Month: November 2016

An Advent Invitation

I have felt a need to refocus my heart in preparation for the Christmas season. To do that, I’m going to revisit some narrations from past Christmas programs, and the accompanying music.  As a method of accountability, I’m going to share them on my blog. I hope that you will consider reading them, and preparing your heart along with me. If you aren’t interested, feel free to skip over these daily advent reflections, they will be clearly marked.  I will continue posting my usual sewing, stitching, and knitting stories…these advent pieces will be under the etc. heading.

Hoping that some will join me…..





Let the Christmas Sewing Begin?

I don’t do Black Friday. To me, Christmas is not about spending money, and the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is about preparing  to celebrate a very special birthday.

Please note, I am not opposed to Christmas gifts, I love getting and receiving them, I just don’t think that a shopping craze is in order. That said, I am never opposed to a big sale, and Sunday afternoon, I noted that Jo-Ann’s, newly opened here in my town, had continued their big  sales through Sunday evening, and I even had a 20% discount on my entire purchase.  It seemed like a good time to buy fabric for some Christmas gifts….


Now I’m really torn…I’m taking Friday off for Christmas prep….I had planned to decorate and make lefse but this looks like so much fun….this is going to be a tough decision!

Skaugum Sweater

I have always kept a project downstairs in the family room, something I can work on in the evenings. With so much sewing and quilting under deadlines the past few months, my progress has not been steady, but at long last, I completed the snow
flake border and was ready to pull the middle stitches onto a thread
and finish the shoulders. That’s when a small translating disaster struck…

dscn0497Several words did not translate very well, and it left me unsure exactly how I was to handle the decreases. I did some math and decided the instructions were for the front, then the back. It is a little confusing because the sweater will be steeked, so there isn’t an armhole. It takes a bit to wrap one’s head around that, especially when guessing at what the instructions really say. 🙂 Yes, I’m into adventure.

I did my best, and hopefully this will turn out. I got my sleeve started, and am already thinking about the blocking job to come. I have steeked before, but it is indeed SCARY! I’ll have to steel myself for that little escapade, but it will be excellent practice before I begin my next big knit, the Peace sweater…more on that later. 

SAL for November 27

Three weeks have flown by!!!

I continue to plug away on my sampler. Last time I was here:


And now I am here! Not huge, but significant. I didn’t have a lot of time this session, but I think I’m on track to finish for Christmas. One more alphabet and side tiles, then the bottom tiles reversed from the top.


The rest of the group has been an inspiration to me, and I have so appreciated their encouragement. Stop in and check out their projects.

Here are their links–

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole,  LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan,  Margaret and Cindy. Finally, welcome to our new member Helen!

Winter is Here…and Then it Left!

One week ago I was driving home in our first storm of the season. 50 miles of open prairie at 35 mph, is not my idea of a good time! But, slow and steady usually gets one home without incident, though a few more gray hairs have likely appeared!

Tuesday morning, we had a 10 hour drive to Minnesota for Thanksgiving, and saw again that we would likely be dodging bad weather. Unexpectedly, we encountered RAIN until the final 30 miles, which was sleet, not fun, but no icy roads. This morning we headed home, hoping to miss out on what looked to be an attempt at freezing fog. Amazingly, it dissipated with the sunrise, and we made it home in excellent time, with dry roads and some sunshine most of the way! Tomorrow the forecast is 54! It is difficult to think that Christmas is coming with all this warm weather, but I think that winter will definitely make another appearance soon.

After a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, I am so grateful for all of them, friends, the beauty in the world around us, and the opportunity to make others smile. What a simple joy to dump one’s change into the Salvation Army bucket at the grocery store, or to hold the door open for an elderly neighbor. I am thankful for my health and energy, for the opportunity and ability to make things with my hands, for the beauty of music, and for the friends I have met this past year through blogging. I’m rambling, but once you start counting your blessings, you realize there are so many! I encourage all of you, my bloggy friends, to make a list of the things that you have been blessed with this year.

img_0842One more thing to be thankful for…even though I took my turn driving this week, I am thankful for my project box, which accompanied me in the car and everywhere else. In it I packed a variety of odds and ends that needed attention, and the tools to get them started. I also brought along my floss basket and my knitting bag, and I am happy to say all received a good amount of attention. I am so glad I packed so much, because I had no internet access during this week, so definitely appreciated having something to keep my hands occupied during all the visiting, not to mention during the 6 and 8 hour stint as a passenger! Stay tuned, for some follow up posts!


Catching Up? Blocks 31-40

Probably not, but it has been great fun to try the blocks by the different designers. I have finally gotten to the point where I don’t continuously confuse myself with paper piecing, and this week for the first time ever made some hexies. I used Lori Holt’s tutorial, found here, and it made the tiny little hexies in the a splendid Sampler block a breeze.


Instead of embroidery, I added a little ribbon of hardanger to Bock 35. That made the second stripe a little fiddly, but I still like it. The flower basket will receive its embellishment later, as I plan to take it and several of the next batch of blocks with me when we travel to Minnesota next week…10 hours in the car should yield some progress in several handwork categories!  🙂