Monday, April 24, 2017

Where was I???

I'm a bad blogger... but then I'm not telling you anything you didn't already know, am I?  I didn't mean to be away for 2 weeks... I actually thought it was only 1 week... but you also know math is not my forte so there was an error in my calculation there too.

Remember when I had that wonderful brief micro-burst of creativity and productivity...well it seems to have left the house... I've putzed on this and that haven't finished hardly anything...wait wait... I did make some Easter cards...



its hard to tell in this picture but the bunny is embossed and then cut out with this incredibly cute die from Paper Smooches...info can be found here.

And I finally got  my little tulip quilt up on my living room wall...




I'm really happy with the quilting Terry did on this one... a dense scroll-y pattern in a variegated thread.

And I got a few more blocks together for an IG QAL #charmschoolsewalongsew... my version of the Lunch Box pattern from the book Charm School 




I have more blocks made than are on the design wall and still have about 16 to go... if I counted right and we all know I probably didn't...oh well. I want to get this top together by the end of the week...it is good to have goals right????


So where have I been spending my  time the last 2 weeks.... tropical vacation???  ...laundry???  ...working for world peace? Naaahhhh... I've been visiting garden centers and plant nurseries and any place that has Spring flowers for sale... here's a look at my haul so far... this table full...


and these roses...




and a few close ups of  some of the flowers I've brought home...



this is called a Pocket book plant and those little flowers are pouches...



and this is called Blue Moon phlox and it is an amazing lavender blue color... and peeking out in the lower left corner are those Lemon Slice petunias I adore...

and speaking of petunias... there are soooooo many pretty ones out there...



from left to right... the purple/yellow ones in the back are called Moonstruck... the pink and yellow ones are called Queen of Hearts...see the hearts???   and the ones in front are called Good and Plenty in an orange colorway....

and I searched high and low for these guys...



a light lavender wave petunia... my color scheme for my window boxes this year will include yellow and rosy pink and these lavender petunias...

and then there are the roses...


this is just one of the branches from the yellow tree rose... it is called Julia Child and I had absolutely no intention of buying a tree rose but this one just called my name and I was powerless to resist...

now this rose is one I went shopping for ... 



it is a David Austin rose called Gertrude Jekyll and it is a climbing rose... I got 2 of them to plant by the corner of my front porch... my plan is that they will grow up the brick pillar ... wish me luck... in my mind's eye it is going to be very English cottage-y... I think the pink color will show up well against the yellow brick and I love the shape of these English roses... they have a peony look.

And I bought this rose...


another David Austin rose called Pat Austin... this one will replace the peach one I had last year... I loved that bush but it had problems with black spot and Japanese beetles and then it didn't come back this year at all... dead...dead...dead... probably did me a favor. Last year the David Austin roses had less problems with black spot so I think they will be a better choice for me... and I'm sure the deer will agree and leave them alone....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... oh I am delusional... I'll be spraying the heck out of these babies, but it will be worth it. 

Tomorrow I start to pot and plant stuff up... this isn't all I'm going to do... I want to do a border of marigolds around my rose bushes and there is my pyramid of petunias to pot up... I have a few for this display but I have more I want to get... 

So if you are looking for me in the next week I should be out in the yard... or back in one of the garden centers... flowers are as addicting as fabric and yarn... good thing they aren't illegal as I'm hooked...LOL!

happy stitching-
carol fun

Monday, April 10, 2017

Juggling act...

Did you know I can juggle? Not things like balls or chainsaws, but quilt projects... I can juggle quilt projects!  Now doesn't the verb juggle sound waaaay more purposeful... more conscientious... more responsible...than OMG I just saw another shiny pattern I just have to try ... RIGHT NOW!!!!

The true fact is that my crafty ADD has me running in several circles...at the same time... too bad it doesn't seem to burn off any calories...LOL!  So what am I working on right now, well first...



