Friday, June 16, 2017

Irish Fairy Garden

A friend of mine gave me an old suitcase after she saw the dog bed I made out of an old suitcase.  Wasn't sure what I'd do with it but then Pinterest managed to present an idea.  

I turned this into a miniature Celtic fairy garden.  My original idea of turning a pot into a rock cottage with a "thatched" roof went horribly wrong. I'm still trying to get the Gorilla Glue off my hands. 

The Befores

The inspiration

The disaster
Miniature standing stones

Final touch some mini rocks and sheep:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Early Morning Knitting

The best part of the day...having very early morning breakfast and tea on the back deck and knitting a little bit before hitting the ground running :)  Still plugging along on my sock yarn blanket.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Gardening

I've had the old window for years. When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I thought I'd give it a shot.  Hoping the lavender comes in nice and full. I have my usual flip flop flower pots on the back deck and containers of herbs along the deck rails.  Love the smell of lavender, basil and rosemary out there :). Finally summer!!!  

Sunday, June 11, 2017


If it can't be my Bruins, let the Preds win this!  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Had Your Fill Yet?

I rarely write very much on my blog other than what I'm making or made, the pattern I used and what yarn I used.  But today is one of those rare occasions when I have something to say and some of you won't like and quite honestly I'm okay with that.  

With all the "to do" in the quilting world this week caused by a well known quilter's video claiming she is the victim of bullying by a secret Facebook group of conservative quilters, I just thought I'd throw in my two cents on the subject. (And to answer the question before it is asked. I am not a member of the Facebook group in question.)

First of all I think the word "bullying"is being totally overused. It seems the minute you say something someone doesn't agree with you're brandished as a bully and everyone must go scampering to their "safe space" for cookies and milk.  "Bully"  has turned into another dog whistle word just like "racist".  Eventually it loses its meaning.  

Another well known quilter is claiming on her blog that she was bullied when in fact I think her claim falls more into the category of an unethical business arrangement when a friendship went south.  Sad if true but hardly bullying.  And if her claims are true, why not obtain a lawyer and rectify the situation?  

What I object to is the recent portrayal that it is only conservatives who say hateful things or "bully" and that liberals are so sweet and full of peace, love and understanding that sugar wouldn't melt in their collective mouths.  Hate is a two way street people.  I live in a completely liberal state (for now) and I don't have to look very far to see liberal bias, liberal hate and liberal intolerance.  

Where was the inclusivity and acceptance at the Women's March?  Conservative women's groups were forbidden to even be included as sponsors of that event.  So much for accepting differences.

The left tried to shut down the Hobby Lobby craft store chain due to the owner's deeply held religious beliefs. Where were the left wing crafters supporting Hobby Lobby's right to be different and not "bullied"?  

A local quilt museum is hosting a "resistance" quilting event.  The list of topics they want quilts to depict is basically a lengthy list of the left's current grievances.  Let's call this quilting event what it will really be. An Anti-Trump Anti-Conservative Anti-Republican Quilting Hate Festival. Attire:  Pink Pussy Hat optional.  I can only imagine what the raffle quilt will look like if there is one.  In the recruitment information there is a quilt depicting picture a snake coming out of President Trump's mouth.  When the Tea Party Movement was in full swing did this museum seek out quilts depicting conservative causes?  Rhetorical question only.  Of course the answer is no. Would a quilt depicting a "Make America Great Again" theme or a pro second amendment theme even make it through the jury selection process for this show?  I doubt it. And if it were, they'd better post a guard next to the quilt to prevent vandalism. I will never go to this museum again. Why pay money to support intolerance and hate? 

Two weeks ago I signed up for a beginner weaving class at a yarn shop.  Sounded like fun...not so much.  The weaving class was held on one side of the shop and there was an open knit group on the other side of the shop.  Basically the only thing dividing the two groups was a small set of cubicles displaying yarn and a couple of feet.  I paid $85.00 for the day long class.  I didn't realize that fee included being forced to listen to a table full of liberal Democrat hateful knitters dripping venom from every pore of their body as they bashed Republicans, Donald Trump, Donald Trump's family, Donald Trump's ex-wives, his young son, Donald Trump voters, etc. etc.......Due to their extreme arrogance, it never occurred to these oh so tolerant unhinged lefties that there might be other people in the shop who did not agree with them or that one of the people they were insulting ad nauseam was sitting a few feet away from them.  I know for a fact there were at least two of us there. I will never go to this shop again.  The inclusive creative environment the left screams about wasn't there. 

