Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

10 Fictional Characters to invite for dinner.

1. Conor Larkin from Trinity by Leon Uris.  My family roots are in Donegal.  And I remember stories told by the Uncles of how things were.  I think Conor would strip away the romantic notions that have come down.

2. High King Brian Boru from Lion of Ireland, by the American-Irish author Morgan Llewellyn.  I  love Irish history. 

3. Francie Nolan from Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

4. Abbie Deal from A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich.  A story of homesteading and settling Nebraska.

5. May Dodd from One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by

I would want all of these lovely ladies to tell me everything about the times they lived in.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ten on Tuesday--time travel hot tub

This prompt really caught my fancy.  My sister has a hot tub.  And one of my favorite things is visiting her.  And that me think "where would I go". 

1.  Philadelphia in the early 1800's were my family settled.  I want to walk the streets where they lived and I grew up.

2.  Scotland in the 1700's.  It all started with Braveheart and then along came the Outlander series.

3. A Wagon Train going out West in the 1800's. 

4. The Garden of Eden.  really what was in that apple!!!

5. The Hawaiian islands before they were settled.

6.  Early days of the Roman Empire.

7. Farm life in the 1930's in Nebraska or Kansas.  I'm still looking for Toto an Dorothy.

8. Having tea with Betsy Ross while to sewed our flag.

9.  Working along side Mother Teresa.

10. Making pierogi for St. Pope John Paul II

Friday, February 20, 2015

On the Needles Friday

I am so happy with my progress this week especially on the knitting front!   The latte Coat for little Mr. C needs a pocket, blocking and buttons.  This will be an entry in the Chunky KAL for the Eat Sleep Knit Yarnathon.
This is a close up of the edging along the fronts and hood.  It was a little tricky at first but once I got the hand of it--thanks to You Tube it went along nicely.
Socks that I began a gazillion years ago (last fall)  will be finished this week-end.  I don't know what I was thinking when I bought the yarn.  It is very colorful.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Yarn Report Week 7

I sure know how to bring yarn in.

The two skeins on the left are Ella Rae Merino fingerings.  The colors are neutral blues and greys.  It was an impulse buy last night during class.

The bright, cheery orange is from Tanis Fiber Arts Aran weight.  I will make a lap throw.  The bottom right skeins Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran in the color Aurora.  I will use this in the ESK Felting challenge.  I have never felted anything before.  I think these will be mittens.  And the skein on top on the right is Tanis Fiber Arts Aran weight in Olive.  I think I will make fingerless mitts from this skein.

 Now I have to practice using it!!!

Yarn in this week:  2094 yards
Yarn out this week:  0
Yarn in YTD:  5411
Yarn out YTD: 810 yards

On the Needles Friday

I am knitting the baby Latte Coat for an Eat Sleep Knit Chunky KAL.  I need to seam the hood and do a basket weave trim around the edges.  I hope to get it cast on tonight.
And at our LYS there is Great American Aran Afghan KAL .  We do a block a month.  This is our 2nd block. 
I wish I could knit faster!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015


What a lovely three weeks!!!!  A  blizzard to let us know it really is winter in New England followed by another "significant"  snow event.  Last week a dusting turned out to be another 6 inches.  And Sunday we started a "prolonged snow event".
 Instead of knitting or sewing to my hearts content, I became obsessed with reorganizing my sewing room.  Not that it needed it!

Unfortunately if a flat service is near me, I put stuff on it, under it and around it.  I have touched every piece of fabric I own.  It is now folded neatly around cardboard of folded to fit into one of the wire drawers.

I am a very happy girl!!!

Design Wall Monday

I actually have something to share.  First up is an Asian inspired Yellow Brick Road.
I'm not crazy about it.  Maybe a border will help.  What do you think?

The next one is an overdue Christmas gift for my newest grandson.
I just need to sew the rows together and add a border.  I am much happier with this project.  I am off to Judy's blog for inspiration.