Friday, April 13, 2018

She was a sweet girl.

 Our beautiful little Erica passed away last evening.  She was around 18 years old and had lead a full and well loved life.  She was Dale's cat and always made sure everyone knew that.  :)
When she was young we had a scratch box for her.  Dale referred to it as her throne and every-night when it was time for bed he would say, "Get on your throne, Erica." and she would do it and then he would carry her upstairs to bed.  It was such a silly thing to do and to see but I loved it. 
She had 5 kittens in her life and outlived all of them.  Her last kitten to  go was Velcro and we lost him last fall.
Erica looks chubby in that picture but she ever only weighed about 6 or 7  pounds.  She was such a petite little thing.  The plate she is sitting on is an 8 inch plate. 
This was her brass bed up in our bedroom.  She didn't sleep on it all the time but when another of our fur babies would get on it she would stare them off.  SHE was queen in the house and all the others knew it. 
She was fine until Tuesday and then she just sort of started shutting down.  We took her to the vet and Val said she would be surprised if she made it through the night.  She made it.  She was never in distress or pain.  It was as if she was just patiently waiting for her time to go and be with her best buddy Katie again. 
We will all miss you, AirBear.   Love you, Mom.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

More socks??and more snow??

These skid marks were made by Hannah.  She was on a dead run to the office to go see Josh and LeRoy got in her way and she upended and slid.  She was ok, just mad at LeRoy and told him off royaly.  lol
 These socks are made out of Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play colorway Summer Bloom.  I put the details about the yarn in an earlier post.  They took me about 8 days to finish.  I seem to be picking up speed on socks, or maybe I am just spending more time knitting than I had been.

These have the Mrs Crosby Toes and the rest is a really decadent feeling yarn.  It is Heritage Silk Cascade Yarns and is 85% Merino Superwash Wool/15% Mulberry Silk.  The color is 5604 whatever that is. It feels so heavenly and soft. The pattern is  Petunia Dursley Double Eyelet Socks.  This is a free pattern available through Ravelry  Another easy to memorize pattern and a quick one.  I took about 13 days start to finish with several days being very little knitting getting done. 

 I started the toe of the next pair at noon but haven't even got the increases done yet.  I still have not chosen a pattern but am thinking of a small cable.  We will see.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A bit of snow ....

We had a bit of snow last evening.  Not much, thank goodness.   Now it is snowing VERY lightly out there again!  When will the snow end and spring get here so I can go camping?  I am ready to go (even though the camper isn't) and eager to go. 

We used to camp.  We even belonged to 3 camping clubs.  Most of the members were family and those that weren't actually family soon became as such.  The kids loved it when they were younger because they were the only kids and ALL the campers in our group treated them as grand kids and they all had special food/treats in their campers for them.  They soon figured out who had what so they knew who to visit when they wanted a particular thing.  Of course their Granny and Great-Grandma always had just about anything that they wanted so that was their first stops.  LOL

Now they are all grown up (41 and 36) so they won't be camping with us.  But I hope to take our grandson and a friend occasionally.  Sims is 15 now.  It really isn't possible or fair.  We didn't get him until he was almost 10 so we all missed quite a bit of his growing up.  But we have him now and we are enjoying him.

Still working on the red toe/speckled top socks.  I have a couple 3 inches to do on the leg and they will be done.  Then on to the next pair which will have a speckled toe and probably a solid blue top.

Still working occasionally on my Cathedral Window quilt.  When I have been sewing I have been making doll clothes on the machine.  I'll get back to the CW quilt in a bit.

We are talking with friends about a trip up in the New England states some time this spring or summer.  I'll wait until we get back to post about that.  No need to tell that I will be away from home.  You never know who might pick up on being away and come help themselves to your house.
I think it pretty foolish when people post on facebook that they are here and there with so and so.  It is just asking to be broken into.
Granted, a blog is different than facebook, but all the same, it is not a good idea to publicly announce that you  are not home.

All things chicken. lol  Found this at Tractor Supply last summer and loved it, just not the price.  It was $99.99.  Too rich for my blood.  

Have a great day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 5, 2018

I've done a bit of knitting recently....

 I have finally gotten back into the swing of socks.  Don't get me wrong, I have been knitting socks all along for the past several months, but I have been rather slow and lackadaisical about it.  One pair of socks actually took me 3 months to finish!!  That is totally pathetic.
This first pair of socks was started late December and finished up early January.  I "think" this yarn is Colinette Jitterbug in Toscana colorway.  At least this ball band was in my just finished basket..  The pattern is  Waterfall by Wendy Knits.  I really like this pattern as you will notice when you look at the next socks and the 5th pair.  It is an easy pattern to memorize and see where you are in the pattern without having to keep notes. 

