Friday, December 31, 2010

Gifts from the "quilty ladies".....

Last night I went out with the "quilty ladies" (my son's name for us) and a great time was had by all. It takes us forever to come up with a night we can all make it since everyone has their own family and work obligations we are a little late for Christmas and a bit early for New Years - oh well. We had a wonderful meal followed by cheesecake and our server was extra entertainment. He was waaayyy over the top with a particular dramatic flair. He mentioned he was a grad student and we all guessed Theater major but it turned out he's getting a masters degree in French History. Yes, we asked what you would do with such a degree and he answered get a Ph.D. -- yeah, that's all I could come up with too. Anyway the highlight of the evening was the presents and I was the recipient of some absolutely wonderful gifts -drumroll please --

First is this adorable fabric basket that Laurey made (we won't comment on the number of Dove chocolates that are already missing, ok?) I love the Christmas ribbon candy fabric and it has a fun black and white polka dot lining. Also isn't this little sewing machine pretty?

Next up is this cute gingerbread man mini quilt - sorry about the shadows, he doesn't have black circles under his eyes in real life. He's a great addtion to my ever expanding gingerbread man collection.

Then this haul is from Stephie. I love the zipper bag - I mean what's not to love? Polka dots and my name embroidered in yellow - perfect - she knows me soooo well. Inside was some sock yarn - again she knows my weaknesses - and then there is her homemade peppermint bark. This will NOT be shared with others in this household - they are not worthy - LOL! Ok, I'm selfish where peppermint bark is concerned.

And these beauties were made by Linda -- crocheted potholders! These lovelies will NEVER touch a pot, I promise. Linda has some vintage ones in her kitchen and I've always admired them. It is so nice to have some for my very own.

And last but certainly not least is this gem - a polka dot chicken mug!! OMG!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! Linda picked it up a while ago and saved it for me for Christmas. It warms my heart to know that my friends think of me when they see items like this. I think it proves that I have warped their minds too - LOL!

So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all my quilty lady friends! I don't know what I do without you in my life.

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy News Years Eve - I'll be spending it the way I like it, quietly at home.

Happy stitching -
carol fun

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The crazy middle-age woman's equivalent of.....

storing up nuts for the winter is buying sock yarn! I have been busy busy busy ordering sock yarn in the last 2 weeks. I'm not sure what has possessed me but I HAD to have more sock yarn (at this time, we will not speak of the 5 plastic containers of yarn in the storage room- they're the smallish sized containers and silence is golden) I ordered online from several places and then there was bargains on ebay and new stuff at Michaels, temptation at every turn and as Mae West said "I can resist anything but temptation."

This first skein is a Heritage 150 Paints by Cascade - such pretty colors, reminds me of the ocean.

And then these two skeins were bargains from ebay - Araucania. I've already wound the top skein and it is almost a finished shawl - hopefully it will be done by tomorrow and I'll take pictures. I don't have any clear plans for the purpley skein but I'm sure something will come to me.

And then there are these two balls of Opal sock yarn. I love Opal when the patterns makes thick and thin stripes and the repeat is really long. I may already have a pair of socks just like the right hand ball but that's okay, I found a cool stripey scarf pattern on Ravelry that it would be great for.

And then there is this Regia Galaxy Saturn. I've been wanting to try this line out. I'm hoping for a cool spaced dyed circly effect. Additionally my friend Cathy shared some cool hand dyed sock yarn she got off of etsy last week and we are planning another order because I NEED several of these gorgeous colorway.

But I have been productive too. This is my Holden shawlette.

The yarn is Pagewood Farms Denali in the Prism colorway. This was birthday present yarn from Cathy and Stephie - thank you guys! It is yummy.

The 8 hours it took me to do that picot bindoff was totally worth it. I love the lacy effect for the edging.

And this was started just about a week ago - another 22.5 Degree Shawlette. This is the fourth one of these I've done and I know I will do it again. Sooooo easy!

This yarn is some new stuff from Micheals called Loops & Threads. I think it is their brand. Very nice, the 10% cashmere makes it very soft and drapey.

I did the scalloped edging in some Knitpicks yarn that I hand dyed last summer. It was a great match.

So I am one very happy squirrel - strike that- crazy middle age woman surrounded by squishy woolly goodness. I could be happy staying home for weeks - too bad others in this house expect more from me than knitted accessories!

