Saturday, July 24, 2021

Back in the saddle again....I hope!

It's been a long long time since I've posted anything. I am not sure if I will keep posting more here again, or not. I am posting for today though. I have lots to catch you up on.

This is about an eight inch square that I embroidered. I am not sure what I will do with it yet. Perhaps it will hang on the wall? Maybe a pillow? Maybe I will incorporate it in a quilt. I made it for my youngest because he's liked fox items in the past.

I finished another pair of socks. Sock making still give me fits. These are going to need to be modified some time in the future. They are too hard to get on and off.

I have gotten back into making some artsy/fartsy stuff again. This is just a collage of Flor tiles from their catalog. I like these. We have two rooms in dire need of new flooring. Perhaps one of these will be the pattern we pick?

This is a blanket I crocheted for my middle son. I'll be giving it to him for Christmas. It's good he never reads my blog! The photo is not very good. It's showing the blanket sideways. I hope he likes it.

For some reason, after losing my mojo in the quilting crafts, I picked up crocheting last year. I went on a buying frenzy and now have more than a lifetime supply of yarn. This is a goldfish bowl that I use for a yarn bowl. It works VERY well for what they call yarn cakes. 

This is the finished blanket that I made from the above yarn cake. I used three cakes of Lion Mandala Ombre yarn. It is self striping. This is a baby blanket I made for a friend of mine.

I made a wee heart and attached it to the middle to break up that square.

It's all packaged up and ready to send off to my friend.

Another crochet project I started is this Christmas blanket.

This is a crochet method called mosaic crocheting. I've never done it before.

I've had to frog out several rows to redo this part. I'm not sure if you can tell that the red parts were done wrong in the first photo. The second photo is much better, tho not perfect either!


Crocheting is great to take camping. It even goes well with S'mores. 

This is as far as I've gotten with the Christmas blanket. I hope to finish it before Christmas too. 

Early summer here and the Crepe Myrtles are in bloom. In winter they have berries that attract the birds. I am always getting some sort of show through my ONLY southern window.

Oh look! There is yet another crochet project! This one is really hard. I've never done most of the stitches that are being used on this one. Here you see the cable stitch being attached to the inner circle.

It's a bit odd looking and will be that way until it is finished and blocked. This stage is where it is transitioning from a circle to a square.

I love how the textures are showing up on this project.

The rounds take a long long time. I have learned so much from doing this project. I have more to do on it as well. I refuse to start another new project until I finish either this blanket or the Christmas one.

Look at that texture stitching in the corner. I never knew this was possible!

It's summer now and so blasted hot in the south. We did manage to go camping twice this spring but even then it was too hot already. Perhaps in late September it will be more tolerable. I hope so as we have reservations for camping then.
Roxy insistes on sitting in front of the fan just outside our camper door. She's one smart puppy!

I hope to see you again soon. I promise to really try to be more consistent. Please feel free to leave a comment so I know I am not alone out here. Thank you!

Till next time....be good

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

And just like that, it's over

 It was so hard to admit that the holidays were over this year. I left the tree up until the 7th. I usually have taken it down the day after Christmas! I just wanted to hold on to something pretty that reminded me of so many happy memories. 

I made several crocheted ornaments for our little tree this year. Some were from Hobbi.com's crochet challenges and some were from their free pattern library.

I made a panda sock that is only about 4" long. It's for my panda loving adult daughter.

This one is from the challenge.

This is from the challenge too. It's a Snow (man) cone. hahaha

This is an owl rug that I made from a ribbon yarn that reminds me of teeshirt yarn. I am going to give it to my oldest son for his apartment. I cannot imagine him actually walking on it though!

It was so peaceful around Christmas. One morning I captured this spectacular sunrise:

I have now made two pairs of fingerless gloves. My next challenge is one that has all the fingers. 

This is one of my favorite gifts. It is a yarn bowl. For those of you who don't crochet, you often have to count your stitches. Many times you will be interrupted by family and lose count. I like this idea, to count louder. 

I am getting better at sock making now. This pair is for my daughter. It actually fits her pretty well. There was a lot of un-crocheting but with each pair I am improving!

This is a public safety announcement: No matter how often you clean your lint trap in your dryer, you still MUST clean out the dryer vent hose every so often! We are lucky we didn't start a fire!

I have still not found my mojo for fabric. A friend sent me these blocks and I played with them a little, but my heart isn't in it.

