Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Suddenly Spring

Two weeks ago, it was still snowing, and suddenly, this weekend, spring arrived in my garden.

Daffodils are blooming in the side yard.

Here is the Scilla blooming in a sunny spot.
Here are some in the shade.

I know they are the same plant, because I took some from the shady front lawn and moved them to the sunny side lawn, but they look totally different in the different spots.

The Spirea is showing signs of life.
And Crocus in the backyard.
If I were that kind of quilter, I am sure there is a quilt in here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kitty Bean

While wasting my time, browsing Ravelry on the weekend, I found a pattern for a Kitty Bean.

Since I have lots of tiny balls of sock yarn, I decided to give it a try. It was a cute, quick project (though you have to enjoy knitting teeny things).

I didn't put a face on it, because I made it for Grayson.

He hasn't figured out what it is, here.

A few minutes later, he decided it was something to play with.
I think it's a hit!

I bought myself a treat today.
It's a rolly bag for my sewing machine. They were on sale at Fabricland, and quilt retreat is coming. I'm ready to roll.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another Kobo Case

Back in February, I made my husband a Kobo case. His Kobo is actually an Android tablet, which means it can be used for lots of things besides reading books.

For example, cat games!

Here is Grayson, playing a cat game for the tablet. If he catches the dot, it explodes and "Meows" at him. He loves it.

I decided that I was missing out on the fun, so I got one of these Kobo's of my own. Then I needed a case.

Here it is, made from scraps from other projects. Recognize some from the Radiant Purple runner?

Of course, it had to have a cat on it, and a bird on the other side to entertain the cat.

I used some of the fancy stitches on my machine to quilt it.  There is lots of purple and fuchsia in those scraps and in the thread.
Best of all, when I finished, it was a perfect fit. I am told it looks "a little feminine" , so I guess I don't have to worry about him taking it if he can't find his own.  I like the design so I am thinking of trying a clutch bag  in a similar style, next.

We had heavy rains yesterday and it was cloudy Monday afternoon.  I was doing the quilting and having a hard time seeing what I was doing. I was blaming the weather, until it finally dawned on me, yesterday afternoon, that the light on my machine had burnt out. I pulled the bulb, and my sweetie found a replacement in his collection of stray auto parts. Problem solved!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Work Gets In The Way!

I got my very own Kobo, last week. So I started to make a case for it. I made a case for my sweetie's Kobo earlier this year.

I took some of the strips I was cutting last week and added a few other scraps. However, people keep expecting me to work at what they want done, instead of letting me have fun. So I haven't gotten very far.

I am not sure I have exactly what I want yet, so I thought a picture might help me figure out what isn't working. I am not happy with the first and third strip from the left, but I don't hate them either. Maybe I just need to switch them. I will leave it until tomorrow, and look at it again.

Meanwhile, I started a shawl back in the fall. My Ravelry Project page says I started it September 29. At some point, I made a mistake, put a safety line in and ripped it back. Then I put it in the corner to think about what it had done! Last week, I picked it up again, figured out what was wrong, and started back at it.

It is called Glitz at the Ritz, and is from Knitty, First Fall 2013.

It has hundreds of beads, literally!
I probably should have put it on a darker background, to show off the beads, because they are silver lined clear beads.

It is now a race to see if I can finish it, before the nice weather. How is that for optimism?