Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday felines

Anyone need their windows cleaned?
I'm willing to rent her out...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Beau chapeau

I'm happy to say  I did manage to find a couple hours to do a little exploring of Niagara-on-the-Lake while I was there.

First, let me say,  I actually know the town very well.  I was a journalist in the area for a couple of years, and covered lots of events and goings on. But I've never had time to experience it purely for pleasure.

We were staying at the Pillar and Post Hotel, which is just a short walk from the main town centre, so I set off on foot
The pic is a little blurry, but that's what most of my walk looked like.... a beautiful street lined with huge, old trees. How old...?
Well, just look at the size of that maple leaf (with my dainty size 7 foot for scale). NotL seems to be having a better fall experience than we are, though it's just a 40 minute drive from home.
 Just look at that pretty oak tree.
And the main street is just as lovely...
And lots of great little stores tucked into all those pretty buildings.
I didn't go in this one (it looked like clothing far too costly for my budget) but I loved that name.
My main destination was a little different..
A fantastic little hat shop called Beau Chapeau. I've known of it's existence for years but have never made it in. The hat selection is amazing.... with most well out of my price range (like $300-400 for a hat)
But I found this sweet little cloche that was much more reasonable, so naturally it followed me home.
After that it was a quick stop here to get Dave a little souvenir, then lunch is a lovely Irish pub (haddock and chips!)

And back to the hotel (which is lovely in itself, so it's not too terrible being cooped up)

But now I'm happy to be hatted and home with my little fur babies, where I belong!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Truckin' Tree Delivery

I've been trying to put a row or two on the Tree Delivery cowl every night...
And as a result, I got through all of the colourwork! Of course, that doesn't mean I'm done. The purplish hand spun is a blend of merino, alpaca and silk. It is a touch on the itchy side, and since this will be wrapped around a neck, I decided it needed a lining. A lining will also cover-up all those floats and keep them from getting pulled. I didn't have enough of the grey Barn Cat Sport, so I dug into my leftover and came of with some leftover Slinky Cat. It's our Peacock colourway - a nice compliment to the shades in the handspun. It's Merino and Silk and much nicer against the skin.

So I've got about 60 more rounds before I can call this one complete.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


As you read this, I'm probably stuck in a hotel conference room listening to Executives wax enthusiastic about our business and where it's headed.

My company is having a Sales and Marketing summit. We're in gorgeous Niagara-on-the-Lake (NotL) for a couple of days, but I'm not sure how much of it I'll get to see, as we're supposed to be holed up in the hotel most of the time.

But, I've got my knitting.

I got most of the leg done on the first of the boot socks before I left for NotL. I don't think they'll let me knit in the meetings, but I figure I'll end up working on them at night. I have trouble sleeping without Dave and the cats now, so I can stitch through my insomnia.

I'm really loving the colour on these. The teal has a great pop to it. And I love that bright green. There's even a touch of lavender in there, which is a nice contrast.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Last stash enhancement of the year...

The last order from Missouri Star Quilt was supposed to be my last... but....
They had another fantastic daily deal! Forty-two 10-inch squares of some really gorgeous fabric.
And it's for a gift.... so it really doesn't count, right? Right!

One of my previous orders included some lovely autumn-themed charm squares. A few weeks back, I started turning them into HSTs. As I started laying them out, I realized I'd made a HUGE miscalculation . One charm pack isn't even remotely enough for an adult-sized quilt. I need more!
They were sold out of that particular charm pack, but this one is made by the same company in similar colours. For the pattern I'm doing, it will mix in well enough..

And these charm squares....
They are for a very special quilt... but you'll have to wait for details on that.

MSQ also has a contest on right now, with scratch cards full of prizes for an order over $25. As an international buyer, I'm not eligible for a scratch card, but they still generously include a consolation prize. My last order came with a little glue stick for applique. This order came with a very nice surprise.
A folding cutting mat.... perfect for quilting on the go! And that ruler? It's a little 2.5 inch ruler Mom recommended  I get. She's been making all these little nine patches from 2.5 inch scraps.
Aren't they just the cutest? I've got a whole box of scrap fabric I could play with....

And this isn't from MSQ, but I was in Walmart the other day (after I foolishly dropped a pot lid on my crockpot and smashed the crockpot to smithereens), and I wandered by the crafting section. They don't have much any more, but they do carry some nice fat quarters at a decent price.
... and this fat quarter pack followed me home.  If my coworker is having a boy, I think this will be a great set for a welcome blankie.

But now I really do have enough fabric to keep me going on quilts for a while. Time to get sewing!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

It's not easy being green

With the quilting of the placemats under my belt, it was time to step up to a bigger project. Realistically, that should be something like a baby quilt. Now, I've got a couple of those planned, but nothing cut an pieced yet.

The green quilt, however, was almost ready to go. It's a double-bed size... but hey, I'm nothing if not adventurous.

It still needed sashing, but that didn't take too long to sort out. First, I ironed out the top and laid it on my "design" bed...
where it was immediately inspected by not one, but two snoopervisors. (Though it looks like Burton is far more interested in Relic's tail than my not-so-perfect seams). I cut my sashing four inches wide to match the size of the strips in the blocks.
On one of our shopping trips, I found this soft, olive-y floral. It's not quite the same shade as anything in the quilt already, so I think it adds to the "scrappy" feel.
Not the best picture, but I think you get the overall idea. Next, I pieced my backing.
I found this in the clearance section. Technically, it's a Christmas fabric, but the only thing Christmas-y about it is the colour (green... and it's not really a Christmas green), and the snowflakes. And hey, snowflakes are winter - not  just Christmas. And quilts are for keeping warm in the winter. Plus... it's for the back! It's not going to be on display. It was only 45" wide, hence the seaming. But the price was worth a seam down the middle.

After that was all done, I locked the fluffy snoopervisor up in the bathroom (and he took his frustrations out on the toilet paper roll), and set to sandwiching on the livingroom floor.

Sadly... the only thing I have to show for it is a sore back. I mostly just made a big mess and couldn't get anything to lay smooth.

I was hoping I'd be able to start quilting on it this weekend, but no luck. Mom has offered her assistance (she's a practiced hand at sandwiching, and much more patient than I!) so it will have to wait until I have time to get up to her place.

Still, it feels good to have one more project that much closer to completion (especially considering I may have another box on the way from Missouri Star Quilt Co....)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The cold winds are rising...

It's happened...
Friday morning we woke up to frosty windows and the first snow of the season. Relic had to run right out and take a look, first thing.
It wasn't a lot of snow, but enough to gather in the leaves of the foxglove.
 And the freezing temperature was enough to topple that proud, red anemone.
Out front there wasn't as much snow, but it looks like the poor tree threw up half it's leaves all in one night. We didn't have the right weather this year for them to turn their usual brilliant gold... they are just dropping half-dead but still green
But Relic says don't worry... it's still warm enough for nice roll in the sunshine.