Monday, April 20, 2015

We all live in a.....

I lost interest in EF 1864 and picked up Blackbird Designs Yellow Submarine.  As many of you know, I'm a big Beatles fan, so the 6 designs based on Beatles songs that Blackbird Designs' Barb Adams released are a must for me.  Yellow Submarine has to be first -- the boy child and I watched that movie endless times.  Here is my progress on the piece so far.

I'm using the called for linen and GAST fibers.  Once again, I'm unhappy with how the GAST colors just aren't the same as what is shown on the model.  GAST and other overdyed cottons just aren't reliable in their colors at all.  And I feel the Lakeside Linen Cedar Plank just makes the colors look muddy.  The picture has lightened up the colors a lot.  (I'm using 40ct linen.)  I'm hoping my Yellow Sub looks good when it's finished.

If you're wondering what that hexagon shaped thing is in the picture -- well, it's my first hexipuff for a hexipuff blanket.  The pattern is from here.  I've made three so far, one not stuffed, one stuffed, and the third stuffed slightly more.

So far, I'm just using the leftover tidbits from my Walking Tour Scarf, Jamieson and Smith Shetland 2 ply Jumper weight.  I'm planning on adding in some Koigu and other yarns too.  And yes, you sew the hexipuffs together to make a blanket.

The weather has been beautiful and warm the past few days.  A certain cat has been enjoying it immensely.  (Mia is an indoor cat.)

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

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring! And stitching?!!

I finished my Handbrake Cowl!

It is a pattern by Dan Jones with help from his wife Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears Podcast.  The pattern is 1 pound, all proceeds going to support cancer research.  I used Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney in Blue Maize.  I gave it to the Father type -- here he is modeling it.

I think he likes it.  :D

I know this will be a shock but I'm stitching again!!!

I picked up an old WIP, the EF 1864 Sampler from an issue of Sampler and Antique Needlework Magazine.  I need to check which issue it is.  Here is how far I've gotten so far.

It's nice to be stitching again!  But I'm not sure how I will fare with this one.  I love Berlin woolwork, but it's not my favorite kind of stitching.   And that's what the bulk of the piece is.

This weekend was the first time in a week that we've had any sunshine.  Sunday was a glorious day!  Sunshine and temps in the 60s.  Yum!  The father type and I took a nice long walk in one of our local state parks, visited a bookstore, and just had a nice day!

And when we got home, we opened the windows for the first time this year!  Hooray!  Someone enjoyed the fresh air immensely.

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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Blue Queen

I finished my Messalina Shawl!  I do love it, and it was so much fun to knit.  Just the right amount of stuff to keep me interested balanced with plain stockinette for ease.  I used Clara Yarn Cormo 2.0 in Sky.  The pattern is by Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast.  ( For those who are wondering, yes, I love that quilt.  But Mia has destroyed it by clawing it to shreds in huge areas.  I keep it folded up on the spare bed.  No, I didn't make it.)

I immediately dived into a pattern called the Handbrake Cowl, designed by Kay with her husband Dan Jones.  It's a pattern where the purchase price goes to cancer research, so definitely worth buying to support a good cause.   I'm using Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney in the Blue Maize colorway.  Just a bit done so far.

I seem to have a theme of blue going on in this post.  I received a wonderful gift in the mail from Paula of Kelmscott Designs.  Paula has started a new line of products called Whimsical Edge Designs.  She knows I love all things British and British Royal, so she sent me her Blue Queen Threadkeep.  I love it so much!

I have it pictured here with two of Paula's scissors - both in red, of course!   The one on the left is the Storklette scissors and the one on the right is the red Roly Poly.  Can you tell I enjoy Paula's pieces?  Thank you, Paula, for my Blue Queen!  I love her!

I don't know if you've noticed, but knitting seems to have taken over for now, hasn't it?  Never fear.  For a while, I seriously wasn't even thinking of stitching.  As a first for me, I didn't even purchase anything from Nashville market!  Now this was a super bad sign -- I always go crazy when market rolls around.  lol!

