In the mean time, here are some photos of the product - made from a Canadian Forces surplus wool blanket. Anyone who has ever slept in barracks remembers these babies! It's not quite complete - I still have to finish the neck line and stitch the cuffs and bottom. But, I'm quite pleased with the results nonetheless.
|The Real Woolie Deal (and my toes).|
|Shoulder sewing detail.|
|The stripey bottom bit.|
I think if I make another, I'll put the stripey bit in a different location. Unlike many other military surplus blankets, the Canadian blankets have a stripe running right down the middle of the blanket rather than at each end. This made it difficult for me to use creatively. Oh well, there is always next time!
I can't wait to use my canvas!
In other news, yesterday's temperatures ranged from -22 degrees at 430am, to +5 by afternoon. Crazy! Today it was up to +4, with tomorrow hovering around zero. I love this weather! Once again we had to open the windows to let the sun's heat out of the place!
Apparently when they sell a used tractor, the dealer doesn't do a maintenance on the unit. The dealer said this is because many people do their own maintenance and want a real bare bones cost when buying a used unit. So, we apparently had a miscommunication when I asked them to give it a good "once over", expecting a full service because they sell the used tractors "as is" - gunky filters and all!
Anyways, they've made everything right by me and I'm pleased to have Bertie back and lookin' gud. First thing I did was to finish up clearing the driveway - when she died there were very large piles of snow sitting right in the middle of the drive. Poor Gertie had to use 4 wheel drive just to leave the property!