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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!

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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!

Sampler of the Month!

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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.

Happy Stitching!

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!

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Be Mine!

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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!

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make your own!

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Back with another pillowcase and as requested, my method in detail.

For starters….I do NOT wash the fabric before I make my pillow cases. I’ve generally used high quality quilt shop fabric for these. There is a bit of shrinkage when I do wash them (before I use them) but not enough to matter. Since I don’t know what fabrics you may be using, I can’t say if shrinkage will be an issue for you. That being said, the fabric used in this tutorial is less than high quality, I’ll let you know what happens after I wash it :0)

You need to look at your fabric and decide if you are working with an all-over print or a one-way print. I’ve shown a sample of each. For an all-over print I use the ‘store fold’ for the edge of my fabric. I’m not uber-worried about being thread perfect straight and with/against grain on these either. These are basic fold and sew pillowcases, but nice ones :0). With a one-way print you may need to open up your fabric and fold it the other way to have the print look right. You can see if I went with the ‘store fold’ the ladies on the pink/yellow fabric would be sideways. Most fabric on the bolt (quilt fabric that is) is about 44 inches wide and you buy it by the yard. If you are using the store fold a yard is enough for a standard pillow, you will need an eighth or quarter yard more if you have to fold it the other way.

You want to start with a piece of fabric that is 40 x 36, 36 is your pillowcase length. Use the store fold or fold your fabric in half so that you are working on a 20×36 rectangle WRONG sides together (pretty side out). This fits a standard pillow, like the one shown. They may be a bit snug if your extra firm pillow is brand new however, mine are not. You could always use a store bought pillowcase you own and like size wise as a guide for fabric dimensions, just add in your seam allowances.

NOW – with your 20×36 triangle which has the pretty sides facing out, sew a scant 1/4 seam starting at the left side of the folded edge sewing down a short side, hopefully my picture here explains this better. Sew down, make a turn at the corner and sew across the long open side also. You will leave one short side open. Trim this seam allowance about in half, be careful not to nick your stitches.

Turn the case inside out now. I use a giant knitting needle to poke out the corners. you can press it now to get that seam edge nice and flat but I just use a pin to pull it out flat and then pin it. Do this down the short and across the long sewn side, still leaving one end open. Now sew again using a full 1/4 seam allowance on the pinned short end and long bottom leaving one end open. This nicely hides all the raw edges on your seams. Leave your case inside out.

You now want to press about 3/8 to a 1/2 inch of fabric along the open side of your case wrong sides together (see the picture), cat on ironing board is optional. I like my finished pillowcase to be somewhere around 30 inches in length so you will want to press your fabric over again for the hem allowance. This hem is a nice place to use decorative stitches on your machine and a pretty colored thread. My machine goes straight forward and backward and that’s it so I didn’t get fancy :0)

I hope this will be a useful starting place for making good use of pretty fabric that may be hanging around at your house.

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This is just how I made these. It’s not THE only way. If you have a better way or think my way is bad, that’s fine, really, you needn’t write me about it. I’m all about reducing negativity just now :0)

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I have some fabrics for pillowcases to the webshop!

Rocky Mountain Wednesdays!

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Like many places around the USA it has been snowy and cold here. Maybe not as snowy as some places, or as cold as others, but enough that I’ve preferred to be home and warm rather than out and about in the weather.

Just a few pictures from recent days here.

Happy Wednesday!

PS – I do love how the snow sparkles when it’s REALLY cold!

O Christmas Tree….

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and baaaad kitty!

Merry Christmas!

Share a link to your tree in comments! Hope your Holidays are coming together sweetly.

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flower pots

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Flowers have been planted and potted!

I know Jane’s not a flower but she’s just as sweet.

Happy Friday!

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Miss Jane’s Soothing Face Cloths

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Sorry I’m so long getting this pattern up, the weekend evaporated and things just got a bit crazy here, there was a skunk involved….

I was going to name these for Ophelia but for various reasons that wouldn’t make sense to anyone even if I explained, I named them after Jane who isn’t really a soothing creature but….anyway.

Miss Jane’s Soothing Face Cloths

Materials –

Any DK or worsted weight cotton, linen, bamboo or combination yarn that would make a nice washcloth, I used a cotton/bamboo blend yarn that I purchased here.
US size 5 knitting needles

Pattern –

CO 35 loosely.
Border-
Row 1 – K1, *P1, K1* repeat from * to the end
Row 2 – same as Row 1
Row 3 – same as Row 1

Stockingnette Section-
Note – the first and last 3 stitches of every row is K1, P1, K1 from now on.

Row 4 – K1, P1, K1, Knit to the last 3 stitches, K1, P1, K1
Row 5 – K1, P1, K1, Purl to the last 3 stitches, K1, P1, K1
Row 6 – same as Row 4
Row 7 – same as Row 5

Slip Stitch Ridge Section-
Row 8 – K1, P1, K1, P2, *slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn to the back, P2* repeat from * until last 3 stitches, K1, P1, K1
Row 9 – K1, P1, K1, K2, *slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn to the front, K2* repeat from * until last 3 stitches, K1, P1, K1

Repeat the Stockingnette Section and Slip Stitch Ridge Section until desired size ending on Row 7 of Stockingnette section and then repeat 3 Border rows.

Bind off loosely (I use this bind off method – K2, *transfer the 2 worked stitches to the left needle, and k2tog through the back, k1* repeat from *) and weave in loose ends.

Enjoy!

I’m getting some of these ready as gifts for Mother’s Day with some yummy Yardley English Lavender and Oatmeal & Almond soaps. Need to pop those in the mail tomorrow!

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yellow bird

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Except it’s blue – Yellow Bird from La D Da. I stitched this up quite a while ago but finally took a few minutes to finish it up this weekend. You can read more about the materials I used here I think…scroll down to older posts about Yellow Bird.

More snow, the girls like to watch it fall, it’s about the only time the three can get along for more than 30 seconds without someone having a hissy fit (Yzma)…I’ve been out in it once to ship orders, would very much like to be home for the rest of the day but boys’ activities may rule that out.

I’m off to do a bit more stitching, some sewing, and some much needed dusting!

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PS – I’ve blogged about the other pincushions here and here.