Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Left Behind

The poor loom has been sharing the soap room since we upended the house to tear up the bathroom.

I have this warp all ready to go but there is just too much of a mess in the way with all the soap packaging to get comfortable enough with it to move it to the loom. That's scary business.

I would have been more motivated if I had a need for holiday towels but look what I pulled out of the bin. I had forgotten I had been on a weaving frenzy last year to get these done. The last thing I need is more Christmas towels-but something new for the New Year might be nice.

I also want to thank Karen for this lovely surprise package that showed up yesterday all the way from Wisconsin. It's a yummy chocolate bar and a beautiful batik covered journal. Both are much appreciated and will be put to very good use. Thanks so much!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Card Kit Crazy

I said I wasn't going to buy anymore card kits but look what I went and did. This kit is called Milk and Cookies and it has a Santa. I don't have a Santa. This, of course, will be tucked away until next year's cards but I can still have fun with it until then.

This also followed me home. Look at that sweet little snow covered village. Who could resist it?

These are the cards me and The Mister are mass producing at the moment. It's hard to come up with guy-type Christmas cards for his old post office buddies every year but I think these will work.

Daughter is going to love the skater bears.

I've got lots going on with this Hanukkah card for my former co-worker who taught me how to play dreidle and to make really yummy latkes. The Mister even asked when Hanukkah is this year. He likes those latkes too. Tonight, dear.

And finally I played dress up with some snowmen once again for two friends that I haven't seen in a while. I can certainly say I've made good use of the card kit collection this year-and it's been fun.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sew, Sew Sunday

 I got two packages from Connecting Threads this week. First I ordered some backing material for Daddio's wonky Christmas quilt and some material I thought would make a nice apron. Now that I see it, I think not. Too dark.

 Then I saw this new collection. It's called Penguins Love Colors and it will be an apron for January. I didn't know it at the time but it's also a children's book. Cute.

 The extra wide backing material I was waiting for was a bust. Apparently I don't know how to measure it and it was too small. It's 104" wide and like a big dummy I ordered only one yard. I was really ticked at myself because the whole point of it was that I didn't want seams on the back. Grrrr...

I got over my tizzy, seamed it and then made my sandwich. I'll start quilting it on the Juki another day. I was all done in by the drama. I needed to go sit in a quiet corner and knit then get out and enjoy the snow we have left.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Snow

 It hardly ever snows in December around here so yesterday was a treat.

It started out slow but by nightfall we had a couple of inches of the fluffy stuff. I was beyond happy.

 The tree went up. I never put it up this early but it was the thing to do.

 The Santa puzzle was put out. I got the border done watching White Christmas.

 Santa kept a watch over the proceedings and wondered why I haven't fixed his nose yet. Every year I say I am going to.

 I am ashamed to say I got into the fruitcake. Nothing else would do and I had to stop myself from making cookies. Snow or no snow-it's way too early for that.

If the snow wasn't enough, look what The Mister found in the mailbox. Gorgeous fiber and squee worthy sock yarn from Val plus a fabulous sock book from Kathy B that I've had my eye on for a while. It was like Christmas morning in here all afternoon. Thanks ladies!!!!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Some Spinning and a Surprise

 I like to spin while I watch TV and my lack of spinning shows that I am in a show hole. I had been plying some singles that I finished while watching Mindhunter on Netflix but it ended before the singles did.

 I ended up plying along to some of the worst holiday movies cable has to offer. Thank goodness I have good movies on DVD but the DVD player is on the TV in the card making room and there is no room for a wheel in that mess.

Those singles are from this fiber I picked up at the SVFF. It's Merino and silk from Dragonfly fibers in the festival colorway. It's been a real pleasure to work with.

 It got a good soak and a twacking. The silk in it makes it very soft but very odd feeling. It feels a bit like cotton.

It turned out nicely but there's not much yardage. It's going to be a challenge to find a project for it.

 Then there is Finely.  I've been spinning this same fleece for three years now.

 And there is still so much more to do. Finley is a Shetland fleece I picked up somewhere or other. I've got no real plans for it other than get it done. I think my big fleece washing days are over. I don't have the attention span anymore to spin the same thing over and over.

My handspun knitting project is coming along slowly but surely. My goal is to always be knitting something with yarn I have spun. I've got to use up this tub of handspun one way or another or there's no point in spinning anymore, right?

