Monday, November 10, 2014

Charlevoix Cowl

My latest knit design, the Charlevoix Cowl.
Modeled by my oh so serious daughter, Di.
Pattern is available on my Ravelry page.

Friday, November 7, 2014

I'm baaack!!!

 Hello everyone!  As you can see I am finally posting again.  I didn't mean to disappear for so long.  One morning I went to pull up my blog and it refused to allow me to sign in.  Tried everything that I could think of over the course of a few days, then gave up in frustration.  I popped in the other day to see if anything had changed and, voila!, I was able to sign in again.

My time away has been well spent.  I have really gotten the knitting bug and have been knitting up a storm.  I learned to knit in my college days.  I have fond memories of going up north to my boyfriends home on winter weekends and spending Saturday mornings running errands with his father while he worked at the ski resort.  We always stopped at 7/11 for Big Gulps and then his dad would drop me off at my favorite yarn store while he went and did his errands.  Upon picking me up, he always asked if I found what I needed and we spent the afternoon on opposite ends of the family room, him reading and dozing in a chair and me playing with my new yarn purchases.

Now that I have begun knitting again, I have much to show you.  I'll be posting pics in the next few days.  I've been challenging myself with new stitches and new yarns and have even designed a few patterns which I have posted on My Ravelry page.  This hat is one of my latest designs.  It is made using a DK weight yarn from Stonehedge Fibers, a fiber farm in northern Michigan that is over 157 years old.  They spin the leftover fibers from their regular line to create one-of-a-kind skeins of Crazy Wool.  It takes just a skein and you end up with a stylish hat that is uniquely yours.  The yarn is super soft and it's a treat to watch the colors emerge as you knit.  I am hooked on this yarn and am designing a couple of other knitty things out of it as well.

I'm off to pick up Di from school.  If you were wondering, the kids are doing well, Colt's a senior and Di is a junior, and they are both so involved with activities.  Our house is usually full of teenagers playing guitars, singing and eating everything in sight.  It's lots of fun and I will miss it when they are off to college.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 15, 2013

A little finishing..

I finished a few pillows the other day and took a couple of quick pics.  I really like the way they came out.  Finishing is such fussy sewing but the result is so worth the fussing.  This is a Birds of a Feather canvas.  I used contrasting florals for the border and a bright coral dot for the back.
The second pillow is the Workbasket barn pillow.  I backed it with a brown velvety fabric.  Loved stitching this one, so many little details.
The third finish is a counted canvas piece.  I used the same brown fabric for this one.  The button in the middle is made of polymer clay and is really intricate.
And, last but not least, a little needlepoint belt buckle.  Quick, fun to stitch, and easy to finish.  This one is for a class that I'll be teaching locally. 
That's it for accomplishments that I have photographed lately.  I've knitted and sewn a few things that I'll post soon.  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Little Knitting....

I've been doing a little knitting lately.  Oddly, I get the urge to knit hats in the heat of summer.  This one, modelled by my Didi, is knit in a lovely silk wool blend.  I added the stripe using a scrap of banana fiber to give it a little style. 
Little did I know how important the "slouch" is in hats for teens.  I have made several and they have been tested by Di and several of my sons friends (skater boys and musicians) and the amount of slouch that a hat has is super important to the overall look of the hat.  Too much or too little slouch and the hat will never be worn.  This hat has just the right amount of slouch, so several more will be made for back to school.  An all stripey one will be next.
This hat is stitched in Madeline Tosh Sport Yarn and it has the softest feel to it.  A little less slouch in this one, but still in the acceptable range, I'm told. 


I've been playing around with a variety of hat patterns with mixed results, and finally just decided to create my own.  Hats are pretty simple and knit up so quickly that they make great practice pieces.  I did have one fail, though.  I made up a simple baby hat, loved it, so I knit it up in a much lighter yarn, using the same size needles.  The finer yarn made the hat much smaller and I now have a little hat that is just the right size for an American Girl doll.  Live and learn.......

Monday, June 24, 2013

It's been a while......

Celtic LOVE Needlepoint Pillow
It's been a while, quite a while since I've posted here.   Life gets busy and some things fall to the wayside.  Everyone here is fine, the Summer is in full swing, kids are growing like crazy.
I've been busy stitching, knitting, sewing and did I say knitting?  Who knew that knitting could be so much fun?  I used to knit a bit 20 years ago and I set it aside for other hobbies.  I recently picked it up again and I am hooked.  The yarns, the patterns, the instant gratification of Ravelry pattern downloads, so much fun!  I'll share some pics with you soon.

On the stitching front, I finally finished my LOVE needlepoint pillow this morning.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  It is 16" by 16".  I am starting another one in a fresh color combo in the next day or so.  I have to finish an angel that I am working on before I can put the first stitch in. 

I just put a new word tree pattern in my Etsy shop.  It's the LIBERTY tree that was featured in JCS awhile ago. 
   I hope that you are all enjoying the Summer!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Just popping in to wish you a very Merry Christmas from my goofy family to yours!!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's been too long...

Hello all, it's been quite a while since my last post and soooo much has happened.  In a nutshell, new home, new town, new schools for the kids, new jobs, new friends, new adventures.  Everything in my world has been whirling along nicely. 
I haven't accomplished much stitching as of late, but I have been playing in my vast collection of yummy yarns.  Cool weather signals the knitting bug in me and the pic here shows Di modelling a few of my latest knitty finishes.  I've got a couple of scarves in the works and am going to try my hand at socks soon.  Since I am a leftie, the double pointed needles scare me.  I am motivated my all the gorgeaous knitty things that I have seen on my favorite blogs lately, and I am determined to advance my knitting skills.
On the home frint, I have tons of baking to get to before the holidays and between my two kids, there are five concerts to attend.  We have Christmas parties to attend and lots of new friends to make.  It's a mad, mad world and I love it! 
Even though I haven't been blogging myself, I've enjoyed following my fellow bloggers adventures.  Thanks for the inspiration!