Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ancient Sweater From Norway

" A 1,700-year-old sweater emerged from the melting snow in Norway’s mountains is giving researchers an insight into the daily life of the Iron Age.
The ancient pullover found in the Norwegian Lendbreen glacier is made of two dark brown wool fabrics, possibly lamb’s wool, and was originally of high quality."

To read more of this amazing find, click here.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Pin Head Beret

I'm about 75% done with the Wingspan and it's beautiful but boring to knit.  It's all garter stitch so it's knit, knit, knit, knit, knit................aaarrrgh!

I was watching old episodes of 30 Rock on Netflix and suddenly stared, transfixed, at Liz Lemon on a cold and windy March day in NYC, wearing a beautiful blue beret on her tiny little pin head.

And I NEEDED a beautiful blue beret to sit enchantingly on my own tiny little pin head.

Meet my next project (or one similar - no pattern picked out yet):




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Back to Normal Life...

I'm back from two months of vacationing in Maryland and North Carolina and visiting with my two youngest children and various relatives.

My mom is still going strong at age 96!  She's in a nursing home, but still lively and alert, and she still manages to crack us all up.  I really enjoyed spending time with her and my sister and brother-in-law.

And my two youngest girls are awesome and put up with me for a LONG time.  While I was in Maryland, I visited Woolwinders in Rockville, Maryland and bought this lush Madelintosh sock yarn:

The color is Spectrum and it is lovely.  I'm using it for a wingspan shawl.  While I was in North Carolina, I discovered that my nephew also knits!  He's 12 years younger than me and is a hiking, sports enthusiast, so I was surprised that he also loves to knit!  We decided we'd both do wingspans and compare notes.  I have the first triangle completed.


You can view my progress at Ravelry - my handle there is "altogirl."  You can see my projects and follow what I'm doing.

I had a wonderful vacation and now I'm happy to be home and back to normal life - knitting and quilting and singing.  I'll be starting a new baby quilt soon and hopefully, opening my Etsy shop.  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 10, 2013

My Needles are Smokin!

I've been doing more knitting than quilting lately because it's more portable.  My quilting projects will be on hold for a couple of months due to....vacation!  I'm going back east to see family and will be gone until about the first of August.

Meanwhile, here's a pair of socks that I recently finished:


These are knit with Knitpicks Felici fingering weight yarn in the Moonlit colorway.  I worked on these mostly during rehearsals and while watching Midsommer Murder episodes on Netflix.  I'm STILL not able to pick out the murderer!

My latest WIP (work-in-progress) is more socks:

 
I'm loving these!  Definitely MY Halloween socks.  Yes kids, these are mine, all mine!  This is more Felici fingering weight yarn in the colorway Spooky.  Appropriate!
 
And I got a great deal on this sport weight yarn from Knitpicks.  They're either discontinuing the line or making room for new colors. Each skein was only $2.75!  Score!
 

 



The skeins on top are the Kingpin colorway, the ones at the bottom are Macaroon, and the ones on the right side of the photo are the Southwest colorway.  Since these skeins are sport weight yarn, they probably won't end up as socks.  I'm thinking mittens, hats, scarves, maybe even a shawl.

I can't wait to visit all the yarn stores in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Yes, I want to see ALL the stores.  And it will be so fun to watch the reaction of Spyder and Lizzie (my daughters' cats) to the yarn.  Can I say I look forward to driving them bananas?  And yes, I'll be on a ton of antihistamines while I'm there. 


Friday, June 7, 2013

A Little Less Winter, A Little More Summer Fun

I haven't posted much lately, but I DO have things to show you.  Most of them are in the UFO stage right now.  (Unfinished Objects).  The placemats are turning out just cute as buttons.  I just need to applique the crabs and then bind them. 

I've finished some knitting that I can't show just yet and I have a baby quilt ready to ship to a friend whose daughter just had a new little one.

We had our book club meeting last night at Stella and had a great time chowing down and discussing the book Sepulchre by Kate Moss.  Afterwards, we swung by the Black Cherry Market which has some of the best Mediterranean food in Salt Lake City.

My youngest grandson's birthday was this week!  He's TWELVE years old.  I kind of still think of him as a little boy, but he's growing up too fast.  I want to get up to Centerville to see him before I leave on the 19th. 

So much to do, so little time!   And of course, I have to buy some new clothes.  Wink. 

I'll get some pictures up as soon as possible.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Summer Placemats!

My new issue of McCall's Quilting arrived and it fell open to this page:

It was telling me that I had to make this a priority project!  This picture doesn't really do the placemats justice, but you can find the free pattern here.  The appliqued pocket is the perfect place for tucking in napkins and silverware. 

The fabric is Don't Be Crabby and Kona solids, all from Robert Kaufman designs.  A set of these would be fun for an outdoor barbeque or just for a summer lunch with the kids.

And speaking of summer, we had snow two weeks ago and the temperature today will be in the 90's! In Utah, winter turns into summer with a quick flash of lightning.  Every year it surprises me that our spring season lasts about two weeks.  I'm not complaining since summer is my favorite season.  Hot dogs, picnics, popscicles, and flipflops!  Absolute heaven.

