What a gorgeous weekend. I cannot believe the tempetures around here. 60's and 70's in Febuary. Have to love that! I really had a very busy crafty weekend. Let's start....
First a knitting finish..... I love this. The pattern is free; it's called The Honey Cowl. It's so squishy and beautiful.
Next another finish.... A flimsy! I blogged about about this one recently because for something so simply. It has been the bane of my existence. All boo boos fixed. It turn out great. I wanted to leave a couple of big open squares for the parents to be able to add in feet and hand prints. I thought it was a cool idea.
Harry Potter, the project of doom.... Finally... Almost caught up this one. So far so good. Not easy, but I am learning a lot. Mainly how to be more generous with my pieces. Otherwise, rip it out and start again.
Harry's glasses were a little rough, but turned out well.last up... Slow stitching Sunday... Another flower! Only 5 to go...
In Stillness is a wonderful little sweater. Very simple design features just gives a little interest before miles and miles of stockinette the. I' about a third of the way down the front now. Spent some quality time with it during the Super Bowl. Ugh. I can only say what the h... Who was he throwing to anyway?
Happy end of January. I can't believe how fast this month has went. I would like a snow day, but it isn't looking to good for the home team.
Anyhoo, I wanted to share my doll quilt swap that I made for my partner, Emily. It turned out so cute. I really enjoyed making it. The theme was favorite book. Well, aren't there too many choices? So, a book quilt it is!
So, hum.... a little backed up on fleeces at the moment. I have seven fleeces hanging out that I have started processing, but really, I don;t like the washing and picking part. I decided that I would rather let someone else get these going. Therefore, I put four out to Illinois Fiber Mills. Eleven pounds of lovely fluffy stuff. I have three that are merino-crosses that are just beautiful, and one of the first fleeces that I ever bought that has a canary stain. Not sure if it will come out in the processing or not, but can be dyed a later point. Going to be bit of a pinch, but I am sure well worth it in the long run....
Here are the pictures:
light to dark brownish gray
This considered black, but will most likely be a chocolatey color.
Happy New Year! 2014 is over and gone. Now to recover. The last couple of years have been very hard for my hubby and I. Two Christmases ago, he fell out of his truck mangling his knee. That took almost a year resolve. Last year, a severe reaction to a pneumonia vaccine caused him to lose the use of his right arm for almost two months. Thank God for physical therapy. Finally, he is mostly well and working again. He is taking on a new start by going out on the road with another good friend as independents. I am truly excited for him to get this started. It's been in the making for months, and we are the uphill road to recovery.
Additionally, I am making changes, too. Not as much as the hubby, but a real challenge for me. I seriously need to lose weight. Problem, I hate exercise. I have the ability, just not the desire. However, changes need to be made. I am targeting to eat healthier by eating more veggies and fruits. As well as getting on the treadmill daily.
As far as crafts go, I have been neglectful of anything other than quilting for a good year. Time for a change. I spent my Christmas break spinning for a sweater. It is done. Now I need a good pattern to match it. I also made a slouchy hat and taught my neighbor to knit. Not bad, I think. So, for this year, I want to make a pair of mittens, knit some charity hats, make three sweaters, a couple of cowls, spin for another sweater, and make some skirts.
All of this is doable; I just need to start fresh. More to come....
Meet Doris. I named her after Doris Day. My mom love the movies from the 50's and 60's and I remember one of my favorites was Doris Day. I thought she was so pretty and a genuine lady. This girl runs great. Everything is clean and her cabinet is nice she, too. This is my first slant needle machine. I am really interested in getting her going. She need a spool pin that I have already patiently waiting for its arrival. More to come with her test run.
I have the best husband in the whole wide world. Not only does he put up with my crabbiness, he takes an avid interest in my hobbies, collections, basically anything in my interest. Two Saturdays ago, I was checking out sewing machines on craigslist. He asked if there was anything of interest. I said that there was a coffin treadle that I thought was a good buy. He asked if I had checked on it. I said no since I really didn't have funds to play with. He picks up my cell and text the guy. Next thing I know, we in the car headed to Alton to pick up Rose.
She was born in 1859 based on what I could find. Her rose and daisy decals are really in pretty good shape for her age. There is cleaning to do to see if there is any shine on the metal parts. I will need to give her a coat of clear gloss as most of it is gone now. I think she is fantastic.
Here is her coffin top and base. It's in poorer shape, but everything seems solid. I plan to refinish the wood and bring it back to its illustrious past. Needless to say, this need to get in the cue before it gets too cold,