Archive for December, 2010

Denys Brunton Yarn

December 16, 2010

My Aunt moved to an assisted living community yesterday and it was a lot of work.  I felt badly that I couldn’t help her, but obviously I was in no shape to help.   This was a reminder of just how much stuff I have in my home.  It’s a very well feathered nest indeed, and way past time some of my treasures find good homes somewhere else.

You might remember the cute preemie hat I knit with the stem and leaf at the top.  Well, I have 2 cones of the yarn I used for that preemie hat that need to fly away:


You can see from the picture that it is variegated and has lovely soft colors.  If you’re interested in this yarn, please leave a comment on this post. 

Tomorrow is stitch removal day.   I can’t wait.



Third and Hopefully Last Foot Surgery

December 14, 2010

This is what my feet looked like when I came home from the hospital a week ago today:


All I can say is do not get foot surgery on both feet at the same time.  I stupidly didn’t get a walker, and it would have come in handy.  I used my Gondolf style walking stick to lean on when I HAD to walk to use the restroom and go to bed.  The first two days were pretty much a blur as I slept a lot, and this surgery was good for a 10 pound weight loss in 6 days.  I REALLY didn’t eat much or drink much, as I was HIGHLY motivated to stay off my feet. LOL

My husband kept the ice bags coming:

Aren’t those the neatest ice bags you ever saw?  They tie around your ankle, stay in place, and did a super job of keeping the swelling down.  The stitches come out Friday, and let me tell you, I’ll be one happy camper Friday. 

Lots of knitting has been done on my lace sweater.  The right cardigan front is completed, and the left cardigan front should  be finished today.   I’m aiming for the cardigan body to be completed by December 31, 2010. 

Yes, it’s important to note the year.  I started this sweater ages ago (sometime in 2009), brought it with me as my knitting project on our Florida vacation, and put it away when we came back home.  The project was picked up again this past fall.  With any luck, it will be completed for our upcoming trip to Arizona and Texas. 

And shhh, don’t tell anybody, but this lace sweater was supposed to be finished for our Florida trip – not brought along as a knitting project.  See why I used the year when I mentioned the hoped for completion date of the cardigan body?   This very well could end up being my knitting project on our Arizona/Texas trip too.   After all, I still have to knit both sleeves.  There is hope though, as this is a short sleeve cardigan.  LOL


Quilt Block Variations

December 1, 2010

It’s hard to believe it’s December 1st already.  The year has zoomed by.  Some of my Christmas presents have been ordered on the internet, and some will be purchased locally.  I’d purchase more locally if my stores had any inventory, but sadly, they don’t.  Even my local grocery store has been disappointing me.  They are introducing too many store brand products, and the quality is lacking.  That forces me to shop at little import stores or mail order.  I guess low inventories are a sign of the times in all types of stores.

Happily, my fabric stores are well stocked, and my personal fabric collection can no longer be contained by the shelves, IKEA carts, and closets in my home.  Time to make something.

I’m a regular reader of Melody Johson’s blog and was intrigued by a square she shared here –
It’s on the August 4, 2010 post partway down the page. 

The first square I made was pieced similarly to her block:

It took way too long to make as I was using little scraps of fabric for each piece, plus it’s a very busy block because I didn’t do the solid/print combination that Melody used.  Also, Melody made her blocks by strip piecing, and it would be much quicker making it that way, but my scrap fabric drawers – yes, drawers – I have 3 BIG drawers filled with fabric scraps, plus a small box – that barely close, contains fabric scraps that are much smaller.  I couldn’t strip piece using those scraps, and I couldn’t add one more scrap to the drawers/box.  I really wanted to use fabric scraps from those storage areas and those areas only.

The second square I made is the one I’m using to make the entire quilt top:

And this is a picture of how they look when joined into rows:

It’s still using fabric scraps, but simplified.  It’s still a 4 patch design. 2 of the patches were cut from a large print fabric in one of the drawers, and the other 2 patches were made using  3″ squares from the small scrap box, bordered by muslin.  I also changed directions of the muslin bordered patches to make your eye go back and forth horizontally.  I really like this version, and it will be another comfort quilt. 

By the way, I barely made a dent in those scrap storage areas, so more projects will be forth coming.  It’ll be awhile though as I’m having yet more out-patient foot surgery next week, and will be bonding with the sofa again for a couple of weeks.  No walking for the first couple of days, and then only 15 minutes a day for 2 weeks.

The freezer is stocked with enough home cooked meals for a full 3 weeks, and the stitches will hopefully be coming out a couple of days before Christmas.  All I want for Christmas is to be able to wear shoes in cold Upstate New York for the day.  LOL