Wednesday, April 26, 2023

What's New Pussycat?

 This isn't actually about my adorable kitties who end up on here often. 

I finished a shawl, that I started back in September. I finished it on Sunday, casting most of it off during remote church.

Yesterday, I blocked it.

Sorry, I should have taken the picture from the other side so I didn't cast a shadow.

It is called "What's New Pussycat" by Jem Arrowsmith. 

Off the blocking boards.

My kitties are a bit wonky. I struggled with purl 2 together through the back loops. I got it figured out for the ears.

Oh well, I think they are cute.

The yarn is Knit Picks Gloss Fingering. The beads are from my stash.

Okay, I couldn't resist.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Wild Ride

 I've always been convinced that spring doesn't actually arrive here until Easter weekend. It doesn't actually matter when that is. It was truly that way this year.

Last Wednesday, it was -2C and we had an ice storm.

This was the bird feeder, by mid morning.

This was our backyard, midafternoon. The pine tree was being pruned by the storm, and branches were every where.

The next day, we started to hear chain saws, many were still without power, and it was melting, making quite a mess.

During the storm, I finished some baby socks, commissioned by a friend for an upcoming baby shower.

Easter morning, it was warm (+8C) and sunny. The bunny left cupcakes for our extended family breakfast.

My grandson was invited to a birthday party for a couple of his classmates. The request was for Minecraft gifts. I had some Minecraft fabric, so I used it to make these.

Some stray police cars made the lining.

They have been filled with other goodies and are off to the party this afternoon.

Meanwhile, spring was showing off.

From ice to flowers in less than a week. Yesterday, we set a record for April 13, with a high of 26.8C. From winter to summer just like that, 

Emme was enjoying the breezes and the birds in her "Catio" yesterday.

She says if you are looking for her, she will be enjoying the sunshine. 

Sunday, April 2, 2023

The Cat Quilt

 It is finished! I put the last stiches in the binding, today.

Okay, it isn't a great picture, but I have some better closeups and I promise to take a better picture once it is hanging on the wall.

This is the exact opposite to a squirrel. It started as a pillow panel, that I bought so long ago, I don't even remember when I started this. I did it as a stay at home round robin challenge that was suppose to be done in a couple of months, but took me much longer. (as in about 10 years)

This is the original pillow panel. Krista, the lovely lady that quilted it, did custom quilting around the cats. 

I had a fat quarter of the oriental-ish cat fabric, which I stretched to make the next round by using some pawprint fabric in the cornerstones. (See the paw prints in the quilting.)

This is the fabric I found while shoe shopping in upper New York state. It is a bigger print and it has bigger paws!

This is the fabric in the outer cornerstones, and the binding, found on that same trip to buy shoes.

This is the back, with even more cats (and purple).

It still needs a label, and somebody tall to hang it for me.

This is Emme, and Mudd, who are going to be very disappointed that their favourite spot to sleep on the dining room table is about to disappear, and become a wall hanging in the stairwell.