Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chalk the Walks 2016

Today was Chalk the Walks which is “all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of sidewalk chalk”.


You can read about this project here I thought this was a great idea, so I prepared by buying my chalk and pondering what bit of positivity I wanted to share when the big day arrived.

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Here is my offering:

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Sharing positive thoughts with others in the world is a good thing. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Filling in the Holes

“Needlepoint: the delicious art of filling in holes with wool.”
Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus

I started this needlepoint eyeglass case project whilst on a cruise and am picking it up again to hopefully finish soon. The front is almost done and then I can work on the back. I like to balance  creative activities like this between knitting projects.

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The needlepoint canvas is from the Elizabeth Turner Collection. The canvas, stitch book, and the needed yarns were purchased from Cabbage Row Shoppe during a trip to Charleston, SC. I always visit this shop when we’re in Charleston.

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My embroidery scissors were purchased directly from Maison Sajou in Versailles, France. Along with the scissors, I got a little scissors case which included a chart for stitching my monogram.

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All of my projects are organized in a bag specific to each project which makes it easier for me to grab and take to either the living room or on a trip. This particular bag (seen in top edge of first photo) is a pouch with two zippered pockets. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Bit of June in July

A little cross stitch kit was unearthed from my stash to entertain me last week—something I meant to do for the month of June a few years back but actually managed to do this July.

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The Lizzie Kate project is called “A Bit of June”. Intended as a month-themed piece, I am laying claim to it for my name.

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Embroidery floss organized, I happily stitched away a few relaxing hours.

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The kit includes 28-count light-mocha Cashel linen, floss by Gentle Art Sampler Threads & Weeks Dye Works, three teeny-weeny red buttons for the sailboat, and the sea-inspired wood frame from East Side Mouldings.

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My completed project is ready for hanging as a semi-nameplate in my craft room. It’s mounted on foam-board within the wood frame. It may be July, but it’s “A Bit of June” every month of the year for me.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Easy Knitted Bath Mitt and Washcloths

After finishing my Cashmere ombre wrap and about to start knitting a lace shawl for my daughter, I really needed something easy and quick as a transition. Purl Bee’s Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt project served perfectly.
 
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I used Habu Textile’s 100% cotton Cork Chenille, one skein each of the colors Charcoal, Off-White, and Bleached White purchased at Purl SohoNeedles were US #3 double-points.

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When finishing the first two washcloths, I realized there was enough yarn left to make a third cloth.

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So, I knit a 2-inch row of Off-white, then a 4-inch row of Charcoal, and finished with a 2-inch row of Bleached White.

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Despite liberating a bit of the Charcoal for my striped washcloth, there was still plenty of that yarn to make the bath mitt.

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This was a relaxing and easy project to serve as a break between two long knitting missions. The cork chenille yarn is really nice and a great texture (kind of soft and crunchy at the same time) to use in the bath for exfoliation. This would also be nice in a spa gift basket.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Aquamarine Cashmere Ombré Wrap

Happy, happy, happy! That’s how I feel after finishing Purl Soho’s Cashmere Ombré Wrap project last night.
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The yarn is 4-ply 100% Mongolian cashmere, hand-dyed in 8 graduated shades of aquamarine. Purls Soho offers three other colorways from which to choose if aquamarine is not your thing.


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The pattern used was Seed Stitch.


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I tracked each and every stitch of this project—the total is 72,750 stitches for my 20 x 68 inches wrap. That’s a lot of stitches, my friends. Admittedly it started to feel a tad tedious due to the seed stitch pattern, but my efforts give me the blessing of a cashmere wrap to cuddle in next winter.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Homemade Potato Chips

The only time I’ve had made-from-scratch potato chips was at our local yacht club. Crispy and delicious, those chips made an impression on me. I decided to give it a try myself yesterday.

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I followed Williams Sonoma’s very easy recipe. After cleaning and peeling the potatoes, I sliced them thinly using my mandolin.

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Small batches were friend In my deep fryer so they would crisp evenly.

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Seasoned with sea salt, my tasty treat was ready to taste.

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My assessment: very yummy—this is something I’ll definitely do again.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016


Calmly Coloring
Last year, a friend at my Sit & Stitch group told us about coloring books for adults. While they’ve apparently been out for awhile, it was the first I’d heard of such books just for adults.

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So, I wandered over to Books-a-million and discovered a whole display of them in myriad choices. One entitled “Color Me Calm” was chosen along with some colored pencils. Once home again, I spent a wonderful hour on my back porch happily coloring away.

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Next, I needed something to keep my colored pencils from disappearing, so I bought a zippered pouch in which to keep them.

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Today, my local public library hosted an adult coloring event. It was so very nice. Amazing how such a simple activity helps you (at least me) relax.