Monday, November 30, 2015

Time Involvement! Or Procrastination?

Since I've been cleaning out my mother's house and our summer home, I thought it was time I clean out our regular home!  There have been binders in my studio filled with odds and ends of information  for years!  Years, I say!  Many Years!  Wonder why I saved some of these pages--from magazines, printouts, copies of old patterns, purchased patterns?  Once I've made the pattern, I don't usually go back and make another one--I'm ready to move on to another adventure--ah, here are 1,000 of pages that need to be gone through.

 of course, when you go through all that paperwork, you come across a pattern or technique you want to do again or maybe, do just because you didn't make it in the first place!!

Stacks and stacks of paper!  I don't want to even think of how much I spent on copy paper...............
or those clear plastic inserts for each of those pages!
I pulled this pattern out--maybe, I'll get it made BEFORE next fall!

and this sweet pattern--I've always wanted to knit these up for special friends

Oh my gosh, I even found a hand written pattern from my Granny.
She used to crochet these coat hangers as gifts--lovely things!

A pattern for an unique bag--must save this one--even if it isn't in English!

And I've always wanted to weave this pattern!
Okay, now that I've cleaned out the shelves of binders,
I'm ready to start on a new page--
gee whiz--I"m ahead of the New Year resolutions!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

And Advent Begins..........................

What a great time of the year!  Yes, it is dedicated to refreshing our life to the reason for the season.
So, I knit--Advent Scarves--pattern is given so many rows per day during Advent.
The above scarf is from the designer, unikatissima and it is Lace llex pattern.
Oh, yes, there is another Advent scarf being knit during these days--
more on that one when the pattern is posted.
Happy Advent season!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Toe Up--NO Thanks!

For some reason, I do not like to knit Toe Up Socks!
Maybe, it's because I can never get them to fit my foot right
Maybe, my brain just doesn't work that way!
Whatever the reason when there is a toe up sock pattern, and
If it's a mystery pattern, I usually wait until the sock pattern has been fully written
and I can knit them top down!
Does that make sense?
Does to me!  

Friday, November 27, 2015

Did You Shop Today?

A Day to Shop

Many people have a day off work or choose to take a day from their quota of annual leave on Black Friday. Some people use this to make trips to see family members or friends who live in other areas or to go on vacation. Others use it to start shopping for the Christmas season.
Shopping for Christmas presents is also popular on Black Friday. Many stores have special offers and lower their prices on some goods, such as toys.

What's Open or Closed?

Black Friday is not a federal holiday, but is a public holiday in some states. Many people take a day of their annual leave on the day after Thanksgiving Day. Many organizations also close for the Thanksgiving weekend.
Public transit systems may run on their normal schedule or may have changes. Some stores extend their opening hours on Black Friday. There can also be congestion on roads to popular shopping destinations.

About Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the USA. There are two popular theories as to why the day after Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday. One theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.
The other theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits prior to Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Day Of Thankfulness!

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the "First Thanksgiving", including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.[8][9] According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of thesiege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden.[10] Now called Oktober Feest, Leiden's autumn thanksgiving celebration in 1617 was the occasion for sectarian disturbance that appears to have accelerated the pilgrims plans to emigrate to America.[11] In later years, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned the colony's thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623.[12][13][14] The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.[15]
Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress,[16] each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.[17] As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God".[18]

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pat Sloan's Mystery Begins

Well, we can't let the year end without having another
mystery BOM (Block of the Month)
from Pat Sloan 
I'm still working on 2015 pattern Vacation Time!
Maybe, I'll finish in 2016! 
Check out her website to sign up for notifications
Looks like we're going to busy! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Four Is Enough?

Since I have sold my 8H and 10 H looms, I'm back to only 4H--
oh, so sad I say to myself.  Than I see something like this post from
Unraveling and I know--you used to weave 4 H weave structures all the time;
so, what's the big deal?!  Meg is planning this graph to weave some
cashmere--well, I say, I think I'll try this too!
Happy treadling, y'all!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Time!

The colors and sights of Tuscany have inspired Bonnie to combine what she experienced into a very cool quilt that you will love hopefully as much as I do!

What does Allietare mean?  To GLADDEN!  To REJOICE!  To become CHEERFUL!  It’s the perfect name for this quilt, it made me so happy to watch it come together.
We will begin November 27--check out her website  to see the fabrics and
get suggestions on color

Sunday, November 22, 2015

We're Sewing for our Military

Mystery Quilts for Military --join up at Yahoo groups.

November 2015, 2015 Designed by: Alycia Carmin Mystery Quilts for Military

Clue #1 has been posted so we're sewing!

Fabric Requirements: Based on 40 inch wide fabrics ( most I find are still 42 inches, but just to be safe)
Blue: 2 yards
Red : 1 3/8 Yards
White: 2 ¼ yards Binding: ½ yard ( You may want to wait and see, and use up some of your leftovers)
Backing: Approximately 4 yards
Tools Needed: Companion Angle – They come in 4 ½ and 6 ½ - Both will work – I usually go for the bigger ruler, it has more options later Easy Angle Ruler:
Straight Edge Rules Rotary Cutter I have made two of them so far – t

Saturday, November 21, 2015


A snowdrift at the highway – not nice and even dangerous.
A snowdrift in the mountains on a sunny morning after a stormy night – what a sight to behold! Lines in the snow forming different patterns, sparkling in the morning sun…
A phenomenon in nature that has a dark and a bright side! And like this, our this year’s KAL project will be: a shawl with a dark and a bright side. But both sides will be pretty in this case! The only danger may be that you don’t want to stop snuggling on cold days.
We will knit a large asymmetric shawl in Brioche technique. This makes the shawl completely reversible and you will have the choice each day which side to use."  from the website of Dibadu!  
Let's knit this!  Did you see that description?  Brioche technique!!  I'm excited--this one begins November 27 and runs through Advent with this free pattern till Jan 1-2016!
I can see lots of knitting in my future during those dreary days of winter!  Join me!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hoo! Hoo!

