Monday, April 22, 2024

SOME KNITTING TIME

I will be working on my sock knitting today since I will be in the waiting room for quite a while;  
Bill is having surgery to remove his gall bladder.
  It has been plaguing him since just before Thanksgiving.

The week will have a much slower pace 
which is just what we both need;  
I hope Bill breezes through this surgery 
as he has through most of the others!
 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

LITTLE AND LOTTA BITS

Ahhhh, a pair of socks on the needles finally!  It has been way too long.  I haven't had too much time for knitting but it sure was wonderful to get the toe done.
The Lotta Bit has been keeping up with these two! lol 
 We had glorious weather and they knew right where they wanted to be!  And I have been savoring each minute with them!
 

Saturday, April 20, 2024

SUNSHINE!

The Heliopsis is in bloom again and has many buds ready to continue the beauty for most of the summer!
But I had to reach quite high to get a picture
 because this plant is 8' tall already! 
 (This is a special plant to me because it came from my Dad in NY several years ago and adapted well to its very different clime!)
This is on my schedule for the weekend!!!  
There are GrandBoys on deck!!!!!
 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

GLOWING WORK!

The two layer cake scrambled tops are finished! 
 The dimensions are 40 50". 
 I have the backing so they will be heading to the frame in no time!
I started a new quilt top!  It sure has a few units to fit together but it isn't too hard; I just have to be attentive! 
 (which is asking for a lot many days!)

It produced a very pretty block at least! 
 (Remember, the white and the white on the mushrooms
 glow in the dark!!!)  
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

BLUE SKIES, BLUE WAVES

We were in St Augustine yesterday for an appointment for Bill and when we arrived, the receptionist informed us that the doctor (surgeon) had an emergency and would be back in office in a few hours!  So we decided to do our errands first and when we finally finished with the Dr later, we decided to visit the ocean! 
 The beauty was very good therapy!

This is along the inter-coastal waterway.
Just a cottage that appeals to me with the ocean in the back yard!
Oh, and we might've stopped for a delicious cone, too!
Lena was very glad to welcome my lap home and curled up for several hours--I was just as pleased with the rest!
 

WEAVING WONDERS


 Another Undulating 2/2 Twill.  
This one is from the Hand weaver's Pattern Directory, page 201.

This one took some threading and re-threading but I finally got it! 

 I love the treadling on this one!  

I'm using 3/2 cotton for a pair of towels.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

FABRIC FORTUNES

I enjoyed a day at home yesterday!  It has been a long time since I had a relaxing day at home!  I cleaned (which I like to do!) and laundered and picked up and then spent the rest of the day in the studio!  I pieced the rest of the blocks from the layer cake
 and sorted them.
Today, I will be putting the borders on 
so they will be ready for the quilting queue!
I also tackled the 'glow in the dark' quilt.  I have the large pieces cut and ready to begin stitching and then cutting into units!
This pile of blocks which was given for me to make a kids' quilt got some attention.  It is mostly horses in the blocks but also a funny cow in each row!  It will be very cute!
 

Monday, April 15, 2024

A WOOD BUMP

I called dibs on a burl on a tree at church.  When I saw that someone had removed it (half was rotten and it wasn't safe anymore) I reminded Bill of my claim!  He brought his chainsaw and cut the piece for me!
See the bump?  It is called a burl and it has the most interesting wood grain for a bowl!
He cut out the chunk for me and then halved the log 
so I can get to work on it this week!
I can't wait to get back to work at the lathe!
 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

A WRAP ON THE WARP!

It's on the table!  
I love the thought of having my own woven runner
 and enjoyed each step of this weaving project! 
The towel/place mat looks great on the island, too!
I dressed the loom with a new warp already!
This one is from Lotsaknots.
And the new patterns is off to a good start! 
( the reddish yarn is just to spread out the threads 
and not part of the weaving!)  This time I am weaving two towels
 in another undulating twill pattern.
 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

A VERY FULL DAY!

I finished my April WAL yesterday morning! 
 It is cut free of the loom!  
I need to zig-zag the ends and then I will wash and dry and press both the table runner and towel I wove.  I have some stats to record first thing this morning so I can write down the measurements to note shrinkage rates.
Mary and I did a ton of Shop Hopping yesterday!!! 
 (We forgot a pic at the first store in Deland.!)  
Daytona Beach.


Holly Hill, Florida.
Edgewater, Florida.

I will sort through the haul for the day and organize it according to project before I share the goods!
 

Friday, April 12, 2024

COLOR WORKS

I can't believe I am making this---It is totally out of character
 and yet so I am  pleased with it! lol  I have pieced all of these blocks with half of the Layer Cake but haven't pieced the rows yet.
For this half, I have just put the pieces up on the design wall
 and have not arranged the blocks yet.  I will have to pick up some border fabric and backing for both of these quilts. 
 It's a good thing I am going with Mary 
for some more Shop Hopping today! 
On the knitting front, I managed to match up the yarn for the sleeve okay but the sleeve was too small so I have ripped it out
 and have started again.  
I did write down my changes so I can replicate them
for the second sleeve--I am sure I cannot remember it otherwise! 
 I'm glad I love to knit....


 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

THE VOILA OF SHAME

I did finish the binding at quilting group and when I did the 'voila!' moment, we all went silent.

And the worst part was, I saw it last week when I put the border on and said to myself, 'be sure and fix that before you quilt it!'  Which I promptly forgot by the time I got home.  I was all for taking it back home and ripping out the quilting and re-piecing the block but the QOV Director said that it was perfect just like that and she would be sure it went to just the right Vet. 

 I'm glad but the design goof has plagued me all day!

(This was the MQOV by Alycia at Quilty Girl

she named Stars like Spaghetti.)

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

NO ECLIPSE HERE

We didn't have proper glasses to view the Eclipse but we sat with our backs to the sun and just enjoyed the hour together!  We didn't notice a whole lot of darkening and if I didn't know what was going on, I wouldn't have noticed any difference at all!
Now I did see a big difference on the MQAL; 
 it is off the quilting frame and has some binding 
which I will be sewing in place at quilting group today!  
 I also arranged all of the pieces from the layer cake to make a lap sized quilt and then thought if I make the blocks 4 x 5 then I can make two quilts out of the layer cake!  I will make up the first few rows and see how it sizes out before I commit to anything. 
Aside from the size--this kind of quilt is so hard for me--I like order-you know, regular pattern repeats, etc, of traditional blocks so this one is a real stretch for me! 
 I just kind of squinted and placed colors throughout the space! 
 And It still looks like abstract art to me! lol

Monday, April 8, 2024

TYING UP LOOSE ENDS

Isn't it so pretty?
I still work on the shawl;  the thread/yarn is terrible to work with because not only is it dark now, it is not plied but it is just four loose threads you are working with and they inevitably separate and then one thread is loose and it is very 'unfun'!    
So glad it is pretty to make up for the misery! lol
I am still enjoying the dishcloth madness!
  I gave away 30 of them at church yesterday!
And I am still making a couple hats a week!
 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

IDEAS COMING AND GOING!

The MQAL from January is finally on the frame!
I made quick work of it because 
I only have two more rows to go and it will time to bind it!
I also found a pattern I want to make with the layer cake--
--two 2 1/2' slices off each side,
cut them in half and shuffle it up to make some new blocks!
This is just a bit of play with the first slices and will not stay in this arrangement but you can see how the blocks just tip back and forth to make rows!
And the rest of the blocks are sliced and diced
 and ready for me to play on the design wall!
 

SOME KNITTING TIME

I will be working on my sock knitting today since I will be in the waiting room for quite a while;   Bill is having surgery to remove his ga...