Saturday, December 31, 2011

Look Who Stopped By!


Avery...in her hat! We had a fun evening...can you see how wound up we got her? Look into those brown eyes...yep....she was going big time!

and then she went home. ;o)

*Peace!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

And So....I Knit

I'm not quite ready to box up the glow of the Christmas tree.
This means that my stitching area is still disassembled.


Which means that there....behind the tree.....my scroll rods languish.


My stitchy fingers are getting itchy with anticipation of some needle time!

And so...I knit.


This is a scarf for Ashley. Super easy...mindless....easily memorized.

And you don't need good lighting to knit it!
Which works out perfectly because I've really REALLY been enjoying the glow of the Christmas tree....and this candle!


Mmmmmm! Marshmallow Fireside. Smells delightful....a Christmas gift from the Jakester.

I hope you're still basking in the Christmas glow!

*Peace!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Avery's Anemone

I did finish knitting up Avery's anemone hat last week! It was on her head Thursday night, but I have yet to snap a pic.

Until then...


here's a taste of the colors! Fruity fun!

I must say, I'm a bit tired of making the tendrils. Glad I only have two little heads to knit those for right now, although there are some adults that are dropping hints. They will have to wait for now!

*Peace!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Quilts await!

Look at one of the great gifts I received for Christmas!


A real true barn ladder! How exciting! Now to find a spot for it! Quilts await!

*Peace!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung....

Okay...they're not really actually hanging...but they're done!


Nothing like last minute huh? But I made myself go down and finish them off with the faux fur cuffs this evening.

I found this fur for the cuffs.


It's actually this...


But the pile was right..the color was right...it was just....well...right! So I bought the plush throw and cut it so that the already-finished edge was the edge of the cuffs. Less work for me! ;o)


I think they'll work! And they're easy enough to add more...and more and more...as the family grows!

Now if I only had a fireplace mantle on which to hang them! Must improvise....

*Peace!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

He Likes It!


and it fits!


I may be biased, I'm certain of it, but isn't he just adorable? :o)

Off I go to finish Miss Avery's!

*Peace!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

...and in other knitting

the stealth gift knitting was finished last week, and the scarf was gifted yesterday to my co-worker, Amy. She just happens to love the color orange.


It's the "Gathered Scarf"...a free pattern on Ravelry. Are you on Ravelry?

I knit this per pattern and used Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga yarn,


which was an absolute pleasure to knit. And I LOVE the color!

I hope that if you're gift-knitting, it's almost done! Happy Tuesday!

*Peace!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hats All Around!

Miss Avery spent the night with Grams and Gramps on Saturday.

Gramps wanted her to try on his fishing hat.


And we thought she looked adorable in it!

However...


she wasn't so keen on it!

And decided it needed to go back on the head from which it came...


back on the head of Gramps!

And speaking of hats....I just finished knitting this super cute anemone hat by Cat Bordi...


it's for Mr. JJ.

I had mentioned that it doesn't photograph well...that it needs to be on a head.
So Jake decided he would assist....


but his head's a little big for it....so he pseudo-modeled it.
I think it will look better on the head for which it was knit...Mr. JJ's!

Next up...a girlie version for Miss Avery! And then I have this feeling I will be knitting the adult sizes for a few others!

*Peace!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Weekend Winner!

WOWZERS!! How much fun has this Quilt Blog Hop been? Thank you so much for all of the entries in the drawing for the Blackbird Designs book! And hello to all of my new bloggy friends and followers!

The winner of the book is number 232. (ahem...don't you wish Blogger numbered the comments?? I do!).

SUSAN said: "If you came to my sewing room and had a look at my stash...you would see this is my color. The book would be a lovely addition to my shelf."

Congrats, Susan! Please email me at kwiltykim at hotmail dot com and let me know where to mail your new book! And oh by the way...I'd love a peek at your sewing room and your BLUE stash! ;o)

Thanks so much for everyone's interest in the giveaway! I hope you'll stop by often!

*Peace!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

It's back!! Thrifty Thursday! Finally! I was in a bit of a drought for a while! Either not in the mood to treasure hunt, or not finding anything but chipped ceramics and old tupperware. Bleck! But....I did find a few things yesterday to share with you today!


Lovely....


Heavy....


copper molds.


I appreciate the depth of the designs and the weight!

And the price!


I hope this means I'm getting my thrifty mojo back! Right now most of the stores are filled with Christmas cast-offs and snowmen. I'm hopeful after the first of the year, the good stuff will reappear!

Have you thrifted lately?

*Peace!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

While I've Been Gone....

we had a birthday!!


Yes it's true! Can you believe that Mr. JJ turned one! 12/11/10 was his birthdate....Sunday we celebrated a year! Luckily he was feeling just fine, having underwent some surgery on Thursday. Poor little guy has suffered with reflux and many, many ear infections, bronchial issues etc since he was born. But we hope he's all better now!


He certainly enjoyed his cupcake!

Happy Birthday sweet Mr. JJ!

In the meantime, you've probably noticed the Quilt Blog Hop going on! If not, check out this post and join in the fun! I love that there are new friends dropping by the blog! So exciting!

Christmas baking will ensue shortly! And oh yeah...those stockings....still the stockings!!

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

*Peace!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Holiday Quilters Blog GIVEAWAY!!