I have two rows of the big tulips sewn together.. 3 more to go...here's a close-up of the border fabric...


a nice sunny yellow... need to get this one done and off to the long arm quilter if I have any hope at all of getting it on my bed while there are still tulips in bloom.


And then I was distracted by this project...the quilt pattern is called Arcade and it was on the cover of the Winter 2016 edition of the magazine Quilts and More. The designer is Sherri McConnell and her blog is A Quilting Life. When I saw this pattern I thought it would be a great match for the layer cakes of the Basic Grey collection Saturday Morning that I had already purchased.  You can see the collection here.  So far I have 6 of the big units complete but I've run out of sashing fabric...


Sorry for the wonky angle but my design wall is still full of tulips, so I'm using the living room floor.
The pattern makes a 66" square quilt using one layer cake... I want it big enough for my bed so I'm using 2 layer cakes and a border. I like the shabby chic feel of this fabric.  Those hourglass blocks are going together nicely... no bias edges on the outside...yeah!!!


This unit is BIG... over 18"... so it should make up quickly...

And the since there are already 2 balls quilts in the air I thought I'd add a third one! Have you seen this new book...

My friend Robin posted about it on IG and well I was intrigued. I'm very impressed as there are several quilts in this book I'd like to do. Some take just 2 charm packs, others need 3 or 4 which is layer cake territory and I have lots of them in my stash.

This is my first choice from the book... the pattern is called Lunch Box...  and these are my fabric picks...


Now I completely forgot that I had this layer cake... it is by Momo...and I LOVE Momo, but it isn't more 70's avocado/harvest gold/chocolate brown colorway I'm most familiar with...this one is very bright and Spring-y...perfect for right now...as the temp is 70 and I have the windows open and there is lovely breeze... oh back to the quilting (see how easy it is for the ADD to pop up?)  Anyway there is a quilt along for this book on Instagram which you can follow here...

I couldn't wait to sew up a couple of blocks of this pattern... the blocks start like this...


little Puss in the Corner blocks... and then you slash them and slash some background fabric and sew the pieces together and  they look like this...

and here is one all sewn together...


I love the scrappiness of this pattern and the Spring-y colors and the yummy-ness of that lime green Grunge. I picked it up at a new to me shop in town called Home Grown, Home Sewn... you can see their website here. I was very impressed with this shop... it is small but packed full of colorful fabric and notions and patterns and samples... the whole place has such a happy vibe... I'll be visiting again soon as it is only about 15 minutes from my house. I saw several fabrics I'd like to have some yardage of.

And pairing this brand new Grunge fabric with this well aged Just Wing It! layer cake has been interesting. Like I said I had totally forgot I even owned this fabric... I know it is older collection as the price marked on it was $32 and I'm pretty sure I paid less than that ... I believe  this was marked down at a sale at Fabric Shack a couple of years ago. Also,  I know this is "vintage" as when I went to cut it up the squares were actually more than 10"... I had to trim it down and it trimmed off the pinked edges to get it to 10"... that doesn't happen anymore. Now they are barely 10" including the pinked edges.

So three projects (we aren't even going to think about the other two year long QAL's I'm working on) are all in different corners of my sewing space... that still leaves one corner open...LOL... I think I'll stop here right now. I've been very energetic and productive on the quilting front these last couple of weeks... the cross stitch and the knitting have fallen by the way side but I'm sure they will return. I don't feel guilty bouncing from project to project anymore. Everything will get done in due time... at least I think it will...LOL!!!

 I'm linking up with Patchwork Times and Love Laugh Quilt and then I'm off too juggle and sew!!!

happy stitching-
carol fun

Monday, April 3, 2017

Design Floor Monday...

Hello there... well yesterday was quite productive... and I'm still totally baffled as to why this is occurring, but I'm happy it is... I was able to get caught up with my blocks for the Three Dandelion Shop 100 QAL... you can check out all the stuff being posted for this on Instagram here.  I was about 4 weeks behind... 8 blocks... but I knocked them all out...yeah!!!

