Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Box received by Amy

My Christmas Box exchange partner Amy received my box on December 6th but has been feeling unwell, so I'm posting the finished product. It was my first attempt at Mod Podge. I stitched Christmas Peace from the 2002 JCS magazine, from Heart in Hand Needleart. I used fabric and ribbons too. It didn't turn out as nice as I would have liked and hated that Amy's box was the experiment, but I'll make a few more until I get it right. I can always use more storage boxes around the house. I think the only part I was not satisfied with was the ribbon's I used. Here's a peak,
Here's a few photos as it progressed and during the drying out process. It really does dry in about 20 minutes too.

I received an early Christmas Present for myself that I ordered from Scandinavian Stitches. I have been going to Lynda's webpage for a while and finally ordered one of Christiane Dahlbeck's books.

This one is titled Potpourri, and her designs are JUST GORGEOUS... I recommend the website.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stitcher's Choice Ornament & Orchids by Christmas?

I received one of the designs from JCS 2011 Ornament Issue that I actually wanted to stitch. It's from Marie. She stitched the Shepard's Bush, Christmas ABC. Isn't it just lovely?
I also love the fabric that she used on the back of the ornament. I don't know the company, etc. but it's very nice
I finished stitching my ornament for my exchange partner to be mailed by December 15th, and need to do the finishing tomorrow after work. Orchids: 3 of my orchids have blooms on them and may bloom by Christmas, so I'm thrilled. Some of you that used to read my blog in 2009 before I deleted it, may remember that I accidentally killed most of them with a pesticide. I was only able to save 2 of them and bought a few more. Here is a photo of one of the three with the blooms if you're interested in seeing what they look like
Once they do bloom, I'll post more photos.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just thinking...why do we blog?

I don't have the answer but, got up around 4am, couldn't sleep and came downstairs and turned on my netbook, and since it was cold, I got the fire going in the fireplace again for some warmth, got a small burn on my right hand (accidentally must have touched the hot metal frame around it or something), then decided I needed a cup of coffee, so microwaved some, then looked around awhile at some of my favorite blogs and found a few new ones too. It's really neat how we all talk about different things, different photos and such, but I've rarely seen a blog that isn't telling a unique story. Last night I went to one of my favorite websites and found a few more antique magazines, patterns to download at Antique Pattern Library they have patterns for all forms of needlework (cross-stitch, tatting, knitting, crocheting, etc.) If you've never visited their website, I really recommend it. We'll I'm going to look at some more blog posts - have a great morning everyone.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Knitting a headband and christmas socks for Mom

I'm glad this week is over at work, just tired I guess...I'm on row 64 of my niece's knitted headband, a free pattern from half-assed patterns bamboozled
I've also been stitching my exchange ornament that I must mail by December 15th. I also plan to start my son's socks this weekend for sure and here's a photo of my mom's 2nd pair of slipper socks that she requested I knit in red for her. So I'll add them to her "real" Christmas present.
I hope everyone has a nice quiet weekend, and plenty of time to rest...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hooked On Exchange Christmas Box

Monday I received my HOE Christmas Box exchange from Edgar It's a great box, he stitched Christmas Ark from Prairie Schooler. I'm already using this as my stitching/needlework box. Isn't it just exquisite?

He also added some great candy (which I'm saving to eat later), poppy seeds to plant in the spring and the Night Before Christmas Story.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving All

My favorite all time Thanksgiving was in 1983, my youngest son David was born, so every 8 or 10 years his birthday falls on Thanksgiving. I am very blessed to have two wonderful sons and a great husband that puts up with all my quirks....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Must "Bee" Christmas - free ornament pattern

Dear fellow Stitchers, I have made a pattern of the ornament that I stitched for Sadie as a HOE exchange. This is my early christmas present to everyone. Please stitch for yourself or as a gift only & please do not sell. I called it Must Bee Christmas. I finished it by sewing a square and making homemade cord and hand-sewed it to the finished ornament, & I used silks but any thread will work.

Here's the photo version, and I'll add a pdf next weekend sometime that may printer better. Happy stitching & knitting everyone.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Winter Warmth and HOE ornament received

I received my Christmas Ornament HOE from England from Jayne at jaynesstitchingtales.blogspot.com - I love the ornament Jayne stitched from Lizzie Kate (2007 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments magazine). I also love her finishing technique.