Friday, May 3, 2013

I'm In Love! (No,Not With the UPS Man)

Today, my cute UPS man brought me this little present:

Yes!  It's a Singer Stylist 7258.   I did a LOT of research before I bought this machine.  My dream machine is a Janome 6600 but it's in the price range of $1500, so I'll need to save a little more for that one.  In the interim, I needed a compromise.  There were a few features that were "must-haves" and this one had all but one of those.  I wanted a self-threading needle (the eyes aren't gettin' any younger), a "needle-down" button, and at least 60 decorative stitches.  This machine has these, plus a speed control lever and a "start-stop" button that allows you to sew without the foot pedal.  PEOPLE, this machine practically sews all by itself!  I can set it up for a special stitch and almost walk away while it does it's thang!  It has 100 decorative stitches.  This is a computerized machine, the first one I've had, so we'll see how it does after a month of daily use.  The one thing I really wanted was drop feed for the feed dogs, but it has a darning plate, so that was the biggest compromise.  There were other machines in the price range that had this feature, but the reviews were very mixed.

This is the machine I've been using, a Singer 1525 mechanical:



 I bought this at Wally World (Wal-Mart) about five years ago.  As a basic machine, it's been really good.  It's gotten a lot of use and I've never had to have it repaired.  I think I paid something like $89.  Unbelievable.

When I first got married, my parents bought me a Singer Touch and Sew:



I sewed a lot of baby clothes on that!  Then a salesman convinced me a Newhome was a better machine (and it was) and I sewed on this for about 25 years:





I think my kids will remember this one.  I made my oldest daughter's prom dress on this machine.  From baby clothes to prom, this one did it all.  When it died, I wish I had insisted on it being repaired, but, you know, NEW MACHINE!  WANT!  I didn't even give it a decent burial.  Sniff.

But the Singer Stylist is rocking my world right now. 

And Here It Is....

a bright, simple quilt that will keep baby interested:


Ready to ship:


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Baby Quilt Top

I just finished this new baby quilt top.  The fabric is Friendly Pet Park by Caleb Gray for Robert Kaufman designs. 

This is not a sponsored post, just telling you what it is!

I fell in love with the bright colors.  I rate it a 10+ on the happiness factor! 

I think I'll quilt it very simply, maybe in a diagonal pattern.  Just waiting for the backing fabric to arrive. 




Thursday, March 14, 2013

Just a Little Drooling Going On

I just received a package from Fat Quarter Shop and yes, there's some definite drooling going on.  I ordered a bundle of the new "Woodland Pals" collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, and it's a knockout!





 
 
Perfect for a little boy quilt.  Now to find a pattern that will showcase these 'out of the park' fabrics.
 
 
I also received a couple of charm packs of the new Riley Blake "Ladybug Garden."  Cute as a ladybug, for sure!
 
 
 
And last, I've had this bundle of Flirt by Sandy Gervais for about six months.  It's so beautiful, I want to save it for something really special:
 
 
 
Looks like it's gonna be a busy spring!



Friday, March 8, 2013

Is Spring Finally Here?

This has been a brutal winter in Utah.  Our normal snowfall is between 20-30ish inches in the Valley.  This year, we've had over 66 inches.  The temps have been so low, the snow hasn't had a chance to melt until.....this week!  It's melting!  (Cue the wicked witch). 

So my winter blues are easing up a bit. 

I have another quilt top ready to be quilted and it's a cute little bugger!  I'll have it finished soon and will post a picture. 

If you're in the USA, it's daylight savings time on Sunday.  Remember to set your clocks forward an hour.  Thank goodness my cell phone and cable change automatically.  No more showing up to church when everyone else is leaving!  (Yes, that happened - ONCE). 

 



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Introducing...Zooberry Elephant!

This is the first baby quilt that's going into my Etsy shop.  I call it Zooberry Elephant because it's full of cute elephants and the color blue.  These hues remind me of blueberries.

The Etsy shop should open sometime around mid March.  If you're interested in this quilt before it opens, please leave a comment and I'll get in touch. 

I may decide to use this one as a promotional item for a giveway to kick off the opening of the shop. 

This quilt is made with 100% designer fabric (cotton) and Warm and Natural cotton batting.   Here are some pictures:




 
 
These colors look exactly like the quilt in my browser, but your viewing experience may be different depending on how your colors are set.  The greens are a very warm, pastel lime.  The quilt is approximately 42" x 56".

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just Call Me Crazy

I went a little nuts today.  Just a little over the bend and around the corner.  Local fabric shops beckoned me and I spent at least four hours cavorting around in two different shops.  Oh, the fabrics!  Oh, the colors!  Oh, the money! 

Then, I came home and logged into the Fat Quarters Shoppe and Oh, the fabrics, Oh, the colors!  And yep, Oh, the money I gleefully spent!

Here's what I bought online for some patchwork pillows for my couch which needs some serious dressing up for spring:




 
I think I'm in love.  Lime green has become my favorite color for Spring 2013.  And after months of snow and freezing rain, spring can't come soon enough!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Welcome!

Hi and welcome to my new blog.  I'll post at least once a week and will soon have pictures of a few of my baby quilts.  Thanks for stopping by.