Friday, January 28, 2011

The Weekend

Well, today was finally my last day at my full-time job and I officially start my part-time job on Monday (Mon - Thursday), with every Friday off, so it will be a three day weekend from here on out I hope. To celebrate, I'm traveling to Charleston/Mt. Pleasant, SC this weekend to visit my youngest son. Next Monday evening I intend to take another sewing class for my new Bernina at Asheville Cotton Co., since I've not really been all that impressed with this machine and actually pulled out my Baby Lock to piece my sister's quilt together. I find it incredible that you have to change the needles so much and if you don't, the stitching looks awful. Since I've been sewing for over 40 years now (Kenmore, Singer, Baby Lock) and haven't had stitching look like this from any of these machines and did I mention that it was 4 times as much $$ as any of my other sewing machines (but I did buy it on an impulse/emotion - so my fault)... Anyway as long as I can sew with something it's okay. Hopefully, in a future post I can report that I'm happy with this new machine and using it a lot more. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and happy stitching, quilting and knitting.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Going off the deep end, literally

I've been subscribing to Vanity Fair magazine on and off for about 15 years. And lately have been buying books and reading them based on magazine articles I've read; with very good luck. Well, my latest issue had a story titled, The Wave Maker (about Ken Bradshaw) he's a 58 year old surfer and the more I read the article the more I became interested. The same time I have a free month preview of Encore channel on Dish Network and was looking through the guide for shows to tape with our DVR and came across a movie called Billabong Odyssey, made in 2003 that shows Mr. Ken Bradshaw and other surfers looking for and surfing giant waves, it is really incredible. I've now watched it three times and hate to delete it. Talk about luck or good timing.....

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candleford

I have been catching up on some DVR taped television shows this week in the evening, and I love the new Masterpiece series Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candleford.
Here is the photo of the scarf I just finished for my step-daughter last week.


















Below is a photo of the crocheted scarf that I made for myself using 100% worsted wool KPPM yarn. It did take more than 1 year to complete as I kept picking it up and putting it down (started December 2009). My sister Deb and I attended The Needle Fair - A Stitching Retreat sponsored by Needle Delights this past October, and funny thing is I worked on this crocheted scarf because of the beautiful colors and my other sister's sampler that I promised her for Christmas 2010. It is not finished yet, but hope to complete by her birthday this year. There is a picture below of it, a design that she picked out by La-D-Da (she also picked out the colors).
I recommend the Stitching Retreat as it's right on the Gulf of Mexico, it's very peaceful and everyone is so friendly. The stitching room was fantastic, open and had very good lighting. The Needle Delights store website has the 2011 registration up already. I will definitely be going again this year if I can, hopefully with my sister too.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Storm of 2011 and Quilting once again

Well, this morning started out with about 6 inches of snow on the ground that kept on coming until around 2pm, so I called in to work today and just stayed home.
After playing outside with Dr. Watson (our cat) for about 30 minutes in the snow (he's pretty funny about snow, once I create a path, he'd walk and jump with me) he came in and decided to rest on the sweater that I've knitted while it dried on the dining room table.
I started my sister's quilt today, after spending the weekend cleaning out my sewing room and finished all 8 of the print blocks and 1 of the 8 solid color blocks. The pattern she chose is from Fons & Porter Easy Quilts, April 2009, Tracks Along the Trail, page 90.
At least I had a very productive day at home and accomplished something. Happy knitting, stitching and quilting everyone.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday morning Snow in the Mountains

I woke to 2" of fresh snow on the ground here in Swannanoa this morning.
I really love snow so much as I was raised mostly in Florida where there wasn't any (at least not when I lived there as a child). I visited Sew Many Ways this morning and Karen has a guest post that is fabulous for all you out there that want to organize your sewing and crafting rooms. I hope to do this this year also, maybe on my Friday's off. Here's the link to her post for you http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/2011/01/tips-tricks-and-tutorial.html and thank you Karen. I hope to finish the scarf that I have 95% finished knitting for my step-daughter for Christmas tonight (if I do, I'll post a photo tonight) and actually sew a little today too. Happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

It's back to work tomorrow

Well, I just finished "Furious Love", the new book about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, it was a wonderful book which is great since I bought the hardback before I read it. My sister chatted to me about this practice of mine, buying books before I read them. I just bought two more knitting books that look very promising and I did take the time to look through them and make sure that I would knit out of them. I plan to read more this year, and getting ready to start "An Irish Country Doctor" tonight or tomorrow night. I haven't knitted or sewn anything since returning from Tallahassee, FL on the 26th of December, guess my hands just needed a rest.