Monday, December 15, 2014

Out With the New, in With the Old?

Woven scarf finished.
Done blocking and ready to wrap and give. (Watch after Christmas for photos of the gift items I made other than the rabbits. The kids don't read my blog yet, so I could show those.)
Part of this past week has been spent in organizing my fiber studio again, now that the weaving is finished (for now) and the loom can be folded up and moved against the wall to make room for family visits and space to play with the bear house.
You can see the pups' bed is right in front of the fire. Here's another view:
The pups, however, prefer the couch. That black blob on the couch is Rocky, wearing his new sweater.
Here's another view, showing the cleaned-up quilting area.
My Featherweight has been put away to make room for wrapping packages for the kids.
Speaking of the grandkids, three of whom are still in diapers, we have been concerned about our washer of late. It makes sort of a grinding noise just as the tub is ready to spin. The repairman who came to fix the dryer (just lint build-up inside the works) and the stove, thought the problem with the washer might be the motor. We were concerned about all the laundry we'll have to do, and we don't want the washer to go out when it's needed, so I called Maytag. The technician there thought it might be the pump. He indicated that this 32-yr.-old washer was the one the company was able to build its reputation on. "If you replace it you will be sorry, I promise!" he said. Seriously!
We made an appointment with our local repair company to replace the pump and possibly some belts. If it turns out we still need a new motor, it will still be cheaper than a new washer that would be expected to last at most ten years. The pumps are new, but a motor would have to be ordered from a department at Maytag called "Angel Parts." Presumably from machines that had gone to Heaven. Stay tuned.
Speaking of the pups, Sunny went in on Thursday to have a very large adenoma removed from her left hind leg. When they shaved the area, they found two more. They were all removed without resorting to general anesthesia, and Sunny didn't bat an eye. We hiked the Gorgoza bicycle trail the next day. I'll spare you the photo of the disgusting things (the adenomas are disgusting, not the pups), but the big one was making it impossible to groom her without nicking it, so it had to be done. Our vet takes good care of the pups. Maybe it's the home-baked bread I give him for Christmas every year...hmmm?
Thursday (while Sunny was under the knife) I went to Redstone Shopping Center to make an appointment for pedicures for the "ladies" for my birthday. (Miss Daphne is considered one of the ladies.) While we're getting pedicures and stopping by Park City's only local yarn shop, a few doors away, the dads and granddad will do something manly with the three boys. I made the appointment at California Nails and then stopped in at Wasatch & Wool. I couldn't resist. I had to pick up some goodies:
The yarn from Manos del Uruguay is probably going to be a winter hat. The yummy spinning fiber from Greenwood Fibers is for my spinning enjoyment during the "spin-in" on the Knitting Community from February 27-March 2nd.
Park City Singers will be over after Tuesday night's performance. we had our first performance last night. Tuesday I missed my iPhone when I got home from practice. My music bag had gone flying from the seat when I had to stop suddenly, so I assumed it was on the floor in front of the passenger seat. A search with the flashlight failed to reveal my phone. I was afraid I had left it at the church where we practice, but the "Find My iPhone" app said it was at my address. Since I couldn't find it with the flashlight, I had to wait until daylight to take the car out of the garage, and then call my number with my iPad. The phone, set on "vibrate" made a buzzing sound in the door pocket, not at the bottom of the pocket where I expected it, but in between the pages of a map higher up in the pocket. Whew!
The holiday letters and cards are all in the mail, headed to distant locations. And finally, Soren is as big as a Christmas tree:
And happy birthday to my number one son, Timo, born this day in 1967. What adventures we've had!
What's on my needles: The Johan socks and Mr. F's clothes. Still hand-quilting my Spring Flowers quilt, only a little progress this week. I've been busy, as you can see.
What's on my Featherweight: Put away in its case, so I can use the space for wrapping presents.
What's on my loom: Still some warp for another scarf, but the loom is folded up to make room for Christmastime play.
What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still listening to Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae from Audible. Still reading Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, from Book Bub on the iBook app.
What's my app of the week: The "Find My iPhone" app. I would probably have driven back to the church the next day if the app hadn't told me it was somewhere at my house.
What's in my wine glass: Charles Shaw Shiraz, one of the best of the "Two-buck Chucks."
What's my tip of the week: This photo says it all:
Thanks to my friend Jean for sharing this with us! She points out you can even keep one of these clips in your knitting bag. Or it can stay on the loose yarn when you're in between bowls. Happy knitting/quilting, everyone!
Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Finishing Up the Year

Rocky's Sheep Sweater is finished.