Here are the 26 that are finished... 25% of the way to Tula Pink"s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks... I had to use the floor as my design wall is full of my tulip blocks... hope to get them off this week as my sashing fabric has arrived... so this is what I got...



If you want to see them individually you can check them out here on my Instagram feed.
It is nice to look at them all in one place... it lets me see that I'm using a lot of the aqua and blue...I know that I'm going to use my favorite butterscotch-y Grunge for my background and I think all of these colors will play nicely with it. Maybe today I'll get a few more done... it takes waaaay longer to pick out the fabrics than it does to cut and sew these little gems... decisions decisions decisions... And I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the next collection of Momo fabrics... it is called Lucky Day and you can see it here.  If you enlarge the picture you can see the prints better... lots of small scale ones which would work great in this quilt. I think they are going to be released in July.

And I was also able to catch up on my FQS Patchwork Quilt Along which you can see here. They are up to Block # 3 Box-in-a- Box... again this month I made 6 little 5" finished ones and one 10" finished one...



You can find the cutting dimensions for the 5" blocks here... and here are my dimensions for a 10" block.

Background:
A   2.5" x 6.5"  cut 2
B   2.5" x 2.5"  cut 2

Print:
C 2.5" x 10.5" cut 2
D 2.5" x 6.5"   cut 2
E 2.5" x 2.5"   cut 1

Now I had to do a little finagling to make my 10" block as all I have from these Elizabeth Hartman collections are layer cakes which are only 10" square. I picked a busy print and pieced the strips to get it to the right length... if you are looking for it you can tell where I pieced it but otherwise I think it blends nicely.

Scaling these blocks up is simple to do... just take the dimensions given... subtract a half inch, that is the seam allowance. Double the figure you are left with and then add back on the half inch seam allowance.

Not sure what I'll do with these blocks when I get them all done but I have lots of time to think about it...and I'm sure I'll need it ...LOL

Well the Open Day Parade for my beloved Cincinnati Reds, got off without rain...but the game doesn't start till 4pm and the weather guy there is an 80% chance of rain then... I hope he's wrong... but no matter what I'll be watching from my nice dry stitching chair.

I'll be linking up today with Patchwork Times and Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.

happy stitching-
carol fun


Sunday, April 2, 2017

A sunny Slow Stitching Sunday...yeah!!!

Rain rain rain rain rain rain.... go away... which it did today... but it is back for next week...ugh!!! I knew it would rain tomorrow... or be really cold...why do I know this?  Because it is Opening Day for my beloved Cincinnati Reds... Opening Day is a REALLY BIG DEAL in Cincinnati... we have a parade and every news organization covers it like a blanket... kids skip school and adults are suddenly taken ill and can't go to work... hmmmm.... I LOVE Opening Day because hope springs eternal in my heart that this year will be our year...even though I'm pretty sure it will be just like last year, and that wasn't our year either. Oh well, a clean slate to start!!

And now that I got that out of my system, on to Slow Stitching Sunday! A little progress was made on my Little House Needleworks "Needlework ABC's"... I'm at the half way point...


Excuse the wrinkles... I'm trying to distract you with that adorable little chick... it is part of a salt and pepper set I picked up at Cracker Barrel... can't resist a yellow polka dot chicken!!

And speaking of yellow (isn't that a great segue??) notice that I made the house yellow instead of white... I live in a little yellow brick house ...with an olive green front door... so this is my house...although my house doesn't have 4 floors... a minor difference, right??



I stopped late last night and the Nee will become Needles...perhaps this afternoon. I have some cooking to do for dinner tonight... lasagna is on the menu... and I have a pair of jeans to hem for my son...

