Saturday, April 5, 2014

CHICAGO and LIFE


i made this quilt years and years ago, gave it to my son years ago and he uses it on one of his looonngg couches. it is two rows of maybe 18” blocks with sashing and borders. the quilt works great on this couch but what was i thinking making such a narrow but long quilt?
a question that will never have an answer.



the shawl with no name. i started knitting this shawl on my trip to rhinebeck last october. i lost the pattern early in the knit so as i just made it up as i knitted. no name, no pattern was gifted to my sister while i was recently in chicago on business.


i love a good warm- oh so soft  cap. and this was the ticket in the chicago wind to keep me comfortable.
the yarn is a 3 ply alpaca that is from my sister’s alpacas that she also processed and spun. this yard was pure joy to knit with. i will be test knitting several other of MM’s yarns.


a blue wool silk blend knitted into a cap, { disappointing! this yarn was poorly spun by a shop here in northern colorado, never again!}


i love this little knitting bag. the fabric is an old flour sac i found in an antique store in the east. 
the east coast and antique stores, be still my heart.
my knitting bag holds sock knitting projects ;-)



miss babs sock yarn and the sensuous soul by meg swanson.
between the amazing yarn and to die for sole stitch, these socks are a complete joy to wear.


while in chicago-the shopping always amazing.
a shop with a wall full of antique sewing machines


and UNOS pizza.....
the best.
the last two weeks i have been crazy busy with work.
the first week a group of us were given a BIG problem to solve in 4 days. we were “locked” up in a room and basically asked to fit a square peg into a round hole. miracles do happen and 10 of us solved the puzzle. 
the following week i was in chicago for a surgical convention lasting 4 days. i flew in a day early to visit my wonderful son and his girlfriend. what a beautiful couple! love you guys to the moon and back.
also had visited with a great nephew, my sister and brother-in-law, my oldest brother and his wife.
i must admit  the conference was good but seeing family was the best!
oh and the food in chicago is always worth a trip to the windy city.

Friday, March 21, 2014

SEWING CLUB




spring by the calendar is here, but with snow in the forecast we continue on the spring roller coaster.
just in case i forgot it was the first day of spring mr.p came home with a spring bouquet of flowers...ahhh, isn’t he the best guy ;)
having the day off today i worked on some projects that have been lurking in the sewing pile.
a blouse pattern that i can not recommend and will never use again, but love, love that liberty of london fabric. i made the blouse for me but hated it, caitlin tried it on and really liked the print. so i took it apart, cut it down to a caitlin small-resewed the seams and whala, a sweet summer top that can be worn by it self or over a tee.
last night the girls were here for our thursday sewing club and all the “sew together bags” are a whisper from being completed.
the next project should involve buttons, either on shirts or skirts.
thanks for popping in...see you soon.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SEEDS, SEWING, SUNNY FLOWERS and SELF-SUFFICIENCY










st. patty’s has come and gone,  the corn beef and cabbage is now being eaten as left overs. I also made Guinness beef stew that i was not impressed with....oh yeah, the irish are not known for their cooking! it was bland, bland and bland!
but i did get my peas planted and what excitement! i love going out and checking..daily, are they growing, can i see them peeking up through the ground? oh the joys of having a garden, i’m simply shaking with anticipation.
i have decided i am done buying bread and ground some wheat berries and made bread! it is so GOOD.
in the finish list is a zipper bag and two pairs of boxer shorts. both were fun to make and projects i will be making again.
in the “to do list” i cut fabric for two baby boy quilts. two friends, each having a boy, such joy!
i used fabric out of my stash. i must admit how joyful it is to use stash, revisiting old buys, remembering where i was when i bought it- as well as who i was with. old fabric buys and old friends remembered, so fun so relaxing.

that beautiful flower, it was given to me as a bulb at christmas that grew into a beautiful much needed winter flower.
come on spring!

hello my beautiful children!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

OH SUCH A YUMMY COW










the march winds continue to blow here on the front range. today not only wind but grey and low lying clouds infusing over the mountains. oh spring, how hard you are trying to move winter out  and drag summer behind you. one day snow, the next chirping birds hanging out on the back feeder.
but nothing consistent one weather way or the other.
so while these changing days are here, i will continue to cook comforting-cool weather food.
mr.p and i ordered a side of beef, local to be sure. a beef cow that grazed on the open northern colorado plains and then cut to our order. i am grateful for her, she is as my mother in law would say...delish....
our first meal was old fashion pot roast.
onions from the summer garden
organic carrots
garlic
homemade beef stock
and a new slow cooker.
braise meat, saute onions, garlic and carrots.
small amount of beef broth in pan to scrap up all the lovely drippings
then everything into slow cooker
pour more broth over meat and cook slowly.
to serve- boil and mash fresh potatoes
make rich gravy from broth that meat has been cooking in all day.
pepper and salt to please
forks in hand
and enjoy something
delish!

