A few of my favorite things

April 15, 2014 § 5 Comments

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I know people say this all the time… but where has my week gone?  In between or at least in the evenings I’ve caught the knitting bug.  This is my second pair of the Mohair Ballet Slippers.  These are going to be given to my sister-in-law.  It feels good to be using up yarn from the stash!

Random quirky fact… these were my favorite colors in high school.  Spring or lime green – the color of the leaves in the spring when they first come out – and yellow.  I wish I had a photo of my ruffly, totally 70’s bedroom.  You would laugh.  I am not a ruffly kind of girl so I don’t know where that came from.

Everything is bursting into bloom right now.  And on the random sunny day like we had yesterday, it is glorious!  The crab apple tree is getting ready to bloom.  So are the lilacs.  The flowering current is already blooming along with the rosemary.  The tulips are nearing the end of their season.  And I put some compost on the raspberries & rhubarb.  I love urban gardening!  I even bought a blueberry bush yesterday.  We just need to figure out where to plant it.  If we had just a little bit more property we would get some chickens in a heartbeat!  Our city requires at least a quarter of an acre, though we know that there are some neighbors who aren’t following that rule.

A side note…  last year we planted micro clover in our yard. It is supposed to be good for the soil, putting nitrogen back into it which in turn helps make the grass stronger & healthier and then hopefully makes it harder for the moss to grow.  We do have a reason for our madness!  However… we didn’t spread the clover very evenly in the back yard and it looks like mostly clover and hardly any grass.  Oh well.  At least it is green.

Slipper stats:

Yarn – Cascade 220, this yarn felts nicely and not too fuzzy like the first (Ravelry link) pair of slippers I made.
Size – Small
Pattern – Mohair Ballet Slippers from the book Felted Knits, the sole is a double thickness so I knit the inside yellow and the outside green.

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Hello lovely holidays

November 30, 2013 § 7 Comments

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The last seam on the Asteria quilt was sewn.  I promise, I will get a photo of the whole top soon. It looks much more Christmas-y than I thought it would.

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We tried to take a Christmas photo with Charlie & Stella. They were not amused.  This is one of the outtakes.  We set the camera on a tripod & shot with the remote.  I think the cats got at least half the bag of kitty treats in hopes to bribe them into submission.

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Next up on the design wall: my neglected Random Sampler quilt.  My deepest apologies for letting this one slide to the back burner.

What did you do over the Thanksgiving holiday? (or last week, if you live outside the U.S.) We ate turkey with friends and had a lovely, relaxing holiday.

Random Musings

October 14, 2013 § 14 Comments

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Yesterday I dusted off another languishing project… One that was started about four years ago… and I had NO idea how to hand quilt.  I still don’t really know how to hand quilt, but at least I am now a little more aware of some of the tips & tricks than I was then.

I can’t seem to finish anything. Though I’m not really aiming to finishing anything.  At least I’m finding short bursts of energy to do something, right? That’s progress.

What I love so very much… if at all possible… is to make Sundays a cozy day of doing things that blot out the work of the past week and refresh & fortify for the coming week.  Yesterday it felt so good to throw a few logs in the fireplace insert, dig out some hand stitching and watch an old movie and an old episode of Downton Abbey.  (Don’t worry, the new season doesn’t start until January)

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One of my favorite scenes is right before Matthew proposes to Lady Mary.  The snow is swirling, Lady Mary’s dress is this rich, beautiful wine color, the warm glow of the lights from inside Downton Abbey are illuminating the two and a magic moment is in the process of being made.

It was a toasty 72 degrees F. in our living room yesterday.

I made more progress on the quilt yesterday than what I had previously done on the entire quilt, which wasn’t very much.

I think snow days in our city give me the same feeling as a cozy Sunday.

I’m itching to spend a little time learning about the quilts & quilt blocks that were popular in the 1920’s.

I am thankful for these little things.

My new sewing space

August 19, 2013 § 18 Comments

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My, what a difference an extra two feet in the width of a room will make!  I am loving my new sewing room.  It’s a much happier, less crowded place now!

There is less wall space, but the closet added more storage!  I had to get rid of the rolling cart that held my scrap bins (still have the scrap bins, but not on a cart) & the file cabinets underneath my cutting table, but gained the dresser that was in the spare bedroom.  So I guess it all came out even.  Swapping rooms sure made me get rid of some things that we weren’t using & just didn’t need!

It’s time to finish up the Random Sampler blocks hanging on the design wall!

UPDATE:  For those who are interested in my sewing table, here’s the link to a post that I wrote not too long ago. I love the sturdiness of it!

We’re all winners!

July 27, 2013 § 5 Comments

My sewing room is semi-set up.  At least for the required sewing that I need to get done.  After having the new flooring installed we decided to swap the spare bedroom and the sewing room.  My old sewing room was the smallest room in the house and it was feeling really cramped!  And the spare bedroom always ends up being storage for us anyway…  until someone comes to visit.  So it just seemed logical to swap the rooms.  Now, I just need to get the closet organized!  I think I need to get a few more selves for the shelving system before we put the doors back up!  (btw, I left the color of the walls from when it was the spare bedroom)

So… my personal random number generator, aka the hubby, picked the winner of the Grip & Stitch quilting disks.  The winner is Audrey who is blogless who said…

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I am just barely starting to learn to machine quilt and need all the help I can get with it!

Thank you everyone for telling me what you’ve been doing this summer!  I loved hearing about all the fun you’ve been having.  As soon as we finish putting up the trim work we will be done with the home construction projects for awhile and intend to enjoy the rest of the summer!

Charlie, Stella & the spring

July 24, 2013 § 7 Comments

My sewing room is still a wreck from working on the floors so there is no sewing going on at the moment.  Here’s a short video of Charlie & Stella playing with their spring to keep you entertained for awhile.

Stella & Charlie

July 10, 2013 § 4 Comments

How I found them when I got home from work today.
I think they like each other.
Or… neither one of them was willing to give up the top bunk of the kitty condo.
Yes, we decided to name the baby kitty Stella.
It’s my favorite quilt too.

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