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First…..yep another few weeks have flown by, but before I get into that in a separate post I want to share this beauty in the making.

A couple days ago I walked across the street to touch base with my neighbor friend Hildagarde who had just pulled up in front of her home. She invited me in to see and comment on her “Ice Cream Parlor” theme quilt. Not only did I love the beauty of the design and her color choices, I became more excited about the creation when she told me the story behind the quilt.

Hildagarde’s dad (Henry) owned an ice cream parlor in Queens NY where he made his own ice cream. The store was between a bar and a shoemaker, two doors down from a pizzeria and right next to the El train. The family lived above the store. Not only did she grow up in the store, several of her relatives worked and hung out there. Her cousin has such fond memories of this ice cream parlor and her uncle Henry that she is having an ice cream parlor built into her “barn” house in NJ which is close to her grandchildren. Now Hildagarde is inspired to create this “Ice Cream Parlor” quilt for her cousin’s parlor. If you look closely at the far left of the quilt, you will see a chocolate bunny in honor of the many Easter chocolate bunnies that Henry made each Easter.

I can hardly wait to see this heartfelt quilt when it is finished!

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Even though the wonder of spring calls many of us outdoors, the knitting continues. This is a quick post to share some of the latest. Knit on!

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It seems just like the other day but it was in August that Alice finished the Farmer’s Market Shawl which she knit as part of a mystery KAL. We all loved this piece….so much that one of our other Saturday workshop knitters, Susan, is now knitting hers.

I purchased my pattern to knit soon. However, to my delight I was humbled to receive Alice’s master work as a gift a couple of weeks ago. I love it and managed to match it up with one of my hats for a recent “dress up” day recently.

 

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Thank you so much to Alice for this treasure of a gift! And another shout out of thanks to Susan for the lovely gardenia.

Speaking of gifts…..earlier this year I was gifted by my cousin Wayne with the photo of our great grandparents – James and Eliza Craft Pugh (you can see part of it in the background). This photo hung in our grandparents bedroom and I have always loved it.

A close up pf the Farmer’s Market Shawl for you…….

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Not too long ago I received news that one of my favorite cousins, Freddie, was just diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his tongue. This came on the eve of me almost completing my chemo treatment….and it threw me for a loop. I quickly decided that I wanted to knit him a tower cap (Fiber Trends Pattern #AC-20). I asked the color….he chose “fiery orange” to wear when he is on the mountain trails of Colorado and Wyoming….not too far from his Colorado home.

I made a quick trip to Avenue Yarns and with their help found the perfect yarn….Malabrigo Rios in “glazed carrot”. This yarn was a joy to knit….will have to knit another one for me! I added glow-yarn……yarn that glows when light hits it…..perfect for this mountain man.

 

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Indeed many moons ago I painted this ceramic plate as a Christmas gift for my niece Sundee. This “Mary Quite Contrary” plate hung in her room for years….then in her daughter Shelby’s room….and now it  hangs in baby Aria’s room. Who knew that I created an heirloom that would be enjoyed by three generations. Warms my heart!

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I believe it was the Saturday before this past Christmas that I woke to dive into Facebook….well right after I got coffee….yep always looking for new ideas as well as connecting with my friends. This idea for potholders got me fired up.  I remembered I had some fat quarters of fabric that I purchased at a quilt show some time ago. I dug into my stash. Here are the results.

I really enjoyed making these. If you like to sew and want a quick gift, I highly recommend that you try this project.

 

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Oh where has the time gone? With that prelude…note that the next several posts will be what’s currently happening as well as catching up on what has quickly gone before us.

As so many of you know yesterday was an exciting day for our knitting community….Avenue Yarns opened for their first day of business. I was there a couple hours after opening and was so happy for Karen and her team that the store was bustling! I did not need but I did buy!

As it relates to Avenue Yarns and my own retailing experience with Skein Lane’s store front I want to share what I posted on Face Book this past week…….Reflecting on retailing…..think it was in my blood early on….pre-school years my sister and I use to play grocery store by stocking Dad’s shelf in the garage with empty cereal boxes…..fast forward….one of my first jobs was both as a “soda jerk” and retailing in our small town drugstore. Many years later I had my own retail store Skein Lane…..I drew on many of my early retail experiences and my love of yarn and the crafting of it. Today I got to “dip” back into the retail world ever so briefly to be one of many helping hands to Karen as she and her team were readying for tomorrow’s opening of Avenue Yarns in Albany. Tomorrow will be a fun day for all!

AcadiaI know I also posted on FB that I did not need yarn…..but want and need are two entirely different things. While I was helping Avenue Yarns for a very short time with tagging  on Friday….I fell for one of the yarns. Two skeins of Adacia from The Fibre Company are now on my knitting table waiting to be wound into balls. Acadia is a hand wash yarn with the fiber content being 60% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca and 20% Silk. This yarn is a perfect match for the pattern that I want to mimic from Margot’s recently finished Ruffled Scarf pattern. This yarn will be on my needles tomorrow.

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