Thursday, February 22, 2018

Finishes? Not Much.............

I think there are many people who finish projects,
I'm not one of those people--although, I try--
sometimes, those projects or UFOs linger for
awhile--why?  Sometimes, I get lazy; sometimes,
I lose interest; sometimes, I forget about them!

This is 10 blocks from A Quilting Life--2017 BOM--
I had to search the site to find the last two block patterns, so
maybe, one day in 2018 I'll put it together.

This is the leader, ender project--it will be an ongoing
sewing project.  Maybe, I'll finish this and pass it along
for a charity quilt

I have the pieces all cut out for the leader-ender
so there should be no excuse--right?
I'm still working on the lender-ender project from 2016--
oh, well--some day it will finish!  Maybe!

I was knitting these Winding Stairway fingerless gloves
on two circular needles--doing two at the same time.
well, that didn't work for me--it was a good idea, until
I put them down for awhile.  When I picked them up to knit,


I got lost in the pattern trying to keep up with
both gloves--now, the gloves are on double pointed
needles--and I think I might finish--by next winter.

For MONTHS--I've been looking for this pattern!
Finally, it surfaced!  I wasn't looking for it
and out it came from hiding! 
another UFO on the list of almost finished items.
Wonder what other UFOs are hiding?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Cowls Have It...........

Our theme for 2019 January Spin-in is Purple Cowl--my mind is whirling with ideas--cowls--not Purple, that's for sure!!  
I will use color wheel to select off the side from purple --Orange!

This was the Joyful Cowl MKAL by designer Heather Anderson on Ravelry
--fun to knit--variety too.

Lots of loose ends to repair though
During the Olympics, Ravelry hosts Ravellenics 2018
free pattern (Just Slip It) was designed by Susan Ashcroft
This event is called "Cowl Curling"!
I've had this variegated yarn for some time--
now, which solid to use with it?  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Crochet Comeback!!

Crochet seems to be making a comeback--we had one spin-in participant show off her granny square afghan that was knit from every Opal sock yarn --no photo here--too bad--it was stunning!
Since, we had so many crochet pieces, it got me to thinking about how we seem to come around to different fiber techniques.
Here is one that comes close to our Granny Square Queen's work.

Lavender and Rose  has a tutorial for hexagon squares:
We had several crochet wearables show up at January Spin-in.
Most of the time, we had lots of knitted and woven items,
but this year we were blessed with this technique.

Suzanne is modeling a crochet poncho that a fellow
fiberist gave to her.

I'm sorry I didn't get the name of the pattern but
you can contact Suzanne at Fireant Ranch if you 
are interested in this pattern.

This lovely was made by Jane at Spin-in--
she said she wanted to show off her space dyed
yarn and this pattern was just perfect

"Virus" shawl by Woolpedia, designed by
Julia Marquardt

Mijo Crochet has a free pattern and tutorials for you!
This is way too pretty!  Wish I did more crochet!


Inveraray Cable Scarf

by Noelle Stiles  has a wonderful cable--

Fire and Ice Shawl is a free crochet shawl pattern
Grab those hooks and lets get to hooking!






Friday, February 16, 2018

Color At My Fingertips

The loom is warp ready and I've placed colorful fibers to
brighten up a rather gloomy time.  I have certain shuttles that
I like to use--the one on the right is my favorite--a gift from
CHT board members when I retired as President--
it glides nicely across the 8/2 cotton threads. 

Each of these towels will use a different weft color--purple pops across
the orange/red warp

A little blue too makes my heart sing with delight as I
throw the shuttle--heres to a treadling good day as 
the warp progresses on the front beam.


Another towel is humming along-----wait! there is one big
glaring mistake!!  Somehow, the weft didn't cross the warp in
a few pieces--guess what?  It's time to rippppppp back to the 
mistake!

Oh well, I found this before I took the warp off the loom.
!
Whew!  off the loom!  Look at all those weft ends that
need to be darned back into the warp--handwork for sure!

I'm happy with the results from this warp--when I'm weaving
I'm thinking about the next warp--
each warp in my mind will change as I progress on the
loom-- I will leave plenty of warp, so if I choose
I can tie on the next warp--
Happy treadling y'all!



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hearts All Aflutter--It's Valentine Day!


Just last week, I took the time to remove all my snowmen
and decorate the house with Valentines--lots of pinks and
reds are showcased around the rooms!  

I find there aren't many seasonal quilts in my stash.
This is one that was made from a kit about 7 or 8 years ago.

This exchange quilt was one that was enjoyable to piece
together.  Each year when I bring it out, there are my
friends from 20 years ago.  We had such fun designing
our heart block.


Why is it we love this time of the year?  What will you do
to celebrate this supposedly most romantic day of the year?
Will there be a dinner out with your favorite person?
An alone evening with just yourself?

Sometimes it becomes an ordinary day for errands and chores,
and hopefully, when evening rolls around--there
will be a special box of candy or a bouquet of flowers
waiting for me!
Hope your Valentine Day is all you want it to be!


The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Check it out at

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mardi Gras!!

Mardi Gras Day!!   is coming tomorrow- time for all the jovial adventures and events to come to a climax at midnight Tuesday.  There has been celebrations for weeks--

Colors of Mardi Gras come alive as table decorations!
I found these decorations at the Alabama Rest Stop.

Why not leave up that Christmas tree to decorate
in Mardi Gras colors?!!
Did you know that Mardi Gras originated in
Mobile, Alabama before New Orleans??

Having a Mardi Gras Theme party?  Here is a tablescape
Blog finds a Mardi Gras mini quilt for decoration.


time for the last King Cake................
The Epiphany or Little Christmas is observed on January 6th in many Christian churches. This day has come to be known as "Kings Day."

