Monday, January 27, 2014

Knitting and a gift

Having 3 different crafts that I want to do makes for difficult choices in which one I pick up.  With the cold weather, I seem to be tending toward knitting at the moment.  I cast on the Lightweight Pullover by Knitbot (Hannah Fettig) this week, using the Verdant Gryphon's Bugga yarn in American Rubyspot.  I'm almost ready to start the raglan increases!

I also worked some more on the Color Play Mohair Wrap.

My problem with this project is I dislike working with mohair.  lol!  It's like working with an extra hairy Mia, mohair all over the place.  Bleagh!

I also kept up with the Fussy Cut Fridays by making another star.

I had to cake up my Bugga yarn before I started the Lightweight Pullover, so I pulled out my trusty yarn swift and ball winder.  The father type was very interested in the process and asked if he could do the winding.  He had a great time!

(Please ignore the mess -- we hadn't picked up from the boy child's packing at the time.)

I received a lovely consolation prize from KimM's giveaway on Wisdom with Needle and Thread.  She sent me these lovely hand stitched gift tags!

They're all so lovely and tiny and delicate!  I love them, Kim!  Thank you so much!

Like so much of the country, we've been experiencing too too cold temps, and snow too.  Mia has not liked it anymore than I have.  She's been finding ways to keep warm though.

(Yes, she gets in there by herself.)

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi!  I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

(Hooray for Stan!)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Another semester

No stitching this week.  I decided to knit the boy child a hat.  And as it went along, I decided I'd see if I could finish it so he could have it with him when we dropped him off at school.  I started it on Monday.

It's the sockhead hat by Kelly McClure of Boho knits.  I used sock yarn from Malabrigos in Aguas.

The hat kept growing during the week.

Until I was finally doing the decreases.  I thought I wouldn't make it though.  Until right before we left for Boston,

I finished it!  And at my sister's, I added a poor little pom pom, my first try at one.

So it was done and ready to be in the boy child's hat collection.

I also managed Fussy Cut Star number 3 on Friday.

Still not pleased with my fussy cutting, but whatever.

While still at home, the boy child went from this.

To this, thanks to one of his good friends, who gave him a haircut.

I do wish the child would get a haircut more often than twice a year.  lol!  Takes too much effort to get used to the extremes.

So we had to drop the boy child off in Boston at his new apartment on Sunday.  He starts the new semester of college on Tuesday and is settling in nicely.  It gets a bit easier each time we drop him off, but I still hate it.  And of course, we miss him.

Mia does too.  She misses his clothes too.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  Hope everyone in the US has a good MLK Day.  It's good to remember Reverend Dr. King.   Have a great week!

Picture by the father type

Monday, January 13, 2014

Finish, new starts, and NYC!

I finished my Crown Sampler!

1837 Crown Sampler by Plum Street Antiques
50/62ct unevenweave vintage lt. examplar line by Lakeside
Tudor Silk conversion from the Attic
This one was a pleasure to stitch.

I did change a couple of colors on the flower pots at the bottom, the two farthest out.  I needed some more color, so I used the bright red and blue instead of what was called for in the flowers.

I was a week behind on the new Fussy Cut Fridays from Temecula Quilt Company, so I made two stars to catch up (one star a week).  English Paper Piecing is so much fun!  (I used Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics from my stash for these two.)

And thanks to Deb of the Threadgatherer blog, I had the yarns to start the Wiggle Wrap!

I have a feeling this one will be about my speed.  Although I've heard it's been called the endless wrap.

Sunday, we got a surprise call from a certain girl we know.

And the next thing we knew, we were off to New York City!

We went to Brooklyn for a chocolate fix.

And ended up at a consignment shop down the street that had great bargains with great designer names.  (The boys went to a toy shop down the other direction so the boy child could pick up a Lego set on sale with his Christmas money.)

Bored boys waiting for the girls.

My haul -- an Eileen Fisher felted wool vest for $16!!  Sleeveless blouse $14, sneakers $18.  Love my color palette.  :D

Then we headed off for a tour of the famous work place.

Lego cafe, complete with Lego to play with.

Ladder for employees only, plus more Lego in the background.

The father type in his Noogler cap.  Which of course, he no longer is.

Then we headed off to Bareburger to have dinner.  So yummy!

Love that chandelier!

Then it was time to head home and say goodbye to the girl child.  We were tired but happy and full.

And a certain furry someone was very very happy to have us home again!

She and the boy child stayed in this position for a record amount of time.  lolol!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

(Aussie Open!!!!  Hooray!!!!)

Monday, January 6, 2014

progress and framing

Here is my Crown Sampler progress.  My border met.  Yay!

I also picked up some framing from my LNS -- my framer did a great job as usual.

This is Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers.  Sorry I didn't take a close up of the frame -- I love it!

And here's Margaret W. Brown by Milady's Needle.  Love this frame too!  I believe I used Soie Surfine on this one, and 45ct linen.  I think.

Last week on New Year's Day, we made our usual homemade Chinese dumplings.  The girl child didn't make it home but the three of us did fine without her help.

So yummy!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!