Project Linus Blanket #29

Project Linus Blanket #29

Project Linus Blanket #29 1-28-20 Rainbow Bright

“Rainbow Bright”

Interesting, isn’t it? I almost called this “Now in Technicolor!”

I had purchased some Cakes Aran from Ice Yarns that I thought would make a great blanket.

IceY Cakes Aran Grn-Trq-Bl-Rd-Yl 7-16-19

This is a self-striping yarn so I fully expected a look similar to what I have in this blanket. It’s a good thing that I’m not very particular because the stripes were definitely not all the same length. Some colors ran longer than others, but I didn’t care. In fact, you might be able to see where I added the white in the middle of a row or two. I figured that if the other colors were ending in random places then I could start the white randomly as well. This minimized the number of ends I had to weave in.

Project Linus Blanket #29 Dye Marks

This yarn stitched up very nicely. The one thing I didn’t like, however, is the appearance that some of the colors rubbed together before the dye was dry and set. You can see it a lot in the yellow stripes.

Project Linus Blanket #29 Color Splotches

Overall, though, I was pleased with the yarn. If I put in another order with Ice Yarns I will consider adding more of these. I was able to get around 20 rows out of each cake, which is right in line with the amount of rows I get from other #4 worsted yarns that I use for my blankets.

Luckily, I had a quality check done and it passed with flying colors (pun definitely intended!).

Project Linus Blanket #29 QA Inspection

It received the Bob stamp of approval.

Speaking of blankets and Bob’s quality checking, I have another blanket that I’m working on and would like an opinion.

Cathedral Rose Window Afghan 2-18-20

This is called the Cathedral Rose Window Afghan and is supposed to look like the stained glass window that was in the Notre Dame Cathedral. I am using a different variegated yarn than what the pattern called for, so I’m getting a bit of a different look. Since it was early morning I don’t have the best light in this picture, but it gives you an idea. This is only about 1/3 of it. I was originally going to make it for a friend, but I’m not really impressed with how it’s turning out. I might end up keeping it. Or, if any of you see it and would like it, let me know. Maybe once it’s complete it will look better. Or if it didn’t have a gray cat sitting in the middle of it. When I laid it down he thought that was the automatic invitation for him to try it out. Silly cat!

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Bathroom Closet Finished!

It feels like it took FOREVER. It got to the point where I didn’t want to walk through the living room at all.

Bathroom Closet Guts

It was just… messy.

I was going to leave the inside primed and not paint it, but then I decided that one more layer of protection wouldn’t hurt.

Bathroom Closet Painted 1-31-20

I know. It looks white. But it’s a slightly warmer white, if that makes sense. I bought special bathroom/kitchen paint that is suppose to handle moisture better than regular paint. It also has some kind of anti-mildew stuff in it. It was not cheap!

Bathroom Closet Painted 2 1-31-20

Luckily I was able to get it tinted to a color similar to what I wanted for my sewing room. Thus I will be using this paint in that room when I get to it. I was going to buy paint for the sewing room anyway, so now I definitely won’t have to worry about mildew growing in there, either.

I managed to get all of the shelves repainted.

Workbench 2-2-20

While I was doing that Jay made the new frame for the closet.

Bathroom Closet Frames 2-16-20

I asked that he make it with a peg system so that we can move the shelves around as needed. I really wasn’t sure where I wanted them, so being able to move them whenever I get the itch really makes me happy.

And Jay was happy because he made quite the mess while drilling the holes.

Drilling Holes Mess 2-16-20

Finally, after one coat of primer, they were ready to be installed.

Bathroom Closet Frame Installed 2-18-20

This side was able to be anchored to the wall, but the other side wasn’t. There’s only one sheet of drywall there so any screws or fasteners would be visible. It’s okay, though. The weight of the shelves will keep it in place.

Bathroom Closet Floor 2-18-20

I used the vinyl peel-and-stick tiles for the closet floor. Whoever built this closet did not own a tape measure because the stupid thing is not square. It’s kind of a trapezoidal shape so the tiles look really bad when you see them in person. I just keep reminding myself it’s only a closet floor. I did have Jay put a threshold down to at least finish it off a little. As you can see there still is not molding in this part of the bathroom either in or out of the closet.

I also had Jay help me hang some of those DampRid bags at the top.

