Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wish Upon a Star Block???

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Well, today marks the end of the work week for me and the start of a 4 day weekend!  

Not exactly sure what my big plans will entail, but I have 4 days now to do something...

This evening after walking the dog and getting my son off to bed I made another Star Block from the Star Block challenge I started last year.  

I need to make 52 of these blocks and really I have no idea what number this block makes, but needless to say, I need a lot more.....

TAH DAH!!!

Hopefully, I can wish upon a star and get some more of these blocks done this weekend, and my knitting, and my flower beds planted....

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Another Pouch....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Spent this evening making another Tabby Road Knitting Pouch just so that I could write the pattern for these little pouches.  I think that they are just plain fun to make and everyone seems to love them as well.  "Sew" as of very late this evening, the instructions for how to make these are complete!!!


One of these days I shall have to make one of these for myself.  ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 15 May 2017

Star block

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Well, my version of the weekend is over and back to work tomorrow.  

I would like to say that I accomplished a lot, but that would be fictitious.  I did a few errands and got a few things organized.  I knit a bit and spent a bit of time in my craft room, mostly organizing and sorting.

I can show you that as of this evening I have made yet another Star Block:

How many more of these blocks you ask???  Alas, I do not know as I did not feel like counting them out this evening ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day.

My day started out with my son and I making Cinnamon French Toast for breakfast:

Yummy.

After breakfast we baked some sugar cookies and packaged what we did not consume (trust me it was hard to stop) for some friends for Mother's Day.   


In the afternoon we took the dog out for an almost 6 mile walk in the River Valley

After dinner I took a wee bit of time to myself and made another Flock of Geese Block:

Now to retire with my knitting and maybe get to bed on time tonight ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 12 May 2017

Anyone Awake???

Good Morning Internet Friends!

After working an evening shift this evening I have been quite productive!

Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, watering plants and refrigerator clean up......DONE!

A bit of knitting on two different projects after my son went to bed.  Trying to get caught up on them both as I have a very large project to start tomorrow ☺

Speaking of the "BIG" project I decided I needed a Knitting Pouch to keep my stuff in while otherwise occupied.  The Zipper Pouch bags I made were a hit at the show last weekend.  

Another Blue Tula Pink Tabby Road knitting bag.  I really do like the colour of the fabric and the skein of Naughty Little Rabbit really wants to be cast on into something ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Karhy

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

And Tuesday is Knitting Day....

Good Evening Internet Friends.

That is correct.  Tuesday is Knitting Day because that is what I do while my son is at music lessons - okay sometimes I take a nap in the chair, but mostly I knit.

Today I continued on with the Alpine Meadow colourway of the Ancient Arts Yarn that I asked Sharon at 4Paws Quilting to stock for me.  I love this colourway and after carefully debating what kind of pattern I should use I actually graphed out my own diamond over 8 stitches and what I now have is:

TAH DAH!!!

It's simple enough to not detract from the yarn colour, but also just enough to add some texture and some skill to this sock ☺

Quite pleased with myself this evening.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 5 May 2017

Here Kitty Kitty

Good Evening Internet Friends.

I am posting a little early this evening and my son and I will have to be leaving early tomorrow morning to get to the Claresholm Fibre Arts & Quilt Fair.

I made one last quick easy project to display the Tabby Road Fabric this evening:

Another Knitting Pouch.  This pouch will hold a skein of wool and the project you are working on currently.

Plus it has these awesome coloured cats on it so I think it is pretty "Top Drawer".

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Summer Chill is Here!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Earlier in the week I blocked the Cowl that I designed with some really cool yarn.

This evening I added the button to it and finished writing the pattern for it.  This cowl will be making it's debut at the Claresholm Fibre Arts & Quilt Fair this weekend.

My son has named it the Summer Chill Cowl because it is bright and summery in colour, but also has strands of roving interspersed throughout the skein:

This cowl is quick and easy to make along with just being fun to knit ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

HOLY Cats!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Today was another slow day.  I did get up and get my son to school, and myself to work but by 1030 hours I was EXHAUSTED!!!!  Who knew a Registered Nurse would spend her day walking????

Coming home I slept for 6 hours straight!!!!  

Feel a little better this evening but the cough is still tight and lingering.

After my son got home from school and just before dinner I sewed the last row of 5 blocks on to my Tabby Road Quilt with the fabric from 4Paws Quilting.  I think that this quilt will be going to the Claresholm Fibre Arts & Quilt Fair this weekend:

This quilt really is BRIGHT!  But as my son says "what's not to like about it"?

