Sunday, February 7, 2016

Snatches and Snuggles

I'm squeezing a bit of sewing-this is for the new color this month:  brown and pink. 
I have two of the 9 blocks done. 
Another hat with the color change yarn for first grandson. 
Some soap going on- 
Two loaves in two days!   
Here's the snuggles!  Will came for the weekend to give the new parents a bit of rest.
I get to do something creative when he is out for a tractor ride with Grandpa.
The rest of the time, I am on playmate mode!
I love it!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

soscrappy: ScrapHappy Saturday - Now in Shades of Chocolate

soscrappy: ScrapHappy Saturday - Now in Shades of Chocolate

I'm done with the Twinkler blues now on to pink/brown in the Patience corners as shown.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Celebrate!

Today Bill and I picked up my parents for a lunch date at Musselwhites in East Palatka to celebrate Dad's 83rd birthday!   After a delicious lunch with riveting conversation, we headed home for some afternoon game time outdoors on the patio for Cribbage, Wahoo and a card game called 3-13.
It was a wonderful day and way to usher in a new year for Dad.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Re-Do and New Do's

We have been having a bit of trouble with our oldest cat spraying (peeing) in places where he shouldn't-mainly in my house!  We caught him spraying my wicker basket of shawls.  I'm Not a happy lady.
Shawls have to be hand washed and blocked until they dry. 
In my haste to get them all done, I washed these in the same basin.  The big one on the right which I had previously dyed, bled onto the two light colored shawls.  Oh, bother!
I blocked them out and will now have some mottled shawls.  Since the cat has had a good trouncing, so far so good on breaking him of this nasty new habit. 
I took some time to finish the January blocks for the RSC2016.  I hate to be behind.  I am now caught up on this group and for the MKAL shawl! 
These are the colors I have picked out for the February blocks according to the challenge. 
One pair of Grandma Socks for oldest grandson finished! It is a joy to knit with hand spun!
We had to go to Jax Beach for another doctor appointment today.  The beach therapy after the appointment was foggy!
It was a bit warmer than our last visit but still not as warm as I like.  It's okay, I have to go back to this same office three times next week! 
         
The waves were very subdued and we couldn't see very far.  I looked for shark's teeth but didn't find any.  There is always next time....... 
Today's car-ride knitting:  a hat with the color change yarn for oldest grand daughter.
It's funny, I found that the edge wants to curl a bit this time.  I didn't have any problem with that on the first three hats.  A bit of investigation shows that I placed the color change yarn on top of the yarn change each stitch for the first row.  When I changed it to being on the bottom of the color change on the other hats, no curl.  Note to self for the next hat-pay attention to which yarn is the MC and keep it on top for the stranding.  This hat will get a good blocking to flatten it out....no tinking this time around!
The colors have more contrast this combination and if I can get some more sunshine when I'm done, I will get a picture of the alternate colors!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Catching Up Times Two!

I finished the first grandson sock!  And immediately cast on for the second.  I have never suffered from 'second sock syndrome' .
The quiet day stretched in front of me....I dug out the tools, 
gathered the fabric  and began the blocks for the RSC2016 which is blue for this month 
 
and began to sew!  I had a bit of a problem matching my seam allowance to the tool measurements but after a bit of re-stitching, I got it to work out! 
I will have to finish on Monday and by then I will know the new color, too.
The day ended with me catching up on the MKAL and now I am ready to begin clue 4.
The shawl is really growing and I am full up on my needles!  I am hoping this new clue will fit better as it is in lace! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Breaking UP