But recently, I've started thinking about stitching again.  I even purchased a couple of charts from market, a few weeks after.  This one (Fractur Friends by Shakespeare's Peddler),

The Feathered Whisperers, you can leave out the border if you want.  But the border is the best part, IMO!  And Fractur Friends is stitched on 40ct silk gauze.  But obviously, you don't have to go that route if you don't want to.  I have provided links directly to where I swiped the pictures from.  I hope it's ok to have swiped them!

Anyway, all this is to say I have been starting to think more about stitching again.  I think it's just a matter of time.  So all you stitchers, don't give up on me yet!  :D

I removed one of the wool blankets from the bed this week and put it on the bench I'd placed in front of Mia's favorite window.  I think Mia likes having the blanket there.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week -- and that those who celebrate had a wonderful Easter,  or are having a good Passover.

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's been 16 years....

I did finish my Guernsey Wrap from Brooklyn Tweed.

I still have to block it, but I will get to that.  Sometime.  lol!  I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Soot.

I started a new project -- it's the Messalina Shawl by Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears Podcast.  I love their podcast and I love knitting this shawl as well!

This is my progress so far.  I'm using Clara Yarn Cormo 2.0 in Sky -- I'm enjoying knitting for the first time with Cormo wool.

If you enjoy knitting podcasts, do check out the Bakery Bears.  :D

Something exciting happened this weekend.  The father type and I bought a car!  My old car was 16 years old, and I didn't trust it for much besides very local trips.  So this is a wonderful happening for me!  A rare treat!

Here are a couple of relics from when the kids were tiny that I found in my car.  Proof of how old the car is -- and how often I thoroughly clean out my car.  lol!

Here's my new car!

I love my new Honda CRV!

Love the color so so much!  It's called something like Mountain Air.  lol!

The father type and I took the car for a drive Sunday.  And where else would I elect to go but a yarn store?

We went to White Barn Farm,  and what a lovely store it is!

And it turns out there was a Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl going on.  I would have loved to go on the yarn crawl, but I figured one yarn store was tempting enough!

Here's my stash from White Barn Farm -- all locally made yarns, and all lovely!

We also went into the "downtown" area of New Paltz, wandered into book stores and chocolate stores, and had burritos at a yummy place.

It was great to take a drive in the new car on a lovely, sunny (if chilly) day.

While the father type and I were enjoying the weekend,  the girl child went to visit her brother in Boston.  They kept me somewhat up to date on their ventures, but not entirely -- of course.  lol!  Here is one picture the girl child sent me, from Newbury Street.  Can't remember the name of the store with the window display of sewing machines, but my girl knows I love that window!  See my babies in the window?

I recently moved things around a tiny bit and put a bench in front of one of Mia's favorite windows.  She seems to enjoy it.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.  I'm still rooting for spring!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Warning: not much to show here

I didn't work on anything this week but the Guernsey Wrap.

I'm over halfway now.  Slow but sure.  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Soot.

As you know, it was my sweet boy's 21st birthday on Friday.  Here are a few pics from his day.

And then we had to say goodbye to my baby Sunday.  His Spring break went by so fast.

A certain someone seems a bit down -- missing her boy.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The big 21

I don't know how this happened.  But it did.  Way too fast.  My baby went from this

To this

In the blink of an eye.

I'm so proud of my sweet boy.  To watch him grow and mature into the talented, smart, lovely man he's become has been all I could ask for as a parent.

Happy 21st birthday to my baby.  Don't forget to drink responsibly.  :D  I love you.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring has sprung? Fingers crossed....

I started something new, from my stash, which is always nice.

This is the Guernsey Wrap from Brooklyn Tweed.  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Soot colorway.  I love the woolen spun nature of the yarn, but I hate the flotsam that is still in the yarn as a result of the woolen spun.  I guess there are trade offs!

I didn't have to do much if anything in the way of chipping ice or shoveling snow this week.  My shoulder really really liked that.  lol!  So I added another fussy cut star to my very slowly growing quilt.

This week has been a huge contrast to the past weeks of winter.  The temps have been in the 40s and low 50s during the day and the snow and ice has been melting.  There is still way too much snow on the ground for my tastes, but at least we are seeing some pieces of ground here and there.

Another sign of spring is this.

My baby is home for spring break!  Hooray!

We are happy.

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