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I'm just a guy trying to get by and you're forever wonderful.

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applewood  ·  6 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.75 - February 20, 2020

For a while, I was kind of worried that with weekly craft threads from kingmudsy, I’d have to figure out things to do to share with Hubski. I think it was this week though, that I kind of realized, that I do “crafty” stuff on the regular and all I gotta do is take some pictures from time to time and I have something to share. I’m not saying I do anything well, just that I do them.

The other day at work, I had some down time, and I noticed a thin spot wearing on my oldest pair of still wearable jeans. I may or may not have decided to take a pair of scissors and lightly rub against it to wear it down a bit (spoiler alert, I did) just to give me something to patch up. Also, for some reason, when you’re bored and antsy, it’s just as soothing to take something apart as it is to put something together. It’s not a big hole, not like my jacket, but it’s something to work with. Besides, it’ll probably naturally grow as time goes on because if I show you guys pictures of these pants, man, they’re old. They used to be a dark blue. No lie. I’ll show more pictures the next time I work on them. Anyhow.

So I cut out a piece of scrap denim to patch it with and picked two threads I like the color of. I ended up cutting out the wrong size patch for the grain direction (weave v weft) of the pants, so I had to cut out another piece, but I didn’t take a picture cause you’re all smart. You get the idea.

I made sure to line up the patch so that the weave and the weft of the patch matches the weave and weft of my pants. For good measure, I also made sure that the diagonal weave of both the patch and the pants ran in the same direction, just in case, but I don’t know if that really makes a difference at all. When I was about halfway done, I realized that I was pulling my threads too tight and that my denim was puckering a bit. I don’t think that’s totally a good thing, but I actually kind of like the look a bit, so I ran with it.

Here it is with just the red thread so far. To be honest, the puckered look kind of works with the thread to give the whole area some extra texture. It reminds me of bark on a tree.

Here’s the final patch, with the green thread running in the other direction. The green, tone wise, kind of matches up with the cool tones of the blue in the denim, so it doesn’t stand out as much as the red. But you know, subtly is nice.

Nothing too impressive, it’s a thing, I did it, here’s picture evidence. I actually do have a bigger project for these jeans. The bottom cuffs are absolutely shredded and need some real bad attention. So I’m gonna work on patching those up. What I think I’ll end up doing is adding some extra cloth to the whole area to give me some material to work with and then basically spend half a century doing button hole stitches all along the cuffs. I promise next time, I’ll take a good picture of a non-worn out area of the pants so you guys can see just how much these things have aged. Cause man, they’re old. But they’re still good, so I’m keeping them.

I need to clean up the craft room soon. I wanna get back to making books.

Here’s hoping you’re all having a good week and happy crafting!

applewood  ·  11 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Testing 1 2

Howdy. :)

applewood  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 19, 2020

Someone looks a bit like a surly bird. I'm in a bit of a similar mood myself. I should probably limit my interactions to the more light hearted and positive today.

    Fuck I wish I had other people that shared my passion for coding when I was a kid. I was the only one.

Maybe pick it back up? Find some people to collab with and make something awesome. An artist for the graphics, someone for the sound, a writer, etc.

    I hacked Club Penguin.

Just don't do sketchy shit like this. Seriously, you're too smart and passionate to be wasting your time and talents.

You ever make anything with coding? You ever think about picking it back up?

    That said, I expect there's a reason it's not remembered as fondly as the Game Boy, even if it's just the fairly small library.

To this day, I'm amazed at how such a limited system like the Game Boy was able to have so many amazing games (though it had its fair share of duds too). It's a testament to the ingenuity of game deaigners and programmers.

applewood  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Graphics worked on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance

This was both more and less interesting than I thought it was gonna be. On the one hand, I knew the answer to all of the cool graphical tricks was basically "more power!" On the other hand, I didn't know about the whole bitmapping vs. tiles. I really hope now, he goes back in time and talks about older systems. It'd be really interesting to see compare and contrasts between contemporaries like the Atari 7800, Nintendo NES, and Sega Master System or more obscure systems like the Neo Geo Pocket.

