Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shabby Chic Flag

My sister in law sent me the picture she found on Pinterest.  I found a similar e-pattern on Patternmart by Debbie Booth called American Cottage Flag and made some adaptions to the pattern.  I used 4 antique quilt blocks instead of appliqueing stars or using star fabric.  It goes in the mail tomorrow and hopefully gets there before the 4th of July.  


Vermont Quilt Festival

Went to the Vermont Quilt Festival Yesterday.  It was good to be at a crowded quilt show again.  I've been to so many over the years where the shop owners are just sitting in empty booths or knitting to kill time in between customers.  This show as busy!  I saw at least 7 or 8 busses parked in the parking lot.  I was starting to think quilting was on the decline.  It was a mostly an older crowd.  Just something I noticed while sitting at the outdoor dining area.  I sat at a table with Canadian women speaking French.  I'm going to need to spend more time on my Duolingo app before I can understand what they were saying.  I'm pretty sure it wasn't "Gee I really wish I was eating Jenny Craig Ranch Snaps like that woman instead of this awesome giant burger and fries."   Maybe the younger women are more into knitting now and the hipster coffee shop knitting scene?   My favorite booth was "The Cottage Rose", a shop based in Iowa. Iowa sure produces some of the best quilters.  The quilts at the show were a nice mix of "artsy" and traditional.  I came home with some treasures and my head full of potential quilt ideas:) Hit the local quilt shop and a yarn shop in Williston on the way home :). Pulled into the driveway on fumes :). All in all a really fun day :) 


Friday, June 23, 2017

Joji Mystery KAL

Joji Mystery KAL 

Finished my Joji Mystery KAL today. This is the first KAL I've ever finished.  Yeah :). It's big too.  85 by 29 1/2".  

Used Sweet Georgia Tough Sock and Sweet Georgia Cashluxe.  It blocked really really well.  The colors are outside of my comfort zone but it was a fun, fun pattern to knit.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Irish Fairy Garden


A friend of mine gave me an old suitcase after she saw the dog bed I made out of an old suitcase.  Wasn't sure what I'd do with it but then Pinterest managed to present an idea.  

I turned this into a miniature Celtic fairy garden.  My original idea of turning a pot into a rock cottage with a "thatched" roof went horribly wrong. I'm still trying to get the Gorilla Glue off my hands. 

The Befores

The inspiration
Mine






The disaster
Miniature standing stones

Final touch some mini rocks and sheep:



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Early Morning Knitting



The best part of the day...having very early morning breakfast and tea on the back deck and knitting a little bit before hitting the ground running :)  Still plugging along on my sock yarn blanket.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Gardening

I've had the old window for years. When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I thought I'd give it a shot.  Hoping the lavender comes in nice and full. I have my usual flip flop flower pots on the back deck and containers of herbs along the deck rails.  Love the smell of lavender, basil and rosemary out there :). Finally summer!!!  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Smashville

If it can't be my Bruins, let the Preds win this!  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Had Your Fill Yet?

I rarely write very much on my blog other than what I'm making or made, the pattern I used and what yarn I used.  But today is one of those rare occasions when I have something to say and some of you won't like and quite honestly I'm okay with that.  

With all the "to do" in the quilting world this week caused by a well known quilter's video claiming she is the victim of bullying by a secret Facebook group of conservative quilters, I just thought I'd throw in my two cents on the subject. (And to answer the question before it is asked. I am not a member of the Facebook group in question.)

First of all I think the word "bullying"is being totally overused. It seems the minute you say something someone doesn't agree with you're brandished as a bully and everyone must go scampering to their "safe space" for cookies and milk.  "Bully"  has turned into another dog whistle word just like "racist".  Eventually it loses its meaning.  

Another well known quilter is claiming on her blog that she was bullied when in fact I think her claim falls more into the category of an unethical business arrangement when a friendship went south.  Sad if true but hardly bullying.  And if her claims are true, why not obtain a lawyer and rectify the situation?  

