Saturday, May 25, 2019

New Stuff

 I talked myself into buying this month's card kit. It's floral themed and I already have a ton of floral themed stamp sets but this one is floral frames so....well, you know.

I also bought this newly released summer stamp and die set. I actually stayed up until the midnight release so I could get a set in my cart. Lawn Fawn products sell out so quickly and this one is so darn cute and perfect for a summer giveaway card if someone would ever want to unload some beachy themed soap in the near future. Ahem.....

 This is yet another example of midnight madness. I saw someone using this pen for blending some stamped images so of course I had to get one to try it out.

What I've really been up to in the card room is trying to come up with a thank you card. I'm putting together soapy gift bags for the Grands to give their teachers but found that stamp sets dedicated to educational themes are hard to come by. I've had to improvise using bits and pieces of the different sets I already have. If you participated in the February giveaway you probably recognize where I'm going with this. I think it will work. Right?

Friday, May 24, 2019

Hot Off the Needles

 I didn't think I'd have any knitting content to show today because of ....wood.

 We worked from 10-2 so I had early morning and late afternoon for some sit down time.

 We got eleven rows done. The first few rows are the hard ones.

 I even got two mini loaves of banana breads baked....and eaten.

 I also finished a dishcloth that had been hanging around for a very long time. The afternoon beer helped. That's one thing I've learned about all this home improvement stuff. There must be beer.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Yet Another Fine Mess

This is what my living room looks like-again. It seems like every time I get it cleaned up we start another project that turns it into a storage facility. This time it's a new floor for the stash/soap room.

Taking everything out of the room has been a real chore. All my soap stuff had to find a home.

I'm in the middle of a soap cure so I had to find a safe place for all of it as well.

My new dining room table is under there somewhere. I'm running out of room to put stuff.

I can't believe there was so much junk in such a small room.  At least all the shelves fit on one side of the living room.

The yarn and fiber stash was actually fun to go through and bag up. I'm glad I bought several of these Dimpa bags from Ikea when I redid my bedroom. They've come in very handy. That's the old vinyl floor under the bag that's getting ripped up so we can put wood down.

I do love seeing my stash all together like this. It makes me want to weave, spin and knit all of it. Now. That sounds like more fun than hammering down wood.

 While I had the handspun bins out I went looking for something to make a Hitchhiker with.

 I've got lots of possibilities but no time until we get this job done. Who knows how long it will take. The Mister and I wear out pretty quickly these days so I'm guessing at least a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Piece by Piece

I felt guilty about bringing home all that new quilting material so I dedicated some time to my many WIPs. Daddio's Nine Patch got another row.

 I've been appliqueing some of Daddio's leftover hexies down and now I have six blocks. I want twelve.

I've decided to go ahead and use up his fat quarter stash on these blocks to give them a pieced border. I'd been holding onto them for sentimental reasons but I've got to get over that. My quilting room is like walking into to a Daddio memorial and that's not a good thing.

It's time to get his things finished up and move on to my own things like my Sunflower quilt. I made one more block this week which starts me on my second row. Sadly, all this flurry of activity in the sewing corner is coming to an abrupt halt today. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


I had just sat down to enjoy an early morning knitting session when disaster struck.

 My large glass of iced coffee somehow took a nosedive off the table and into the knitting containers that were piled up waiting to go at my feet. First it hit the Lofoten but luckily the top was on it so no harm was done to the yarn inside.

I thought I was out of the woods until I realized that the knitting bag that was hanging on the chair got the worst of it. It was full of sugar laced coffee and ice cubes. What an unholy mess. Ugh.

The pattern was a goner.

 But somehow the project was not. Whew. I had to immediately go make new copies of the pattern. I can't stand fugly patterns. The sight of that coffee stained pattern triggered a compulsive side of me that I didn't even know existed.

My morning was shot. In spite of all the excitement I did manage to get a couple dishcloths made. I also learned a good lesson. No more coffee on the knitting table.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Water Green

 I've been itching to start something light and summery so I went stash diving.

 Light and summery means lace to me.

 There is no way I would use the winder on this. It's teeny tiny and it's a single ply.

It's not a promising start. Lace never is but it's working a part of my brain that's been gathering dust lately and that's a good thing.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

All Wound Up

 The Mister went off with some relatives to Pennsylvania yesterday so I took advantage of the alone time to get some things done.

 I hate a naked loom.

 My little Wolf Pup isn't naked anymore.

I've got to take my time on this project though because the soap room/aka stash room is getting a new wood floor so all my stash has to be packed up and moved out for a few weeks. I won't be warping anything new for a while.

 Not that I ever move quickly on these things anyway.

Saturday, May 18, 2019


 I went over the bridge to Northern Virginia Thursday night to see the Little Grand in his first school recital. As a former first grade teacher and veteran of many such events I was completely gobsmacked. An entire school of preschoolers sat on the stage and performed one song after the other for almost a full hour without a glitch. Amazing. I still can't get over it. 

 On the way home I stopped in Walmart and found this.

 And this.

 All of their pre-cuts were on clearance.

 I do NOT need any more material but I filled my cart and then.....

 ....rolled over to the next aisle to find even more.

 More found it's way into my cart. I am seeing lots of aprons. I live in aprons and these fun Mexican prints will be perfect for summer and the Day of the Dead.

Even better, when I got over to the Giant I found all the Passover food on clearance. The Mister and I love those fruit slices. 75 cents.  We eat a lot of matzo ball soup. 75 cents.
I spent a fortune on this trip-but I saved a lot.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rainbow Kitty

 My fingers have been so sore from all that tiny needle work that for the past two days I've given them a break.

 My new wool strips have been here for a while so I decided to give them a try on Mr. Kitty. I love the packaging. It's so easy to just pull a strand out when you need it. I may have to wrap the loose ones up that I cut for my other projects like this.

Rainbow Kitty in space. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I picked this pattern but I am having fun.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Blame It On the Winder

 I took a close look at that naughty sock project yesterday morning to figure out why I wasn't happy with it. I like stripes. The yarn is pleasant enough to work with and those are some new Caspian needles that are really pretty. As soon as I had knit a row I figured it out. Yarn barf.

Ever since I dropped my winder and had The Mister fix it I can't seem to wind a decent cake. There is always a mess in the middle which creates tangle upon tangle as you try to pull from the center. Instead of knitting I rolled the mess into a ball which made a world of difference. Miss Sock is now on the toe.

Since Daughter gave me a Knit Picks gift card for Mother's Day I guess I know what I'll be buying.