Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sturday morning and a new project

My Fan and Feather shawl is coming along..... but I decided to pick up the project I mentioned the other day. ....
it is a Mary Beale; Queen Victoria, a doll for scissors No.1.....Remember I told you that this was purchased long ago well I think it was in the late 90's as it is C1997 dated. I kept saying one of these days and now the day is here. I am stitching on 32ct linen from my linen box.... the piece of linen was the right size already. there are 16 DMC colors and of course I need 2 of them. Why is it there is always at least one thread I need! Then after I get it I find that I had it here or there. Oh well.....moving on.....
Last evening I thought I spotted something on the front lawn....yes! A pair of Robins..... we have never noticed them around here before. They were happily finding some dinner tuck into the lawn....they remained for quite some time. Then along came a couple of tiny bunnies, a hummingbird flittering above and the call of the mockingbird. It was very busy just before sunset. Mr House Finch has been busy going off for food and returning to feed the little ones. We will look in on them one of these days...not wanting to bother them or upset the parents who chase all birds with the exception of the hummers out of the yard. Not sure what our plans for the weekend are yet. There is lots going on around here. I am glad you had some time to visit with me. Have a wonderful day. Thank you for your wonderful friendship and kind words.

Friday, April 1, 2016

We have babies!

Yesterday was the first time that Mr H was able to check the Finch nest...
now, I know it is not the best picture but we had to take it quickly. We noticed that she was not leaving the nest for a couple of days so that is when we took the opportunity to look. How? Carefully; Mr H holds up a mirror so we can see inside the nest and that is how I take the pictures. We will update slowly so as not to disturb the babies or parents too much. You might be thinking that this must be the first time we have had a nest in our yard...wrong, but each time seems special. On the crafty end, my shawl is coming along nicely. I think this morning however, I will pull some threads for a small cross stitch project that I came across in the craft cave...that is what it feels like sometimes in there. This particular design I bought probably, well, maybe, could be....yes indeed, that long ago. Anyway, finally I want to stitch it. In the meantime, I just finished my coffee and think I will gather linen and thread....I am always so pleased to have you visit. Thank you for your friendship and kind words....I hope you have a wonderful day. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A B C --123

At 5 AM this morning I decided to drive to the Post Office to mail a letter...did not want to get dressed, so I added a zip front sweatshirt to my jammies and drove the mile to drop the letter in the outside drive thru box. So glad it was still dark outside! Just another old lady from Sun City!!!! Never left the house yesterday as I was not feeling all that great with my allergies, so.....
knit was what I did. I am really liking the color way of this yarn. I have been asked in the past why I have threads going through the pattern. If you knit lace you know, if not.... they are called "life lines". It means that after you complete so many rows and you know that all is correct up to that point, you stitch a line through the row. Now, if as you go along you make a mistake that you can not fix, you can tear out to that point and voila! you do not loose any stitches. Also if you drop a stitch it can only run to the line. I use this method with all my knitting. See the bright magnetic numbers....
this is how I keep track f where I am. For this pattern there are 16 rows...I use numbers up to 9 then assign letters to the last of the rows; especially good with this pattern as the last 6 rows are garter stitch. For my easel....
isn't this neat? I found this in an antique shop in Connecticut over 30 years ago and it works great. The very top also slides up to give greater height. It is called a study stand and was manly used by stenographers.  Of course I also have the plastic ones sold with the needlework supplies.... but I do love this one. Fun to repurpose items. Since Mr H and I bought are having allergy issues, outside time is limited again today. Gee, I guess I will just sit and knit. Thank you for you wonderful friendship and kind words....hope you have a great day.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A different needle in hand

I decided that I could not decide on what to stitch next... my dilemma of looking for a project. So I found this yarn in a bag on the top shelf of the craft closet...
It is Interlacements Rick-Rack yarn and the pattern is Fan and Feather Shawl. I bought this yarn years ago and forgot about it. It is a rayon blend. I do enjoy knitting every now and again. The pattern came with the yarn and I am not sure of the name of the color way..... but it is bright and pretty to me. Somewhere on that same shelf is another lace project...might look into that one of these days. My oh my did we have strong winds yesterday and last night.... Mr H was sure to secure the yard things. Today is beginning with lots of clouds and the temp will be cooler today. Mr H has an appointment today with a spine surgeon to check out how much change has occurred in his disc issues. It sometimes seems like a never ending cycle. Sorry, did not mean to sound complaining....maybe it's because the sun is not shinning this morning...maybe another cup of coffee....Let's change the subject, shall we? On Saturday Mr H and I visited a Rose Garden ...
many pretty roses. We have been there many times. We looked, we stole a sniff here and there and found a few that we really liked like this one...
The softness of it's look and gentle color...there were missing name placards so I do not know what this is except very pretty. We also stopped by the garden nearby at the library.....
where we met up with this fellow...I had hoped he would display his magnificent tail feathers, but no, he preferred to stare at me. There were many hens around but this was the only male that I spotted. They were resting under various bushes so I am sure they were there also watching us. Not to be out done with the blooms...
the Prickly Pear Cacti are just so lovely this time of year....I love how they have that waxy look and full of pollen for the bees. This display is at the end of our street...
there is a  bunny hutch beneath this massive planting. The Quail also hide inside and occasionally the Roadrunner can be found there. It is a generally safe haven for the bunnies against the hunting coyotes. Well my friends, and I do thank you for your friendship and kind words, that is about it for today....glad you stopped by. Hope you have a wonderful day.