Sunday, July 29, 2012


Scrapbooking is officially on hiatus for about a month. This is actually a good thing, since it's because we're moving.  Once we are resettled we will have a lovely apartment with plenty of room to create and host friends.  In addition to a full-sized living room and an eat-in kitchen, we will have an "arts" room -- half music room and half scrapbook room.  I already have the layout planned out!

As I started going through my scrap supplies, I found a frame I bought for our wedding pictures. I took some time this week to get it set up, and promptly packed it away, all ready for its new home.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Back in the Saddle Again

It's definitely been too long. It took awhile to get back in a routine after the wedding, and then it was so horridly hot. We finally had a cool from come through and cool things off. Saturday was the perfect day for a hike. Highs near 80 and bright and sunny.

My friends Susan and Bruce joined me for an easy stroll (getting back into things slowly). We took Metro North to Garrison, New York and did the 3.7 mile Arden Point and Glenclyff loop.  No mountains on this walk, but lots of water views as we ambled along the Hudson River, across from West Point.

(Happy Dog)

In addition to being lovely, the route we took had some historical significance, in that it overlapped theescape route taken by Benedict Arnold after his treason was discovered.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Into the Woods

I feel so accomplished.  Not only did we manage to do the laundry, clean the apartment, and get groceries before noon today, but I actually scrapped as well!  and all of this with a hangover.  This layout (of a hike in Harriman last December) is based on a sketch frot Got Sketch Express 3 by Valerie Salmon.  I used a variety of products, including Stampin Up! papers that I won in a raffle at my 20th high school reunion.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Figgy Pebbles

It's been a low key week.  It's been hot in NYC.  I know it's summer, but the 90+ weather usually doesn't descend on us until August. Having hundred degree days the first week of July is disheartening.  I've become a shut in, trying to avoid the draining heat. 

Unfortunately, being cooped up does not mean I've gotten any scrapping done.  Instead, I've spent my time organzing my supplies.  We're contemplating another move in the next couple of months and, in anticipation, I've been purging things I don't think I'll use in the near future.  It feels good, bringing order to the mayhem.

I've sorted through my yarn stash too, although I'm not purging as much.  Instead I feel compelled to knit it all up.  This week I finished a hat for Glenn (Pebbled Beanie by Elisabeth F. Parker) using Madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering in the fig colorway: 

It's too big. I usually go down needle a few needle sizes, but the pattern called for size 2 and I didn't want to use size 0. What I should have done was rip it out and cast on fewer stitches. As it was, knitting a hat in fingering, with 160 stitches a row and a textured stitch pattern, took forever and a day.  Ah well, lesson learned, stubborness is not a virtue. Especially not in knitting.

I've also cast on another sweater. (For sweaters, at least, I'm smart enough to do a gauge swatch).  I'm knitting Sabine by Cocoknits/Julie Weisenberger using Woolen Rabbit's opulence in the pussywillow colorway.  I love this yarn. It's deliciously soft:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Once Upon a Time

I finished on Monday, but have not had a chance to photograph my newest sweater until this weekend. (90-some degree temperatures were not ideal, but it's done!)

The pattern is That Time, but Veer Valimaki.  I used Madelinetosh Merino DK in the colorway ancient time. my only modifications were to add one set of increases to the sleeves, and to make the sleeves a couple of inches shorter.