 These were started mid January and finished up the first part of Feb. The beautiful grey is Silk Sock Handpaints, Handpainted by Cherry Tree Hill in color Ash.  It is a blend of 63% superwash merino, 18.5% merino and 18.5% bleached tussah silk. This is some yarn that I ordered off of eBay. Very soft and lovely to knit with. I think I will look for more.  

These were started next and finished in February.  This is  the same yarn as the above, just a different color.  I had a small brain storm when I went to cast these on and knitted the toes out of the yarn from the last pair of socks.  I was going to do heels and cuff also of the black/slate but there was not enough yarn and then I decided that for this year each new pair of socks would have toes from the pair before.  Lets me keep a timeline of when the socks were knit.  I know, silly, but you have to keep things fun, don't you?  The pattern is Tidalwave by O/C Knitiot Designs - Deby Lake  This is another easy to memorize and see where you are pattern.  Good for knitting on auto-pilot. It is also Silk Sock Handpaints  in the same blend. in colorway Red Dawn.

This pair was knit for a good friend who is diabetic and needed sleep socks that would not strangle her ankles and would keep her feet warm.  They are some superwash merino that I had in my stash.  It is Nashua Handknits.  it is 100 % Superwash Wool (50% merino. 50% wool). It is very  soft.  They only took about 3 days to knit.  A very fast knit.  I think these were the first pair of socks I made out of worsted.  Unless I make her more bed socks it will probably be the last pair also, lol   They were made in February.  They didn't get red toes since they are worsted and not fingering weight.

This is my current pair of socks on the needles.  I started them last Saturday night and just did the toe increases before laying them aside.  These are also Waterfall.  The pattern shows up much more in real life than in the photo.  The yarn is  Mrs. Crosby Loves To Play in the colorway Summer Bloom.  It is a blend of 75% superwash merino wool, 15% silk, and 10% cashmere.  Truly luxurious feeling.
I won/earned this yarn when I did The Camp Loopy Glamping way back in 2014. 

This is D's silly dog.  She went under the table in the laundry room when I went to clean out the litter pans.  She just sat there and looked at me.  When I moved the other litter pan she was trapped.  I figured she would tromp through the litter pan to get out, but she waited patiently for me to move it again.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A little of this -- a little of that

 An employee of ours got this Poinsettia for me in 2016 and it did wonderfully in our house, but I needed to move it to make room for a Christmas Cactus so I brought it out to my office.  Within 2 weeks it looked like this.  My office is a death sentence for potted plants.  :(  Cut plants last a long time but not potted.
 This was January 13 and we had to go to Toledo which is a 4 hour trip.  It took us a little over 5 hours to get there, but God took us safely there, and back home again the next day.  God is good!


 This series of pictures was taken outside Dale's office.  A momma and her baby came strolling up and got a bite to eat at the bird feeder.  They were there for a long time.  I went and sat in the window seat and watched them.  I wasn't any farther than 6 feet from them, of course there was the window between us.  We just had 4 deer in our front yard a couple of days ago.  I love to watch them.  Just don't like to meet them on the road!

 This is my first attempt at making a Cathedral Window quilt.  I have loved them since I was a little girl.  My Granny's best friend used to make them all the time and was going to show me how to do it but you know how it is with best intentions.  I really wish I had made the time for Lizzy to teach me.  It would have meant so much more than learning from the internet. People ask me how big it is going to be.  I just shrug my shoulders and say I don't know.  It may only be a wall hanging or maybe even just a pillow top.  Depends.  lol  It is mostly hand sewing so it will be a long process and will be a carry along project.  The only machine sewing is sewing the muslim squares together.  I tried doing those by hand but was not getting the seam allowance just perfect and the squares were not coming out square.  So machine sewing for 3 seams in those and then the rest is hand.  This will go with me on camping trips.
 This is Betsie, our oldest dog, she is 11 now.  She is not supposed to be on the couch so she waits until Dale goes to bed and then she jumps up on it.  If she hears him coming down the stairs she quietly gets down and acts like she was sleeping on the rug all along.  Silly dog, I am there watching her.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Doll clothes

