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Life in the Time of Corona

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Here is my latest look. After many years of red hair dye, I have gone au naturel. We started Phase 1 of reopening last weekend and I was able to get in for a haircut. I did not want to spend a lot of time so I washed my hair at home and skipped the color part. I was amazed to see all of the gray. There is still a bit of red in my bangs so it is hard to tell. I also got it cut really short so that I don’t have to go back right away. I am liking it so far.

I am busy stitching my 100 embroidered indigo blocks together. I am doing 25 at a time. Here is the first group hand-stitched together.

I think this is going to be a wonderful piece when it is finished. Since I do not have a large design wall, I laid out the blocks on a flannel backed tablecloth on a table top. I can roll it up and keep the unstitched blocks in place while I stitch on others.

I made these pillows for my grandkids in California. Paige had selected a gold and teal color scheme. She loves horses and Harry Potter so I printed photos of them on horse/rocking horse on fabric.

Here are my torn paper collages since my last post.

I started knitting a sweater for myself. I find it hard to do intricate stitching at night, but I need to keep my hands busy when watching TV. I had this yarn sitting around. I used it for a kimono style sweater which I didn’t like so I am going to unknit and use it for a big bulky sweater.

So that is my life in the time of corona update. Time seems to be going by faster than you would think!

Still Safe at Home

Friday, June 5th, 2020

I have been hunkered down, dealing with pollen and a sinus infection. I have continued to make masks, but have also picked up some unfinished projects. I am also doing my weekly torn paper collages.

Last year, I started knitting squares to make a Welcome Blanket. The Welcome Blanket Project aims to connect people already living in the United States residents with our country’s newest immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth. At the same time, the project offers a positive, hands-on way to understand the scope of a 2000-mile border wall and to subvert it from an idea of exclusion to one of inclusion. By participating in this project, people will also come together to talk about immigration policy and how it affects real-live people.

I have knitted 16 squares with two color complements in each square.

I am now stitching them together. I had to order more yarn online which is hard because I could not remember the brand or specific colors so there is a bit of a variation on the orange and chartreuse knits.

I joined a June challenge group with the goal of assembling the 100 blocks that I made last year. My first activity is to trim the wonky 5 inch blocks to 4 1/2 inches.

This is a container of the blocks.

I also did this beast of a jigsaw puzzle:

Here are the other torn paper collages that I have finished.