Monday, July 21, 2014

birthday spectacular

Here is my Hornbook Bestiary -- two rows done!  I've gotten the next box stitched but that's about it.


And here's my fussy cut star for the week, using a Vicksburg by Judie Rothermel fabric.


I've found that knitting something using a fingering yarn is much better for summer knitting, so I started the Obstacles shawl, using Mad Tosh sock yarn in Worn Denim.  Love this color so much!


My friends who do lace knitting tell me it will look better once blocked.  At the moment, it doesn't look as much like the pattern as I'd like!

It was my birthday on Saturday -- I'm aging quickly.  lol!  My good friend Laurie spoiled me crazy with a wonderful birthday package.  I am still dreaming about how I'm going to be using all these goodies she sent!  Thank you so much, dear friend!




Paula of Kelmscott Designs sent me a new pair of scissors to add to my red scissors collection.  I love them so much!  Thank you, Paula!



Then Saturday was a day of more spoiling!  The father type and I went to NYC for some fun!  I will let the pictures do most of the talking.



Brunch at a sidewalk cafe.


Been wanting to go to Knitty City forever!


My new stash.  The small skeins are for a fair isle project, I hope!  And I had to grab a few skeins of the last of the Cephalopod yarn the store had.  Cephalopod is closing its doors forever -- so sad.


Then a walk across Central Park



to a place I've wanted to go to  forever -- just to experience that building!  (The Italian Futurist exhibit was good too!)




We met the girl child for dessert at Laduree Soho.  What a beautiful place!  And the desserts and macarons -- delicious!  It was a birthday treat from my sweet girl.  I still can't get used to the fact that my girl is a working woman who can pay to treat me to fancy sweets!




Had to take some macarons home too!


You see that other bag?  Yup!  The girl child likes Eileen Fisher too!  It was right across the street.  I'm so glad we went.  They were having a sample sale -- dirt cheap prices for EF!  Both the girl child and I came away with a good purchase or two.  What fun!

Oh.  And I forgot to mention one other thing.


Um.  Yeah.  The father type gave me an iPad Air for my birthday.  We went to the Grand Central Apple Store (huge!!!) and traded in my old iPad mini (no retina display) for my new iPad Air!  (You get a discount for the trade in, which is really nice!)  He knew I was having trouble seeing things on my iPad mini.  Minis are not for people with old eyes like mine.

So yeah.  I got spoiled rotten.  Big time.

It was a long (but fun!) day, so long that Mia was anxiously waiting for us when we got home in the dark.  And today I'm resting and enjoying playing with my iPad Air.  I can see everything so much better now!  lol!

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


Monday, July 14, 2014

Too many projects....

Here is my Hornbook Bestiary.  Sorry I left my needle in the fabric.  lol!  Bad habit!


I left off the D is for dog  and the angel in this pic, but you've seen them before.  I love the goose -- doesn't he/she look mad?

Here is my fussy cut star for the week.  This is a fabric from a Robert Kaufman collection called Fusions.


I started to baste a bunch of Liberty Tana Lawn hexagons, 1/2" to a side.  They are for a hexagon purse I'm hoping to make from a pattern by Brigitte Giblin.  I love her work!


And I got a lovely surprise early birthday present from my friend Nicola (Stitching by a Cornish Sea Shore).  Look at this lovely strawberry emery!


It's made by Cyndi Foore -- it's heavy and lovely to handle, and all ready for my pins and needles!  I decided to hang it off of my current Lori Ann Corelis pincushion which is on my stitching table.


Thank you so much, Nicola, for my lovely present!

The boy child got some last bits of cuddling with Mia in


before this happened.


Yup, he's back up in Boston again.  He has been promoted to supervisor at his campus job, which means more pay and more responsibilities.  He's been working on some music as well.  He's doing great -- hooray!

This also happened this week.


Silly Mia.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wimbledon withdrawal....

Here is my progress on the Hornbook Bestiary for the week.


The first row of animals is done!  Yay!

Here is my fussy cut star for the week, using another Wiscassett fabric from Minick and Simpson.


The boy child's sweater has gotten longer, slowly but surely.  I'm still finding it difficult to work with wool in these hot summer months.


A certain someone wanted to come home for a week for July 4 so he could celebrate with his friends at home.  We were happy to oblige.


