Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

It's time to shed the old and welcome in the new.....just like the trees are shedding their heavy coats of snow.

This is the time when many are busy making resolutions or picking their word for the year. I'm not one for making resolutions. Invariably I end up forgetting about them and then feeling bad because I did. I prefer setting small monthly goals. Things that are easily completing a ufo or continuing with my daily exercise routine. Things change. Life happens. I prefer to keep things simple and enjoy each day as it comes.  :-)

Wishing everyone a very happy new year. May it be filled with lots of love, laughter, joy, and quality stitching ( or spinning/knitting) time.  :-)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Final project...

.....for the year. While it may be small it makes a BIG statement.....especially now.

And these photos were taken before an additional 3-5" fell overnight.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Keeping Busy

One holiday is done and another on the horizon. This always seems like such a busy time of the year for me. There's gifts to be made. (Which I've already made a dent in my holiday to-do list.) I have had the opportunity to enjoy a bit of "recreational knitting"....which was a treat in itself.  I've been taking a class by Cat Bordhi on Moebius knitting. So far I've knitted two Moebius cowls and a Moebius bowl.

This first Moebius is knit from a commercial yarn.....a bulky weight baby alpaca. So soft!!

This lace Moebius is knit from a handspun yarn. The green is a two-ply bulky weight core spun suri alpaca. The white is a softly spun two ply suri/Shetland blend. This went home with my oldest when she was out for Thanksgiving. It's a nice large that can be pulled over the head if needed. Has a nice weight to it.

My Moebius bowl is knit from handspun Finn. I dyed it after it was felted. The dye split giving it a nice coloring on the bottom.

In addition to enjoying my moebius class, I published a new infinity scarf pattern. This one is called "Frosted". It's knit from a handspun super wash wool blend. This also went home with the oldest. After being without power for over a week due to the fierce windstorm that devastated the area, she wanted to be sure she had plenty of warm things to wrap up in. Doesn't hurt that we also had a white thanksgiving....and that it is snowing as I type this. The pattern for this infinity scarf can be found on Craftsy as well as Ravelry.

Back to the holiday gift making list.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Velkrys Carrie

             April 2, 2004- November 30, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's that time.....

......of the year when I focus on getting things made for Christmas. My largest project this year is a quilt for my youngest and her husband.
This is the center of the quilt. The star was done using English paper piecing then appliqued to the background using invisible machine applique. Still playing with border I keep it simple.....or do I go for something a bit more complex? Applique? Or maybe a plain border with amazing feathers or a floral motif? Lots to think about.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Along the Forest Path

This is one of my latest new patterns. It's knit from hand spun alpaca wool blend yarn using traditional Estonian lace patterns.
This is one of my favorite patterns to date. I love how soft the yarn is.....and love the halo. The nupps in the body of the scarf are beaded to give them the appearance of flowers on the forest floor. The first two photos show the color accurately. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry and Craftsy.

Here's a sneak peak at my latest creation. This one is knit from a hand spun super wash yarn. The pattern is a fun blend of beading, cables, and a touch of lace. 

This isn't all.....there is a new project on the needles. Stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

It's a beautiful day here. Clear skies, lots of sunshine. You can hear the Nuthatches chattering away as they collect pine cone seeds. I was greeted by this wonderful site in the garden.
It's always a pleasant surprise when one of these blooms. It's not something I planted. All I can think of when I see one is "boy, those bees were sure busy last year!" Now I'm wondering if this will carry through in the seeds produced. Yup. I'm collecting seeds like crazy!!  :-)

The beautiful bloom is not the only new thing around here. I brought home a "souvenir" of sorts from the fair. Here is my new ram, Finbar. He's almost five months old. He's out of Thistlebloom Clara and Boulderneigh Bluster. I love him and think he is perfect. He's such a sweetie and is so incredibly soft! 

It's not a very flattering photo of him. He was looking into the morning sun. It's the best one I've gotten so far. He's in with my young ram, Hamish, and whenever they see me they both come running up for some loving. Needless to say I end up with photos like this:
Or this....
Or this....

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fair Time part 2

There were lots of amazing displays and entries. Here are a few of my favorites.
Doxie cross stitch 
Dress made from the pages of a book
This was all carved from wood complete with a sign saying "do not flush"

Lots and lots of wonderful displays and entries. There was even a tiny house that you could walk in. This particular tiny house is being built for the homeless. The homeless person helps build the tiny house and then it becomes theirs. The one I walked in was about 200 square feet. Really cute inside.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fair Time!!! (Photo intense)

And with lots of cuddly goodness!! :-)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Magical Monday

I know. You're thinking "I saw this yesterday." And you would be right. You saw yesterday's beautiful bloom. This is today's magical moment. What makes this so magical? Well, first off I only planted purple and pink morning glories this year. No blue at all. Secondly, I don't think I've ever seen a morning glory that looked "painted", for lack of a better descriptive. I wonder if the birds, bees, and butterflies did something magical in my garden last year resulting in some pretty amazing self-seeding. I also wonder if this will replicate itself via the seeds I've started collecting. Only time will tell. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Still here....and still stitching

I'm participating in a sew-along with Sue Daley ( . This is my progress so far. All hexies, all hand-sewn.

These are hexies for the next step. Or at least my next step. I'm behind by a week. Guess I need to stitch a bit quicker......
...or just continue to enjoy the journey at my own pace. I think I'll take door #2.  :-)