I used the same pattern as the one I made for him previously, only with a different stranded pattern, using this time the sheep motif from "The March of the Fibres." Here's the link to the Ravelry page for Rocky's new sweater.

Common Threads met on Thursday. Margareth had finished her hat, and she had some new books to show off.


Karan had finished this shawlette.


Lynda has been meeting with Ginny to paint together. Ginny has been doing a lot of painting lately, but Lynda hasn't painted for years. She's back on the groove, thanks to collaboration with Ginny. It goes to show how we inspire and learn from each other.


I brought my "Reflections of Butterflies in Lemonade" quilt for show-and-tell. Ellen and Lynda held it up for a photo.


Here's the label, printed on EQ Printables printable fabric sheets. (Thanks, Davidene!):


Janet brought her finished Plus Sign quilt.


Ellen and I went to Salt Lake City on Tuesday. We stopped at Elaine's Quilt Block, and I picked up some fabric I liked.


Then this came in the mail from Connecting Threads:


Park City Singers performed at Swiss Christmas in Midway on Saturday morning, and Janet and I rode together. We stopped in at Seasons of Home, which was just catty corner from the City Hall building, where the performance was held. I picked up some nice fabrics to go with the ones I got from Elaine's. They were having a big sale, too. Here are the three half-yard pieces and three fats I picked up on Saturday (on the left).


Gotta love sales! (Like I need more fabric.)


What's on my needles: The Johan socks and Mr. F's clothes. The new sweater for Rocky is finished and in use. Still hand-quilting my Spring Flowers quilt, two appliqué blocks done and a little more than 1/3 of the entire quilt finished.

What's on my Featherweight: Still silently waiting for the next sewing project.

What's on my loom: The scarf I started some time ago, but I'm making good progress, now that some other projects are finished. I plan on warping for some rag rugs after the holidays.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Jodi Taylor's A Symphony of Echos, the second volume of The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Now listening to Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae. Both of these were from Audible. Still reading Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, from Book Bub on the iBook app.

What's my app of the week: The Music app. I made a nice playlist with Christmas music, which I can play through our stereo using my Satechi radio transmitter or through our little JBL portable speaker, which I can wear around the house, attached to a belt loop by the built-in cabiner.

What's in my wine glass: Nathanson Creek Merlot, the big bottle.

What's my tip of the week: A pedicure outing makes a nice activity if you're having ladies (young or old) to visit over the holidays.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Giving Thanks for...Local! Yarn! Shop!

Wasatch & Wool just opened up near me, about five minutes by car.


It's the first yarn shop in Park City in many years that wasn't in a corner of another store. We have had a Michael's for several years, but if you wanted the nicer, higher-end yarns (not to mention classes), you had to drive down to Salt Lake City. The nearest one is 15 miles of road that's treacherous, especially in the winter.

Wasatch & Wool has a nice place to sit and knit, and fairly well stocked shelves with some favorite knitting yarns. Classes will start in January, and they plan to carry some spinning and weaving supplies. The high shelves are accessible by ladder, so they can maximize the storage space. It will be fun to see what else they stock once they get going. Here's what it looks like from the outside.


DH and I stopped by on Shop Small Saturday, after Breakfast at No Worries and a visit to Davidene's Quilt Shop.

Here's what I bought on Saturday, all stuff for me, as I haven't really started shopping for Christmas yet:


The "Reflections of Butterflies in Lemonade" quilt is on the bed:

I still have to sew on the label. Davidene printed the label for me on Saturday, as our ink jet printer isn't working. (I did buy the fabric sheets for the labels from her, but she doesn't really have to print them for me. She wouldn't let me pay her for the printing, either.)

