Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Nalu Mitts

Pattern: Nalu Mitts
Needle: US 3

This is the second pair of these I've made. About six months ago, I finished the first set and gave them away before any photos were taken. I had enough yarn left over to make another pair - they will be a birthday gift as well.  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Starfall Quilt - The Final Version

I've been poking along on this quilt since February and finally got it finished about a week ago. There was no rush on the hand quilting so it just took as long as it took. 

Sometimes it is hard to answer the question, "Why?" As in, why have a quilt on your lap in the summer or why even make another quilt? But there is always a time when some hand work seems like the right way to pass some time and it's good to have a project going.

The backing is two fabrics only, vertically pieced into a one third/two thirds ratio which seems the most pleasing arrangement to my eye.

Before washing, the measurements were 66" x 81". Out of the dryer, the new dimensions are 61" x 76", quite a loss. Of course, it really doesn't matter how big they turn out. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lamy Safari

My sweet son just gave me the nicest present - a Lamy Safari fountain pen. He knows I have been interested in paper and ink related stuff lately. I have a written journal now (sorry, blog!) which I have kept up since November and I have many new pens and notebooks on my desk. We have a few disposable fountain pens between us but I had yet to buy a real one. This was a very thoughtful and much appreciated gift and I love it! 

There are many stationery blogs and Pinterest boards out there and it isn't hard to find information on any sliver of the subject. I particularly like these two blogs: The Well-Appointed Desk and The Postman's Knock. Both of these sites are clean and pretty and are updated regularly. I haven't ordered anything from The Goulet Pen Co. but they also have a great website and a solid reputation for excellent tutorials and fantastic customer service.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Starfall Quilt

I've been working on this quilt over the past few months, going along at a snail's pace. It still needs a lot of hand quilting; the plan is to use Perle cotton and - well, I'm not sure what the plan is for the stitch design. I will decide block by block just like I did when making the top. I have done some machine quilting to attach the layers together and, now that the binding is on, it will be nice to have it on my lap for the handwork. 

The inspiration for the design was this pattern, Starfall Quilt. I also had the Modern Building Blocks quilt pattern, so I used that to make some of the blocks and also used a quilting magazine as a resource for several others. I'll post more pictures after it is completed. It measures 66" x 81".

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Solstice

Little Cranberry Lake
Staying home isn't quite as exotic as a trip to Portugal or a motorcycle ride up to Inuvik but there are lovely local hikes and the cherries are ripe. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ray's Graduation from High School

Mom and Ray

Dad, sister and Ray

Girlfriend and Ray

Nuclear family

Extended family
These are all "Smile for the camera" pictures but it is the best way to have any kind of record of this kind of weekend. So much warmth and so many hugs - the ceremony was moving and the party was lovely. Tons of fun. We are so very proud and happy.