Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Good Head Topper

Yarn from the stash, Lion Brand Wool Ease, in worsted weight on #8 needles.
The pattern is called Dad's Hat.
A fast and relaxing knit with an easy cable panel.
What more could you ask for in a hat?
Bedtime privileges.....
They think I am just reading to them but actually, I am getting long snuggles!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Little Socks

When Will saw me knitting with this yarn for my own socks, he mentioned that he needed grandma socks because he didn't fit in his anymore!  
I like the way the colors show up in the smaller size-48 stitches for his size 9 feet.
I made a cardboard pattern for his foot
 so I could make him some fitted socks now that he is older.
On to making this one's pair!

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017-One Quarter Down

I started this little teddy bear sweater before Christmas, I think, and pulled it out while looking for something else and thought I should finish it!
It only took a few hours to make it a done deal.
The instructions are written for a sweater in four pieces in the flat.
I had to ramp it up a bit by knitting it top down in one piece, of course!  lol
It worked!
We started out chilly at 42F today but will be heating up to a delicious 82F !
That is a great way to celebrate the Vernal Equinox!
Happy Spring to you!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

RSC2017 March

 I had a quiet day since my Washington Cherries went to the beach to see his brother.
I completed my blocks for March, the red ones, and am pleased with how it's going!
I timed myself for piecing one block (not counting the cutting process) and I require thirteen minutes  to complete it!  I have a good assembly line worked out!
Lena did a naughty-she ate through my yarn for this hat!  I knit for several rows not noticing my ball of yarn had fallen off my recliner and onto the floor....
Yes, she did it again!  Joins are so much fun!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Rambling Toes....

I have a completed pair of socks in the Petty Harbour pattern in
Wandering Cat Yarn's superwash Merino/nylon I Wanna be a Cowboy colorway.
I worked these over 64 stitches on a number 1 needle -a new try for me over more stitches but they fit wonderfully-probably because this pattern is a broken rib variation. 
 Nice texture and an interesting knit.

Fewer grands around.....
Seattle kids still struggling to feel well.
We're making the best of it and enjoying the time together!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blooms and Blessings

 The Amaryllis is in winter bloom!  They make such a great showing this time of year!
 This is two plants with two blooms each.
 The Lowquats are ready to eat!
Some people call these Japanese plums.
Whatever you call them, they taste wonderful good!
 We got the kids together against all odds for a pic with their great-grandparents!
This should've taken place when we first arrived instead of just before we left!
The men have done a bit of this........let the record show, Jared won.
                                                And some of this-biggest catch of the day!

I've done a bit of knitting but finished naught, so sewing, lots of family time which is the point~

Monday, March 13, 2017

Just Imagine!

 We celebrated Abigail and David's birthdays since we were all together!
 Their birthdays are in March and April but we rarely get to see them so it was fun to celebrate early!
 We had those who loved the sun 
 and those who loved the shade!
It was nice to have a choice!  
The day was predicted to be cloudy and rainy but as usual, we disregarded the report and had a wonderful day for a grill out!
And the coup de grace for this Mom-
all four of my children together for worship on Sunday.
7 of my 8 grands were present, too!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Little Red in My Day!

I added one dark red in the busies of having my peoples here!
All four grown children and their families are here!
There are 17 people under the roof!
It is wonderful chaos and I am loving it!!!!
(When do I sew-very early in the morning before too many grandbabies awaken!)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Silly Kitty!

