My No Sew Fleece Blanket

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Above are the different stages in which I was creating but this is my blanket.

So as I promised my first project is done! I did the no sew blanket this weekend and it came out very well if I do say so myself…and I do, LOL. My husband also wanted one and for once I refused to make him one  but knowing that he was the person he (always wanting something that I had, luxury wise as well) I bought him some material too). Then I made him make one with me.

I forgot to take pictures of his (mainly because he took two days to finish his and I did mine in less than 2 hours). If I had not bought him the materials or did the project for him he would not respect the blanket and have the same sense of accomplishment he later had or the new skill he learned which he later appreciated though he may never make another. He can show someone else how to make or start one. I try to do things like this with him in effort to not only spend time with him but because I know that he will have an empowered sense of accomplishment when he is done and I am usually right about these things when it comes to him. He danced around like a little kid when he was done and spun it around and walked around the house like it was a banner instead of a blanket showcasing it as if I was not there with him while he was making it. I could see the pride.

Whether he would be embarrassed or not to show his friends I doubt because I heard him down play it to them but he definitely told them, LOL. He was proud but did not want to lose his MAN card. It was after all arts and crafts. I also wanted to show him such a skill because not everything has to be so intense and hard that you have to buy a ton of tools and take years to master. I wanted to prove that if I was gone or something happened and I could not use my hands he could still do something for our children that they could be proud of as well and be utilized not just a showpiece.

Moreover, the whole experience helped him see how important it is to choose wisely what you do while making such a project. He had to go into the store, choose his fabrics carefully which took so great thought and time as we only want ed anti-pill fleece and there were many patterns. He and I had to choose between if we wanted a print/pattern on both sides or one side pattern/print and solid on the other. we decided on the later for costs. Then we had to learn about how the store measured and cut fabric (by the yard not by the sq ft). After that I had to decided if I wanted to buy the additional and VERY optional project supplies like a cutting mat and rotary scissors and a fiberglass tape measure. I did not. I had a fiberglass tape measure in my sewing kit at home, and after watching her cut with her scissors using two different pairs I realized I could use the ones that came in my sewing kit as well. They worked perfectly. I could sharpen my other regular scissors for my husband to use for his blanket if they needed it. Then was the self healing mat, but it was only needed if you used the rotary scissors which I did not so I was good.

I was excited and happy. We left the fabric store (Jo Ann’s but you could use Walmart as well) and went to dinner and then went home and started our projects. I will tell you now if you are a beginner and you are starting this project just watch a youtube video if you are a bit confused on how things work and choose the style you like as far as how to make your knots. As far as how far to cut the initial corners 5in or 7in honestly it’s just so that it’s uniformed and has good spacing. 5in was fine but if you have really thick fleece you may want to do 7in so that you can easily tie you fleece.

Moreover, they say measure and cut 1in fringe strips for your ‘ties/knots’ I eye balled mine and my husband and I tied as we went. We decided that we did not want to wait until the very end and try to tie all those knots. We also tried pinning (me pinning my blanket to keep it matched and together while working on it and my husband NOT pinning his). I liked pinning mine since my husband actually stepped on mine early on before I pinned mine and messed up my matching while I was cutting/ trimming my corners and made me gouge 2 of my sides. I was able to fix it but from then on I pinned it and made him WALK AROUND unless he wanted pins in he bare feet.

Be prepared to spend more time than the recommended 1-2 hours on this as a beginner if this is your first project ever because you will be a bit slower at tying your fringe knots at first until you get into a rhythm, and if you have a lot of excess trim to cut off like I did from how the material is made (it’s called selvage). Moreover, do not be anxious about mistakes, anything you do can be ‘undone with this project or changed to looked like you meant to do it. If you accidentally cut off a whole fringe then maybe you can cut off every other or every 5 fringe or every 10th one and make a pattern out of it. No one has to know you did it by accident or you can simply tie the next fringe over together tighter much like the the way the corner fringe knots look (though you will have a little pucker if you did this a few times around the whole blanket you could get a very unique a cute blanket).