Related aside. The GBA is hands down, and probably will forever be, my favorite system (PS2 is a close second). It's the only system I got the year it came out, has some of my all time favorite games, and was just a simple, pure, gaming experience. I loved that thing.

applewood  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 370th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Don't have any examples, cause I don't know any artists. One of our local, college type, radio stations has a show dedicated to modern jazz. They often play experimental jazz, with no real melody, no consistent beats, etc. I don't like it. Recently, they had a segment that was experimental Jazz, but done with synthesizers and sampling and such, and I still didn't like it, but surprisingly, it didn't seem as bad. Music is weird like that.

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Huge companies are a problem. So are tiny ones.

    This is a "teach the controversy" take on anti-monopoly legislation every bit as dumb as intelligent design vs. evolution.

Funny joke.

Just cause I share, doesn't mean I agree. Hubski knows my take pretty well by now, I fins it harder and harder to stomach big business and I'm a pretty big fan of underdogs in many forms. Besides, it's not too uncommon for me to share stuff just for the sake of sharing, no matter what I feel. I mean, I pretty much don't buy one bit of this one. We just had the hottest January on record, Antarctica recently hit 65 degrees, and it feels like half the planet is either literally on fire or dryer than sand, more and more societies are modernizing and consuming more, and an article about "ecological growth" feels like it was written for an audience in the '90s.

Yeah, the fact that I've had hands on experience (thanks to a network of friends who everyone owned something) with pretty much every system from that era except the Lynx, kind of says it must not have been too common. Poor battery aside, I can kind of see why. The games look colorful, but from some videos I've seen the frame rates look really chopy and the graphics look more on par with what you'd find on an Amiga or DOS computer, which back then, such graphics look really out of place on a console, even a handheld one.

Can't imagine why a handheld, 16-bit, CFL backlit console from the late '80s would be a battery hog. ;)

I'm no game historian, but I figure after both the 5200 and the 7800 struggled so much, developers probably soured on working with Atari, which might be a partial explanation for the lack of titles. Though it didn't look completely barren.

applewood  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

Thanks. I genuinely appreciate it actually, cause if I'm honest, all the stuff I ever did with felt was back in kindergarten and such, so I honestly haven't taken it seriously. I probably should though.

applewood  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

I told myself, when I first started sewing, I wouldn't do felt projects. Why you gotta make me second guess myself bro?

applewood  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

Yeah. As a medium, yarn is probably the most frustrating I've ever worked with, so kudos to both our wives for putting up with it. I totally never intended to use wool, knowing it would pull a stunt like this, bit fortunately, for my next phase, I have yarn with the wrappers still and they're all acrylic. It's funny, cause this whole thing is more about doing than results, but I still care a little about the results.

That said, I'm kind of intrigued by the wool fusing to everything and what it might do for repair work, so I'm gonna keep that property running in the back of my head and see if I can't come up with some ideas and experiments.

applewood  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

Blanket 1

So it turns out the grey yarn I was so fond of, in terms of color, turned out to be wool. After the blanket was washed, in both spots that I used it, there’s some extreme shrink. I wonder more if that’s due to the wool shrinking so much, or the knit of the blanket being so loose. Who knows. I don’t. I’m just doing. But it can’t stay like this, obviously, if I’m gonna keep working on this blanket. So at least for a day or so, the plan is gonna be to try my best to surgically remove the grey yarn, work on the blanket in other areas, and let everything relax and recover before adding new yarn to where the grey yarn used to be.

Edit: LOL. Just started by undoing the wrong yarn, so I had to resecure that with some string and oh man, what a messy way to start.

Edit 2: Nope. This wool isn't going anywhere. It's fused to itself. It's fused to the yarn adjacent to it. It's fused to the blanket. How?!

In other news, my mother sent me a scroll sewing frame that she’s had for years but never used. It’s 1’x2’, so it’s a bit too big for the smaller pieces I work on. But for this blanket (and potentially other larger projects I might be crazy enough to attempt), it’ll be perfect. So yeah, that’s a win right there.

The other month I was a bit bored, so I worked on my jacket’s collar a bit more. Instead of adding fabric, because the spots I was working on were so tiny, I just did blanket stitches around the border of the worn out areas. As you can tell, I’m kind of alternating back and forth between thread colors to give it some variety and character. I’ve worn it many, many times and washed it probably twice since working on it, and it’s held up great.

Lastly, no pic, because it’s a box of paper. Recently though, I got a box of Southworth Business Paper. It’s really nice (with the exception that Southworth tends to use really obnoxiously big watermarks) and I look forward to trying to make text blocks out of it.

. . . still need to work on that dang eagle.