 Sitting in the sunshine minding her own business.....
 ...when along comes that cell phone camera!
So there!
 Oh, and I finished the sock!
 I enjoyed the texture up the foot and leg.
I continued a little bit up the leg and then did a 1 x 1 rib for the cuff.  I already cast on the second one!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coming to Momma Hen

 Yesterday, Bill and I took a trip to Jacksonville airport-on the way we cross the Dames Point Bridge.
 I always check out the ships loading up in Mayport.
 We took the trip to pick up our Washington Cherries-the best kind!  (wife and Mama came, too, but she was taking pictures like me so neither one of us were in the pictures! lol)
 Tonight after dinner, we were surprised to see not one or two but a whole flock of turkeys at the birdfeeder behind the pool screening!  There was one king and many females in his harem!
We counted 18 in this flock!   It was so nice to have the whole gang visit again!
(By the end of the week-all four of my children will be here with their families!  Here me clucking them here ?!) 
I am making a little bit of progress on the new pair of socks on the needles-I found time to knit on the way to church while it was still light!
The sock yarn is from Wandering Cat Yarn and it is their superwash Merino/nylon blend in the I wanna be a Cowboy colorway!
I'm working on 2.50 mm needles over 64sts but is is a nice fit with the pattern Petty Harbor that has some rib stretch in it!  A nice knit and color!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Quilts-Old and New

Mom and I sorted through some old blocks she had made of the bow tie blocks (with the center being three-dimensional) and some slightly larger blocs her sister had made.
Aunt Bett had Alzheimer's and forgot that she knew how to sew and make quilts or knit or crochet...such a terrible thief of a disease!
So Mom wanted to make something out of the blocks instead of a pile in a box!
We trimmed the blocks all to the same size (6 1/2") and set them out on the design wall.
Hooray, there were just enough to make a lap quilt! 
I loaded up the next quilt on the frame!
Medallion top will become a quilt very soon!

Monday, March 6, 2017

From Ta-Da to To-Do !!!!

 I made this shawl several years ago when I took a Craftsy class on designing shawls.
I learned a lot and loved the class.
I didn't love the shawl.
It was grey and I don't wear grey well.
I loved the yarn, as it is hand spun Shetland, so I knew this yarn had to be saved but I was willing to say goodbye to the shawl!
I skeined up the yarn and it looked so curly after being a shawl for a few years! lol
Into the dyepot it went!
I wanted one lighter olive and one skein a darker shade of olive green.
I haven't dyed grey Shetland so I was a bit concerned with how it would affect the dye I mixed up but gave it a go!
I had a terrible time getting the green to look right in the photo!
This looks more evergreen than they are but it is the best I can do for now!

Sunday, March 5, 2017


The second pair of TopCat Merino/cashmere yarn in the Spring Meadow color way is finished!
I only had a few yards left but I managed to get two pair from one skein!
Toe up socks on 2.5 needles over 60 stitches;  I used the slipped stitches to give it a striped affect on the top of the foot. 
  (One pair of socks are for sized 8 women's and the other was for a 10 1/2)
While I finished knitting it before art class, Caleb and Eli watched a movie while waking up.
Later, I watched Ella ride her scooter but I had to take this photo from FB because mine didn't turn out!  It was a busy but wonderful weekend with the C's and E's!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Unfolds

 The color for the RSC2017 for this month is red.  I began to cut out the first of the LeMoyne stars!
But right now, I am heading off to art class!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Quilt Week-Daytona's Quilt Show

Our second annual trip to the quilt show was today! 
 It is held in a beautiful convention center and the space is huge and filled with everything quilt lovely!
 Most of the quilts were in camera-free zones but we did have to do the selfie again this year!
Last year the main thing that struck us was the occurrence of many medallion quilts;  this year the recurring theme was to me-Hunter Star blocks!  I saw them large and miniature and tucked in sample quilts-since it is the most recent Accuquilt die I have purchased, I can't wait to put it to use!
 I bought a few things-a pattern using a different paper piecing technique and a kitty inspired charm pack.
Oh, and I brought home this little portable sewing machine I have been eyeing online;  it was on show-sale pricing and I couldn't resist!
It weighs less than half my studio sewing machine!
It will be so much easier to take to classes or to Mom's for sewing days!
What a great blessing to have such an adventure with my Mom and to love being with her!

A Good Head Topper

Yarn from the stash, Lion Brand Wool Ease, in worsted weight on #8 needles. The pattern is called Dad's Hat. A fast and relaxing ...