There is nothing better to me in the fall and winter than starting a fire in our fireplace. It keeps us warm in the log cabin & a lot cheaper than the propane heat and also is efficient since there’s a ceramic catalyst that actually keeps the heat in longer. When my dad was still alive we'd sit by the fireplace most evenings and talk while he kept the fire burning, I do miss him.
I’ve also purchase a few “happy” things this past month that I hope to work on in the coming year from my two favorite “local” stitching shops. (1) 2011 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments and (2) Ukrainian drawn thread embroidery by Yvette Stanton – both from Sandy’s X stitch on the Go in Hendersonville, NC (just off 126), and (3) Loose Feathers Summer and (4) Loose Feathers Fall both from Blackbird Designs from 123Stitch online.
Well, I've got to start some laundry and clean house a little so I'll have more time this weekend to stitch hopefully. Happy stitching, quilting and knitting everyone.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Need more free time

Okay, did a "bad" thing yesterday and went "shopping" in my own stash of needlework stuff (which has recently grown), and knitting stash and decided that I needed just one more project to work on, the list continues to grow. I now have one pair of socks to knit, finish a scarf, finish a sweater and now make a long vest for work. Photos to follow in a few days - well maybe, and this is just my "knitting" to-do list. Hope everyone is having a happy, fun Monday evening....

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A week of Knitting & the Blue Ridge Parkway

I have been knitting my son David's scarf this past week and happy to say, I'm 60% finished. The photo really doesn't do it justice since I folded it in half, it's more of a chocolate brown color too. Thinking about picking up one of the cross-stitch WIPs I've been working on this year depending on how cold it is outside. Or, maybe make another pair of pants for work, just not sure which this early in the Morning.
The trees are about to lose most of the leaves I would say by next Friday here in the Mountains and with them the Fall Colors. I drove to my favorite shoe store yesterday and took the Blue Ridge Parkway to HWY 191 and it was just beautiful, all the trees and fall colors. I am very lucky that one of the "on ramps" is only 3.4 miles from my house. My list of things to finish by Christmas seems to be growing; but anyway, Happy stitching, knitting, crocheting and sewing everyone....

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October is in, September is Out

Wow, I didn't realize my last post was almost a month ago. I finished knitting Phil's socks and they turned out excellent and fit him really good. I have posted two photos since the finished sock photo doesn't show the true colors. The unfinished sock photo shows the true colors, blues, greens, and purples.
I've also started knitting my youngest son, David a scarf for winter weather in the Low Country. I've started it over again two times, so only on row 23 right now. I hope to work on it steady until it's finished.
I'm using 5 skeins of blue sky alpacas - 100% baby alpaca sport-weight, so it's light and feels wonderful to the touch. My oldest son wants socks in a burgundy color, so I just bought two skeins of madelintosh pashmina (merino wool/silk/cashmere blend)sock weight yarn in a beautiful color called "tart".
I'm hoping my youngest son will want some socks too...I've also finished and worn 2 new pairs of pants to work - from gorgeous wool fabrics from my all time favorite fabric store here in Asheville,Waechter's Fine Fabrics. I have also bought from them a incredible purple/black 100% rayon (Newport Tweed - made in Italy) that I plan to use Vogue pattern 1246. I also finished my HOE Christmas ornament exchange this past week and mailed too, and love how it turned out. Hope everyone has a great couple of weeks, and happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Quiet Weekend at Home

Not much going on this weekend. Have been stitching the Hooked on Exchange piece and picked up a sweater I started knitting about this time last year and finished the back and now working on the left front. No pictures since it's rather plain until I knit the sleeves which have a gorgeous cable down them for decoration. I received this lovely pyn keep from Sarah Beth, it's her first. Isn't is just adorable. I love cats and pumpkins. It will hang at my desk at work the month of October since I spend so much time there.

Monday, September 12, 2011

There's no place like home, theres no place like home......

The older I get the more this is true. After a week vacation at Edisto Island/Beach SC this past week I was very happy to drive up to the little old log cabin here in the mountains. I did spend the week stitching and my youngest son visited us one day from Mt. Pleasant and he & I

took the Pink Van Tour which was actually pretty good.
I did work on three cross-stitch projects - Must Be Santa

is almost done, stitched some on Bitter Flower Sampler by Birds of a Feather

and also worked some on my sister's Quaker Sampler by La-D-Da
too. For the Fall Pyn Keepe HOE exchange I stitched a design titled Autumn Splendor from With Thy Needle and Thread, here's the finished project, would like to make one for myself too

Now that it’s finally cooling off some in the evening, I plan to get started on some knitting and quilting again too. I’ve also picked out the fabric and thread for my next Christmas HOE due by October, and here's a photo of them.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another Summer is Almost Over

