Monday, July 30, 2012

confetti dot

A confetti dot dress was sewn up this weekend while taking a break from a quilt I have been working slowly all of July. Polka dots are a big trend right now but, they have always had a special place in my heart. This one in particular reminds me of vanilla ice cream or cake with sprinkles and looks just as sweet on her. It was improvised and the fits is just when that happens!

The fabric is Nani Iro cotton gauze and was given to my by the sweet Jaime. After sewing it up on Saturday Ms. S wanted to wear it the next day when we took a Sunday drive to ride an old steam train that Matty has been dying to ride. We also visited a nice playground that had aflack ducks walking around and had some delicious middle eastern food for lunch.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

cake sampler

I finished Cake!

An embroidery sampler by Rebecca Rinquist.
This was a lot of fun to work on and it gets me excited about finishing my other sampler by her. I learned a few new embroidery stitches through this piece which was exciting. It has been really relaxing to work on this type of work over the summer since it has been so hot. I'd like to frame it someday perhaps with some sewn on fabric border.

Monday, July 23, 2012

november leaves

I knit this hat up over the weekend partially in the car on a ride upstate. It is called November Leaves. I wanted a quick project as I have been working on many large projects simultaneously over the past few weeks and needed the satisfaction of seeing something through to the end. I used Madelinetosh dk which I bought right before we started the drive at my local shop. The color is very pretty and the fit is nice too. I will tuck it away for Fall.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


A triple berry crisp made a few days ago.

This morning in the garden taking a moment to pick blackberries under grey skies for just a moment before the rush begins.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


A beautiful wrap cardigan named for the wool it was knit with, Manos Serena. A sumptuous mix of baby alpaca and pima cotton. The pattern is named Artichaut and is designed by Solenn Couix-Loarer. This was lovely to knit and really constructed nicely with interesting details. The yarn was on sale from my local yarn store this past Spring and it only took about 1 1/4 skeins so I have a bit leftover for something else.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

sun prints

The kids and I made sun prints last week from leaves, flowers and vines we found around the garden. This was a really fun project for all of us.

Some of the plants we used:

currant leaves

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July.
We woke the kids up and took them to their first fireworks away from the crowds in their pajamas. They sat in the Radio flyer wagon and watched mesmerized. We could see them really well and we were practically the only ones in the village. It was perfect.

I've been working away on a few big projects (sweater for S and a quilt) but, I took some time to make these. The fabric is so beautiful I wanted it to be the star so dinner napkins seemed the best idea. I saved a bit of each to use for something else one day.

Monday, July 2, 2012

garden flowers

Lots of beautiful bouquets around the house today.

This one is from my volunteer work at the herb garden at the Durand Hedden House where we started watering today.

one from some plants gathered around the house today while making sun prints.

and this gorgeous one from a friend who made me dinner

and took me for a trip to the ER from an adverse reaction to a bee sting I got on Saturday that kept swelling. My finger and hand were puffed up quite a bit. Considering the really bad reaction I got last year from a sting I am well allergic to bees at least it is not anaphylaxis.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Tiny. I wanted to work on a few small things before embarking on the next big knit project either a sweater or shawl.

A baby vest knit in in a woodsy brown. I like that this pattern buttons up the side and at one shoulder rather then over the head. A simple project good for using up yarn and a last minute gift. I actually almost finished one in blue first but ran out of yarn.

Pattern: Pebble knit in a brown worsted wool.

I started Artichaut as well and am enjoying it a lot.

'my folklore' skirt

My folklore is a line by Lecien that came out a few years ago.

I saw this print as I was going through some fabrics last week and decided to improvise a skirt. I didn't write down what I did but, I did cut the front wider then the back to make room for pleats and I used elastic at the back to draw it in. It's a little bit too big so she won't be wearing it for a while.