Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Felines Vol 15 2015


My sweet, baby boy .... love his face!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A little crochet

I've been working on my crochet skills a bit recently.  I was happy to find that I now remember all the different stitch terms (and can work them) and I am beginning to see how crochet works (forming corners for example).  Being a knitter - sorry, Knitter - crochet didn't make a whole lot of sense to me and I don't always understand the patterns (especially if its not SPELLED out).  Now I am beginning to be able to work it, see its not right, study the finished item photo and go, ah ha ... that's what that meant,

Pattern: Vintage Linen Coasters by Amy Polcyn
Yarn: Schachenmayr Original Catania Solids, Mercerized Cotton, color Lavender

Really nice little pattern, great yarn.  I think I'd like to make some of these up as gifts (I'm guessing in my house they will end up as cat toys if we use them as coasters ....)

Pattern: Flower Garden Granny Square by Hiromi Widerquist
Yarn: Miscellaneous Peaches & Cream and Sugar & Cream

Awesome pattern, great for beginners.  I am thinking of making up many squares in purple, pink, blue and orange and making a blanket ... but its cotton, so I am still on the fence on this one, I'm not sure how functional it would be as a blanket in 100% cotton ... but it sure would be pretty.

Pattern: Vintage Hankie Washcloth by Julie Tarsha
Yarn: Phildar Phil Coton 3

This is a REALLY nice cotton yarn.  It has aloe in it, its super soft and really nice to work with.  If cotton didn't stretch and pill and make for not so great garments,  I would totally make a sweater out of this!  I would like to make up a set of wash cloths using the same 3 colors in different sections for each cloth.  Its a nice pattern, but I had trouble following the edging and ended up winging it to work out (it didn't quite make sense as written or line up with the photo of the finished item).

Monday, June 15, 2015

Traveling Monsters Vol. 5

Cookie came to visit from Ohio. I didn't have a lot of time to take Cookie out, but she did come out to visit with my other sister who was up from FL.

My sister and her friend (she was staying with) came out my way on the train, which saved me a good 1.5-2 hour  drive.  On the way back there was no train for 3 hrs or so at the station near me, she had asked me previously if I could drive them to another station to get back (which is right near the ice cream place ... is where my mind immediately went to).

We hung out there for a bit and had ice cream of course.  We went looking for the peacock, he wasn't in the pen with the other animals (probably avoiding the numerous field trips and LOUD kiddos).

We found him hiding in the trees nearby.  I guess he liked having his photo taken, because when I stopped to go back and pick up my purse off the walkway, he called out ... and scared the bejeezus out of me!

And I went back and took  more photos ...

And almost stepped on a chippie.  I thought he was going to climb right up my back while I was squatting to get photos of the peacock.  I don't know if he's used to people being around or what, but he was fearless.

And poor Cookie was like hey I thought we were here to take photos of me?!?!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Friday Felines Vol. 14


He's such a strange character ...

Monday, June 8, 2015

Master Knitting Level 2 Vol. 1

And on to Level 2!  As you can see, I took no break between Level 1 and 2, LOL!  With the excitement of passing Level 1 ... I figured I'd make use of the forward momentum.

Level 2 focuses much more on finishing techniques and color work. Of the 19 swatches most of them are displaying the knitter's seaming abilities, picking up and working bands (neck/arm) and button holes and pockets.

In addition to the 16 questions, which must be referenced and cited and usually have 2-6 sub questions (for example, questions 1-4 ... I counted 8), also required is 3-4 page report on the history of knitting, four book reviews as well as many more instructions and patterns for swatches written.

The projects include an Argyle sock (yup, just one), a Fair Isle wrislet and a vest (either Fair Isle or something with seaming).

Whew!  On to level 2!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Friday Felines Vol. 13

Nappy Time!

Notice who's pillow get's slept on ... wanna take a guess?!?!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Traveling Monsters Vol. 4

This is Aubrey, she hails from Tennessee.  She got to meet my sister from who was up from Florida who I haven't seen in 5 years since my dad retired and they moved down there.

Memorial Day we had a small cookout (just the two of us) so while hubby was grillin' I took Aubrey around the yard and amused us while I was waiting ...

She enjoyed checking out the flowers that have been blooming recently.

She especially liked the purple one.

She checked out the swing/seat my inlaws donated to us recently (they don't use it much I guess ... fine with  me, LOL!).

She inspected my husband's recent installation of a border around the French drain.

We looked for frogs in the frog pond.

I had a long drive to training recently for work and took the scenic route home to avoid traffic.  There's a (well many) small town along the way and there was this fabulous lookout.  So on the last day when we got out a little early, I took Aubrey with me and we stopped.

It was a gorgeous day ...

She really enjoyed the view.

But we had to get going back on the road ...