Happy stitching -
carol fun

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Merry Christmas

Hope you are having a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I need to......

FOCUS! Honestly I'm just bouncing from one thing to another and I'm getting nothing done. I've meant to post since Sunday but I couldn't find my camera and then when I found it it needed new batteries. Anyway here is as late Sunday stitching offering...

This is my oldest son's stocking and being the first born I went all out on this one. I had such a wonderful time stitching this stocking and had it done for his first Christmas - good thing he was born in January and I had 11 months to finish it.

Back then combining perle cotton with wools was cutting edge - LOL! Oh how far we've come. I am pleased with how well all these stockings have "aged". My oldest son is 25 years old (How in the heck did that happen? I'm not any older, am I? -rhetorical question -just ignore me, I do all the time) I'm glad I picked classic designs and stuck with traditional colors - boy I was smart (again, just ignore my delusional thinking).

Now Christmas is just days away. My neighbor goes all out with the decorations and I love it but this year he added a countdown clock. Nothing wrong with that except it is off - by a day -and every time I leave the house or come home I see it and it gives me jolt. I'm pretty much done shopping for gifts unless something wonderful comes along for my youngest son - he's so hard to shop for. I need to go to the grocery to get the rest of the fixings for dinner- the turkey is thawing in the fridge. My Christmas quilt is still on the design wall and I really want to make a new Christmas table runner, but I have no focus or energy. Instead I've been putzing with these.....

simple vanilla socks. This is a Patons yarn I got at Hobby Lobby. Love the stripes, kinda a cross between a roll of lifesavers and a Hudson River blanket. And then there is another of those 22.5 Degree Shawlettes....

I found this yarn at Michael's and I think this must be their house brand. It is called Loops & Threads. It is 60% superwash merino, 30% nylon and 10% cashmere -- oooooohhhh... soft and only $5.99 for 229 yds and I had a coupon. I got it in a couple of colorways. I love sock yarn because it is so versatile. And then there has been this distraction.....

a new 3g Kindle - a gift from my boys. My oldest wanted me to play with it before Christmas day since he figures on the 25th tons of people will be trying to download books. I've downloaded a couple of free books and a couple I've purchased. So far I'm loving it as a reader, using it to check email and surf the web is a bit slow but that could be a function of the wireless at my house. Either way it is a winner - I'm really enjoying it.

Okay it is fairly obviously that I lack focus and my crafty ADHD probably isn't going to clear up any soon so that's the way it is going to be. Hope you are getting lots accomplished for your holiday celebrations.

Happy stitching -

carol fun

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Here's why I had to have plastic snow......

Ta dah!!! Aren't these just tooooo stinking cute??? Adorable little cupcake ornaments!

I got the idea here by way of this great blog OnePrettyThing.

I had everything I needed to make these except the plastic snow, so it was killing me that one item was holding me up. They are more sparkly in real life but I didn't have great light today. Ok, I'm dating myself but as a child I remember little snowballs like this at Christmas time. They were vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut and there was a bit of cherry on top. They were frozen and as I remember came 4 to a box. I just loved them. They seemed so special and we only had them at Christmas time. They were frosty and elegant in my 8 year old mind. Does anyone else remember these?

I plan on giving these in a cute little bag to my quilty friends (sorry guys that I had to show them here first but since we aren't planning on doing a holiday dinner till after Christmas I couldn't wait that long - and don't worry I have another part to my gift that will be a surprise for you).

We had a very snowy day here, our second significant snow event of the season. Luckily I didn't have to go out in it. Hope you are nice and dry and warm where you are.

Happy stitching-
carol fun

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A rant and some quilty content...

I had plans, big plans to sew today but instead I spent hours running around trying to by a bag of fake plastic snow, sometimes called buffalo snow. How hard could it be to get a bag of this? Plastic snow at Christmas, a slam dunk easy errand -, no it wasn't.

Michaels - nope, went to 2 different locations and they were both packed

Walmart - nope,but retail sales look good here too

Hobby Lobby - nope, but I did use the restroom

Meijers (a kinda Midwestern Walmart) - nope, but I did see some cute Shiny
Brite ornaments I might go back and pick up

Target - nope but did buy some cute food ornaments for our "food" Christmas tree - I need to take some pictures

Lowe's Hardware - nope and can you just feel the desperation here?

Hallmark - FINALLY SUCCESS! this Hallmark store sells a lot of Dept. 56 Christmas village stuff and I was told they sell plastic snow year round!

