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Hello everyone:  I had to take a little break from some social media. And I'm back, with a few good things as of late:

Denise and I went to see Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Cleveland Museum of Art two Sundays ago.  It was absolutely fantastic. I never got to see his work in person back in the '80s.  Gosh he was (we were) so young then!


I stopped by the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse on the way - what a serene and sweet place:


A few years ago, I promised myself that I would either use up a bunch of fabric I have sitting around, or donate it. So I started my first scrap quilt.  I am going to make a few minor changes to the layout, and I am a bit nervous about sewing it - I am not at all precise so we'll see how it turns out. I also promised myself that I wouldn't buy any new fabric, and I did keep that promise.  All I bought was spray basting and batting.  Once it's done, I'll post the finished quilt.  It's quite small - only 9 - 5" blocks by 10 - 5" blocks - it (will hopefully) fit on a piece of fabric I have had for years that I'm using as backing:




Another thing I have wanted to learn for a long time was fair isle/color work/stranded knitting. So I am knitting this hat - the pattern is here and yarn by Candice at The Farmers Daughter Fibers who I happen to follow on Instagram. It's quite fun and I'm happy how it's turning out!  Since it's my first time, I am really twisting my yarn a lot so I'm knitting very slow. Between the quilt and the knitting, I am checking the news less often, which is good for my mental health. (I'm still making phone calls, writing letter, etc, though)


And last but not least!! Happy Valentine's Day (early) to us!! A darling new flock of chicks!!!  It's so good to have chicks again - been too long (I think it's been over two years since we have had chickens   Robert reminded me that it has been three and a half years since we have had chickens! Wow).  We named them (and this is not in the order of the photo) Bettie, Hettie, Lettie, Nettie -  and Myrtle!  (I cannot stop laughing when I say "...and Myrtle!").  Beware that I'll be boring the pants off of you all by posting lots of photos of them in upcoming blog entries :)


EDIT:  If you have never seen a baby chick fall over falling asleep - well, you have to!! When we first had chickens, and saw that happening, I thought the chick had died.  Now I am laughing all the time when I see them do it.  Ahhh good things :)

fair isle knitting

I need to bump up my knitting game, so I decided that 2014 will be the year that I: 
1) actually finish the sweater I started oh so many years ago that was meant for my four year old nephew who is now 16 (all that needs to be done is the sewing up, and the sewing up has been languishing for err about seven years.) and
2) learn how to do Fair Isle knitting.

This is the project I want to accomplish - Top Down Lett-Lopi Vest  (Can everyone click through and see it?  As it's on ravelry.com, not sure if you have to be a member to view it or not.)

Hahahaha, yeah, right!

But first, I'm going to practice by doing a Fair Isle and Bobble Headband.

I received a KnitPicks gift certificate from my son and his wife for the holidays - hoping that this book inspires me to get crackin' and start knitting - and finishing - sweaters.  I figured top-down would be the easiest way to go. (I also got size 9 dpns - they're kind of hard to find and I really like these wooden ones. My son had gifted me a few years back their interchangeable knitting needle set that matches these, and I love them.  I also have the Denise set of interchangeables too...a knitter can never have too many needles!)

fair isle knitting

Which reminds me - about ten years ago or so, I had an on-line business selling used knitting needles (it was called TaraKnit. Tara is my Mom's nickname for me).  It was really fun, a lot of work for little money, but I had a blast.  I would get used knitting needles from garage sales, flea markets, and Ebay, and then photograph them all, and upload them to my website.  From that experience, I found my favorite type of straight knitting needle.  They are the colorful plastic ones from England and Australia.  Here's a photo of my 'display' needles, being kept company by art made by on-line/art swapping friends of mine:

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EDIT:  I just talked with my knitting guru friend.  Holly taught me how to knit years ago, when my son and I first moved to this town, and we were neighbors.  Guess what?  She is teaching a Fair Isle class!!!  We are meeting tomorrow to see if we can barter - perhaps I can teach her canning or sewing or something!  So excited!  And maybe I'll sew up that kid's sweater, too.
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