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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A day late....

I was going to post at my usual time on Monday, but -- well, you'll see why I didn't manage it!

Before all that, I'll just show what I've been working on.  I'm pretty much finished with the front of my Sous Sous sweater.  Just a little strip that goes around the back neckline and the grafting to the back to do.  Which I have to learn how to do first.

There it is folded up in my Bookhou bag from Fringe Supply Company.  (Great shop, connected to a great blog.  And no, I'm not affiliated.)

I stopped working on that (for a reason, which you will see) to work on yet another mitred square or cozy memories or sock yarn blanket.  I'm using Koigu yarn for it so far.

This is a big thing in the knitting world -- everyone seems to be knitting one.

So what has happened since my last post?  My birthday, for one thing.  Paula from Kelmscott Designs sent me a wonderful package full of her lovely products.

Here you see the next in the series of queen threadkeeps, the Gray Queen Threadkeep.  Also the flower power scissors in red, perfect for my red scissors collection!  And at the top are the US and UK flags from the Flags of the World Needleminders collection.  Paula knows I went to London and am an Anglophile.  Thank you so much, Paula!  I love everything!

I also received a lovely package full of lovely presents from a dear friend.  Thank you!!  I love everything and had such fun opening everything up too.

A few days before my birthday, I went into NYC.  I shopped a bit, including a brief stop at Purl Soho.

I was a good girl, just checked out the new colors of Brooklyn Tweed yarn which had just come out that day.

Then the real treat.  The girl child (I need to think up different names -- she's not a child anymore!) took me out to dinner at the swanky restaurant where she waitresses part time! (Yes, she works full time already.  No, I don't know how she does it.  lol!)

Anyway, we had a lovely time, the decor was beautiful, the food was amazing!

On my actual birthday, we didn't do much.  But we did go out to dinner at a local Indian/Nepalese restaurant.  Delicious!

This past weekend, my father was up at my sister's house, so up we went to visit too.  The boy child came out from Boston too, so we got to see him as well.  It was a nice, relaxing visit.

(That's Lily the cat.)

The cousins

My father with Emily the dog.

The boys setting up a train.

We got home again Sunday night -- thus my not getting around to posting this blog post till now.  (And the reason I started the mitred square blanket -- much easier to knit on while visiting since it's pretty mindless knitting.)

Mia was happy to have us home, but I was sad to leave everyone behind, especially the boy child.  He will be home in a few weeks for a short break before the fall semester starts.

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

(Mia in her new bed, the box the present from my friend came in.  Nicely padded with bubble wrap.  Her new favorite place to sleep.  Still.)