OMG - I just counted these up and realized I went to EIGHT different stores for one 7 ounce bag of plastic snow. Insanity or determination? I'm picking tenacious. Now this took from like noon till 4pm. I drove all over the place and the Hallmark shop was actually the store closest to my house! Why didn't I think of them first? By the time I got the plastic snow I was too tired to start the project and I only had a short time before I had to go back out and pick up my son - sheesh!

Here's a pic of my design wall with the Christmas charm squares....

I'm loving the yellow sashing and red corner stones. I envision a wide yellow border.This is a little over half the top, its going be 11 blocks by 11 rows.

Isn't this flamingo fabric cute? Its a Nancy Wolff.

And this is another Nancy Wolff - a polka dot Christmas tree, I like.

I spoke with Heather who won the Christmas charm squares and she was so excited. She a young mother with 2 small kids and is just beginning to build a stash and wishes she had more time to quilt - remember those days? Don't we all wish we had more time to quilt? Anyway I could tell she will have fun with these fabrics. Hope tomorrow holds more stitching time for all of us!

Happy stitching-
carol fun

Sunday, December 12, 2010

And the winner is......

Heather L! Come on down, Heather! I chose the winner the old-fashioned way. I wrote all the entries on slips of paper and had my son pick one. I tried to get the cat to do it but even with the bribe of kitty treats he wasn't having anything to do with it. Darn it was going to be a great photo op. Actually Heather I will get the Christmas charm squares and the gingerbread man pin to you. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and joined as a follower. I appreciate your interest and hope that I can keep you slightly entertained, now and again.

For my Sunday stitchy offering I have my youngest son's stocking.

I started this stocking before he was born, since I knew he was a boy (I did the whole testing thing). I wanted a stocking that coordinated with his older brother's but was different. Luckily my choice of Strictly Christmas designs made this possible. The background is the same on both boy's stockings -- a nice warm gold (see my love of yellow sneaks in everywhere!) There are lots of decorative stitches and fibers which really jazz it up. The fiber I used for the windows of the train resembled cellophane and I like the glassy effect.

I went all out on Santa's beard. Tons of stitches that were cut and fluffed. The trim on Santa's coat is one ply of angora -- OMG! I distinctly remember that you could only take a couple of stitches and then it would break. But being the dedicated (read stubborn) stitcher that I am I wanted that look and I was going to get it!!!

I changed the bigger bear into a panda and used a pink rayon Marlitt fiber on the pads of the arms and legs. I did go a bit crazy with the french knots on the dolly's head. Hey there I see no reason to hold back on Christmas stockings. I wasn't going for an understated look.

I do feel a bit better and I truly appreciate all the good wishes sent my way, but I'm still tired. Part of that could be the weather - its cold, windy, gray and snowing. We were suppose to have luminaries in our neighborhood this evening but it got postponed till next Sunday. We've done luminaries for years and it is soooo pretty but we've already got a couple of inches of snow. And the winds tonight are suppose to gust up to 40 mph which turns pretty white paper bag luminaries into infernonaries which cause neighbors to come out of their houses with fire extinguishers - not good.

Well, stay warm and I hope that you have some stitching time available during this busy holiday season. I still need to do some decorating but I'm almost there and I hope to be able to do some sewing on my Christmas quilt. I'll show some design wall pics tomorrow.

Happy stitching!
carol fun

Friday, December 10, 2010

The best I can manage today...

Oh I had high hopes for my week. I was going gangbusters on my Kitchen Sink quilt - all it needs is the borders. And I started laying out my Christmas quilt - all the Christmas fabrics are cut and I remembered I have some cute Nancy Wolff Christmas prints - a flamingo with a Santa cap and Santa in a snazzy sports car. I can tell you this is going to be one busy quilt but I'm loving it! And then came Wednesday evening.... around 10 pm..... I tried fighting it off as long as I could but I couldn't win and boy did I get sick! I haven't been this sick in years. Who knew that projectile vomiting would make abdominal muscles hurt so much? I certainly didn't! So yesterday I spent the entire day laying on the couch counting the hours since I last errped -- I don't recommend this activity for anyone! I was able to keep down a bit of banana and some chicken soup today. I am upright and have spent several hours sitting in my chair working on the picot bind off to my Holden shawlette.

