Saturday, March 29, 2014

Inlet Trail

It rained HARD last night. I couldn't wait to walk the Inlet trail by my house. The sound of rushing water was everywhere. And so were the wildflowers.

I spied little pink flowers, that from behind looked like Shooting Stars. I came home and looked them up in a wildflower handbook - Calypso orchids - no bigger than a thumbnail.

Horsetail was sprouting all along the creek banks.

The ferns are starting to come back, they're loving all this water.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Paper Basket

I saw this on Facebook and wanted to share.

It's made from paper packing strips. There's a great tutorial here.

Spunky Says

You hide...

I'll count.

Friday, March 21, 2014

More Quilt of Valor

And in among all the other sewing, I'm still piecing blocks for my Quilt of Valor.

Half way.

Friday, March 14, 2014


... at last! In January I was cleaning closets and purging UFO's. When I came to this knitted fabric rug I was determined to toss it. Then I saw how close I was to being done. Now that it's finished, I'm really glad I persevered. I love the colors! And while it's not soft on bare feet, it *is* thick and cushiony. Just right for relieving fatigue while standing at the ironing board.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Preemie Quilt

I had leftover 'coins' from the Stacked Coins quilt so I made a matching preemie quilt.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stacked Coins

I went to the recent sew day in my new community; they make kids quilts to donate to Child Protection Services.

Three afternoons of sewing and I have a top. That's a new record for me. I used strips from my 2 1/2" bin, so there wasn't a lot of cutting to do.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reclaimed Sweater Mitts

What do you do if you want Shetland Fair Isle fingerless mitts but your stranded knitting skills aren't quite there yet? You can make a pair from the sleeves of a reclaimed sweater.

I got this Abercrombie and Fitch sweater from e-bay for less then five dollars. I think it's because it had shrunk when washed and the sleeves were much too long for the rest of the garment.

I tried on the sleeve to determine the length of the mitt and cut it off two inches higher. Then I unraveled two inches of what was to become the top of the mitt.

Next I took it to the sewing machine and shaped the arm. I trimmed the extra to a quarter-of-an-inch. The Shetland wool is sticky so I didn't worry about the ends raveling. Then I sewed a notch in the bottom ribbing to create the thumb opening. Once the sewing was done, I picked up the live stitches on dpn's and using the reclaimed yarn from the sleeve, knit ribbing to match the cuff.

I love 'em! Soft, warm, quick and looking like I know how to do stranded colorwork.