Sunday, January 9, 2022

Hat Knitting

Progress was made on the knitted hat, yet not enough to get to the part of switching over to DPNs.  I should change the name of my blog to Slow Bliss instead of Sew Bliss (wink).  The suggestions received to used wood/bamboo DPNs are appreciated and will be used.

Some of my hand needlework time was done for a charity project. My church donates fleece blankets to local hospitals, nursing homes, etc.  Obviously with the pandemic, the need is greater than what the group can provide.  The group purchases the fleece at Joann's using coupons and buying remnants. The fleece is trimmed with a crochet rotary blade which gives perfect-sized holes for the yarn.  The fabric is coordinated with a complimentary yarn color and passed onto the volunteers who crochet the edges at their convenience in their own homes.  This was not a boring design to work.  

Every year I pick up a pre-planted Amaryllis bulb at the local big box store.  It bloomed this week with the help of a paint stick for support. Although it's a bit paler pink than what was pictured on the box, it was well worth the 5 bucks.

Knitting/crocheting today will be done while watching two of my favorite sports although they are opposites temperature wise: figure  skating and golfing.  This weekend is the US Nationals Skating Championships and the PGA is playing at a scenic golf course in Hawaii.

Maria Bell's championship performance

Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui

When Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching post goes live, I hope to join her fellow stitchers. 



Sunday, January 2, 2022

Happy 2022

Happy New Year!  Today is Kathy's Quilts first Slow Sunday Stitching of 2022.  A purplish variegated yarn from Japan was found in my stash which is enough for knitted hat/beanie. All wool and a delight to to knit. Unfortunately, no longer available.  It's my first hat and it is coming along nicely yet some trepidation when I have to switch to double-pointed needles for the crown.  

On my last post, I was knitting a cowl with a crocheted flower. Here it is all finished.  Thank goodness for wrinkle remover/cover-up in photo-editing software (wink). 

Despite it being officially winter in North America, I still have color in my yard.  Evidently, it's a bumper year for winterberries. The bushes have huge clumps. It would be nice to have a few branches cut for decoration in the house, however, I choose to leave them outside for the birds as winter food.

May you have a good week and a year of happy stitching!



Sunday, November 7, 2021

Crochet Flower

Learning to crochet a flower is the slow stitching project for today. The knitted cowl is finished, yet it is begging for an embellishment! This pattern by Cheryl Dee Crochet, found on etsy, is exactly what I envisioned.

As mentioned in the last post, I attended a quilt retreat. The excellent lighting and the ambiance of finished quilts hanging is aprreciated. It was an enjoyable retreat with progress made on two UFOs. One UFO is a pumpkin quilt and many stems were completed. Although, it’s too late for Halloween, perhaps the quilt top will be finished by Thanksgiving (in the States) 🤞

On the way to retreat, I drive by a spooky old house. This fall, the morning sun was shining brightly on the structure that qualifies as a Hollywood set.

Jack Frost paid his first visit a few days ago. Fortunately, he was unable to touch the porch protected pots.

Wish me luck as I crochet a flower while linking with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitchers.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Slow Knitting

As my usual speed, there is slow progress on a knitting project ~ a cowl done in a simple garter stitch.  Slow, yet enjoyable. Soon I shall be crocheting a flower as an embellishment.  So far it has been a warm autumn, thus the weather has called me outdoors.  

Recently, I picked up a sweet basket at a yard sale without knowing what to put in the basket.  While doing fall yard work, the empty basket pondering was resolved by adding the trimmed hydrangea.

Happy days this past week as there was a charming quilt show in the area! Quilts were made by the "Quilters in Training" guild of Capac, Michigan.  This was my favorite which also won Quilters Choice.  

On display was a wonderful collection of feedsack dresses which once belonged to a local farming family.  

More happy days as next weekend I will be at a quilt retreat in Michigan's thumb.  

While away, I look forward to making progress on two UFO quilts.  Today I have enjoyed joining other kindred slow stitchers at Kathy's Quilts.