Monday, October 17, 2016

Art and Kids and Stuff

There is always interesting stuff at the Textile Center but this piece by Julie Sirek really amazed me.

It's called Once Again and it is a big circle made of handcut paper and pins.

Also in art, I recently went to see the quilt exhibit at the American Swedish Institute.

Since I went with The Girls and The Kids we ended up in the playroom to, well, play.

And rest.

And play.

And, apropos of nothing, you never know what you might see coming up the street.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Surprise Package

Rose the Gypsy recently returned a needle that she borrowed from me back in April.

She added a couple of things to the package...

Thing the first:  A sock blank from Yarnover New York (who knew?) in color "I Love Yarn" (d'ya think?).  She got it at Annie & Co.  How is it I have never been to that shop?

What is particularly brilliant about the sock blank is that the contrasting cuff and toes are built right into the blank.

I am not going to knit the socks quite yet because I enjoy the blank as an objet d'art.

Thing the second:  She also sent a book to help me use up my leftovers, which I am still not very good at.

I am planning on taking leftovers on the cruise in December to make Christmas mittens for the grandkids ... that should work, right?  I mean, if I'm on a boat in the tropics and I pack odd balls and leftovers I will get some used up ... right?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer's End ...

I was asked recently what my favorite thing was that I did over the summer.

I responded by saying I didn't do much since I'd had a rough couple of years.

I said that mostly I just chilled with the grandkids and walked around the lake a lot.

Truth be told, I don't really like to go anywhere in the summer. 

It's so nice here in the summer why go anywhere?

FO - Bubble & Squeak Cowl (Christmas gift).  The pattern suggested mattress stitch but I did a three needle bind off instead.  It looks great.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mink Stole

The Mink Stole progresses steadily. I am on schedule again after falling behind in July. I have marked the chart with where I have to be in order for it to be done in time for my December knitting cruise.

And then in an incredible stroke of good luck I found a dress on the clearance rack that will work perfectly (the color of the mink yarn is somewhere between the two photos).

Now all I have to do is find some shoes :D

Monday, September 5, 2016

Should I?

On the train there are notices posted everywhere to not put feet on the seats.

I am always tempted to ask people if they would like help from the Minnesota Literacy Council to learn how to read when they have their feet on the seats.

Should I or shouldn't I?  

They probably wouldn't even understand the passive-aggressive tone :P