Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WIP-it Wednesday...

...moving some projects in and out or rotation.

I renamed the Purple Hat to Baroque Hat [Ravelry] to reflect the color name of the yarn.

Baroque Hat

I'm knitting an extra-long ribbing cuff so it can be folded up or down. I'm having a lot of trouble keeping my focus on this project. I think I'm just bored with hats!


WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:

  • Arizona handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Finished spinning the singles; waiting to ply.
  • Baroque Hat (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Working on the ribbing.
  • CSI Examiner's Gloves (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Spun about 3/4ths of the singles
  • St. Charles (needlepoint)
    Still working on the central medallion
In the Queue
  • Renaissance Mermaid (cross stitch)
  • Shimmering Advancing Point Twill Wrap (weaving)
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Finishing work for some old crewel pictures (sewing) 
  3. Look Through My Window quilt for me (quilting)
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the weekend report.

I have missed the last two Pacific International Quilt Festivals because we were on vacation. I've been going to the festival for many years, so I sort of missed going (but not enough to reschedule our vacation!). With me only working half days on Fridays, it seemed like a good idea to go to the festival on Friday instead of fighting the crowds and traffic on Saturday or Sunday.

Good choice! Traffic was reasonable in both directions and I was able to find parking without a problem. My main reason for going was to see the quilts. There were many wonderful quilts and I took photos of several. I'm busy processing the photos and uploading them to Flickr in my PIQF 2018 album.

My friend Randa entered a quilt that got 3rd place for Visual Impact in the New Quilts of Northern California category. It's pretty cool:

Samba Selfie quilt

Many ocean-themed quilts and ecological-themed quilts caught my eye, including "Water is Life, So Why Are We Doing This":

Water is Life, So Why are We Doing This quilt

My secondary goal was to see whether there were any novelty fabrics that caught my eye. I was looking for fabric with Christmas stockings on it. All I've seen so far is fabric panels that you use to make a Christmas stocking - not what I wanted. I did find a cute fabric with stockings themed around dogs and cats. I think it will work.

Saturday was Spin-In and I baked gingerbread cookies to take. I started one of the Fibers that I purchased at this year's Stitches West. It's a nice change because the colors are blended rather than being space-dyed. I don't need to worry about where colors start and stop and how it will ply.

Everything was going well through the evening until the flexible water line burst off of the toilet in the master bathroom. We went to turn off the water to the toilet and discovered that the valve handle had disintegrated. By the time we turned off the water to the house, we had at least half an inch of water on the bathroom floor. Ack! Of course, Home Depot was closed by then, so we had no water until the morning.

I'm thankful that the Husband knows how to fix things. First thing on Sunday, he bought a new shut-off valve and installed it in the bathroom so we could turn the water back on. Then we went to Home Depot together to buy a new toilet. The old one was problematic and we decided that a new one was in order.  While I was at the grocery store, he got everything ready to seat the toilet and I helped him lift it into place. He finished the install and we're in business again.

So not how we wanted to spend Sunday!
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Eye Candy Friday...

...and my weekend starts in a couple of hours. Yay!

Other than the finished objects I posted earlier in the week, I haven't taken any garden or sky photos this week. I did take photos of a long-completed project that I am getting ready to mail to my sister-in-law.

I started cross stitching in 1981. I started with cross stitch kits that came package with Aida fabric, as many beginners do. My first project was a baby bib for a newborn niece. I branched out to pattern books and choosing my own supplies soon after, still using Aida fabric.

I finally took the plunge and tried a linen project in 1992. I wanted to make a special birthday gift for my mother-in-law to celebrate her Irish heritage. I found the perfect sampler chart for it.

This is the Irish Blessings sampler - my first linen project and my first over-one-thread project.

Irish Blessings Sampler

and a closer look:

Irish Blessings Sampler, detail

Specs:
Started 01/1992
Completed 06/1992
Chart: Very Victorian Shamrock Sampler by Sampler House
32-count linen; DMC floss and perle cotton as specified; left off the bow.
Matted and framed by me.
For Louise Novicki (Sr.) - birthday gift

At the time, it was a very challenging project for me. I had very little experience working on linen. Now, I can't imagine doing this type of project on anything but linen!

