Sunday, September 13, 2009

More Knitting

More knitting! I have expanded to using circular needles and stitch markers and am working on my very first knitted shawl. It's this pattern, called Mara and I'm working it in the lovely yarn seen below. It is MadelineTosh tosh worsted in Windowpane, purchased at Eat, Sleep, Knit. Oh so soft and pretty subtle color changes. This is too much fun! Although I had to re-start the shawl four times until I got the hang of the increases in the center but it's moving along now.

But what about quilting you say? Yep, still doing that as well. I'm working on a pink and apple green small quilt for a friend's grand daughter. No pictures yet, maybe in a day or so. And I'm also working on LeMoyne stars for a Jo Morton group swap. More on that later.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Two posts in less than a week? Wow...better sit down :-)

Today's post is prompted by the goodies that arrived on my doorstep. See below for the lovelies that came today from Eat, Sleep, Knit. I can tell this is going to be a favorite new place to shop. This is "John B", the variegated, from Claudia Hand Painted Yarns and the remainder of Pima Petite in grass green, strawberry and chili from The Unique Sheep...lovely Peruvian cotton! Oh I just love cotton...witness my love of cotton fabrics!

Here are my first knitting attempts, both using Lily's Sugar & Cream cotton yarns. The little yellow dish cloth (yes, that's what it is!) is my very first completed knitted object since childhood. I know I have a lot to learn but it's been great fun so far.

And finally, just because...Peanut Butter sleeping in his favorite chair on his favorite pillow. Or rather, he would be asleep if I would just go away with that flashy thing!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back again??? much for being back in April! I should probably not mention illnesses as they seem to proliferate just when I think we are settling down again.

Oh well, let's try this again. I've been doing some quilting this summer. Not as much as I would like but I will have pictures of my accomplishments soon.

Recently I've also picked up knitting. I had always had trouble with knitting, I just wasn't fast enough. You see, my other grandma (my non-quilting grandma) taught me how to crochet when I was about 10 and I've always been a lot faster with crochet. I would get so frustrated when I tried to knit. My mother knit, she used to make us the cutest booties every winter, kept my toesies nice a warm! But she couldn't crochet so we were even. However, over the last years I've noted the upswing in knitting and loved the cute scarves/socks/sweaters I was seeing others make. Sooooo, I bought a set of needles and some cotton yarn and checked out You Tube knitting instruction videos and away I went. I now have one cute little dishcloth and the makings of a larger dish towel. I've also done quite a bit of crochet in between as well. Making more dish clothes and towels in crochet. It's been fun, mindless, stress-relieving. And of course, all those pretty yarns!!!

Oh well, perhaps I'll win the lottery and be able to retire and then I can quilt, crochet, my hearts content.

Hey, does anyone know how to make lace...bobbin lace in particular? That's another thing I've always wanted to learn how to do!!!

eeeekkk...stop me before i go crazy!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Just a quick note....I'm coming back! It's been a wild ride these past few months. Health issues, hospitalizations, surgeries for me and family members, work issues, and other family matters all while trying to get organized from the move. In the middle of it all, last October my sweetie's daughter called, needing a place to stay until she could get on her feet again. What could I say? I couldn't leave her out in the cold so my sewing room has become her room and quilting came to a standstill.

I have finally found a way to meet my needs for quilting (my stress relief!) so I can begin again to meet previous obligations and get quilting agian. No pictures to share today - need to find my camera cord - or rather retrieve it from the "stepdaughter" (she's started calling me stepmom even though it's not "official"!)

More later....looking forward to getting back in the swing of things with everyone.