Bathroom Closet DampRid 2-18-20

I really hope they help draw the moisture in so that we don’t have to worry about mildew again.

Finally, it’s finished!!!

Bathroom Closet Finished 2-18-20

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A Tammy Sweater for Chrissy

I have a delightful friend, Chrissy.


She has been stressed and under-the-weather since before Christmas. I feel bad that I can’t do more to help her out, but I thought that the least I could do is make her something cozy to lounge in while she’s feeling bad.

She already has two different shawls that I’ve crocheted so I didn’t want to make another prayer shawl for her. I decided to make her a sweater instead. It needed to be cozy and comfy without being too involved. Not that I’m lazy, but I have a lot of things going on so I didn’t want it to take me two months to complete.

I turned to The Secret Yarnery for inspiration. Christa always has simple and easy-to-follow instructions for the garments that she designs. She even has tutorials posted on YouTube for most of them so if you have a problem you can watch her as much as you need in order to get things sorted out. With that in mind I decided to make the Tammy Sweater that she designed last fall.

Tammy Sweater Edited 2-1-20

Please ignore the model… you get what you pay for (which isn’t much in this case).

This was going to be a surprise for Chrissy so I didn’t want to ask her to try on the sweater as I was crocheting it. I figured that if I didn’t make it very loose on myself, that it should fit her okay. One of my coworkers is about Chrissy’s size so I asked her to try it on when I was finished just to see how it looked. I thought it looked okay.

Tammy Sweater Back Edited 2 2-1-20

I used Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. I was not impressed, but you can read about that in this post. What I was impressed with was the pattern that Christa created.

I prefer to have written instructions in front of me, so even though Christa has a YouTube tutorial on the sweater, I went ahead and purchased her pattern from her website. After all, it was her creativity that put this out there for me to make. Don’t be afraid to use her patterns, either. They are written in plain English without the use of crochet abbreviations. She writes out ‘double crochet’ instead of using ‘dc’, etc. It makes the instructions a little longer, but it also gives her a chance to add additional info if needed. If you’re new to crochet this is a very helpful way to read a pattern.

Another thing about Christa’s patterns is that she doesn’t size them. By that I mean she doesn’t tell you to chain so many for size small, so many for size large, etc. What she tells you is to chain as many as you need to make it the length you want. Now, if you need to be told exactly each step piece-by-piece, you may not like her patterns. She then goes on to tell you how to figure out where to put your arm holes, how to figure out where the neck line in the back should be, etc.

If the thought of crocheting a sweater intimidates you then you definitely need to crochet the Tammy Sweater. You can’t make a sweater pattern any easier! Yes, there is counting, but that’s the most difficult part of the garment. It took me two months to complete my sister’s cardigan, which required piecing and joining. The Tammy Sweater took me barely two weeks.

I do plan on crocheting this again for myself. When I have the time. HA! It’s definitely going on my list of easy-to-make garments that I will happily make many times over.

Tammy Sweater and Bob 2-1-20

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More Mid-Winter Machining

Jay has been busy.

Scrapped signed

Just kidding! That’s not what he’s been working on. Adding to it, yes. Making screws, washers and bolts, no. He’s still working away on this CNC Router holder.

CNC Router 3D Holder

I don’t have a picture of his most recent work on the carriage, but it’s impressive. I’ll give you a big hint… he’s using linear bearings. I’m such a tease! I can show you one thing.

CNC Collar Stock 2-12-20

That’s it.

Actually, it’s the start of two collars for the feed screw (or whatever the screw is called that causes the spindle to go up and down). Jay was told that he needs more action shots, so that’s what you are going to get!

First, we need to chuck the stock in the lathe.

Three jaw chuck:

CNC Collar Chucked Up 2-12-20

Two jaw Chuk:

Chuk and his toolbox

Now that the stock is secure it gets the first cuts taken:

CNC Collar Cut 1 2-12-20


(here comes the action shot)

CNC Collar Cut 2 2-12-20

Jay needed the OD to be 16 mm. Let’s see what the calipers measure.

CNC Collar Measure 2-12-20

He was very proud that he got it within .03 mm of his desired measurement.

Parting is such sweet sorrow…

CNC Collar Parting Cut 2-12-20

The next step was to drill a hole for the straw.

