Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's a short one

Short post without 100 photos.  No need for a cup of coffee to wade through this one.  I finished a few things.  This little tunic is "Lollipops and Raindrops" by Elena Nodel.  It's been in the WIP basket for a long time.  Almost too long since it isn't a mite too big.  If I'd waited a bit longer it might have been in the gift pile.  Details on ravelry.  I loved the pattern and it was a great stash buster.  There isn't yarn leftover!

 I finished another rainbow jacket.  I have had the pattern for almost 40 years and I've made numerous jackets.  Each time they are different no matter how much I try to copy a previous one.  This one I actually followed the pattern's instructions and hand sewed the binding down.  I've always machine sewed it before and it is almost impossible to get the stitching on the under side "in the ditch" but since it was a time saver I went with the imperfection.  This time I hand sewed it.  I will be hand sewing it from now on.  Although time consuming, the results were worth it!  This one is for my 3 year old granddaughter.  The smallest the pattern comes in is size 5 so it's destined for a fair entry first.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Really? That was spring break?

It flew by!  I can't believe it's over!  It started with a bike ride on the Banks/Vernonia Trail on a beautiful Saturday.  From there the week packed a punch.  One activity after another.
 Monday we celebrated our son in law's birthday with....Pizza!  And cheesecake.  What guy doesn't love pizza?  He received hand made cards and a book from 3 of his children which he lovingly opened and admired.  He is a blessed man.
 We brought some of those blessings home with us for a sleepover.  After all, there was no school so why not.  We watched Frozen yet again.  I cannot get those songs out of my head thanks to two little girls that sing them over and over and act out the movie through out the day.
 The week was spent sewing!  When I asked our grandsons what they wanted to do over spring break, one of them replied, "Sew something to enter in the fair."  Well ok then.  I searched for a pillowcase tutorial.  With help.  A little girl was peering over my shoulder while on pininterest.  A tutorial for Cinderella tutus was seen.  The next thing I knew all my tulle stash is gone and 3 little girls have Cinderella tutus.
 Onto pillowcases!  They each sewed one.  They did a great job with the sewing, pinning, ironing, and pride in their work.

 In the evening I sewed one more Elsa dress.  This one is a gift for a friend and is going to be shipped off soon.  I'll leave it at that.  I didn't have anymore snowflake fabric and it is not available anywhere so I used some fabric in my stash that I thought I might need should I run out of snowflake fabric.  It does look like snow flurries?  If you use your imagination?
 We took a morning off of sewing to got to the library story time.  They enjoyed it as did I.  There is still something about being read to.
 This was my favorite book on the shelf.  Too cute not to pick up and take home!
 Back home, the sewing adventure continues.

 With breaks for creative play.
 Ta Da!  First one done!
 Ta Da!  Look how well her cuff and trims match up at the seam!
 Ta Da!

 There were daily movies for a rest time.  He almost completely rested.  Those eyelids are getting heavy.....

 Spring break ended with the first salmon of 2014 coming home for dinner!  These fed 5 families.
Whooosh....spring break is over and it's back to school tomorrow and the regularly scheduled programming.  It went too fast.  We packed a lot in but it went too fast.  I did manage to finish one knitting project and will post it at another time.  It's a wip that's been in my bag for...a year?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March is only half over?

And what a half of March it's been!  I have nothing to show in the finished projects but there is a lot going on  in my nook of the living room.  Hopefully there will be something finished soon!  Which is not to say there haven't been some fun happenings.  We celebrated Dr. Seuss birthday.  We celebrated it every year when my kids were little and it's fun to pick it back up again with grandmunchkins.  Green eggs and ham and pink ink yink drink are always on the menu.  I think she sports the pink ink yink drink mustache quite well.
Then there was a grandmunchkin sleepover so Mom and Dad could have a date night.  We played games, watched Peter Pan, and then all but Graypa and one grandson slept in the living room.  We hauled out beds and blankets and had a grand time of it.  The next morning it was off to a local coffee shop for hot chocolate and donuts and then to church.  I'm sure there Sunday school teacher appreciated 4 hyped up pupils.  I rested up in the nursery!

Spring has sprung!  Dinner on the deck and flowers blooming and birds chirping.  And rain.  Lots of rain!  But that's a spring definition in our neck of the woods.
Several in my itty bitty group have picked up cross stitch again.  I have felt the urge for some time and I just needed the little nudge.  I am loving it again.  This is my latest project.  It's a princess design I got from etsy and is stitched on sparkly linen.  Linen....arrrrghhhh.  Hard to count and despite being very careful in counting I was off by one thread when I finished the border.  I doubt anyone will be able to tell.  Maybe the judges at the fair?
This last weekend was a dream come true for me!  I got to attend Vogue Knitting Live and take a class from Susan B Anderson!  My Mom and Sis went with me for company and they seemed to enjoy the marketplace.  My Mom enjoyed Susan's lecture with me.  My sister loved the ferry ride on Sunday over to Bainbridge Island and Churchmouse Yarn and Teas.  She was so taken in by the yarn she bought a learn to knit book, some yummy yarn, and some needles.  We've inspired her to jump into the water.  I hope she finds it feels good!
Vogue Knitting Live was held in Medenbauer Convention Center.  It was open and airy and a great place to be inspired.
Yarn bombing everywhere!  This reminded me of Dr. Seuss!
A knit chess set.  I would love to have one of these.  There were kits being sold but there is no way I have time for it right now.  I loved looking at it though.
My favorite part of the day!  Susan's sock bunny class!  I got my knitting mojo back!  I love taking classes.  I always learn something new and am inspired.  This class was no exception!  I was so busy having fun I didn't take but a few pictures.
Sunday the rain was coming down but we decided to head for Bainbridge Island anyway.  We were going to be walk on but got in the wrong lane and ended up driving.  Considering the distance from the dock and the weather we are so glad I did!
Another something I really wanted to do...visit Churchmouse again!
It truly is a delightful yarn shop.
After that weekend of inspiration, I'm casting on and finishing up.  Hopefully the next post is all about knitting.  Wishful thinking since the little ones here take time and are so photo worthy that it will be about them.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Away....and back

For Christmas this year our children gave us a weekend away at the beach.  Oh my.  I don't think they could have given us anything better.  The beach, my favorite place.  With my husband, just the two of us.  Peace.  It was wonderful.  The weather was typical for this time of year, nice with good doses of rain.  But a minus tide exposed tide pools below Haystock Rock and despite the wind and rain, we explored them and found over 20 whole sea dollars along the beach.             
 Our hotel had this delightful courtyard where we would have stayed had the weather been better.

 Ahhh, a latte from Insomnia Coffee.  I took it out to the beach and sat on a rock and enjoyed the sites and sounds and the coffee.

 There was a great circle we walked:  down through town and back along the beach.   A few of the stores begged to be explored and explore we did and kept the economy on the up swing as well.

 After dark in our room while the movie played, I knit this necklace.  It's Kenzi from the Yarn Fairy.  Details on my ravelry page but I will say I love it and I want to make another!

 We got home and guess who came to town the next day?  Stephanie Pearl McPhee!  Better known as the Yarn Harlot.  This is the third time I've been to her book tour and she has yet to disappoint.  Her new book promises to be as entertaining, thought provoking, and laughter encouraging as all of her previous ones.

It was also Dr. Seuss' birthday when we returned home and there was the obligatory serving of green eggs and ham and pink ink yink drink but the pictures of that will be in the next post.  I think spring has sprung!  Windows to wash, car to wash, anything to be outside!