I attended a knitting class at a yarn shop that is now permanently closed.  No loss.  The owner asked me for my email address so she could put me into her customer data base.  At the time my email address was with  She questioned the email address. Her eye brow shot up.  She asked me how to spell Reagan. When I said "like the President" she looked as if I stuffed a hand full of sour pickles down her throat and gave me a filthy look. Just another example of how the oh so tolerant left can get their knickers in a bunch over something as trivial as an email address that offends them.

So really let's not act like it's just the right side of the aisle that is intolerant.  There's more than enough hate and intolerance to go around and it didn't just start with Donald Trump being president.  The current and sometimes unbearable social atmosphere in this country is partially due to eight years of Obama slicing apart Americans by race, political leanings, sex, income, sexual orientation, religion and occupation.  It didn't just all of a sudden start the day Donald Trump was sworn into office.  

Disagree with any or all of the above, go have a cookie and make a quilt. :). At least I didn't charge you $85 to read it :)

Update: After reading one of the comments posted below I remembered another example of how "inclusive" the liberal creative community really isn't. Let's not forget how the unhinged left tried to completely destroy a woman-owned yarn shop in TN simply because she could not support the "pussy hat project". This is how they support another woman? Where was her right to be different? Where was all that inclusivity in the creative community? There was none. The left tried to destroy her and her business (and it backfired. Conservatives from all over the country came to her aid and supported her and her shop.) The left viciously attacked her on Yelp with fake negative reviews because if you are not a leftist then in their eyes you aren't allowed to be different or included and you must be destroyed. They attacked her on every form of social media they could find. This woman was bombarded with hateful phone calls. She received death threats because she refused to march lock step with liberals. Are you feeling the love from the left wing creative community yet? The hypocrisy is disgusting!

Talk about bullying!!! Please.

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Another Update:  Here's another example of "inclusivity" in the creative environment.  Last night (June 5th) the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Facebook page posted an article against building the border wall.  Always with a flair for the dramatic, they posted a quote from President Trump about building the wall next to the quote on the Statue of Liberty ("Give me your tired, your poor....." etc). The Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival is not only against a border wall, they'd like to everyone to give every person that comes to the United States illegally or not a blanky.  They failed to mention that the Statue of Liberty is located in the same harbor and less than a mile away from Ellis Island where legal immigrants began their journey of becoming legal American citizens.  

After five negative comments about the post, the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival removed the post.  The fact is it never should have been posted but here in Massachusetts where liberal arrogance reigns supreme, it never occurred to whatever idiot is running the festival's Facebook page that there might be fiber artists that have a different opinion of the border wall or who at the very least prefer to keep politics out of the creative process.  At the rate the left is going, I'll be not only spinning and dyeing my own yarn but I'll be writing my own patterns too.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

It's been a couple of years since I've gone to the NHS&W. We went yesterday.  It was pretty cold considering it's mid-May.  Really nice festival. I bought no yarn!  What the heck?  I must be ill :)  I saw a lot of samples in the booths that were very inspiring.  Holding off on casting on any other projects until I finish seaming a few sweaters.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hockey and Knitting

Okay if it were me and it were the Bruins in the playoffs, that ticket would cost approx. $500 to $700 at least.  For that amount of money, I'd be dropping my knitting when the puck dropped.  At least knit in the team colors sistah!  :)

She has to be knitting with plastic (yuck) or maybe bamboo needles. I can't imagine metal needles making it through the metal detectors and the body cavity searches at TD Garden.  :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My First Attempt at Weaving

My First Attempt at Weaving

A friend and I took an introduction to weaving class at a somewhat local yarn and gift shop.  We learned on an Ashford 10" loom.  It was fun.  I probably won't remember how to set one up again without going on Youtube but it was not the rocket science I imagined it would be.  I used a brown Plymouth Donegal Tweed worsted weight for the warping threads and a Berroco Vintage variegated for the wefts.  I'm a sucker for fall colors.  Anyway it was fun.  I need another textile hobby like a hole in the head but the NHS&W festival is this weekend so maybe I'll price a table top loom.  10" seems very limiting but a 25" might be more practical.  My project isn't perfect (far from it) but I'm okay with it for a first crack at it.  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

"Knit To Fit Eventually" Sweater

Yeah it's done.  This is a Amy Herzog Knit to "Fit" custom pattern.  It didn't fit.  I took a class at a local yarn shop by one of the certified KTF teachers.  Even though the sweater was larger than the gauge on the back, it still was way too tight.  I wouldn't wear it in public.   I've lost more than 20 lbs. and I'd say it almost fits so I'm calling it my "Knit To Fit Eventually" Sweater.  If it looks better on one of my friends, they can have it.  The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash and I really liked working with it.  I skipped the buttons and just added a mini shawl pin at the top.  I started it in May 2014.  It's done, wouldn't make another one, moving on.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Genesis Shawl