Isn't it pretty? I love it but my brain is so addled that it has taken hours to get to this point - I'm having a lot of problems counting to 4. How bad is that? You don't even need a full hand to count to four! Oh this picture is taken from my chair on top of my laptop. The only reason this post has a picture is that the camera was in a basket next to the chair and I didn't have to get up, cause it hurts to stand up, and cough too -- coughing is not on the agenda today, at all!

Well tomorrow has to be better, doesn't it? Remember I'm giving fabric away on Sunday!

Happy stitching-
carol fun

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I loves me a.......

gingerbread man! What I love the most about gingerbread men is that they are soft and warm and never give you any guff about that stack of fat quarters you just tried to smuggle in from the car --- I'm just saying..... they know how to keep their mouths shut- LOL! Anyway isn't this a cute gingerbread guy?

He's made with a brushed flannel body and I tea dyed the rick rack and handstitched on the buttons and bow ties. Now you know I must really like him because while I love buttons I don't like to sew them on. This was a pattern for a potholder, I think in an issue of Fons & Porter's magazine several years ago. And he was sooooo cute that instead of a potholder, I made a dozen on them!

Sorry for the bad angle, this quilt is hanging in my kitchen hallway and there is no room to back up for a better shot. The fabric is an older Sandy Gervais Christmas line that I loved because the "reds" were really more peachy reds which is perfect for my kitchen with the peach tile floor (remember I talked about this floor, it ain't going anywhere no matter what I want). This is the 2nd quilt I made from this gingerbread boy potholder pattern. The first was browns/red/blue and used a border print that had a gingerbread recipe on it. That one lives at Stephie's house now. So you can see how I get carried away with gingerbread men.

And then there is this batch of gingerbread guys.

These are made of cotton batting, two layers sewn together. Then you painted them with a mixture of glue (I think Aleene's Tacky glue), water, instant coffee and cinnamon and you "baked" them in the microwave. (I'm not kidding this is how you did it.) Anyway you "bake" them on one side and then turn them over and do the other side. The cinnamon made them smell so good and they really look like dough. These guys were special and I hand embroidered their noses and made a whole family. They are quite cozy with my polka dot Christmas tree (I have 3 of these cute dotty

I also made a bajillion of theses little gingerbread guy pins a couple of Christmases when my youngest was in grade school and gave them as gifts to teachers and aides. I went to a retirement party this summer and somehow the gingerbread men pins came up in conversation and several people told me that they still wear these pins and staff members identify each other as people I liked - LOL! A secret society of elementary school staff who I thought were special people.

Along with the giveaway of Christmas charm squares I'll include one of the little gingerbread men pins. Don't forget if you want to be in the giveaway leave a comment on that post. Ok, I'm off to stuff I have to do, like laundry and clean the litter box and I hope to have time this evening to do stuff I want to do, like play with my Christmas charm squares.

Happy stitching!
carol fun

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Giveaway of the Cottony Kind

Well it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. We had our first measurable snow on Saturday and it was very well behaved snow-it covered the lawn and the trees but pretty much just melted on the roadways. And since it was Saturday no one in my house had to go out into it to go to work.

I've done a little decorating around the house and I cut out quite a bit of Christmas fabric for the quilt that I really don't have time to be playing with, but I will anyway! I figure that I need 121 5" squares for my quilt but I cut out more than twice that amount - over 250 5" squares! So I would like to share some Christmasy fabric goodness with you.

There are 27 different fabrics here and there are 6 squares of each. I think they'd make a great scrappy Christmas quilt or for you cross stitchers they would be great fabrics for the back of ornaments. I'm following the giveaway model I've seen on other blogs. If you leave a comment on this entry I'll put your name in the hat once, if you are a follower or become a follower I'll put your name in twice and if you mention it on your blog (and let me know) I'll put your name in three times. I'll pick a winner and post it next Sunday. Good luck!

As for stitching and decorating here is the mantle in our family room.

I have a little Debbie Mumm Santa quilt, peppermint candles and our needlepoint stockings. Before cross stitching, before quilting, I was into needlepoint. My first son was born in January and I got a wild hormonal fueled idea that I wanted needlepoint stockings to hang on the mantle for his first Christmas. And not only did I want one for him I wanted one for each of us. Now a more sensible person would have chosen less complex and smaller stockings but sensibility has never been one of my strong points.

