Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Snow, Snow, Snow...

As usual for this time of year, we're still getting snow! Here's something white I'm happy to see, though:

As you can see, im making good progress on the lace gown for Daphne's naming ceremony. I have nearly 2 1/2 months to finish it. It's a fun project, and is going well, now that I have sort of learned the pattern. You repeat a 34-st pattern across for four rows, repeat those four rows three times, then the whole thing shifts to the left 17 sts (half of the pattern). A vertical row of garter sts help you keep your place, and the st markers, too, of course. The gown came from Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren. There are some other great patterns in it, too!

OK, enough snow already! Here's what greeted me this morning when I got up:

The pups will love this when they get up! I have to envy Susan BLK's pretty little gardens, when I see this, even though this is pretty, too! I'll be warm enough soon! In a couple of weeks, I'll be leaving to go to Wisconsin to be with DD when she has her baby, Daphne. You may have seen photos of the quilt I made to welcome Daphne into the world. It has a bunny theme, and I've used Beatrix Potter fabric on both the front and the back.

Here's a photo showing the layout, before the binding was put on:

(I thank my DH for holding it up!) The center block is from Edyta Sitar's book, Hop To It! There are some other great applique blocks in the book as well. The carrots are my own design. (How hard can it be to draw a carrot? As a vegetarian, I've seen plenty!)

In other Oregano Felted Purse is finished. I did the lining on Sunday. Here's a view inside--

And a look at the finished purse:

I made it to go with my new iPad Go Everywhere Tote Bag. My original pattern is in my last blog post, if you want to make one. It's very easy! If you want a PDF of the pattern, send me a PM with your email. If you haven't read my other recent posts, I used WotA Bulky in "Oregano." Felts great!

In spinning news, I'm close to a full bobbin of the Louet wool-mohair-rayon-bamboo in "Juniper." Love it! I haven't touched my drop spindle lately, but will undoubtedly take it with me when I go to Wisconsin the end of the month.

In iPad news, I'm loving my new it! There are some glitches, related to the fact that this website and a few others aren't really set up for it yet. They think it's a phone! Obviously, they haven't seen it in my stylish tote bag! It has really, really spoiled me! I have to do my blog on the old rickety laptop, and I find myself very impatient, waiting for something to happen. I could be knitting! Or quilting! Or something!!! I'm doing the Park City Mountain Sports Club newsletter right now. I've spent one day, and I'm almost done! That's some kind of record! Of course, that's with the iPad. Wonderful invention! I'm in love! [Sigh!] I finally have a computer I could easily throw out the window, and I don't want to!

On my iPod, which I still use because its so small and fits in my pocket, I've just finished listening to Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters. Very tongue-in-cheek and very funny! Now I'm reading Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith, a continuation of his 44 Scotland St. Waiting patiently for another Knit Picks Podcast. We knitters are patient...except where gimpy computers are concerned!

On my iPad, I'm reading Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, which was a free download from the iTunes bookstore. On my nightstand is The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice by Susan Gordon Lydon.

On my quilting table is the wedding quilt, ready to cut and start piecing, but the lace gown has a deadline. Grown-ups can wait, but babies grow up and get named.

Happy knitting, spinning and quilting! --P

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