Friday, November 30, 2007

Pink Cables

Last year I made several cabled hats as last minute Christmas gifts. My mother asked for one, and I finally made it this week.

It's made from Lamb's Pride Bulky, and is based on the pattern here. The mods include putting rib between the cables (in the pattern she knits only). I cabled every sixth row, and began decreases when crossing the fifth cable. It looks slightly pointy on this little noggin, but on my head it's nice and flat. I only decreased to 18 stitches (the pattern calls for 8 or 9) and that suited my head (and hopefully my mother's) better. Fast and fun!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Yesterday I received two emails from my sister chastising me for not updating my blog. Here are some quotes:

Before we know it, it will be Easter and you have yet to revise either your blog site or your quilting site with any late-breaking pictures or information."


Then blog some super exciting festival shots. As you left it, you’ve not returned from Houston, I think. "

My apologies. Houston was simply overwhelming. (Returning home to try and make a birthday party happen for 14 preschoolers was also overwhelming, as was having another child become briefly but violently ill the morning of the party, causing it to be postponed. The child is fine. But I digress.)

Sadly, I was unable take any pictures at Houston because I left the camera at home for Halloween picture taking. Luckily, the wonderful Lisa Ellis, of, came to my rescue. She generously shared this picture she took of me at the show.
Thanks, Lisa!

My family will only listen to me talk about my quilts for so long, so I really enjoyed explaining how I made the quilt to people who came to the show just to find out that sort of thing. It was just wonderful to be at Houston and enjoy the camaraderie of so many quilters. I could go on and on, but you've already read it on other blogs I'm sure. I hope that I'll be able to go to many more Houston quilt festivals.

Since I've been home I haven't sewn at all. What I have done is play with quite a few images in Photoshop, in hopes of designing a new quilt (hence the percolation). I haven't completed a design yet, but it's been fun anyway.

I've also been gobsmacked by this year's fall foliage, and can't seem to take enough photos of it.

We've had quite the drought, and it really seemed like the leaves were just going to turn brown and fall. Not so! Every day for the past two weeks there have been beautiful new vistas. Here are two "ortonized" photos of views in our yard.

A view from our driveway

Looking across the front yard

It's very difficult for a color junkie like me to concentrate when every time I look out a window there's something new and eye catching.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!