I'll link to Kathy's Quilts today and Super Mom - No Cape tomorrow... now time to rap this up... I know you've been on the edge of your seat...what you haven't been?  Well I have as the Dude commandeered my chair and I've written this whole post with my butt perched on that 3" of seat cushion behind his back that he left me...which did nothing to improve my sciatica... sheesh... what we do for our pets!




happy stitching-
carol fun



Thursday, March 30, 2017

I don't know what has gotten into me...


I don't know what has gotten into me this week... maybe someone put something in my daily granola bar cause I have been super productive where quilting is concerned... I've spent quality time with my sewing machine and have lots of pictures to show... but there is a caveat... the quality of these photos leaves a lot to be desired. I took all the pics with my phone as that's the only camera my laptop will recognize... and while I've tried and tried and tried to adjust the color both on my phone and my laptop to accurately reflect the colors, I didn't have a lot of success. Please believe me that these quilts are so much prettier in real life...

First off,  I spent Tuesday waiting for a  plumber to come look at the water heater (good news... he can do a cheaper fix than the first plumber and will be back next week to do the job)... and while I waited I finished up the last 7 blocks for this quilt...



The pattern for this tulip appears in the Lori Holt Planner... my quilt is bigger... double bed sized... now when I got these tulips up on the design wall and started to cut the sashing ...which is suppose to be the same pale chartreuse-y yellow polka dot in the background of each tulip, it was obvious there would not be enough fabric to do this.... arghhhh.... so I searched the internet and while my background fabric isn't anywhere to be found, I did find another  American Jane yellow polka dot... a bit brighter... that will work. I ordered 3 yards... more than I need but I'm not running out again. I just checked the tracking and it has arrived at the post office in Cincinnati... so perhaps I will get it tomorrow...yippee!!!

I really love these tulips... they are BIG... mine finish about 9" x 12"... most of my tulips are single color scrappy... but a few are multi-color scrappy ... and I really LOVE them... if I had started with this idea I probably would have made them all multi- color...oh well... I had too many made when I figured it out... here are a couple of my favorites...

LOVE the paper doll clothes and the tape measure and the polka dots and the aqua leaves...



and this one has that cute fussy cute print of cursive writing  and a pencil...




here are 2 more of the single color scrappy variety and a glimpse of the border fabric... it isn't this bright in real life... again I apologize for the crappy pictures... grrrrr... if you go here to Instagram this is a better pic of this quilt.



On Wednesday  I went to brunch with my quilty friends and came home and promptly went into my studio... at brunch Laurey had several quilts she had finished binding and well it spurred me to get to the 3 quilts that were languishing on the couch. My memory was telling me that I didn't have anything to bind these 3 quilts with... my memory is faulty... in each case I did have some lovely fabric to bind them with .... I just needed to get my butt in gear... I told myself that if I trimmed the tops and got one bound it would be a good day... I lied to myself... I do that a lot... not only did I get all of them trimmed .... you better sit down for this... I got ALL OF THEM BOUND!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!  NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE!!!

Now none of these were huge quilts... all about 65" square or so... and I did bind all of them by machine... but still it is quite an accomplishment for me...

First up this quilt... the pattern was called Picket Fence by Busy Hands Quilts and you can see it here... the fabric was Moda Regent Street Lawn with a Moda Grunge for the background...

This pic is washed out from the sunlight today...




And this pic is a bit bright from the indoor flash...


And if you look back here when I first posted about this quilt .... over a year ago... you can see some other not so great pics of this quilt... in real life it is very pretty and soft and crinkly.

And then I moved onto getting this quilt bound.... a  simple 4 patch quilt with 4 patch cornerstones using Moda Persimmon by Basic Grey... I love Basic Grey fabric collections.... I'm quite smitten with this collection as I still have a jelly roll of it in my stash.  Again this pic is washed out from the sun, but if you go here you can see some better pics of this quilt....