I was so excited to receive my Owl Festival quilt back from quilter, Sandy!  This was a fun one to make--such variety of owls--I worked on it for a year with patterns from Sindy of Fatcat Patterns.  I love her sense of humor and her design work!
Whoo!  Whoo!  Isn't this fun quilt?
I'm sure I can find someone who is into owls or birds..........

and I was so happy to have found this owl backing fabric!

Sindy always offers a free BOM each month--you can also purchase the complete 
pattern for a small fee.  Check out what she has now on her website.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let's Fly a Snowflake Kite!

Here is one of the designers I love!  Crabapple Hill Designs has designed
this cool crayon stitchery pattern for the Christmas Blog Hop.
I've downloaded one for future reference--
how about your?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Back Tracking!

Oh yeah, I totally missed the boat on this one!  With our packing, moving, traveling--I've been
out of it!  And these blog hops are much fun 
with each host offering interesting ideas
and this one had recipes for the holidays!  
Okay, so I'm back tracking--
that's the nice thing about the internet,
you can usually pick up where you left off
or in my case, where I didn't begin in the first place.
Hop over to Buttermilk Basin to see if you can pick
up on some of these delightful Christmas ideas.
That's where I'm heading now!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL

We do not know what to do!  We are dishearten by the actions of a few on so many.
Here is one way you can show some love with this 
 free KAL (knit-along) of a ‘Fleurs de lis’ design, rewritten from a Victorian era ‘counterpane’ square.
West Coast Fibre Arts will be writing a few lines of the pattern each day.  
Check the blog each day for the pattern.
May we knit in peaceful prayer.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Expatchers Gather!

It was such a joy to be with my ex-patcher friends!  We haven't had much time to visit or spend some quality time together.  That one special Tuesday was a blessing for us all--a chance to laugh, share stories of life events, hug, enjoy each other's company.
Lucy was in from CA--love seeing Lucy when she's in town!
She saw this adorable pattern and had to make it--

who wouldn't love this princess quilt?

There was some discussion between the long arm quilters--what design would look the best?
I know one grand-daughter who is going to love this!
Lucky gal!

Judy M adorned her quilt studio with her latest finish--this wonderful
snowmen lodging in the snow!

Snowflakes falling!

We all liked this so much!!
Her other creation in progress was the Cardinals

She is working on the border

Some ready!

Linda showed off her wonderful king size South African fabric quilt

absolutely smashing!

and love the quilting!

Too bad Karen wasn't there (no, she was having fun in CA!)
Here is her latest quilt finished by Sandy

what fun this is--all in batiks! 

Brenda is working up this kit for her new grandson due in December

Elephants must be a trend for new babies, but this one is 
so interesting

The rain, diagonal lines on the pattern, is to be this braid-
much discussion on how it should be done.

And Karen's pillow shams!  oh, wow!

Sandy had done the quilting on these too.

And on for the road--a finished baby quilt made by Karen,
quilted by Sandy--going to one of our expat friend's 
new baby boy!  Great pattern!  


Sunday, November 15, 2015

25 Days of Surprises!!

I love this blog!  Helen has a newsletter that comes out on Sunday--although, I'm not a practicing paper artist, anything fiber is game!  so, when the last newsletter came out with this exciting event--I was there!  Maybe, you'll like to look in on her bog daily during those 25 days of surprises!
Don't they look interesting? and fun?
25 Days

Saturday, November 14, 2015


What happens when you get a knitting group together and they collaborate on a special project?
That happen with a special knitting group in the fall of 2014.  

Old Shale presents over 40 variations of the Old Shale lace pattern that were knit by members of the Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Study Group and then turned into this collection along with a pattern for really cute baby blankets that were made from the sampler swatches.
These variations can be used on blankets, scarves, shawls, sweaters, hats, mittens, socks…anything!
Old Shale Variations is the product of a happy collaborative effort.  How exciting to find this selection of patterns--all free for the asking!  Check for it on Ravelry under Old Shale Pattern Variations.  Thanks Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Study Group!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Planning Your 2016 Summer Yet?

Now is the time to think about 2016 summer plans.  Hop over to Handweavers Guild of America to check out Convergence--Milwaukee 2016! 

Priority registration for Fiber Trust Members opens November 16, 2015.  Become a member of the Fiber Trust today by donating $100 or more to support HGA and the fiber arts.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I'm Going to Finish This!!

Here is the final pattern for the 2015 lace scarf!  I'm determined to finish December month's pattern in November--well, we have good intentions--I forgot there is a big holiday coming up!

Preliminary Rows for beads only: Work Rows 11 and 12 once, before starting the 12-row repeats.

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9: K1, +YO, K3, SSK, YO, S2KP2O, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K1; rep from + to EOR.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: Purl.
Row 10: Knit.
(N)Row 11: Purl.
(B)Row 11 Beaded: B, +P1, B; rep from + to EOR.
Row 12: Purl.
Rep the above 12 rows, two more times (3 times total), then knit six rows. (49 sts.)
Removing stitch markers as you come to them, bind off all sts loosely - you can use a needle 2 or 3 sizes larger to make the bind off loose. Block, wear, enjoy!
Corrected Dec Chart.jpgI hope to post a photo soon of the finished scarf!