Thursday, May 26, 2016

It's Done

Nothing good happened in the creative department today.  In fact ... it was a sad day for knitting.  Awhile back, I took apart a pretty green sweater.  

A sweater that, when finally done, I had knitted 8 sleeves and called it my Octopus Sweater.  I just did not like how it fit ... it was too snug - not too small but too form fitted and I knew I wouldn't wear it.  So ... I unraveled it, reskeined the yarn, washed it and rerolled it into a lovely green yarn cake.

Then ... I swatched and downloaded a prefectly lovely cowl necked sweater.  And started knitting. I made a back and a front.  Life with this sweater was looking good ... until today.

Some how I did NOT count the stitches correctly.  I had 10 extra stitches on the right side of center.  The fact that this would make the sweater front 10 stitches too big and therefore almost 2" too big, I could (almost) live with this.  But ... the cable that ran up the center wasn't in the center.  I couldn't live with this.

And honestly - I can no longer live with this yarn. It's jinxed.  

That's it, I'm done, no regrets, it's over.

So - I've lived in Florida for a month and I have made curtains for my sewing room and unburdened myself of a lot of unreasonable green yarn.  Who needs a warm, cowl necked pullover sweater in Florida anyway? 

Tomorrow, my quilter hat comes back out and I'm going to wear it proudly.

Friday, May 20, 2016

I Sewed!

Progress continues on the "list". We have kitchen hardware! I'm ridiculously happy about kitchen hardware.  Who designs and builds a lovely kitchen with no knobs or drawer pulls?  I really dislike not having door knobs.  

My beautiful quilt rack has found it's home.  Right now it is the only thing that is staying in the livingroom.  New furniture is on order but it will be weeks (and weeks) before it is delivered.  I happen to think that every room should start with quilts.

The best part of today ... I sewed! I set up my trusty Bernina and made curtains for my sewing room. It felt so good to sew. THAT is progress.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Quick (?) update. We decided to have the interior of our house painted before we filled it with furniture and stuff. 

And of course that also means filling holes and moving some things. 

 And then the hard part ... Picking paint color. 

8 samples and a few tears ... yea, I did cry a little bit in the paint store, finally made a decision. 

 2nd from the left. Today, everything got a first coat. Damien and Mike - the paint guys are doing a great job!

In the meantime ... What the heck am I going to do with all these quilts??!!

This is just a few! I knew I had a lot and I know I'm going to make more. I really have a problem. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Coming Along Nicely

Slowly but surely boxes are getting unpacked and things are finding new homes.  I do keep reaching for silverware where there isn't a drawer.  I'm still navigating my way through too many light switches. And I really need to move my bedroom clock to a different wall outlet - I keep turning it off.

Remember this

I could barely get into this room.  
Now ...

And this 


There still isn't a sewing machine set up on that far table but it has been unpacked.

Creatively speaking ... I finished a pair of knitted socks.  You just never know when you might need a pair of warm wooly hand knit socks in central Florida.  I'm told there might be a week in the winter when I can wear them.

Don't they look pretty next to the pool!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hello From Sunny FLORIDA

We've had 10 sleeps in our new home (me and Mom). My Cute Husband had to return to MD to finish working. Retirement date - July 31!!!!

My life has been all about cardboard ... lots and lots of cardboard. The kitchen is all unpacked and mostly put away. The refrigerator is still pretty empty. Progress in the bedrooms has been made. 

Most importantly- I have started the sewing room. Or, as we will fondly refer to it - "The Sewing Suite".

Room 1
Rocky has managed to find a little safe place in there. It will eventually have my HandiQuilter set up in there and maybe fabric storage. 

Room 2

Everything else will go in this sunny room. It's a bit of a game - move a shelf unit to get to a box. Unpack the box but need the shelves.  Move the shelf unit (again) but where are the shelf pegs? Go to Home Depot for shelf pegs.  Repeat and Repeat. 

Today I'm taking a break from cardboard and going to buy living room furniture. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


What FUN!

Roger pieced his to spiral around - very clever. 

Pat used a beautiful array of greens. 

 Betty chose a similar red bundle to what I picked for my tuffet. 

And Franny ... How cute is this!!

There are 8 new lovely tuffets in the world. 

Carrie will be teaching another tuffet class in June at Spring Water Designs. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Birch Trees

Last summer I swapped scrappy, wonky blocks. The piecing was simple - scrappy strings sewn together and cut into various sized strips. 

We each picked a background color. My color was shades of blue. 

That's me on my quilt. 

Quilt pictures on a sunny day are great. You can almost take a selfie!

This is the last one I will quilt here at this house. My fabulous HandiQuilter is getting a spa treatment at Spring Water Designs today and will then be cozied up in it's box and moved to Florida. 

I'm spending some quality time with cardboard boxes today. Hope you have a sun-shiny day!