Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stained Glass.......

Not glass but colored....
I am trying the Shadow Hat with black as the contrast and not white this time.
I looks like stained glass on the right side.
You will have to trust me on this for now!

Saturday, April 29, 2017


                                The binding is on the Bowtie Quilt!                                   
Five minutes here and there really add up to get a project done!
Remember that!
 I was admiring my little label I remembered to sew into the binding when I noticed this:
 two blocks that I missed quilting!
 I loaded it up on the frame again!
I've never attempted this but I couldn't see any other way to fix it!
 It stitched up just fine, I'm glad to say!
 Even the stitching on the back is interesting!
The center of each bowtie is dimensional so I hope it survives my usual
'into the washer and dryer' after I complete the quilts.
I will let you know how it turns out!
(This block is very unconventional in its construction 
but really easy so give it a try!)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Repeat Until the End of the Row

 Another Shadow Hat in the pile.   It was a very hot day (98*F) so we were in and outside accordingly!
 We found Ethan a 'new' truck at a yard sale;
he loved the truck just not me asking him to hold still for a photo!
 Will watched a Gopher Tortoise walk a long ways in the yard 
 and we wondered which den he would pick?! 
There he goes!
It was amazing according to this four year old!
The men had chain saw work to remove the tree from the tractor shelter.
A typical day here, I'd say!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Now to Bind...

Bow tie is off the frame and waiting for its binding.
I'm hoping to get to it in the next few days!
 While anywhere in the front yard
you are caressed by the heady jasmine aroma!
It is beyond wonderful!
We visited the lake, enjoying the journey on the dock.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


 I am halfway done with this little scrap sock yarn blanket!
I have used 50 different yarns in the70 squares so far.
I am knitting on 2.5mm needles with a 40 stitch square.
Very enjoyable to make these little squares and since I pick up and knit them to their neighbor, there is no sewing them together!
 I was halfway right about this two-colored blooming angel trumpet-
 The outside of the bloom is yellow-
the outside of the funnel part stays yellow but
The incredible peachy pink color stole the show and I missed the yellow on the first bloom!
I love learning to see colors better-I think my seeing (not visually but mentally)
is in direct training with my watercolor painting.
It spills over into so many areas of my life now!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Firsts and Lasts

 While the boys played out front, I knit on this second Shadow Hat.  I cast on 90 stitches and knit it farther along before I started the decreases for the top.  I think I have it a bit too long so that it will wash and dry just right this time.  (Still out of Chroma fingering weight.)
 The Italian Non-Prickly Pear Cactus has its first bloom!
 You know it is near to May when you see these yellow prickly pear cactus flowers!
There are 6 camellias on this bush-the last of them.
This year they have broke their blooming season record! 
 Our Magnificent Magnolia tree has its first blooms
-lots and lots of them!
 The Angel Trumpet has two different colored blooms on the same branch!
 I've finally had enough of the old high chair seat-
An upgrade was in order and approved by its present occupant! lol

Monday, April 24, 2017


 I had a little ball of hand spun yarn in gray
 and another little one of charcoal color 
so I decided to put them to work together!
 I wanted to try the 'no jog color striping' method.
It takes a bit of forethought to get the tension even
but it worked!
 The thing is that is moves the first stitch of the row over every time so it is not a good technique for colorwork chart knitting obviously
but for hats it worked great!
If you look closely, you can see a diagonal line of stitches.
This is what I mean when I said you need to work at keeping the tension even.
After blocking, the stitches were invisible and the hat, in superwash hand spun,
 is ready for the donation pile!

Stained Glass.......

Not glass but colored.... I am trying the Shadow Hat with black as the contrast and not white this time. I looks like stained glass o...