Monday, October 5, 2015

Better late than never....

Ok, maybe this posting every other week thing doesn't work too well.  Not only do I not stick to the schedule, but I lose track of what I've posted about and what I haven't.  Sigh.  Oh well.

I do have some stitching to show.  I've started Isobel Stuart by the Essamplaire.  She's a pretty one!  This is the bottom left corner of the piece.


It is a kit so I'm using the provided linen and threads.  I've finished the green of the border (which meets -- yay!) and at least some of the border flowers.

I also finished the 4th row of my mitered square blanket.


It's such a fun thing to knit!

I've started swatching for a sweater, the Rowe by Michele Wang.  I have always been intimidated by intricate cable sweaters, but have always wanted to knit one.  And lucky for me, there is a class for the sweater down at Michele's shop, Gauge and Tension.  So I am swatching in preparation for the class.  I'm using the color Flannel in the called for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn.  Loving the cable work so far!  This class has already given me the push I needed to try fancy cabling.  Yay!


Of course, with my luck, the swatch will come out to the wrong size, but I can hope!

What else has happened since I last posted?  Oh all sorts of things, I imagine.  Like, for example, the father type got to go on a Google paid vacation to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands with his work colleagues.  Google knows how to treat its employees well!


And we've had glimpses of the girl child periodically, at home, and in NYC.  Here she is surprising the father type on his way home from work with a birthday surprise!


And of course, the father type and I have had our own adventures, including a late lunch one day at Michael Jordan's restaurant, The Steak House NYC, in Grand Central Terminal.  Such a view!



Sorry the pictures are so dark.  :(  I wish you could see the beautiful ceiling better.

Mia never likes when we leave her home alone.  If she had her druthers, we would be home with her at all times!


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


32 comments:

Jackie said...

The Flannel colored yarn is gorgeous and shows your beautiful cable wonderfully! It's going to be a great sweater! Are you cabling without a cable needle? It's something I can't get comfortable with...

Isobel is looking so pretty! I always sweat the borders meeting.

the Fairy Stitcher said...

beautiful sampler ♥♥♥

Annie said...

Those colors in the sampler are just gorgeous! What a cheery piece to work on.

Love the cabling with the new yarn. I did some fancy cabled sweater vests a long time ago (I always get bored by the time the sleeves come along so I stuck with vests that were popular back then). Today I'm not so sure I'd have the sustained concentration, but I love the look.

The blanket is looking more an more appealing as autumn sets in around here.

Fun excursion into NYC for you. And I know you love seeing your daughter. Did you miss DH as much as Mia did during that trip to the Caribbean?

krayolakris said...

Great to read your update Margaret! Love your projects! Better not ignore Her Highness, La Mia!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The start on your sampler is beautiful--is always especially nice when the border meets! Your cables look like they are being knitted by a pro! Nice adventure into NYC and seeing daughter. Poor Mia she misses and loves her family

Vickie said...

That Mitred Square blanket is so very awesome! Man! It is lovely to look at. GREAT job! What a sweater that will be! So jealous of your hubby's adventures.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Love that sampler and the mitered blanket too! I say go for it on the sweater! Poor Mia! Sylvia does not like being left either. happy birthday to your husband!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love the colorful projects! So happy to look at. Have a good week!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Your blanket is coming along nicely and the colors are gorgeous. Such a sweet pic of DD greeting her dad! I remember looking at that beautiful ceiling...stunning! Have a great week.
Robyn

Mary said...

Oh Margaret, still more proof that we are both on the same stitching wavelength! Can you believe it that I also have a healthy start on Isobel Stuart?! I began on her several years ago when my tolerance for pale threads on 40 count linen was better. We definitely need to compare notes!

Have you read "A Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman? Just finished it off and I'm still entranced. It's set in St Thomas. One of those books I was so sorry to see come to a finish.

valerie said...

Great update Margaret! Love the progress on your new sampler...very colorful! Your blanket looks super cozy already. It will come in handy in the upcoming winter. That's amazing that your DH got to go on vacation to the US Virgin Islands and St John. How exciting! Good luck with your sweater swatch! :)

Melissa said...

Nice to see your start on another big sampler! You're keeping busy and productive!

Catherine said...

Surprise! I'm trying to get back into the blogging end of my world. I have missed the connection ~ love Instagram and FB, but it isn't the same. Hopefully, I can get around to writing a post soon ~ it's been way too long. Love your projects and sweet Mia!!

marly said...

