Monday, July 1, 2013

little x's or knit purl knit?

I started a new project last week.  She's a beauty -- you've probably seen her around the blogging world.

Dorothy Walpole by Scarlet Letter
40ct Heritage by Picture This Plus (Colorscapes)
AVAS called for, plus 2 Belle Soie

Just a note: the lighter color in the strawberry in the border was too close to the darker color, so I substituted BS Pink Quartz.  I also didn't have AVAS 4241, so I substituted BS Biscotti.

I'm loving this one, although it took a while to get back into doing eyelet letters.  

And then I got totally distracted by KwiltyKim's knitting.  I had to look up that pattern to see what she was doing with those pretty colors.  And I fell in love.  


See what I mean?  I even got started on the knitting -- 360 stitches to a row.


I'm in love.  It's the Wearwithall Stole from the Wearwithall book.  Gorgeous!  And perfect for knitting during Wimbledon!

Mia has been putting herself in wherever possible.  I washed a quilt, and the next thing I know, 


Yes, she did that herself.  She's also been hanging out a lot.  And playing.


(The tunnel is from the kids' childhood.  We're not sure if Mia likes it or not.)

Great day at Wimbledon today!  All men and women out to play the round of 16!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week, and for those in the US, a great July 4!  Happy Canada Day to those in Canada!


54 comments:

Jan Gartlan said...

Pretty starts. What a darling cat

Deb said...

Your start on Dorothy looks wonderful. That's a sampler that's been on my list for a while but I just haven't gotten there yet.

Love that yarn. I wonder why people decide to start knitting and crocheting in the summer of all times? I've been going through patterns too and can't figure out why I don't do that stuff in the winter.

And great pictures of Mia, but does she really like laying on her back.? That's a funny picture!

Lene said...

Welcome among the knitters:) I am knitting socks and socks at the moment. Dreading to start quilting a big one... Love the eyelets on the sampler:) And as always, thanks for sharing pictures of Mia:)

marly said...

Love that yarn. All I see here is Red Heart and a few fuzzy ones. I must have missed the final quilt post! Dorothy may be something I need to try if I can find her. And that Mia!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

That Mia--such a clever girl--she knows how to find all the right spots.

Those yarns are beautiful and a great start

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh vous êtes douée avec toutes les aiguilles !!!!! le début du scarlett est sublime bravo ma douce amie ! et de gros bisous ... bientôt les vacances ????

Wanda said...

Margaret, Dorothy is going to be gorgeous (well, really she is already!) I have been watching the progress on the shawl as well and am so tempted....Mia is just darling.

Faye said...

Always happy to see Ms Mia!!!! And the yarn... Swoon! I cannot wait to follow regress on Dorothy, a definite future SL stitch for me!!!!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Two great projects! It must be hard to decide which to pick up first!!!

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitches and love, love, love that yarn!! Mia is adorable as always!

Giovanna said...

Hey, nice to see you knitting! It's a lovely project, and so is the new sampler. Enjoy Wimbledon.

My Xstitch Place said...

gorgeous chart, beautiful start and what a lovely cat

Vickie said...

Yes! Dorothy is a great one.
That yarn is fabulous. I will love watching your progress on this.
That is real amazing that Mia tucked and curled herself right in there. ;)

Cari said...

Love that you started Dorothy and the eyelet stitches are so much fun. I'm doing some on Isabella...and once you get started ...... Love your stole too. I've ordered some things from The Yarnery, thanks to Kim, and I've been so pleased with the results!!

And Mia...what can be said about Mia that I haven't already said. Love that sweet kitty.

Hugs and have a great week !!

Bertie said...
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Bertie said...

Dorothy I do not know, but thanks to you I will! looks fabulous so far.
Oh that Mia, she is funny thing!
Your wool looks beautiful, lovely colours Margaret. Yes a good thing knitting whilst watching Wimbledon, I do hope Andy will make it this year!
Have a good tennis week and a Happy 4th July!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Pretty stitching, and that stole is beautiful. Guess I hadn't looked at the result on Kwilty Kim's. Don't think I could keep up with tennis and knit! Mia and BC look relaxed and having fun. Love her quilt snuggling maneuvers! Enjoy your holiday celebrations, too!

Ranae said...

Wow!!
What a beautiful start, you'll have it done in no time
Pretty knitting colors, it's got to be hard to put down either project
Mia is a sweetie
Happy 4th of July!!!

Erica said...

WOW this colors are fabulous!
As much as I like making little x's, I think I would be lured away by the wool!

BrendaS said...

Nice start on Dorothy! I LOVE the colors in your new knitting project and I can certainly see why you jumped in:)

Melissa said...

Awww, Mia looks so sweet and happy! I like the one of her laying on her back - she looks like "hey, how did I get here in this position?"

Love your new start. Dorothy is such a pretty piece.

Knitting and crocheting? You are a woman of many talents! Have fun watching Wimbledon while playing with yarn!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Dorothy Walpole is a lovely sampler - I started her but have made zero progress to date. That's a lot of stitches to be knitting - my stretch is about 50 - as soon as I go above that my wrists and arms complain.
Mia just makes me smile - I love the photo of her playing.

Laurie in Iowa said...

OMG... those yarn colors are gorgeous. I can see why you wanted to knit that stole.
Great start on Dorothy!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Margaret...your new sampler is going to be a real beauty...I don't think I've ever seen that sampler before so it will be fun watching your progress. Love the yarn you are using for your new knitting project...one of my very favorite colors!
I always know what I'll be watching when July 4th rolls around...Mr.MW loves tennis! I'll be trying to get some hooking done while it's on.
Have a great 4th!
Robyn

Carol said...

