Monday, December 28, 2009

Finally, I have once again picked up the sweater I've been working on for the past two years. It takes awhile, I only work on it for a few months after Christmas. This is a shot of the back, the front is done, and I have finally started the sleeves. I hope to get it done this winter. It is the Willow Tunic from Jamiesons Shetland Knitting book 2. The yarn is Berrocco Ultra Alpaca that I got a few years ago on my annual trek to Webs. Last year, actually in January 2009, I got enough yarn for two sweaters, a vest, two pairs of socks, a hat and mitten set, and two scarves. I haven't started any of these yet, and January 2010 is just about here. Can I justify more yarn? Hell, yes!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

This is the quilt I worked on this last trip to Kalispell for a Judy Niemeyer retreat. It is her paper piecing pattern called Dancing Batiks, set a little differently. I will be making a bed size and work on it after Christmas. It was pulled together and cut about 2 years ago, and it is not as "warm" as I thought, so I will try to add some colors to balance out the many "cool" fabrics.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

So glad I've finished working for the holiday! This is the first year since I started longarm quilting in 2001 that I've had more than 2 days off to get ready for Christmas. Now to clean, move furniture, decorate and shop, cook, wrap, and in my spare time I hope to hem the curtains I bought last year and hang them up!
I made this kindling box for the porch. Roger installed a cute little wood stove out there and this is perfect for it. It took only one day to paint the designs on it in a workshop at the Quilted Acorn in W. Newbury, MA. Of course Cynthia makes it very simple to do.