Tuesday, January 16, 2018

No Shirring!

I'm clipping right along on the second time around front
for the vest.
The garter center band lays nice and flat now;
it is even with the stockinette neighbors of both sides of the garment.
I think it's what our country needs right now-
just the right amount of regular short rows!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Uninvited Guest

 Jack Frost needs a new home!  His visits here are no longer welcome!
 The vest front drew in too much along the garter front 'band' and so I ripped it all out.
When a friend saw the knitting, she said she loved the shirring along the middle. 
It's not supposed to be shirring, said I.  Well, maybe it will block out?
No, it's acrylic-it will look just as it does now....
It is a nice knit and now I can do it all again!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Art Class Delights!

 This is my first foray into acrylic....it was a wonderful time at class with my daughter-in-law!
I painted this from a photo I took 3 years ago.  I have the grasses and sea oats to paint in the foreground but I wanted to practice those thin strokes on paper first!
Cassandra painted this amazing scene in class and did just a few adjustments when she got home!
I loved the new medium and will look forward to lots of art time this year!!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hi, Ho, It's Off to Art Class ....

 I go to spread my wings and learn how to paint in acrylics! 
 I have a pile of supplies (probably too much but I don't want to be missing anything I might need!)
My daughter-in-law, Cassandra, is going with me.
The kids won't miss me a bit because they are well into cousin fun!
 This old art case is a recent gift and I couldn't wait to clean it up just a bit to take it today!
I will have to do a bit more sanding to get rid of the old duct tape residue but it will come along fine.
There is room for paints and brushes and so much more!
Here's to a fine day for using the 'other' side of my brain!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Yellow Face

 My other orchid is blooming, too! 
  How wonderful to have some flowers in the house! 
 And as you see, there will be more soon!
This was Lena last night as I sat down to read Will a story book before bed; 
 she cuddled in to my armpit and hung right on to my arm!
  I think she is missing the snuggle time. 
Will snuggled in the other side and Lena stayed so she is adjusting to the new home routine, too!
(Note I am wearing the green sweater I knit recently!)

Thursday, January 11, 2018


In a calm moment of the day, I was able to piece this scrap quilt together!
I even cut the fabric for the binding and iron that so it is ready to use!
I even have some fabric for the back so I have almost cleared the design wall for another big finish!
This makes quilt # 2 in the quilting frame queue!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

One More Time!

This vest I had knit and then stuffed in the naughty bucket back in Nov '16,

now looks like this....ripped out and rewound!
 The floor was a mess when I finished.  
I mercilessly cut apart bands and cut out parts I couldn't unwind 
because I am going to attempt a fifth item with this Jacob yarn!
When I heard Kathy B sing this pattern's praises, 
I bought the pattern and am just getting around to putting it up the queue
and since the weather is going to get bitter again,
 I am going to need another vest!
(The pattern is Basic Cardigan Vest for Women by Knitting Pure and Simple)

No Shirring!

I'm clipping right along on the second time around front for the vest. The garter center band lays nice and flat now; it is eve...