Monday, August 31, 2015

Too much to talk about....

One problem with not posting as often.  I have too much to talk about when I do post!

First, the various projects I've been working on.  I started and finished Plum Street Samplers -- Serial Bowl Collection, Sampler Lesson 2.  (I still have to finish finish it though...)


Then I found an old UFO and started working on it -- the Margaret Cottam Mystery Sampler by La D Da.


I've also been working on my mitered square blanket.  I'm 6 squares from finishing the third row.


We celebrated the girl child's birthday together in NYC.  It was a fun day with yummy food and a great bookstore discovery too.



And then we went to Maine!  The girl child only stayed for half the week, but despite that and lots of fog and clouds, we had a good time.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.





(Loved this "chandelier" in Abacus)









Someone was very happy to see us when we got home.  



(This was actually the day I was packing for Maine...)
Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

39 comments:

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Margaret...Love seeing all the pics of beautiful Maine. That is one place I would like to revisit and stay awhile. Looks as if everyone had a great time. Enjoyed seeing a tiny bit of DD's New York digs. What a wonderful experience...living in NYC when you are young! Gorgeous knitting! You have been very busy!
Have a great week.
Robyn

Annie said...

Love the Plum Street bowl. Those designs all look like so much fun to stitch.
That's a nice sampler by La Di Da. I like how you have these UFO's you revive from time to time.

Those photos really make that vacation come to life. You guys seem to have so much fun together!

Vera said...

Great pictures Margaret - thanks for sharing. Love Maine. Love your yarny purchases. Looks wonderful. I think I need some Quince yarn - lol. Your stitching looks great too...I'm still not back to that, but hopefully soon.

Caroline said...

Margaret! I'm returning to reading some of my favourite blogs from a few years ago and I'm so pleased to see yours is still going strong. Your family is so lovely, such talented kids! I also love Maine and KnitWit is such a fantastic shop. I'm sure you won't remember me, but I have a musical daughter much like your son who plays the oboe and I live in Ontario, Canada.

I'm so happy that you are so well, if you'd like to see what I'm up to these days you can find me over at
www.offthegridneedlearts.com

Dawn said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip. We finally made to Maine, can see why you enjoy it. What a fun family trip. Beautiful knitting and stitching!

Vickie said...

You're stitching! You're stitching! :D
What cool, awesome pictures! You guys are funny. ;)
Aww, Mia.♥

Cari said...

Love seeing your knitting and stitching. Love seeing your beautiful family. Love seeing sweet Mia. Thanks for sharing your wonderful vacation. Hugs

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Maine is such a wonderful place--looks like everyone (except Miss Mia) had a great time. Beautiful stitching. I miss when you don't post

Melissa said...

How lovely a trip you had with your family! It's always funny to see those post-vacation Mia pics.

The stitching looks great but that blanket - wow! I know, my eyes are lighting on all things yarn these days!

Have a lovely week, Margaret!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Darling PSS finish and I love the Margaret Cottam Sammpler and that scarf is going to be spectacular when finished. Happy belated BDay to your beautiful DD! Can't wait to go to NE in October - your pics are making me anxious!

Vicki said...

Terrific PSS finish. I love the scarf - it is so colorful! Looks like you had a great trip. I would love to see some clouds and fog right now.

Linda said...

Ahhh poor baby Mia! She looks like she was so confused and lost without you all!

The photos are lovely. I especially enjoy seeing how much your two kids enjoy each other!

Linda in VA

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Your trip to Maine looks so heavenly and relaxing. I always enjoy seeing pictures of places I've never visited. Have a great week!

krayolakris said...

Great to see your post Margaret! Love all of your projects! Looks like you have had lovely quality time with the family! Maine is so beautiful!

Beth said...

I need to get Plum Street Serial Bowl #3 as it has a bee skep! What a wonderful holiday you had as a family - love your silly family group shot photos. My sister and cousin are off to Maine at the end of September. Looks like Mia was most happy to have you back where you belong!

Evelyne said...

Love the pictures Margaret of the family trip to Main.
The both samplers are lovely!
Love the picture of Mia on the suitcase!

Have a nice stitching week,
Evelyne

Teresa S. said...

Lovely post, Margaret!

woolwoman said...

