and looking out our downstairs bathroom window makes one feel they are living in an ice castle. We have had sunny days this week, warming us up to almost above freezing and that has created melt on the roof, dripping down from the edges and then adding a little bit every day to the crop. No matter what it is it seems water is the secret! :) I've seen them go all the way to meet the ground snow and it looks like this year they will again.
Of course that also means the outside horse and donkey water buckets and tanks are building up ice too. Today, we'll try to tip them, chisel out the the ice around the rims and refill. The donkeys will get the horses 15 gallon heated water bucket and I've bought a submersible heater for the big pasture water tank. I had avoided this with Nick since he likes to play with such things, but Cooper and Dandy are pretty workman like when it comes to their water tank. Such exciting stuff I know!
In sewing news, the velveteen jacket is done and worn and liked.
It is not a fabric I pine to work with again, it sheds like crazy in process, but it certainly makes for a warm, pretty little jacket.
I used snaps ( of course!), for the closures and back yoke decoration. Underneath is the next project in process which I'll write about on the next post.
As always, I anticipate the new year with glee since my local fabric store puts everything on sale for most of the month of January. The more you buy, the more you save. 1 yard is 10% off, 2yds-20%, 3yds-30% and 4yds and up, 40%. I wait for this sale as I'm sure many
others do too. It makes that $34/yard Italian wool suiting that you need scads of for a coat or a suit, affordable! Yesterday was the first day of the sale (runs to the 25th of January) and I was there early. I picked up some cottons for a quilt and a jelly roll of quilting cotton already precut into strips.
And then the wools and higher end garment fabrics. The black wool is almost a carbon copy of the wool/angora blend I used for one of my little capelets. It has a deep charcoal grey glen plaid running through it, but this one is smooth and tightly woven and suit weight.
It will last for years made into a classic fitted coat. The blue and dark brown/black plaid is an interestingly woven cotton blend. The horizontal black stripe is actually ribbon like and only woven in at the top.
The final piece is an open plaid in a sturdy wool that I will use for contrast/trim on the next rendition of the jacket just finished.
It goes well with the cashmere blend. I am still on the hunt for lining material.
It's not terribly old, early 90's so fairly current and we both enjoy looking up where in the world things are happening. And it's colorful.
Parting shot: Lucy, getting the hang of down time.