Monday, May 25, 2015

Every other week??

I thought I'd try the every other week posting.  We shall see how that goes.  As of now, I'm not sure I like it.  lol!  But I might grow to like it.

I finished the Red Deer Sampler!

Red Deer Sampler by GigiR Designs
40ct. WDW Confederate Gray fabric (called for fabric)
GAST fibers (called for)

Not a great picture -- my picture taking skills are going downhill.  But I'm very happy to have finished it.  Love the colors and the funky flowers in the bottom middle vase.  And the vases too!

I promptly started a new knitting project -- the Unicorn Parallelograms Scarf or Shawl by Stephen West of Westknits fame.  I've always enjoyed his fun, funky designs and I decided to go for this one.  It uses 20 colors of Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails.  A simple but fun pattern.  This is how far I am so far.


I'm starting the tenth color, so almost halfway.

Sweet Paula of Kelmscott Designs sent me the next in her series of queen threadkeeps, the Gold Queen.


Isn't she pretty?  I love her so much!  Thank you, Paula!

Here she is with the first threadkeep in the series, the Blue Queen.


The boy child left for Boston for the summer once again last week.  The time goes much too quickly when he's home these days.  it was two weeks, but felt much shorter.


He will be busy this summer with an internship with a sound design firm, a summer class, and his usual job on campus.

Mia moped around for a day or two after the boy child left, as usual.  Poor thing misses her boy once he leaves.  But she was back to her springy self after that.


Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!  It's almost June!!!  Yikes!  (And it's the French Open!  Yay!)

42 comments:

Cari said...

Your Red Deer is beautiful !! Congratulations on a simply fabulous finish. Love the Westknits knit too. Way too much fun when you get to change colors often. Enjoy your holiday. Hugs to you a sweet Mia too !!

Vickie said...

The flowers on Red Deer are so wonderful!
What a great scarf that is.
Aww, sweet Mia. I am glad she is learning how to bounce back after he leaves. You too? ;)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love the colours on your shawl, I do like a design with lots of colour Margaret.
Your finish is looking superb. Poor Mia, sad little kitty when her boy is gone once more, she makes me smile.

Robin said...

Congratulations on your Red Deer sampler finish! Yours is the 3rd or 4th one I have seen finished lately out in blogland. Nice start on your scarf/shawl.

Robin in Virginia

Brenda in WI said...

I love The Red Deer Sampler. Yours is beautiful. I have just received her and may start her today. Mia is so cute. That is the best picture of her so far (I think). I do not like your blogging every other week. Once a week is best. LOL Just my selfish self saying.

Melissa said...

That's so funny - Mia's face I mean. You can tell she's pining for the boy!

Congrats on your beautiful Red Deer finish. She is bee-u-tiful! Nice scarf/shawl you are knitting too.

How sweet of Paula to send you the next in the series. A series...hmmm, that means there will be more!? ;-)

I know what you mean about posting less frequently.

llknbillburg said...

LOVE your red deer! I have this one in the 'some day' pile but may have to move it up after seeing your finish!! Laura

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret, Your red deer sampler is to die for! I really need to seriously consider stitching that one. As always, your knitting is so pretty. I just love those thread keeps, I have never seen them before. Do they have a website?
Melinda

Babs in Alabama said...

Love your Red Deer sampler! I started it sometime back and I think this rainy Memorial day would be a good day to stitch on it some more. Thanks for the reminder :)

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finish Margaret. Love your new scarf.

Linda

Annie said...

Congrats on the sampler finish. It's just gorgeous. Maybe every other week blogging is the ticket to productivity for you!

Cool scarf! I can't believe you had to buy so many colors to complete it!

Beautiful threadkeep. Nice treasure to arrive in the mail!

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, congratulations on finishing The Red Deer. It's beautiful. It looks you are going to have another beautiful scarf. This one looks as if it will go with anything. Love your thread keepers. They are lovely. Love the one with Elizabeth I.

marly said...

Magnificent! Love seeing an actual piece instead of a chart photo. May consider this one. And what a fabulous scarf. Great Mia photo.

Shirley Hill said...

Ohhh, what a sad little kitty Your red deer is stunning

Wanda said...

Margaret, your Red Deer is stunnng! The scarf looks like such fun! The queen thread keeps are great. It's hard when holidays end - poor Mia looks so sad. Have a great week!

sandi s said...