I finished blocking the "Genesis" shawl last night. The yarn blocks beautifully. The drape is "lovely". (I've been watching too much of Little Bobbins...I'm using the word lovely more than normal :)).   The pattern is available on Ravelry. The yarn is by Lolodidit and the color group is called "The Burrow".  
#lolodidit, #genesisshawl

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Chicken Enchilada Lasagna in the Instant Pot

Made this for the hubster for dinner tonight.  So much fun cooking in the Instant Pot.  I baked the chicken ahead of time, shredded it with the hand mixer and then the prep AND the cook time was less than 30 minutes.  Next time I'll jazz it up a little more with cumin or chili powder.  It was a little on the bland side.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Stitches United Show

Stitches United Show

A couple of friends and I went down to Hartford, CT this weekend to the Stitches United Show.  What a lovely way to spend the day. Would definitely do this show again.  I really thought an event like that would be super crowded but it wasn't.  We had such a great time.  It's a combination quilt show/knitting show although there aren't actually quilts on display like at a regular quilt show.  It's mostly vendors and classes in a really nice facility (CT Convention Center).  The vendors are for both quilters and knitters and if you do both like me, it's a win win :).  Weavers would have been very happy at this show too.   Not a pink hat in sight which I found incredible given the location.  The known in your face liberal vendors were avoided.  I won a door prize.  It was a set of 10 Clover crochet hooks with soft grip handles.  I don't crochet (well I do but not very well and I don't enjoy it) so I'll give them to a friend who can put them to good use.  

I thought the prices on the kits for the most part were very high (with a few exceptions).  On numerous occasions we would have liked to buy a sweater pattern but it was unavailable unless you were willing to also spend $159 to $170 on the kit so we just took a pass. The indy dyer yarns were gorgeous. The Fade shawl was all the rage.  The samples in the booths were inspiring and got the creative juices flowing for all of us.  I'm in the mood to make a funky sweater with a bit of novelty yarns now :).  My new favorite Etsy shop is Stunning String Studios.  Her kits were gorgeous and reasonably priced and came with a matching themed stitch maker. Her booth was DARLING.  I bought her Afloat kit in patriotic/nautical colors and so did my friend Linda.  It's darling and I have a short sleeve Navy blue dress that it will match perfectly.  WEBS was there and the booth was packed.  We avoided the booth and left more room for the folks who don't have the luxury of living driving distance from Webs.  

The next yarny event is the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool 🐑 Festival.....hoping it's a sunny nice day for it :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Nonsense Continues

The Nonsense Continues

Well I guess there is another knitting publication, indy dyer, pattern designer and yarn shop to avoid.  My list of who to not to purchase from is getting quite lengthy.  Just last night I was looking for yarn for a shawl KAL and stumbled on some indy dyers whose yarn I liked.  But prior to spending my money, I like to do a little detective work.  Social media makes it so easy.   I check the yarn dyers Facebook profile and scroll through her pictures. I look for her on Ravelry and see what groups she's involved with and then I look for her on Instagram.  Sure enough the yarn I considered buying was dyed by a woman who wears a pink "pussy hat" in one of her Facebook profile pictures. She lives in New York City.  Shocker.  When they fly their freak flags so openly, it just makes it that much easier to find them and avoid them. Be proud liberals.  Wear those hats and keep flying those flags.

When will these unhinged liberals learn that politics and retail just don't mix. Another example:   Yesterday I picked up my last copy of Knit Wear Magazine and found this article featuring the "women's march" on page 120 of the Spring/Summer 2017 issue (yes that would be almost 4 months after the "event" so at this point isn't it really just old news).  The article features the "pussy hat" and the "women's march." Note:  It was a liberal women's march and a disgusting display show boating from what I can see is mostly mental illness (thank you Ashley Judd please seek help) and vulgarity (hysterical ranting women in vagina outfits and inarticulate signs dropping the F bomb).  The march certainly didn't represent my friends and I who found the entire display as laughable and embarrassing to my gender.  What's even more disgusting or maybe the correct word should be arrogant is did it ever occur to Knit Wear magazine that some of their readers would prefer not to see a political article in a knitting magazine? That's a rhetorical question but the answer is of course not. Liberal arrogance just assumes everybody feels as they do because they are the all knowing, all tolerant party that is until they hear something they don't agree with.  

If you'd like to see real women who made a real difference, visit the Women's Memorial honoring female veterans and their service to this country.  

A few photos to prove my point.  

If we lined all these women up along the southern border that would probably solve the illegal immigration problem.

Raising the next generation of vulgar and extreme.

Well at least she spelled all the words right.  They weren't this upset when the sex offender was president.