Thursday, March 23, 2017

No Excuses

 The Ladybug no longer has a project on it so I had to go looking for something in the stash. This will work.

 Here is the mangled mess that I just finished spinning. Honestly, I couldn't have made worse yarn if I tried.

 I know I have made decent yarn in the past so this particular project has me scratching my head. What on earth did I do? It's uneven. It's underspun and overspun-all in the same skein. What a mess.

 I said no excuses but Ladybug is the wheel that sits in front of the TV. Maybe I ought to move it. I tend to not look at my hands when there is something good on. The Young Pope, The Missing and Big Little Lies were getting all my attention during this project. It shows.

I just had to go cast something on with the unholy mess just to make myself feel better. I don't. These are some colorwork mitts and I had to rip them out three times. A fourth time is just on the horizon. Latvian braids are hard especially with this uneven, splitty handspun. Ugh. It hasn't been my day, fiber wise.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stitching the Day Away

 I spent Sunday at the sewing table with the mini quilt and a new project.

 I've been doing a lot of hand appliquing and am so glad I had the good sense to buy all the thread that matched the fabric when I bought it from Connecting Threads years ago. I need to do that all the time. Note to self.

I wanted a table runner to match the latest quilt since I don't have a spring one. It wasns't hard to put one together with the scraps and leftover hexies.

That runner went in production as soon as I had this finished. I like it. I don't love it but it was fast and easy. I can fiddle with something more complex when I have more time. I have plenty of this material left.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Planting

It wasn't a particularly nice first day of spring here but it was a bit warmer than it has been.

 We loaded the dogs up and took a ride out to a gardening center for some things to plant.

 The beds in front of the house are in terrible shape so things needed pruning and replanting.

 The layer of leaves had to be raked off first. I think we are safe to say the freezing temps are over.

 I raked while The Mister pruned. For a mild winter, we had lots of damage to the smaller shrubs.

 I knew better but I couldn't resist. Flowers don't survive long here once the trees fill in but a few pansys here and there couldn't hurt.

 I had to replant a rhododendron. My old ones are close to being goners. They got a pruning and a one year reprieve to straighten out or be dug up next spring.

 Oh, dear. The cold has damaged my camellias. They whole giant bush looks like this. Sad.

 The hostas all seem to be doing what they should. You can't kill those things with a stick. That's where I probably should be putting my money.
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 20, 2017

More Stitches

 I bought a new hoop. It's tiny and it's oblong. It's been a big help with finishing up the mini quilt.

 I also found these little finger things at Joann's. They work great when the needle gets stuck.

 Also in the quilting section I found a Q Snap type quilting frame on clearance. I love my big wood hoops but I couldn't pass this up for the price.

I am thinking that I'll give it a go with this. It was one of the joint quilting projects Daddio and I worked on a few years ago. He made the Dresden plates and I appliqued them down and sashed it. After working on the mini quilts I've been itching for another hand quilting adventure. This ought to do it.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Meet the Spring Soap

 Easter is less than six weeks away so I had to have a flurry of soap making last week in order to have some for gifting. Meet Blackberry Sage. I've done this one before and it's a favorite of mine. It really smells like berries.

Another re-do is Whispering Mist. I'm not sure what mist smells like but I do like this fragrance a lot.

 This is a Bramble Berry scent sample. It's Key Lime Tart and it smells so delicious. I love it so much I made  a batch of foot fizzies with it so I could start enjoying that scent right away.

Freshly Zested Lemon is also yummy. I really want to eat this one. I love lemon meringue pie and it smells just like one. I made some lotion bars with this fragrance and they smell amazing too.

 This is an Oatmeal, Milk and Honey re-do. It's my favorite for gifting. Everyone likes it. It's mild and the colloidal oatmeal makes it very gentle. All the milks I add (goat, yogurt and coconut) along with the honey make it super creamy.

Meet Night Blooming Gardenia. I had to fight with this one. I knew it was a difficult scent to work with so I should have made it all one color but I was out of white. I had forgotten to order it with my last delivery. Boo me. I had to wing it with gray, gold and dark green.

 Also, in the "I should have left well enough alone" category, I tried out two fragrance samples that I am not too fond of. This is Tequila Sunrise which smells just like plain old orange juice to me.

This is Spring Rain which smells an awful lot like laundry detergent. Oh, well. They will make great hand soap for the kitchen. I go though lots of hand soap around here.

 Finally, I used up every bit of oils and fancy butters on these last two concoctions. This is Cappucino. I haven't made a coffee soap in a while and miss having a really scrubby option. Sometime you just need a good scrubbing.

This is a simple Clay and Honey loaf that combines every color of natural clay I have. I love the feel of soothing clay on bug bites. It won't be long before mosquito season now so I'd might as well get prepared for the all too familiar itch.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This is a Thing?

I thought I knew everything about Chesapeake Bay culture until I saw this in the Bay Weekly. Apparently it's been a tradition in Annapolis to build a community bonfire on St Patrick's Day weekend to burn your winter socks as a part of a spring ritual.

They'd have to pry them off my dead, cold feet first......

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Luck of the Irish

 Got the potatoes.

 And the cabbage. Still need the carrots. They were out of them today but promise a shipment tomorrow. Who runs out of carrots?

 The Mister brought a corned beef home. I don't eat it but I do like the way it makes the house smell all day.

 I have what I need for soda bread. I did a trial run last week and it was good.

 My March apron has been in use all month. It's one of my favorites.

 The Irish doodads are on the wreath but the wind has not been kind to them.

 I even have a new little green tea pot. I wish I had remembered to buy some Irish Breakfast tea.

I am not at all Irish but I'm still lucky today because all that work I put into the crazy cowl was not in vain. It works. It even looks better if I pull it up over my head so you can see the color work. Squeeee.....

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day.