He's been off with his friends a lot so far, but we've still had some time with him as well.  Mia too.



It's time for Wimbledon withdrawal.  The men's final was today -- a fantastic match -- and now it's time to start missing all the wonderful tennis and the Wimbledon atmosphere.  Sigh.

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


Monday, June 30, 2014

halfway stars

Here's my progress on the Hornbook Bestiary by Scarlet Letter (using kit materials, over one tent stitch on 35ct).


The blocks are much easier to deal with than the angel.  lolol!

Here's my fussy cut star for the week using another Wiscassett fabric from Minick and Simpson.


And yes, I'm halfway through -- 26 stars out of 52!  Here they all are so far.


This was just a random layout -- I can already see where there are too many lights together and too many darks.  I'm planning right now on putting hexagons between the stars, not diamonds as shown here.

I've gotten more done on the boy child's sweater, but not enough to show it here.  Too warm to knit much.

This past week has been spent as much as possible watching Wimbledon on the ole telly.  I'm so enjoying it!  Mia just sleeps through it.  lol!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week and a great 4th of July here in the US.



Monday, June 23, 2014

It's Mia's fault

Yup.  It's Mia's fault.  I started a new project.  It's the Hornbook Bestiary by Scarlet Letter.  I'm using the materials from the kit, AVAS.


This is done in tent over one on 35ct.  The angel has so many stitches!  I so want to get to the ABCs, but I'm determined to finish the angel first.

Here's my fussy cut star for the week, using a fabric from Wiscasset by Minick and Simpson.


And here's my progress on the Cobblestone sweater for the boy child.  It's been too warm to work for long stretches on a wool sweater.  (My hands get sweaty.  Do others have this problem?)


So why is it Mia's fault that I started a new project, you ask?  Very simple.

Monday, I was cutting her claws, and I noticed at least 3 of the claws on her right paw looked injured.  I looked up what to do online, and of course freaked out.  lol!  Mia was due for her yearly exam in another month or so anyway, so I took her in for that as well.  She got her vaccines after the vet confirmed that her paw was ok, that I just should watch it.

I went to a dentist appointment in the afternoon, got home and found poor Mia crouching miserably on the ground.  She had thrown up in a few places and looked very unhappy and unwell.  I called the vet's, and yes, they said it was probably a reaction to the vaccines.  So back in we went (Mia struggled mightily both times, she is so afraid of the vets) and poor Mia got a benadryl shot to combat her allergic reaction to the vaccines.  Yikes.  From now on, when she gets her vaccines, she will have to have a benadryl shot first.  It took Mia another day before she got back to her normal self.  And I think one more day before her temp was back to normal.

Mia at the vet's

It was very stressful for both of us, Mia and me.  She hates the vet, I hate when she's sick.  And what happens when I get stressed?  I decide to start a new project.  lol!  So yeah.

I'm psyched.  Wimbledon starts tomorrow!!!!!!  (Can you tell Wimbledon is my favorite slam?)

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week. ( Did anyone else watch the US  at the FIFA World Cup last night?  Wow!  It was so exciting!)


Monday, June 16, 2014

Cats and blankets

Here is my progress on the Red Deer Sampler.


And here is my fussy cut star for the week -- yet another Jo Morton Woodland fabric.


I also got a bit of knitting done.  After a false start and some swatching, I cast on for a sweater for the boy child.  It's a pattern called Cobblestone by Brooklyn Tweed.  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Plume.  (Boy Child likes purple.)


I won a lovely prize from Dawn of Collector with a Needle!  Dawn has been involved with a quilt exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.  She's been showing pics of the exhibit on her blog, and she gave away a copy of a book of the exhibit.  To me!!


She wrapped the book up in a lovely fabric which I believe is from that coveted Circa 1825 collection from In the Beginning.  Thank you so much, Dawn!  I love the book and wish I could attend the exhibit in person.

The girl child came up to spend Father's Day with her dad.  It seems every time she comes recently, she's used a certain blanket.  For some reason, this certain blanket has become a favorite with Mia.  Well, the blanket became a subject of contention this time around.


Mia decided that she would stake her claim to the blanket by sleeping on the blanket -- on the girl child.  She eventually won the argument.


Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  (Can't wait for Wimbledon next week!!!!)  I hope everyone has a great week!