May 29, 2013

Weekend's Work

I had a luxurious 5 days off this past weekend and despite getting lots done both indoors and outdoors around my home, I did manage to make some needle progress - both of the knitting and the stitching variety.

I've not been able to put down my PS Halloween piece once I've picked it up.  It's nice to be working on larger count fabric (32ct Lambswool) and with DMC which means not having to complete each stitch separately.  I find progress is made much faster on this piece.
I also made some progress on the 2nd butterfly sock.  I have to say I love this Shibui yarn - it is great to work with.  I definitely see more of this in my future.
I hope to put more time into both projects this weekend.  I hope you have been getting some quality crafting time as well!

May 27, 2013

May WIPocolypse Update

The only WIPocolypse piece that received attention in May was Anne Sandles.  Here is what she looked like when I picked her up:

And where it is at this point. I was able to make a fair amount of progress on it. 
I'm not sure if I will continue to work on this particular WIP or pick something else up.  It's been quite a long time since I picked up CHS Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow and it's kind of been calling my name today.

May 26, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - Week 21

I debated on skipping this week because I only have one photo to share.  It was a really tough week and the only time I remembered to focus on the happy part and take a picture was snapping the lilac bush at the library.  The bushes/trees are in bloom all over town, both the lilac colored and the white and I have smelled their wonderful fragrance repeatedly in many different locations this week.

The photo is gloomy because we've had gray skys the past 4 days.  The sun finally made an appearance but the weather was quite cool - only in the 50s and it felt much cooler with the strong breeze.

I hope your week was much happier than mine.  Come back next week because I know I will have more happy things to share I'm sure.

May 20, 2013

IHSW Progress

This weekend was an International Hermit Stitching Weekend and although I did not formally sign up, I did manage to get some stitching time in this weekend.

I started off the weekend with Ann Sandles and here's what it looked like before I put some time into it:
And where I finished up last night.  This is the first time in quite a while where I devoted some focused time to Ann.  I'm not totally happy with my fabric choice - the color not the 40 ct.  I think I should have gone with a lighter, less yellowy color but the fabric does give it a more aged, samplery kind of look.

And I finally gave in to the urge to start something new.  I've had this kitted up since last summer but just never started it and I wanted something that was totally different from what I've been working on.

The muted colors of Ann and CHS Christmas and all the blue of HAED Story Keeper were starting to make me lose my interest and this PS piece is a great contrast.  It's PS All Hallow's Eve and I love it so far.

Hope you got a lot of stitching in this weekend.  I'm looking forward to next month's IHSW!

May 18, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy-Week 20

Short version this week as I just didn't have time to take a lot of photos.

My bleeding hearts are starting to bloom.  I have both white and red planted and it's a crap shoot as what will come out.  This one closest to the front porch stairs goes gangbusters but there are two more in this bed that are far behind and I'm not sure they'll actually flower out.  I LOVE bleeding hearts!

The Lily of the Valley is in bloom everywhere and while I find the scent in a perfume or soap too strong for my nose, the real thing in small doses is just lovely.  There's a naturalized field of it blooming along a street where Beau and I walk daily and I couldn't resist picking a stalk and sniffing as we strolled along.  It's spring in New England when the LotV is blooming!

May 14, 2013


I'm a few days late in posting my TUSAL photos.  I didn't get as much contributed to the jar as I'd hoped to the past few weeks but it's looking pretty full for early May.

Work has kept me extremely busy so by the time I get home, I haven't had the energy to pick up any stitching.  But I do hope to get back to Ann Sandles soon.  I hope you're finding more time to stitch these days!

May 12, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - Week 19

On Monday I went to return a book to the library and picked up another one.  This was on my TBR list but what made me happy was when the library staff person said it was a great book.  I love the community that readers have.
 Next up is a bad photo but what I was trying to do was take picture of the rain puddle in my driveway.  It's been a incredibly dry spring so far and this past week we finally got some rain.  It made me very happy because I need to grow some grass in my yard or I will be mowing dirt all summer long....

Next up was a weekend road trip to visit a friend.  I love road trips and even though traffic was a bit tough, I was happy to be on the road.
And Saturday a friend and I played tourist.  It was a cloudy and sporadically rainy all day but we had fun shopping, at a great lunch with all locally sourced food and locally produced chardonnay so we didn't really mind the weather. 

May 8, 2013

Spring Green...

Last week I managed to finish sock #1 and on Sunday I cast on for sock #2 in the hopes that I might actually have a pair to give my big sister for Christmas.  They were supposed to be for her birthday last year.....

I've also put a few (very few unfortunately) stitches into Anne Sandles while watching The Voice.  It's moving along slowly.

May 5, 2013

Belated WIPocolypse Update for April

When I started this post last week, I was having problems getting pictures to load and had to leave it in draft mode.  And then I kind of forgot about it so it's a bit later than expected. 

My plan for April was to work a week on each of my four major WIPs and it went well for the most part with the exception of last week.  I opted to take Anne Sandles with me on a work related trip but I never had a moment to pick up a needle. 

I was supposed to pick up CHS Alphabets the last week but that never happened. 

CHS Alphabet Progress - at the end of March
 And where it was at the end of the first week of April.  I'm not sure if I will pick this up again this month.
 Next up was my HAED Story Keeper which got more attention than it's had in a while.  Where I started

And at the end of the 2nd week.  I am really pleased with the progress made.
And finally is an update on Anne Sandles.  I didn't get a lot of time to work on this but any progress is good progress right?  Where I picked up on this piece:

And where I left off in April.  I am planning to work a little more on this during May so I hope to have more progress to share at the next WIPocolypse update.

May 4, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy-Week 18

This week started off with a very unexpected view of a hot air balloon.  I think it was for the opening day of the local baseball teams but whatever it was for, it made me smile to come upon it all of a sudden.  I wouldn't have minded a ride!
On Tuesday I had to run and pick up some meds for the dog as he's got some kind of abscess on his leg.  On the way I sprang for a large iced tea at the local DD and they made it perfectly.  Hooray for ice tea weather - we've had it all week long.

I also managed to get my first outdoor bike ride in this week and it was just wonderful.  I road on a local rail trail for the first time and there's something to be said for riding on a flat surface with no hills!

On Thursday I finally made it back to my knitting group.  I have not been since before the new year which is very unlike me.  Once I'm home, I just haven't been motivated to go back out again.  I'm really glad I did and plan to keep going.  It was good to be back among such funny and talented women.
And here is one I'm sure will make you wonder what I was thinking.  I had a facial this morning and happened to bring my phone into the room because I'm on call for work and asked my fabulous esthetician to take my picture after she had all my mask stuff on.  Now I know what I look like at this point!   Pretty scary I'd say!

I hope you had a great week and are enjoying some wonderful spring weather.