Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Style

A repeat  performance by my orchid!
Today is a very important  day to Christians;
we celebrate not just the hope of what a Savior born into the world can do (Christmas)
but rather what the man/God Savior, Jesus Christ, did accomplish!
The Lord has risen!
He has risen indeed.

 I knit this small poncho to keep my shoulders warm during church.
I recently purchased one of these vintage machines that hooks up to my knitting machine --
 I drew a scaled version of the poncho I wanted,  entered my swatch information and then I knit!
Each row I knit advances the drawing so I know how many stitches to decrease and when!
Nifty, huh?!
I added a bit of a scalloped edge, knit away and voila, I have 2 halves
which seamed together while I watched a movie with recuperating husband. 
 Then I washed it and blocked it-and I will wear it for church today!

(Knit with 2 skeins of Deborah Norville's Apaca Dance worsted weight yarn)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Begonia Pullover

Work has commenced on the Begonia Pullover.
Or should I say has recommenced ?
You would think I would know better than to start a project with a lot of patterning late at night.
When I sat down with it early this morning, something was off alright.
After a long time of straightening out the knitter's problem with math,
eh, hem, I was able to get it back on track and off to a new start!
The best part is now I know what the lace pattern is doing so I don't have to stare at the chart every few stitches!

The surgery went well, all things considered.  There was a lot more pain for Bill wake up to than either of us anticipated!  Hoping each day will bring a little more relief-there was still a pocket of infection on the bone (elbow) so it is good that the surgery was repeated.  This time at least they closed it up so it can heal and DH can have the use of his right arm back in a few weeks!
 It was hard to see the great bull of a man I am married to in so much pain.....
We both need a down day today.
And we aren't under a tornado threat all day either!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hospital Time

I'm sitting in the hospital waiting room today; 
 Bill is requiring surgery once again-
this time to 'neaten' up his open wound on his elbow and to stitch it closed. 
 No more wound-vac or nurse visits--
the end of this 2 month chapter is almost over!
There are only two weeks of not using his arm and then the stitches come out;  meantime we can be grateful he still has his arm and his life!  What an adventure!

I'm late to the poem in your pocket day 

but here was what was on my mind all day:

Ecclesiastes 3 English Standard Version (ESV)

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Here is my waiting room knitting!

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Not the direction of the wind but rather the name of this pattern
for a  sock yarn blanket!
Mine is now completed at 32" wide and 48" long;
made from doubled strands of my sock yarn stash
on #7 needles.
The directions have you knitting each of the rows pointing up
but I alternated the direction of the knitted strips-
we are knitters; we do it our way!
I sure tamed my leftover sock yarn stash!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Neighbors?

 Neighbor Millie gifted me this bird house. 
  It is a General Store in all of its roadside glory!
 It really is very complex and interesting to admire--heavy, too,
 so it will withstand weathering.
 But this side is the clincher--it advertises Handmade Quilts!
 I couldn't wait to hand it out front in the Cassia Tree!
I would love it if it attracts a bird family but even empty, 
it is a great addition to the front garden!
 In the studio, I cut the strips for the sashing for the sampler quilt.
Soon I will have a top to quilt on the frame!
And to prove I really finished this sweater;
it has buttons and has even been washed and dried!
It is a size 3-6 months infant sweater.  
I have two new projects ready to hit the machine needles next!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Teeny Needle Tuesday

 Tucked inside the box with quilt squares my daughter passed along to me 
was this baggie of hexagons for English paper piecing.
 I used stick glue to stick the paper to the precut fabric pieces
 and then ironed the fabric to the wrong side to give me the perfect shape.  
Then the tricky bit was sewing the shapes together.
But my awkward hands did it-slowly but surely, it was accomplished!
I am going to sew it to a background piece and make a potholder out of it!
And for a pleasing visual-cosmos in bloom in the pool area.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Boy's Turn

 I completed (well, except for the buttons!) the baby boy's sweater!
The yarn is Caron Simply Soft Ombre in Blue Jeans colorway.
I did use solid navy for the bands to add continuity to the overall affect.
I made this entirely on the machine;  I have several more to conquer!

Easter Style

A repeat  performance by my orchid! Today is a very important  day to Christians; we celebrate not just the hope of what a Savior bor...