Monday, April 21, 2014

mood indigo

I didn't touch any stitching this week.  But I did work on my fair isle knitting.

I'm over halfway done!

And I also worked on my Tula Pink blocks.

And of course, my Fussy Cut Friday star for the week, using another Judie Rothermel fabric.

My next stars will all be more like this one -- calmer and less fussy, so to speak.  Need some calm stars as well as big and fussy stars.

The father type and I went to Tarrytown again -- dinner first.

Salad followed by a vegan shepherd's pie, finishing with  carrot cake.

Then off to the Music Hall

To see

(Father type bought the tickets after checking with me to make sure nothing was going on that day.  All the while I was sitting there thinking, "now isn't that day special for some reason?"  Um yeah.  Easter.  lol!  Luckily, both kids were not planning on coming home for Easter so we were ok.)

We had a good time, although I'm not sure what the Indigo Girls were thinking having a hip hop act as their opening set.  Ugh.  The Indigo Girls themselves were great.  (The hip hop act was good too, I'm sure.  I just don't like hip hop, as the majority of the audience obviously didn't either.)

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two classes! (loooong post)

I will show my progress on the current known projects first.  Here is my latest Fussy Cut Star, number 15.  I used another Judie Rothermel fabric for this one and love it.

And here are the City Sampler quilt blocks I made this week.

(The top two are butt ugly IMO.  lol!)

Sadly, A Parrot has been put aside for now.   But I have good reason.

On Tuesday, I ventured back into NYC to go to this shop, String.

I went there to take a class in Fair Isle!  I've wanted to learn how to knit fair isle and intarsia forever.  After all, I've been a huge Kaffe Fassett fan ever since he first came out with those magnificent huge intarsia sweaters years and years ago.  Our class project was this piece, the Mobius cowl from Vogue Knitting Magazine.

It was a great class, and I came away having learned a great deal.  Afterwards, I wandered around a bit.  Here are a few sites I saw.

This is a cupcake ATM!  lol!  The screen on the left is where you make your choices and purchase, the door on the right opens to reveal your cupcakes all boxed and ready to go.  No, I didn't try them, just watched.

This is the food market in Grand Central.  An amazing place!  Full of everything you could want -- fresh produce, baked goods, fresh meats and seafood, prepared foods to take home, cheeses, nuts and legumes, -- everything!  I loved strolling through to see what was available.

I met the father type in Grand Central, and we went to the food concourse and ate at Junior's for dinner.

Junior's is most famous for their cheesecakes, so of course, we had to have dessert.

In the course of our telling each other about our days, I discovered that the father type went to a talk and book signing for an author at Google.  (Google is constantly getting famous people to talk and/or play music at their site.)  I plotzed when I found out who the author was -- Emma Donoghue!!!!

Unbeknownst to the father type, I am a huge fan of hers, having read many of her books.  And of course, I just started her latest book, "Frog Music."  But of course, her talk was around the same time as my class anyway.  Ah well.  The father type has a signed copy of "Frog Music" somewhere in his office space now.  Lucky guy.

Now here are the results of my fair isle knitting once I was home.  First up, a start on the Lidya scarf from Rowan magazine number 48.  (I got the yarn for this one when that magazine first came out years ago, in the hope of being able to knit it one day.)

Then it was back to the class project.  My progress so far.

Still working on tension.  I think I'm mostly good, except perhaps for the longer floats in a few places.  And the Koigu yarn is a pleasure to work with, much more forgiving than the Rowan yarn for the Lidya scarf.

As if that weren't enough, on Saturday, my friend Kathy (no blog) and I headed down to NJ, almost to the Pennsylvania border, to attend a class with Catherine Theron!  So exciting!

There she is, standing in the blue sweater, which I've been told was hand knitted by Catherine herself!

In the foreground of the picture, you can see my friend Kathy's sewing box (which Kathy is digging into), which she stitched (it's a design by Cathy Campbell of Primitive Traditions).  I've always admired it.  Here's a pic of the top.

Anyway, back to the class -- here's the class kit!

We also could buy two smalls kits, one for a needlebook, one for a scissor holder and fob, complete with tiny Bohin scissors.  I, of course, bought them.

