Friday, June 29, 2012

Socks and blooms

Socks Dave knit for our friend, Jan, in California

Socks I knit for Jan's husband, Joe

Joe and Jan both have size 11 feet, but we still knit socks for them because they appreciate them so much!

The nasturtiums and tomato plants on the patio are all grown up. I love that you can plant seeds and end up with these beautiful big plants!

This is a sock I've started for another friend Jan, who stayed with us last weekend and got to choose her yarn. It's the same pattern as the red ones Dave knit, except that I'm working toe-up. The patterning is from Knitting Vintage Socks, the construction is from Socks from the Toe Up, and the yarn is from Fleece Artist.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday afternoon at the garden

The sage in bloom - the bees were loving it!

The overview

The peony we inherited with the plot - gorgeous.

Pea blossoms

First pea pods!



Wednesday, June 13, 2012


My crafting space - a drop-front secretary desk

Top drawer - stamping and sticking supplies

Second drawer - painting supplies

Here are some of the goodies I ordered from cute tape:

Kitty washi tape

Flowery washi tape

Polka-dotted washi tape

More washi tape and some fabric tape

One of the things I found when I was cleaning up yesterday was a kit for a journal that I'd gotten several years ago but had never made the time to assemble. This morning I put it together, and figured out how to spiral bind it without the fancy machine. I ended up basting it together with yarn and then it wasn't too hard to get the spiral through.

Here's the cover I've started playing around with - note the use of my new fabric tape!

Inside the cover and first page

A random page spread

So many empty pages to fill!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Art class

I've been reading about Squam on both Franklin's and the Yarn Harlot's blogs and I'm so jealous! I found a way to compensate for not being able to attend - I've registered for this online workshop with Sarah Ahearn Bellemare. I'm excited about it! In preparation I've ordered some artsy goodies, and today I spent a few hours going through and re-organizing all my art and collage materials. I'll post some photos tomorrow.

I should also have some time now to finish the projects from my Flower Crazy class. Summer break is so close I can almost taste it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday round-up

Frankie wears my knitting too:

Hang on, Frankie!

I finally found the time and mental energy to make myself a new project bag:

The pattern is the Poochie Bag from this site.

My nasturtiums are growing nicely. These ones are about 4 inches (10 cm) high now.

These ones were planted at the same time, but are plotting to take over the world, I think! They're about a foot (30 cm) high, with runners reaching out in all directions. I expected the front, variegated, ones to be trailing, but I thought the ones in the back would be compact, like their brethren in the other pot. Oh well, the extra growth is tasty in salads!

This is my current favourite tomato plant. The variety is called Superbush. It's supposed to produce full sized tomatoes on a compact plant. I love how sturdy it looks.

I am making progress on my shrug. It now has a back and short sleeves, and I'm working on the drapey bit that makes up the rest of it. I'm looking forward to having this to wear.

A close-up of my pretty new stitch markers. Thank you, Joanne!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012