Thursday, May 25, 2017

Where have I been..so well intentioned and then life gets in the way

I have been very busy knitting, that's where I have been.   Although I promise to come back to this blog every year or so..it just gets away from me.     Having retired in 2009 you would think that there are many hours to fill with blogging..but my knitting/crochet has taken priority.

Here's the last finished project.. my daughter's wedding crocheted wrap in Sublime Baby cashmere, merino Silk DK

Date Night Wrap
Design by  Expression Fiber Arts
www.ExpressionFiberArts.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wedding Ring Quilt Class @ Broadway Quilts

It's been a while since I took a sewing class.  Although I counted on my retirement as being a time to take many classes, seems like so many other things are happening that there isn't the time.  

When I walked into Broadway Quilts and saw the Wedding Ring Quilt hanging on the wall, my dream of making this quilt pattern came true.  Well at least learning how to do it, Judy Niemeyer style.

The class was informative and intense.. My fabrics are cut and ready to be constructed.   This is a formative project..need to make the time to complete it.   I'll keep you up to date as the project progresses.  
Wedding Ring Quilt, I aspire to....
It's

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Simply Soft Baby Hat

It's strange but I learned how to crochet by looking at the pictures of doilies in the pattern books.  Crochet for me is such a visual and hands on experience.   My design--toddler cap. Sept. 2015

I really should write things down.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Patterns on my IPad

 Do you have an IPad?  I do and It's really only a tiny place to store millions of patterns.    It's truly a gift to be able to find a pattern, purchase or get for free and store it in this tiny book (I have a mini iPad).  I carry it with me all the time and if I get bored an want to search for a new idea or inspiration this resource is at my fingertips.



This is a sweater knit for my lovely daughter.   Knit scene Winter 2012  Great issue and there are at least 6 other patterns there that I would love to knit...Easy.... must look through my stash.
Isn't she lovely?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mitered Square Poncho

My Challenge- love the mitered square technique.  this is just one side of a poncho from Knitter's Magazine.  I've had my eyes on this piece for a long long time, finally purchased the yarn at Stitches and few years ago and love knitting it.  I had to make some adjustments because I ran out of a color and the dye lot don't match...so it's more mitered squares for me... ...more pics to follow

Monday, November 07, 2016

Tapas in San Sebastian

Now you understand I love to knit and find yarn wherever I go but I also love good food.  Eskerne (www.discoversansebastian.com), is a excellent tour guide to the best places to eat.   Actually that is her specialty.   So for just a taste of the spot where we had lunch.  



Hotel de Londres y Inglaterra   



Wednesday, November 02, 2016

San Sebastian--Yarn shop Established in the early 1900"s

What a charming shop.  Our tour guide in San Sebastian took us to all the beautiful sites in this city on the Bay of Biscay.  As we walk to one of the many parks, I asked if she knew of a yarn shop in town.   Well of course Eskerne (eskerne@discoversansebastian.com) did know of a place, she knows all the places to go in San Sebastian.   So we walked to this shop, just around the corner.  Large space with classroom, sitting area and many yarns and notions.   I loved it and I guess I was beaming because in addition to the lovely yarns, gadgets and patterns I purchased, the owner threw a few goodies into my bag.   She was very proud of the shop and of the fact that the shop had been located in the same place and running successfully for the last 110 years!!!!  Wow.   Now all I need to do is return to this beautiful city and find that shop again.   It is near Plaza de Guipuzcoa.  



A little bit a breakfast in San Sebastian

Monday, October 31, 2016

Minions

September 2015- I know a little man who loves Minion's.  After checking on-line for patterns for an afghan and mittens, I created my own. (sorry I just crocheted and didn't write anything down)  
I found this little poster at the craft store to use as a model to follow... I'm not up on all the features of these lovable little guys



The Afghan--child size


Friday, October 21, 2016

Knitting down South- Biltmore and a train ride through the Smoky Mountains

The Biltmore Estates is a wondrous place.  Visited at the end of May (2016) and found myself in a truly beautiful part of the United States.  The amazing structure, gorgeous landscapes and beautiful gardens..

Biltmore Green House

Biltmore House Gardens

Smokey Mountain Railway Ride
We took a train ride through the Smokey Mountains, stopped to enjoy the river...and sat to knit a bit.