This is the first one I stitched. I figured I would try out my ideas on one for my husband. Now these are really BIG stockings. They measure about 10" across the top and they are 22" long on 18count canvas. My mathematically inclined son estimates that there are over 75,000 stitches in each stocking - oh my goodness - I'm glad I didn't know that before I started. I used lots of different fibers and decorative stitches.

This one has blending filament combined with the wool for a sparkly snow effect. The tails on all the rodentia shown here is a 3 dimensional loopy stitch that you shear and contour with your scissors. I'll show another stocking each week until Christmas. The ones I made for the boys are the most elaborate and the one I made for myself is simplest. I stitched these over 20 years ago. They are handpainted canvases from a company called Strictly Christmas. Back then I think I paid about $75 to $80 for each stocking. I have no idea how much investment I had in the fibers but I know it was a sizeable amount. However I checked out these stockings the other day and found out that the handpainted canvas like these goes for $250 to over $350 -OMG - there is no way I could justify needlepoint at those prices. I still have a sizeable stash of hand painted needlepoint canvas from some well known designers. Hmmmmm...maybe I should figure out how to put them on ebay. Oh another job for another day...

Hope your holiday preparations are going well. I still have a tree to get decorated and lots of errands and shopping that need to be done but I am deluding myself that I still have lots of time to get everything done - hey its my reality not true reality.

Happy stitching -

carol fun

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oh I did it again.....

I made another 22.5 Degree Shawl. This is my third one and I think there will be more of these in my future. They are addictive.

I did this one with that Amazing yarn by Lion Brand. I used all of 2 balls, about 300yds. The colorway is Acadia. The only place I've seen it is the Joanns in Centerville, OH. I love love love those scallops on the edge.

I spent time today cutting 5" squares of my Christmas fabrics. There is a great mix of colors and styles. Red, forest green, limey green, gold, hot pink, turquoise, aqua,orange. And there are some great contemporary prints - Riley Blake, Kate Spain, and some retro looking prints. Notice I said retro not vintage or antique - the prints remind me of wrapping paper from my childhood and I'm not old, I'm retro! LOL --so much more hip, dontcha think?

And you have to see this wonderful chicken fabric I found at Fabric Shack. I practically squealed when I found it -- ok maybe I did actually squeal - but come on it is wonderful!

It is from Timeless Treasures. Now there is a border stripe too in the red, black and yellow that would make great valances for a kitchen. Unfortunately my kitchen can't handle it. I have a peach ceramic tile floor which is looking pretty dated but the powers that be in this house would never even contemplate replacing it, so I work with it and continue to entertain visions of my dream kitchen which would be black, white and yellow - maybe some day.

Happy stitching -
carol fun

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It is coming sooner than I think .....

Well that relaxing Thanksgiving break I've been so looking forward to was over in a flash. Now I know some of you are deep into your Christmas decorating but the most I could do today is haul out this piece.

I stitched this several years ago and I think it may have been from Prairie Schooler or Cross Eye Cricket. I love the sentiment and the heart shape of the piece. I used some gold blending filament in the ribbon so it is sparkly.

I hang this in my foyer with my creche but I don't have that stuff unpacked yet. I'll share my best Christmas stitching with you in the next month. Before I did cross stitch I did needlepoint. I have some lovely Christmas stockings that I did for my family and an adorable creche set I made back in 1985. Also I have two cute tree toppers - one is a girl angel and the other is a little boy angel holding a train -so I have lots in store to share.

Now I didn't do any shopping on Black Friday, but I did go online and on Saturday I went up to Fabric Shack and quite a few Christmas fabrics came home with me - I wonder how that happened? LOL Anyway Christmas fabric was 20% off and I got a great idea for a Christmas quilt the other day.

There is a mix of retro and modern pieces and a range of colors reds, green, a little aqua and orange. I came to the realization the other day that in my large collection of quilts I don't have a Christmas quilt for my bed. I have several wall quilts and wall hangings but nothing to tuck myself in under. Soooooooo..... I realistically know that I can't finish a quilt before Christmas since I know I won't quilt this myself. It will get large since I like generously sized quilts for my bed, but I also know that I'm gonna start anyway because I don't have anything else to do before Christmas -- ha ha ha ha ha- what a crock of crap -- I have tons to do but I really need to see part of this on my design wall. It will be a simple square surrounded by sashing. I picked up the sashing and border fabric at 20% off sale. (Are you noticing a pattern? yeah - 20% off is my threshold for shopping - it doesn't take much - LOL!) Now most people would do a red and green and white color scheme for Christmas but I have to have my own twist on it. There will be red and green but the sashing and borders are going to be a wonderful buttery yellow with snowflakes in red, pink, green and aqua. It is going to be soooo pretty and sooooo me! I'll post an "in progress" shot later this week.

