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Finished 2018

1.  Colorations



What Am I Working On???


1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go



6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Chicago Ornament



Granny's Quilt

Granny's quilt blocks are all done.  Here are the last four.

You cannot see from the picture, but the blonde hair was colored in with something, almost like paint.  I don't ever remember Granny having blonde hair!

Granny always wore a hat when she went outside.  I have heard that she was a wild woman in her younger days so maybe that explains the cowboy hat.

And here is the last one.

A close-up of the pine cone.  There's quite a bit of work there.

The next step is sewing them together in rows.


Pleased with Myself

I knitted a sweater!  I am so pleased with myself I almost can't stand it.  Especially because it actually fits.  Thank you Mary for taking these pictures.


This is the first sweater I ever knit.  The pattern is Sonnet from  It is knit from side to side instead of from top down or bottom up.  You can use any yarn.  You just have to figure out your gauge and do the math in the formulas that are given in the pattern.  


I wish I had made it just a bit longer and if I knit this one again I will.  


I hope you can see some of the detail on the back and sleeve.  The yarn is a hand dyed alpaca from Twisted Sisters.  I got it ages ago at the quilt show in Houston.  (Don't ask,  I always seem to find yarn at quilt shows these days.)  

It itches so much I can't see straight.


I've Still Got It

Here's another book for you as long as you are a woman over 40ish.  

I Still Have It, I Just Can't Remember Where I Put ItI Still Have It, I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It by Rita Rudner  

I don't really see any of the males in my family appreciating the humor the same way that my girlfriends might.  It is a series of observations about life over 50.  It definitely fits into the "Beach Read" category.  It was a good change of pace after finishing Anathem.  A fun read when you need a smile. 

(I wonder how you change the color of the text, I see that I did it, but I don't know how.  Somebody needs to learn HTML.) 


Kim's Cake

Every year around their birthdays, I bake the Monday girls a cake of their choice.  Unless they want something that I don't bake, like an ice cream cake or it's a cake that someone bakes better than me.  Shocking, but it does happen.  

Kim and I have a tradition.  She finds the the most spectacular looking cake she thinks I can bake and I try to bake it. One year we had the most amazing coconut cream cake.  Baking it was an all day event and then some. It was nine inches tall and one of the best cakes I think I ever made.  I still think about that cake from time to time.

This year, about birthday time, we were both watching Martha and the pastry chef from ABC Kitchen was on.  She baked Cindy Bearman's Chocolate Cake with Malted Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Marshmallow Frosting.  The Chef may have, in fact, been Cindy Bearman.    The challenge was on!

The cake was very chocolatey and moist.  So moist it was a little hard to move without cracking.  I used the ganache to fill those in, kind of like extra tasty cement.  It was also the filling between the cake layers.  I left the malted flavoring out because the birthday girl isn't fond of the malted flavor.  Please excuse the crumbs.  I try, but I am no professional.   

The best part of this cake was the Marshmallow Frosting and I didn't even toast it.  If only I had a blow torch.


More Blocks

I've been working on a few more blocks in between David's knee surgery and recovery, house hunting, and just general running around. If you don't know, we are moving to Virginia.  We don't have an exact date yet, but it will likely be before October.  We're building a house on 10 acres.  I'll be a mini farmer or something like that.  Actually thinking about the yard and garden is pretty exciting.  I downloaded a tomato app for my iPhone.  (Nerdy, I know).

I was going to say that my newest blocks aren't nerdy, but I do hand piece them.  Maybe that's more old fashioned than nerdy.


I've also ordered a few more fabrics to get this quilt finished up.  It would have been enough for a 24 block quilt.  But then, I picked up three more fabrics at the Quilt Show last weekend.  I couldn't resist.  Just wait til you see them.


27 blocks doesn't work so well unless you are long and really, really skinny.  I guess I'm still shopping for fabrics.