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Catching up...

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...at least trying to! It's amazing how two days off can mess up the whole following week! Of course, having our Internet connection go down at home didn't help any. I discovered just how much I've come to depend on the home connection now that I can't use it! You'd think after being online all day at work that I wouldn't want to be online...

Last weekend, I started and finished a small sewing project. I went to the local quilt store (The Granary) and found a pattern for a travel case by P3 designs. It is intended for quilting tools, but I thought it might be nice for my DPNs and scissors. I also found coordinating celestial fabrics that needed to be made into this case! So, here's my new needle "pocket":

Front: Back:

The inside:


Yesterday I received the first installment of Sundara Yarn's Petals Collection. Yes, it's another sock club! However, I have been admiring Sundara's yarn colors since she opened her online shop and just hadn…

And now, back to our regular program...

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... at least for a while!

I'm making some progress on my Rock N Weave sock, even though it's been too hot to knit for long stretches of time. After messing up trying the picot edge a couple of times, I decided that it was too fussy for me. While I like things that flow, I am not a "ruffles" kind of person. So I decided that I'd just do a straight cast-off on the edge. I'm much happier with it. I'm working my way down the heel, doing "slip 1 k1/slip 1 p1" instead of "slip 1 k1/slip 1 purl across" in the pattern. I just like the way it looks...



Other than that, not much other knitting happening. I've only been knitting at lunch time; with no air conditioning at home, it's been too hot to knit at night.

This weekend, I need to get my sewing room back in order; it's still a mess after finishing my Mom's quilt. Then I can concentrate on my socks!

Back from Graduation...

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It was a long, but great weekend! Our daughter officially holds two masters degrees. Next stop: Johns Hopkins University for her PhD!

Here's a picture of my daughter and my mother - don't they look great!


For a graduation present, we gave our daughter a silver pendant with three diamonds, one for each of us. This is a theme for our family - for Mother's Day one year, she gave me a necklace with 3 pearls in it, one for each of us.

We also made a box of quotes to give her inspiration when she needs it. We collected the quotes from various quote web sites and from books. I also included some inspirational quotes from her favorite movies and wrote a few "mom" quotes as well. I printed them on different colored card stock and laminated them so they'd last. I found a silk-covered box to put them in. Here's what it looked like when opened:


We named it the Rainbow Collection (a take-off on a Muppet Movie song lyric, "Someday we'll find it, the rainbow co…

Happy Dance, times two!!

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I finished...
...the graduation present! It turned out really well - I am very pleased! ...the turtle quilt! It's official name is "Dances with Turtles," or "Bailar con las tortugas" in Spanish - roughly. (I prefer "to dance" (bailar) rather than "dances" (danzas).)
Here's a picture of the quilt, taken in my office.


And a more detailed picture of some blocks.


The pattern is "Baby Honu Sea Turtle" by Lisa Boyer. It was a fun quilt to make and I know my mom will love it!

I'm still working on a couple of other little things for the graduate, but the finish line is in sight!

Happy to see Blogger back...

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...that was an unexpected break in blogging. It's just as well. I'm not going to be doing much knitting for the next week while I channel my inner craftiness and finish up a graduation present for someone special. I can't go into any sort of detail, because she might read this.

Graduation presents for other people's kids are usually pretty easy: most appreciate money or gift cards and I can usually find a little remembrance for them. However, when it's your own kid, you want to do something special.

Now call me a bad mom, but I don't remember what we got her for high school graduation -- it was such a blur (plus it was 10 years ago). My husband and I worked on the Grad Night committee and were part of the parent chaperone contingent for the all-night party. By the time that was all over, we were exhausted and I don't remember much!

I made up for it (whatever "it" was) when she graduated from Stanford. I made an 80-square attic windows quilt, one s…

Finally!! Cedar Creek Socks are DONE!

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[Edited to add pictures]

Wow...what a great feeling to be finally done with these socks! Here's another view.


Very happy feet!!
Almost as soon as I finished the Cedar Creek socks, I cast on another pair of socks, using the STR Fairgrounds yarn. (I had to give myself a treat, didn't I??) I decided to go use the Rock and Weave pattern that came with the sock club. The linen stitch is intriguing and it was easy to get into a rhythm with it.

Here's what I have so far:


Other than that and a little housework, I didn't do much over the weekend. It was too hot to quilt and too hot to work on a baby afghan.

Just because it's June! (and a May recap)

OK, every time June rolls around, I think of Junior High Chorus when we had to sing "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" from the musical, Carousel. I remember all of the lyrics and can't get the d*mn song out of my head! (yeah, I know, bizarre!)

On to the May project recap...there's not much, but what can I say?

What I finished (no pictures because to most recent ones are shown in my previous blog entry):
One Cedar Creek sockA tan catnip mousie for TicaWhat I worked on:
Cedar Creek sock #2 - turned the heel and working down the footStarted machine quilting the turtle quilt
Baby afghanOpal Tiger socks (on hold until I finish Cedar Creek)Started a swatch for the Rock and Weave socks, testing the linen stitch
Added more stuff to my stash database. Starting working on index-card-size reports that I can stick in my purse
Back to the drawing board:
Jaywalker socks - I'll get back to these eventually
I worked on lots of stuff and made progress, I just didn't finish much. (Hav…