13 November 2017

:: late monday ::

Dear Reader,
How I've missed posting here! I cannot believe that Autumn is sweeping by so fast. Cold weather has come to stay; our hats, gloves, scarves, and warmest coats are all out for grabbing near the door. Thanksgiving is just over a week away and I can almost smell that turkey and pumpkin pie. Almost!

I continue to work my full time editorial job yet also continue to design in my sleeping thoughts. I had paused my podcast earlier this year and have had sugarplum dreams of launching it once again ... stay tuned.

Hope you are well and creating all the sweetest of things with heart and hand.

Gather JOY!
I love the silent hour of the night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.
-Anne Bronte

05 September 2017

September knitting

Show Notes are in the downbar on the link - hope you enjoy. Happy Knitting!

14 August 2017

used book haul and slow knitting

The regional library near me has a used book room that is open for a few hours every Sunday afternoon. I like to pop in there every few weeks and see the latest donations they have for sale. I got a very nice assortment for $3 yesterday! I've started the book on top and really enjoying it.

My Shindig shawl is nearly complete! I must be the slowest knitter - or at least it feels like it sometimes. Plus the stipes takes forever! And see the varying widths of the stripes? Well ... I get interupted and distracted easily. I like it anyway - sure will be a cozy DK weight shawl to wear once colder days come around.

What are YOU reading and knitting? I'd love to know!

13 August 2017

back from the beach!

 How can a week go by so fast? Summer memories are golden. We had such a wonderful time.

04 August 2017

New Release ... TOMORROW !

releases tomorrow 
on The Sampler Girl website. 

Design is inspired by the magical summer sun and the upcoming solar eclipse of 21 August. 

I really enjoyed designing and stitching this piece ... 
see you tomorrow with photo and pattern details!

03 August 2017

little red

Dear Reader,
There is no knitting shop in Fayetteville, NC. At all. Back in the day ... there were cross stitch shops in town which we enjoyed immensely. Then a few years ago when the needlework shops were all gone, there was a yarn shop called Sunflower Fibers, located in Downtown Historic Fayetteville. That shop is now long gone and sadly, its owner, I learned via their Facebook page, has since passed away. She was very friendly and her shop was very cheerful .. just like a sunflower.

So on our recent 3 generation girls weekend, again we google searched for a yarn shop that might have escaped our radar yet nothing. But I did find a fabric shop other than the generic JoAnns and Hobby Lobby places ... Loving Stitches Quilt Shop is chock full of fabrics and whilst their supplies were vast, they were out of the Little Red Riding Hood panel from Moda that I had to have when I saw their models. They searched the inventory and couldn't locate anymore so thank you, Nancy at the shop!, for surprising me with the very panel in my mail this week. I was beyond excited to receive it. I can't recommend their customer service enough -- check out their website!

Isn't that THE cutest???! I'll share pictures when I have it all sewn up!

01 August 2017

the first of August and a trip wrap-up!

Dear Reader,
I hope this first day of August finds you well and in good spirits. As a lover of summertime, I find August the sweetest month and also the swiftest one of the season. The heavy humid heat sets deeper in and the days linger, yet now with a touch of September softly, slowly beckoning with each sunset. When August arrives, it's as if I've just gotten used to summer being here for a long spell and find I hold fast to it before it escapes me.

As I write to you this bright and sunny morning, all is well. The house is quiet and if I'm still, then I can hear the kitty purrs next to me.

/ / girls trip and currently reading / /

My mom, grandmother and I took a long, 3 generations girls weekend trip to Fayetteville, North Carolina as it's a sentimental home away from home for us; my great grandparents lived there for many decades and I have fond memories there as a child. Many of the favorite haunts are long gone but we find fun whenever we go back. Basically, we shop, eat hush puppies and drink sweet tea the entire time and yeah, it's a dear place in my heart. 

En route, we stopped in Midlothian, VA as there was a fabulous knitting shop, Dances with Wool, we had to check out. I purchased this beautiful yarn {called Crazy} and know it will make up into a special scarf for colder months.


In the same shopping complex there was an independent bookstore, The Little Book Shop. It called to me from the parking lot!! We had to get back on the road but I managaed a few minutes perusing their beautiful store. The had an alluring summer reads display on the front table and I was immediately drawn to this book's cover ... 

I started reading it the next day in the hotel pool and am just about finished with it. I've been savoring it; really good writing and now I want to get the author's other book. The story is set in London in 1925 and weaves a simple yet engrossing story about a young Australian-born girl, Catherine, who has lost her parents and finds her strength in a deep love of swimming. She is living with her Aunt in London; her Aunt has other goals for Catherine and the pair, both headstrong, create a sharp, empowering story.

/ / currently knitting / /
A few weeks back, I was gobsmacked in love with a knitting project that came across my Twitter feed. I follow Woolly Originals and one day she shared her progress on the Shindig shawl - a design in the new Summer 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. I swooned. I had to make it too. The shawl is knit from the bottom up which I hadn't tried before. I finished the lace edging section on the trip and now into the striped/decreasing area. Oh it's so much fun to knit!!!

The yarn is DK weight in a brand that is new to me called Knerd String; colorways in my project are Peachy and Good Day Sunshine. My LYS, fibrespace, started carrying this brand and it's truly a delight to work with and super soft. I know I'll get loads of coziness out of this shawl when finished. I just need a few more dozen free hours to knit!!!

I'll close with this piece of chocolate cream meringue pie that I practically inhaled on our NC trip. Sure wish I had a slice of its goodness right now!

30 July 2017

summer moonlight

'Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere,

But most where trees are sending
Their breezy boughs on high,
Or stopping low are lending
A shelter from the sky.

And there in those wild bowers
A lovely form is laid;
Green grass and dew-steeped flowers
Wave gently round her head.

-Emily Bronte.

16 July 2017

summer sewing

Well, it's that time of year again. Time to make summer bandana shorts for Zack! And the last summer he'll fit in them ... if I make more for him then I'll have to get the bandana fabric by the yard. The tutorial is fabulous and so much fun - all you need is a pair of bandanas and elastic to sew them up. I can still see him as a toddler wearing a pair that were more like pants because he was so little. Summer memories.

Tutorial can be found HERE

How are you? What are you making? I've been absent from the blog ... again. 
May your day be ever sweet.