Monday, December 27, 2021

Chookyblue Zoom Zoom ...

 Yesterday, I had the pleasure of catching up with like minded gals. I so enjoy Chooky's Zoom Zoom gatherings. The ladies are all so wonderful. As a bonus, I get to practice understanding the Aussie Accent! lol

I did a bit of knitting on a pull over I'm working on for Pumpkin. The pattern is called Le Classic by Espace Tricot. It's free on Ravelry.

I also worked on Seaside Cottage, a kit/pattern by Primitive Gatherings: a new wool piece I started a couple of weeks ago. 

It's a great feeling to catch up on the various wool kits I have on my "To do" list. 

Hope you all had a wonderful December 25th! 

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Happy Christmas Eve!

I truly love this time of year. There's something magical about it. This year is quite different due to Covid ... and another variant ... but still magical!

Quebec is presently under an emergency lock down ... yet again ... but, I keep my focus on gratitude. I have so much to be grateful, my health, my family, my friends, a warm home and a full belly. In the middle of this Covid chaos, I am content ... what more could I ask?

This year I decided that I would get lights for my bay window. It faces the front of the house. Bought them early December but did not get them hung until much later. I couldn't find my board pins, so the heck with it!  I hung them in what I call, a half ass fashion. I used the curtain rod hooks that were already there. Must admit, the half ass look is growing on me ... who needs board pins?!

Finished knitting a pair of socks that ended up being a gift for my favourite niece. I decided to try using contrasting yarn for the heel and toe. Must admit, I like it!

I started knitting my socks with a longer leg/ankle. It will be warmer for those cold winter days! Besides, I'm tired of left over sock yarn. lol

Also worked on what I call elf socks ... or maybe even Seuss socks! lol
Would you believe I finished them just in time!

Socks are mindless for me. I don't need to think about it ... I just knit.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of cyberspace! 

Enjoy celebrating this festive time of the year!

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Strategic planning ...

 When I start on a new project, I always think about how I'll tackle it to maximize my cutting, as well as the execution. I thought I would share how I planned my latest wool project, Posey Party.

I traced and cut my pieces. Once that is done, I started with stitching the center of the flowers. 

When I work on a project that is wool on wool, I'm a pin kind of gal and do not use fusible. However, since the stems were small, it made sense to use a fusible. My favourite fusible is Heat N Bond Feather lite. It needles beautifully. I proceeded to build the stem circles.
I would stitch the stems before placing another row. 

Once all my stems are stitched on, my next stage is building the circle with flowers and leaves. I will work one stage at the time, starting with the center. Once the center is stitched, I'll build the next row ... stitch and onward to the next.
Because I use pins, working in rows makes it easier and less bulky for stitching. I use a combination of DMC or Cosmo floss (one to two strands depending on the size of the piece) and Valdani size 12 hand dyed pearl cotton. I like to match the colour to my wool piece. 

Some people like to have everything pinned or fused and then start stitching. I like to work in stages. It's less bulky and I don't get pricked by pins. Even with the fusible, I find that the pieces will sometimes come off from the manipulation of the block.

There you have it, a mini tutorial on how I plan the Posey Party project.

If you are interested in the pattern, leave a comment. I'll get in touch with you to get your snail mail address.

Thanks for stopping by. Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Wool Box

 I couple of years ago, I signed up for Primitive Gathering's wool box. I'm enjoying receiving happy mail ever couple of months. Sadly, the boxes have been sitting, patiently waiting for me to start the projects.

For our December Sew we Gather group, we all decided that we wanted to work on whatever project we wanted, allowing us the opportunity to tackle Christmas projects that needed completion. I took the opportunity to work on a project from the wool boxes ... Posey Party.

Drum roll please ...... Tad dah!

The best part about this project, instead of using the greens from the kit, I took the opportunity to use all my small scrap wool.
It actually made a dent in the wool scrap bin. At $80.00 a yard for hand dyed wool, I save a lot! 

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

We have a finish ...

 It just dawned on me that I neglected to brag post a project I actually completed for our Sew we Gather back in October. The re-arranging of the quilting studio really did the trick!

I project started out with this ...

It had been so long since I had hand appliquéd. Seriously, I think it's been over five (5) years! But, it's like riding a bicycle, it comes right back!

Then, it moved on to lots and lots of these ....

Oh, how I love half squared triangles! They are my favourite.

And made it to a complete project!

The pattern is called, Esther's Garden Box and is from the book Simple Whatnots II by Kim Diehl. The quilt top measures 14.5" x 14.5"! 

I must admit, I do love the way my quilting cabinet is looking!

Hope you are enjoying some productive creativity! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Ahhhh .... December!

 The time of year where I dust my side board ... LOL

Time to get my favourite holiday activity set up .... My Harry Potter Lego Advent Calendar!

I finally got around to building my new Lego Christmas decorative piece. My new holiday center piece ....

And of course, my favourite tree of all .... all the way from Whoville! The Seuss Spruce along with Mr. Grinch ... who seems to enjoy hanging around!
I love that tree ... It makes me smile every time I look at it! 

Nothing like holiday decorating to bring on a festive mood. Hope you are enjoying the start of the holiday season.

Catch you all later! Cheers!
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