Wednesday, February 22, 2017

And the Bear Beat Goes On!

 I am using up my orphan skeins of 'chunky' yarns for baby hats-they are quick and easy and almost instant gratification.
Sometimes life isn't gratifying because circumstances get a bit overwhelming;
there is calm in knitting.  
These baby hats will go to my local hospital which leads to a   
 much more constructive action than worry.
 Mom finished her gifted quilt kit so it is all ready for me to load up on the frame and turn it into a                                                                                     quilt!
 Mom and I had to have an early start to our day;  we had to drive Lean to the vet for spaying. 
 And because the vet is halfway to JoAnns, we went there to buy some more yarn because we ran out with just half of the last row of the border to finish.  And we stopped at WalMart to buy these storage units because I told you I was in a Spring Cleaning Mode!  More on this tomorrow.  
We had to take Mom's car because mine has a dead starter. 
 And Bill has the flu so he can't fix the car right now like he always does.  
Yes, these circumstances are only part of the beat drumming on at my house....
Lena reacted to the surgery the same way I do-
she just couldn't wake up and when she finally did at 9pm tonight, 
she was terribly wonky and discombobulated!
But it is so nice to have her back here;  the house was very empty without her.
And I am writing this with a whisper because I have laryngitis!
At least I won't get the flu; 
after all, I did get the flu vaccine.........right!?
What a day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Polar Bear Club

I have been in a Spring cleaning mode around here-all the windows are sparkling clean and I have been emptying corners and removing clutter!  Be forewarned-don't hold still too long or you might be scrutinized for the dump pile!!!!

Today was a lovely afternoon knit with Mom and Linda;  I started to knit this little hat.  I found the pattern this morning and knew I had an orphan skein in the cotton basket.  Yup, Lion Brand Organic Cotton that was never used.  It was perfect to make a cute newborn hat!
                                         I finished it tonight while watching African Queen!
 And it was a bit of a race but I managed to squeak out a second hat with just a yard to spare!  I love living on the edge!  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Catch-Up Saturday

 I finished the second hat this morning...after my daughter and grandkids left at dawn, I stayed in bed and knit and caught up with podcasts.  Nice way to ease into my day!
 When I had moved through the chores and ended up in the studio, I put the newly bound quilt and added it to the bedding laundry.
 From the dryer, it has just the right look now!  
Next in the studio, I picked out my next water color.  (in this month's issue of Birds & Blooms!)
I didn't take long to get my 5 x 7 area all drawn in.
 Then I set up my new plate for my palette and got everything ready to paint.  Lena watched but didn't try to sit up there-that shattering plate cured her , I hope! 
 This time I filled in my background color first-much easier for me to do it this way.
 I then went to work on the baby quilt and in just a few more passes, I had the meander panto completed.
 I like the way the pastel thread marries the plain block with the print ones.
I even got the quilt labeled and hand sewn to the back!

It was a full day but always it is good to be busy for me after the house is empty again!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Last Day Savor

 Lena enjoyed our slow start to the day and helped with the knitting occasionally.
 I'm ready to begin the crown of Mendia Hat #2;  much easier this time!
 The Dee's Sock is moving right along and the Top Cat yarn is so luscious to work with!
 Today was the first day Abigail felt like getting up and joining us in socializing-she has spent all week sick with the bug that has permeated our group!  (David and I are the only ones to escape!)
 Even though Bill felt rotten, he took David fishing with Linda's husband, Chuck .  They took Chuck's boat and headed out on different waterways then we have explored so it was a double good time.
                  They didn't catch any Tilapia as they hoped but they did spot these manatees!

                                             We had a wonderful, crazy and precious week.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Move it Along!

 I finished the quilting on the long overdue lap quilt!
 What a great feeling to be done after a 10 year bin sit! lol
I hurriedly took it from the frame so we could load up the baby quilt!
 We've got to finish it tomorrow!
The quilt is trimmed and the binding all ready to attach when Marsel does the frame work.
It's nice to have a plan!
And this evening, we knit..........