Well, it's been really hot here in the mountains this summer and not much sewing is getting done since my sewing room faces West and gets most all the heat and sun. However, I did finish the Autumn Pyn Keepe HOE piece and mailed today. Also, I've picked up a pattern I purchased over a year ago: Must Be Santa 2009, from Prairie Schooler (Phil should like it since there's a Reindeer & any deer will do), I'm also still stitching my Snowman ornament. We've had a bumper crop of Okra and Tomatoes

this year and my red bell peppers are almost ripe. Made a great recipe from Giada De Laurentis - Couscous stuffed Bell Peppers with Basil Sauce
Since Phil and I love fried Okra we've had it about every other evening for two weeks now. Since Okra is the star, I wash it in water,cut into bite size pieces and put all in a Ziploc bag with only corn meal inside. Shake it up and then put into a medium-heat pan of canola oil and fry about 4 minutes until nice and brown. Drain on a paper towel lined plate, then salt/pepper to taste.



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another Weekend is almost over...

I've had a wonderful surprise this weekend, my second cousin from Vancouver, British Columbia is on a road-trip throughout North American and she made a stop here in Swannanoa for a day. We had a marvelous visit and talked about our relatives from Greece. I also made her homemade waffles this morning before she left for the next leg of her journey to SC, FL, Texas, and then back up the continent. I do hope to visit her next year in British Columbia and also visit my oldest son again in Seattle (he moved from Tacoma, WA last year). I have also finished more knitted hats for charity; and also one for my mom and one for my husband to take hunting this fall. Here's a photo of the three more I finished for charity.
I've signed up for the Hooked on Exchange Autumn/Fall Pyn keepe and have an idea in mind. Well, its late and I'm tired, so happy stitching and knitting everyone.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

5 hats done and Knit in tonight at Black Mountain Yarn Shop

Tonight is the knit in at the yarn shop and I'm on hat #6 and I'll pick out the yarn for my son's scarf tonight, even though it's way to hot here in Swannanoa to start knitting it. But at least I'll have it when I'm in a air-conditioned building to start knitting. I have purchased some new patterns from 1-2-3 Stitch online to work on starting in a month or two (I have plenty to do once the cooler months arrive). It's just too hot to be in my sewing room upstairs unless I sew very early in the morning (6 - 8 am) or sew very late at night after 11pm. I have a pair of dark purple Capri's about finished, so maybe very early Friday Morning I can finish. I need a few pairs for my trip to Florida in a few weeks to visit my mom. Also, I found a really cute pattern for a cardigan knit in one piece (garter stitch) and here's a link to the creator's blog: Green Mittens, and the pattern link is available at her blog on the left side called the CORINNE.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2 more Knitted Hats and Creekbed scarf for my son

I finished two more hats for the homeless and found a gorgeous man's scarf pattern at Nik's Knits so I sent the link to both my sons to see if they'd like a scarf for this winter since one lives in Seattle and the other lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC. My youngest one would like this in black so I plan to buy the yarn next week at Black Mountain Yarn shop and get started. I've also picked up my sister's cross stitch and it's starting to look really nice too.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Knitted Beanie Hat for Charity

Here's a copy of the pattern that Ms. Stobbs adapted for charity and home use only if you would like to make some for your local charity organizations or homeless shelters.

Basic Beanie Hat for Charity
Yarn: Knitting worsted
Needles: #4 and #5 16” circular, and #5 (five double pointed needles) or size to get correct gauge
Gauge: 9 stitches = 2: (on larger needles)

With smaller needles, cast on 72 stitches (child size) and 84 stitches (adult man or women size). Place marker for beginning and join for knitting in the round, making cast-on edge as neat as possible. Working in ribbing of K1, P1 or K2, P2 (your choice) for 2”. Change to larger needle and knit even (in your yarn and color choice, or stripes) until entire piece measures about 6” (child size), 6 & ½” (adult size) or desired depth until crown decreases.

Decreasing for crown:
*K10, K2together (repeat from * around)
*K9, K2together (repeat from * around)
*K8, K2together (repeat from *around)

Continue decreasing this method, having one less stitch between decreases until 6 stitches remain (child), and 7 stitches remain (adult); changing to double-pointed needles when necessary. On adult size on last decrease row, you will end up with K2together around, ending with 7 stitches left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 10” tail, thread yarn on a large eye needle and run needle through all remaining stitches. Draw stitches closed firmly and go through stitches once more and pull firmly. Weave yarn end in securely for 3 – 5”.

