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the cow jumped over the moon

good things

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 :)

more hexipuffs!

I have decided to do this quilt in all wool, using  as many scraps/tiny left-over balls of yarn of various yarns weights.  While using worsted weight, using eight instead of ten stitches on each needle seems to work okay. I'm not too worried to make sure each hexipuff is exactly the same size, though they are quite close.

Here's how many I have done so far!

more hexipuffs!

the beekeeper's quilt

I knitted a ton of hats and socks, and wanted an in-between and use-up-the-scraps type of project, so I remembered tiny owl knits' the beekeeper's quilt.  I had actually downloaded the pattern months and months ago and completely forgot about it!  As I'm not sure if someone who isn't on can see this link , so here's the link directly to Stephanie's blog.

Here's a few of my 'hexipuffs'!  These are knit on size 4 dpns and with extra/left-over sock weight yarn.  They are stuffed with a bit of polyester stuffing, and then when I have a zillion of them, I'll sew them together for a blanket.

the beekeeper's quilt
good things+ 100 hexipuffsmore hexipuffs!the beekeeper's quilt

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