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Pillows and more pillows

 

Pillows (envelope style), pillow cases and one blanket…..the theme for this year’s (well past year) for belated wedding present and Christmas presents. My sewing machine was really stitching but as so often happens with me my creativity dreams do not match my available time.

My youngest sister LaBerta and Dustin celebrated their life together – they married on July 4, 2017 in Flager, Colorado. It was a joyous outdoor wedding that was a couple days after the annual Pugh Family Reunion in Stratton, Colorado. I love cowboy theme things….so the I found the perfect fabric to carry that theme from their wedding to a pillow and pillowcases.

LaBerta gave me some clues as to the themes/colors in each of the four kids rooms.

First up….here is Jade’s. Teal is her color so I think this compliments.

 

Abby coloring

Next up is Abby’s….each child got a “coloring” Christmas card and Abby shared hers. Wish my coloring was a good as hers.

 

 

I heard that Carson was resting on his pillow first thing….

 

Bella asked for a knitted blanket…..she got a gift certificate for this design. My needles are clicking….clicking!

 

These were and are fun projects.

 

 

 

The Ice Cream Quilt

You might recall my post in August about this special memory quilt….a gift from Hildagarde to her cousin. I love the colors and thoughtfulness of this quilt. The picture of the small child is that of Hildagarde…a special way to “signature” the quilt. Look carefully and you will see a juke box  selection, a map, a CocaCola bottle, a menu, and different choices of sundaes and ice cream cones. This indeed is one my favorite quilts that I have seen. So glad that I got to see and share the completed quilt with you.

Update to this morning’s post…..I don’t know quite how I did it but I wrote content and deleted it….best part is that I didn’t realize it until I checked back later in the day.

So here goes again. Our Saturday Knit Group likes to celebrate the season with a potluck and sixteen of us gathered to do just that. This group really likes to cook…..some of the great dishes included: two egg casseroles; roasted cauliflower; stewed fruit; a fruit bowl; scones (gluten-free and who would know the difference…they were delicious); baked oatmeal with syrup, brown sugar, cream, and/or butter (my traditional offering); salt & pepper chips with clam dip; cheeses and baguette; desserts galore – brownies w/mint and some whiskey; chocolate cake; chocolates, peanut brittle, tart and more; and drinks – eggnog with our without rum, juices and sparkling waters.

We missed Reiko who was traveling as well as those who have been absent from the knitting table for a while.

My photo skills were not so hot …. several photos that I thought I took were not on the camera. But I dived into the archive of photos and have a shot (taken sometime) of everyone who gathered to celebrate friendship and good cheer! We were delighted that Susanne popped in….she was a regular before she and her husband retired to Chico two or three years ago.

Cheers to all!

 

 

Our Annual FMK Celebration

Yes…..it’s that time of year again where we celebrate our friendships within this holiday Christmas season. This is the second year that Karen K has hosted…..the setting is so lovely and so conducive to all mingling easily. Fourteen of us gathered and we are all so grateful to Karen for opening her home for this event. We laughed, we shared, we expressed our gratitude for years of friendship, we played the gift exchange game, we ate (catered from Picante), and we drank our favorite – margaritas…..Cameron and Sheri are the best bartenders.  We, of course, were treated by Merle to her infamous cheesecake. No gathering would be complete without Merle telling her traditional story of the Christmas tree in her childhood….we beg her to tell it again each year and each year it’s like we are hearing for the first time. We missed Bonnie, Mayra, Patricia and Sandy. I love FMKG (Friday Morning Knitting Group)!

 

By the way, my sewing machine has been “smoking”…..reversible aprons and Christmas tree napkins.

 

 

 

 

 

Humble Learnings

Well, well! Even a seasoned knitter can blow it. I love this new cowl I am knitting…even though I do not love doing the cluster stitch which makes the Wildcat Canyon Cowl so appealing.  But the real issue issue is…..after completing the 8 rows of the edging I discovered the infamous not-wanted mobius. How could this have happened?? I have started this beauty now going to be the 4th time. Two of the times have been the mobius issue and one was ….oh who remembers? But I think this is a blessing as I kept thinking the fabric that my size 7 needle (called for in pattern) and my fingers was producing was too tight. Here’s a snapshot of what not to do…..now I start again. Glad I love the vision of this cowl and Rios Malabrigo yarn. At least I am getting my money’s worth in knitting this wool.

Rippppppppppppp! Hey! I think I will change color now. I love the teal but I am ready to try a color (in Rios) that will show the beauty of the stitch better. Oh, yes I can dream of another pattern for the teal. I think I just renamed this cowl….”The Never Ending Cowl”!

Note: the cluster stitchP3tog, K3tog, P3tog into the same stitch before dropping them off the left needle and onto the right needle (designer’s instructions). I would change this to read…..P3tog, K3tog, P3tog into the same stitch before dropping them off the left needle. There will be 3 new stitches on the right needle when you drop the 3 being purled tog 3 times.

diane-and-carolyn-rebozoSeveral years ago Diane and I knit the Rebozo Shawl. Since our original showing/sharing mine was lost a few years ago at a fashion show where I was modeling my shawl. I have hated the loss of that shawl which I knit in memory of knitting friend Sandy. I knew that I wanted to knit it again but knew it would make me too sad to knit in the same color but I did knit it again in a different colorway…. in the memory of Sandy and the original shawl.

 

The beginnings of my replacement Rebozo inspired fellow knitter Susan from Saturday knitting workshop to knit one. We both used Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool. Today we modeled the old and the new……Diane’s two renditions (modeled by Diane and Jan) and the latest from Susan and me. Susan is so happy with hers that she has already embarked on her second one. Note that each shawl has its own unique creativity…..besides colorway and yarn differences each shawl striping pattern is slightly different.

Even though there is/was a lot of knitting in these shawls…..each row on mine was 400 stitches on size 6 needle it is a pleasure to knit and so fun to have the finished results. I know you will see us about town in our shawls.

Below you can see from needles through blocking to finished garment. I generally do a wet block which means I wash (soak) on gentle cycle on my old washing machine in a non-detergent soap. I do not rinse but do spin it dry. Then the damp garment is taken to the studio table to be hand blocked….I literally use my hands to press the garment out. It is laid on towel(s) and covered with towel(s). Once dry….it’s done and looks so gently blocked. I love the results.

Ice Cream Parlor Memories

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!