Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bits and Pieces

 The Mister wanted to go play golf yesterday so I had some time all to myself.

 I'm still working on Daddio's wedding ring quilt. I am now free motioning the rings themselves using Daddio's favorite thread. He had spools and spools of this variegated stuff. Every time we went to the fabric store he had to buy more.

I thought I would use it to do a continuous curve design on those little appliqued pieces which really need to be tacked down but it's turned out to be harder than I thought to get it right. Oh, well. On this one I am just going to embrace the wonky.

 I bought another smaller quilting hoop for his Dresden. I was having to work in a yoga position to get those borders done using my big hoop.

Bless you Amazon for always having just what I need to get the job done-and getting it here fast.

Monday, April 23, 2018


That lovely weekend of fleece washing bliss has not rubbed off. My little spinning corner in the living area has filled up in the past week.

 The Ladybug has this pretty pale green fiber going on.

 The Traditional is still working on Finley, the fleece that keeps on giving. I've been spinning this Shetland for three years. Three.

Here is that old Shetland I rescued last weekend. I couldn't be happier. It's turning out to be a lovely spin-and it almost went out in the garbage.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Third Time's the Charm

 This post may be deja vu for some of you. I accidentally double posted it on Friday and then post-posted it on the 15th. I had to delete them both and then rewrite it again for today. I was just trying to show off the April card kit that I haven't done much with yet.

 I also bought this cute little lightening bug stamp and die set. I also got some glow in the dark embossing powder in hopes of making a really cool card for the July Grand's birthday.

 After making 25 duck cards I have not exactly been in the mood for card making. Instead I have been slopping ink and paint in my art journal at night.

It's nice to not have to worry about a product. I just go and add more layers to the pages whenever I want to. I like making backgrounds. I'm still working on focal points.

Speaking of mindless pleasure, I've been getting used to my new pen and ink set by scratching random designs on my old watercolor swatches. Mindless pleasure. That's what it's all about for me.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Odds and Ends

 There's been stuff going on even though it's all been slow going thanks to all the bathroom drama. We've been working way past 2 so we can get this thing wrapped up.

 This is all I have gotten done on the latest weaving project. It looks great but it's very fiddly. I can only concentrate long enough to get a few rows done a night.

 This is all I have of the April block of the Little Sheep Virtues. My goal is to have the border done and the words. I need to pick up the pace.

This is the latest Dear Jane block. It took forever. See all those little wings hanging out? That means a lot of fiddly seams. It was a bear.

 I have all the interior borders finished and am starting the outers. I am listening to I'll Be Gone in the Dark while I am working on it and it's a real page turner so this project is flying by.

 My free motion quilting has been branching out. I'm taking risks on Daddio's wedding ring lap quilt and I like it. I think he would have too.

Finally, I have to thank Witchknits for this amazing surprise. It is a beautiful light and lacy shawl. I am a big shawl wearer in this drafty old house so this is very much appreciated. It will get tons of use.

I also have to thank Sandy for this adorable apron and project bag. I live in aprons and this one is so darn cute. I am also fighting the urge to start a project that matches that bag because that's how I do things.
Ladies, I can't thank you both enough!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Beach Update

 Since we've been on a mission to help Pup lose a few pounds we've been walking at the beach quite regularly in spite of the horrible weather.

Those clouds give you an idea of what it's been like here. It's been gloomy, cold and terribly windy. I am so over it.

The beach renewal is still going on. We watched the big diggers working up close the other day. Pup did not enjoy it. They were loud.

Whatever they are doing seems to be working. All that mud they dredged up has turned to stuff that is starting to look like sand. It smells a bit better too and I bet we can thank this terrible wind for that.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ikea Fail

The Mister and I should never be allowed in Ikea again. We made giant fools of ourselves on the phone with them yesterday.

The story started on Tuesday, when on a ridiculously cold and windy day, we decided to go out on the deck and cut the wood for the trim. I have to say, it was my lowest point in the whole remodeling. I was not a happy camper but it got done and it looks great.

 Next up was the giant mirrored wall cabinet I wanted to go over the sink.

