26 February 2021
23 February 2021
22 February 2021
Hi there - I was MIA last week, not for any particular reason, just because I didn't get around to it. It happens.
But here is another Monday, which is also the last one of February, so 2021 is moving right along whether we are ready for it or not. Not much is new around here, except I do have an FO to show you - the first of this year!
12 February 2021
09 February 2021
Last year, I happened upon Floss Toss, a video podcast with Rachel from Treehouse Knits, and Sue from Legacy Fiber Artz. They started a Flosstube (which is apparently what cross-stitch podcasts are called), and one of them - I forget which one - had made this, and I just loved it. So I looked it up and purchased the pattern, fabric, and floss after checking I didn't already have any of the colors. I've had it for a little while, but was finally ready to start stitching!
I had decided to start with the snowflakes at the top. Easier said than done for me, because even though the fabric was not snowy white, it was still not that much darker than the white thread. Since I realized what had happened on Monday, when I wasn't really prepared for that, things went better on Saturday. I got two of the snowflakes done in the morning, and three in the afternoon. And no, they are not perfect, but they are done and they look like snowflakes to me.
You can see them here in my Instagram post. I think I'll do OK now, at least for a while, because the white sections left will have a lot more area, and I'll wait to do them until the other parts are complete. That's the plan, at least.
It's a large-ish project - well, larger than my most recent one anyway - so I think it will take me a while, but that's fine with me. I kinda like knowing it will be there waiting for me when I feel like giving it some love.
08 February 2021
... though unlike Santa, I have not checked it twice. I feel that he needs to be more comitted to his list than I do to mine. 😊
Our weekend was pretty uneventful, as is usually the case nowadays. I did make some progress on some projects. I got a counted cross-stitch project underway, after a false start earlier last week. And I got the cuff knit on the second sock of the pair I'm currently knitting. My Advent Throw got some love as well:
Knit a minimum of 4 items for charity*
Knit a toy/stuffie
Knit at least one pattern from a pattern book
Try to learn crochet well enough to make at least 2 coasters
Make tops for at least 2 quilted placemats
Knit one sweater
Sew one item other than quilted placemats
Try one brioche knitting pattern
Complete at least 2 cross-stitch/needlework projects
Clean up knitting needles - donate duplicates or ones I don’t use
*as of 5 February, I already have a hat knit last year and will also finish my Happy Socks (1 knit so far) for charity, so I need a minimum of two more items
05 February 2021
The first weekend of February is here, and hopefully we can all just enjoy it. I don't know about all of you, but this has been a kinda sorta tough week for me. But, that is now the past. I have a knitting Zoom with a group of friends on Sunday, and I'm really looking forward to that, so it's all good.
In the hopes that this post will give you a reason to smile moving into weekend, I'm sharing this story and the accompanying photos.
Many years ago, I took a class to learn the basics of fair-isle knitting. I decided to knit something for The Tim, and chose Dotty, a pattern from one of the Rowan magazines.
04 February 2021
It's been a bit since I participated in Three on Thursday, so I decided that today I would share Three Happy Things with you.
01 February 2021
Hello from very snowy Philadelphia! Phase 1 of the nor'easter snowstorm we are supposed to get is winding down right now, so that Phase 2 - which is supposed to be the "real" one - can move in this afternoon. When Hamlet and I went out for our very early morning walk today, there was about 2 inches on the ground, and we were more or less the first ones to walk in it on our street. It was nice, soft, dry snow, so we enjoyed it while we could, because right now, the infamous "Wintry Mix" is occurring, to be followed by heavy snow, which probably means that tomorrow morning will be like ice skates. Ugh. Why does Wintry Mix even ever have to happen???
Anyway, it was nice this a.m., and Hamlet was so joyous! He ate some of the new snow, he ran around, and when we got back to our street, I took his leash off and said, "OK, Hammy - home for breakfast!" and he seriously gamboled down the street until he got to our stoop. I love seeing him that happy.
So - have you ever heard/seen a friend do something, and it just sticks with you until you give it a try yourself? Well, a couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook some photos of some cinnamon rolls she had made. We both love cinnamon rolls, and I just thought to myself that I had to try and make some - even though I'm not much of a bread/roll/pastry baker. But it was in my brain, and I decided that I would make them this past Friday. With all of the various steps and letting the dough rise, etc., it took the better part of the day, but oh was it worth it! They are truly delicious, and I will definitely make them again! I completely forgot to take any photos, but I used this recipe, if you want to try some yourself. Highly recommended.
On Saturday, I finished my first sock of 2021 - not a pair, just a single sock, a HO if you will: