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Crafting, and crafting [Aug. 27th, 2015|03:15 pm]
Zoethe
About five years ago Ferrett was really getting into woodworking. For Christmas that year, I bought him a set of power tools to set up a shop in our garage.

Those tools sat in boxes in the middle of the garage floor for two years.

In 2013, Ferrett and our daughter Erin took a long weekend and set up the tools. They built an arcade cabinet.

Then everything sat fallow for the next year or so.

Finally, last fall our friend Eric wanted to build some bookcases for his third-floor office. The guys worked on that project, decided they really enjoyed woodworking, and when spring came this year got pretty serious about projects. They now have Woodworking Wednesdays, once-a-week evenings when they craft. They've replaced some of the not-very-good beginners tools with better equipment, and are in the process of turning our garage into a working shop.

By this winter, I should be able to park inside again. I can't begin to tell you what a thrill that is.

But as they are out there, measuring twice (or more) and cutting once, I am in here, crafting as well. I'm making a quilt, Ferrett's otter quilt. I'm measuring and cutting, then putting the resulting bits back together. When the guys come in from the garage, they chuckle at the parallels of what we're doing. My sewing machine sat fallow for a while, but I'm crafting again.

What he makes is sturdy and supportive. What I make is soft and cuddly. I am at an advantage, because if my cuts are a little off I can ease or stretch, something that's pretty tough with wood. In the end, we have one more thing in common: other people see an awesome piece of work, and we see our mistakes. But even with goofs, both our projects bring warmth and a feeling of being loved to the person who receives them.
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2015-08-27 07:48 pm (UTC)
I've read that handmade quilts contain mathematical irregularities that are pleasing to the brain, while factory made blankets seem colder to us with their unnaturallly perfect stitches and cuts. So there's an added bonus to making your own stuff!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-27 08:21 pm (UTC)
I like that! My errors make people happy!
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2015-08-27 08:10 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! How was the bread?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-27 08:21 pm (UTC)
Delicious!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2015-08-28 12:53 am (UTC)
Nice to hear!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2015-08-28 01:48 am (UTC)
An OTTER quilt? I'd love to see it and hear the story behind it. Sea otters are my favorite animal.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-28 02:19 am (UTC)
When there is something to show I definitely will put up pictures. They are favorite animals of Ferrett as well.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2015-08-28 02:54 am (UTC)
:)
I've made 2 quilts this year - very simple, denim squares, yarn tied.
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