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Monday, July 07, 2014

Country Life....

I just love the view I wake up to every day...so peaceful....so beautiful.   Every sunrise is magnificent!

This photo above shows the view from my deck at 5:28 am on Tuesday July 1st....one of the benefits of a long commute is getting up early enough to enjoy a beautiful sunrise nearly every day.

I love the mountains in the background...and the patterns the clouds make in the sky.

And the bounty from my garden....fresh blueberries......mid June to early July...

 and raspberries.....late June to mid July.

It doesn't get any better than this!

Lisa....Designer Extraordinaire!

And the birthday celebration continues.....

Lisa designed and sewed this awesome needle case for my birthday.  It's beautifully made and the fabric is gorgeous!   

I need to find more of my needles so I can properly "show off" the needle case and fill in the empty slots!  The majority of the needles I can find  are happily “pre-occupied” in my various WIPs.  I know I have a bin of my spare needles, somewhere!   I knew where they were at the old house, but I haven’t uncovered their hiding place here!  Just one more hazard of moving!


Anyhow, there are graduated slots for my DPNs (left)….and a flap to cover them and keep them safe (right).

And another set of graduated slots for my 9-14” needles….and a flap to cover them as well.
 Then, you just roll it shut and tie it as shown in the first picture.   It’s absolutely gorgeous!   

I have another one in purple brocade that she made me a few years ago from a pattern, but this one was totally her own design.   I feel extremely spoiled ….. Lisa has made me two fabulous needle cases…and she has yet to make one for herself!  (I had purchased a pattern a while back to make these but after looking at it, realized it was a bit complex and opted NOT to make one!   Lisa is fearless…like I mentioned, she made my first one from a pattern…. but this one, she designed herself. 

Thanks Lisa! 

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tour de Fleece

The "Tour de Fleece" began on Saturday.   I had already spun up a bobbin of my the Cormo Silk roving that I bought from Kate of Reflections at Roclans at the end of last.   The roving is incredible to spin....it's absolutely gorgeous!

On the Fourth of July, I spun most of the second bobbin while enjoying the unseasonably temperate weather we had!  It was GORGEOUS outside!   There was a fabulous breeze.  DH spent the evening in the hammock...and I spun.   We just had to re-arrange our positions when the fireworks began.   We had front row seats without going anywhere as some of my neighbors shot off their own fireworks!  I finished spinning the second bobbin as I watched.  I believe this was the best 4th of July EVER!!!!

I started plying late Friday and finished very early Sunday morning.   I love how this turned out!

The resulting skein was 446 yards in length....and weighed in at 4.6 ounces!

The full skein.....and a close up.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Christmas in July....as well as an Extended Birthday Celebration!

Wow!   I got a “treasure chest” of goodies from my friend Elizabeth (she shares my love of purple, just in case you didn’t pick up on that – LOL!)  These goodies were my presents for both Christmas and my birthday.  Yes….it's literally Christmas in July.  Some years we actually manage to get together within a month of Christmas.   This year, it took just over 6 months!   And in the meantime, we both had birthdays as well!

Anyhow, I received a bunch of wonderful gifts....

  • A great tote bag (aka “treasure chest”) for transporting my numerous WIPS – in purple of course....with stripes and polka-dots!  The bag has some great outside pockets for organizing things!  (She hid all the other goodies inside the bag!)
  • Sheepie Jams (so comfy!)
  • Sheepie socks
  • 2 containers for reigning in my stitch-markers and other crafting goodies so they don’t get lost in the bottom of my bag.
  • Purple wool/silk/Mohair fiber for spinning…..the Mohair is from a named goat – Snapdragon.  How cool is that!
  • A rigid heddle book (always helpful to have a good reference book!)
  • Some purple sock yarn 
  • Some cool pom-pom yarn to make a funky scarf

I guess I’d better get busy – I’ve got LOTS of projects to work on! 

Thanks Elizabeth!

(Now if I can only find the box with her Christmas and Birthday…..it’s somewhere buried in all the craft bins and boxes from the move.   I don’t think I’ll ever get out from under all of the unpacking I have yet to do!)