New Season, New Kitchen

It has been chaotic around here with the kitchen renovation happening right under my feet. I have kept myself sane with knitting, of course!

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Wonderful soft and comfy socks. I think I’ll make another pair!

And a non-knit item for the girl’s birthday, a felt needlecase.

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As you can see I still haven’t finished the quilt for the boy 😔

Here she is wearing the skirt.

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On her way to see Matilda on Broadway for her birthday. So glad that project is done. It had its own crazy issues. Oy!

Here are the projects I’m working on-please excuse the upside down, sort of, photo, the kitchen is blocked off and I can’t retake it!

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This is the one with the cables at the neckline. Yummo! I love working with this yarn. Perfect tension.

And then this wonderful color!

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All the pieces are finished, just waiting to be put together.

Then this gorgeous thing:

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Yeah, this is the one that’s upside down, but you get the picture, right? It’s called Afterlight, designed by Amy Herzog. I am so looking forward to finishing it up, and wearing these chilly spring evenings. I better get going!

Lastly, I have bungled the socks I am making. As you can see, I have knit past the spot where the heel begins, so I must rip it out….sigh.

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Til next time folks…carry on and stay in touch.

 

 

What’s it worth?

Originally posted on Hunter's Design Studio:

This morning I caught a post on a quilting Facebook feed… a member posted a picture of a delightful baby quilt and asked what she should charge the neighbor that just asked to buy it from her. She mentioned that the quilt was made from a panel with pieced borders, and that the quilting was done in threads to match the fabric colors (oh, the thread changes!). She mentioned she was thinking $85. A fellow poster thought $100 was better. Another said it depends on the closeness of the friendship.

First of all… I’m not naming names here because I don’t want this person to feel pilloried – far from it, I absolutely appreciate her question and have one heck of an opinion about how it should be answered… a rather, ahem, shall we say passionate opinion – you are warned! Her question, which I hear dozens of times a…

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It’s kidney time in CT

While taking care of the kidneys, of course we make art! Check out the paper dress she made after school yesterday.

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He made drawings of the seasons and a paper hat. New rule: if you’re watching TV you have to be doing something creative.

Lately I’ve been working on # 10s and #1 needles at the same time. This is a bit strange. Generally I don’t do 10s, but I couldn’t resist the pattern. It’s a post or two back-a gorgeous purple sweater for moi! I just started a couple of new projects. Here we go:

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New socks! Some lucky male in my family will get this pair. The pattern is wonky though…a straight shot from cuff to toe, kind of like those crappy gym socks we wore in high school, so I’m going back to my old sock pattern and wing it from there. Should work out just fine.

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And then there’s this gorgeous magenta thing! It’s a Vladimir Teriokhin design i found in Vogue Knitting with a to-die-for cable around the V neck, like this:

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It’s going to be divine!

Another thing i am super excited about this week: my clivia is going to bloom! This is the first time I have been successful with a clivia.

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So I’m celebrating!

Go find something to celebrate yourself!

Snowy Days

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It’s snowing again here in New Hampshire, and unlike many, I am in love with it. Sometimes I feel like I need a winter support group. I love the quiet snowfalling time, watching the bird activity at the feeders during a storm, reading in my chair by the window watching the world become beautifully white.

I have many creative projects that benefit from this bonus time during a blizzard.

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Working on my vision book

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Sorting my colored pencils by color

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Working on a skirt for one of the girls

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And a dog for one of the boys.

I finished one of the socks, a very light and airy pair this time.

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Finishing up the Christmas scrapbook-working on 2011, two more to go!

 

 

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And just for good measure, I’m sharing a beautiful sunrise photo and the Waterlogue version, as well as a sunset here on Sunset St.

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Man, I love where I live!

it’s time to block the blue sweater I made for myself, and get some done on the quilt for the little guy. I need some primo knitting and quilting time!

Missing photos

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Two photos are missing from the last post-strange. Anyway, here they are….and here are the tags from that last post too!

