Saturday, April 18, 2015

Miss Pia Knew

Yesterday, I walked by one of the bedrooms and noticed that Miss Pia
had been messing with the window blinds.
I stopped and went to fix them,
and noticed this!

 I hadn't even realized that the roses were in full bloom out front!
Miss Pia obviously knew and wanted to gaze at their beauty!
Who could blame her!?

I decided to head outside and take a look around the yard,
and there was beauty everywhere!











I couldn't stop with the pictures!
Mother Nature provided so much beautiful color to an otherwise
overcast day!
We are so fortunate that someone that came before us here did a wonderful
job of landscaping!

The sun is out today, which sheds a whole new light on all the things!

I hope your weekend is filled with color, sunshine and all the things!


*Peace!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Answer, My Friend....

is blowing in the wind!  The answer is blowing in the wind!

And so is the pollen!

 This time of the year, lots of people here in North Texas drive vehicles 
with a neon yellow or chartreuse hue!  The pollen coats everything!
When the wind blows, it ends up in puddles on our front porch!

Also blowing in the wind....





My latest quilt top!  I hadn't gotten around to getting pics of this,
and obviously the day I chose to try outside, it was windy!  But oh well.  You get the idea!
I used indigo prints from Minick & Simpson, as well as other Moda blues and a great dark navy pindot.  Miscellaneous shirtings and tans were used, as well as two different alternating fabrics
that were not quite pink.  More of a pinkish red!
It ended up being about 68" x 73".  Perfect for naps or at the foot of a bed.

I opened up a tote and found this yardage for the backing!
 

A bit unexpected maybe?  There's not a speck of blue in it, 
but I really love this fabric and I think it will be great to have it in it's full glory as a 
quilt back.
I bought this print from the sale shelves about 7 years ago 
here in Texas!  Cabbage Rose in Fort Worth, to be exact, when I was here for a visit.
Finally.....I've found a use for it!
 

This one I may quilt myself.  
I say that, and then quickly remind myself that the stack of quilts that I plan to quilt myself is getting bigger and bigger.  Maybe I should think about actually DOING THAT one of these days!
I'm certain I'll have a finishing spurt one of these days....
weeks...
months.....
It's been so long since I've turned a quilt binding!  
I need to make it a priority! 

I'll leave you today with a taste of spring blooms!

I do love this time of year!
Blowing pollen and all!

*Peace!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Flying Time & Scattered Thoughts

Seriously, how does so much time fly by between posts with me?
I swear I have the best intentions!

When last we visited, I was heading off to the DFW Fiberfest.  
And what a perfectly FUN time THAT was.  
I had a serious fiber festival hangover for a few days.   And it was real.  
But slowly I climbed back into reality.  I find a sniff of wool here and there throughout the day does wonders.  ha!


It all seems like such a blur now! 
But man did we have fun!

 We laughed with the Yarn Harlot.
We shopped.
We knit.
We shopped some more.
We knit.
We were inspired by Franklin Habit.
We shopped again.



And again!
The vendors were fantastic!
Miss Babs!  Must Stash Yarns!  Hill Country Weavers!!   Lost City Knits...oh there were so many and entirely too much temptation!

I screwed up my Pi Shawl.....
 

Then fixed it.
 And shopped again.
And several of us dined on delicious sushi and Japanese fare!
(Hi Carol!)


There's something just so comforting about being with "YOUR PEOPLE"
You know...the wool people!

So there was new yarn introduced to the stash.
 

and we're already waiting for next year!
or at least until Stitches Texas!
 
 Good times, indeed!

Even though I have enough things on the needles,
the temptation proved too strong and I had to cake up some of the new yarrrrrn!

This is Perfect Sock by Must Stash Yarns,
in the Polka Dot Afro Circus colorway!
 

 Seriously....


How could I not start these socks?
I'm almost to the toe of the second sock now.  Need to take a new pic!
If you ever have a chance to get some of Stacie's yarn,
you should!  Her colorways are always fantastic!
And it's self-striping, so we all know those socks knit up way faster than other socks! 

So that sums up Fiberfest!
Let's fast forward to this weekend!
If you follow me on Instagram (kwiltykimknits2) or Facebook,
then you know something wonderful happened yesterday!!!!

 Brynlee Ann joined the world!
Isn't she precious!?!?  This is Avery's little sister!  Can you believe it!?
Time surely does fly!  Wasn't Avery just a baby not too long ago?
And I was so touched they chose to give her my middle name!
That was a huge surprise!  
Babies......
they just make you smile, don't they?

I can't wait until June!  My kids AND grandkids will all be here for a visit!
I've been saving up hugs and kisses for those kiddos!  I hope they're prepared!

Add to that joy, the fact that today was a beautiful day here in North Texas!
I hope it was beautiful where you are!

I did some spring cleaning and didn't even mind!  
Something about throwing some classic rock on, opening the windows,
and cleaning.  I can handle that.  Every now and then!  ha!

Miss Pia enjoyed the open windows and blinds as well!