I got as far as cutting some borders and sashing. This is all pinned on the design wall. It's been there for several weeks. Someday I will get back to the studio. 

In the meantime, I have been crocheting even more stuff. This is a panda hat. Guess who it's for?

I didn't want to slight the youngest son so I made him a fox hat to wear as he went back to college.

This shows how dangerous house cleaning is:
I was dusting our bookcase style headboard when suddenly I felt a stab. I couldn't see anything in my finger though. TWO days later it still hurt. I knew something had to be in my finger and it was hurting when I tried to crochet. It took some digging (ouch) but I finally got ahold of this sucker. Dang! No wonder it hurt so much!!!

Now I could crochet again! I used leftover yarn from the fox hat to make a matching scarf. I will send this to my son at college. My husband was thrilled to model it for me. 

I am still as sad as the little tree is now that the holidays are over and all the pretty trappings are gone.
For a little while the little tree will provide a perch for the birds. Our bird feeder is hanging above it. It seemed fitting to honor the little tree for a little while longer.

Till next time, happy sewing or crafting!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Let the holidays begin!

This time of year is busy for everyone and is especially busy here. 
From October through to New Year's we have four birthdays, four holidays, 
and all the hustle and bustle that goes with such events! 
It all starts with my birthday. I got flowers and cards and had a lovely day with family.
 

 In the midst of all this our son moved back from college to finish the semester here at home. He and Roxy are good friends and when he leaves to run an errand or to drive back to campus for a test, she will lay on his bed and stare out towards the window, wishing those curtains would part and show him coming home.

I've spent time in the studio, getting projects done so I can put up the sewing machine for the holidays. I finally sewed the chevrons together for this quilt top:
It turned out alright but it doesn't thrill me. I wish I had staggered the rows. 
It's not bad, it just isn't in my favorites pile.

Roxy really likes the guys in the family the best. 
Here she is waiting for my husband to come home after work. She is very patient. 

This is the last of the quilt tops for this year. The pieces are leftover from the quilt above. For some reason, I really like this one! I'll be putting a border around it and I think it will end up on our bed.

"What's that you hear Roxy? Is that Daddy coming home?"

I best get supper started then. 
I wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season! 
Till next time, happy crafting y'all!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Yarn of a Story

I threatened my husband the other day. I said to him, "At least I don't buy yarn like this person just did." He wasn't very amused. 

Don't get me wrong. He really does let me loose to enjoy my yarn and fabric passions. I guess I shouldn't say "let" but he IS very supportive of my hobbies. He did say something like we'd have to talk though, if this photo was from our house. hahaha

I wasn't just 'yarning' around since I last posted. I actually got back into the studio! I keep putting up the herringbone quilt, just to have something on the design wall. I have not made any progress on it yet.

What did progress was this years Halloween themed quilt. Those blue squares to the left are mostly fussy cut drawings from a Ghastly fabric line that I have. It's not easy to use due to the size of the prints. I cut out some of the figures and framed them in blue batiks. I used a batik fabric 'cake' that had been laying around. I used the same method for the Quarantine quilt that I made a few months back. 

Dex is watching me:

"You did what???"

I said, I lined up the blocks and sashed them in a bright orange print. 
I used up some other Halloween prints on the back of this quilt.
It isn't my best work. The structure is fine but I am not thrilled with how the whole thing looks. I hope to find someone who doesn't care about my color choices and gets a kick out of the Ghastly prints.

I finished my Halloween socks:


I am quite pleased with the structure and fit of these. I'm excited about making more socks. My skills are improving with practice! Imagine that concept! Practice makes perfect, or in this case, at least better!

I dug out the Sweet16 quilting machine last week. It was buried under about six quilts that are waiting to be quilted. I made good use of my time and had this one quilted in two days! The prints are all kinds of scraps of cat fabrics. I am gifting this to my cousin who rescues cats. 

I had a little of the white print fabric leftover from making the binding and used it to make the cuff of this pillowcase. I will put the Crazy Cat Lady quilt inside it and ship it off soon. I hope she likes it as it is a surprise.

Oh my, I think I tired out the 'kids'. I am amused that they are all sleeping so close together without growling. Usually one of them is up closer to me too. Silly pups.


I think I'll take a cue from the dogs and go take a little nap. Till next time, happy crafting y'all!