Moreover, if you have arthritis or chronic issues you may have to take breaks because of bending over or the tying of the knots so don’t worry about it. My hands started to cramp a little in the middle so I took a small break and then I was good. My husbands hands ever cramped and he has no issues so just be mindful of the actions, it should be fun not forced!

 

 

Moving at Light Speed…

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There are times I swear I should probably sit down and take a breather, but I feel like as soon as I do, I would pass out and never wake up. I’m totally not with the whole comatose lifestyle. I sometimes feel like you can rest when you die moments. I would rather get it all done when I am able because I know that as soon as I sit some days, it truly is over. I sit down or lay down and I honestly cannot get back up. It takes so much effort tears involuntarily come to my eyes and I suck them back up trying to figure out where they came from. You get back in there now!

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It’s just not allowed! Then I find a way to treat/ reward myself for my hard work sometimes. I have had to remember to start doing that becasue I work hard and forgetting to do this is just WRONG! I know I have a bog trip planned later in the year but not having down time and little rewards along the way greatly pain me throughout this journey.

SO I do things like give myself a day of reading, buy a sewing machine (which I recently did) and enjoy movies. I personally bought the sewing machine for several reasons, to give my hands a break from fixing my work pants all the time as they rip at the seams and my poor fingers get so tired that I struggle to type for the rest of the day sometimes longer. Then I want to go back to creating projects and such like I use to do, pillows, blankets, and other little things. I get to experiment a bit too because I have never had a sewing machine and so I get to buy fabric and play with patterns and it has a few luxuries like a foot pedal and everything for a portable little sewing machine. I’m pretty excited. It was what I bought for myself from some of the bday money my brother and sis n’ law gave me.

I also hang with my friends. This is my biggest reward. I know that is still a constant way to be out and about instead of just sitting still but it gives me great pleasure to hang with them, talk, and hear about someone else’s achievements, issues, and so on.  I have to get out of my own head and world sometimes. Sometimes moving at the speed of light is the only way that works for me! I will crash later!

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Autopilot…Who is this in my body?

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Usually when I am autopilot I am a bit worried or concerned  because I am so zoned out or tired that it is needed to get through my day. It is almost like a defense mechanism. I have no idea how I got to work but I know I prayed to get to work safely as I always do…In hindsight I sort of remember bits and pieces of the drive…maybe. I think I remember flashes of light and a car here or there. Yes, I know how dangerous that sounds. However, I am not sleep walking or sleep driving per se. I have had complete conversations with my husband before leaving home, searched things on my phone, and so on. I just have gone through the routine motions to get to work because it my norm and it is super early in the morning or late at night and dark. I only see darkness and I am alone with my thoughts so it’s as if I am dreaming.

I do the same things when I am at home and cleaning. I tend to zone out if I do not have on music. I zone out and I am in fog. I need music to wake me up and feel lively. Certain music gives me life. I need to hear certain songs at certain times to give me that punch to wake me up. Otherwise I feel like someone has taken me over and I am not me. Like a stranger is in the mirror looking back at me.

Today as I was decorating my house for Christmas I was on autopilot. I snapped out of it the happier I got then I heard the music I had been needing to hear. It was my personal mix of music from my iPod that I was humming from myself but it snapped me out it. I became determined and inspired. I got creative. I have some ideas that luckily everything except a few hooks I need to buy were already in my house. I am excited. This is great. I immediately went to get the iPod and started playing it later. To keep myself energized. Now I know I will finish the job and feel complete. I have taken some pictures but I will wait to post until everything is done! I am already so proud of me! I haven’t decorated for Christmas in years. And considering that I have never been one to like Christmas this is saying a lot!

And Bonus, I even made sure I ate all my meals today and have dinner ready for myself when I get home. I am so on it. I love my crock pot! If you don’t have it you should get the crock-pot book it’s at your local book store for like $12 and has over 350 recipes including deserts like pineapple upside down cake, pizza, lasagna, and so much more. I have had a ball saying what do I have in my kitchen…now what can I cook in the crock pot. Moreover, there are crockpot liners for $2 so you don’t have to wash your crockpot only rinse it if that. So go for it.

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