A busy little elf

Over the past few days, I have seen posts on various quilting sites from friends who have received mysterious packages in the mail – no return address – but they contained very pretty Christmas ornaments.  Today, one appeared in my mailbox.  No return address, no note, just a pretty, thoughtful, and very sweet ornament to enjoy for the holidays.

OrnamentNow, being of inquiring mind and excellent sleuthing ability (an old boss used to call me Sherlock Steller), I do believe I’ve worked out who sent this.  Very much a surprise.  What a sweet thing to do!

 

When in Rome

As many of you know, over the years I have attended many a quilt show, taken a plethora of classes, and amassed an ungodly amount of quilting toys.  A few years ago, I took a class on dye painting and, of course, had to buy all of the supplies.  They have sat, pretty much unused, in my laundry room closet.  Each winter, I see so many folks post about snow dyeing.  I had no idea how to do it, but my friend Kim Stotsenberg was lamenting that I had gotten snow today and she hadn’t because she wanted to snow dye.  I asked her for a few tips, and here you have it.  My snow dyeing tub is in my tub, waiting for the snow to melt.  I hope I will get something interesting and that it won’t be just a purple or black mess when it’s all done.  I just used the basics – yellow, cyan, and magenta.  I’m hoping for some purply-reds and greens, but we’ll see!  I guess the waiting is half the fun.

Ice dyeing

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts!

Today will be a very busy day indeed.  I’m cleaning, doing laundry, packing, getting ready for the house and cat sitter, and getting ready to drop the dog off at his cousin’s house.  Tomorrow, I head for Portland and MQX:

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This has been an annual ritual for me, going to see wonderful friends either in Portland or on the east coast (Manchester, NH or Providence, RI).  The quilts at this show are stunning – some of the very best in the industry, so if you’re in Portland, OR this week, be sure to stop by and take a look.  I will have a quilt hanging in the show and, while it is very pretty, it pales in comparison to most of what you will see there.  I didn’t do a lot of over-the-top quilting on it, but it was for my friend Beth, who pieced the top, and I really enjoyed quilting the very pretty quilt.  I entered it at the request of the show owner, and it will be nice to see it hanging with the big girls’ quilts.

Beths Quilt

Beths cornerIt’s always nice to go and meet on-line friends I’ve never seen in person.  This year I’ll stay with two friends I met previously.  I’m sure a good time will be had by all!

Just to prove I’m not slackin’ it

I got a baby quilt loaded today and did part of it.  The stitching’s okay, but I think it will be better when I get the encoder wheel on there properly.  I hope the new one arrives soon.

I dried pears, I gave the kitchen a scrub, and when I sat down in my chair tonight, I figured it was high time I finished my first magic loop sock.  Here is my first sock done with magic loop, top down.  Pattern is Wise Hilda’s Basic Ribbed Sock and the yarn is Imagination from Knit Picks, color Wicked Witch.  I figured they were so me!

WW no foot

WW sock top

WW sock side

 

I really like this yarn.  It’s soft and cozy and the colors are so vivid.  They don’t really show up that well in either my photos or the photos on the Knit Picks site.  The pattern is fairly easy to do, but it doesn’t have a cuff at the top and I think if I make these again, I’ll improvise and put a cuff at the top.  The ribbing will probably keep them up, but they are a bit loose.  I’m off to get the second sock cast on before I go to bed.  Hopefully, I’ll have a nice pair of warm socks before the cold weather really sets in.