After binding this one I got to thinking (always a dangerous pursuit for me)  if there was any more of this line available on the web...and a bit of searching yielded 2 places that had a layer cake... and well, I WANT it!!!  Now it was easy to decide which place to order from  as the one store had it listed for $39 which was the original price and the other seller wanted... hold onto your hat...$84.99!!!!  Holy moly!!!

As for the third quilt I finished, I'm going to post in an day or so when I get it hung up in my living room... I figured I've overloaded you today, so I'll save something for another day.  It isn't often I have this much to show at one time... heck I don't think I've ever had this much to show all at one time!!! Don't get use to it... LOL...

Well this month certainly flew by... heck the whole year has been flying by... how can it be April already???...okay not till Saturday... but it will be April by Monday... I'm ready for Spring... my daffodils have bloomed and are fading... my hyacinths are looking good and the Japanese irises I planted bloomed but they are midgets... don't know what happened there. I've been looking at flower catalogs online and there are soooo many pretty ones I'd love to plant... lots of new petunias... and dahlias... I bought some dahlia tubers... can't wait to get them into the ground... but I know I need to wait till May... how can time seem to fly and stand still at the same time???  Too big a thought for my little brain...

happy stitching-
carol fun


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Searching for my inner slug with Slow Sunday Stitching...

I am sooooo happy it is Sunday... I'm plum tuckered out with all the stuff that has been going on at my house and my son's house this last week and all I want to to is sit... find my inner slug... and slow down. So far, so good... the rain stopped and I did go for a short walk with my son at a local park... but now I've got my butt parked in my chair and the most activity I've planned is to thread a needle.

Last Sunday I talked about wanting to start my newest purchase Little House Needleworks "Needlework ABC's" but I said I should finish up the With Thy Needle and Thread  "Bluebird Out my Window"... and it is mostly done... I filled in the flowers, I just have the scattered little ditsy motifs to do, so I gave myself permission to just do one letter on this new sampler.... but one letter lead to another, and here is where it sits today...



I LOVE doing long samplers, and this one is a joy, as it is simple... not a lot of concentration required... once I start a letter I pretty much know how it should stitch out. Now I did change out the linen. I went through my stash of 32 ct and this is the ONLY piece I had that was long enough for this sampler... and fortuitously it is a lovely dusty turquoise color that works beautifully with these flosses IMHO... The Classic Colorworks  Cocoa Bean that the letters are stitched in pops on this linen... it would have been much more subtle on the Weeks Confederate Gray...and  I like this look better. Also I substituted Weeks Honeysuckle for the CC Antique Lace for the buttons.  It has some nice pale shaded yellow highlights which should work well with the other yellow I'm going to add to this piece. There is a lovely house to stitch which spans I J and K... it is going to be a little darker yellow tone...and then the stitching lady at the bottom will have an even darker yellow dress. I believe when you use a color or a fabric at least 3 times in a piece it ties it all together... just my opinion.

And the afternoon may include a nap...



yeah I know...he's big...that's why we call him Big Dude... I may bear an even closer resemblance to him after consuming  that box of lemon flavored, powder sugar covered. "Savannah Smiles" Girl Scout cookies... I don't know who Savannah is (although that now that I think of it I vaguely remember the GS were founded in Savannah, GA... gosh my mind is filled with useless clutter...no wonder I can't remember what was on my grocery list) but the cookies are addictive. I purchased them yesterday in front of the local IGA and the leader said this is the last week they would be selling them ... probably a good thing for my waistline...LOL!

Well I hope you are having a nice Sunday...not doing dinner with my son and daughter-in-law this week, they are going to her parents house instead, so I've got no dinner plans... maybe just soup and sandwich... tasty and easy...

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today and Super Mom - No Cape on Monday...

happy stitching-
carol fun

Friday, March 24, 2017

A tale of two cities...I mean socks...

So it has been a crazy busy week and not much has been accomplished on the crafty front... haven't touched my sewing machine... did a little cross stitch... and did a little knitting... which brings me to the tale of my two cities... socks...

