Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Summer Bouquet

Cosmos, bachelor buttons, clover, flowering oregano.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Birthday BBQ Bash

The grandson's birthdays are (two years) and two weeks a part. This year we had a great combined birthday BBQ. And it was a bash!



DS2 and his wife were with us on Skype.
Make a wish...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Macro Shot

Frank took this photo yesterday. If there were a dime in the picture, it would be about half the size of one wing. Amazing beauty.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Log Cabin Quilt

It's a flimsy! It's often a relief when I finally get the borders on and press it one more time. This is an easy pattern to piece, but the process was slowed way down because I had a hard time finding just the right shade of green. I shopped 4 stores in 3 towns without luck. Shades of color in quilt fabric come and go like fashion, so it can be hard to find what I want sometimes. In the end my quilting friends helped me out and gave me greens from their collections. Thank you ladies!

I love purple and green together, such a natural combination. Also inspired by the irises in the woods around our home.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Linen Cotton Hand Towel

Darn that Mason Dixon Knitting site! If Ann or Kay writes about it, I find myself wanting to make it. So this blog post for a hand towel was no exception. Except their towels are made of Euroflax linen, which a google search revealed is discontinued. What to do?

I went to the LYS in search of a linen/cotton blend suitable for this hand towel. All they had was linen/silk, which would be great for a summery shawl or a tank top, but that wasn't what I had in mind.

I don't know if it was on the way home or the next time I was in town, but I went to the thrift store and found a blue crocheted linen/cotton cardigan - for $2.50. Yeah!

I'd never reclaimed a crocheted garment before. Man, does it go fast!

Here is the sleeve.

Skeined, and ready to be soaked.

Wound into a center pull ball.

This pattern is my adaption of MDK's Moss Grid Towel.

Linen gets softer the more it's used. This towel is so soft and absorbent, I wish I had half a dozen. Well I have enough yarn, I could do that...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Little Boys and Rocks

Nathan and family came to visit over the weekend. We make sure to get out and walk so the grandsons can 'get the wiggles' out. Walking along one or another of the creeks in our area has become a must-do activity for the kids.

Frank is our photography, so I try and remember to get him in front of the lens once in awhile.

This is a retake of this picture from September.

A Pacific Coast iris.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Toothbrush Rug

I love frugal crafts, making something pretty or useful from something someone else threw away. It seems to add another layer of joy and satisfaction to the making.

So currently I'm trying my hand with a toothbrush rug, also called an Amish knotted rug. I saw it demonstrated at a quilt show recently and came home to figure out how to do it.

I've been saving cast-off wool yardage for a rug, ever since I knit one from cotton strips. That was slow going and hard on my hands, because there wasn't any stretch to the cotton fabric. I always thought I'd knit another one in wool when I discovered that the knotted rugs work up a lot faster.

It took several false starts and some trial and error, since I had to mentally adapt the instructions for my left-handedness, but I finally got the swing of it. I tend to move clock-wise on some things when right-handed instructions move counter-clockwise.

I had doubts about the way it was turning out, so I took it to my knitting and fiber group for advice. One of the members makes large-scaled crocheted bags and rugs and was very interested in this method. She encouraged me to keep going. "It's great, don't stop now!" Sometimes that's all it takes to push against the doubts.