Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Time for a Hike

Posted by Picasa This photo was taken on the Bridgeport Trail above the Yuba River near my home. The Yuba is our local recreation in the hot dry summer months. There are trails that one can take to access the river and its lovely pools of cool water. When my kids were little we went often but as I have gotten older I don't go as much. It gets crowded on the weekends and during the week it is hard to get up the energy after work.

So, I joined Trek With Me a sock hike knitalong. We're using a specific sock yarn called Trekking XXL and knitting a pair of socks while hiking. This to me sounds like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time! But I'm willing to give it a go, if only to get out on this beautiful trail! I will stop often and knit cause I don't want to fall off a cliff while knitting.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Top Story

This pink knit top is the La Fred Thia Tee. I have finished all but the sleeve hems. I have been sewing knits for many years now and have never really learned the right way to sew with them. First of all, I don't own a serger so I have to make due with the stitches that my machine has available. That means a small narrow zigzag for the seams and top stitching. I did get the darts sewn pretty well and this pattern has 6 darts. I like the shaping that they give to it.

But the next one that I make will be with a nicer fabric (this was cheap interlock I purchased at JoAnn's for 50% off) and it will be the smaller size AND I may borrow a serger. I also learned that my machine will not do twin needle stitching...that really bummed me out. So my top stitching is a bit, well, zoinky. The next one I will have to add some interfacing to the hem to make it lay correctly.

I lust learned that the next project for the sew i knit group is TOPS! I'm a bit ahead with this top almost done, but I have others lined up...including the McCalls pattern and fabric below. I fell in love with this fabric the moment I saw it. Since I am not a real honest to goodness quilter (I have attempted a couple...yet to be finished) I look for reasons to buy an occasional yard or two of one of the fabulous quilting fabrics available out there. This one is from Westminster. I thought it had a modern kimono look to it and found this pattern. I love the colors and the fabric has a nice weight to it.

I bought enough for the cap sleeve version but I may go back and get more to make the kimono style in the upper left.

Of course, this means a straight skirt in a complementary knit to go with it!

Ahhh summer...I just got compost delivered so it looks like sewing will have to be put aside for a while so that the gardens can be started. Thank goodness for longer days... Posted by Picasa

For Amy

My dear friend Amy just had a birthday. We like to celebrate our birthdays by doing something just the two of us. We sometimes only have time for a breakfast at Paulette's but every now and then we go bargain shopping or take a yoga class or a hike. We have been friends for 22 years. I like to make things for her and this year I picked out a nice little pattern for potholders. She loves chickens and use to own a few. I would laugh at the names that she gave her chickens.

So here are her chicken potholders. I am honored to have her as my friend. She has been through quite a bit of upheavel in her life, especially lately but her courage and strength have seen her through these rough patches. She has become her own woman and I am proud of her. These fabrics celebrate her new self... going out on a limb just far enough to see what the chickens are up to...then diving into life to raise a few feathers. You go girl! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Open Yours Too!

Look what came to me in the mail today! And from Western Australia! These wonderful fabrics, tags, pom pom kit, buttons and postcards were my gift from my exchange partner, Helena Tay, as part of the Open Yours Too hobby exchange. Helena is a wonderful artist and created the artwork for the postcards. She also works with paper and does collage. She made the tags you see in the photo. I am honored to have such a remarkable artist choose fabrics for me which I really love! I am going to have WAY too much fun with all of these goodies! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mom and Me...

Christmas 1946.

My Mom has been gone for over 4 years now. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her. I was her first child. Life was very difficult for her after my birth; she left a bad marriage, went to live with her parents who did not accept her divorce then promptly told her she and I could not live with them. We were taken in by her deceased brother's widow who lived in Pensacola Florida with her two children. I learned to walk in Pensacola.

She met a man and remarried. He was the father that I knew and loved but life was never easy for Mom. We moved so often that none of us, including my Mother, ever made a true friend. We just were not around long enough. I never saw her angry or upset that we were packing again and we would all have our own "jobs" to keep us busy and she always made an adventure out of the difficult job of moving. She and my stepfather had three children who are my two sisters and one brother. I love them dearly and we talk and see eachother as often as possible.

On this Mother's Day, I honor all the mothers out there. I will walk around the garden that I created for my Mother and pull a few weeds. She loved flowers and I remember going out to the gardens of the many places that we lived to make a bouquet to take inside. Through her I learned to love gardening and laughing in the face of difficulty. She is a constant inspiration. Posted by Picasa