I was knitting away on the Frankensock I showed last week and that got me thinking (always a dangerous thing) about other Blue Moon yarn I had in my house...




So I went looking for wayward Blue Moon yarn  and found this sock...


This one is a Blue Moon Rare Gems...  a yarn with no real name... I put it aside when I thought it was a bit too bright... prior to my cataract surgeries... and somehow now I don't think it is too bright at all... I LOVE it... it bits of neon orange and hot pink and green... so pretty.

Well looking at these socks side by side I noticed something...



I don't really think you can see it in the picture but the Frankensock on the left is noticeably thicker...heavier than the Rare Gems sock on the right. These socks have the exact same number of stitches ...58... but the Frankensock is knitting on a 2.75mm needle and the Rare Gems is knitted on a 2.50 needle.... and I like the feel of the "fabric" on the smaller diameter needle much much more. Who knew that a needle a mere .25mm smaller would make such a difference????

Sooo...... I'm going to unravel the Frankensock and start again... I can hear my friend Linda groaning right now as I type this... she can never understand how I can rip out and start over when I have so much knit already.... but if I'm not happy now, I won't be happy with the finished sock and I enjoy the process of knitting them as much as the product.... and Linda... how many of those teeny tiny, itsy bitsy little leaves/circles/flowers have you redone on that magnum opus quilt you've been working on??? I'm just teasing her and she knows it... admitting something isn't right and fixing it is all part of the whole crafty experience.

Well I've been having my handyman, Dan, do a bunch of projects around my house and my son's house this week... both of our bathrooms needed repainted... we both live in older small houses with tiny bathrooms and inadequate ventilation... I have an exhaust fan which does help a bit but there was still some paint that needed touch up... and he put in a new faucet in my bathroom sink... and a bunch of new overhead lights...I've found some cool fixtures at Costco that are LED... love the look and the light they put out...however as always seems to happen when you work on fixing one project another crops up. An inspection of my water heater lead the conclusion that it needs a look see by a professional plumber... the hard water/calcification/gunk built up on it in less than 5 years is pretty severe. It was suggest about a year ago that I should get a water softener installed but it was going to involve demolition on the ceiling of my basement which was remodeled just 3 years ago... I couldnt' bear to do that at the time... but I think we've come up with a new plan that wouldn't require that ... there will still be some demolition but not the ceiling... having a plumber come tomorrow and another on Tuesday to give me some direction and estimates.  There is always something isn't there???

I'm going to link up to Judy's Patchwork Times On the Needles... hope you have a great weekend ahead... I have more "house" projects to do...

happy knitting -
carol fun

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bird-brained...

So I haven't posted for Slow Sunday Stitching for quite a while as I didn't have anything to show...but today I do have something to show...and I continue to have birds on the brain and in my hoop (if I stitched in a hoop but I don't but somehow that sounds better than in my hand...which makes me think of a squished bird)...see I told you I was bird-brained...LOL


I finished The Christmas Bird by With Thy Needle and Thread...


this is so much prettier in real life... colors are washed out here but its the best I can do with the camera from my phone. I love the color of that background... 35 ct. Chestnut from Weeks Dye Works.. very rich...but that 35 ct. was not easy to stitch.  Don't know what I'm going to do with this. The picture on the chart has it finished as a little pillow...it about 2.75" X 6.125"... I'll think about that.

And this one is almost done...


this is Bluebird Out My Window also by With Thy Needles and Thread.  Just have a few more flowers to do and some scattered little ditsy elements to fill in the background. This is the first piece I've tried stitching since my cataract surgery and I've found I need some Mr. Magoo type magnification... but then I can see the threads ...and if that's what it takes, then that's what it takes.

I should be able to finish this tonight and I think I may start this piece...


