Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Post

Nuff said !!!!

I have been working on my cherry tree block. The first one of the four and also a bit of knitting. Yeah, knitting and that is one thing I almost never do unless it is a very small pattern but am enjoying a bit of a break and just sitting to knit. I have always admired the tree of life pattern in knitting but when I tried it once before, I failed at it miserably. 
Tree of Life Throw
 The free pattern is a available here

Then, I found this very tiny version and decided to try again. So far not too bad. I only ripped it out once and now I think I have it.
Winter here has been absolutely miserable this year with the cold and blowing winds, but today it is quiet and the sun is shining. 
This week I also finished my Sochi Olympics Mug Rugs and sent them off to my partner in the swap. This was my very first swap and I really liked it and met Karin Street from Kentucky, and we have emailed back and forth since the beginning. When I get an email saying she has received her mug rugs, I will post a picture of them but we will have to wait for that.
This past week has been a sad and interesting one. My brother in law had to make a trip back to Ontario. His brother, who has always been an athletic type and never smoked, went to the gym all the time, sports person, collapsed about a month ago. After being rushed to the ER, he found out that his one lung had collapsed and then it got worse. We now know that he has lung cancer. After being put through 2 rounds of chemo, and no change, he has been sent home. His parents wanted to fly to Ontario to be with him as well but since they are both on meds, the doctor told them they could not fly as the meds could cause clots (unreal) or even result in their death. They have decided that they will take that chance and have booked a flight for Monday. Really, what a horrible situation. 
We also learned yesterday that after being home for awhile, he had to be rushed again to ER as his lung had collapsed again. So, he is back in the hospital and my brother in law with him, so we are all just waiting. What a horrible turn of events. I did not know him well but my heart goes out to his family and my brother in law.

Sadly he passed away yesterday afternoon. May he rest in peace now. 

This week, my ex partner of 20 years got ahold of me. It was strange because I had been going through some old boxes of stuff that I keep hauling around everywhere and came across a picture of him and I in happier days. Just as I was about to put the picture back in with the other pictures, my phoned dinged with a message and guess who it was from?? Really weird eh? 

Anyways... that has been my week. I did not get a whole lot done but maybe next week. 

Here is the picture of the progress on the cherry tree block.

My computer refuses to turn this pic. lol. So I will leave it as is. Have a great Sunday everyone.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Needle Books & Cases: {Free Patterns & Tutorials} :

Needle Books & Cases: {Free Patterns & Tutorials} :

I love this site, there are tons of freebees and also a lot of old fashioned patterns available.

Hope your Sunday is going well and your getting lots of stitching done.

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Love Entwined Progress

A while back I purchased a book called Fabulous Flowers, from my book club. I decided to try those on my Love Entwined coverlet by Esther Aliu. I really like how these turned out and it really added a bit of dimension on the coverlet that I could not achieve with regular applique.

So, this is my progress to date.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cherry Tree Installment part one

Happy Sunday.  Hope your day is going well. I am a day late for posting the cherry tree pattern. It is a very big pattern but really not very complicated. The finished size will be 96 x 90 inches.
This will be the first installment but you need 2 of these so you can go ahead and do both.
I used a light beige color on the pattern as you can see in the picture below. You will need in total 4 pieces cut at 36 x 36 inches. This is a bit larger then the actual finished size to give you a bit extra to allow for the piece pulling in a bit with the applique. Plus approx. 3 yards of the tree color and then bits for the birds and also the cherries and leaves. You can stick with one color for the birds, cherries and leaves but I think it would be so much prettier to use bits of scrap colors of the same tones for them.

Also, this will print out over 20 pcs of paper but... the good thing is you only have to print it out once and then you can do your first 2 sections with the pattern and then trace the back of it for the reverse for the last 2 sections. I have added an overlap on all the sections so it should fit well together.

The test size will print on the first page of the pattern so try printing out the first page only to check for size before you print the rest.

Link to the pattern is here. If you have any problems with this link, please feel free to email me.

If you decide to make this pattern, please, please send me pictures of your progress. I would love to see it and will post it on the blog here.

Well, I have had a great week. Met a new friend with the mug rug swap that I am in. I would like to show you pictures on the progress but then it would not be a surprise for my partner Karin.
She sent me to a site that I have never seen before by a knitting designer named Alan Dart. WOW.
You really need to check this site out. I love these patterns and can see me buying more then the 2 that I did yesterday. Link Here

I also spent some time in Weyburn this week visiting my daughter. It is always nice to see her and my grandkids although I don't do it often enough.

So here was my progress on my projects this week.
The Ladies of the Sea block 1
 My new and improved Love Entwined. I won't tell you what happened to the old one :-)

This looks pretty wooly but it was a sheep dog from a pattern I bought on Etsy and it turned out quite well. I gave this to my friend for Christmas but forgot to post it to show you.

And here is the day today with the auto awesome added from Google.

Have a great rest of the day.....