Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yarn Along

I am joining Ginny's Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what others are up to.
Just checking in with everyone. Sad to say that my crafting has been very slow lately. I am still working on these granny square roses from Apple Blossom Dreams.
Do you see the light colored green leaves on the dark colored roses above? Well I am running out of it. I have used a much darker, forest green for the leaves on the light colored roses, but it doesn't show off the dark roses at all. Since the lighter green is a yarn I have had for many years, I need to make a decision about buying more yarn. I doubt I will be able to get the same color. 
I think I am going to start adding the beige background color on those roses that have leaves and see how large they become. I still haven't decided whether I want to just connect all the rose squares together or place solid beige squares in between them to make an afghan. 
Yes, I believe some experimenting is in my future.

I have resumed crocheting my Richmond Lace infinity scarf. 
There is a lot more than this finished. I am almost halfway through. This pattern requires some concentration as it is a 4 row pattern with only two in a row being the same. I can't be distracted when stitching this scarf. 
As for reading, I am halfway through Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Okay, despite the constant angst, I am enjoying this book. At least enough to want to read to the end. I don't think I could read this more than once. I am definitely going to pick up something light and frivolous as my next read.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair

Hubby and I went to the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair at the Hallockville Museum Farm on the North Fork of Long Island on Sunday. 
This is about an hour drive from our home. It was a sunny, warm but slightly windy spring day.
There were many fiber and craft vendors.
This is the colorful yarn display from Fiddle Knits.
I bought the beautiful variegated superwash merino fingering weight you see below from Fiddle Knits. The colorway is Trifid Nelaula. I am plan on making To Infinity and Beyond with this yarn.
I bought the red yarn from Six Paca Farm. It is a DK 2ply in Apple Peel Red. My plans for this yarn are the Cafe au Lait Mitts. That may change though. This is one of the beautiful displays from Fitch Fibers.
There was also this fantastic wood carver, Dan Tracy. Click the link to check out more of his beautiful designs.
One of these great yarn bowls is sure to be on my wish list for Christmas.
Oh my gosh, can you believe how gorgeous this bowl is! This man is a master craftsman.
The yarns below are from Cozy Rabbit Farm. I know for a fact that I am allergic to rabbit fur so I couldn't make a purchase here, but the yarn was so soft. 
There were several animals on display at the farm. This fellow/gal? decided to pose for me when I approached.

There were sheep and cows also. 
There were several demonstrations going on all day also.
The Paumonok Weavers Guild were demonstrating well......weaving. What else?!
We also saw a sheep shearing demonstration. Hubby and I were surprised at how docile this sheep was during the shearing. 

After our visit to the fair, Hubby and I stopped at Palmer Vineyards. We each had a glass of Chardonnay and shared a bag of North Fork Potato Chips while sitting on the back lawn overlooking the vineyard.
After our harsh winter, the vines are just beginning to sprout leaves. It was wonderful to sit and soak up the sun. 
All in all we had a quite enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

I'm joining Ginny's Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what others are crafting and reading. 
I have made little to no progress on my crocheting. I am still deep into crocheting leaves on the Granny Square Roses. I have about 40 completed with the same amount that still need leaves. 
I am still reading Wuthering Heights. I fear I will be reading this for quite some time as I can only read 1 or 2 chapters a day if that many. I am somewhat enjoying this book, but I really am not a fan of books with a lot of angst. I knew going in that this was not a light read. I will definitely need a light and fun book to follow this.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all of my fellow mother bloggers are enjoying their Mother's Day. I will be sharing mine with my own mother, my daughter and my mother-in-law, along with a few other family members. Hopefully my son will Skype with us.

I finished the binding on my "Fly Away Blues" quilt. Now I have to sew up a sleeve, make a label and attach both. I was quite pleased with how quickly the hand sewing of the binding went. I must have been in the right mood!

I have made quite a bit of progress on the Large Cross-stitch #1. This is how it looked last week.

And this is the latest picture. I have actually finished a bit more since this picture was taken.
The azaleas that hubby and I planted this spring are blooming beautifully. I should amend that statement, I picked them out at the store and hubby did the planting and mulching. 
We needed to replace two older azaleas that didn't survive the winter snows.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Leaves on the Roses

See these roses. They finally have leaves.
  This is the extent of my crocheting this week but it is satisfying to have 5 more roses with leaves. Of course there are many more roses that need leaves, but there is no time frame for these so they will get done when I feel like crocheting.

Actually, the only item I need to finish imminently is my quilt. I have finished hand-sewing the binding to one long side and am halfway finished with one short side. When I sit down with it the sewing goes quite quickly.
 I promised to show you my Easter lily when it bloomed.

 I didn't realize when I took the pictures that the lily would blend with the railing. Still it is quite pretty.

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

On the reading front. I have finished Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs. Although I loved the book, I have to say that the ending left me flat. I don't know why, but I just wanted it to be more. The ending just sort of happened. I was reading on my Kindle and I really expected another chapter. That is one problem I find with reading on the Kindle. Even though there is a percentage bar on the bottom of the page you never really know when you are nearing the end. Especially with this book as there are knitting patterns and recipes after the story is over. Needless to say, overall I liked the book except for the ending.

Now I am planning on reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
My daughter bought several classics during a recent Barnes and Noble sale. She recently finished this book and has lent it to me to read. I have always wanted to read it just to say I did, but I am not sure I am looking forward to it. Even the introduction is somewhat daunting. We shall see.

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