Monday, August 11, 2014

Knitty stitchy

Here's my progress on the Hornbook Bestiary.  I'm still filling in on the Q block.


Does anyone have any suggestions on what the Q bird is?  I would say Quail, but it doesn't have the top knot thingie.

ETA: The H is for hart, a kind of deer.  :D

And here is my fussy cut Friday star, again using the same piece of Tula Pink Saltwater fabric as last time.  And again, I stole my fussy cutting from Eef's Needle.  Evelyne has the most beautiful fussy cut stars.  Thank you for sharing your ideas with me, Evelyne!


I'm going to be starting on the 3rd skein of yarn for the boy child's sweater -- and I'm over 12" along!


I also had to start a new project -- I've been missing knitting color work.  I've been trolling around and drooling over various fair isle and color work patterns, including this one.  And now I've started it!


It's the Rams and Yowes blanket by Kate Davies.  I got the kit from Jamieson and Smith -- and I have to say it's a pleasure to work with this type of wool for color work!

Mia claimed a Junior's Cheesecake bag that had been used during our trip to Cincinnati last Sunday.  And she's been enjoying it all week.  Under supervision, of course.



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


31 comments:

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your work is beautiful! I would think quail for the bird also--maybe not enough room for the top knot.

Miss Mia and her bags--always so amusing to me what cats claim, Callie Mae is infatuated with a shoe string!

Mugwump Woolies said...

It's a bald quail. Love your knitting project...and your latest star. Mia is a hoot!
Have a great week,
Robyn

Miss Pants said...

Look at those teeny tiny stitches!

I cannot wait to see your fair isle knitting. That's a favorite pattern of mine to find in sweaters and scarves.

Vera said...

Ha-ha! Mia is just too cute. Our cats have always loved grocery bags...now Tyg claims the re-usable ones we have...sometimes prior to them being emptied of groceries. I think he's looking for treats. Your hornbook is amazing Margaret! I, too, think it must be a quail minus the top-knot. And your fussy star is gorgeous.

Ranae said...

You go girl
You are one busy bee, makes me feel lazy, lol
You are so inspiring, I love reading your blog
I would say quail too,
Take care

Annie said...

Who knew that quails could be bald?

Good progress all around. The new fair isle piece looks interesting.

Ya think Mia can smell the hint of cheesecake?

cucki said...

:) Mia is so sweet...
Beautiful stitching...I love your stitching so much..
Sweet hugs xx

woolwoman said...

surely it's a quail and they just didn't put the head thingy on. OK - you're killing me with the Katie Davies design and the J&S wool - (sigh) It looks very warm and 'wooley' and I LOVE how your Shelter sweater is coming along. The fussy star this week is beautiful. I spent a lot of time looking at Lucy Boston quilts and many of them are carefully fussy cut and pieced. Very entertaining. Enjoy your week. mel

EvalinaMaria said...

All projects are lovely, Mia is adorable!

Melissa said...

All your work is wonderful of course but I couldn't help but love seeing Mia in the bag! She's looking like she's lamenting the fact that she got left behind! ;-)

Mary said...

I don't think the female quail has a top knot.....

Melody said...

Your stitching is beautiful as always, Margaret!

I don't know what it is with cats and bags, but ours love them too! I can't get over how much Mia and Simon look alike, right down to the same eye color.... too funny.

Amanda said...

Not all species of quail have top knots. California quails do, while the bobwhite of the American South, which has one of the prettiest calls you'll ever hear, do not. My guess is your Hornbook quail is one of the species that just doesn't have a top knot.

Vickie said...

Looks like it is a quail after all.
That looks like an awesome blanket.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

There are many varieties of quail, and being from southern US, I have never seen one with the top notch! Think her bag still smells of cheesecake? I may join her if it does :-).

Hazel said...

I think its a female quail as I think only the males have top knots. Beautiful stitching whatever it is. x

Evelyne said...

Beautiful the hornbook. I see that you used the Millenium stand!?
I thought you did always hand stitching.
I love the colour of you Tula Star.
Mia is adorable.

Have a nice week,
Evelyne

Beth said...

Knitting, quilting, stitching...wow! I'll bet Q is a quail even without the quill. Looks like Mia is having good fun. What is it about cats and plastic anyway?

Cari said...

Stitching, quilting, knitting, kitty hugging … you're my kind of gal Margaret !!

Carol said...

My guess is that the Q is for Quail is correct, Margaret... Can't imagine what else it could be. You're really flying through this wonderful piece :) And another great looking star!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The Bestiary is coming along so well, it's an amazing design. Mia made me smile, cats do like a bag. The wool shop I visit in Edinburgh and Stirling have literally just started to stock Jamieson and Smith Heritage Wool I saw some of the colours on Saturday and they should have them all in stock by this weekend. I love your choice of pattern to knit - it will look amazing.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Oh that Mia! LOL! Love the stitching but sure don't know what the q bird is!

Linda said...

You have such a silly furbaby. Wonderful progress on the hornbook. Your knitting is gorgeous Margaret.

Linda

Krista said...

The stitching is beautiful. Love the teeny tiny stitches. I would think quail too. The sweater is a beautiful color!! Mia says.. there's no cheesecake in this bag, I looked and looked! LOL Love it!!

Jackie said...

LOVE the Rams and Yowes blanket! It is something I've not seen before. Can definitely see why you had to knit it!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your Hornbook looks amazing, Margaret! Great progress on the BC's sweater and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your new start.mia is precious!

ricketyjo said...

Loving the hornbook progress, you seem to be cracking on at a speedy pace with it, it's looking amazing!

Annette-California said...

Beautiful progress on Hornbook and your knitting.
Mia is too cute:) love Annette

Penny said...

Nice stitching progress! I love the name of the fabric line and the color of your newest star! It would be so easy for me to become a fabric hoarder. :) And if I could knit I would definitely knit that blanket ~ cute! Sweet Mia ~ she always brings a smile to my face. Cats do love bags. :)

Busy Lizzie said...

Beautiful crafts

Kathy Barrick said...

I would guess the Q is for quail as well, but I'm confused about the "H". Isn't that a deer? Reindeer? Stag? Help!!!

Kathy