Monday, October 5, 2015

Better late than never....

Ok, maybe this posting every other week thing doesn't work too well.  Not only do I not stick to the schedule, but I lose track of what I've posted about and what I haven't.  Sigh.  Oh well.

I do have some stitching to show.  I've started Isobel Stuart by the Essamplaire.  She's a pretty one!  This is the bottom left corner of the piece.

It is a kit so I'm using the provided linen and threads.  I've finished the green of the border (which meets -- yay!) and at least some of the border flowers.

I also finished the 4th row of my mitered square blanket.

It's such a fun thing to knit!

I've started swatching for a sweater, the Rowe by Michele Wang.  I have always been intimidated by intricate cable sweaters, but have always wanted to knit one.  And lucky for me, there is a class for the sweater down at Michele's shop, Gauge and Tension.  So I am swatching in preparation for the class.  I'm using the color Flannel in the called for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn.  Loving the cable work so far!  This class has already given me the push I needed to try fancy cabling.  Yay!

Of course, with my luck, the swatch will come out to the wrong size, but I can hope!

What else has happened since I last posted?  Oh all sorts of things, I imagine.  Like, for example, the father type got to go on a Google paid vacation to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands with his work colleagues.  Google knows how to treat its employees well!

And we've had glimpses of the girl child periodically, at home, and in NYC.  Here she is surprising the father type on his way home from work with a birthday surprise!

And of course, the father type and I have had our own adventures, including a late lunch one day at Michael Jordan's restaurant, The Steak House NYC, in Grand Central Terminal.  Such a view!

Sorry the pictures are so dark.  :(  I wish you could see the beautiful ceiling better.

Mia never likes when we leave her home alone.  If she had her druthers, we would be home with her at all times!

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

To my sweetheart

Happy birthday to my first and only love.

Wonderful father,

And love of my life.

I'm loving growing old with you....

Monday, September 14, 2015

stitchy knitty empty nest again

I have a stitching finish!  Shocking, I know.  :D

Margaret Cottam Mystery Sampler by La D Da
called for threads and linen (except for linen being 40ct)

I'm so glad I found this one languishing in my UFO pile.  I do love it!

I've also worked on my mitered square blanket, usually while watching the US Open.

I'm well into the 4th row now.

We had to say goodbye to the boy child once again -- time for him to go back to college.

I can't believe it's his last year of college.  How did that happen?  Here's to a good senior year!

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Too much to talk about....

One problem with not posting as often.  I have too much to talk about when I do post!

First, the various projects I've been working on.  I started and finished Plum Street Samplers -- Serial Bowl Collection, Sampler Lesson 2.  (I still have to finish finish it though...)

Then I found an old UFO and started working on it -- the Margaret Cottam Mystery Sampler by La D Da.

I've also been working on my mitered square blanket.  I'm 6 squares from finishing the third row.

We celebrated the girl child's birthday together in NYC.  It was a fun day with yummy food and a great bookstore discovery too.

And then we went to Maine!  The girl child only stayed for half the week, but despite that and lots of fog and clouds, we had a good time.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

(Loved this "chandelier" in Abacus)

Someone was very happy to see us when we got home.  

(This was actually the day I was packing for Maine...)
Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


I don't know how it happened.  I still remember being traumatized by turning 25.  And now my beautiful girl is 25 today.  I hope she's not traumatized like I was at this milestone.

Happy birthday to my sweet firstborn child.  You will always be my bunny, no matter what your age.  I love you.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Stitching? Just a bit.... also framing!

Yes, there has been a tiny bit of stitching.  Not much though.  I started the Small Girl 1863 sampler by the Essamplaire.  I couldn't find it on the website anymore so I don't know if it's still being sold.  Here's my start on it.

And of course, I've been working on my mitered square blanket.  I've finished 2 rows now -- 24 squares per row.  There are Koigu, Lorna's Laces, Madeline Tosh and Rhichard Devrieze yarns in the blanket so far.

And since I know people will ask, no, I didn't make the hooked rug pillow, and yes, I did make the Tumbling Blocks quilt.  lol!

I also picked up some framing -- finally!  Here is my His Eye is on the Sparrow (by Heartstring Samplerary).

And here is my Hornbook Bestiary (by the Scarlet Letter).  I got a custom hornbook frame made by Valley House Primitives -- and I love it!  It's hard to see the marbling on the frame, but it's perfect!

The father type and I got to go to the last of U2's concerts at Madison Square Garden on July 31st.  It was quite the experience.

They had this cool, huge screen thing that the guys could actually be inside of -- this is the group inside the screen.  It also showed anything in giant size that they wanted.  Very cool.

And Bruce Springsteen came onstage for part of the encore too.

A very fun concert!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone is enjoying the summer.