Your Red Deer Sampler is gorgeous! I love it. I like your knitting project too, love the colors. The thread keeps are so pretty, I haven't seen those before. Hugs,

Beth said...

Red Deer Sampler is amazing! So complicated and complex - another sampler that I could look at many times and still see something new. Hope you and Mia enjoy the summer.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The red deer is beautiful! Can't believe it is the end of May already and June knocking on the door

Miss Mia beautiful as always

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I love your Red Deer! Margaret you are the stitchiest dynamo I know!
and I think it is the sweetest thing, Mia moping after the boy child leaves. How darling is that...little sweetheart!

Patricia Lessell said...

Your stitching is exquisite and the Red Deer is just beautiful. I've never seen it before and all these designs that I now love that I didn't before. I need to learn to stitch faster that's for sure, and spend less time on this machine drooling.

averyclaire.org said...

The red deer sampler is AMAZING. The colors are beautiful. What a lot of work went into this! It will look lovely amongst all your other pieces. You do such wonderful work. I think perhaps the little kitten is not the only one who will be pining after the boy child! Hugs.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Margaret, the Red Deer is just so pretty! I love that border so much. The letters are nice too. I'm still in awe of your knitting too. I'm glad you got to have a visit with the boy child. Miss Mia is such a funny girl! Have a great week. Hugs!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on the finish of Red Deer Sampler it looks great!

Melody said...

Congrats on your finish of the Red Deer sampler! It looks great! Your knitting project looks interesting as well. You are such an accomplished needlewoman! I'm sure Mia misses her boy after he goes. I agree, time goes too fast when you're in the middle of good times.

Jackie said...

Your Red Deer Sampler looks wonderful! What is up next stitching wise? You've made great progress on the knitting project. I think I would have agonized over 20 color selections! You did a great job with that!

woolwoman said...

Oh I love your Red Deer finish Margaret ! so beautiful and colorful. A really neat piece and amazing it's not in my stash ! I had not seen that Westknits pattern but how cool you are able to use those unicorn tails. They would be perfect for a project like that. Sounds like your DS will have a busy summer but interning for a sound company will be right up his alley. Hope you have a good week
mel

Edgar said...

Congrats on the finish!!! It's just lovely!!!!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Congrats on finishing that gorgeous Red Deer! The flowers and urns are beautiful. The colors in your latest knitting venture are wonderful as well.
Have a great week,
Robyn

Teresa S. said...

Beautiful sampler, Margaret! And I love the queen threadkeepers-haven't see them around this area yet.

Marjo said...

Your Red Deer is gorgeous. The knitting project looks fun.

Dawn said...

Red deer is so beautiful. I love the deer and the funky flowers.

Evelyne said...

What a beautiful finish Margaret.
I love the thread keepers!
I'm sure Mia misses her boy, but I think you too!!

Have a nice week.
Evelyne

Carolyn Boutilier said...

Great job on the REd Deer. I love all the red in the sampler. those Thread Keepers are out of this world. what a wonderful gift. I look forward to your blog.
Carolyn B

Kaisievic said...

Red Deer looks amazing - definitely on my wishlist and I love your new scarf project - is this another Ravelry designer?
hugs, Kaye

Happiness is Stitching said...

Love the red in Red Deer, it looks amazing.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, it's finsihed. The Red Deer Sampler is done and it's looking so so gorgeous. And you are right, all the funky looking flowers and vases are so special, and also the flowers in the border. Great colours and motives.
You started a great new shawl!

Lee Fisher said...

Your Red Deer is just gorgeous!

Kaisievic said...

Margaret, I have decided that I do not like the every other week posting - I miss reading about what you have been up to. Every other week is too long between drinks!

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing your Red Deer Sampler, it's gorgeous and the Stephen West scarf is lovely.

I hope you find a blogging schedule that works for you, on a purely selfish note fortnightly works for me as I currently run about 2 weeks behind on my blog reading

Lisa said...

Please bring back your weekly blog! Two weeks is tooooo long to wait!

Krista said...

Hi Margaret! I have finally spent some time catching up on my blog reading. Looks like you have been up to all sorts of fun things! Love all the knitting and seeing your new stitching projects. All your yummy NYC postings look great! So much fun to go to the city and try the restaurants there. Hope you are enjoying the summer so far... I know how much you like the warm weather! Have a great week!

Stitcher S. said...

Love this sampler! Bravo.