Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Wreath

Whipped this up today.  Grape vine wreath, one roll of ribbon, one  pre-made bouquet that I tore apart, one Boyd Bear that I had including the patriotic sweater and pin wheel pokey.  I wired the bear to the wreath around his legs and then I stuck a stick into the center of the wreath and under the back of his sweater to keep him from tipping over.  I used a straight pin to make it look like he was saluting...which also explains why he looks like he has a headache :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

More American Girl Doll Clothes

Modified Simplicity pattern 1484. I didn't turn under the skirts bottom hem.  I added the contrasting bottom color to pick up the color in the bodice. 

Originally I wanted to make the whole dress using the flag fabric but I didn't have I used the red with stars fabric for the skirt portion of the dress.  The shrug is something that was in with some store bought A.G. doll outfits but it looks good with this outfit. 

My next request is to make a doll outfit depicting Anna from "Frozen".  Plan on starting that after Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Interweave Event at Manchester, NH

Went to the Interweave knitting event at Manchester, NH for a little while yesterday just to check out the vendors.  Maybe some day my knitting skills will be worth the price of their classes but right now I can honestly and without shame say, they are not. :)  I saw this scarf in the Adirondack Yarn booth (  and just fell in love with it.  Yes I asked permission to take the picture in the booth and I bought the kit :)  The picture does not do it justice.  It's gorgeous!  It uses 3 skeins of Louet Gems fingering weight yarn and l skein of Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino.  I bought the steel gray just like the model and picked another color of the Koigu.  The very nice lady in the booth recommended picking two very high contrast colors so that the leaf rows really pop.  The pattern is Leftie by Martina Behm.  Martina is the same lady that designed the Hitchhiker scarf.  I love her stuff! Here's the link on Ravelry.  

Had to start it last night :)

Garden 2014

Last year I put the garden in too early and it got hit with a late frost and looked rather sad for the rest of the summer. So I'm holding off putting in the above ground veggies for a bit longer.  Last night the weather man said part of the state would be getting hit with frost so now I'm really glad I waited.  But I'm probably a little behind in putting in the below ground veggies so this weekend I planted russet potatoes and red onions. Last year I planted some "new white" potatoes that had gone bad in the pantry as a result of short lived decision to go "no carb".  "No carb" lasted only long enough for the bag of potatoes to go bad, be cut up and stuck in the ground. They turned out really good but some of them were on the small side.  So this year I went to the local farmers' supply store and bought a 10 lb. bag of russets to plant along with a bag of red onion bulbs.  The herb garden from last year is coming back.  And while I was clearing out the weeds and turning over the dirt, I let a couple of the "girls" free range and eat bugs :)