CNC Collar Set Screw Hole 2-12-20

Sorry. It looked a bit like a flask and I got confused.

How do they look?

CNC Collars Finished 2-12-20

Almost pretty enough to wear!

From start to finish Jay said it took him an hour and a half to machine these.

CNC Collars Installed 2-12-20

Not bad!

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Yarn Review: Red Heart Unforgettable

Recently I crocheted a prayer sweater for a friend who hasn’t been feeling well.

Tammy Sweater Back Edited 2 2-1-20

I’ve already given her a couple of shawls, so that’s why I decided to crochet a sweater instead. I’ll write a separate post about this sweater at a later time.

In this post I want to review the yarn that I used for this sweater:

Red Heart Unforgettable 1-28-20

Red Heart Unforgettable

I chose this yarn because I loved the colorway, it is machine washable and dryable, and I’d heard other people say how much they love it. Also, it was on sale at Joann’s.

Let’s take a look at the label so that we can see the specs… It is classified as a #4 Medium, 3.5 oz per skein, 270 yards and the suggested hook size is a J-10.

This is a roving-type of yarn so there isn’t a tight, consistent twist like you are used to with something like Red Heart Super Saver. That was okay. I knew there might be a bit of variation. However, I was NOT impressed with this yarn at all. Is it soft? Yes. Are the colors beautiful? Yes. My problem with it is that I would classify it as a #3, and not a #4. Not only did I feel that it wasn’t a #4, the yarn ran through all sizes from about a #1 through a #5.

Red Heart Unforgettable Strand 1-28-20

To give you a little bit of perspective, I took a picture of it with another yarn that is also listed as a #4.

Red Heart Unforgettable Comparison 1-28-20

See the difference? I ran into consistency issues with the yarn that I used for my sister’s cardigan, so I wasn’t happy to be dealing with the same issue in another brand of yarn. My one saving grace is that this seater didn’t have a certain gauge that was necessary for a correct fit. I will explain more about that when I write the post on the sweater itself.

I’ll be honest. Where I messed up is that I didn’t really look at the numbers when deciding on this yarn. I’ve posted before how thickness can affect your gauge, so I should have paid more attention. This is what I should have done when looking at this yarn…

Take a yarn that you love and that you know is the approximate thickness for the garment you are making. In this case I’ll use Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! for my example.

I Love This Yarn: #4 Medium, 7 oz, 355 yds. So, there are 50 yds per ounce, or .019 ounces per yard.

Unforgettable: #4 Medium, 3.5 oz, 270 yds. This has 77 yds per ounce and .012 ounces per yard.

Bernat Baby: #3 Light, 5 oz, 388 yds. This has 77.6 yds per ounce and .012 ounces per yard.

Lion Brand Ice Cream Yarn (Baby): #3 Light, 3.5oz, 394 yds. This has 112 yds per ounce and .0088 ounces per yard.

So, what does that tell us? To me, it looks like the Unforgettable yarn is much closer to the characteristics found in #3 as compared to #4. Let’s see how it looks next to some other #4 yarn.

Yarn Comparison 2-8-20

Bob is helping me to compare. I have a red Stitch Studio Classic (53.14yds/oz – .0188 oz/yd), Red Heart Super Saver in Camo (48.8 yds/oz – .0205oz/yd), Unforgettable (77.14yds/oz – .0129 oz/yd), and Caron regular acrylic in blue (50.75yds/oz – .0197oz/yd).  I need a closer look.

Yarn Comparison Up Close 2-8-20

(Please excuse my shadow… I couldn’t get a decent picture)

I hope that you can see how the Unforgettable (with the loop) looks thinner than the others. This is proven with the numbers listed above.

What’s the bottom line? The yarn is beautiful and soft. The colors are great. However, I paid $5.49/skein (on sale… normal price is $6.99/skein) for what I thought was a #4 yarn. What I received was essentially a #3 with inconsistencies, which at times were VERY thin. I definitely wouldn’t use this yarn for anything that requires a certain gauge. It might be okay for scarves, shawls, and maybe hats. However, I don’t think I would ever buy it again unless I found it was part of a huge sale for around $2.50/skein.

