Friday, August 19, 2011


This gorgeous hank of yarn is from Button & Needlwork Boutique in Victoria, BC.  

The plan is to turn it into socks similar to these but with shorter cuff.

Yesterday, I wrestled the yarn into a ball.  It put up a pretty good fight.

I hammered a hole in the top of a mason jar and fed the end of the yarn through, so I don't have to chase the ball around the apartment.

Now the stitching (and hoping that I have enough yarn for both socks)...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Finishing Loose Ends

I finished crocheting this piece a while ago.  Last year?  The year before?  Since then it's been sitting around with several dozen loose ends.  This week I finally mustered up the energy to weave them all in.  I gave it a gentle washing and blocked it out to dry.  The plan now is to get it framed.  Hopefully that won't take another year.

The pattern is a replica of a doily in the collection of the Laure Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home & Mueseum in Mansfield, Missouri.  I began working on it quite a while ago, and now I can't find the website where I originally found the pattern.  Apparently it's since been published in the May/June 2008 issue of Piecework magazine, so there are lots of blogs and websites with the pattern and photos.  Here's the image I worked from.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summer Pie

What is summer without fresh homemade pie?  Pear is my favorite.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Shall we play a game?

"Love to.  How about Global Thermonuclear War?"

This is my first cross stitch piece since I was about six years old.  I used grid paper downloaded from the interwebs.  It didn't print as small as I wanted, but oh well.  Next time.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Emma's Awesome Quilt

Today was quilting day with Emma.  She worked on the white squares for her quilt.  When she was done she laid all of it out on the floor.  It's gorgeous, doncha think?

Clever Stitches

Don't you love clever needlework samplers?
Like these...

I think I'll add cross stitching this image to my list of projects:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

More State Flowers

 Alaska - Forget Me Not

 Hawaii - Hibiscus

 Utah - Sego Lily

 Arizona - Cactus Flower

 Wyoming - Indian Paint Brush

Saturday, August 6, 2011

First Quilting Project--Finishing Touches

I finished the quilted table runner the night before Jason and I left for our anniversary vacation.  I messed up the backing, as you can see, but the top turned out just lovely.  Thanks to Selina and Monica at the West Seattle Fabric Company for a great beginning quilting class!