This hat pattern was adapted from several hat patterns, including one from the Seamen’s Church Institute

Friday, June 24, 2011

Knitting Hats for the Homeless

The knitting group at Black Mountain Yarn Shop that meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday has a wonderful member that collects hats for the homeless every summer for the winters here in the mountains. The goal this year is 1,000 hats (toboggans) for men, women and children (we use acrylic yarns so they can be easily washed and fewer allergies). I am knitting my first ever; last year I contributed zero, not because I didn't want to, but I was just scared of knitting a round object that gets smaller. This year I jumped in and here's a peek at my first one. I started it on Wednesday evening - of course and had the help of Betsy (the organizer/collector of these hats), through a group called the Western Carolina Knitters and Crocheters for Charity. If you would like to donate a knitted cap, you can bring them to Black Mountain Yarn Shop, 203A West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711, or you can mail to them at this address also (please use acrylic yarn).
Also, My Hooked on Exchange partner received my Snowman Ornament so I can post a photo of him.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Snowmen Ornaments and Sideways Vest

I just finished The Sideways Strip Vest from the book by Noro called Knit Noro, 30 Designs in Living Color. I had to use two sizes smaller needles (size 6) to get the correct gauge but it's amazing how it fits great, will have to wear it first once fall gets here in the mountains. Also I finished my Snowman Christmas ornament this past week and mailed to partner in the US, I enjoyed stitching it so much (I love Snowmen) that I want to make one for myself for this Christmas. As soon as my recipient receives, I'll post a photo. Also I received this wonderful ornament from Ina my exchange partner from the Netherlands.


For the vest, I used two different colors so that I can wear this with about every color pullover t-shirt. I'm hoping to start knitting something I can wear this summer, but I'd better hurry up and get started. Also, I need to start socks for my spouse, finish my sister's quilt and get started on another quilt for a friend.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New purse and new blouse completed this weekend

I’m traveling next week and will be visiting Washington, DC if all goes well. So I decided to make a new purse and use as my carry on (to fit stitching, knitting and maybe a book to read and some snacks). I decided to make my second Amy Butler bag titled the Frenchy Bag; the larger version. I have always believed that you can use two totally different fabrics and it will work sometimes. The photos of both sides of my finished purse really show this.

I really love how it turned out.

I also had gorgeous linen that I purchased from Waechter's Silk Shop about 6 months ago and I finally made it using a Vogue blouse pattern. I also added a beautiful French trim (using a "Wing" needle in my machine) to the collar, sleeves and hem using my Bernina Artista 650.

My Husband Phil had a great idea about buttons for the shirt. Use one of my pins for the first one (since I don't have much to wear them with) and then use a very plain purple button for all the ones below, so they won't stand out.

Pretty good idea. I hope to post photos next week of my trip to DC. Happy stitching, knitting and quilting everyone.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wedding Quilt for a friend

My husband and I went to a wedding about one year ago to a co-worker/friend and I promised to make her a quilt for a wedding present; well my high stress job got in the way and I finally emailed her today to get the colors she wanted again, since I can't find the original email. So this is now my project number 2 for the Summer/Fall of 2011 (#1 of course is to finish my sister Deb's quilt). My friend's colors are deep red/coral/blues, so I can't wait to get started. Happy sewing, knitting, crocheting and stitching everyone.

Friday, May 6, 2011

British Monarchy, Knitting, Sewing & Quaker Christmas Ornament HOE2

I know, interesting title. But I didn't mention last week that I love all things royal. Here the official British Monarchy weblink if you're interested. I've managed to make two pairs of pants and a gorgeous oriental type vest/jacket for spring and I'll post photos tomorrow since I'm still sewing up a storm this weekend. Here's a photo of the below Hibiscus Shell (sweater) I just finished today. I did cheat and sewed the side seams by sewing machine just because I got a little lazy.





















Here's a photo of the Quaker Christmas Ornament that I stitched for the HOE2 exchange, but was told that my recipient may be totally MIA.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there too.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quaker Christmas Ornament Recieved from Melissa

Received my Quaker HOE this week and love how Melissa used Easter colors for a little change.

















I started sewing early this morning to finish my sister's quilt top (worked on it most of yesterday too) and also finished the four little blocks of April - $5 BOM @ Asheville Cotton Co.

















Last week I finally finished all the Oriental BOM blocks from Asheville Cotton Company and found a really gorgeous black from Marti's Patchwork Cottage in Black Mountain for the backing. See what you think. I first put this on point,
but don't like how it looks so decided on the blocks not on point.
Also the top I'm knitting is a little confusing regarding all the decreases (how to keep the pattern looking right). I'm glad that I started knitting the back first.