Finally, look at what showed up in the mail. Surprise! Yummy Huckleberry goodies all the way from Washington State plus an adorable needle holder that went right into good use.  You just know I am going to have to design a Huckleberry Honey soap now for spring. Thanks so much Betsy-you've inspired a project!

Friday, December 8, 2017

My Apologies to Jane

 Right before the cold knocked me out I was working on a new paper piecing project for the holidays.

 When I bought the new buffet last December I didn't have time to make a decent mini quilt to go with the table runner Daddio and I had made a few years ago.

This is a pattern I have used twice before and I think it makes a very nice poinsettia.

 This is the one I threw together last year. It is dreadful.

I used the scraps from this top that Daddio and I had put together from his massive Christmas fabric collection. As soon as the backing gets here, this one is going on the Juki next. I can't ruin it. It's already as wonky as it gets.

Poor Jane. She is sitting in the paper piecing box waiting patiently for me to get all this holiday frenzy out of my system. I kitted her up and then got nowhere. One day, Jane. I promise. In January.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Laid Low

When I send The Mister out to the store for these particular items things aren't good. I've got a cold. I haven't had a cold in ages so it is not going well. I've got too much going on to feel this bad but what else is there to do but tuck myself into a cozy corner, sip soup and juice all day while going through box after box of Puffs. I've had the TV playing the fireplace video non stop as I drift in and out of sleep. It's not so bad. Maybe I needed a break.

The Mister is keeping busy in my absence. The drywall is getting finished layer by layer. This is slow tedious work and only one of us fits on the ladder at a time anyway. He's probably happy to have the time to himself. Things were getting a bit tense. Between his bad hip and my cold we've both been a bit grouchy.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Seeing Red

 I ordered yarn from Walmart. I had it delivered to the nearby store and picked it up while I was on my weekly kitty food run.

 It's nothing special but it saved me from driving forever to a craft store to buy it. It's for an impulse project.

I really, really love my Homespun shawl/blankie thing. I curl up in it for a nap most afternoons and for some reason I really, really want a red one. Now I just have to figure out how to fit that knitting in with the other zillions projects I've got going on.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mr. Chill

 I packed away Mr. Turkey and ordered a Christmas rug pattern.

 While I am waiting for it I decided to kit up Mr Chill. He is for January. He was the first pattern I ever bought. In fact he was the reason I wanted to take up rug hooking in the first place. Isn't he just adorable?

 He's been languishing because he is a paper pattern and it's a process to get him onto the material.

 I am using this. I have had it for ages too.

 You have to transfer the paper pattern to nylon net and then transfer it onto the burlap. It's not hard. It just means digging out a lot of stuff and I'm kind of lazy that way.

Now that he is done I have to cut up the strips. This part I like- although my wool stash is getting mighty small especially in the lighter colors I need for snow. Etsy here I come.

Monday, December 4, 2017


 On Saturday we had a choice either to finish the drywall in the bathroom or attend the holiday parade.

 The parade won.

 It was three hours of non stop local hilarity.

 Otters on a golf cart. That's Bubble and Squeak right there. You don't get better than that.

 Well maybe you do. The train museum float was pretty awesome.

 Pink flamingos and blow up pelicans. Wow.

 Hi there, Mr. Gingerbread Man! They were all slinging candy. Tons of candy and beads.

 The Red Hat Society rode in on a big herd motorcycles. Those ladies know how to live.

 The town players are ready for this year's A Christmas Carol. The Ghost of Christmas Future was pretty scary.

 Awwww.....Nigerian Pygmy Goats were walking with some Wise Men. There were several. So cute and sweet.

 Nothing says Christmas more than some Kung Foo Fighting.

 Here he comes.....I am a kid when I see that truck coming. Such memories. He came right up our street on Christmas Eve when I was a kid.

 Santa!!!! The kids were lined up around the block, literally, to get a chance to sit on the big guys lap.

 There was also a holiday craft market...

 ....and marshmallows for toasting on the beach.

It was cold but I got a pineapple Dole Whip. The little shop just opened and I wanted to support it. I want it to be around this summer when it will be quite the treat on a hot day. I love this stuff.

As for that drywall, it can wait. It's December!