Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuning Out the "Machines"

Pretty sick of the "machines" as Bill O'Reilly would call them.  Boy I miss him although watching him on his podcast and being one of his prime members fills the void.  Tucker is awesome but he's not "my Bill" :). 

Taking a break from the emails, the instant messages, the texting, etc.  It's a complete time suck and I'd rather be doing something productive.  The mission to downsize continues.  Getting tons done and doing what I want without all the interuptions and the pinging in the background.  What do you do when the unfollow option and turning off the notifications doesn't work on Facebook?  You know besides lose your mind sifting through the drivel?  It always occurs to the most annoying people too.  Good grief if someone posts more than 20 posts per day, it's time for an intervention.  

So I started this last night listening to Audible books. Compared to the Celtic Myths fingering weight version, the DK version is seriously cranking!  Something to bring on the trip to Ireland for the knitting tour.  Can't go looking like a rookie now :). Scotland in 2018!!!  Adorable progress marker is a tea and saucer collection done by my friend Faith (the new Marine Corps Mom).  She did a custom order for me.  Whatever your theme or interest, this girl can come up with awesome stitch markers and progress keepers.

The yarn is super soft.  It's Rowan Super Fine Merino in DK weight. I have to make a sweater out of this stuff.  The color is #146 Sky.  Living so close to Webs is a blessing and a curse :) 

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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 :)