Wednesday, February 28, 2007

More Wonderful Surprises!

Look at what I got yesterday! Beautiful flowers from Kristen and I do mean beautiful. I have never seen such huge blossoms on roses. They smell divine .
Guess what's in this box?
Raspberry peach tea and raspberry peach champaigne jam from Amy & Adam. Yummy!
I'm going to make some toast and tea as soon as I finish this post.
I had a wonderful birthday. Thank you, thank you! I miss you all terribly.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

What A Wonderful Surprise!

Look what I got in the mail for my birthday. A silk neckroll for my always sore neck. It's filled with the best smelling lavender and has tiny fairies stamped on it. The words say "her fairies followed her wherever she went". Last but not least it is green, and you know how much I love green. Thank You, Erica! I love it.

Just for fun look at this website. Some of the fabric is cool and different.

Also go to one of my favorite knitting sites and look at the book reviews.
I thought the books sounded like fun but I think I'd have to see them to browse thru before purchasing.

Have a great day all! Chuck has already spoiled me with a pork roast dinner he cooked last night and today we are going to see "Dream Girls". Patti

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Reinvigoration of Blog

Yesterday there were crocuses... there was a wintry mix. Sigh.

So there was really nothing to do but go for a walk in the snow with Rob and the pooch, then sit inside and drink hot chocolate (oh, my, did I get some good stuff--it's "drinking chocolate". YUMMMMMM!) and be domestic.

One thing I worked on was the baby blanket that my friend Suzanne is having me knit for her to give to her sister. It's a simple pattern, just basket weave, but it's good in-front-of-the-TV knitting. And the yarn she picked out is really nice--Plymouth Yarn Jean nee (with an accent). Cotton and acrylic--super soft.

This second project, however, gave me a headache. It's a quilt for Rob's parents' Christmas present. Yes, Christmas 2006. We're hoping that "Better late than never" applies here. Rob wanted to help design it. So this is what he came up with:

Rob is nothing if not optimistic.

Not only do I tend to work only in squares, but you all know I'm spatially challenged to boot.

I had to resort to a paper mock up to figure out the easiest way to do the stripes in the triangles. I drew the pattern on paper and cut out the triangles (there were 4, but I lost one).

Then I rearranged them to figure out how I could cut a square in half to make my life easier.

Even with that, I've got the stripes on the triangles going 2 differnet ways.

The final product turned out alright though, I think (the pooch was pooped after her romp in the snow). But a further challenge was cutting out the blue triangles that go between the patterned squares. I made about 4 trips to G Street in 3 days because I can't figure out how much fabric I need to save my life. And you know, in the course of only a few hours they ran out of the dark blue. Figures.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Rain after a drought

Enough is enough! As cute as that baby sweater and hat are, I think it's time to move on!

My project this weekend was to cover up the ugly electric box in our laundry/mud room. You'd think in this day and age this would be a non-issue, but nooooo...

I spent a lot of time trying to find a fun quote--"Cleanliness is next to godliness" wasn't doing it for me. ee cummings to the rescue once again!

The fabric the words are on is actually an aqua-y "iridescent" linen (the warp and weft threads are different colors).

Can't wait to hear about Patti's travels! Happy February (especially since Puxatawny Phil didn't see his shadow!)