This post is really about the weekend but since most of the pictures have some yarn in them….
Weekends have a whole new and wonderful feel now that Jerry is not out of town all week long. I’m happy to say he is currently on a big project in Boulder. Instead of frantically trying to squeeze everything into a few days of having him home, we can actually relax a bit and really enjoy the weekend. The weather helped that quite a bit as we had two beautiful days here. Now on to the pictures….
I did knit a teeny bit this weekend, two projects I have going are Cerus [a scarf done in linen stitch lengthwise, I'm using Malabrigo Rastita yarn in Piedras] and Gansey Scarf [I'm using MountainTop Canyon yarn in Mesquite] they are both coming along nicely. You can find more info about these at my Ravelry project page.
We headed out for what would have been a short drive if not for a mountainside traffic jam yesterday that added an hour to our drive home covering a 2 mile stretch through some of the most damaged roads from the flood. Earlier on our way out we passed this pretty tree.
Back at home Jane says hello and my chives are sprouting on the back porch!
PS I’ll be back with a new Basket Sampler that’s perfect for Spring/Easter and a few more kits for a previous offering. Happy Monday!
Lately, I love purple and so that is how I saw my finish of this pretty and simple sampler called A Prairie Girl’s Sampler from Midnight Stitching. I stitched this on 32 count lambswool linen with a selections of pretty purple threads I put together and used in a random way. It fits in a standard 8×10 frame this way. Jane likes it too!
I’m offering this as a kit this month. The kit includes – the design, linen, purple thread pack, purple border fabric, and finishing trim. I will sew your fabric to the linen (no charge) for you if you request it or send it un-attached if you like to sew your own. I used glue (gasp) to attach the trim. I’ll leave that for you to affix as you desire. Please note this fits in an 8×10 frame WITH the fabric attached, the linen is too small for that on its own. The little dish shows my leftover thread after stitching this up with a sample thread pack. Lots of room for changing your mind as you play with the colors.
I have a limited number of kits with this fabric, if there is a 2nd version I will update the blog and webshop as needed.
PS – I’m sorry but I am not divulging the thread colors used for this project, it’s my own secret blend. Feel free to refer to my blog photos for a stitching guide (color-wise only please) or do your own thing! Have fun with Purple :0)
PPS – Happy Birthday to my sister who is a year younger than me….she just turned 28, again!
This means new things at the webshop, I’ll be back with that news on Tuesday!
My sister-in-law came for a visit this weekend. The first time we’ve seen each other in almost 2 years. This is who we lived with for a year in Michigan so it’s really been way too long since we’ve spent time together.
The visit was WAY too short but we had a very nice time. I knitted her a scarf (Zig and Zag Lace Scarf from KnottygalDesigns in Silkpaca from Malabrigo) and we did some shopping with Amber. I brought home some pretty dish cloths and yarn – of course. Lots of family time all weekend really. I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did. One night we made a big batch of Sesame Chicken together, here’s the recipe.
Here’s a sneak peak at March’s Sampler of the Month!
PS – Tall Sheep Basket Samplers have sold out! (THANK YOU) I still have 1 Love Thy Neighbor design with threads available :0)
Such an adorable design. This is Tall Sheep from Shepherd’s Bush. I stitched this with 2 strands over 2 threads on 30 count R&R linen. Let me tell you finding 4 greens from 3 different companies to work just right with this design isn’t quite as easy and you would think. While I was at it I decided to save a few other stitchers the trouble and made up a few kits. I only have enough linen right now to make 7 kits but they are listed at the webshop if you want to snap one up before they are gone!
The kit includes, the design, 30 R&R linen, hand-dyed thread pack, alpaca thread (for sheep), 1 JABCO individual sheep pin, 1 JABCO bee button, organza ribbon, glass beads for flower center, fabric for back. This would also look really cute on Impie, Hattie & Bea’s Lavender Huswife.
I love this little additions to my Basket Sampler basket!
Some ‘sunshine’ on my kitchen counter, I treated myself to a bundle of sunny washcloths and received a little gift from someone sweet. I’ve been doing a teeny bit of knitting and stitching. I love the Gansey Scarf pattern in my knitting birthday book and the colors of this sampler I’ll tell you more about another time.
I added my terrarium presents and love how they look, I need better plants now I think! Any suggestions?
Webshop update –
The last Love Thy Neighbor Kit has been sold but I’m still offering the design with threads at a very good price and be sure to see the Newest Prairie Schoolers and the ones on sale to go with them them!
Coming Soon ~ ~ Another sweet Basket Sampler!!
Here’s my progress on this month’s Sampler of the Month offering through my webshop please click the link for design details, thanks. At this moment there are only 2 kits left…
LOTS of Prairie Schoolers went out last week, I’m expecting a new shipment daily as orders continue to come in regularly for these…I do ship these in a cardboard mailer! Also, I’ve added some previous PS designs to the Prairie Schooler page at a really great price!
Back to where we left off for Heart Week…
The last little heart I showed you was for this Sampler Girl design, see her her Etsy shop for details! I baked some Valentine cupcakes and enjoyed this completely frivolous DVD (it has some charming bits but I did like the book better) over the weekend. I’m in the midst of and epic head cold at the moment and I think I’m running low on tissues!
Sniff, Sniff :0/
We interrupt this Valentine message……
These are at the webshop now! I offer the option to substitute the new Mini Card pack for the Santa design please request in the notes sections when you check out…read set descriptions for details. The set prices are also reduced to help off set your shipping costs.
HAPPY PS STITCHING!!
Here are a few snowy evening vistas from our drive to church Saturday night. We still have a fair bit of snow here but it’s supposed to be in the 60s this weekend so it won’t be here much longer.
Yesterday’s heart is from Farm House in BBDs Anniversaries of the Heart sereies. I personalized this for my grandmother. EJD are her initials, 1906 is when she was born and the love of her life was my Grandpa Otto which is what the O stands for above the house. This is her wedding photo and also a picture of them on their farm in Western Michigan.
Amber and I admired this pretty Valentine display of treats on our weekly shopping morning…I leave you with today’s heart (and it’s cat hair embellishment), more tomorrow.
I think the Calendar Girls from Little House Needleworks are so sweet. Here’s my version of February’s little lady. I used the threads listed and stitched this over 2 on Light Mocha Cashel linen. I have enough linen for 4 more projects this size so I’ve listed some semi-kitted designs at the webshop.
As a Valentine week breakfast treat I whipped up some white chocolate, raspberry French toast this morning. It was really yummy! I think it was pretty too. As usual I made way more French toast than we needed so I’ll be zapping it for future meals for the next few days. I’m not sorry there are extra berries and chocolate too :0)
Here’s the whole sampler from yesterday’s heart. It’s got a very romantic theme. It’s by Brenda Keyes and sadly I don’t see it available at her webshop any longer. Do check out her other beauties, several are on my wish list and I have the Providence Sampler well underway.
Here’s another heart from my Sampler Wall, more about that tomorrow.
Wishing you sweet things this week!
Getting ready for Valentine’s Day, I thought I would make a week of it!
I made some special cookies (graham crackers, dipped in melted chocolate chips & sprinkled) and almost have enough hearts for a banner! I’ve also noticed how many of samplers on my sitting room sampler wall include a heart – but more of that tomorrow.
Here’s the pattern for knitting these sweet wool hearts
Wishing you a week filled with love!