Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Flying Geese Socks Update

I've been plunking along on my Flying Geese Socks (FGS), trying again and again to understand the color work created by short row shaping. Then one day, the unusual method finally clicked and I started turning out contrast triangles.


As I finished each one I felt a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Then I actually found myself wondering what had been so difficult!

Back after heel's been turned

I'm remembering again why knitting is called a brain art.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ladybug Nine Patch

This last summer there was a terrible fire in our area, many, many people lost their homes.

The local quilt guild wants to give a small quilt to all the K-2 graders in the affected area.

 I was glad to give this nine patch quilt to help some child I'll never meet, feel a little more comforted.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pin Cushion

I don't have notes in my piecing journal for the LeMoyne Star quilt, but I'm pretty sure I started it more than 15 years ago. The blocks are coming out a lot truer now, than they did back then. So I found a way to use the blocks that aren't accurate.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Helping the Humane Society

The last time I visited the cattery at the Humane Society, they asked if I'd be willing to sew for the annual Christmas Craft Boutique fund-raiser. I made almost 30 catnip bags using a variety of prints.

You can tell how affected Spunky is by the catnip, as she sits in the window with her back to us!

Monday, November 09, 2015

Teaching the Next Generation

The grandkids came for a visit this past weekend. Among playing with trains, reading books and eating 'Grandpa's special waffles', I popped into the sewing room to sew the binding on a community quilt.

Evan was captivated, so I suggested he sit in my lap and help me 'drive'. What a joy to share one of my favorite pastimes with him! It brought back memories of sewing with DS1 when he was just a little older.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Yarn Find

The wonderful thing about the Senior Center Thrift Store in my town is the yarn and craft department. I almost always find a treasure, and the prices are hard to beat. I popped in recently and found these two balls of variegated fingering for a total of 70 cents!

The next time I was in the LYS I asked the owner if she recognized it. It's Cascade Heritage Paints, Featherstone, 80/20 merino/nylon. Nice!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Green Tomato Chutney

The summer garden is finally winding down. I harvested my tomatoes and set to work making Green Tomato Chutney.

I've never made it before, but it's good. I served it with a mild cheese and wheat crackers but I can easily see eating it on toast or using it instead of sweet pickle relish.

The only down side is that one batch hardly made a dent in the number of tomatoes!

ETA: It tastes even better after it's sat for a day or so, the sharpness from the cider vinegar mellows.

Trying Fair Isle Knitting

Making progress on the baby hat and practicing colorwork, stranded knitting.

I like the look, but after all the stockinette stitch in Cayon's hoodie, it feels fiddly. Maybe it gets easier with practice...