Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stone Mouse

This week I finished Glenn's 2013 "birthday" sweater.  I knit Jared Flood's Brownstone using Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein in Field Mouse.

Glenn gets lots of bonus points for modeling this heavy wool sweater on a hot, muggy morning.

Overall I am satisfied. I do think the raglan is a bit too long, so the neck opening and armpits sit an inch or two too low. Glenn requested toggles, so I sat down this morning and crocheted the loops to secure them.  The crochet turned out better than I was expecting, but I was a bit sloppy in attaching them to the sweater.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Memories from Last September (and a card)

It was a beautiful weekend and I got the joy of spending it with old friends, making wonderful memories.

I also spent some time with photos remembering the joys of last summer.

Apple Picking was done with Basic Grey papers, mostly from the PB&J line, with various accents from other manufacturers.

Delectable was done with a mix of Studio Calico and Teresa Collins papers.  I broke out my Tim Holtz die for the flower embellishment.

Broke out a variety of inks and mists and stamps and chipboard and die cuts and bling and went to town. I spent almost a week on this, adding bits and pieces here and there.

BoBunny and My Minds Eye paper and the sentiment is Papertrey Ink.  I will have to look at who did the honey jar stamp and update asap.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Home Office

Inspired by PageMaps' Lily Bee Sketch contest, I did this layout of Zoot helping me while I worked from home after Hurricane Sandy:

I used a mix of products, including My Mind's Eye, Pebbles Basics and Scenic Route papers, random stickers, chipboard and office supplies.  This is the sketch that inspired my layout:

Layouts and More Layouts

I've been motivated over the last few weeks. 

After staring at this for a week, I just realized I spelled Heights wrong when I stamped it. Major DOH moment.  And I like the way the stamping came out.  Time to think of a fix.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Happiness.  It's been almost a year, but I finally made it back to the trail today. And it felt good.

Glenn joined me for a five mile hike in Harriman State Park.  We were at the eastern most edge of the park, near Bear Mountain, where the hamlet of Doodletown once stood. The town has been abandoned since 1965 when the State obtained the land. All of the houses are gone, but their foundations remain.  Along our trek we saw a deer, rabbit, chipmunk, several frogs, and numerous bugs (including way too many cicadas, which are out an about after their 17-year sleep).

The full slideshow below:

Friday, June 14, 2013

Scrapbooking Weekend

I have been scrapping over the last few weeks.  I discovered the Paperclipping Roundtable and have been getting motivated listening to back episodes.  Now I just need to find time to photograph everything and get it up online . . . and maybe find a class on photographing your layouts. It's definitely a skill I need to work on.

Saturday, June 8, 2013


This shawl is named after my sister's farm, where I cast on. The pattern is Tree of Light by Cordula Surmann-Schmitt.  It is knit in Tess Designer Yarns Silk & Ivory.  I had originally intended to knit a tank top in this yarn, but did not like the way my gauge swatch blocked, so I decided on a shawl instead. It knit up beautifully and the finished object is wonderfully soft and has lovely drape.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mix and ReMix

Two knitting project updates this week. I finished Cecily Glowik MacDonald's Brooklet cowl using Skein Top Drawer Sock (oh how lovely!) in Rusty Rock and Sandstone.  These two colors were paired for a Jared West shawl club, but I repurposed them for this cowl. I loved knitting the pattern. It was quick and satisfying. 

And I finally got a chance to bleach out my Alexandria Cardigan a/k/a Ancient Writings.  I had knit this in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the Calligraphy color way.  It shifts in different lights. While indoors (and in my photographs) it is a beige/grey, in daylight it is pink/purple.  Definitely not for me.  My solution was to strip the color out, which was sad, since it defeated the purpose of knitting in a hand-dyed yarn.  I think, however, that the end result is more wearable.