{enjoy fresh baked cookies with a warm cup of coffee after dinner}

tomorrow Guinness irish stew and soda bread

Thursday, March 6, 2014

LENT,EGGS






the pics above are from the last snow storm here [ march 1 ] .....love love love it. strange, all i’m hearing is complaining about the weather. people come on ..march is suppose to come in like a lion and out like a lamb. i believe she is holding up her end! anyways soon we will be complaining about the heat, i know i will ;)
sadie appears to be ready for shopping! i found her wandering around the house with her bag in tow, or rather the way she prefers to carry it-around her neck. she looked at me like it was the most natural place to carry a bag, for a dog!
made the cutest pair of boxer shorts! i have 3 more ready to go. these are a quick sew pattern and easy peasy! fast too! several of my co-workers would like a pair for themselves but i am not a sewer for others. plus when you reveal the cost of the fabric they all have that look”are you kidding me”. i think i will keep my present job and continue to sew only for my enjoyment.
attic 24 had a wonderful tutorial on poaching an egg “english” style, and was it yummy. give it a try and be sure to use fresh bread and plenty of pepper.
it’s LENT any plans out there. historically my sister and i give up alcohol but rarely make it the entire 6 weeks. so instead of feeling like a failure we are going to name 10 things a day that we are grateful for. we have our little note books and as it has been known to say: “we are going to name it and claim it” !
enjoy your lent season.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

PASSING ON- SEWING CLUB










the snow pictures above are the past and have been replaced by wind. wind that blows steadily and consant. the kind of wind that shakes the house, rearranging all the outside furniture and causes headaches and irritable personalities ;(  yes, i am sorry to report that all i encounter and ask to their wellbeing the reply is; “i’m good but this wind is grating on my nerves and giving me a headache, when will it let up’}? even as far as chicago the reports are the same from family members, “this wind...”!
the only consolation to the wind is that it is blowing winter out and pulling spring in behind her.
i know this because my spring seeds have arrived via the mailman. yes my package blew in with the wind. the excitement had me forgetting the blustery day and dreaming of kale, beets and chard.
soon very soon my garden will be blooming all shade of green bearing wonderful food.

the sewing club has again commenced with a very exciting project....THE SEW TOGETHER BAG.
not only is this an exciting bag with new and old skills to practice but it is like a puzzle to be put together using fabric and zippers.
the sewing club is not a group that competes to “ finish” a project, but rather a group that slowly moves through all the steps one at a time. no feelings of  competitiveness, or even wanting to be the first done. we move slowly- mindful of each step and being acutely aware of what we forgot to bring to club.
i forgot to pick up more interfacing, oh well we have chai to drink and conversation to take part of. one member went on a “first date” with a new man, so we had that to discuss. even though it was their first meet-up she left promptly to be at sewing club. this girl has her priorities in line! men come and go-some stay a life time, but sewing, sewing is in our soul, a life time of personal expression.

the red bags were made by me-“mom” for my girls. a fun quick sew up filled with girl scout cookies.
a small gesture to remind my girls they are always in my thoughts, deeds and heart. the men near to me were also given gifts..a hand made shirt and much desired fly fishing trinket.

chin up-the wind will lay down soon...........

Sunday, February 9, 2014

STILL SNOWING...STILL KNITTING.....STILL WINTER














{ bad back...raise the table up}




Yesterday I pinned this quilt and set up the JUKI!
I so enjoy sewing on this machine, BIG quilts fit through it like butter and the stitch so straight and true.
My machine had a squeak though that was driving me NUTS. I looked everywhere on that machine to find that noise. Sounded like a mouse on a wheel....a noise that makes a person go crazy.
I looked and looked and ponder some more till BINGO
it was the walking foot.
I cleaned it, oiled it and oiled it some more!
Now my JUKI hums, just that beautiful sewing machine hum ;-0)

I woke up this morning and peaked out the window to more fresh fallen white stuff.
My first thought was “again” but then quickly corrected my thinking to say out loud
“oh my more beautiful fresh white stuff”. 
Yes this has been a winter of snow and cold, though instead of thinking in those terms I prefer to appreciate what a winter such as this means to me:
quality time with mr.p watching football,movies, and now the Olympics.
lots and lots of knitting
spinning 
sewing
great sunday meals cooked straight from my kitchen
crawling under homemade quilts
and afghans
warm sweaters.....
oh and the list can go on and on!
Instead of that Cabin Fever thinking I choose to think of all the things I love about winter..
Now lets warm a cup of Chai....not to sweet or you will miss the yummy ginger warmth.
I’m thinking of starting this...
so different for me.
What are your thoughts.

I just down loaded this book
I have been waiting for over a year to get this book. I would prefer it in hard back and plan on purchasing a hard back copy as soon as it is available in the US.
Rhonda is my mentor
a daily read for me!
check it out.

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