If you are interested, though, you should check out Ice Yarns. They have an exact same yarn called Rainbow. They, correctly, classify it as a #3 Light. It comes in 3.53 oz – 262 yard skeins. As of this writing they have 26 different colorways. The best part? It’s $1.75/skein. You have to buy them in a pack of four, so you’re spending $6.99 minimum. For FOUR skeins. Remember, the Unforgettable is $6.99 PER skein at normal price!! I bought 8 skeins of the Unforgettable ($43.92 total). If I had purchased through Ice Yarns it would have been $13.98 plus $12.95 for postage. Yes, you pay a LOT for postage, but it’s two day shipping from Turkey. Even with the high cost of shipping I would have paid almost half as much as what I did for it here in the States. Oh, and I had to pay shipping for the yarn from Joann’s because I didn’t have enough to qualify for free shipping.

The friend who received the sweater is definitely worth every penny I spent on the yarn. It was just an expensive lesson to learn. Always do your homework and don’t just take the wrapper at its word. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

I will leave you with a darling picture of my Bobs.

Tammy Sweater and Bob 2-1-20



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A Little More Machining

Despite the fact that Jay’s been busy making things out of wood, he has managed to fit a lot of machining into his remaining free hours.

If you recall, he is busy upgrading the spindle holder on his CNC router.

CNC Router 3D Holder

The 3D printed parts just aren’t as robust as one would hope.

He’s made some good progress on the end plates. They look kind of like this:

CNC Router End Plate

The end plate is underneath all of those wires, stepper motor and connectors.

He took a piece of aluminum and cut out the shapes that he needed.

CNC Router Plate Material 2-2-20

After slotting and drilling holes he spray painted them red.

CNC Router Painted Corners 2-2-20

I always try to get him to spray paint stuff sparkly silver, but he usually just ignores me. Who wouldn’t want a sparkly CNC router?? Apparently Jay…

He also realized that he needed more carriage wheels. A LOT more. So there was a lot of plastic machining going on in the workshop.

CNC Router Wheels 2-2-20

I have no idea why he needs aluminum fuses, though.

CNC Router Fuse 2-2-20

I wouldn’t think they would work. Who knows.

He also had to machine out some belt wheel thingies.

CNC Router Machined Parts 2-2-20

Along with a brass hex cap thingy. As you can see, I know ALL of the technical terms.

That’s all I could see going on in the basement. There was probably more, but I couldn’t find it because a lot of it all looks like scrap to me. Hopefully I’ll have more to show you in a few weeks.

And just for randomness, here’s a picture of Bob:

Poor Bobs!

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End of January Woodworking

I was told that I don’t have enough woodworking and machining content on my blog. I told the person who was whining that Jay doesn’t take progress pictures so I can only get pictures when I have a moment to go take them myself. So, I took my camera and rounded up a few more pictures for you. Enjoy.

Two weeks ago (I think) I shared the list of projects that I had given to Jay. One of them was a kitchen utensil holder. I didn’t share the picture that I drew for him.

Utensil Holder Drawing

Not only are the backs of envelopes good places for writing the Gettysburg Address, but they also make wonderful drawing areas. I enjoy showing you just how poorly I draw what I want and how great it is that Jay can translate my poorly-drawn item into an actual beautiful thing.

Once it was assembled I used some butcher block oil on it and put some shelf liner inside.

Utensil Holder Lined

Let’s see if it fits by the fridge.

Utensil Holder in place

It really takes up a lot of room, doesn’t it?

That’s fine with me because this space is kind of useless, anyway. Let’s see how the utensils fit in it.

Utensil Holder in Use

That looks SOOOO much better!

Before and After:

I really like it!

Another project that I mentioned in the last woodworking blog was the Holy Water Holders.

Holy Water Holder Base

We had asked the team for feedback on the design, but have not heard a thing. Jay has decided that’s too bad. At this point they are getting whatever we make. Besides, it’s not like they are paying him for them. So I went ahead and started painting them.

Painting Holy Water Holders 2-2-20

They look like a bunch of little boats. lol

I can only paint this little bit at a time, though, because I’m also trying to get my bathroom shelves painted.

Workbench 2-2-20

Not to mention that I still have an A4 sitting on my bench, and a Spad in front of it… despite the fact that they had a house built just for them this past fall.

There is one more project in the works, but I’m not going to tell you what it is. Instead, you have to put yourself in Jay’s shoes and decide what it is that I’ve drawn for him to make. Good luck!

Calendar Holder Drawing

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