What I object to is the recent portrayal that it is only conservatives who say hateful things or "bully" and that liberals are so sweet and full of peace, love and understanding that sugar wouldn't melt in their collective mouths.  Hate is a two way street people.  I live in a completely liberal state (for now) and I don't have to look very far to see liberal bias, liberal hate and liberal intolerance.  

Where was the inclusivity and acceptance at the Women's March?  Conservative women's groups were forbidden to even be included as sponsors of that event.  So much for accepting differences.

The left tried to shut down the Hobby Lobby craft store chain due to the owner's deeply held religious beliefs. Where were the left wing crafters supporting Hobby Lobby's right to be different and not "bullied"?  

A local quilt museum is hosting a "resistance" quilting event.  The list of topics they want quilts to depict is basically a lengthy list of the left's current grievances.  Let's call this quilting event what it will really be. An Anti-Trump Anti-Conservative Anti-Republican Quilting Hate Festival. Attire:  Pink Pussy Hat optional.  I can only imagine what the raffle quilt will look like if there is one.  In the recruitment information there is a quilt depicting picture a snake coming out of President Trump's mouth.  When the Tea Party Movement was in full swing did this museum seek out quilts depicting conservative causes?  Rhetorical question only.  Of course the answer is no. Would a quilt depicting a "Make America Great Again" theme or a pro second amendment theme even make it through the jury selection process for this show?  I doubt it. And if it were, they'd better post a guard next to the quilt to prevent vandalism. I will never go to this museum again. Why pay money to support intolerance and hate? 

Two weeks ago I signed up for a beginner weaving class at a yarn shop.  Sounded like fun...not so much.  The weaving class was held on one side of the shop and there was an open knit group on the other side of the shop.  Basically the only thing dividing the two groups was a small set of cubicles displaying yarn and a couple of feet.  I paid $85.00 for the day long class.  I didn't realize that fee included being forced to listen to a table full of liberal Democrat hateful knitters dripping venom from every pore of their body as they bashed Republicans, Donald Trump, Donald Trump's family, Donald Trump's ex-wives, his young son, Donald Trump voters, etc. etc.......Due to their extreme arrogance, it never occurred to these oh so tolerant unhinged lefties that there might be other people in the shop who did not agree with them or that one of the people they were insulting ad nauseam was sitting a few feet away from them.  I know for a fact there were at least two of us there. I will never go to this shop again.  The inclusive creative environment the left screams about wasn't there. 

I attended a knitting class at a yarn shop that is now permanently closed.  No loss.  The owner asked me for my email address so she could put me into her customer data base.  At the time my email address was with Reagan.com.  She questioned the email address. Her eye brow shot up.  She asked me how to spell Reagan. When I said "like the President" she looked as if I stuffed a hand full of sour pickles down her throat and gave me a filthy look. Just another example of how the oh so tolerant left can get their knickers in a bunch over something as trivial as an email address that offends them.

So really let's not act like it's just the right side of the aisle that is intolerant.  There's more than enough hate and intolerance to go around and it didn't just start with Donald Trump being president.  The current and sometimes unbearable social atmosphere in this country is partially due to eight years of Obama slicing apart Americans by race, political leanings, sex, income, sexual orientation, religion and occupation.  It didn't just all of a sudden start the day Donald Trump was sworn into office.  

Disagree with any or all of the above, go have a cookie and make a quilt. :). At least I didn't charge you $85 to read it :)

Update: After reading one of the comments posted below I remembered another example of how "inclusive" the liberal creative community really isn't. Let's not forget how the unhinged left tried to completely destroy a woman-owned yarn shop in TN simply because she could not support the "pussy hat project". This is how they support another woman? Where was her right to be different? Where was all that inclusivity in the creative community? There was none. The left tried to destroy her and her business (and it backfired. Conservatives from all over the country came to her aid and supported her and her shop.) The left viciously attacked her on Yelp with fake negative reviews because if you are not a leftist then in their eyes you aren't allowed to be different or included and you must be destroyed. They attacked her on every form of social media they could find. This woman was bombarded with hateful phone calls. She received death threats because she refused to march lock step with liberals. Are you feeling the love from the left wing creative community yet? The hypocrisy is disgusting!

