August 19, 2014

Seasonal signs

It was 45 degrees when I got up this morning.  We've had a much cooler August that I ever remember with temps in the 70s and very few making it into the 80s.  It feels strange and it's got everyone worried it will be an early winter.  Even if I do managed to finish my Lotus Blossom tank by the end of the month, I think it might be too cool to wear it!

There are lots of these dropping all over the place and I'm really starting to see the leaves of the maples turning on my way to work.  Can I just say I'm not ready for that yet?

However, I am getting ready for my favorite fall holiday!  I picked this up on my way back from Cape Cod a few weeks ago in the hopes that it would get my stitching mojo going again.  I love Halloween stitching.  It didn't work immediately but last week I picked up a UFO and started stitching again. 

This is PS All Hallow's Eve where I left off the last time I was working on it (can't remember when that was!).

And here is where I am after some weekend stitching. Tonight I need to give my knitting some attention but this one is tempting me to keep going so it can be framed and ready for Halloween - this year!

On another note, some of us are a bit under the weather.  Beau had an emergency vet visit on Friday because he couldn't sit down and was carrying his tail like it was broken.  Turns out I'm the worst pet mom ever because he had several different issues going on that I was clueless about and required some medications and the dreaded collar to prevent him from further aggravating the hotspot on his tail. 

He looks so pitiful and I didn't last long with him making him wear the collar.  He's doing much better but I think his feelings are quite hurt at being made to look so embarrassing.

August 10, 2014

Keeping me engaged..

While I may not have been using floss and a needle to occupy my time this summer, I have not been idle.  I've just been using different needles.

I started another pair of socks a while back and these photos are from the first sock.  I started them back in April and I have finished one and am working on the 2nd.  These are Escher Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn by Carol J. Sulcoski.

The pattern is a little fiddly so I try not to knit these when around others as it's easy to get distracted and off pattern. 

The yarn was gifted to me quite a few years ago and I'm happy to have had it in my stash.  It's a really pretty blue/green/purple combo from Jojoland.  Thanks Kathy!

They are going to be too small for me but I think I've found a home for them in a young lady entering 8th grade.

They have taken a back seat to a project I started at the beginning of July and hope to finish before the end of this month. 

It's the Lotus Blossom Tank from the Summer 2006 Interweave Knits magazine issue.  I fell in love with the top when I first saw it and attempted to start it back then but my skills just weren't up to it at the time.  Those pesky yarn overs had me stumped.

My skills have grown from knitting socks so I figured it was time to tackle this again and I'm really pleased with my progress.  I've completed the front and begun working on the back.  Hopefully, I will be showing you an FO in the near future.

August 7, 2014

Resurfacing

Summer is sliding towards a close and I'm finally updating this blog.  I guess I lost my stitching mojo after working for so long on my CHS Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow because I've barely picked up a needle to stitch in the last three months. 

I wasn't sure what to start so I picked up Plum Street Samplers "Mary's Sampler" from last year and finally got that finished.
I think I will finish it as a flat fold or large cube for display this holiday season.

It's been a great summer here in Maine and I've taken advantage of it with lots of trips to the beach. This has been my view many a weekend morning since early June and I'm actually sporting quite a bit of tan these days.

In July I spent a weekend in Boston visiting my oldest niece who is finishing up her nursing program by taking extra classes this summer.  She will be getting pinned in December and starting on her Masters to become a Nurse Practitioner.  We had a really great visit, ending with a visit to the SoWa (South Washington) market.  We were both huge fans of the food trucks!


I had lunch from the ramen truck and it was delish - along with a Thai basil limeade from a different truck.  My niece had crepes and the photo above was the Roxy's Grilled Cheese truck.  There were 7 or 8 different trucks and it was hard to choose!


The market covers three separate areas in the arts district and includes this food truck lot, a farmers market and a crafters market.  Some of the artist studios are also open and several of the local shops including a bead and yarn store, a sewists, letter press printer and other unique vendors.  It's only on Sunday's but it's worth a visit if you're in Boston.


I also finally went on a "booze" cruise as it's called which is really the sunset cruise around the Portland harbor.  We went on the 12th and the weather was absolutely perfect.  We got to witness the totally amazing moon rise over one of the many islands.




I'm just back from a few days on the Cape which were lovely.  The weekend started out rainy but improved greatly so that we could get in a good beach day.  For the first time ever, we had a house with a pool and that was the absolute best thing ever.  Lots of fun, laughter and cannon balls. 

I've got a few days left and I'm planning to play in my craft room, do some "beachin" and reading before starting back to work again on Monday.

I hope your summer has been equally enjoyable.  I'm going to be making the blog rounds to try and catch up with what's been happening and maybe gain some inspiration to jump start me back to cross stitching.

May 14, 2014

Oh Happy Day!

Yesterday, I put the last stitches into Block 12 of my Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.  Block 10 had been finished on Easter Sunday but I never took a picture until today.


I decided not to stitch Block 12 exactly as charted as after all of the hard work of stitching I wanted to include my own name and not  Mary Crow's.  Plus the angel holding the tree was kind of freaky looking so I took the tree motif and stitched it alone, trying to balance out the medallion on the left.

Then I used the space between for stitching my name.  I did not chart my name out prior to starting to stitch, just put in the letters as I went along.  As you can see, there was not enough room for the last k in my name so I took a page from some of the school girl samplers of old and fit it in.

I could have ripped out the tree or my last name and started over but I like the imperfection of it, so it's going to stay as is.


Here is block 10 completed as well.  I will work to get better pictures with a regular camera over the next few days.  These were taken quickly with my iPhone and I'm too tired to fuss to get them better.

I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to move on to something else!  Wahoooo.....

April 15, 2014

I can't put my needle down!

After finishing Block 11, I was afraid to lose momentum so I immediately started Block 10 and have been cruising along.  Here is where it was before Saturday stitching commenced.
And here's where it is after stitching most of the weekend away.  I did accomplish a few things and devoted some time to knitting but I really hate to put this down as I'm so close to being done!

This was the first block I saw when Kathy began posting photos and it is the one that made me fall in love with and purchase the piece.  Cardinals are my favorite bird and I love hearing them all year round here in New England.

Gotta run!  This piece is calling my name.....


April 6, 2014

Finally docked!

Today at 8:05am, my ship reached harbor and has been officially docked! 
Two more blocks to go and this project is history!  I can't wait for that day!

April 3, 2014

Continuing to catch the wind!

I was able to make some more progress on C@HRH over my long weekend and here is where the block stands as of this afternoon.  If I have the energy, I'm going to try and get the green fill done on the last sail but I'm leaning towards just vegging so we'll see.


I also started a new pair of socks to keep my momentum going.  These are called Escher Socks and they are found in the book "Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn".  There is a cable row every 6th repeat that changes directions and I'm finding it a bit fiddly. 

I think part of my issue is that the needles are not 5" dpns and the extra length makes it hard to maneuver the stitches without losing the stitch/dropping the cable needle/getting the yarn in the right position.  But it's a really gorgeous yarn and I think they will be pretty once they are done.