Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I Feel The Need...

I feel the need to knit something lacy. I'm not sure what I want to knit. Let me go have  another cup of tea and think about it. I'll be right back...While I'm pondering, I'm going to show you something that I've knit already.
 


 
The pattern is by Ann Hanson. Les Abeilles   I read her blog daily. http://knitspot.com/
 
She is an expert knitter, unlike me. I bet she doesn't use a life line, and have to rip out often as I have to. I can NOT attempt lace without a life line, and I've been known to rip the same row or section out over and over and over... I think that's why I don't always have a lace project on the needles. I need to be in the mood, and have a good attitude. A good attitude is most important, as I know my attitude will be tested.
 
She also has a huge productive garden. She has been harvesting and freezing. I've spent the morning blanching green beans. Yesterday I used my dehydrator and made sun dried tomatoes. I just drizzled them with olive oil, and sprinkled the slices with salt and pepper. Twenty-four hours later...
Sun-dried deliciousness...!
 
 I'm thinking of doing Ann's Pea Vines  I think that it will be challenging. In more ways than one. It has "nups", and I think I need to look them up on Youtube. Hopefully I can find something to help...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Two of My Boys

 
This past weekend was one that I have looked forward to for a long time. My son and his two little boys came for a visit. We were very busy. We went to a movie, went to a turkey farm, and an apple farm. The boys went fishing with their Dad, and their Uncle. They caught trout. We went to Twain Harte Lake, and swam. They built sand castles, and we went out for lunch. They had s'mores every night for dessert.
 
They played with sidewalk chalk and squirt guns. They played with the dogs, and put together a puzzle with Nana.



 
They went home yesterday, and I can't wait to see them again! Now I'm going to take a nap, and then I'll get back to work on all of my projects.
Promise!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Disappeared

I may seem to have gone away again, but I haven't. I'm still here, having a wonderful time with my Grandsons, who are visiting for a week. We are having so much fun, and this Nana is so happy to be with them. I'll be back to my regular posting next week.
 
See you all soon...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hurry Autumn

  I can hardly wait for Autumn. It's my favorite season. Crisp air. Apple everything... pie, cider, cake, doughnuts. I could go on and on. I'm having a fire in the wood stove. I'm wearing a hand knit sweater and a hand knit scarf. Oh, and socks. Butternut squash soup!

Ok, enough dreaming.
We've been having a heat wave that is unrelenting in its misery. I'm having Autumn in my mind to keep myself from going crazy. I'm locked in the house, except for early morning. As soon as I'm done walking and working in my vegetable garden, I'm in the house.

I figured as long as I'm dreaming of Autumn, I might as well work on this quilt that I started a few years ago. It has been stored away along with a lot of other unfinished projects. Its called Goosetracks in the pumpkins. It has very easy applique and piecing. Simple.

Enjoy your Summer day!



Found







I found my quilt. It was buried at the bottom of a closet... I've said enough about it, but wanted you to see the photos.






Thursday, August 16, 2012

Show And Tell

I think it will be fun to see some of my quilts. We'll start at the beginning.

 I'm even going to show you the first one that I sewed. It's a hoot! I didn't have a clue how to sew it, what kind of fabric to use, or how to quilt. I think it was in 1972. There was no such thing as the internet to find patterns or inspiration. There were no patterns, no books and no magazines. It was the dark ages of quilting, that's for sure...

I really wanted to quilt. I must have seen one somewhere, and I wanted to make one. A real hand quilted, old fashioned quilt. I didn't have a clue, and had no resources to find out.

My neighbor was a sales representative for the Arrow Shirt Company, and he had a garage full of sample books. They were filled with cotton fabric squares. Nothing very colorful, or interesting. It was the seventies, and I think even before leisure suits were popular for men. Do you remember those horrible leisure suits? Polyester nightmares!

Anyway, my neighbor generously gave me some of his old sample books. I was thrilled! I cut the squares out of the books and seamed them together. When the quilt top was done, I oh so artistically crossed stitched over the top of every seam with plain old white sewing thread. Now can you tell me what I was thinking? Who could see all those stitches I placed on my quilt? Superman maybe, because you would need xray vision to see them. What a waste!

Anywho. I didn't know what to use for a backing, so I bought a horrible geometric printed sheet. I rolled it around the front, because I didn't have a clue about binding. Hand quilting? Nope! I tied the whole thing together with acrylic yarn!

Guess what? After all this... I can't find it! I know it's here somewhere, and when I do find it I will post the photo. Believe me- you aren't missing much, except perhaps a good giggle!




Monday, August 13, 2012

Incentive


Yesterday I re-arranged and cleaned my sewing room. I had to. It has been my sanctuary all summer as I did my recovery from my neck surgery, and lately it has been the nursery for my puppy. In other words it was a mess. Rowan (the puppy) decided that the roll of linoleum under her X-pen was a chew toy. She tore large pieces out, so it had to go. I tried putting her on the carpet, but she started eating it. The X-pen moved upstairs.




So, since I was moving furniture anyway... I decided to re-arrange the room. I needed somewhere for my cutting table and I needed to uncover my fabric which I had buried for the summer. I was hiding it from light so that it wouldn't fade. My sewing room is in the basement of our mountain home, so it's a little dark, but not dark enough to protect fabric.