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Slow Moving

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Had a very extensive list of things that I wanted/needed to accomplish today.  As of right now, most of them are still on the list because it is still hard to accomplish things with my lungs right now 😷

I did stop at Bead World after dropping my son off at school as I wanted to make my Yarn/Thread Cutter that I requested Sharon bring into her store into a pendant.  I had NO idea that there were so many amazing beads in the entire world!!!

I spent over an hour in this place , albeit I walk slow right now, but you should see the selection!

I purchased some leather cord and finally settled on Zuni Semi Precious Polar Bears because I thought there were "fully" not just semi precious.

This afternoon I made my Yarn/Thread Cutter into a pendant:

I will likely be making a few more of these for the Quilt Show this weekend, as long as I have the strength, time and most of all energy☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 1 May 2017

Blocking Kathy

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Okay, there is actually a back story to my title tonight that is currently giving me a good laugh.  For the purpose of this blog entry though I am talking about blocking with regards to knitting. ☺

Today I managed to muster up enough energy to block my new cowl scarf of which I have written the pattern and will have at the Claresholm Fibre Arts & Quilt Fair this weekend.

People buy all kinds of things to block their knitted items......I tend to be Saskatchewan Ukrainian Cheap or as my new knitting friend from Vancouver Island calls is - Practical ☺

I find the biggest and oldest beach towels (the ones I used when training to be a life guard) as these are the ones that have no more possible colour run or ability to leak colour on to anything.

I spread these out on top of my really big deep freeze and lay the knit item out and stretch it to shape after a quick rinse with SOAK: 
Here I measured the width of my scarf and folded the towel back on itself on a fold so that it would also help keep the size of the cowl consistent.

Then I used these Wonder Clips I asked Sharon to bring in for me for this exact purpose ☺

After pinning the remaining towel is folded over the cowl until the towel is equally around the cowl and I roll it  up very carefully making sure the towel loose end is on the bottom....the weight of the towel will keep the towel from unwinding.  In about 2 days it will be all dried and ready to wear ☺


Except for the button I need to sew on!

"Sew"  now you know why I would ask 4Paws Quilting to bring these Wonder clips in even though I have no intention of quilting or sewing with them.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 30 April 2017

I Lost....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Wednesday morning I woke up with a head cold.  As the day progressed it got worse, but of course I practice some sort of medicine every day so take the Vitamin C and the pain relievers and get some chicken soup and I will be fine......NOT!!!

 By Saturday morning it was a full fledged something so I decided to take a sick day and try and sleep and medicate it.......I LOST!!!  Today with a fever and chest full of mucous and cough that seals at the zoo only wish they could attain I had to see a Doctor.  Seriously.  Now I am on antibiotics and of course 2 doses in I want to think I am better but really it has taken me most of the day to get to this point.....

Recently I wrote a pattern for a Knitting Sack for my friend and neighbour Sharon of 4Paws Quilting.  I consider myself a fairly new quilter only having quilted now for about 15 years but I have always sewed.  My grandmother taught me with her treadle sewing machine and of course she never used a pattern.  Even for my jeans as a child because I was extra skinny thanks to my Juvenile Diabetes.  

Thanks to this kind of upbringing I do not do well with patterns.  I rarely follow them properly and usually decide how to make something.  This is the case with the Knitting Sack.  I have a few of them that either came with yarn or from Local Yarn Shops but none of them were what I EXACTLY wanted.  "Sew" I came up with my own.

Writing the pattern was not easy, and so in an attempt to clarify how I made the bag the following brief descriptions and pictures will hopefully fix that.  I have not included measurements for this as the pattern is now copyrighted......I am only showing the steps. ☺

Cuff, Lining and Main Fabric Cut.

All three sections sewn together (lining is upside down compared to the rest so that kitty's are not upside down for the bag lining) 

Pocket Pieces.  Place Right sides together and sew around outer edges leaving a space for turning.

One corner stitch at an angle to make turning easier.  

Corners are cut using my favourite Kai scissors that 4Paws carries now as one of Kathy's Favourite things.  You will also see my version of the Purple Thingy that everyone uses.......I will never request Sharon bring those in because I much prefer my Tupperware orange peeler - price is right too - free with a Tupperware order ☺

In the pattern there will be instructions for where to sew and draw lines.  