Since the 300's the day has honored the meeting of the three Wise Men with the infant Jesus. King Cakesbecame a part of the celebration to symbolize the "finding of the infant Jesus." 


Traditionally, 

King Cakes

 are oval-shaped to show unity of all Christians. The Mardi Gras season, which begins on this "Twelfth Night" (January 6th), is expressed on King Cakes by using the carnival colors of purple, green and gold. As a King Cake is cut, each person awaits anxiously for his piece to locate the small baby. 

A plastic baby is inserted in each King Cake
. The person who finds the baby is deemed the "King" or "Queen" and will bring the King Cake to the next King Cake party.



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Color of The Month--Blue--Color of the Year--Violet

Do you follow fashion trends?  Or color trends?

This color of the year is ultra-violet!
I'm screaming now--I dislike that color!!  I'm an
Orange person!  --but, I'll survive
the year.  Our theme for 2019 at January spin-in is
PURPLE cowl--!!!  Who thought that one up--My 
partner in crime!!  She loves that P color and so
many of our spinners love that color!  
So, take a look at Violet, if you are a Purple person!

Now, if you are in that color spectrum--maybe, 
BLUE is your color--who doesn't like blue??
Books have been written about Blue 
Isn't He adorable?  Find this blue bear HERE
and learn more about BLUE


Blue is calming, refreshing, relaxing, sustaining – like a quiet day on the beach. Blue can be healing – a soft caress of colour. Blue feels steadfast and safe.

Blue symbolises trustworthiness and maturity, and is a signal to be taken seriously. Blue is the brand you can trust. Blue appears in over half of all corporate logos. “You can rely on us” it says.
But blue doesn’t have to be sedate and serious. Blue is very versatile. Blue can be fun, just perhaps often in a more contemplative kind of way than some other colours.
And blue is certainly not always gentle. Blue has its own energy – it is full of life and vitality. Clean water and a clear sky both look blue. Blue is the colour of our shared home, our planet Earth. Blue is the colour of vastness – the endless sky, the unfathomable ocean, the horizon and the distant mountains. Height, depth, distance – they’re all blue!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

It's A Gnome Kind of Year.


Fatcat Patterns is back on my radar!  I have always enjoyed Sindy's
patterns.  And she offers them free during the month they are posted.
Beginning in February, you can download the first of the Gnome
blocks--everyone of these Gnomes will set your heart singing
as you create them!

 Here is another Gnome BOM!  Piecemakers Quilt Shop is 
offering these Gnomes at $5 for the pattern or you can
purchase a kit for $19--I'm going for the pattern as
I have a wool stash.
It's going to be a fun stitching time with
Gnomes.

gnome /nm/[1] is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th century and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story tellers, but it is typically said to be a small humanoid that lives underground.[2]

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Garden Mystery in Woolwork

Do you know the Ricky Nelson song "Garden Party"?
I've been listening to oldies XM station and this song
popped into my head when I saw this stitch along in
wool.

"Went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name"

If you know that song, it can be an ear worm for you now!

Farmhouse Threads is hosting this SAL on their blog--
each Friday for several weeks, you can download a 
different pattern from each blog--
it's a chance to meet other woolmakers and see
their products.
Happy Stitching in a garden of wool!



February 2nd, Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

February 9th, Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

February 16th, Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

February 23rd, Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

March 2nd, Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

March 9th, Shawn York, The Rusty Crow

March 16th, Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

March 23rd, Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

March 30th, Joyce Weeks, Geoff’s Mom Pattern Co.

April 6th, Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Olde Green Cupboard

April 13th, Laurel Arestad, Simply Put Plus

April 20th, Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

April 27th, finishing instructions by Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Towels-Towels-Towels--Handwoven!!

Our WOW (Way Out West) Weaver study group is continuing their year long study of
handwoven towels.
February we talked about Principles of design as we looked at each towel.


Barbara's shadow weave towels had balance and pattern

She does an excellent work with her  12 Harness weave structure
We can also see Repetition in the usage of stripes

Marion showed her "play" towel--this towel had
pattern and movement with the texture 

We have a new weaver, who had her rigid heddle towel

Her cottolin towel had a soft hand and used repetition in the weave.
Can you see the small skips in the warp?  

This cotton towel uses variety in the design

Gretchen wants to weave this towel again--
it has the hand and drape that one enjoys in a towel.
It is cottonlin with single linen as weft--
To me this is balance in the strip effect.

How about movement this handwoven!
Front and back keep your eye moving 

Love this one!  Not balanced but movement unifies 
the towel

Overshot gives this rhythm--I can just feel the
treadles as you walk through the design

Marion C enjoys this color selection.
Three towels from one warp!  Yes!
Variety is a factor here



Karen I used emphasis:  will make one area stand out by contrasting it with
other areas.  The area is different in size, color, texture and shape.
She enjoyed changing the sett to weave unique towels


Purple and yellow compliments each other--
Tracy used a hand-dyed yarn to add balance to the strips

Here is another Karen towel--emphasis on color

Karen plays with color combinations by wrapping her
yarns on cards--this way you can see if the colors
'play' right with each other

Karen used thick and thin method in M's and O's weave.
What design principle does this cover?  
Balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition,
proportion, rhythm, variety, unity?

Gerry used 16/2 cotton for this interesting weave--
how cool is this?

Scharine had two "Spots and Dashes" towels--

Lisa's towels are well loved--these are some of the
first towels she wove--

We also talked about the recent linen workshop with

Each warp used different linen yarn--this one used
16/2 linen in lace weave--which gives long floats
on the reverse side

This warp was 35/2 linen


Barbara had a shawl to show--12H advancing twill in Tencel
lovely, shimmering hand with nice drape!
This is so much to learn about design principles--