Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Busy Summer

Wow, haven't posted in quite a while.  It's been a busy summer, confessing; once my elbow healed I just couldn't help but pick up those "darn" knitting needles....I finished a few things and about done knitting my hoodie for this winter.  Just finished a scarf last night with two different Berroco yarns for fun.  Also knitting three scarves right now the "Wingspan" and "Claudonia Shawl".  I'll post some photos this weekend.  I plan to pick up some needlework this weekend as well since I must get a few ornaments completed for Stitching retreat in October.    The scarf below is called Madewe.

NC got tons of rain this summer and our garden washed out except the corn; it was very tasty and I made my first batch of homemade creamed corn.

I've also purchased my first iMac which I just LOVE!! I've wanted one for a long time and they offered 18 months of no interest,'s very happy too with my iPod that I use too.  My spouse joked with me tonight about using both at once, but I am a sort of geek too..he refuses to "learn a new system" though which is sad since it's quite easy oh well....maybe after a few months he'll change his mind.

I've been watching a british TV show Doc Martin which I really love too on a South Carolina Public television SCETV network.

Bought this gorgeous fabric this summer from Hawthorne Threads (online fabric store I also really LOVE) and made a tunic and wear to work, etc.  Happy knitting, stitching and sewing everyone!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Update for "Susan"

Dear Stitching friends:

Here's a photo of my progress so far on Susan Singleton.  I'll begin stitching on her again tonight and will post a photo the end of this week on Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year Blog Two.

My sister was visiting with friends at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina and I was able to spend a day with her and also give her this stitching/belated Birthday present (framed).  She likes it too, I can now cross it off my 2012 (yes not 2013) to finish (WIP) list! 

 Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scarlett Letter Sampler Susan Singleton

I've started stitching on my  Scarlett Letter sampler choice and and below is the first photo. The colors I've chosen are mostly DMC regular cotton floss, as many of the new DMC variegated threads, Crescent Colors and also a few Gentle Arts Sampler threads too). I may not make the February 2014 goal, since I've started late but really hope to finish as much as I can; and I really love looking at all the other stitchers'  work and get tons of inspiration from them too!!   If you have some free time, I would suggest going to the Scarlett Letter Challenge link on my blog and clicking on the names to the right of the posts and just enjoy the photos and progress...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Pineapple Sampler, Scarlet Letter Challenge and finishes

I finished my sister's Quaker Alphabet Sampler by La-D-Da this past weekend but won't post a photo until after her birthday since I'd like her to be the first to see it framed.  Now that it's finished I picked up a sampler that I think I started over 7 years ago (using my favorite linen Glenshee), the Pineapple Sampler from Hillside Samplings.  I didn't realize how quick it would stitch up.  The border, alphabet and pulled work section were already done way back then, so I've just completed the first pineapple and the octagon around it; I'm really enjoying stitching it.  I love all the designs from Hillside Samplings and have made a few and have a few more to go too...
I bought my pattern when I lived in Minnesota so that's been over 10 years, wow....once I'm done stitching it, if any of you are interested I think I'll have a drawing for this pattern and a few more (before June 1st if I'm finished).  Let me know by a comment if you're interested - since I only found a few websites that still sell this pattern [the link is above].  I've also received my sampler from The Scarlet Letter that I'll begin once I receive my linen, for the Scarlet Letter Challenge....

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stitching and Reading

Well, since I won't be knitting for a while, I've purchased a Clover Turn-able Hoop from Hancock Fabrics yesterday so I'll be able to continue cross-stitching without holding the hoop in my right hand, since luckily I sew with my left.  I'm hoping to complete my sister's La-D-Da design by her birthday in March (you can see what's missing in the photo). I'm also reading three books right now (That Women-the Life of Wallis Simpson, Doc & The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher) and reading more of your blogs.  Please check out the new blog I've added to my list; I love her blog-she does a lot of beautiful crocheting...I also plan to finish a pin cushion after my sister's cross stitch.  I'm not sure at this time when I'll be able to knit again.  Hopefully at least by late spring. In the meantime, I'm planning a trip to Seattle for maybe early summer to visit my son and have already found a few places to visit while he's at work (Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge Island, Thread Needle Street & So Much Yarn so far).
The only good things about not using my right arm much is catching up on reading, which includes reading all my magazine subscriptions and taking to work once I've finished with them (Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and Garden and Gun), picking up cross-stitching again  and my husband is cooking and cleaning for me.  Well, going to get back to reading your blogs and surfing too.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Flower Blossom Purse finish

Well, my right elbow muscles still hurt most of the time, so I'll be making a trip back to my doctor to see if there's something that can be done.  I haven't really knit anything for over three weeks which is really tough for me since I have so much planned all the time!! In the meantime, I've been stitching on my sister's La-D-Da sampler (cross-stitch) as much as I can, since for some reason I use my left hand when sewing.  It's looking really nice and I've been enjoying working on it.   I did finish crocheting the flower blossom purse from the Crochet Noro book - early in January and finally added a lining last night.  Here's a couple of photos (I used four different colorways of Noro yarns so there's a wonderful variety I think... 

 I hope to start some new projects in February hopefully.  Have a great few weeks everyone.