I have completed 130+ cross stitch projects, bibs, ornaments, smalls, samplers, and afghans (so far). This sampler still ranks as one of my favorite projects ever.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WIP-it Wednesday...

...and I probably should have held back one of the projects that I posted yesterday so this post could have photos. Oops...

Waiting for the remaining tencel for my new weaving project is a pain. I really want to weave...or maybe it's just start-itis!  At any rate, I'll have to make do with what's in process.

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:

  • Arizona handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Spun about 2/3rds of the 4 ounce bump.
  • Purple Hat (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Working on the ribbing.
In the Queue
  • Renaissance Mermaid (cross stitch)
  • Shimmering Advancing Point Twill Wrap (weaving)
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Finishing work for some old crewel pictures (sewing) 
  3. Look Through My Window quilt for me (quilting)
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  6. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)
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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and some finished objects!

I finally took some photos of the latest, completed handspun. This is Grandma's Kitchen handspun [Ravelry]:

Grandma's Kitchen handspun

and the close-up:

Grandma's Kitchen handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 9/21/18
Finished 9/29/18
Merino-Bamboo-Silk (4.0 oz) from Greenwood Fiberworks
195.4 yds. chain-ply, 12 WPI


I finally completed the finishing work for 3 Christmas ornaments. The biggest hold-up was that I had to make cording and sewing on said cording is very fiddly.  Here are the 3 completed ornaments. All are from Just CrossStitch ornament issues.

Just Nan 2002

Just Nan 2002 Christmas ornament

Shepherd's Bush 2003

Shepherd's Bush 2003 Christmas ornament


Shepherd's Bush 2004

Shepherd's Bush 2004 Christmas ornament

I also finished stitching the Love You Punkin' pillow (cross stitch):

Love You Punkin' pillow

Specs:
Started 9/30/18
Finished 10/6/18
Kit from Pine Mountain Designs; left off the ribbon bow

I spent a lot of time going through storage boxes. We managed to get through 6 more bankers boxes. The Husband says he can now see the back wall of the storage unit, which we haven't seen in several years!
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Friday, October 05, 2018

Eye Candy Friday...

...and I'm ready for the weekend!

Still no photos from the garden, so you get more photos that I took over the summer. These are all from neighbors' yards.

Cape Mallow:

Cape mallow

Oleander:

Oleander

Ragwort:

Ragwort

Purple daisies:

Purple daisies

Up this weekend: We will continue to reduce the amount of stuff we have in storage. We've made a good dent so far. With free dump weekends for the next two weeks, we're motivated to get rid of things that can't be recycled or donated.

I'm currently wending my way through a large Rubbermaid container full of The Daughter's elementary school papers. They've been stored for way too many years since she's now 40! I'm keeping a selected few items, some of which will be scanned and then recycled.

I hope to start the next mermaid this weekend, but we'll see if I have enough motivation to do so!
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

WIP-it Wednesday...

...I meant to take a photo of the latest finished object, but totally spaced.

I've been having a lot of fun going through 30+-year-old financial records. Among all of the old bills and tax returns, I've found a few gems like thank you notes from my ex's family, early photos of The Daughter, and assessment and tax notices for the house. Most everything ends up in shred or recycling, but I hung on to a few old things.

The Husband has me on a roll, so I hope he brings home another box or 2 to go through before the weekend.

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:

  • Finishing work for Christmas ornaments
    Machine sewed two ornaments: Shepherd's Bush and Just Nan. Need to hand sew the opening, make cording, and attach it to each.
  • Look Through My Window quilt for me (quilting)
    Started arranging the squares and hit a speed bump when I realized that date order wasn't going to work. Need to rethink this.
  • Love You Punkin pillow kit (cross stitch)
    Stitched the "You" and working on the "Love."
  • Purple Hat (knitting)
    Scrapped the Camo hat and started a purple one instead.
  • Shimmering Advancing Point Twill Wrap (weaving)
    Received all but the amethyst 8/2 tencel - it's backordered. This project goes on hold until I get the last color.
Queued
  • Renaissance Mermaid (cross stitch)
    Mounted the fabric on the stretcher bars
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  4. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

WIP-it Wednesday...

...moving some projects in and out or rotation. I renamed the Purple Hat to Baroque Hat [ Ravelry ] to reflect the color name of the yarn....