Sunday, June 28, 2009

Quilt Camp 2009 - The Second

Lessons learned at Quilt Camp this weekend: Take jeans to quilt camp because northern visitors can't handle the southern heat and will want to keep the ac at refrigerator temperatures, Some might go at the pace of a hare and some might go at the pace of a worm; but everyone gets a lot done, Mom really does cook sometimes, Stitch Regulators are really cool and addictive (and not cheating), Machingers are an absolute must-have for machine quilting (how did I ever sew without these?), Summer sewing and cocktails is endlessly entertaining (but really we already knew that).

Had a great time ladies! Hope to do it again soon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Chicken Knows

I think Angry Chicken should hire herself out as a personal shopper. I can think of at least three things that she has shown on her blog that I have purchased, and all of them I've been immensely happy with. She just really has a knack for finding cool stuff! The lastest purchase of mine was the totally cute cherry pitter that she featured last week in this post. Just the day before I had been ripping cherries apart to get the pits out for my oldest daughter aka the cherry addict. When The Chicken showed this adorable little pitter that my daughter could do herself, I hopped right over to Amazon and snatched one up. It doesn't disappoint, this thing is adorable AND effective, just look at all those cherry pits!

And now my white sink doesn't look like cherry carnage has recently taken place, bonus. Look, even the box is cute!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I think I have a new favorite holiday, World Wide Knit In Public Day. Ok, so it isn't an official holiday, but it should be! My favorite metro Atlanta yarn store, The Whole Nine Yarns, hosted a knit in the park day this weekend (the park is located conveniently across the parking lot from the store) and had sale items that changed every hour. If you have any doubt that this is a great yarn store, know that we trek a solid 45 minutes from our homes on the other side of Atlanta to go to this one, when there are at least two other decent stores located much closer.

I spent the morning with my two favorite crazy knitters (my mom and my aunt) and a bunch of other delightful knitters (not pictured because I feel weird posting pics of people I don't know). I managed to make it through the sales with only one book purchased, and to top it all off someone brought their bunnies, angora bunnies!!!

I would seriously consider owning a few of these if bunnies weren't so stinky. Especially after the awesome spinning lesson we got from someone that set up their wheel and showed all us non-spinners the ins and outs of making your own yarn. I think she gave some very good advice: if you already have a love of fiber, don't start spinning unless you are ready to become completely addicted. I don't think my bank account can stand another addiciton at this time, so I am staying away. At least until my mom purchases her first spinning wheel.

I am still only at the beginning stages of my clapotis, I don't know what it is, but I can't seem to really get going on this thing. I think I've mentioned it before, but my mom and I started knitting this at the same time and hers was done weeks ago. sigh. Does seem a bit odd to be knitting a scarf-like object when it is 95 degrees, but I'm not about to knit something seasonally appropriate like a bathing suit!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Must be summer...

because we chopped a LOT of hair around here this week!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Unexpected Gift

I love getting to share how creative and talented my family members are. We had a family birthday party this weekend and among the birthday presents was a wedding present for me and Jay. My aunt used to do a lot of stained glass when I was a child, but she put it aside for many years. I'm so excited that she has taken it back up, especially since I have recently aquired two of her pieces: a Christmas star ornament that is so pretty that it remains hanging in our window year around and now this gorgeous piece of art...

It is going in a window next to our bed where we can see it every morning. I have always loved the changing light that comes through this window and really look forward watching it play with the glass.

I spent a good chunk of Sunday over at Melissa's sewing, I am revisiting a quilt that I have worked on a little bit each summer for the past 5 years. This is the year that it is going to be finished, and soon! I'm hoping to have the top complete and sandwiched before I go off to quilt camp weekend after next so that I can quilt my heart out while hanging out with other funny and inspiring quilters (bring your whip Audrey, I want to get this one done!).

Monday, June 8, 2009

Too Sunburned to Sew

Not a lot of crafty action going on around here... we took advantage of a childless weekend to jaunt up to the family lakehouse and lounge around on the dock (a little too long). I took some knitting but didn't even touch it. Just lake and sun and naps and candlelight dinners. This is why I love this man... he didn't one time say I was completely hairbrained when I told him I wanted to haul a quilt and candles down to the dock to eat dinner just like we were in a page out of the recent Anthropologie catalogue. Even though that meant he had to carry dinner down about 50 steps and a REALLY steep hill...

and over a gang plank (um, after wading knee deep in water because the other end of the walkway is presently submerged)...

It was worth it.

But then we had to carry it all back up. There are numerous stairs beyond the ones you can see here. Was still worth it.

(he also never called me a crackpot for wanting to put battery powered candles all down the stairs)

We wandered home Sunday and then went to see Bon Iver. He was beyond awesome. I wish this video did him the least bit of justice, but sadly my little camera has a super crappy microphone that can't handle any of the base or overwhelming noise of about 1500 people singing at the top of their lungs. But it makes me smile to remember, so here it is anyway.