didn't love (a thrifted cotton knit jersey bedsheet) and I am not sure wondering if I can simply cut off the serged edges and re-stitch them, because I will lose at minimum an inch of width on the pants if I do so. Might need to start over entirely with new fabric to see if the toile will fit me properly. I mostly never wear pants at all, and so don't usually sew pants for self. This pattern is from a pair of loose leggings that do fit me and are VERY COMFORTABLE. All I can do is look at my goofy mistake and laugh.

Compared to many parts of the country, our relatively mild climate is both good and problematical. The media, and many people who live in much more intensely wintery places, find it amusing how only a little bit of snow and ice causes widespread panic here in the PNW. Truth be told, there is very little in the way of municipal snow removal infrastructure here, very few plows etc...

Last week before the most recent ice storm hit, I trundled out to the little Green Zebra grocery to pick up a bit of extra produce and a quart of milk, so I'd be set for a few days. While they were not exceptionally crowded, for a Saturday, the man behind me in line said that the local big grocery store had lines almost an hour long, to which I replied, it's only a winter storm, not the Apocalypse.

Sure enough, we did get quite a layer of ice on everything this weekend, and I had to put on my YakTrax to to chicken chores. With my dodgy legs, I try and be cautious about slip-sliding away. Today, as the weather warmed, the result was lots of water OVER packed ice. Not safe walking, so the YakTrax were again deployed for my trip to Physical Therapy. By the time I was home again, the ice was gone, at least for the time being.

Well that was interesting... got a notice last week from the water bureau, the "home water report"... apparently Acorn Cottage ranks in the top 20% of conservation households. Average for similar house and yard size is 157 GPD (gallons per day). Usage here is 16 GPD !

January SMART goals
1 black/cream pinafore brown pinafore hemexpired medicines
2 - reframed charterpaper recycle
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  1. Congrats on the water usage report - that's awesome! Glad you made it through the icy environs with the YakTrax. They are also awesome. Because I moved from Wisconsin thinking that PNW winters would be mild, mild - like last year! - I donated our YakTrax to the people who purchased our place. May have to re-purchase, although not working and not having livestock means I can usually just stay in the house. Gets old, but it's safer for me.

  2. Staying in the house is safer, but you never know when you may need to go outside. Our climate here is milder than the Heartland, or where I grew up in New England, but it is quite variable, and we get more ice here in the Portland area than anywhere else I have lived in the PNW, I think that the Columbia River somehow has an effect?