Friday, February 04, 2011


...slowly from the world of rampant and randy mosses we return to the world of crafting.

I've been a busy girl.

I finished my arrowhead lace shell. I love it.

At first I wasn't quite sure about the hem but once it was folded up and stitched in place I could see that it was Very Cool. I split the CotLin in half for the seaming.

I liked it so much that I decided to continue on with another version that I had on my needles. I'm now on the lace section. I'm using Blue Sky Alpaca's organic worsted cotton in a very pretty light green (color 602). I wasn't sure the heavier yarn lent itself to the hem so I just cast on and knit. I'm going to go back and pick up stitches and either do ribbing or...well, something. As it is, it curls.

Being committed to finishing up my UFO's I cast on yet another shell from the twinset book. I tried using some discontinued Linen Isle from my stash but it wasn't quite right. I'm now trying some discontinued Rowan California Cotton and liking it a lot.


I made two more pair of flannel pj's using leftover flannel for the trim. I think I'll stop now.


A girlfriend who lives in Auburn asked if we could go exploring in Grass Valley so we did.

One of the stores that sell collectibles had these very wonderful bobbins. I have no idea what kind of sewing machine they might have been used on. I bet The Enabler knows.
On our way back to the car we passed a crowd of people admiring some wild birds so we paused to admire them too.

A Great Horned Owl missing an eye. He was gorgeous.

A red tailed hawk.

...and a tiny by comparison American Kestrel. They were very calm (probably not their first appearance in public while fundrasing) but keeping an eye on everything going on around them.
Have a good weekend. Stay warm. We continue with our lovely, almost spring-like weather. We make up for the lack of snow by having earthquakes. Would you care to trade? I thought not.


At 3:03 PM, Anonymous The Enagler said...

Were the bobbins large or small? If small, probably from a vintage home sewing machine - brand unknown. If large, they may have been used in a spinning mill, rather than a machine.

The raptors are just gorgeous. So fierce and majestic!

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Ooh, love that picot hem. I'm not usually patient enough for them (unless they are knit together, rather than sewn), but I should give them another try, because they look so lovely. Such a pretty top, and that color should look great on you.

What gorgeous birds. We get hawks in our backyard and I am absolutely hooked on them.


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