Friday, October 23, 2009

color denial?

or lack of blog fodder? either way, if you ask me what my favorite color is, i'd tell you it's purple-so why is my sweater, ipod case and iphone case all pink-if you look in my closet, there is a distinct absense of purple-hmmmmm. the things you notice when you're sitting in traffic listing to the knitmore girls podcast (which i'm loving, thanks mary!)-jasmin, by the way has- you guessed it hot pink hair!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

bjorn and some updates

santa made an early stop yesterday, meet "bjorn" my husqvarna Sapphire850-sewing, quilting and embroidery machine (very minimal embroidery capability). unless someone can suggest a more manly swedish name, bjorn it has been christened. i did a bit of sewing with it last night at quilt club, and it is vastly different from my singer. love it! look forward to adding some umph to my quilts.

basement update: it's coming along, steve is finishing the project from this point, painting done, duct work nearly done, and some of the ceiling done,. completion date is around november 9, hope to be able to get things moved back into place when i get back from nyc. i've uploaded a few pictures of the paint colors onto flickr as that's the only real noticeable update you can see.
knitting update: am making strides in the knitting arena, updated photos are on flickr and ravelry. i've also queued ruby red and girl friday from fall 2009 knitty. i hope to get the yarn for ruby red while i'm in nyc, doesn't look like it requires much and it calls for sock yarn.
quilting update: can't show photos yet, but have finished 2, and one is nearly done. the halloween wall hanging is on flickr. i like how it came out, and i learned some secrets to straight intersections while working on this project.
cross-country is finished except for regional/state meets. today was the first meet i was able to go to, and it was freezing! it was 46 degrees when we left acworth at 7am and it was 46 degrees when kathy and i got back at noon, and it's still about the same temp now!

have also been listening to podcast-thanks mary, and am really enjoying the knitmore girls. am trying to get download some of the old ones onto my ipod so i can listen on my way to work-great idea as always! enjoy your weekend and stay warm.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

common threads.

joyce is holding a book that shows you have to make baskets from scrap yarn-she's doing the research and development on this future dixie star project-stay tuned.
who'd have thought that quilting could lead to such a wonderful bonding experience-the dixie star first weekend away was exactly that. we fully intend on doing this again next year, same time, same place. more photos on flickr. we laughed, walked, worked, and cried (joyce found out her son enlisted with the army, so there was a serious mommy moment, but we got through it). since we got back i got to thinking about how much we have in common:
~we all love quilting (obviously!)
~we go to the same church (where we all met)
~3 of us knit and crochet (i only crochet when necessary)
~we all love to do crafts (cards, fabric and fibre, etc)
~3 of us have sons-3 of us have daughters (i'm not in that group)
~ 2 of us have adopted daughters from asia (kathy and joyce)
~3 of us have middles schoolers at the same school
~4 of us have 5 high schoolers between us (4 of the 5 are at the same school)
~2 of us teach 5 years olds and younger (i used to teach those who acted like 5 year olds!)
~we have one engineer (brenda)
~ 2 are from the north and 2 are from the south
~we all love to travel
~3 of us have dogs
~we like to eat!
~we all have husbands who don't get the whole craft thing, but don't begrudge us our time to indulge ourselves in these activities.
hmmm, i guess that's about it, we really did have a great time, just doing our own thing. here's to many more times together. oh, and the 2010 quilt shop hop is march 18-21, and it includes 12 shops! we're in the planning stages to figure out our plan of attack!