The eyelet letters are so striking on your newest sampler, Margaret... You're off to a great start :)

Wow, I can see why you were so drawn to that knitting project--spectacular colors, indeed!

Glad Mia is enjoying your son's summer break :)

Annie said...

Love the new sampler. Eyelet letters are very cool.

360 stitches per row! I think I'd get bored after one row. Pretty yarn and I'm sure the finished product will be beautiful, but glad it's you doing it and not me.

Mia is just the smartest and cutest. How did she manage to get in the quilt that way?

Paula said...

Margaret, I am obsessed with knitting also - I haven't cross stitched in a loooooong time because of it - there are so many indi-hand-dyed yarns out there yummie! The colours you chose for the stole look fantastic! Thanks for mentioning Canada Day! Happy 4th to you - Paula in Canada - www.kelmscottdesigns.com

Annette-California said...

Beautiful progress already on Dorothy, love those eyelet stitches - wow. Your yarns and the colors are so pretty:) Mia is too cute!
love Annette

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Ah...Dorothy is on my "to stitch" list too. I can't wait to watch your progress on her. Love those yarn colors. If only I could knit. LOL!

Penny said...

Love that sampler! And what pretty yarn colors! Mia is lucky that she is an only cat - tunnel play here usually ends up with one cat trapped inside while the others plug up each end. :) Mia is just such a sweet little cat!

Beth said...

Stitching, quilting, knitting - you are a renaissance woman!

Evelyne said...

Lovely start on the Dorothy sampler, and i love the eyelets.
Great colours of the yarn.
It is always so funny to see Mia!

Great week and enjoy Wimbledon!!!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret,
I can't believe how much you accomplished on Dorothy in a week!! That would take me a month. I am not a knitter, but appreciate the beautify yarns, Mia must think its great fun when you knit! She looks so content to have your son home. I went to the website you linked to in your post and toyed briefly with signing up for Dear Jane, but then common sense prevailed:) I do love the quilt, but have never even finished the last two BOM's that I was a part of.
Happy 4th!
Melinda

cucki said...

Wow beautiful...you are one busy bee :)
Hugs for you and Mia x

Ellen said...

Wow, great progress! Your Dorothy is gorgeous!

Beautiful yarns, enjoy your knitting during the games!

Hugs,

Jackie said...

I love an eyelet alphabet - they're so striking! I had no idea you knit too! Is there anything you can't do?! :)

Vera said...

Hi Margaret, was wondering what your next SL project would be...I love Dorothy and she is on my list to do. And the yarn -- OMG -- somehow I missed this project on Kim's blog, so I guess that makes you an enabler for me. I need to turn off the computer and stitch or do something! Great pics, as always, of Mia.

Deborah said...

The stitching is gorgeous! Mia couldn't be cuter.

MERUMO said...

Fabulous start on Dorothy! She'll be beautiful. I was just thinking to pulling out a knitting project taking with me to our up coming vacation in Colorado. Then look at you! You are such a bad influence to me in all kinds of directions - stitching, quilting and knitting, too! lol I love anything you do ;) And Mia totally agrees with me.

Krista said...

Great new start, Margaret!! I love Dorothy Walpole.... someday! lol! Love the new knitting project, hard to resist with all those great colors. Great idea for working on it during Wimbledon, cross stitch not so good for that. I am looking forward to watching lots of tennis this long holiday weekend! Happy 4th to you!

Sherry said...

Dorothy is going to be beautiful! Love all those wonderful yarn colors! Look at that silly Mia!

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing your quilt, it's stunning (Wimbledon has wreaked havoc with my blog reading) and a lovely start on Dorothy & the knitting

Stitch Wizard said...

Dorothy is one that I too love and I got her a few weeks ago. I love it and see you and I like a lot of the same things!! Your start is gorgeous and you make me want to start mine but I want to finish Elizabeth Sheffield first. I just love the photo of your beautiful kitty Mia in the quilt!! She is so so sweet!! Your knitting is wonderful and you may inspire me to re learn how again.

Melanie said...

Those wool colors are gorgeous together!!!

Anne said...

Dorothy Walpole!! I love this sampler and will stitch at some point in my life. Love those yarns. The colours are just fantastic. Such cute photos of Mia too. I like her in that quilt. Looks like a good comfy spot!

woolwoman said...

I am so thrilled to see you knitting Margaret - lovely lucious colors in your new shawl - Dorothy has always been a fav of mine and I have the kit but just have not gotten started with it. However I did recently start Rachel Howells and am enjoying it. Happy Knitting and enjoy the 4th! Mel

Karen said...

Ooooh, what pretty yarns! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them!

Linda said...

Beautiful work on your sampler as always Margaret. Love the colors in the blanket your making. Hugs to Mia.

Linda

Sherry :o) said...

Oh my, Margaret...that's a new start? You make tremendous progress, always. And she is lovely. The colors of your knitting are very pretty together. I have to really pay attention when knitting, so watching anything does not work. Glad you are enjoying tennis.

Sherry :o)

Kim said...

Oh yay!! Doesn't The Yarnery give great service!? Knit on! I love Dorothy...she's on my list. Love the eyelets! And Mia...as always, adorable!

Lois said...

Of course, I love your new start! Knitting as well, such lovely colours. I'm going to have withdrawal symptoms come Monday when there's no tennis to watch!!

Elizabeth said...

ARGGGH!!! I'm resisting knitting so much until I see what deliciousness you've posted! Looks like you're keeping busy in fantastic ways this summer :)

Brigitte said...

Both new starts look very intriguing. I'm looking forward to seeing them grow.

Chris said...

Lovely start on Dorothy. Gorgeous colors, I can see why you have been knitting :)
Silly Mia, so glad that she is having a great summer.