Monday, January 15, 2018

Another shawl...

Yesterday I blocked a second Reyna Shawl. Still using BMFA STR (a Rare Gems colorway) but in a much darker color than I've used before. It's a gorgeous color, but I found it difficult to see my stitches while knitting with it. That said, I got it done (with a little ripping out here and there) and I think it's lovely.


I'm new to blocking so I'm not sure I'm doing it the "right" way, but the first one turned out nicely so I'm doing it the same way I did that one. If someone knows a better way, please let me know.

We were also out in the yard yesterday doing a bit of weeding. It was a bit breezy, but the temperature was just perfect. The ground was still a bit wet from the rains so the weeds came up easy. I love it when that happens, but since we got the two new Queen palms and the rest of the border planted, I've been making a special effort to get them pulled before they mature. I'm happy to say that the herbs I planted at the same time are doing well, as well as the two Bougainvillea we put in.


Oregano... Mmm, love it and use a lot of it in my cooking. It's great on roasted potato wedges with olive oil, salt & pepper.

Now it's Monday and the work week begins.

Take care,







Started 2018 with UFO projects: 22
New YTD: 1
Gave away YTD:0
Trashed/dismantled YTD:
Sold unfinished UFOs YTD:0
Finished YTD:
So far 2018: 23

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Blocking and knitting...

I finally received the lace blocking wires and blocking mats that I ordered and now have started to block the five shawls I completed last October through December. I'll post them for you to see when they are all finished and looking pretty! I started one while we were in Mammoth Lakes for a week and while setting it out to block it brought back good memories of a fun trip. I love when that happens.

This is actually the very last one I finished, but it's the easiest to block since there weren't many ends that needed to be woven in. It's the Reyna Shawl and I used BMFA STR Lightweight yarn to knit it. Can't remember the colorway, but it's pretty! It's an easy knit and looks very elegant.

It's what I call "neutral" in color, but it has the very lightest hint of pink in some areas. These photos are taken with a lens I forgot I had and so I'm playing around with it. The little sparkles are water droplets.

While I'm taking photos I thought you should see my Liatris Hat also. It's gonna be a pretty one! I used Ella Rae Lace Merino for this one... only because I had it and wanted to get it used up. I wouldn't have purposely picked this yarn for this hat, but I really like it now that I'm using it.



Ok... I like being a little flexible, but it does mean things change, doesn't it. That's the case with QuiltCon. One minute I'm going, the next I'm not. I'm disappointed I won't get to see my good friend, but other than that it's definitely ok with me.

Oh, a side note... I've been growing out my hair since October. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it, but I'm hanging in there. I haven't had hair this long (it's halfway between my chin and shoulders) since my late 30s and frankly, I haven't found a way to style it yet that I like. It's not long enough to pull into a "ponytail." Naturally curly hair has always been a challenge for me. I told my husband that I would have lived an entirely different life if I had born with straight hair! :)

Also, you probably shouldn't get used to me posting three times a week... I think it's just a fluke that it worked out that way this week. :) I'm also on Instagram as @quilternity if you're interested.

Take care,







Started 2018 with UFO projects: 22
New YTD: 1
Gave away YTD:0
Trashed/dismantled YTD:
Sold unfinished UFOs YTD:0
Finished YTD:
So far 2018: 23

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ventura Harbor

We drove up to Ventura Harbor for lunch  and to take a walk afterward. It's such a lovely and peaceful place. We eat at Andria's Seafood and always have their Halibut & Chips. They are so, so good and we think, much better than the cod.

The temperature was perfect and so was the late afternoon light. Unfortunately, I didn't have my good camera with me so I used my husband's iPhone. It takes pretty good pictures for a phone. I'm always surprised, but know I shouldn't be. Technology, right? :)


I loved the texture on these leaves and remembered that the last time we walked by this plant I wished I had taken a photo. Got it today. Next time I hope to have the good camera, although I do need to re-educate myself on the camera and photography. That's one of my 2018 goals.


It was a nice afternoon.

Take care,







Started 2018 with UFO projects: 22
New YTD: 1
Gave away YTD:0
Trashed/dismantled YTD:
Sold unfinished UFOs YTD:0
Finished YTD:
So far 2018: 23

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Two weeks in...

I'm shocked that we're already two weeks into the new year. How does that happen so quickly? It's somewhat dishearterning, don't you think? :)

I'm participating in the All People Quilt 2018 UFO Challenge and my #12 project was this Star Burst Christmas Tree Skirt. At first I was disappointed that I would be working on a Christmas pattern and then I realized that it might be a very good thing. I might actually get it completed before next Christmas.

I think what originally attracted me to this pattern was the fabrics/colors she chose. I love anything that has that beautiful lemony green in it. I'm incorporating a bit into mine also, but mine will look very different when it's done, I'm sure.


I've been working on it in the evenings for the last couple days and I've managed to get one strip set completed. One more to go...

In addition to working on the above UFO, I had to start a new project too. I can easily knit while watching TV with my husband in the evenings so I started a hat. The Liatris hat. I've never knit a hat before and this pattern is certainly not difficult. I think it's going to be quite nice when finished.

I have very good intentions for this year in terms of posting to the blog more regularly. I actually miss it, but have found myself without the time or the desire the last six months or so of 2017.

I have plans to attend QuiltCon in Pasadena next month. I'm meeting a friend that I don't get to see very often and miss. I have another friend that hasn't quilted in years, but is very crafty/creative and I'm going to ask her if she would like to go along. Should be a fun day!!