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This is my new spot in the art room….a cozy chair and yarn nearby. Orange is an unusual color for me and that’s why I like this. I needed a place to sit comfortably and look at a book for inspiration or just look out the window and daydream. Before purchasing this chair at Home Goods I had only hard wooden chairs. Now I am really jazzed to reorganize the rest of the room!

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Speaking of yarn, here are the finished socks in that fabulous yarn. I have to go searching through my stash for yarn for another pair. I’m sure I have some…heehee.

Warm and toasty for the cold snowy nights that I love. Here’s a purple sweater, a cardigan I am making for myself.

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That is a flower pattern on the upper back. I’m pretty sure no one will be able to figure that out, but I like it anyway.

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Still working on the second quilt, in fact I’m kind of dragging on it, but Sammy has discovered that what he originally thought, (being on my lap under the quilt), was no fun, actually is pretty cool, well warm really.

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And here is my solution to cold winter days-go to Lowes and buy yourself an orchid. They are only about $16, look fabulous, and last a long time before the blossoms die-costing less than and lasting longer than and looking better than your average bouquet of flowers.

Cheers, Jai, and stay warm friends!

 

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A New Year

This month was supposed to be the month of ‘me’. So far, it’s the month of everything else! Some things are unavoidable, so, I’ll just extend this 4 weeks for myself into February! I’ve been on the go since May, so I thought January would be a great time to take some down time and focus on pampering myself and spending time doing what I love.

The December Enlightenment Course went super well, so well that I am working on something new to be unveiled soon…yummy! And we have a number of other projects to work on: the kitchen renovation project will start in April so we’re in the midst of deciding paint colors, tile, flooring and lighting. Another project crowding my brain is planning the trip to Scotland with grandchild #2. I’ve been there before so it’s not a complete scour, but still lots to figure out. The book is starting to coalesce into something with a real direction, and that is scary and exciting at the same time!

 

Right now I am still quilting the second quilt, which was supposed to be done for Christmas :( but I am making some fabulous socks!

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This shot was taken in the car on our way to CT…aren’t the colors amazing! Here’s the finished sock:

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These are going to be great for wearing on the cold mornings. I can’t believe I have fallen in love with something I resisted for so long, sock knitting…..second one is half done!

 

I have to share my favorite Christmas present…..this precious tea cup with it’s own strainer and lid….LOVE!

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I use it every day for my chai.

I have started another sweater for myself, having not finished the last one yet….did I say it was the month of me? :)

The blog was on the backburner for December as I was busy with the online course and the December scrapbook, but look for more regular posts from now on!

Cheers!

December EnLIGHTenment

I began the free online course this week, December EnLIGHTenment, and have received so many positive responses that my heart is filled with gratitude for being able to do this.

I’ve been really busy with the December Scrapbook, and decorating.

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The seasonal table, with snowflakes by Fiona, my granddaughter.

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The first box of decorations to make it up from the basement. Those red boots were actually worn by my 35 year old when he was a littlin.

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I made a run to the yarn shop for last minute knitting projects, plus some sock yarn for after the holidays!

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My son sent me this photo of my mother’s creche, whose set up is now a tradition in his home.

I am happy to note that the aforementioned course is doing what it was intended to do, and that is, reminding me of the joy and magic of the season. I have lots to do, but I’m not frazzled a bit. Love that.

Creating Every Day

The all white quilt needed some repair before I could use it on the Seasonal table, (it will be snow). A cup of tea, and working in the sun on the studio floor.

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More quilting-I love that green and brown fabric

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All 5 hats are dome! No pompoms though, they are the last thing on my list of things. I love to do!

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Next project-scarf for one of the kids in my life

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And a few more pages for the Vision book

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Creating

Creating a new course called December EnLIGHTenment, which is free as a holiday gift to students and friends. I am teaching what I need to learn and that is feeling the joy and magic of the season every single day. It’s going to be a sweet and delightful 24 day journey!!

And of course there’s the quilting

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The knitting, (hat #5)

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The Vision book

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All surrounded by my heart rocks from the sea

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and the full moon over the ocean

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