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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Snow Days Block 7

The embroidery of Block 7 was completed last night. Only 7 more to go! I'll be tracing off Block 8 this afternoon while the sun is shining! I use the window on the front porch as my "light table"... so tracing only gets done on sunny days! lol!

I've been seeing many new patterns being released this week as a result of the needleworks market... oh how I wish I could attend that show!!! I've already purchased one of those new releases... and have my eye on about 6 more... :-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cluster V and Urn Pinkeep

Many thanks for the well wishes! It seemed that during the last 3 weeks I had either been getting sick, been sick, or was recovering from the side effects of the medicines needed to zonk this germ out of my system... whatever it was... I haven't been this sick in many years... and I hope it stays away from me and everyone else too! :-)

As promised... I have a couple of stitching updates! I do have another one almost done, but I'll save that for next time. :-)

Let's start with a springtime butter yellow scarf! I've always crocheted with acrylic yarns as they are easy care with machine wash and dry... but, I've always wanted to crochet with wool, but did not like the "hand wash, reshape and lay flat to dry". So, I decided to give the new Martha Stewart line of yarns a try. It's an "extra soft wool blend" of 65% acrylic and 35% wool. Let me tell you, the color is soft and the texture is even softer! Like buddah! It's a real pleasure to crochet with!

This scarf is about halfway finished. I used a size I9 hook and chose the cluster-v stitch. One skein of yarn worked up to a 7" x 20" piece. So, I'll be continuing with one more skein which should bring the scarf to a good length. If anyone is interested in learning the cluster-v stitch... here is the video that I learned from...

And now, for a confession... I fell off the "no-buy wagon". Not all that horribly though! One of my favorite designers is Jenny Hoffman of Country Rustic Primitives. And, she released a "must have"!!! It's called "Early Style Flower & Urn Pinkeep".

I stayed with her suggested colors and stitched it 1 strand over 2 on prairie cloth. It finished up at about 5" x 7". This pinkeep is backed with a dark red wool and stuffed with cotton. Added a rusty bell and pin just for giggles...

So that's about it! The days have been getting longer... and the weather has been staying sunny and in the high 40's to low 50's! I think it's time for that groundhog to retire... Spring is here in spite of him still slumbering in that hole... lol!

Which brings me to flowers... I need them... seed catalogs are all over my house and I'm searching online for that perfect new specimen to plant in the garden this year... how about this one...

It's a Rudbeckia Black Eyed Susan "Cherry Brandy"... sold online at Cottage Farms Direct. I purchased perennials from them last year and they shipped well and all are returning for another season! So, I'll try some more plants from them this year!

My next post will be another "Snow Days" block... in fact, that's what I'll be stitching on the remainder of this evening... :-)

Until next time... Stay healthy and keep on smiling!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


I'll be back real soon with a stitching update!

Until then... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

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