Take care,







Started 2018 with UFO projects: 22
New YTD:1
Gave away YTD:0
Trashed/dismantled YTD:
Sold unfinished UFOs YTD:0
Finished YTD:
So far 2018: 23

Thursday, January 04, 2018

2017 - thankful it's over!

2017 is over and as much as I never like wishing my days away, I'm so grateful that it is. It was a tough year for me personally and took the wind out of my sails, so to speak. December was an especially difficult month. I'm optimistic that 2018 will be a much, much, much better year.

I did get some projects finished last year. They weren't things that I had planned on doing, but they kept me busy and provided much-needed "therapy." I knit five shawls and although they are finished, they have yet to be blocked because I'm waiting on blocking wires and mats. Needless to say I have no photos of them - yet!

I also made 12 mug rugs in December and my husband (great sales person that he is) sold 6 of them for me. 2 of them were gifts and the others will be forthcoming in my etsy shop. I haven't worked on any projects yet this year, but I'm starting to get myself organized so that I can focus.



I'm also feeling grateful already since I was able to take a nice walk today... unlike those of you in the path of the "bomb cyclone" or just living in areas that are freezing cold. Stay safe and stay warm.

Take care,







Started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
New YTD: 7
Gave away UFO projects YTD:0
Trashed/dismantled YTD: -3
Sold unfinished UFOs YTD:0
Removed because they had not been started: -5
Finished YTD: -1 (project consisted of 41 units)
Finished YTD: -8
Year End 2017: 22

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's been a lovely summer, so far...

Swimming came to an end today. Our group is always a bit sad when we have to get out of the pool and know it's for the last time this session. It's been 8 weeks of pure heaven! :) We've been very lucky and have had the most gorgeous weather, which has assured us of fairly warm water in the pool. Ten months until we start up this class again. :)

My hydrangeas have gone absolutely crazy this year and actually need to be pruned at some point. I went out and picked a couple flowers this morning to bring in the house and they are lovely. I had a range of colors this year from a very light green, through blue and lavender to light and hot pink. They are all still blooming, but it's beginning to slow down a bit.


I'm going to try to knit a pair of socks... a new (to me) pattern. I have missed knitting in the evenings... it helps me to relax before going to bed. As always, I'm using BMFA STR lightweight in this gorgeous green color. I think the pattern I've picked out will look wonderful with this fairly solid colored yarn. I love the STR so much that I don't know if I'll ever be able to try any other sock yarn.


Take care,







I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Sunday fun!

I'm sitting in my living room looking out into the courtyard and this is just a portion of my view. I love the fountain... it's color dark and shiny as the water cascades down, and that heavenly sound of the water flowing from one tier to the next. I haven't used this room much since we moved in years ago, but decided it was time and moved my laptop down to the desk so I can enjoy this view more often.



I'm making slow, but steady progress with my finger, I think. I say I think because one day I can do my exercises and see progress and the next day it's stiff and swollen. I just want to be able to use it.

I've been reading more than usual since I cannot yet knit, quilt, embroider, rotary cut, or use my camera. Reading The Woman in Cabin 10 right now and it's tough to put down!

My husband and I did work in our front yard today pulling weeds and pruning several bushes and trees that had become overgrown. Slowly, but very surely our yard is starting to look better. And, I made Chocolate Chip Scones.

I guess that's a pretty nice Sunday, isn't it? :) 

Take care,







I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29

Friday, July 28, 2017

It really doesn't take much to make me happy!

My last blog post was on April 27th and I had very good intentions of writing/updating more often, but on May 11th I had an accident and injured my right-hand index finger. Since then, I've done almost nothing of any consequence since the use of my finger has been very limited... and still is. However, I've finally healed enough to start Physical Therapy and they tell me that in about 2 months time, I should have a fully functioning finger again! Yippee! I'm truly grateful that my injury was not worse than it was, because it easily could have been. I'm lucky! I do miss knitting and quilting though!

Today I'm thrilled because we had two Queen Palms planted in our backyard border. It's something I've wanted to have done for the last 10 years. This is what the back border looks like today.


I've got some 1 gallon-size plants that I want to plant in between and around the Palms but I won't get to that for awhile.

This is how it looked before today. Big, big difference as you can see!




I'm so happy!

Take care,








I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD: 0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD: 0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Finally... a quilting finish for 2017

Well, it's finally done and on the wall. My Jelly Roll Race Gone Plaid... and, I love it!! I finished it 3/31/17 and I'm just a bit surprised it took me so long to complete since I started working on it mid-January. I know I haven't had much time in the sewing room, but mid-January? :))

Actually in my own defense, I've been very busy working out in our yard. Last March I tore out the backyard borders, covered them in newspaper layers, and topped them with bark. In the meantime, I've been pulling any weeds that managed to grow through and finally decided it was time to start planting. We had to rent an auger since there are so many roots from the trees planted behind our property that's it's impossible to dig through. The Auger worked well and it was fun to get a great many holes dug in one afternoon. The majority have been filled with plants which are doing well and there's just one 20 ft area where I'll need professional help since I want to plant another three good-sized palm trees.

My herb garden is doing extremely well. I'll be using a lot of it fresh, and drying quite a bit for my own use, but I have so much I would like to share. If you are in my neck of the woods and would like some fresh herbs, give me a holler via email.



I've also finished the knitting project I have been working on for five months so now I'll have to think of another project to keep me busy in the evenings in front of the tv.

I've still got these blocks to sell... if you think the price I'm asking is too high, please make me an offer! :)

Take care,








I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29