Monday, January 28, 2013

A Quick Trip to Savannah

This past weekend my husband and I made a fast trip to Savannah to see a model train show and visit the Georgia State Railroad Museum.  Chris has had an interest in trains since a boy and is trying to get his model railroad up and running again.

I took lots of "tourist pictures"

as well as pictures that might some day work their way into a quilt.

Saturday was almost hot and as you can see from the pictures - way to many things are blooming way to early.  This star magnolia downtown was in full flower.

and this rose was in the garden at the museum.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Most Ambition Knitting Project

My Catkin by Carina Spencer is finally done!

This pattern stretched my knitting skills (several pages of charts, stitches I had never heard of before let alone try to knit, and blocking.)

I saw the pattern on the Yarn Harlot blog in August of 2011, purchased the pattern shortly there after, found the yarn at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville,NC in October of 2011, worked on it off and on for months, finished all but the blocking and buttons in August of last year and then it sat as I was afraid to block it.

Finally I watched several videos where the knitters just used regular pins (which I have plenty of) and I decided to go for it.  This is Catkin waiting to be blocked

Catkin pinned out - next time I will use a bigger bed.  It grew a lot more than I expected.

The back:

and details:

and all that is left of my Pumpkin Spice yarn:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thinking of Snow

Most people move to the south to escape snow and all the problems associated with it - the cold, the terrible driving conditions, the shoveling and the list goes on. However, I grow up in Colorado and I miss a real Winter.  This weekends forecast is for the temperature to almost reach 80.  In January.

I guess that is why I have had snowflakes on the mind.  This little quilt is one I will be using to teach fusible applique this month at Stitch n' Sew Fabrics.

I like the back as well as the front.

We have had measurable snow only once since moving here - about 1 inch.  I am not holding out any hopes for this year.