It seemed easy enough but nothing was fitting together as it should. The holes were all in the wrong place.

After struggling for a few hours, The Mister called Ikea and complained. They said the only thing we could do was pack the defective unit up and bring it back for an exchange. The Mister was not happy. As we were taking it all apart and packing it up, we noticed.....hmmmm. The boards we thought were all the same size were in fact an inch or so shorter than each other. Oh, my. We had the wrong boards in the wrong place. It took no time at all to put it together right. We felt so stupid.

THEN....after getting the thing together we realized it was BIGGER than the wall it needed to fit on. The Ikea measurement of the unit and the actual measurement were not the same. By this time we were ready to set the thing on fire so I let The Mister take it out back and just cut it down to size. I ordered a wood pencil that is supposed to be the same color with hope that it will fix all the splinters from the cut.

The new Ikea lighting unit that sits on top of the cabinet is next. Wish us luck.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scratching an Itch

 See those tubs? They are all my handknit sweaters. I never unpacked them this year. We went from summer to winter and then back to summer again and then back to winter. No sweater weather.

 Even so, I've had the itch to start a sweater. When I did grab a sweater this year it was a big comfy pullover. For some reason I am always knitting cardigans but what I really like to wear are pullovers. I just so happened to have this big bag of yarn in the stash so I went looking for a pattern.

Meet Flor de Jerez by Thea Colman. It's big and comfy but also a little fancy. I think it's going to make a good warm weather knit thanks to the pale pink color.

 Of course I have to pay the piper. Two rows on that horrible thumb.

One row on Tracery. That's what I have to do before I get to pick up the new project.

I've never really mentioned my Netflix knitting. I've got this giant shawl thing going on. I'm on my third skein of Lion Brand Homespun so I think I'm coming to it's conclusion. I'm also on my second season of Happy Valley. Yowza. It's intense.

I am also still working on the cute little dishcloth. Knitting is feeling good again.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dirty Nora

 Remember Nora the Shetland fleece that was so full of hay? Here she is after a scouring and a dye bath.

 I gave her a spin on the drum carder to help pull out all those bits of dried plant stuff stuck in her wool. She must have liked a good roll in the hay. Naughty girl.

 Before you card it you have to tease it all apart. Lots of the stuff falls out then. It falls out all over you. Thank goodness it was a windy day. That always helps but I still needed a shower when I was done. I was really itchy.

I made it through three pretty batts before it got too hot to work outside anymore. Yes, I said hot. On Saturday it was blistering and I was wishing for winter. Now it's back to cold and I am missing the heat. You just can't make me happy when it comes to the weather.

Monday, April 16, 2018


 Pup had to go to the vet's for a check up and shots last month. While going over her file the vet questioned what breed she was.

She is big. Bigger than a Yorkie should be. She is also heavy. Solid like a beagle. She's no lap dog.

 I bought her from a backyard breeder as a Parti Yorkie. That is a Yorkshire that has a certain gene that makes it white. I didn't buy her because I wanted that particular breed.

I bought her because she was cute. I saw her on an ebay classified at 2 am and knew she was going to be mine. Until now I didn't really care what she was but now the vet had me worried. For reasons I can't explain I didn't ask to see her parents the day I picked her up. It never crossed my mind. The vet had me feeling like a fool and even changed her file to "mixed breed terrier".

The vet did have a point. She didn't fit the profile of the breed so we shouldn't be feeding her like a 10 pound dog if she should be 13-which she is. So we went home and did some homework and decided to have her tested by the most reputable (and expensive) company out there.

It's been 6 weeks of anxious waiting for the results. Is she a stocky mixed breed or an overweight Yorkie?

Oh, dear. The results are in. Pup is 100% Yorkie. Her entire family tree is Yorkie. All of her DNA is Yorkie. I've got pages and pages of fancy shmancy science talk that tells me, that in spite of her size and floppy ears, she is indeed a very purebred Yorkie with happily no genetic markers for inherited diseases-and they test for hundreds of them. The results are very impressive.

I can't wait to go back to the vet's and rub it into her face but the victory is hollow. That makes me the owner of a very overweight Yorkie. Shame on me.