Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The electricity went out last night. We were just finishing an episode of Dexter with our smokies and tomato salad. My basil is loving this hot weather. I was not worried. I started blocking my Purple Africa shawl in Countess Ablaze, designed by my Emily.
As you can see, when the power goes out, we are not suffering.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
How many excuses can I offer up for breaking my own rules? I am a bit of a quirky driver and I was just talking about this with my BFF J. Don't go to a certain shop on Friday because it's too crazy and not safe. Never visit that shop unless you're going in to town and can turn left onto the roadway. And never cross the traffic at that spot, especially on a Friday and in the summer. There is a reason I make these rules for myself. There is no good reason to ignore them.
Jenna Hauk, a marvellous new knitter.
sashiko I bought in Maui. It's a japanese embroider of running stitches. I think I'll make it the centre of the quilt I still plan to make this summer.
Friday, July 05, 2013
So I cut all the numbers by 20%. It's Christine's Baby Booties in Bernat Baby Cakes. The sweater was a bit big, too, more like 6-12 months. I thought I could have a quick knit with larger yarn, but it's the same number of stitches.
Monday, July 01, 2013
It is very warm (30 degrees at 10 am) and sunny and feeling summery.
Because it is the first of the month, I have to do some chores: backing up my computer, watering the houseplants, but it is a day of freedom. DH is on call, Emily is on a plane returning from her France Symphony trip, and Mom is having a BBQ for supper.
Family and food and fun.
I hope to go for a bike ride if it's not too hot.
Yesterday I watched some Craftsy classes, starting with the free Sewing Machine 911 and heading into the bought Scrap Quilting. How refreshing. Good principles of teaching. Nursing holds a very high standard. As much as I love Lucy Neatby's videos for her incredible information, the format does not go from simple to complex. These Craftsy classes are excellent.
Then I went into the cool, cool basement and reorganized my fabric stash. Most of it is scraps from sewing for the kids or making bags. I am inspired. Plus I may keep my sewing machine in the cool, cool basement. I hope to make one or two lap quilts this summer.
Plus I'm embroidering and having a ball. I sewed an applique bird onto felt for a coin purse that I hope to use as a knitting notions bag, and I decorated a wire dome that is for a picnic food cover.
Today I will take it slowly and enjoy our shady yard, move around the deck in the shade like a reverse cat, and prepare the chilli for the Canada Day celebrations. They will be typically low key and casual.
That's Canadians for you.