Monday, February 24, 2014

A parrot and a couple of those big cats too

After all that knitting, I wanted to get back to some stitching.  So I started A Parrot, A Leopard, A Lion by Scarlet Letter.  Laurie of My Little Corner of Iowa and I are both planning on using this piece for the top and front of our flat caskets from the Cabinet of Curiosities.  This is my progress so far.

I am using 50/62ct linen in Vintage Light Examplar (by Lakeside Linens) using a conversion to Tudor Silks done for me by Jean of the Attic Needlework.  I'm loving it so far!  Laurie has done her own conversion to Tudor Silks so it's fun to watch our two versions progress.

And here's my fussy cut Friday star for the week.  A straight copy of a star in Judie Rothermel Peace and Unity fabric that Temecula Quilt Co. did.

I won a giveaway from Annette of the California Stitcher blog.  The package arrived this week.

And look at what was inside!

A lovely card, some Whitman's chocolates, some linen, the Mrs. Waddelow chart from With My Needle that has been on my wish list forever, and a lovely lovely needlebook and stitch wallet that Annette made herself!

Here is the inside of the needlebook sitting on top of the stitch wallet.  So beautiful!  Thank you so so much, Annette!  I love it all, especially the needlebook and stitch wallet!  I'm putting both to good use already!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a good week!  Here's hoping that polar vortex goes away and leaves us alone.

Mia's new hiding place

Monday, February 17, 2014

Finished! And sick of snow

I finished my sweater!

Knitbot Lightweight Pullover sweater -- with modifications
Bugga yarn from Verdant Gyphon in American Rubyspot
I did make some modifications to the sweater.  I knit it in a larger size and eliminated the body shaping, and I had to shorten the sleeves and make the decreases in the sleeves more quickly than written in the pattern since my sweater was knit to fit so loosely.  I also made the ribbing on the body and sleeves shorter than written in the pattern.  I love my new sweater!

It's nice and warm!

I made my usual Fussy Cut Friday star, this time using some fabric from Judie Rothermel's Peace and Unity collection.

And here are all my stars (seven!) so far.

A while back, my sweet friend Laurie of the My Little Corner of Iowa blog sent me a lovely package of wovens and plaids she didn't want.  Can you believe these lovely piles?

I put my favorite at the very top.  lol!  Thanks again, Laurie!  I hope I do justice to these fabrics!

We got quite the snow storm Thursday into Friday, along with so many others.  This is what we faced for the cleanup.

Thank goodness we have a snow blower!  (And yes, those porch walls are usually much more visible than in this picture.)

Here is Mia playing with her favorite ball since kittenhood.

And here she is looming over me on the shelf above the bed.

Such a funny girl!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!  I'm looking forward to more Olympics viewing!

Monday, February 10, 2014

knit and star

My sweater has a body.   And the start of a sleeve.

Lightweight Pullover by Knitbot using Bugga yarn
I'm using double pointed needles which aren't my favorite.

My Fussy Cut Friday star is a bit random this time.  3 different motifs involved.

Ok, maybe 4 different motifs.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.  I also hope the winter weather ends soon.  Sigh......

Monday, February 3, 2014

Kniting knitting knitting

This will be a boring post.  I've been doing nothing but knitting lately.  Remember this?

Well that has turned into this.

Can you tell what it is?  It's a top down turtleneck sweater, turtleneck up at the top, sleeves on either side waiting to be knitted, body in progress.  It's the Lightweight Pullover sweater by Knitbot.  I'm knitting it in Verdant Gryphon Bugga in American Rubyspot.

I did do another Fussy Cut Friday star too.

This time I used a fabric from the Michael Miller blue and white collection.

Here are a couple of pictures of Mia to liven things up.

Lap cat

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