Wednesday, January 28, 2015

a rush seat for the rocking chair

After over a year and a half in limbo, I finally dragged this rocker downstairs last weekend determined to get the rush seat finished.
I used up the first roll of fiber rush and had to start on another roll I had on hand--wouldn't you know they were not quite the same, so if you look closely you can see the difference.  I decided not to worry about it and to just enjoy the fact that the rocker now has a sturdy seat on which I can sit and rock, and that I can cross this off my long list of projects in progress. 

Besides, I already have a wonderful punch needle pattern I've started for a seat cushion...there's no end to my starting of projects, I'm afraid.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I love working in this room which, when the sun does peek out, is so filled with sunshine...I'm positive it causes me to be much more productive :)
More bags finished yesterday, on to the next...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

sewing galore...

All sorts of projects going on in the workroom today.  January seems the perfect month for sewing, and I have lots to catch up on.  I have a couple new bags in the works in a new style, and I'm squeezing in a little time with the Liesl + Co cappuccino/tunic.  A neckline modification I'm trying had me quite stumped, but the answer, which is hopefully quite simple,  just came to me--hurray!...hope it works.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Have a happy New Year!

Hope you are enjoying the Christmas Season. This year we hosted a simple Christmas Day brunch and dinner.  For brunch I tried out these bacon, egg & toast muffins, fresh fruit, and homemade panettone and cinnamon rolls.  The kids voted for lasagna, so a lasagna dinner it was, with meatballs, sausage, salad, and homemade bread. 

The only handmade gifts I managed were the French cross hat and a cowl; the details can be found on my Ravelry page here.  This last week I've started knitting a hat and scarf, and crocheting an infinity scarf.  Though we had a warm, green Christmas, the weather has turned very cold and snowy here--perfect knitting weather.

If the light cooperates I will be getting pictures of several new totes, drawstring pouches, and zipper pouches to add to the shop.  My goal is to also complete some recycled book cover journals.

Thank you to all of you who visit, encourage, and share...I hope your New Year is a happy and healthy one!  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A knitted cowl

Recently many of you commented on homemade gifts which you are making for Christmas. There were many great ideas-- jars of homemade cocoa, boot cuffs, cowls, dishcloths, gloves, an afghan, potholders,  hats, and scarves. 
Since I finished up with the hat I was knitting, except for the pom pom on top, I decided to knit a cowl to go along with it. I picked up some Bernat Roving wool with one of my 40 percent off coupons, and one skein worked perfectly for the Grace Jones cowl pattern that I used.  I'll be sure to get some pictures of both finished, if the sun ever decides to pop out again.
I would often agree with Kathleen Grace who said,  "I think handmade gifts are the best."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

a quick-to-knit capelet

Since the winter weather has begun, I've really missed the cozy warmth of a woodstove. The thermostat here at the parsonage is being kept at a conservative level--fine when I'm busy and moving around, but a bit chilly when sitting and working on something.  The solution...Magnum Capelet No.2, a cozy shrug which is easily slipped on when needed.  A bulky yarn and large needles allow this to be knit up very quickly, which would make it a great last minute gift idea as well.  It's almost as good as snuggling up close to the fire...almost.
If interested, details can be found on my Ravelry page.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Morning knitting

Enjoying a few moments with tea and some Christmas gift knitting as the sun finally peeks out after several cold, gray days. 

Are you working on any handmade gifts for giving?

Friday, November 21, 2014

ottoman makeover

This ottoman was once an old desk, whose drawer was completely missing.  We removed the legs and used just the top desk part, which I padded with batting.  We added some new shorter legs, and I made a cover out of unbleached osnaburg on to which I painted some red stripes.  You might remember seeing it here in my workroom where I used it to sit at the sewing machine.
In the parsonage we're now renting, I've put the ottoman next to the bay window near the back door--it's a handy place to sit and put on our boots.  It's also Miss Fluffy's favorite perch for keeping an eye on the grounds, and as soon as a cat, squirrel(s), neighbor's dog, or blowing leaf is spotted she can sound the alarm.  I wanted a sturdier fabric to cover the ottoman, something that would hold up to some abuse, and while in Walmart last week saw just the thing. When I saw these black and white cotton accent rugs, I knew they would be perfect.  
I used one rug to cover the top and short sides and cut up the second rug for the two long sides. A little bit of cutting and sewing and I soon had a new slipcover. I made sure to overcast any cut edges as they were very quick to unravel; I have already had it through the wash {despite the warning on the label not to machine wash} and it came out just fine--there was a bit of fading which gives it a nice {I think} aged effect.  
And, Miss Fluffy approves.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The sunroom...

The sunroom in our home was my favorite place, so I'm so happy this rental also has one.  Besides a wall of windows, there are two skylights as well; it's the perfect spot for the East lake fainting couch, a rocker, chair, and lots of books and plants.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

settling in...

Life is becoming somewhat more normal now that we are mostly unpacked and feeling a bit organized.  Though frequently, I think of something I need, but am not able to find.  

We are renting a parsonage; I think it dates to the 1930's and is a two story farmhouse style with a more modern addition on the back. Except for the addition, it has beautiful wooden floors and wide moldings and trim.  My work space is in the front room and has windows on three sides--the light is perfect.  Of all the rooms, that one is my favorite.  The downstairs has all the space the two of us need--living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, workroom, and sunroom, as well as bathroom and a large laundry room, so we are using the upstairs mainly as storage.

After 23 years in our last home, it's a bit unsettling to be living in a strange place, but we are calling it an 'adventure' and looking forward to building in the spring.  I'm missing all my gardens, the hens, and the long walks around our lanes & meadow, but am looking forward to the extra time I should have for sewing this winter. And, baking some homemade bread has made this seem a little bit more like Home.


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