Great colors and designs. As always, you pick gorgeous projects. Looks like you got the hang of cables!

Annette-California said...

WOW! Beautiful colors and lovely new sampler project! I looked up the design, the sampler I saw was the original I think (faded colors). Yours is amazing.
You know I love your mitered square blanket! That Flannel yarn is perfectly showing the cable pattern your knitting - I LOVE IT!!!
Lucky husband!!! Hi to Mia! love Annette

Mary Ann said...

Wonderful progress on Isobel--love the colors, and I know that happy feeling when the border meets!! And great progress on the mitered square blanket. And, I will enjoy watching the progress on your sweater--a great color!

Angie said...

Yay for the father type! That's what life is all about! Too bad you couldn't go Margaret. Love the stitching, as always. Mia looks so cuddly:)

Carol said...

Wow! Sure wish I worked for Google--that trip sounds amazing. I bet you wish you could have tagged along, too, Margaret! And Michael Jordan's restaurant looks fabulous, too--you are so lucky to be near so many neat places :)

Lovely new WIP with such pretty colors and your knitting is so amazing. Sure wish I knew how to knit--maybe I'll learn when I retire...

Hugs to Miss Mia--I'm sure she's getting ready to cuddle up for a long, cold winter!

Linda said...

Love your blanket! And love the photo of Margaret waiting to surprise her Dad. I know that touched his heart big time!

Wow - Google is a great place to work! Hmmm, wonder if they would have an opening for me - heck, I'd even clean the floors!

Linda in VA

Stitcher S. said...

Beautiful sampler~ love the colors.

Beth said...

What a lovely new cross stitch you have going. The location of the restaurant cannot be beat - GCS is amazing. Glad Mia is doing well.

Valerie said...

The colors on the Isobel sampler are just lovely! Oh, and the mitered square blanket is just gorgeous! It makes me want to take up knitting! Love the colors and fun, playful nature of the blocks! Also, YAY for you on the cable knitting! My grandmother made the most beautiful cable knit sweaters - I am lucky to still have them! So glad that you found the courage to take it on - you are doing a fantastic job!

So glad to see you on here - I missed keeping up with you and look forward to catching up!

Brenda in WI said...

Margaret - so good to see a new post. Put a big smile on my face. Love your samplers, knitting, family and of course, Mia. I love hearing about your adventures in NYC. I have a niece who is schooling on NYC. She is a dancer. She also is having a ball there. Love your blog :)

Cathy Lloyd said...

Always love glimpsing into your comings and goings Margaret! Love the colors in your new sampler! I can't imaging living in New York...It's a dream of mine someday to go there for a visit and if I do, I'll for sure ring you up!

Anna van Schurman said...

Love your mitred corner blanket! So pretty. And your new sampler is amazing as well!

woolwoman said...

OH I am so excited to see the cabling going on and that you love the Shelter yarn. I know you've been wanting to use it for a while now. Isobel is lovely - such vibrant colors and a great thing when borders meet up! lucky DH for getting to go on a wonderful google trip. Hope you enjoy your next class or maybe that was this past Monday (sigh) I get confused too when you don't post every week. Enjoy your weekend ! Mel

Evelyne said...

Love the square blanket!
Beautiful the Isobel sampler!

Have a nice weekend,
Evelyne

averyclaire.org said...

That knitted blanket is amazing and looks like something I would love to get cozy under. It is so unusual. And your samplers are always beautiful. Nice to have that unexpected visit from your daughter. How thoughtful she is!!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your knitting is perfection and your sampler isn't too shabby either :)
Hugs :)
Lauren

Brigitte said...

This sampler is very beautiful and I am sure that it doesn't get boring to stitch on it because of all the nice colours. And your knitting has seen some great progress too.
Good to know that you head out on advebtures with your DH every now and then. This reatsurant certainly gives you a special feeling being situated in such a big station.

Melody said...

Hi Margaret. What wonderful adventures for you and your Hubby. Google must be an amazing place to work. I'm happy he is enjoying it. Your knitting is so beautiful. The mitered square blanket is so pretty with such beautiful colors. You are such an accomplished knitter. I'm glad you are taking the class for the cables, I'm sure you are enjoying it. Your cross stitching is looking good as well.

Marie said...

First let me say that your DD awaiting the arrival of her Dad in the subway station is so very sweet!
Isobel Stuart is coming along nicely. The colors are pretty ~ I must google it to see the entire design.

Your knitted blanket is very pretty as well.

I took one class on knitting cables and was hooked. Good luck with your cable project.