Thursday, February 16, 2017

Addictive Knitting

four baby hats finished; two started
February 2017

Knitting these little hats is addictive! Kathy's scrap yarn is being knit into newborn hats for the Public Health nurses to distribute.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forever, My Love

February 2017
I had a great time knitting this pair of socks with Ellen's gift yarn (Zombie BBQ). Since they were finished near Valentine's Day, it seems wrong to call them Zombie BBQ socks, so with a slight tweak of meaning, this pair will be called Forever, My Love.

Forever, My Love
February 2017
If I had been paying more attention when beginning the heel flap on sock #2, they would be a matching pair, but now they show a dark and light side on the cuffs.

    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (Zombie BBQ)
    Regia Silk (Burgundy)

    US size 2

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Year of Stitches #2

Year of Stitches

I don't work on this project as frequently as the original challenge requires, but I'm progressing at my own speed.

After the blue stitches were added (shown in this earlier post), I saw an "H" and an idea quickly came to mind. I like where this small piece is headed.

I have a lot of DMC floss on hand, so that's what I'm using for this Year of Stitches project.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mysterious Sewing

Mystery Quilts for Military
Clue #1
Mystery Quilts for Military challenge began the first week of February, and wanting to shake things up a bit, I joined. Four fabrics were required for this mystery: I chose navy, antique beige, red batik, and a cream with small gold stars from my stash.

Clue #1 resulted in 112 half-square triangles.

Mystery Quilts for Military
Clue #2
Clue #2 resulted in 224 strip sets

I'm eager to see and work on the next clue which will be released on Friday.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Back in Time - Cellar

John S.
collapsing cellar
approx. 1984
I don't know when my parents built the cellar on the farm, but I'm guessing it was in the late 1940s. The cellar walls were dirt and almost smooth. On the west side of the narrow path down the middle was an open area to store potatoes, hard-shelled squash (acorn and huge hubbard), gourds, onions, and other root vegetables from the field and garden. Other items were also stored in the northwest corner, like empty lard buckets and empty wicker baskets and wire potato baskets. The east wall had narrow shelves to store numerous Mason jars, filled with tomatoes, tomato juice, corn and creamed corn, green beans, apples and apple sauce, sauerkraut, pickles (sweet and dill), peaches, pears, cherries, jams and jellies, apple butter and other fruits and vegetables if they were available. What we didn't eat out the garden was canned and taken to the cellar.

The steps into the cellar were wide and deep and cut from the earth. In the spring, it was common to find salamanders on the steps or at the bottom of the steps. The cellar door (seen in the photo) was heavy and made from wood. The only light that reached the cellar was when the door was open.

It was possible to stand upright in the cellar. The ceiling was probably two foot higher than the shelves, and in the middle was a small air vent that looked like a birdhouse on the top of "cellar hill."

From the photo, you can see the wooden frame of the roof and the depth of the dirt mounded on the frame.
collapsing the cellar
approx 1984
Cellar hill was probably only three or four foot high, but it was a good place to get some air on a bicycle and for little kids to slide down on their sled. On the northeast side of cellar hill was a large anthill of red ants that my oldest nephews liked to torment with firecrackers. The ants remained until the cellar was collapsed.

I don't remember why my brother John decided it was necessary to collapse the cellar other than my Mom didn't use it much: her canning days were over and the grocery store provided her with preserved fruits and vegetables.

The mound of earth was not missed and the flatten area provided more parking for equipment and visitors.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Charity Hats

hat and scrap ball of yarn
February 2017
Last month, I accompanied a friend to a charity knitting group that meets twice a month. One of the ladies had prepared a yarn ball out of scraps that I took to knit hats. I had no idea what colors would be in the ball or how much of each color.

 There was no rhyme or reason for the order of the colors - some worked and others not so much . . .

I prefer to knit hats with more control over the color, so I separated the remaining yarn into small balls for stripes. I like the last two hats much better than the first three.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Duffers before felting
February 2017
I've had the pattern and yarn for these slippers four years, and now they are finished. Over the weekend, I threw them in the washer with some denim jeans to felt.

ready to wear
side view
I'll find something soon to put on the bottom to make them non-slip, especially since I have wood floors.

Pattern: Duffers (Ravelry link) by Mindie Tallack

Needles: US size 11

Yarn: Cascade 220 (two skeins, as yarn is doubled when knitting)
          Color #2424

Size knit: US size 10.5 (wide)

The pattern has directions for many sizes, even wide widths. US shoe sizes: 3, 5.5, 7.5, 9.5, 10.5, and 13 are included. The directions are row by row for all sizes as well as directions for both flat knitting and circular knitting. Duffers are quick knits - only 25 rows.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Silent Auction Bounty

21 napkins, small table cloth, remnants
8 1/2 yards of fabric for backings
January 2017
I recently went to the Winter Carnival Quilt Show and bid on several items in the silent auction. My bids on three items were successful.

One bag contained 21 large napkins (17" square), a card table sized cover and some remnants. The napkins are large enough to make blocks for a QOV and the cloth and remnant can be used for blocks or borders.
two lengths of yardage for QOV backing
Two other successful bids were on yardage that I'll use for backings and/or presentation cases.

Total cost for these items - $26.00

Friday, February 3, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bindings Galore

trimming the excess backing and batting from
Oh My, Stars!
January 2017
A local gentleman is a volunteer longarmer for Quilts of Valor (QOV) and was assigned by the national coordinator to quilt my latest batch of quilts. I gave him five QOV on Friday, January 20, 2017, and he called me on Sunday, January 22, 2017 and said they were ready to pick up. I was shocked that he quilted all five of them in such a short time. I wasn't expecting them for at least a week.
five QOV ready for hand-sewing
January 2017
Yikes, now I had to get to work. Trimming went quickly, and the binding was made and ready to attach. The slowest part will be hand-tacking the binding, a task I dread.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Challenge

beginning a Year of Stitches
January 21, 2017
While I currently have enough projects and potential projects to keep me busy for decades, I took on a challenge at the February Fiber Guild meeting. Vicky B. presented a program on embroidery and the Year of Stitches project. I haven't embroidered in years, but it quickly came back to me.

The concept is to work on an improvised design a little each day. I started with the pink and light green swoops in the upper left at the meeting. Saturday evening and Sunday, the other stitching was added. I had no idea what I was creating, but once the feather stitch in the middle was added, an idea popped into my head. I'll occasionally post my progress.

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