I finally remembered to download the few pics of the doll clothes that I made for my great-niece for Christmas.  Actually I forgot I wanted to take pictures until AFTER I had already wrapped the box up.  :(  Fortunately I remembered before I gave them to her.  I was even able to take the ribbon off, unwrap the box and take my pictures and rewrap the box with the same paper and ribbon!!  I could not believe I was able to do that and you couldn't even tell I had undone it.  Yay me.
 These are the 4 outfits I managed to get made in the short time I gave myself.  I was pretty pumped over them.  I think they are cute as can be.  Maybe a bit old fashioned for now, but the pattern was a reprint of one from the 50's.  It was all I could find locally. 
I might make more doll clothes and open an Etsy shop, who knows.  I do enjoy making them and also making Barbie doll clothes, I have a small tote full of them and no one to play with them anymore. 

 This dress was made from fabric I found in a tote that came home with me when my beloved Mother-In-Law passed.  Since the clothes were for her great-granddaughter I thought it very appropriate even though Finley had never met her.
 This was made from a fat quarter that I found in town when looking for a pattern.  Those elephants were just too cute and the mini polka dots were just great.

 I had bought this flannel to make a nap blanket for my Mom when she was in the nursing home.  I had made her one and never did get around to making this one up.  Makes very cute jammies, I think

This pink is a knit that I bought somewhere, sometime and decided it would make a really nice coat since it would go with both of the dresses.  I added the fancy row of stitching down the front to avoid having to do a hand hem to keep the facing where it belonged. 

The pillows I made for the kids, grand kids, and great-grand kids were all very cute and very well received, but I forgot to take pictures of them.  Maybe one day I will have everyone bring them back and take a group photo of them.

 I bought this nativity and creche many years ago when a Hobby Lobby opened up in Chillicothe.  I have tried many ways to light it and usually just end up shining a desk lamp down on it.  This year I happened to remember that I had a clamping bulb (like they put in those plastic Santa's and snowmen that you sit out on your lawn) and decided to give it a try,  I works like a dream.  May not give me as much light as the desk lamp but I like this light much better.  It sits at the end of the hall.  My 2 cats and my small dog like to lay in front of it.  They don't mess with it, they just lay there.  They want to be near to the Baby Jesus.  Smart  little fur babies.
We actually had a white Christmas this year!!  It has probably been over 20 years since we had one.  I had totally given up on wanting one.  I was so surprised to wake up and see the snow.  I know it is just a barely there coating, but it is white.
It has been so cold that we still have the Christmas snow.  Today the high was mid 20degrees F.  Very cold for us.  The rest of the week is not going to be any better and Friday is supposed to be a high of 16.  Next week may be a bit better, but not much.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas is almost here....

No pics today. 

I had the wild idea to make some doll baby clothes for my great-niece for Christmas.  Not a problem except that I didn't get this idea until last Sunday.  Nothing like putting pressure on yourself. 

I wasn't able to start sewing until Tuesday evening.  I have managed to make a dress and a pair of PJ's so far.  I have a coat pinned to the fabric but that is all,  I want to make the coat and at least one more dress for her.

While going through my fabrics and a tote of fabric I brought home when my beloved mother-in-law passed I found all these neat quilt patches that I suddenly had the brain storm to make into pillows for the 6 grand kids.  Then I found a few more and decided to make a pillow for each of her 3 boys and found a couple more and decided to make them for the 2 great-grand kids even though they had never had the pleasure and good fortune to know her.  So now I need to make 11 pillows on top of everything else.  I have to have the pillows done by Christmas Eve as that is when we all get together to celebrate.  I have plenty of time.  :)

So why am I on here instead of sewing?  Because I am at work (I work in the family business so this is OK).  Just as soon as I get payroll done and D or J come back I am going to the house to get busy.

I will take pics before I give the things all away. 

Joan is coming to Christmas for at least one more visit.  The year she passed and we cleaned out the house I found all kind of gifts that she had already bought for Christmas, and she left us in June!  Since I am now the oldest female of the family I gathered everything up and saved it until December and then I went through everything and made a gift bag for everyone.  We had some tears and lots of laughter.  She was missed but it made it sort of like she was still there.  Which she is still there in each of our hearts.  She was a lovely lady and very well loved.

In addition to all the sewing I still have to make sugar cookies, sugared pecans, a couple of pies, clean up the house, and put everything away after sewing.  I have to sew on my dining table as my embroidery/sewing room is a wreck and I can't even get to the counters to work.  That is going to have to be taken care of after the holidays!  I miss my sewing space.