Wooohooo! Tis the season to be jolly! It's time for another Quilters Blog Hop party...with GIVEAWAYS!

This is your chance to discover new quilty blogs...and maybe win a lot of cool stuff! Check out the linky-link over there to the right....the colorful QUILTERS BLOG HOP button! That link will take you to LOTS and LOTS of fun quilty blogs!

For my part...



I'm giving away a brand spanking new copy of the latest book from Blackbird Designs! Weekend! Filled with lovely blue quilts...you need this one in your library!

How do you enter? It's very simple! Just leave a comment on this post! I'll draw a winner on December 17th! Want an extra chance to win? Just become a "follower" over there to the right and leave me another comment telling me you've done that!

It's free and it's fun! Let's get to the blog hopping!

*Peace!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Today...

the bulk of the stocking work was completed!


Nine of them. Now I just have to decide....


to cuff...or to bind. I can't make up my mind! UGH! I'll think on it this week and decide. There ARE 20 days left until they MUST be hung for Santa. ;o)

The stealth gift knitting continues...


and I really am making great progress....I figure I'm halfway. But then I look down in my knitting bag and this ball (Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Orange Assassin Bug) doesn't seem to be shrinking that much!


What's up with that? I suppose it will suddenly collapse on itself at some point. So I shall knit on!

Hope you've had a great day today!

*Peace!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Productive Prep Work

Finished up some stocking prep work this evening...


at least the first stage of prep! I decided the boys would have green/white stockings and the girls red/white. So I had to dig but luckily found a nice grayish-green solid and got busy when I got home from work tonight. Those stockings may actually get finished after all! Tomorrow I'll stop off and grab some flannel for the inner layer and will get busy cross-hatching these tomorrow evening. Then the fun will begin. I better start practicing my stocking sketches!

The tree is up....


and now stands decorated pretty much. I reserve the right to continue adding to the tree. ;o)

Productive prep work this evening!

*Peace!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holly Jolly Piecework

WOW! Looks like I've got a nice start to a lovely red and white quilt top!


But alas...it's merely piecework....piecing this together only to cut it up in the shape of Christmas stockings!

I pulled this off the shelf to use as stocking backs.


Now to find the time to quilt the piecework before I cut it up!

Hope you're having a holly, jolly and productive week!

*Peace!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Love Long Weekends!

What's not to love about an extra long weekend? I reveled in the fact that I had four days off and feel like I got quite a bit done!

There was stealth knitting....


that I cannot show you because it's a gifty-gift for someone that could drop in and spy! But I got this project about 1/3 done! wooohooo!

There was also stealth quilt piecing...


on two projects! Both completed! I'll be able to show more of these in a couple weeks. Once they're 'unveiled' at my civil war small group! Until then...they have to stay under wraps!

But I can show you this!


woohooo! 2 x 2 rib on the second Cowboys sock. And speaking of the COWBOYS...how 'bout them COWBOYS! Quite a thriller on turkey day!

And I can also show you this....


I've played around a bit today with these. They are leftover nine patches from the nine patch quilt I put together at the recent quilt retreat. There were LOTS of nine patches leftover! I LOVE when that happens...a big headstart on a quilt..just like that! I hope to have this one put together this week!

Also on tap this week.....making some new Christmas stockings! Dear daughter asked this weekend if she could please have the patchwork stockings we've had since the kids were little. I've got mixed emotions about handing them over. They were crudely pieced...back when I very first started quilting. But there are only 5...and the family is growing with grandbabies and significant others. So I could use this as a motivator to make 9 new stockings. It's not like it's December or anything, right? ha! We'll see!

I hope you had a wonderfully long weekend!

Tomorrow is Monday! Are you ready?

*Peace!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with great food, and lots of family time! We'll be enjoying the kids, the grands, and the food. And pie...lots and lots of pie! Mmmmmm.....pie!

*Peace!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yep...It's A Monday!

Can't you tell?


Easy dinner...bottle of merlot.....yep...definitely a Monday!

OMGosh the hubs picked this up at Sam's the other day...


YUMMMO! Seriously. We had it on bread....and I heated up some of it to serve over the pasta up there. A little fresh parmesan...crushed red pepper flakes...and a glass of vino....dinner was excellent...and easy!

And now...I'm going to settle in for some Antiques Roadshow and give SDW some attention...


and finish off that bottle of merlot! ;o)

Hope you had a swell Monday!

*Peace!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Oh Yeah.....

Oh yeah....I have a blog! Yikes I feel like it's been forever since I've blogged! Sorry about that....just kind of fell into a place of "meh".....but I'm departing that land and am back!

I've been knitting since I've been gone.


Another Noro Striped Scarf.


Colors are more subdued in this one...which seems fitting I suppose.


But look what arrived this week!


Oooooh! Aaaaah! Some SHELTER from Brooklyn Tweed! In the great Wool Socks colorway! I must say....it was my first time ordering from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and it will not be my last! :o) They caked these puppies right up free of charge...saved me a step so I can cast on this sooner! I'm just a little nervous...this will be my first time working from a charted pattern. EEEEK! If you have any tips, pointers or comments, I welcome them!

In the meantime, I'll be enjoying the glow...


of my faux mercury glass pumpkins and readying myself for the short work-week ahead!

Happy Sunday Evening!

*Peace!