Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ups and Downs!

 The eclipse was a complete washout for us;  we were so disappointed not to even get a glimpse of things because the thunder/lightening storms were so fierce!
 But when the evening mail came-I had a package of joy!  My swap package came from Debbie of Araignees Tangled Web!  Not only were the towel and pot holders beautiful, they were in the colors that make my heart sing!   The cards and notes and the soap are always a hit!   How nice to have such generosity in a swap!
 Yesterday I woke up with pink eye-I thought it was appropriate they put me in the pink room!!!   I sat and knitted for almost two hours.  Good thing for knitting!
Home gave me a bit of time to do this-a different kind of quilting for me but it is working out!   I wanted to quilt bee hives in the plain blocks so I drew one and cut around it to make template and then use the air erasable pen to trace it on my blocks-it is working well.   I put bees and fleur de lis in the corners.  (Napoleons idea of bee representational art work!)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

La, La, La!

 Remember the pretty spinning wheel music box my sister-in-law gifted me while on my NY trip? 
  I took it apart to clean and oil it-every spinning wheel needs this kind of care.  As soon as a drop of oil hit the music gears-it started to play!
It looks and sounds so happy!
   I will be enjoying this for a very long time!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Calico Kitty Socks

 I put the final stitches on the first of this pair of Tuxie Love socks while the boys enjoyed some 'play in the mud' time at the pond!
 See what all our seasonal rain has done-filled the pond back up like it should be!
 The Pampas Grass is in bloom-it does mean Fall is on its way!
Each of the fronds is beautiful bobbing bloom!

Saturday, August 19, 2017


I enjoyed several hours in the studio today!
Not only did I accomplish a bunch of pile sorting and finishing up, 
but I tried a new pattern and turned it into a skirt.
Unfortunately, I was sidetracked by the sizing-
why do our sewing patterns have to be so different 
from the off-the-rack sizing numbers?!!!    
According to their directions, the skirt only overlapped a little bit-
I am not the slit up to the thigh kind of girl, 
so I cut the LONG skirt I had planned to make 
and made it a knee length one 
so that I could have a proper overlap-the whole front!
Now to figure out how to wash it because of the long ties!
I also modified the Sawtooth star block 
and made the center a whole piece
 so the fabric was more evident-I like the results!
And in the evening, I finished knitting another mosaic stitch 
basket weave dishcloth!  A satisfying day!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


 The studio is feeling neglected but
a little bit of knitting is happening and........
a little bit of piecing.  All in good time.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Finding Home Good

 BoyWonder has started K-4! 
 How exciting is that!?!  
In my spare time,  I'm loving the Mosaic Stitch!  
I finished this one up and cast on another!  
 The beehive quilt is finally getting some stitching done-how appropriate to use a flying bee as the quilting design?!
And this creature was found by the swingset this afternoon-it was already dead so it was easy to have a good inspection of it!  (Cicadas are very loud this time of year here!  Think the screech trill of a science fiction ray gun and you will get the idea!)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Let's Catch Up!

There is nothing like travel and company to rearrange blogging life!
Let's catch up is right!
 Here is a collage of all the hand work Mom and I accomplished!
 And here is the reason for the visit!  
There is nothing like some one on one time.
 And meeting the youngest member of the family was just a special bonus!
On the flight home, I worked on a new Tuxie Love pair of socks.  
This one is for my grand daughter for her Calico cat! 
 Knit in Wandering Cat Yarns in the Dramatique colorway, Alley Cat base.
 While I was gone, lightening struck this palm right next to our garage
 and caused quite a stir in the household!   
Smoke alarms started screaming 'Fire!' and children and adults ran to comfort and assess.....well, you can only imagine!
Florida isn't called the lightening capital of the world for nothing!
While there wasn't any structural damage or fire, 
it did mess with appliances-
it blew the internet (router fried), it blew the dish for tv (black box and roof dish), the dryer works but blew the timer, the water filtering system lost it's brains (replaceable at least) and it blew the alternator on my vehicle parked in the garage. 
 Our last home was hit three times with lightening! 
 I had felt we were safe here.........reality can be painful! 
 We are replacing and repairing everything at this point! 
 So thankful for  handy husband!  
I will mention that AT &T sent a new router overnight 
but Dish wasn't interested in any timeliness 
and made everyone wait a week for a technician. 
 Not great customer service by ph or email either.
  Boo to you Dish!
 It was great to be home and see everyone again!  
My youngest son and family came for a visit to pick up some things we had stored for them (and to see their GA loves before they left!)
 On Sat morning,  daughter-in-law and I managed a painting outing 
and produced these!
and mine!  
How fun to laugh and create and enjoy some quiet together!
On to my normal life again.......

