Thursday, March 31, 2011

Migration

 We took a drive down to Orlando and picked up my sister who had been attending a work conference this week. 
 On the way home, we stopped at one of our favorite restaurants.  It was a delightful time!
Mom has been working on this crocheted table cloth this winter.  She got a lot done inspite of her adventures!
This tablecloth will have 80 of these motifs with the patterning between each block.  A work of art!
She has been making a tablecloth for each of her grandchildren, to be received on the occasion of their wedding.  (9 to be made in all not counting the ones she has made for her children (3)!)
I finished the sweeater for Abigail on the drive!  On to the matching one for her mom! 
 I also have some pink yarn ready to go on the needles for a pair of socks.
It looks like this hibiscus!

(I am purposely avoiding the subject of goodbyes which were said this evening....Dad, Mom and Con head to Ny tomorrow morning, bright and early.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Visitors!

 Barb and Doug and friend, Esther, came for the day.  They are wintering a few hours south of us so it was nice to have them come and see the changes in the house since their last visit, two years ago!
Caleb had the day off and came to see his grandparents, parents and his Aunt and Uncle! 
 We had a great meal together and lots of laughs over the card games!  So nice to savor family time! 
 On my needles, 3/4 of the way through A's sweater!  Heading to the finish line now-a few more inches and then the folded hem.
The frame has the batik quilt on and ready to stitch-just have to work out a quiting design........

Saturday, March 26, 2011

St Augustine Spin-In

The Textile Guild of St Augustine held their annual Spin In today and I attended with two friends (pictured is Jewel, Elayne and me).  We joined a group of about thirty spinners, rug hookers, knitters and spindlers to share what we know about fibers with the visiting public.  You would never know the economy is slow because there was a very large number of people we spoke with today!  Hundreds, in fact, came to the Welcome Center on their way to tour the Oldest City in the USA!  Most of us were in costume and it was so nice to be able to share our appreciation of wool and cotton with those who stopped by.  Children wanted to touch and try-we had hand cards and wool for them to handle; adults wanted to know how the wheel worked and what we did with the skeins of wool!  It was a great way to spend a day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fringe Benefits

         Our fringe tree is in full bloom!  It smells heavenly, too.
   The blooms are large-12-15" each cluster.
  The mexican daisies are still doing their blooming thing.
  This little shurb is covered in little white flowers, alas, I do not know his name!
 This is in the lily family, it grows wild but we transplanted a few bulbs and they bloomed this time! 
 Bill bought a load of stones and we are placing them in the flowers around the pool area, getting ready for additional plants that the frost pruned back!  (Also , adding the stones as a deterrent to the dirt lovin' kitties!)
Some of the morning glories have come up from last year-more to come.
 I finished the tablerunner.  I will save it for Mother's Day, as it was gifted ahead of time for that occasion!
  A new sweater in on the needles, a cotton summer sweater for Abigail.
                             I finished the mystery knit for March-it is such a cute hat!  I will have to find a norther
sweetie to wear it for next winter! 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy First Day of Spring!

I hope you share the beauty of your first day of Spring with us, too!
                                                              Azaleas and palm trees....
 red roses,
and bromileads on the palm tree trunk.
Yes, Spring is in full bloom!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

National Quilt Day

 I spent quite a bit of time in the sewing room today, finishing this quilt for my neighbor.  (She did the piecing.)
I hope you took some time piecing, cutting, perusing or thinking about quilts today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Daytona Trip

 Our car was due for an oil change (free at dealership) so this means a trip to Daytona!
The dealership provides a shuttle for transportation while you wait for your car to be worked on-Mom and I opted for JoAnns while the men browsed at Target.  We filled the van with our purchases!
 Back to the car, we had worked up an appetite!
And knew just where to whet it! 
 While in the car, I worked on Mom's mitts!  Finished! We took a pitstop at the flea market and then stopped at McDonald's for a sunday.  What a great time we have together!
 When were arrived home, I worked on the latest clue for the Mystery 220- "IT" is shaping up nicely, whatever it is?!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Strawberries and Silk

 Bill and I bought a flat of Plant City strawberies when we went into town this morning.  When I got home, I gave Mom  a call.....Oh, how wonderful to have another woman in the kitchen to make some jam; especially when it is my owm Mother!  What a great time we had.  Instead of work-it was fun!  Twenty jars for the pantry!
On the fiber front,  Mom has passed on her silk knitting on to me!  I am making good progress on the first mitt.  I will make these a bit shorter than mine to fit Mom, and silk stretches rather than bounces back like wool.  Definitely has its own charm but is SO different from wool!
 For enquiring minds, here is a quick run through of how to knit from the silk hankie.  Peal one layer off from the stack,
 Poke a hole in the center and pull the circle out -you will hear/feel the fibers slide by each other.
 Continue drafting out the circle of silk until it is the same size around.  Break one side and knit from your lengthn of silk 'yarn'. 
I finished my pair of mitts!  They have been washed and blocked.  I will be saving them for a chilly morning-right now we are having a very warm spell-80's!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Slow Motion Day

Nyki is glad to have me home all day, too.  She hasn't left my side.  It is good to be a lump and to rest today. 
I finished one silk mitt!  It used 13 hankies.  I have written down my instructions,
so I can get started right away on the second one.  My body is in slow-mo but my hands are in gear!  Perfect way to recouperate from a few hectic weeks!

Friday, March 11, 2011

You'd Think This was Oz...

...becasue people come and go so quickly around here!
Sometimes I don't set my camera right
and get this----->

Instead of this-----
We had a great dinner at Corky Bells; we drove the car instead of the boat as temperatures were a bit prohibitive!  (only 60F) 
There was a pair of osprey hunting overhead. 
Just beautiful to be by the water anyway!
Said goodbyes to Bob and Shelly this morning.  Mom and I took part in some sewing/quilting to  take the edge off their absence.  We finished piecing our tablerunners.  This is mine-piecing on the back , too!
And Mom's.  We missed you , Marsel, so you will have to send pics of your finished work!
I am working on my fingerless mitt.........this silk project is a huge success.  I can't wait to wear these!  I am keeping track of how many hankies it requires so I can record the stats for this pattern!
I finished this week's clue for the mystery 220----and have to wait until next week for the next clue  :'(
It is an excellent knit if you want to join in!

Now to Bind...

                                        Bow tie is off the frame and waiting for its binding. I'm hoping to get to it in the nex...