Monday, July 28, 2014

stitch stitch stitch

Here is my progress on the Hornbook Bestiary.

I made the kitten look like Mia, although her body had to be a mirror image since Mia's spot is on the other side.  lol!  I also took a pic with a dime to show the size of the little blocks.  (I couldn't find a quarter.)

Here is my fussy cut Friday star, using another Vicksburg by Judie Rothermel fabric.

My sweet girl child sent me a pic she took of the three of us on my birthday on the 19th, down in the subways before we said goodbye.  Love this pic!

And here's a pic of the boy child up in Boston.  I think he regretted showing me this pic.  (I don't even want to think about where he's sitting.)

I have begged him not to sit there anymore.  lol!  I guess he doesn't have a fear of heights like I do.

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

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.