It was a great class, and the best part is the finishing looks easy.  I like easy.  lol!  I don't have much progress to show, just some nun stitch on the border of one piece.

This is what happened when I got home from class.

Mia jumped into my stitching bag as I was unpacking it.  Of course.  It was also a beautiful day, so Mia was enjoying the open windows and doors.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lots to post about....

First off, here is my progress on A Parrot A Leopard A Lion.  I have all the uppermost motifs done!  Well, except for one that I'm not sure whether it will fit or not.

Here is a closeup of the two huge flowers on the right that I just finished.

Here are the City Sampler blocks I got done this week.

I'm trying to either stick to the same color palette or to use the same fabrics as shown in the book.  Finding solids of the right color is a challenge!

And here's my fussy cut star for the week, using another Judie Rothermel Peace and Unity fabric.

I copied straight from Temecula Quilt Co on this one.

I received a lovely surprise in the mail this week from Paula of Kelmscott Designs.

Aren't they wonderful?  They are the Pear and Red Barn needleminders and the Hearts Atopple Scissors.  Thank you so much, Paula!  I love them!

This past Friday, the father type and I had a dinner date and art gallery opening to attend with some friends in the evening in NYC.  Since I was going into the city, I figured I'd have some fun beforehand.  So I went gallivanting!  Here are some pics of my adventure.

New York Public Library -- you can see the lion if you look closely.

Evidence of spring in Bryant Park.

Lovely fabrics in B&J Fabrics, in the heart of the garment district.

Had to stop here!

A rest stop at Caffe Bene (never been before, but it was yummy!  Strawberries and a mango peach smoothie.)

Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  I should have taken a pic inside.  So colorful, and the fibers seemed really nice!  (The display in the window is made of fiber.  Pretty amazing.)  Note the door handles.  Yup, they are yarn bombed.  Love it!

Then I headed across town to meet the father type.

And we had our evening with friends.  (It felt too tacky to take pics.)

Mia was happy to see us home that night.  (I don't think she likes all these adventures and late nights we've been having.)  She was curious to see what I bought in NYC.

What's in the bag??
Here's what was in the bag, my swag.

Most are from the City Quilter, a few from Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  The tote at the right and the knitting accessories are from the yarn store, of course.  At City Quilter, I got a NYC kitchen towel, a beautiful tin to store sewing supplies in, a piece of fabric with the names of NYC stops in mosaic tile like in the subway, and some Australian Aboriginal fabrics.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, March 31, 2014


First off, here is my progress on my various projects.  A Parrot A Leopard A Lion first.

And here are all 11 of my Tula Pink blocks so far.

And here is my Fussy Cut Friday star, a straight copy from Temecula Quilt Co's version of this Judie Rothermel Peace and Unity fabric.

Now for the wow part of the blog.  Last night, the father type and I went to Tarrytown, NY to the Tarrytown Music Hall to see one of my favorite groups.

I have all of the Punch Brothers albums, but seeing them live is an experience all its own.  Wow!

This is  a lousy picture of the group, but you get to see the gorgeous stage they were on.

Here's a better pic of them -- all members bowing to the brilliance of the bassist during his solo.  lol!  I kept wishing the boy child were with us so he could hear this bass player perform.

What a spectacular band!  I know I'm gushing, but they really were amazing.  If you're wondering about their music, well, it's a mix of bluegrass, classical, and folk -- impossible to describe.  AND, they always throw in an arrangement of a classical piece played by their blend of instruments to perfection.  This time it was a piece by Claude Debussy.  Imagine classical being played by mandolin, banjo, guitar, violin and double bass.  So cool!  (I have a video of them playing a Bach Brandenburg Concerto that's mind blowing.)

Oh, and if you like Bach, Chris Thile, the mandolinist and sort of the leader of the group, has an album out of Bach.  All on mandolin.  Amazing!

Before the concert, the father type and I had a yummy dinner at a local restaurant in the town.  I had a salad followed by the sea scallops with butternut squash risotto

and for dessert, strawberry cheesecake (?!).  (I admit, I was wondering if they'd brought me the right thing.  But it was delicious!)

So yummy!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!  And that spring is here to stay!