If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reads and Knitting

While here at the kids house I've been working on a little needlework but mainly been knitting. That's because of the convince of being able to just grab my bag and off I go, whether it's just here in the house or in the car.. Have to say that is one of great thing I like about knitting.

Brought two projects with me and been making some progress.
The cat cocoon is moving along, especially now that I'm working on decreasing for the top portion.  

As you can see it's just a big ball, lot bigger now but once wash and shrunken down it should be perfect size..  
I would love to get this done before I leave so I can give it to my oldest daughter who also lives here.

Then I started a scarf that was one of the Loops Clubs projects. 
Each month I'll get a new small project and this is one from March.
Liking the pattern because it's a no brainier because its a repeat of just 2 rows. So no need for me to have to keep looking up what to do next or count rows..

Since it took 5 days to drive here this year I was able to listen to 3 books along the way.

The first was one I figure was very appropriate since I was coming to see the grandsons and it was.  I had learned that I was not alone when it came to a few things. First is how we become so in love with these new little additions to our family. I am so overwhelmed by my feelings for them and how much I want to be with them. Next is (and fell short on this) is just keep my mouth shut.  I had seen a change in my daughter and our relationship during and after the birth. I haven't figure why but I'm least know now that happens for some. Another is the fact that is don't worry about how much I spent. We'll spend what ever it takes to see them and many other grandparents do the same thing too. I would suggest this book for grandparents and their children. Could be great insight for them too.

The Devil in the White City Audiobook

 Erik Larson is my latest favorite author. This book was so good. It will make an interesting movie. I heard but can't remember who bought the rights to the book to do just that.

Here is the publisher summary

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
The White City (as it became known) was a magical creation constructed upon Chicago's swampy Jackson Park by Daniel H. Burnham, the famed architect who coordinated the talents of Frederick Olmsted, Louis Sullivan, and others to build it. Dr. Henry H. Holmes combined the fair's appeal with his own fatal charms to lure scores of women to their deaths. Whereas the fair marked the birth of a new epoch in American history, Holmes marked the emergence of a new American archetype, the serial killer, who thrived on the very forces then transforming the country.
In deft prose, Larson conveys Burnham's herculean challenge to build the White City in less than 18 months. At the same time, he describes how, in a malign parody of the achievements of the fair's builders, Holmes built his own World's Fair Hotel - a torture palace complete with a gas chamber and crematorium. Throughout the book, tension mounts on two fronts: Will Burnham complete the White City before the millions of visitors arrive at its gates? Will anyone stop Holmes as he ensnares his victims?

  The last book was another great one.

The Boys in the Boat Audiobook

Even thou I did not know one thing about rowing, let alone competition rowing, I found this book an enticing read.
Funny thing is I kept rooting for the boys even thou I knew how it turn out.

Here is the publishers summary
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together - a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs.

Linking up with Ginny at Small Things

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I Not Lost

I wanted to say a few words, to just let everyone know I'm OK.
I have been very busy trying to get the house and garden ready so I could go to California to see the grandson. 
Two weeks ago I went on a Bus Trip to 6 shop that were in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Which was so much fun and came back with so many new ideas but seeing how I was/am leaving there was no time for getting to anything new. But sure do have plans for when I get back. 

Then the next two weeks it was working in the garden weeding, prepping and planting. Was able to get planted 12 tomatoes, 25 sweet potato plants and 9 peppers. I wasn't going to do much this year but did end up doing a bit. So that is done and hopefully everything will do well while gone. Do know the weeds will be as big as the plants by the time I get back.

Did get the house in order the best I could and "the Man of The Place" is on his own now.

Left yesterday and now in New Mexico. My plans of flying changed. My parents wanted to drive their fifth wheel to California. They are in their 80's and having been out like this in a good 6 years or more and Mom is not in the best of health so I came along to help them. That way they can make the trip. So far Dad is doing good driving but Mom is not doing as well. She is unstable on her feet, worries me. 
We are all having a great time.
I will do my best to write more.
I need to because the end of the month will be my 5 year anniversary of my blog.
I have to come up with some way to celebrate and share it with you. I'll have more on this soon.

Thanks for all of you.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On my needles

On my needles currently is another Fringeworthy scarf. Using that beautiful multicolored yarn that I had purchased a couple weeks ago.

It's knitting up lovely and the variation as it progresses is gorgeous. Very soft and pliable, it should drape well. So Springy and Summery looking. 

This past weekend while at the Stillwater Art Festival, I picked up a skein of some llama  Alpaca yarn. Oh my gosh, this stuff is so soft. It's like cuddling a kitten
This yarn will definitely be a scarf and I'm looking forward to making and wearing it.

I figure this will probably be one of the projects I'll take with me to California next month. Now if the "little dudes" don't wear Grammy out, I might be able to get a little knitting done in the evening.

Now for what I'm currently listening to. Is Becoming Wise by KristaTippett. 
She has a program on NPR called On Being. It's a very enlightening show.

Krista Tippett, the host of public radio’s On Being, weaves threads of her own story with sizable clips of interviews from the show to offer us a rich vision of what it might look like for us to become wise in the twenty-first century. This book is especially recommended for those who yearn for something deeper than the daily grind of consumerism in which we are all too often ensnared. Tippett helps us loosen our bonds and imagine a more meaningful and more elegant way of life.
By Englewood Review of Books (Indianapolis) 

So far I am finding it very interesting and love the fact that she is the one reading the book. 