Talk about bullying!!! Please.

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Another Update:  Here's another example of "inclusivity" in the creative environment.  Last night (June 5th) the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Facebook page posted an article against building the border wall.  Always with a flair for the dramatic, they posted a quote from President Trump about building the wall next to the quote on the Statue of Liberty ("Give me your tired, your poor....." etc). The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival is not only against a border wall, they'd like to everyone to give every person that comes to the United States illegally or not a blanky.  They failed to mention that the Statue of Liberty is located in the same harbor and less than a mile away from Ellis Island where legal immigrants began their journey of becoming legal American citizens.  

After five negative comments about the post, the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival removed the post.  The fact is it never should have been posted but here in Massachusetts where liberal arrogance reigns supreme, it never occurred to whatever idiot is running the festival's Facebook page that there might be fiber artists that have a different opinion of the border wall or who at the very least prefer to keep politics out of the creative process.  At the rate the left is going, I'll be not only spinning and dyeing my own yarn but I'll be writing my own patterns too.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

It's been a couple of years since I've gone to the NHS&W. We went yesterday.  It was pretty cold considering it's mid-May.  Really nice festival. I bought no yarn!  What the heck?  I must be ill :)  I saw a lot of samples in the booths that were very inspiring.  Holding off on casting on any other projects until I finish seaming a few sweaters.










Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hockey and Knitting

Okay if it were me and it were the Bruins in the playoffs, that ticket would cost approx. $500 to $700 at least.  For that amount of money, I'd be dropping my knitting when the puck dropped.  At least knit in the team colors sistah!  :)

She has to be knitting with plastic (yuck) or maybe bamboo needles. I can't imagine metal needles making it through the metal detectors and the body cavity searches at TD Garden.  :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My First Attempt at Weaving

My First Attempt at Weaving

A friend and I took an introduction to weaving class at a somewhat local yarn and gift shop.  We learned on an Ashford 10" loom.  It was fun.  I probably won't remember how to set one up again without going on Youtube but it was not the rocket science I imagined it would be.  I used a brown Plymouth Donegal Tweed worsted weight for the warping threads and a Berroco Vintage variegated for the wefts.  I'm a sucker for fall colors.  Anyway it was fun.  I need another textile hobby like a hole in the head but the NHS&W festival is this weekend so maybe I'll price a table top loom.  10" seems very limiting but a 25" might be more practical.  My project isn't perfect (far from it) but I'm okay with it for a first crack at it.  





Saturday, May 6, 2017

"Knit To Fit Eventually" Sweater

Yeah it's done.  This is a Amy Herzog Knit to "Fit" custom pattern.  It didn't fit.  I took a class at a local yarn shop by one of the certified KTF teachers.  Even though the sweater was larger than the gauge on the back, it still was way too tight.  I wouldn't wear it in public.   I've lost more than 20 lbs. and I'd say it almost fits so I'm calling it my "Knit To Fit Eventually" Sweater.  If it looks better on one of my friends, they can have it.  The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash and I really liked working with it.  I skipped the buttons and just added a mini shawl pin at the top.  I started it in May 2014.  It's done, wouldn't make another one, moving on.  




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Genesis Shawl

I finished blocking the "Genesis" shawl last night. The yarn blocks beautifully. The drape is "lovely". (I've been watching too much of Little Bobbins...I'm using the word lovely more than normal :)).   The pattern is available on Ravelry. The yarn is by Lolodidit and the color group is called "The Burrow".  
#lolodidit, #genesisshawl




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Chicken Enchilada Lasagna in the Instant Pot

https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/instant-pot-chicken-enchilada-lasagna/

Made this for the hubster for dinner tonight.  So much fun cooking in the Instant Pot.  I baked the chicken ahead of time, shredded it with the hand mixer and then the prep AND the cook time was less than 30 minutes.  Next time I'll jazz it up a little more with cumin or chili powder.  It was a little on the bland side.