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

If Words...

 ..could be seen, they would look like smiles and hugs and stories that fill rooms and hearts!  Instead I will show you some of the projects are hand are busy with while we share words!  I showed Mom how to make the Sunburst Granny Square.  I used a bigger hook than she but we made the blocks and now she has one for a blanket and the other for a pattern!
 We have also been learning how to do Mosaic knitting-I finally got the gist of it and Mom had to rip hers out for a redo but she is well on her way now!  This is the hashtag pattern from an old issue of Creative Knitting Magazine.
 We had a visit from the newest family member-little Hannah was wearing the new outfit from me and her pearls while girl talking with great grandma!
Both of our Scrubby Cotton dishcloths (washcloths) are finished!  
And to round out the day, we experimented with a new crochet idea for using up scraps-the single crochet, chain one is simple but gives a nice woven look.
It's great to have two heads to bounce designs back and forth!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Socks and Such

 Socks off the needles and on the feet-for my sister! 
 The yarn gifted to me without labels;  
I know I've knitted with it before but still can't remember the specifics!
I knit this over 64 stitches on 2.50mm needles with varying cable needles! lol
I knit this basic dishcloth with the RedHeartScrubby yarn in Cotton this time.
It has a ....well, cottony feel over the polyester version.
Makes it good for either the kitchen or bath!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Power of Water

 Lake Ontario was showing its stuff today!  Wind and waves were pretty wild!
 I was glad some rocks were still dry for me to chose from.....the painting rock craze is in my town, too!  I can take a few home with me in my suitcase but these things weigh a lot for the space they don't take up!
I collected 11 pounds worth on this collection!
 It looked calm and pretty for a few seconds and then......
 boom!  The waves would explode and 15-20 ft spray would shoot up! 
 We drove a bit down the shoreline for a photo of the Oswego Lighthouse and I will have you know that immediately after I took this, my Mom yelled, 'Look out!' and a rogue wave got me-soaked right down to the skin!
 I did take this one on the way back to the car.....someone was getting a cloudburst!
 Under the foam in this photo resides 20' of flat rocks that you can usually walk on-not today!  Beautiful coastline pic for my watercolor class, though!
And the best reason for gathering at the Lake, family-
my annual meeting with cousins who live in Oswego. 
 And we eat at Rudy's where they make the best Haddock sandwiches in the USA!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Color and Lushness

 I embroidered this little onesie for my newest  great-niece!  It was a tight squeeze to get it into the hoop and under the needle but it finally worked out! 
It was nice to be able to deliver it in person-
                              I will share a picture of her in it in a few days!                          
 Here is a great view of my parent's home from the point of view of this Heliopsis.
 This clump of them are 7' tall!  Just beautiful!
 This year the chipmunks didn't destroy the clematis!
 And all the rain has produced a bumper crop of hydrangea!
There is such a variation of blues within the bush....
I'm going to be sketching this scene and doing some watercolor soon!
(Just between the garage and thee house is a building-it's my sister's house so that will be a neat view to include!)
My sister-in-law brought me this little music box with an upright spinning wheel (also called a castle wheel) with a distaff holding the linen!
It is going up on my treasures shelf when I get home!

Ups and Downs!

 The eclipse was a complete washout for us;  we were so disappointed not to even get a glimpse of things because the thunder/lightening s...