Check out more books and others projects at Small Things

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Slowly but Surely

Today and yesterday I've been working on the same things.

Have put in a couple hours on machine quilting and it's coming along nicely. It's all been a new learning experience for me but it's enjoyable.
Not quick for a reason, want to get the feel of what I'm doing first before I think about being quicker.
I lowered the speed on the machine to help me be a little slower.

Working on the purple one first cause my thought is, this one is getting easier designs to work out. In the ditch stitching and the sashing I'm thinking loops.

The pink Urban Nine Patch I want to do something that is a little more challenging in designs.
Maybe it will next... or not.

Also been working of the flannel scrap box.
This is part of "I may have a scrap problem."

Done two receiving blankets and burp cloths so far. These have already been given away.

Have a few more cut and ready to sew,

And a pile of pieces that will work together, believe I counted 11 set.

Also have a pile of smaller scraps that will be used for burp cloths..

Because I'm wanting to do more of machine quilting which means the main machine needs to be ready to quilt without having to change things out, so decided to get another machine out. Decided on the Kenmore but was thinking the last time I used it it was skipping stitches.

Got it out, set up and tried it out. 

So far it's looking good. Did use some of the thread I use to use years ago when this machine was the main one, in my clothes making days, a polyester thread. 

What I'll do is keep this one up to work on the blankets and RSC and maybe leave it out.  

Friday, April 15, 2016

FAL Q2 List

Well it's that time again to make my show of projects that I want to complete. Part of the list is what I didn't complete from the last quarter. 

Didn't finished the tumbling snowman.

And then there is putting the binding on the Red Scrap quilt, something so easy and I hadn't done it.

Plus the one on my bed needs to a binding.

Last years RSC that was done in 30's reproduction. 
I am going to increase the size so need to make a few more blocks.

The 30's Row quilt. Has been hand quilted but need a little more detail to one of the rows

The row of houses I want to put in some more detail like grass and clouds. When I get done with that, this quilt is ready to be bound also.

I also have a few baby quilts I want to machine quilt

And a couple of knitting projects.

So I'm linking this up to She Can Quilt 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


I can toot my horn today, have two knitted projects done.

First one is the socks that was done two at a time, cool idea but I'll not do it again. This method is not for me, the yarn would get tangled up constantly and felt like I was wasting time fooling around with the two strands of yarn. 
You never know what will work or not. And they will make a great pair of house socks.
I used a worsted weight yarn and they seem a little on the big side but very comfy.

Second is the scarf I started little over a couple weeks ago. This is the one that was a free pattern and you can get it here 

The ribbon was old and a little stiff but did soften up after a washing. Very pleased with how it turned out and will make this again. 

In fact... purchase some new yarn for another. 

Making the fringe was easy and work like it said in the directions which was great because I was nervous about if I could do it but I had no problem. 

Now to I'm reading but before I do wanted to tell you that I finished

Dead Wake Audiobook

 Dead Wake by Erik Larson and I thoroughly enjoy his book and after hearing him speak last week. He was great speaker, so funny and entertaining, had a great time. 
After I'm done with the book I'm listening to now, want to read his book Devil in the White City. 

The Devil in the White City Audiobook

So current read is 

Ten Prayers That Changed the World Audiobook

I have been enjoying the fact that prayer plays such a part in history I never thought about before in some of these ten prayers.
From the Publisher;
From time immemorial, prayer has provided comfort in our darkest hours, stirred us to action beyond what we thought possible, and shown us the way through seemingly insurmountable challenges. In this engaging tour of world history, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts takes us on an inspiring tour of 10 prayers that played pivotal roles in world events. The prayers range from the divine inspiration of Joan of Arc to Martin Luther's hymn "A Mighty Fortress", from George Washington's prayerful words to the newly formed American states to the horrors of Auschwitz, and from Constantine the Great's prayer before battle to Gandhi's deeply moving prayer of peace. Ten Prayers That Changed the World delves into the moments in history when faith and prayer intersected with the course of mankind.

About 70% done.

Admit I May Have A Problem

I knew I was not the only one but sometimes for ones with a problem and want to deal with it, doing it with others it very helpful.
It works for A.A. Weight Watchers and other programs/groups.
So why not with what Sarah is doing over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
She is leading others to join her in dealing now with our/mine abundant scraps. I had done this in the past but did forget about until I read what she wrote and that is "A yard of quilting fabric weighs about 5.8 ounces."
So if I was to weigh mine it would be a lot as cost in fabric goes.

What I thought I would start with first is the flannel tub 

and the tub of leftovers from things made for the "Little Dudes".

Quite the pile but won't bother to weigh them due to the fact it's a variety of various types of fabrics. But if I had to guess. I would say there is around a couple hundred dollars worth there.

My thoughts are to make receiving blankets, burp cloths and bibs to give away as gifts. 

I'm curious to see how many of these items I'll end up making.

So here is my confession too that I may have a problem with scraps and will work hard this year to deal with them and use up as much as I can.  

I'm linking at Sarah's blog along with many others.
We are not alone.

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