It has been a little cold lately, so Rocky has been wearing his sweater most of the time that he's in the house. I need to wash it fairly often, and since I don't like to put it into the dryer, he really needs a spare. Here he is, wearing his current sweater.


I've started another one for him out of leftover Swish DK from this and other projects. I'm using the same pattern, but with the sheep motif from "The March of the Fibers," which I plan on starting soon. This will give me a chance to practice one of the motifs from that project. I'm also making a plain crew neck, instead of the turtle neck. I've been making good progress. (If I have enough yarn left, I really should make myself a hat with the same design.)


The Oregon boys participated in the Turkey Trot with their parents Thanksgiving morning. 
Can't wait to take their mom and their auntie to our new yarn shop in a few weeks, assuming the dads will babysit.

What's on my needles: Besides the Johan socks and Mr. F's clothes, the new sweater for Rocky. Still hand-quilting my Spring Flowers quilt, two appliqué blocks done and about 1/3 of the entire quilt finished. Ready to sew the label on the "Reflections" quilt.

What's on my Featherweight: Still silently waiting for the next sewing project.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Listened to Dean Koontz's Twilight Eyes, then Georgette Heyer's The Corinthian. Now I'm on Jodi Taylor's A Symphony of Echos, the second volume on "The Chronicles of St. Mary's." All of these were from Audible. Still reading Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, from Book Bub on the iBook app.

What's my app of the week: We had Thanksgiving Dinner music on all day Thanksgiving, while we cooked and cleaned. Then we switched to soft classical music when our company arrived. We used the iTunes Radio app, which is great, and free if you don't mind commercials. You can pick from their selection, or you can pick a type of music, a composer or a performer, and they will make up a custom radio station for you using music of that type.

What's in my wine glass: Crane Lake Malbec, 2013, nice and fresh, and one of our favorites.

What's my tip of the week: Have company coming for the holidays? If you're cleaning the toilet, and you want to get most or all of the water out of it to give it a good scrub, dump water from a bucket or big bowl (a goldfish bowl will work, but move the goldfish to another receptacle first) into the toilet all at once. This will push out the water, and it won't fill again until you flush. It doesn't take a lot of water, but you have to dump it all in at once. My toilets take about 1/2 gallon, but I suspect that elevation plays a role.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Stitches and Snow

It was a great week for quilting. Common Threads met at Janet's, and we had a variety of projects.


Ellen is working on the second block for her Home Sweet Home quilt. She isn't sure if she'll make all of the blocks or not, but she has a great start. (Her grandson said that the windows were crooked. I think this feature gives it charm, and that she should have told him it was on purpose.) It's the same pattern I used for the quilt over my mantle, completed in 2007, although I used a braided border, instead of the swags in the pattern:


Ginny was hand-quilting one of the King-sized pillow shams to go with a quilt she made a couple of years ago.


Janet was finishing up this quilt she started some time ago. It's one of the patterns from the Jelly Roll Quilts book.


She has vowed to make every quilt in the book. I have made several of the quilts in this book, too.
Margareth has been working on this cross-stitch:


Lynda had finished this beaded cowl and was working on another. (She modeled it while wearing a sweater she made 30 years ago):

The pattern for the cowl is "Ice Queen", found on Knitty.
Bernadette had finished this crocheted Daisy baby blanket:


I took the bunny litter along, and we took a group shot of all the Little Cotton Rabbits projects together, with Janet's elephant and Julie's elephant and fox. Julie is making the mouse now.


Our first real winter storm hit Saturday, and by Sunday morning it looked like this:


I had to take the photo during a brief moment when the sun was out, so you could see the berm. We had about 8" on the rail at this time, and more was coming down. This kind of "dump" isn't unusual, but it's very early to be getting this much snow at our 7200' elevation. However, Julie braved the beginnings of it on Saturday to bring me my "Reflections of Butterflies in Lemonade" quilt, which she quilted for me on her long-arm machine.