The horizontal lines in this picture are for pocket folds.  The vertical line in this picture is if you want to have one larger front pocket with 2 hidden pockets behind. ☺

However many pocket compartments you choose to have you will place the pocket on the lining following the measurements from the pattern.

Pocket placement for 4 equal sized compartments option.  Vertical line will be sewn through all 5 layers (2 front pocket, 2 back pocket, 1 lining layer) for the 4 compartment option.  Choose either the step above or this one NOT BOTH!

Top Stitch the pocket edge to the lining (this will close up the open turning point on the pocket)

This is my option with the one larger compartment in the front.

Two hidden pockets behind.  

Stay stitch a couple of stitches in each corner to keep flap in downward position (so you don't lose your little treasures)

Mark on one side of all three sequence pieces the draw string opening.  Made sure you do not sew this area closed when you lay the other piece right sides together to close the bag.

Leave an opening in the lining as well for turning the bag.

Inside of bag (1 larger compartment with 2 hidden compartments (or could be 4 compartments if I had sewed through top layer of pocket).

4 full skeins of wool fit inside.  Knitting needles position in center so that draw string secures them.  

TAH DAH!!!!

All done - I love the cat buttons that comes with this kit ☺

These of course will be making their debut at the Claresholm Fibre Arts & Quilt Fair this coming weekend ☺

Hope this answers all your questions and inspires your own creativity....

Kathy


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Cat is Definitely Out of the Bag....

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Busy tonight with extracurricular activities so not a lot of crafting time tonight, I did a bit of knitting while out with my son but not enough to show here.

After getting my son to bed and a few things around the house tidied and ready for tomorrow I took a few minutes to myself in my craft room and made:


Another Tabby Road Quilt Block with the fabric I got at 4Paws Quilting.

The more I work with this fabric the more I like it!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 24 April 2017

Howling Good Times...

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Back to work and school today.  Thankfully it is only three days for me as I work the weekend and four for my son who has a PD Day on Friday.  I think we can make it although by today we are both feeling ill with head colds.  YUCK!

This evening my friend Sharon and I attended a Paint Nite where the proceeds were to benefit an animal rescue agency (I forget which one......).

We had a lot of laughs and an awesome evening.  This is my painting and yes my Artist son told me where all my shadows are incorrect and where my dimensions are off.......I thought painting was supposed to be fun ☺


Might have to do some more of these as I may need remedial help with painting but I like it and that is what I think is supposed to count ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sock It Up!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

The weekend is over and I accomplished a few little things and managed to finish up these beauties:

These are my March 2017 Sock Crush subscription and one of my favourite yarns; Sweetgeorgia Yarns.  These socks are so soft and comfy and fit my feet amazingly.......almost like they were made for my feet ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Cat Crazy!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends.

Busy day of running errands and doing a few things that needed to be done including installing the new over the range microwave!!!  Over a week since the old one exploded....had no idea how many times a day I use that appliance until it was gone.

This evening I took a bit of time to work on a few knitting projects and to sew the medium blocks together on my Tabby Road Quilt:

Tomorrow hopefully I will have a bit of time to sew or at least start sewing blocks together.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Friday, 21 April 2017

Holy Cats!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

The busy week is finally over.  Now to prepare for a busy weekend ☺

This evening I went out with some friends for a dinner party.  Great food, and friends made for a wonderful evening and a way to unwind after the week.

Arriving home, but not too late cause I am getting old.......I decided to sew some of the Tabby Road blocks together from the fabric I got at 4 Paws Quilting last week:

The large rectangles are now sewn to the small rectangles.  Tomorrow I will try to sew the medium rectangles to the other medium rectangles.  ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Block 16!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Good News!!!

I am all caught up on my Flock of Geese Blocks!!!!


TAH DAH!!!

Now off to see what else I can get into this evening.  

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Another Knitting Project

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I started yet another knitting project this evening.  Seriously!!!  I must not have enough on the go.....

This one is a yarn that my friend and neighbour Sharon of 4Paws Quilting brought in for her store ☺

There are three colour ways but this one is my favourite:

The yarn is not only very pretty in colour it is fun to work with because the yarn thickness changes throughout the skein 😺!

It seems to be pretty quick and easy to work with so might have something ready to show you all soon.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Block 15!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Back to school for my son and work for me.  A busy day in general along with extra curricular activities.

This evening I took a wee bit of time in my craft room and made Block 15 of the Flock of Geese Challenge from A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop:

I am still a week behind but hopefully I can catch up this week and maybe even get a couple more of last years Star Blocks done!!!  😸

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Monday, 17 April 2017

Holiday Over......