The one thing I don't like about this room is that I don't have any storage. No closets... I also have to make room for three dog crates, as it's a room I share with my best friends. I have a wish list of very cute Ikea storage items that I NEED! The problem is that I have no where to put them either. I have a comfy chair, for all the knitting hours and for hand quilting and applique.


I have everything I need down in my own room. I pretty much live down here... and I'm thankful for it! I look at other quilters studios, and love them. I really wish I had a blank slate, and winnings from the lottery so that I could make it fabulous, but I'll happily take what I have!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Okay...It's Not Going To Happen


                                                                               


As I'm sure you are aware the Olympics closing ceremony is tonight. I'll be watching. I might even have popcorn.  One thing I don't think I will be doing, is finishing my Wonderful Wallaby. My hands are so sore, that I don't think I can knit like mad. I had been knitting like mad, for days. I was on a mission, and going like a machine.
BUT...


I have an autoimmune disease, called Sjogrens Syndrome. It has been controlled by medication for almost a year. The medicine I take, can't be taken when you have bone that is fusing. I had my neck fused three months ago, and the fusion isn't complete yet, so I can't take my meds. I take Celebrex and Plaquinel. It took six long months for the medicine to work, and I will have to start again in the future. Hopefully the near future, because I'm in pain again. I also am so tired, that I could spend today in bed.

I'll show you how far I have gotten on my sweater. Pretty far, right? I just need to finish the decreases for the yoke, and knit the hood! I'm close! But, I can't finish on time. Do I get a disability pass? Do they have passes?


I won't give in to it, so I keep going. I do things I shouldn't, but you know how it goes. If I don't do it, it doesn't get done. Unfortunately, what doesn't get done is my knitting, and quilting. I'm going to work on my projects, but I can't knit or sew all day every day


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hibernation


                                                                               

We are in the beginning of another heat wave. I don't do heat. Heat does me. It does me in. Makes me sick. I really, really do not like heat.

So...

I'm going to hibernate. Like the bears from my favorite place on earth. Glacier National Park .  They hibernate when their homes are covered with crystal ice, and snow. I hide from the weather when it's hot.

You will find me working on my Olympics knitting project. I'll be quietly and studiously working.
                                                                                 
                                                                               

If I'm not knitting, I have books to read. Currently I'm reading The Paris Wife . It is my book group selection for the month of August. I love it. I stayed up until midnight last night with a cool breeze blowing through the window reading. Reading like it wasn't past my usual bedtime. Now I have an incentive to hibernate, because reading until midnight made me sleep in, and now today seems a bit off.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Morning



Sunday mornings are for sleeping in and lazing around with a coffee and a great book, still in pajamas. Unfortunately, I just can't seem to accomplish that. I have three dogs to take care of. Two seniors and one puppy. They need to go out, and to eat, and to go for walks. All of those things require me to be in clothing, not my super comfy, and did I tell--you handmade jammies?  I'll show you photos... soon!

Where was I? Oh, yes. Sunday morning.



I eat very healthy breakfasts six days a week. Cheerios or oatmeal with flax seed meal, chia seeds, blueberries, and vanilla soy milk...and a handful of vitamins. So, every once in a while I bake something for breakfast on Sunday, or make pancakes. Pancakes with real butter, real maple syrup, and real blueberries. Not healthy really. Not fat free.





This morning, I'm tired. I'm not used to staying up until midnight every night, but who can miss the Olympics? Michael Phelps, and Gabby Douglas? Not me. I look forward to the Olympics, and try to watch every minute that I can. Plus, last night we were expecting dry lightening storms, and were under a red flag warning. I live in the towering pines and dry grass of the Sierra. Fire is something that keeps me awake anyway, but under those conditions... Let's just say it was a long night!

This morning my blueberry pancakes were the perfect beginning to another sunny, hot Motherlode morning!




Saturday, August 4, 2012

Farmers Market









Saturday mornings in the summer are for meeting my friends at the Farmers Market. We have coffee and pastries and a good old chat before we hit the stalls.  I'm not really sure which I like best, the bright fruit and vegetables, the honey and delicious olive oil, or the dessert for breakfast with my very good friends. Which would you choose?



This afternoon is busy as well. I'm meeting more friends for lunch, and then we are going to see a play. We have season tickets and go about once a month. I can't wait!

I hope your weekend is perfect. I'm going to have to knit like crazy tomorrow to make up for today, but I think taking a break is a good thing. My fingers are pretty sore...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bee

                                                                                 
Shortly after I moved to the Sierra, to this quiet little town, a lovely woman, a friend of my Mom, invited me to join her quilt group. I put it off for weeks. I'm not one to go join a group of established friends. I'm too quiet and introverted. Some people may not believe this, but they can't see me on the inside. I'm shy...

It was a struggle to go for months. I didn't know them, or the town. I slowly learned that I had met the most inspirational and fabulous women. They knew the town, and they knew how to quilt and sew and knit. They appliqued, knit lace and hand quilted. I have met the women of my dreams!

We meet once a week to talk and hug and inspire.




One of our members goes WAY above anything any of the rest of us can even dream about creating, both in food and in projects. The above photos are a sample of the food that she created for us in the last month. If anyone can inspire us, she can.

Now, back to my Olympics sweater!