Your kids are so cute, that water looked coooooold ! SQUEEE you got Q&C yarn in Maine - did you visit them or a shop that carried their stuff? they are few and far between. LOVE your serial bowl finish - I just got number 2 and have I even stitched number 1 ? answer = no ! Thought of you this morning since the US open starts today and someone on NPR was talking about Serena maybe breaking the record for 4 in a calendar year. Hope you have an enjoyable time with it this year. have a great week
mel

marly said...

So nice to see close knit families enjoying each other. KnitWit - brilliant!

Mary Ann said...

I love your Serial Bowl Collection finish(I have a tiny start on it). And, I will enjoy your progress on the Margaret Cottam Mystery Sampler. The photos from your family trip to Maine show what a fun time you all had!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh my goodness. I didn't realize how many of your posts I've missed.
Happy belated birthday to you and your beautiful daughter.
Your trip to Maine looked heavenly.
Your framed pieces, especially His Eye...WOW!
Beautiful knitting. You are so talented.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Ranae said...

What fun... Making memories with family, nice pics
Take care!

Jeannine520 said...

Margaret, you have such a beautiful family. Your trip to Maine looks exactly like my favorite type of getaway; lots of fun and lounging with family. Beautiful mitered squares! Glad to see you stitching Mary again.

Mary said...

So glad you'stitching again! Loved all the vacation pics. I'll bet that water was cold!

Linda said...

Looks like a fun trip Margaret.

Linda

Brigitte said...

Oh Margaret, you have stitched again. And such lovely projects. And also your knitting project has seen some attention.
Great for me to see all these great pictures of Maine, one of the states that I still want to visit one day. You certainly had some wonderful family time there.

Krista said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation! Maine is so beautiful. Been many years since I have been. Hope to go again someday. Lovely to see you stitching again. That serial design is sweet. Will have to go have a look at them. Have a great week and enjoy the tennis!! Woohoo!

Carol said...

It seems that we often vacation at the same time, Margaret--we just got back from our yearly NC beach trip (believe me, I would rather have been in cooler, foggier Maine!!)... Looks like a great trip and I really loved your photos. Congratulations to your daughter on her birthday--I hope her coming year is a special one :)

Love your finished PPS--so great to see your stitching mojo has returned!!

Happy September to you!

z3mom said...

I'm leaving Saturday for Maine! Back to Boothbay Harbor and Bar Harbor for the annual Support the Lobstermen tour. Planning on stitching with an ocean view!

Terri said...

Beautiful pictures and a great finish!

Marie said...

I was hungry prior to reading this, now I'm starving. That cake looks delicious. Happy birthday to your daughter.
I've been thinking of taking a mini vacation to ME. We have been there before but I am wanting to return. Maybe after I recover a bit from my surgery we will take a road trip. Love the photos.

Melody said...

I agree your food pictures look yummy, that blueberry pie, and the beautiful birthday cake!! Happy bday to your daughter. Nice that you all got to take a trip to Maine. Your mitered blanket is so pretty, the yarn colors are wonderful.

I'm glad to see you are stitching again... :-)

averyclaire.org said...

What a great trip to NYC and Maine. Love the stash of yarn you picked up! And the food sure looks yummy. Happy Birthday to your daughter...she is super gorgeous! Looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing the great photos. I am a GREAT arm chair traveler and love to see such super photos online!

Jackie said...

I always enjoy seeing your Maine photos! I think my favorite one is of your two kids swimming.

Cathy Lloyd said...

Ahh..the places you go...superb!

Kaisievic said...

Margaret, well that problem is easily solved - post more often! lol! Wonderful post as always - I love your trips and your family is just lovely.

Karoline said...

I love to see your Maine pictures, it's somewhere I'd love to visit.

Cute finish and it's lovely to see Margaret Cottam again

Jean said...

Maine is better in June or July, August or late in the month after is chancy, but its beautiful. But brrr cold water.. Great Pics though. Love your start.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Love your blog! Margaret Cottam was a special piece I loved. Mu husbands family is from Clitheroe (now living down south UK)and I got to visit there one time when I was stitching it. I put some of the pics on my blog from the city. I tried to find out more on Margaret but no luck.