You may remember that this was a "disappearing hourglass" quilt, where you make a big hourglass block, cut it up and sew it back together after rotating the block segments. The instructions in The Missouri Star "Block" magazine called for starting with a layer cake (10" squares). I wanted to use some fat eighths, which are not 10", so I just calculated what I would need to get the size block needed to be the same as the instructions. I must have made a mistake in my calculations, however, because instead of having stars in my blocks, I had these floating things that looked like butterflies. Later, I watched the YouTube video, and figured out why this happened. In the magazine, Jenny Doan has you measure from the center seam and cut, then measure from that cut and cut again. In the video, she says to cut into nine equal squares. My hourglass blocks must have been slightly off. I'm happy with the effect, so nothing lost, but I learned something. At least all my "butterflies" are all floating the same distance from the seams. So I got lemonade. Appropriate, because the original design came from someone else's mistake. I'm sewing down the binding now. Then have to make a label. 

Since Thanksgiving is this week in the US, I thought my readers would appreciate this turkey:


I'm cooking for Thanksgiving dinner. We're having company, so I will have to do the "H-word," too. Happy Thanksgiving, US readers, and everyone have a happy week!

What's on my needles: The Johan socks and Mr. F's clothes. Still hand-quilting my Spring Flowers quilt, finished two of four appliqué blocks. Sewing the binding on my "Reflections" quilt

What's on my Featherweight: Silently waiting for the next sewing project.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished The Line by J. Horn from Audible, interesting book about witches in Savannah. Then I listened to Audible's Young Mrs. Savage by D. E. Stevenson, one of my favorite authors. She allows you to visit England and/or Scotland in an earlier time. Her characters are very real. Still reading Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, from Book Bub.

What's my app of the week: KSL Weather Vortex. It's put out by a Salt Lake City TV station, but can be used anywhere. It's how I knew I wasn't going to risk going to church Sunday morning.

What's in my wine glass: Lindeman's Shiraz-Cabernet 2013. Very nice. The wine steward rarely selects a bad wine.

What's my tip of the week: When hand-quilting a quilt using a hoop, I like to keep the tension-adjusting screw to the left as much of the time as possible, to keep it out of the way of my quilting thread. For straight lines, I use masking tape, if I don't have a seam to follow. You can get tape in various widths to correspond to the space between quilting lines.


Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Winter's Arrival

The first snowblowers of the season were heard Saturday morning.
Vintage Stitchers met on Thursday at Diane's. Carol brought her Kaffe Fassett quilt, ready for border:
Carol make the blocks for this quilt some time ago, a BOM, but she didn't like that the blocks were so plain, so she jazzed them up.
On the back, the quilter used dark thread in the sashing and borders.
Rebecca had made this embroidered pillow:
...and this red work quilt top.
Brenda had two quilt tops finished. First, this one:
...and then if you can't sleep at night, you can read your quilt.
Barbara bought this Christmas quilt kit at a Whimsy Cottage quilt shop long ago when it was in Heber City.
I can't show you my knitting/crocheting project, because it's a secret, but here's an example of a previous project, also counting as this week's cuteness: Johan wearing the owl hat I made for his brother more than two years ago:
Here's the link to Ravelry page for the project.
What's on my needles: The Johan socks and Mr. F's clothes, plus a small project I can't show you yet. Still hand-quilting my Spring Flowers quilt, working on the second of four appliqué blocks.
What's on my Featherweight: Silently waiting for the next sewing project.
What's on my iPad/iPhone: The Line by J. Horn from Audible. Still reading Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, from Book Bub.
What's my app of the week: KSL Weather, for up-to-date weather anywhere there's a weather station.
What's in my wine glass: The big box, Block Red Shiraz. It says, "Bottled April 29, 2014, so it's really fresh! Actually, it's pretty good.
What's my tip of the week: If you want to know if you have enough yarn to make another of the same project you've just made from the same yarn, weigh the finished project and then weight the leftover yarn. If your yarn weighs as much or more than your project, you will have enough.
Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.