That’s A Wrap

As January comes to a close I decided to write a post about my crafting projects for the month. I picked the title then when I began reviewing the projects I realized that the title, That’s A Wrap, actually seemed to be a theme for this month.

You might remember that in the beginning of the month I wrote about the first hairpin lace project I made.

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This hairpin lace scarf. That’s a wrap.

I then decided to do a second hairpin lace scarf with a different type of yarn. I didn’t make it an infinity scarf this time and I had enough yarn leftover to make a matching ear warmer.

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Hairpin lace scarf and ear warmer. That’s a wrap.

Next I decided to make a scarf using the broomstick lace method that I have done in the past. I thought it might be interesting to compare the two to find out if I preferred one method over the other or if I preferred the results of one over the other. I can honestly say I don’t have a preference. (Do you?)

I plan on finishing up this scarf later today but might make a matching ear warmer.

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Broomstick lace scarf. That’s a wrap.

The other big project that I completed this month was making my bath robe. I think it was back in November when I wrote about my plans to make this. I had purchased the fabric and thought I would get started soon. Before got I started on the bath robe reality struck and I switched my attentions to making Christmas gifts instead.

Fortunately I waited, because making the bath robe was not as easy as I expected it to be. I am not going to go into detail about all of the mistakes that I made, but I do want to share some thoughts about the fabric that I used.

My choice of fabric for this project was Luxe fleece and to be fair to the pattern designer it was this choice that lead to a lot of the difficulties I had with making the robe. What I do love about the fabric is that it is super soft and warm and even though I usually don’t wear purple I do love the color and how it looks with the contrasting trim. I did, however, find it difficult to work with this fabric while making such a large garment. There was a lot of bulk in the way while trying to sew. The fabric is not one that can be ironed. so pressing seams in place was not an option and the fabric did tend to slip so many pins were required to hold things together until the sewing was complete. The other thing I will mention is that my small straight pins tended to get lost in the fabric so I had to do several checks to make sure I removed them all. (OUCH!) The last issue that I (we) had with the fabric is that the fabric sheds when it is cut and continues to shed until it is sewn together. Each time I worked on this project I made a big mess. Fluffy stuff everywhere! My husband actually offered to bring in the snow shovel for cleaning it up, (LOL!) but the vacuum worked just fine.


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My wrap around bath robe.Β That’s a wrap.

Incidentally Ranger got in on the action as well. One day last week he seemed to be getting bored while waiting for his afternoon walk. I cooked up two beef bones (one for Ranger and one for Trooper) thinking that chewing on a bone would keep him busy while he waited. We have an old table cloth that we put on the floor when we give them bones so they don’t mess up the carpet. I placed the two bones on the table cloth and invited the boys to enjoy their treat. Trooper sniffed his but walked away apparently uninterested. Ranger was niffing the bones as I returned to the kitchen to continue what I was doing. A few minutes later I walked through the living room and noticed that one of the bones was covered with a corner of the table cloth. Ranger was sniffing the other bone. A short while after that I discovered that both bones were buried in the table cloth. Apparently Ranger was planning to save them for later. LOL!


Bones buried in the table cloth. That’s a wrap. (I wonder if he could learn to fold clothes. LOL)

As for January 2020 – That’s a wrap. πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.



20 thoughts on “That’s A Wrap

  1. They generally have a dustbuster under the cutting counter at the fabric store for all of the messy fabrics. The mint green swirled fur I used for Addies little coat was bad. Furry fleece is terrible too, but oh so cute. Glitter is my absolute nemesis.

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    1. I found that my hand vac worked fine when the fluff settled on carpeted area but on hard surfaces the exhaust blew them all around. Glitter is an invasive species I just don’t use it.


    1. Ranger is a great addition to our family!
      Thank you. Your reasoning makes perfect sense. I gave the black/gray hairpin lace set to my daughter when she visited yesterday. It looked really nice on her.

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  2. That was a clever post Ruth and your projects were all very nice and you do a good job. That’s an adorable photo of Ranger gazing at you. What a funny story with the bone – you hated to uncover it in front of him, so he could not preserve them both inside the tablecloth. πŸ™‚

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  3. Your title was most appropriate. I liked your projects. The robe is lovely; purple and lavender are favorites of mine. I’m sitting here being thankful I never sewed with anything that shed all over the place. If your husband had shoveled you out, we would have needed a photo of the action.

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    1. Thanks Anne. I sure did learn a lesson with that fabric. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t use it again but I learned that there is a lot of extra work involved and each time I worked on this project I had to allow extra time for clean up. The little fluff balls not only landed on the floor but floated around and landed on counters, tables, chairs etc… A shovel or broom would not have been effective for cleaning them up because they would have been scattered by the movement. (It could have been a funny video though.) I didn’t even bother putting my vacuum away for the week I was working on this. I kept it close – on stand-by so to speak.


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