This is her favorite spot.  On my bedside dresser.  Gazing into the box hedge that's outside of our window.  It's quite the bustling place....that hedge.  Hours of entertainment!

There's something about curtains dancing in a breeze....
 

It was a wonderful day with lots of activity and now I can sit back in clean home
and do whatever the heck I want without worrying about cleaning...
at least for a few days!  ;o)

I relaxed a bit today with the June issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  Have you seen the latest issue? 
 

I can't say I've been thrilled as of late with the patterns.  Nothing wrong with them.  Just not my taste.
But this issue....THIS ISSUE IS SO GOOD!  Do you see the post its up there!
I flagged a LOT of pages!  
This is exciting, because I feel that quilting mojo returning.
I highly recommend this issue if you don't subscribe.  Great articles!  And really nice quilts.
After I finished reading it, I started thinking about reorganizing my stash,
and getting that organized again.  Probably won't happen soon, but I'm just glad the fabric is moving back toward the front of the line in my head!  

How about another baby pic?

Brynlee Ann - 7 lb 9 oz and 21 inches long!

This was a rather scattered post, 
but all things that had to be shared with you!

I hope you had a fantastic day today,
and have a blessed day tomorrow!

*Peace!
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Food For The Soul

There have been all sorts of articles circulating on Facebook and other places, outlining the benefits of knitting!  If you're a knitter, you already know it's good for you!
It's good for your dexterity, as well as your mental health!

It's definitely food for my soul!  

Last week, in commemoration of Pi Day, I decided to cast on a 
Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman!

If you follow me on Instagram, you are aware of my issues with the circular cast on for this baby!  I don't know what the deal was.  
It's laceweight yarn, on size 6 needles.  I started out on DPNs,
and that was the problem.  Floppy yarn, only 9 stitches, things got twisted,
to say the least.

After about 17 times (no exaggeration), I FINALLY had this thing on the needles!
I was making what I thought was great progress.
I had enough stitches on the needles to transfer it from the DPNs to a circular.

So excited for this stage!

And then I saw this....



  What a hot mess this was!
Oh my gosh do you see the mess?
Up there...where the greem marker is.  My circles are off!
Of course this stems from the fact that my CENTER was off!
That blasted circular cast on and the floppy yarn/needle combo did me in AGAIN!
My center isn't round.  I clearly didn't knit an entire round 
before launching into the next set of Yarn Overs!

GRRRRRRRRR.
I'm not going to lie.
I knit another round or two...thinking 
"Oh just leave it, Kim.  This can be a lesson and when you look back you can just chalk it up to it being your first Pi Shawl."

But then sanity caught up to me.
This is supposed to be a zen knit!
An enjoyable mindless knit with a beautiful finished object in the end!

If I keep going,
it will not be zen...I will know it's screwed up.
I will constantly look at the screw up.
I know this about me.
I won't be happy with the process knowing it's flawed in the end.

So you guessed it...


 I ripped that sucker off the needles.
And started again.
And you know what?
After now 18 tries....
I think I've got it!

 My friend, Lori, and I always say we are nothing if not STUBBORN!
And it paid off!

I continued to carefully knit and keep track of what the heck I was doing,
and last night, 
I again did the magical transfer from DPNs to a circular and
walaah!



 NOW it will be that zen knit I was going for!
The yarn I'm using is a 50/50 wool silk 2 ply laceweight that I purchased from the Skaska booth at last year's DFW Fiberfest.  
It's wonderful!
I need more!
This morning I knit a bit more on it and transferred it to a 40 inch circular
and it's ready for travel!

Travel, you say?
Yes!

This is DFW Fiberfest 2015 Ten Year Anniversary weekend!!
Wooohooo!

It's also a Friendiversary as well!  
It was at last year's Fiberfest that I met Lori & Becca for the first time!
We've booked a  hotel,
cleared our schedules,
packed the projects and the handknits.....




and we're heading out today for three great days of laughter, yarn, knitting, yarn, laughter, knitting,
you get the idea!

We'll be seeing The Yarn Harlot! 
AND Franklin Habit as well!

So excited!
Knitting and friends are BOTH food for the soul!
Don't you agree?

Have a great weekend and if you follow me on Instagram (kwiltykimknits2),
I'm sure some of our escapades will be documented in photographs!

See you next week!

*Peace!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thrifty Thursday!

Okay....
I didn't find this in a thrift store this week,
but I DID find it on Craigslist!

My first time buying from Craigslist and it was a score for me!
$125 for this 8x10 wool rug!
I found the same rug online for $499 on sale. 
Wooohoo!
We've got hardwoods and I've been wanting a rug to anchor the room,
pad our feet, and give the dogs some traction.

Lo and behold....
I stumbled upon this beauty.  
Spotless.  Clean.  No wear.
The retired lady of the house decided
to change her entire decorating scheme. 
Out with the traditional and in with the contemporary.

SOLD!
It fits right in with my somewhat eclectic traditional collected look!

I think I'm going to have to keep an eye on Craigslist more often!

Have you scored anything on Craigslist?
I'd love to know!

*Peace!