Monday, September 26, 2016

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival

Went to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival on Saturday.  It took us three hours of mostly back roads and non-interstate driving to get there and the weather was just perfect.  We were passing through four states in 3 hours.  :)  The show was fantastic!  I liked it much more than the NY Sheep and Wool Festival which I think is just too insane with the crowds. Not quite as big as Maryland Sheep and Wool but bigger than NH Sheep and Wool.  

She's protecting her Caleesi or maybe her Caleesi's yarn stash :) 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Halloween PIllow

I did the counted cross stitch last year and put the pillow together today. Made the back out of two pieces with binding on both horizontal edges.  Then I just stitched around all four sides of the pillow and turned it inside out.  Stash busting and a lot cheaper than having it framed too :)  I made the front and back 1/2" bigger than the size of the pillow to allow 1/4" seam allowance.  Think I'll be finishing some Christmas stitcheries the same way. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On a downsizing roll.....

I've discovered selling stuff via the town's Facebook yard sale pages.  In two days, I got rid of $100.00 worth of crap...oops did I say crap...I meant "treasures". :)  Priced to move it out :)  The antique oak desk I sold for more than I bought it for.  It was cute but just something getting in the way.....On a roll getting rid of gifts I never liked, used or wanted.  The wreath made some young woman happy.  Her mother is a Thomas Kincaid fan so she got that for 25% for what it was selling for on Ebay.  Enjoy and here ya go :) The best part is you don't waste a Saturday afternoon dragging all your crap....oops I meant merchandise....out into the driveway and having strange people showing up two hours before you ever wanted them there arguing that they want to buy everything you have to sell for five dollars.   

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Patriotic Small Quilt

Ufo finished.  Blocks made by numerous people.  It's so old I'm not really sure which block I made. I think top left in the bottom picture.  Done...moving on. :)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ready for Fall Sweater

I'm ready for fall.  Finished blocking this today.  The yarn is Malabrigo Rio. The color is Volcan.  The pattern is by Diane Sousy of Knitting Pure & Simple.  The name of the pattern is Top Down Trapeze Pullover.  Super easy and well written pattern.  Her patterns are the best.  It's a very long tunic with 3/4 sleeves.  The increases are at the sides and the sides are longer than the front and back. It is knit from the top down.  No seaming when you are done.  A really good pattern for beginner sweater knitter.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Neon Christmas

This quilt is going to have to come with sunglasses :)  For the grand-kids.  Stash busting my neons.  Neon green backing.  Top quilting thread in neon variegated.  Bobbin thread is neon green.  Will provide pattern information when I dig it up.  I know it was in a quit magazine and not a book but I can't remember the name.  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dresden Squared Quilt

Finished this about a week ago but I couldn't post pictures until the birthday girl got it delivered to her house.  The pattern is Dresden Squared by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The fabrics are Moda Laundry Baskets (layer cake and some yardage).  I hand stitched the circles rather than doing it by machine. It requires the Missouri Star Wedge ruler. Here it is pictured in my friend's house.  Her condo is done in neutrals like taupe and shades of gray and in a more modern/traditional decor (not country) so I didn't go with a very traditional pattern.  She likes it...the chickens are ambivalent :) 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nordic Trail Vest

Finished the Nordic Trail Vest.  I'm happy with it. It's the first time I made something for me that actually fits me.  Really well written pattern.  I'd definitely make this one again.  Here's the link to the pattern on Ravelry:
Yarn is Valley Yarn Berkshire in chunky from Webs. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ireland Bound

I'm going to Ireland next year!!!  In the spirit of that event, I'm making the Stone Walls vest designed by Cheryl Oberle from her book "Folk Vests".  

The pattern calls for an Irish yarn, Black Water Abbey (wool/color Bracken). One of the girls on Ravelry was selling her Black Water Abbey so I bought it.  There was some mention that it may or may not have been smuggled into the United States in the bottom of a golf bag. Shhhhhh what VAT tax?  

As soon as I finish the Nordic Trail vest (progressing nicely), I'll start this one.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cabled Cuff Socks

Glad these are done.  I ran out of yarn and couldn't make them the usual size.  I had to turn them into ankle socks.  The pattern is called "Cabled Cuff Socks" from the book "Knitted Socks" by Anna Tillman.  The book might be out of print.  I found a copy dirt cheap at a second hand book store in Boothbay, Maine.  The cable cuff is knit first and joined.  Then stitches are picked up and worked down to the tow. I reinforced the heel and dropped down a needle size to do it.  Definitely going to make another pair but I'll be sure to have more than 100 grams of yarn.  

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Noro Hitchhiker

Finished another Hitchhiker scarf.  It's a brainless pattern.  I used Noro sock yarn for this one. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Maine Quilts 2016

The Maine Quilts quilt show was really nice this year.  The quilts were an amazing mix of antique, traditional, artsy and modern.  The vendors this year were really great too.  

We had a great long weekend up there. Besides the show we hit three yarn shops and the Cottonweeds Quilt shop.  I wish that shop was in my town.  Just adorable.  

Here are some pics of the quilts. 

The picture to this does not do it justice.  She somehow transferred a picture to the fabric and then embellished with silk ribbon embroidery. 
Well it would be a Maine Quilt show without one lobster :)
Absolutely gorgeous....she must have used every possible embroidery and embellishing technique known to man on this quilt.  
There was a special exhibit with a tribute to Fenway Park. 
This was made using the 'potholder' technique. The woman told us all the old quilts made using this method have been found in Maine.

Another exhibit featured antique quilts and their modern counterparts.  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Birthday Present For a Friend

A friend of mine is a big time Tampa Bay Bolts fan.  I cross stitched the jewelry box for her and found the Tampa Bay necklace on Etsy.  Ben Bishop is her favorite player :)  I have one jewelry box left, a black one and I'm going to make one for me....Bruins designs of course :) 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Farro and Chickpea Sumac Salad
Dinner tonight.  The hardest part was finding the spice sumac.  Used mint and cucumbers from our garden and backyard honey my step son's bees made.  🐝🐝🐝🐝

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Downton Abbey Quilt

Finished the tumbler quilt made out of Downton Abbey fabrics.