Little House Needleworks "Needlework ABC's"... I got this as a kit and while I'm happy with the threads and the chart I'm not sure I like the linen that came with it... 32 ct. Confederate Gray by Weeks Dye Works... it is a nice color but the linen is real soft (I prefer stiff linen) and the weave seems very loose. This piece will finish 2 3/8" wide by 19 3/8" long and I think a loose weave will be difficult to get framed straight... I think I'll look in my stash and see what I may have... I think I still have some pale grey evenweave... I LOVE the motifs on this piece... the house, the flowers, the needle, the thread, the scissors and that cute stitcher at the bottom... she may get a different colored dress...just saying ... maybe something gold-y yellow and perhaps her hair will get a bit more auburn/red... some personalization on my part...LOL!

Along with the Bluebird out my Window, I hoping for some sunshine out my window...last week was gray and cold... tomorrow they are promising 60...hope they are right... my daffodils are hanging in there and I've seen some of my hyacinths poking up and something bloomed in my rose bed but I'm not sure what it is and I know that I'm the one that planted the bulbs...they kinda look like irises but they are only about 6" tall... maybe I did plant those...oh the memory ain't what it use to be... but the flowers are pretty!!

Well dinner is in the crockpot... beef tips in gravy to serve over egg noodles with a dollop of sour cream... should be yummy... hope you are having a lovely relaxing Sunday... I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today and Super Mom - No Cape tomorrow...

happy stitching-
carol fun 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bad blogger... rant on DST... tale of the scale...

Today I offer a trifecta of tales...

Okay... first thing first...I'm a bad bad blogger... I didn't mean to be away so long (but then does anyone really mean to not post for 2 weeks?)... but life got in the way...nothing dramatic ...just life.
I had my second cataract surgery and it went well, except the first time I didn't remember a thing. This time they gave me a different anesthesia and I was "there" for the procedure... heard a boring conversation about the anesthesiologist's son's soccer team... I liked it better the first time... ignorance is bliss.

On the plus side, my vision has never been better in my life... on the minus side, my vision has never been better in my life and I can see stuff I NEVER noticed before!!! Like dust on the furniture... and woodwork that needs cleaning and painting ... and floors that could use to see a mop... and a shower that is no where as clean and white as I thought it was....yuck!!! So I've been spending time with a dust cloth/mop/rag/vacuum cleaner/paper towels/bleach/cleaning products... you get the picture... and it ain't a pretty one. Glad this isn't a big house...

And since I didn't post last week I missed my chance for my semi-annual rant against Daylight Saving Time... nothing has changed  my opinion from last year or the year before that or the year before that or the year before that... I STILL HATE IT!!!!  Just leave the time alone... it will stay lighter later all on its own... and I won't be nearly as crabby as I am from losing that hour... do you have any idea how much chocolate it takes to make me chill out over that hour??? A LOT of chocolate!! LOL

So lets move on to more enjoyable pursuits... like socks! Here is the last pair I did with the sock yarn from my Opal Advent Calendar...


This time I took 4 of the mini skeins and divided each of them in half. Then I knit each half until I ran out of that skein and I started another. I've finally figured out that to make a pair of socks with Opal yarn I need 28 grams  per sock... the little skeins weighed 15 grams... half of 15 is 7-ish grams ...hey you know math is not my forte... so 4 half skeins will make a sock. I glad I'm documenting this info on the blog so I can find it later... as, it has taken me numerous pairs of Opal socks to figure this out.

Now armed with the amazing discovery on my part I figured I could apply this information to making other scrappy socks. I thought about breaking out my bin of Opal sock yarn and making a mountain of mini skeins but then I thought that a change of pace from Opal sock yarn would be nice... I was thinking waaaay too much here.

Instead I liberated my Blue Moon Socks that Rock yarn from it's bin...



 and made little mini bobbins of colorful yarn....


