Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The big reveal

 Brooklyn Tweed's new fall collection, Terre Verte, Chapter 1: Verdant releases today.  So at last I can show off the secret knitting I was doing.  The design is called Deliciosa, and it was designed by Nora Gaughan, one of the queens of cable.

It was such a pleasure to knit!  I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Button Jar colorway (which was also used for the model pictures at BT).  I love it!  Thanks, Brooklyn Tweed, for choosing me to be one of your preview knitters!

I also finished another sweater while I was waiting to be able to show off my lovely Deliciosa.  It's the Felix Cardigan by Amy Christoffers (Savory Knitting).  I knitted it with two strands of Nutiden by Honer Och Eir and one strand of Knitting for Olive Silk Mohair.  Again, I'm loving my new cardigan!  Still have to block it and find buttons for it, but it's nice and comfy and warm.

I've been busy taking virtual online classes with knitting teachers whose classes I've always wanted to take.  One of them is the Gansey Techniques class from Beth Brown Reinsel.  It's 5 sessions over 2 weekends.  The first three classes were this past weekend.  We are making a miniature gansey in class in order to try the various classic techniques that are involved in gansey knitting of old.  Here is mine, waiting for the shoulder straps, sleeve, and collar.

Mia seems to have gone into her Autumn mode -- she goes to all the warm places that she likes in the house, sits in the sun, or burrows under blankets.  Her timing is spot on!  She is also getting used to being squished by her pesky "brother."  lol!

I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sorry for the neglect....

 Oh gosh!  It's been a while since I've posted, hasn't it?  I seem to have slowed down on social media in general this summer and am way behind on blog reading and commenting and posting and etc.  Sorry!  

I do have something to tease in knitting, and a couple of pieces to show off in stitching.  First the knitting.  I did some preview knitting for Brooklyn Tweed!!!  For stitchers, this is like doing model stitching for Hands Across the Sea Samplers or Scarlett House, except you get to keep your sampler from the beginning.  lol!  Very exciting, in other words.  So for now I can only show sneak peeks of my knitting. (Yes, it's already finished.  No, you can't see it yet.). Here are a couple of peeks.  I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the color Button Jar.  

I can't wait to show off my sweater!  It's being released as part of the Terre Verte Collection, which releases October 7.

OK, now I will show you a stitching finish.  Here it is, EF 1864 by Needlework Press.

I love her so much!  She was from  Sampler and Antique Needlework magazine, summer 2011.  I used the called for NPI silks and I have no clue what fabric I used, except that it was 40ct.  I find Berlin style stitching to be a bit of a chore so it took me a while to get back to this one.  But I'm so glad I did!

Speaking of getting back to something, I picked up my neglected Prairie Schooler Alphabet as well.  In this spurt of activity, I finished the L and B blocks.

I'm stitching it over one, which is probably one reason why I keep picking it up and putting it down again.  Maybe someday I'll finish it!  I'm using DMC floss for it.

This past weekend we managed to drive down to see DD in her new apartment.  It's very odd to drive down instead of using mass transit.  So many changes to everyday life -- it's also the first time I've really been out and about since the pandemic started except for essential things.  We had a beautiful day out, along with lots of walking, social distancing, masking up, and outdoor eating.

It was a nice change to get out and to see our sweet girl.  She stayed with us for about a month, but was going crazy in the 'burbs.  lol!

And of course, Mia is, as always, the diva of the household.  She is happy to have her boy around all the time now.  And she didn't mind having DD around for a month either.

This has gotten long enough, so I'll save what I'm working on right now for later.  I hope everyone is safe and well.  Happy Autumn!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Stitching and knitting both!

I missed posting in June, but I do have two finishes to show off -- one a stitching finish and one a knitting finish.

First, hot off the needles, is my BR's Moth by Kathy Barrick.  I used the called for fabric and NPI silks. 

And here is my stitching finish -- Ghost Horses by Boyland Knitworks.  I used Spincycle yarns in Rusted Rainbow and Retrosaria Rosa Pomar Pegulhar Yarn in color 1.

I did lots of tidying and cleaning up in June, and for good reason.  We have a full house again, at least for now!  Both kid-lings are home!  Here they are cooking together.  (Of course, the father type and I had the same reaction -- we can't leave them alone to cook in the kitchen!  lolol!)

It's so nice to have them both home!   Even Mia seems to approve.  Her new favorite place is definitely the boy child's bedroom.

I hope everyone is staying safe during these times.  Happy 4th to everyone who celebrates it!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

A knitting finish and some stitching too

 Just a quick post under the wire for the month of May to show a knitting finish.  It's the Anker's Summer Shirt by Petite Knit.

I got the yarn from my LYS, Pick Up Every Stitch, and also took an online class they ran on tightening your rib, which was very helpful.   The yarn is Sandnes Garn Line, a cotton/linen/viscose blend.

Here is a picture of what stitching I managed.  It's the EF Sampler 1864 -- an old UFO.  I love this sampler (it's from an old SANQ magazine and it's by Needlework Press).  I put my knitting where the pictorial stuff will go.  ETA: Thanks to Sue for forcing my hand -- I looked it up after her comment, and yes it is from the summer 2011 issue for those who are wondering.  Thanks, Sue!

The big news at home is that the boy child is now back at home from Buffalo.  It's so nice to have him home again!

Mia is enjoying having her sleeping partner home again.  She had to show her annoyance at having been abandoned, but picked up sleeping with DS right away.  She's spent most of her time in his room as well!  We've all missed him.

The girl child is still in NYC.  She's been safe and sound so far, knock on wood.  We miss seeing her, but she doesn't want to chance coming home.  :(

I hope everyone is staying safe.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Another stitching finish??!!!!

Just a fly by post to show off my just finished Ann Roberts, by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.  I stitched her using 36ct WDW Parchment with the called for AVAS silks.

I love her!

Stay safe, and stay home, everyone!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Knitting and Stitching

A quick post to show off my finish of Marie Wallin's Fair Isle Club 5 blanket, the Moroccan Tile Throw.

And my current stitching WIP, which is Ann Roberts by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.

I'm  using 36ct WDW Parchment and the called for AVAS silks.

Stay safe.

Friday, April 17, 2020

A stitching finish -- what??!!!

Just a quick post to show off my stitching finish.  Yes, it took a pandemic to get me back to stitching!

This is Frances Grassby 1845 by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.  She is worked on 36ct WDW Parchment using the called for AVAS threads.  And I love her.

I hope you are all staying safe and well.