Wednesday, May 13, 2015

YARN ALONG


I continue to knit on my Reflections cabled scarf. I have experienced many frustrating moments, starting the scarf over no less than 5 times before crying "it’s not me the pattern has an error". And yes it did that is now corrected by the designer, (my friend actually figured out the error and we sent the info to the designer). I have dropped a stitch twice and twice had to rip back, a few wee mistakes that I noticed but can live with, or better stated my son will never noticed when gifted to him. I must say though, I LOVE this pattern and what an amazing learning experience! I am using yarn grown and processed in Ireland Black Water Abby Yarns, and what a treat to use yarn from Ireland where my family is from. Also,  Alice Starmore book has been helpful as a reference.
Cables, who knew how much fun they could be!

Please join Ginny over at YARN ALONG

Monday, May 11, 2015

THE SUN IS OUT










what a week here on the front range! it has rained everyday, all day for the past 7 days ! what?, i thought i lived on a high plain dessert? truth be told, i enjoyed the cloudy, cold, rainy days and saturday night when the heavy wet snow came in, perfect sleeping weather. living where we have few all day cloudy days let alone a full week of no sun, well…..people start getting weird. i’m talking crabby with drawn weird. by friday people were walking around with eyes cast down, a lethargic one foot in front of the other stroll.  not me, i couldn’t wait to get home to knit! a whole week of comfortably knitting with my irish yarn, or sewing a few more 2’ inch squares together. i did just about everything craft wise but what i should of been working on. i have a girl child that is going to be 30 years old and in only a couple of weeks! how  does this happen? i have so many things to get done for her, things i think she will enjoy using. oh, and yes, i’m having her birthday party here at the house, with games, hot dogs and cake…just like when she was a wee girl of 5. somethings a mom never tires of doing for her kids-a birthday party, no mater if the birthday girl is 5 or 30.
i do believe we are truly turning the corner to the warmer side of spring. in a day or two, more will be planted in the garden, flower pots filled with color and a lot of back porch sitting.
hello spring
( i rarely have all three of my children together, so winter pictures of them).
mother’s day was spent with the girls and mr.p.
number 1 son called me bright and early from Chicago. 
reaping the bennies of being the mom of three great children, (i mean 3 great adult children)!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

YARN ALONG







getting into knitting Irish scarfs, using yarn from Ireland. and oh that cabling….confusing, beautiful, can’t get enough, be still my heart. this Irish yarn and knitting has be thinking of my grandmother, who grew up in Ireland and if not in the kitchen cooking was in her mission oak rocking chair knitting mitts, scarfs and hats for her 54 grandchildren. talk about endless knitting. I love the history of cable knitting and have been enjoying this book
i have also been hooked, (addicted) to sewing up these fun clothesline baskets. So meditative for me, (finished in a couple of hours), and when finished, i have an amazing yarn basket…..what more could i ask for in a project.
thanks ginny for yarn along

Monday, May 4, 2015

A SPRING SUNDAY


so what are these people looking at from across the street and why is Caitlin zoo HAPPY?


and what is Erin walking toward?


why, the new pergola they built for Caitlin’s- Me Oh My Pie and Coffee of course.
and yes it rained all day….
but it was a big success and fun had by all, (although one Dad was sore the following day, but so happy to spend the day with his girls. He is a very proud  Dad of his children…as is Mom)!
Caitlin cooked up a HUGE meal of crawdads (crayfish)  she order up from Louisiana.
and later that evening, the sun came out with a special appearence of the rainbow.













other than pergola’s being crafted, I have been busy sewing baskets and quilts. I’m cutting oh so many 2.5 inch squares for a scrap quilt and this honey is taking me down memory lane…..so joyful!
I have set aside my bubble gum pink quilt for a wee weekend and the pups felt I had given it to them,
no, oh no my sweets! i do love that all breathing creatures , no matter 2 legs or 4 legs enjoy my quilts. heart swelling!
the garden is getting into full swing, Eric has cleaned winter out, turned the compost pile on the garden and I have already planted some cool weather plants. OK, I have also planted pots with some flowers a bit early for our weather here on the front range, but…I couldn’t wait another day for some soon to be color.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

THE MAKING OF A BASKET/BOWL



Fold the rope to the left and zigzag down the center with a wide zigzag stitch


keep turning the rope counter clock wise slowly, all the while zigzagging catching both sides of the rope. Sewing on a cotton clothes line produces a lot of lint, these baskets/bowls use a lot of thread…
so I cleaned my machine every bobbin change and oiled the machine every two bobbin changes. Use a big needle or a jean needle if you have one avaiable. Get into the rhythm and it will become meditative before you know it.



Make a flat disk to what size you wish, then…


push down in the center


raising the side up about 45 degrees


each round raise the side a little higher to build the side walls.


keep going round and round…raising the side





when you have the height wanted


and if you choose to have a handle,
back stitch where you want to start your handle and cut the threads


make a loop the size wanted then start stitching on the other side,( see picture 3rd one down),  remember to back stitch! go around and add another width to the handle. Add as many widths as you like or have rope to use, don’t waste any.



see below how it all come together ;-)


I had a little bit of line left, so got a little creative.
every bowl/basket will be different if you let the moment do all the creativity.


inside my completed bowl


 Using my bowl for storing loose makeup containers.


that’s pretty much it….let your creativity go wild. These are fast and it feels great to finish something useful all in an hour to a couple of hours.
Don’t forget to put on a corny movie, one you have seen a hundred times so you do not actual have to watch the movie.
Have fun, and be sure to share what you create!

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