 I was so proud of my math skills, as I determined that I wanted to use 5 different colors in each sock... so that meant I needed about 5  to 6 grams of each color, right??? 28 divided by 5 equals 5.6...so I'm in the ball park, right???  I was able to use my newest toy... a little bitty scale...


isn't it cute?? My older son, the prosecutor, pointed out that these scales are primarily used to measure drugs....ummm... not me...LOL!!   Yarn...only yarn.... so off I went winding, winding winding.... I cast on this new Frakensock and I barely got the cuff knitted...oh something is wrong here ... I should be able to get waaay farther than this on 5/6 grams of yarn... on an Opal sock I was able to do the cuff and another inch and a half or so...

At this point I reweighed the Opal sock... 28 grams... and then I went and got a Blue Moon sock... a whopping 55 grams!!!!  The Blue Moon yarn weighs almost twice what the Opal does... yikes!!! Need to wind more yarn bobbins right away... and I did!  Thank goodness for my little scale and the tale it told...

Here's the sock so far....



I love the colors of Blue Moon yarn and I ADORE the names they give them... starting with the cuff this sock includes Crabby McHappypants... Fire on the Mountain...Azure Malachite... and  I'm just starting Chickabiddy... this is definitely a Frankensock!!!

I'll be linking up with Patchwork Times today for "What's on your needles?"... this sock will be a great project for waiting in the car knitting... and I might just cast on another new project... this cowl...


my friend Cathy was wearing the one she knit last night and it is soooo PRETTY... it is called the Orchid Cowl and it is a free pattern on Ravelry that you can see here.  Need to go root through my stash for a nice skein of something with cashmere in it... that would feel so good around my neck...

Hope you have some nice weekend plans... today my son's friend is hanging out here... tomorrow we have a wedding to attend... and on Sunday I think my older son and his wife are coming for dinner...and I'll try to squeeze in some kniting/stitching/sewing... sounds like  a pretty nice weekend!

happy knitting-
carol fun




Monday, February 27, 2017

Defying Mother Nature...


Last week the weather was glorious... I even shaved my legs and worn sandals one day!  This week is starting gray and yuckky... but I'm not going to let Mother Nature get me down...I'm making tulips... GIANT BRIGHTLY COLORED TULIPS!!!!


So far I've completed this dozen...


and this one of a kind aqua tulip...


There is very little aqua in any of the American Jane collections... as far as I can find it is just these 6 prints... I am very fond of the square in the bottom center of the tulip...those cats are sweet... the collection from several years ago  was called Fairy Tale Friends.

I've been pushing myself to think outside the box where the color of the leaves are concerned and I've made red leaves and blue leaves and yellow leaves along with the traditional green leaves... and I may have just enough fabric to do one tulip with aqua leaves...oooohhhh   very trendy....LOL!

I like the 30's vibe of the American Jane fabrics and that there are always some novelties to play with...for example....


there's a gingerbread boy making a run for it in the upper left corner of this tulip.


And paper doll clothes appear in this minty green designer tulip with the pink leaves... very Spring-y!


Bees, and old fashioned items like cursive penmanship and a rotary phone are included in this ginormous tulip.

And of course my favorite motif... CHICKENS....



in 2 different colorways... so cute!

So I have 13 sewn and 17 to go...and they are ALL cut out!!!!


Now to find time to sew... at the moment I'm waiting for my furnace guy to come and figure out what is wrong with the furnace... I have heat...thank goodness, but the water pump thingy keeps cycling over and over and over and over ...and well I'm not a repair guy but even I know that isn't right.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to have my left eye cataract surgery... I'll be happy to see approximately the same out of both eyes... and then to figure out if I can get by with just reading glasses or do I still need prescription lenses... I'm okay either way...and after that I have a bit of a double vision problem that needs to be corrected. It comes and goes and it  is mostly when I focus really far away but it is annoying... now I can rectify the situation by closing one eye so maybe I should go for a pirate look and just say "aye mateys" a lot... probably not a long term solution. There is always something isn't there?

Hope you have a good week...

happy stitching-
carol fun