Happy stitching -
carol fun

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Have a Happy Turkey Day!

Well my turkey is thawing and the stuffing is made. The pasta salad my younger son adores is chilling in the fridge and the potatoes are washed and await the oven. We're having a low keyed family day and I am looking forward to it. We'll eat around noon and then nap the afternoon away and finish the day with leftovers. My oldest son will watch football and I'll park myself in my chair and knit and stitch. Its going to be a great day.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! There is so much in life to be thankful for and I chose to focus on the good stuff. Gobble till you wobble, I know I will!

carol fun

Monday, November 22, 2010

The weekend got away from me .... again!

I know that is it already Monday and I don't have a lot to show for my weekend, but it was nice. There was a little knitting and a little sewing and a little shopping.
I had grand hopes of finishing my Holden shawlette -- stop laughing - I know that was totally unrealistic. In fact, I didn't even get the stockinette part finished - bummer - but I love the yarn and it is looking good so I think it will be done by this coming weekend. I plan on parking my butt in a chair after our Thanksgiving feast at noon on Thursday and knitting and napping the rest of the day away.

On the cross stitch front, I didn't finish by Beatrix Potter but I do have this piece to share. It is part quilt, part cross stitch and lots of ceramic buttons.

I did this probably 15 years ago. I have no memory where I got the pattern or the idea. The letters are stitched in DMC floss on Jobelan and over each letter is a ceramic button that corresponds to the letter.

Some were easy A for angel, B for bear, C for clown --- G is a gingerbread man, and I is an ice cream

and some were harder to come up with, J is a jack-o-lantern, N is a nut, O is an ornament, and U in a unicorn.

and the hardest to figure out was the X. It was the last button I added, a little hoop with cross stitches.

I actually handquilted this piece and I was quite proud of the little Ohio Star cornerstones. And collecting all those buttons was fun - I love a collection!

Hope that you have plenty of help getting your Thanksgiving feast together this week. I'm planning on getting as much done ahead of time as I can so I can enjoy the day too.

Happy stitching -
carol fun

Friday, November 19, 2010

One little thing leads to.....

another and another and another. It started with my latest knitting project, another 22.5 Degree shawlette done in Chirapa yarn by Mirasol Peru. I love all the colors in it but when I got to the scallops at the edge I envisioned them in a solid color, like this....

ooohhh, aaaaahhh! A lovely pea greeny, tart appley green color that I think adds just the right finish. Kinda like rick rack and I LOVE LOVE LOVE rickrack. So off I went to my LYS in search of this magical green color because my rather healthy stash of yarn doesn't contain this beauty. Here is how it looks in all its glory. Sorry no shot of it around my neck and featuring my flabby white arms. I'm the only one here right now.

When I found this green I snapped up one ball - hmmmm....Lana Gatto VIP, 80% wool and 20% cashmere. Very very soft. Well I knew that I wouldn't need an entire ball to do the edging, therefore I'd have a nice amount left over, but not enough to make another shawl. So using this incredibly brilliant logic (hey you don't need to point out the holes in this analysis big enough to drive a semi-truck through. I see them I just choose to ignore them. - LOL) Anyway I bought 2 balls, now I have about 410 yds plenty to do another shawlette, but which one? After spending an enormous amount of time on Ravelry I found this one - A Leafy Hug Shawl. Won't this be gorgeous in this yarn?? (Nod your head up and down, up and down --very good.) So here is my start on this....

I didn't get to far but it is a good start. But then I was sidetracked by a phone call from my friend Linda. She had finished her Holden Shawlette and wondered if I had finished mine. Ummmm... no, not yet. In fact I hadn't cast on and while Linda does not care one way or the other I felt an obligation (boy this stuff is really getting deep here - LOL) to start mine. So I did....

This is Pagewood Farms Denali in the Prism colorway. It is Merino Superwash and Nylon. It has a lovely drape and the purples range from plum to lilac. I think it will be lovely and I think there will be a lot of knitting in my weekend. I hope that you have time to play too.

Happy stitching-
carol fun