Good Evening Internet Friends.

The Easter Holiday is over and it's back to work and school tomorrow.

On Friday I did a Drive By of 4Paws Quilting - as some of you know Sharon the owner is also my neighbour so had I not already been out it would have been a Walk By trip.  I had no intentions of picking up anything - my craft room my husband has told me would be a de-commissioned site if feeral inspectors were to see it.  I also had no intention of EVER bringing home the fabric I did but once I saw it I had to get it.

My Grammy is a huge influence on my life and who I am as well as still my cheerleader despite having a stroke almost two years ago as a side effect of her atrial fibrillation.  She is a woman who was always ahead of her time.  She is the reason that I knew at three years of age I wanted to be a Registered Nurse.  She knew that she needed a post secondary education, she inspired her daughter to get post secondary education and myself as well.

She is left handed and sometimes lacks fine motor skills as throughout all of her education she was forbidden to use her left hand.  As such she did not perform a lot of fine art activities but at one time she did do two paint by number paintings.  These paintings are still in the living room of her home.

When I saw the fabric Sharon had on Friday it reminded me of those paintings!  So, I got not one but two bundles of this fabric!

This one will be made into a quilt and sent to Grammy because the colours are bright and she adores bright colours.


This bundle reminded me of Grammy's paintings ☺

This evening I took some time in my craft room and cut up the orange fabric so that I can start sewing it together tomorrow ☺

It really is cute fabric!

Thanks Sharon for once again finding a fabric that has meaning, and a story to someone's life ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter!

Good Late Evening Internet Friends!

I hope that each of you had a wonderful and blessed Easter Day.

My son, the dogs, and I slept late again.  

Had freshly toasted Babka for breakfast and searched the house for chocolate.  I am positive that I found it all - but at my age - who knows????

Then we went for brunch with my dear friend Sharon and her husband.  It was a wonderful brunch and for my son and I it was super special because it was the being part of a "bigger" family unit than just us ☺

I did a bit of knitting this afternoon while dinner was cooking, but then a random nap occurred. 

After dinner I decided to go down to my craft room.  Had not been there all weekend.

First off I decided it was time to perform the finishing touches on the yarn I dyed at Vogue Knitting Live Las Vegas:

The colours are now set and I gave it a quick rinse in Soak wash that I begged Sharon to stock at 4Paws Quilting.  It is now haning to dry over the laundry tub.  Hopefully I can get started on it later this week ☺

Next up I decided I should tidy up my quilting desk for some serious quilting tomorrow.   There was a lot of scrap fabric from the 2 sheep Knitting Project Bags I have made of recent so rather than putting it away I made:

A lined, zippered pouch!!!!! I happened to have a zipper and some mystery interfacing that made this a Top Drawer Project as my son would say ☺ I did not use a pattern, but think that later this week I might make another one from some scraps and show you how I did it!

It's "SEW" fun!!!

That's all folks.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Kathy

Saturday, 15 April 2017

A Big Day of Not Really Anything

Good Evening Internet Friends!

I would like to tell you I accomplished something absolutely AMAZING and over the top today, but alas, I did not.

I slept late.  I played around on the computer for a bit after breakfast.

After lunch I knit a bit but nothing worthwhile to show you.

Then I got the brilliant idea I should cut the Shih tzu's hair.  So, I did and it took almost three hours.  Is it done well???  Easy answer: NO.  I figure since everyone today is an expert in something due to You Tube that I can be an expert at trimming the dog.  My son did point out though that I did not watch a You Tube video on cutting a dog's hair I just do it.  That being said, I think I did better this time compared to last year ☺  

Dog does not like this - I think he knows the other dogs will taunt him ☺

Then I did decide that I should bake some Ukrainian Babka since both Easter celebrations coincide this year. It will be a little odd seeing Babka and the Lindt Gold Bunny on the same table.  Of course there were no raisins in the hous because I personally hate the little things with the exception of in Babka.  I found a bag of trail mix and had my son raid that for 1 cup of raisins.  

I added extra Turmeric so that it would be a really pretty yellow!  So Yummy!

This evening I spent some time working on a Ukrainian Cross Stitch Towel:


It's coming along nicely and I hope to be able to start on another of these projects I have been contemplating now for awhile.

I hope you as well had a wonderful day and as always

Hope this inspires your own creativity...

Kathy