Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Slipper Socks for Anybody

I love this pattern! That's becoming obvious to me as I make it again and again. This time I thought I'd create a pair to keep by the front door for visitors. We have a no-shoe house in an effort to keep the forest debris from coming inside.

I wanted them for Thanksgiving week, but after three days of knitting, I had to quit. My hands were too unhappy working the two strands of wool. I know I need to pace my knitting, but I was just too excited to be making these again.

ETA: That was over three weeks ago and my hand still hurts, though it's getting better. 😕 Maybe it's time to turn to all that reading I say I never have time for.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

Okay, so I hijacked the title from James Brown...

I've been carrying my knitting around in a boring book bag for months. I decided it was time for something a little classier.

Last year I got a short stack of upholstery samples from the free table at guild. It was time to pull them out and DO something with them.

Once the bag was made, I got the idea to add leather purse handles from a fiber friend who put some on her felted bag. It dressed it up a lot!

I finished the bag a month ago, but the handles had to come on a slow boat from China, literally. Five weeks after I placed the order, I was able to finish my bag. Woot! No more cotton canvas for me.

Tomato Harvest

It was going to rain, so time to harvest what was left on the tomato vines. Clockwise: tomatillos, Amish paste tomatoes, mixed heirloom slicers, Cherokee Purple and Midnight Beauty.

Today I made fresh packed salsa. Amish paste tomatoes, onion, tomatillos, cilantro, Serrano peppers, lime juice and salt.

Tomorrow I'll probably sauce the rest of the Amish paste and slicers, then chop the others and store them in the freezer for soups and stews. Love a good tomato!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Autumn Brings the Stag

We live in a redwood forest in Northern California. We see deer in our yard daily, morning and evening. But in the autumn we see the stag.

I was washing dishes at the sink and this was my view out the kitchen window. He just stood there and looked at me, so close I could see the whiskers on his nose twitch. No fear.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wonky Stars Renamed

I pulled this out again and decided to turn it into a donation quilt. I was calling them Wonky Stars... but when I showed them to my quilting group they said they're also called Maverick Stars. I think I prefer that name.

I got the lattice strips on... with some help from Spunky, of course. I like it a whole lot better already!

It often amazes me how a collection of random blocks can come together into a nice quilt.

Pacific Coast Iris Quilt

I quilted this one on my domestic machine, working an iris blossom silhouette on the purple and green, and stippling the background areas.

It's too bad the quilting doesn't show more. 😏

Friday, September 16, 2016

Summer Flowers

These are all part of the Brooktrails Community Garden. Everyone plants and nurtures and we all get to enjoy the color and later, the harvest.


Black-eyed Susan
Ensign Royal morning glory
Zucchini blossom

Photos by my husband, Frank.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

More of Those Split Nine Patch Blocks

I'm continuing to work on these. They're so quick and satisfying; I find myself popping into the sewing room and knocking out a couple each day. I love working with the array of prints, a wonderful mix from years of collecting.

I find myself thinking a bed-sized quilt for us would be lovely; how could I part with all these fabric friends? But with a finished measurement of four and a half inches, I would need a boat-load.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Two at a Time Toe-up Socks

Turning the heel. That step in sock knitting that so many find either intimidating or fascinating. After all you're taking a plain tube of knitting and creating a nifty bend in it.

Well I had a LOT of trouble figuring out how to work the heel extension using the magic loop. I searched the project page on Ravelry and wrote to Knitlynn, who has made these socks many times. She said the pattern wasn't originally written for the magic loop method. I ended up knitting the heel extension on dpns, then going back to the magic loop for the rest of the sock(s).

I'm sure I've said it before, but every knitter needs a mentor.