It's been three weeks since my last post.
I hope you're enjoying the holiday season.
We've spent a lovely week at the beach and a couple of days
with our grand cherubs.
Fantastic and fun!!!
I've been inspired by some lovely designs
from the latest Pottery Barn linens catalog.
I had thought that there was only one Greek key design.
Am I the only one who thought that the above was
THE GREEK KEY?
Come on, fess up!
If you look here, you'll discover many more designs.
So, I've carved one today....
and perhaps will make more in days to come.
As you may know, I love carving stamps.
I've finished embroidering the names on Maggie's family tree!
I've been in contact with several machine quilters,
and hve discovered that there may be a problem,
which had never occurred to me.
The machine quilter that I like is afraid that
the embroidery on the backof Maggie's quilt
may cause pulling on the quilting stitches.
She would like me to wait to do the embroidery until
after the quilting is finished.....
I may just go with it and hope for the best.
I've finally made it back out to my dye studio.
It's been three weeks.
I was in a deep blue funk,
and realize now it's because I haven't been dyeing.
As soon as I got out there and started mixing up dyes,
I felt 100% better.
So, while this isn't much, it was plenty to lift my spirits.
Here is the first layer of one piece:
It is, as you must know, low water immersion
on some heavy cotton.
I mixed three shades of yellow together,
and am really pleased with the varied and mottled result.
Below is a smaller piece of cotton that was also
low water immersion dyed with Pro Chem's scarlet.
Hmmmm, where will these two pieces end up?
I've been knitting up a storm:
a sweater each for the kids for Christmas,
plus mittens for Charlie.
Of course, it's 70 here today,
so they won't need them just yet.
Right now I'm having a ball knitting the first sleeve
of the Breckon Cardigan for myself.
The yarn had belonged to the sister of a knitting friend,
and for some reason she decided she didn't want it.
The friend brought it to our knitting group,
and I snapped it up....just enough yarn for this cardi!
It is lovely to work with.
I've also started the Stony Hill Scarf for myself,
out of some very cool Clara Yarns Shetland.
Thus far, the pattern is simply garter stitch,
so it's great for public and tv knitting.
That's it for today.
Thanks for dropping by.
Peace to you and yours