In order to hold the two colors together just a bit more I bound off with a double strand so that both colors were included at te very end. It's a very minor detail, but I preferred the look.
Madeline Tosh Pashima in Tart (color below)
|Stillman and Birn Beta series hard bound notebook|
|A mixed media piece in the works. I have used glues, lots of water and distressing on this page already with absolutley no bleed through or warping|
|Quo Vadis Habana journals - Luxurious paper and a soft, warm to the touch cover and I love the color choices! My personal favorite is Anise - guess which one that is!|
|Moleskine - long standing quality and vast selection of formats.|
|The flowering tree that I have 'adopted' and take images of every year!|
|Some years we enjoy some sun, but this year it was it was mostly cold, windy and rainy and so there were not many opportunities for walks along the beach which I had thoroughly intended to enjoy, along with some sketching on the deck that overlooks this lovely inlet. Hopefully next year!|
|This quilt, which was hanging in the front of Island Quilter, was made by Luke Haynes of Seattle. It's comprised of what looks like shirts and jeans. I was fascinated at the power of the piece.|
|A close up of the quilting detail|
|The beautiful quilt above was made by Kathie Passorini. She works at a quilt shop called Quilt Expressions. I will be doing some ordering from them because they have a very large selection of aboriginal prints which I love and I have found to be difficult to find. If you are interested, go to the site and enter 'aboriginal prints' in their search function. You'll be pleasantly surprised!|
We had another delightful representative from another great shop in California that has a great online shop. It's called Quilter's Paradise and has been in business for 35+ years!
|This is the pattern that I was working on. It's called "Many Blessings" and was designed by Darlene Zimmerman. I love my reproduction prints, and I love sleeping under these understated, comforting quilts. I began making this quilt in 2009 and just keep making those darn 25 patch squares. It seems endless, and I have to stop and switch to another project when boredom sets in. I actually got about 40 squares made. I need more than 90 for a Queen sized quilt. My version is much scrappier than this cover image on the pattern - that was far too restrained for me! I should have the quilt top finished in another year or so of retreats! |
My alternate project was making a sewing machine cover that will fit my Bernina 153 with it's small extension area attached. I don't like using patterns much, but I did find a pattern that provides a formula for making coves - so I can make them for any machine - as well as for any kitchen appliances that may require a spiffy cover in the future. This little project was done improvisationally, and it felt so good to just play and stitch away! I only have the machine quilting to do and it will be done - so I'll add photos of it soon. I've been meaning to make a cover for it for this machine for a long time because it sits on my work table and usually gets 'covered' by whatever stray piece of cloth is nearby when I end my day of stitching.
|"Yawn! It's been a hard day around here... I need a nap"|
|"Why are you bothering me?"|
|"Now I'm ready for a snooze"|
|The Color Affection Pattern on Ravelry|
|My next project is another beautiful shawl. This one is the Morlynn Shawl. Here's the Ravelry link. |
These images are awful but I'm sure one is not supposed to slurp the photos from the web - but I hoped to let you have a look at the pattern and also to give you a glimpse
, albeit blurry, of the final look
|The cable on the Knitter's Pride Karbonz is a bit less flexible than the Signature needles but it is more flexible than the cable on Addi's or HiyaHiya. The cable on the ChiaGoo needles falls somewhere between Addi and Karbonz; more flexible than Addi less flexible than Signature or Karbonz|
|This is the cable on the ChiaGoo Knit Red Lace needle. It sort of looks like a very miniature version of the cable that is used on many bicycle locks!|
|Above: The connection on the Addi Click sets. You push and turn as you set the needle into the cable. They are very secure. I find a slight resistance as the yarns moves over the connection but not enough that I would not choose the brand|
|Above: The connection on the HiyaHiya brand interchangeable needles. It's a screw set - no chuck needed. I have found these to be very stable and I find almost no resistance as the yarn moves over the connection. It's a very smooth join. The cable on the HiyaHiya sets is similar to Addi's. A slightly deeper blue color and no where near as flexible as the Signatures or Karbonz but, there again, I really like this knitting needle set. |
They are very modestly priced in comparison to any of the other interchangeable brands that I have used. They are presented in a lovely fabric case, have super smooth joins on the cables and excellent, smooth, pointy tips. I think HiyaHiya is an excellent bang for the buck, and I really enjoy knitting with them.
|The screw on join for HiyaHiya|
Above: One of my first attempts used as a birthday card for a friend made using 16 count Aida In August, Susan Briscoe , published her book...