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.

3 comments:

Bonnie said...

I love everything in this post Eileen. You've been knitting up a storm.I love Chicago and I haven't had a pizza from Uno in years. So good. And I have to tell you, I took a whole lot of photos of that wall of sewing machines. I loved it. Thanks for bringing such good memories to the surface. I'm glad your trip was so much fun.

Alica said...

It sounds like life is treating you well, Eileen! I think you made that long, narrow quilt just to fit on a couch...don't you think? :)

Terrie Sandelin said...

Good for a afternoon snooze on the couch? In any case, it's very pretty! And I love that shawl.

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