How to Crochet a Scarf…

…without really trying.

Alternate Title: The Woes, The Trials, The Tribulations, and The Pain of a Hard Drive Failure.

Sinus medication helps.  It doesn’t help the computer when it dies, but it helps you if, by coincidence, you are suffering from a serious sinus thing when the computer dies. When you mess up a sewing project – irreparably – the very same weekend that your sinuses pain you and your computer deserts you, every little bit helps.

I’m not superstitious. I’m not. But I think for now, it’s best if I step away from the sewing machine and the computer… and go a little more low tech.

So. Yarn. Crochet hook. Vanna White.

What could go wrong?

I know: Famous. Last. Words.

Crocheting a scarf at fig+fence.

Low tech… except for the occasional Rayman Origins game on Wii.

I’ll review the scarf instruction booklet later.


The Easy Friday List, July 13

Friday should be easy, especially on Friday the thirteenth. This is my weekly list (posted every Friday) of items that have made my life easier in some measurable way these last seven days. Maybe they can make your life easier too.

T-gauge: This little guide thingie screws into your sewing machine so you get accurate seams every time you sew. It was invaluable to me while I was piecing the Etchings Argyle Nine Patch.

The T-gauge on my Juki sewing machine at fig+fence HQ.

The T-gauge (T-guide?) is that little thing on the right of the presser foot.

Hey! There’s the poker from a previous Easy Friday list!

The lit T-gauge on my Juki sewing machine at fig+fence HQ.

Here a pic with the machine on… not that you can see the gauge much better with the lights. It’s still in the shadow a bit.

I’d never used one before the Etchings quilt top and it was a revelation. I love it.

Divider Totes: Love these totes. Bought them on sale at Micheal’s, which makes them even better. My sewing machine is the entire length of the house away from where I cut and iron fabric. Taking one of these totes filled with all my equipment saves me multiple trips back and forth to fetch all the things I forgot. I have the large one for machine sewing and the little one for hand sewing. They’re great.

The divider organizer totes at fig+fence HQ.

Typically, the big one sits on a plastic box by my sewing machine or on the floor where I’m ironing/cutting. The small one follows me around when I’m hand sewing.

Mod Podge: Seriously. It’s a wonder of the twenty-first century. What can’t it do?