Bill enjoyed Kai and encouraged our cat, Stormy, to like being groomed by him!
The bird was happy, the cat not so much!
When the sun came out, Cassandra and I decided to break some dishes!
I've had the itch to work with some mosaic creativity for a while and we took the first steps.
After perusing Pintrest for a bit, we came back to earth and decided to keep it basic and see what we could do. 
Bill found a box of these ivy dishes months ago and I saved them for just such a project.
After breaking up the plate and adding a few tiles, this is the design I decided on.
(It was very good therapy to break the dishes!)
This one is Cassandra's.  We were able to use the tile adhesive to keep all the pieces in place.
On her next visit in two weeks, we will grout the pottery to the cement landscaping stone so it can then be used as a stepping stone!
And yes, it was very satisfying to do this.  Some projects I feel I was glad I tried it and once is enough;  this was just an entrance to many more advanced works ahead!
On the knitting front,, I am still working on the MKAL shawl but it doesn't look much different so I won't keep posting it.  When the kids were here, I didn't knit on the shawl too often because it required a LOT of attention to each stitch.  A pair of socks fits just right into my hands for knitting time like this and it almost happens without me being there!
This is a pair for my first grandchild, David, who no longer has little boy feet but rather the feet of a man and I doubt they are done growing as he is almost 14!  
Even a boy/man still needs Grandma Socks!
I am using my Superwash Merino hand spun yarn with a 60 stitch foot count on #2 needles.  


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Visitors!

It's so much fun to knit for Ella, she loves to wear what you make!  This is the hat with the color-change yarn accents and the sweater is made by my Mom!
Ella pulled the hat down over her eyes so she could see it change color!  Too cute! 
Eli will tolerate the hat for a bit.  He prefers no clothes.  It is work to keep them on him! 
But give him chocolate and you have a friend for life!
We heated up to 65* and the sunshine was WARM and not biting!  It was wonderful to be outside with them!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

We began the freezing cold morning (27*) with a good fire and battened our hatches that had blown loose during the high winds.  At noon, it was still only 36* with a bitter wind-nasty!
We hopped to Dad and Mom's to see  how they were and to deliver this sewing cabinet for Mom.
It fit her machine perfectly and now she is ready to piece all those blocks we cut! 
She also finished one of two baby blankets she is going to knit for her anticipated greats due in June;  from my brother's sons not mine for a change! 
Back at home, I fine-tuned the pantograph I want to use on my RainbowScrapQuilt205. 
It works like a charm!  I have a couple of passes done to anchor everything.
When tired of standing, I worked on the clamshells.  I have the rhythm set for working on them finally;  I knew it would happen! 
Then I finished the day with some mending.  I love to work on mending-it is a personal challenge to restore the rips, tears and faulty zippers!  How about you?  Does mending give you the shudders or thrills of challenge? 
Sunday, I woke up slammed with a head cold.   I called foul!
I curled up with my knitting and box of tissues.
I got behind on my MKAL but after much concentration and slow knitting, I am ready to begin this week's clue.  I hate being behind!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sock Therapy

New doctor, new meds--comfort knitting to the rescue!

I have three shawls on the needles;  all are KAL's and instead I knit socks.
Stress isn't conducive to intricate knitting.  I am not up to ripping out this time.
What do you knit when you need to zone?


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Starting the Week by Working

The carpet we laid ourselves last year grew and needed a bit of stretching and kicking-our DIY guys to the rescue!  We moved most of the furniture out of one side and then Mom and I knitted while the men worked.  It was a complete success! 
Then back at my house, this is what transpired!  We are due for a big freeze tonight, tomorrow and again on the weekend.  To protect our flowers, we put up tarps to make a windbreak and keep the frost off the plants. 
Throughout the yard, there are these ghost bushes with a blanket!  
The porch has an eerie blue glow! 
We even hang them to protect the pool side potted plants!
A mild mid 30's drop is okay for a night but these few nights will be too cold for too long.
We hate to lose a plant or have to wait months to see if it will be able to recover from the shock. 
I managed to grab some studio time!  I wanted to touch base with some of the projects I had barely touched at their inception!  I arranged these nine blocks to my satisfaction and then added borders to float them a bit. 
I spent too much time putting these clamshell pieces together but I am getting the hang of it now!  The white looking pieces actually have silver dots on them so it adds a bit of sparkle to this center for a quilt.   
I like what's happening and while it is not a snappy quick project, it is going to be nice to work on. 
The cold weather brings these guys up for a gut full of cracked corn!
Better fill up, it is going to be a long night! 
The evening brought some knitting pleasure-my dyed, hand spun superwash merino for a pair of socks for my grand daughter, Abigail.  She has grown so much, she needs a  new pair of 'Grandma' 
socks!  I tell her I knit love, hugs and prayers into each stitch!

(The night is already 31F and that means a   l o n g   night of freezing for our yard....)