Sunday, February 10, 2019

Always Catching Up

It seems like I am always catching up, both with my blog posting and reading. You would think that I'd have tons of blog time with all this cold weather, but there is always something to do. You know how that is! It's a busy time for special ed teachers. February through April is always IEP season, so I've been working quite a bit.

My main knitting has been two projects that go back to the knitting retreat I went to a few weeks ago.  An older lady named Ruth always vends at this retreat, and I fell in love with her original pattern: Ruth's Risters. The first hand is about done:
 The mitts are made with two strands of Knit One Crochet Too Soxx Appeal. This yarn was discontinued a few years ago. Ruth loves it so much that when she heard they were discontinuing it, she bought all the remaining stock from the manufacturer! I find the yarn is a big hard on my hands, but the finished mitts are cozy and soft.

Ruth also stocks a lot of Cottage Creation patterns. Do you know about this Iowa designer? She is especially well known for The Wonderful Wallaby. I haven't made that pattern, but I love her Babies and Bears Sweater. I had never seen The Rambling Rows afghan before and it was love at first sight.

When I looked through the projects on Ravelry, the ones I really loved were made with Noro Silk Garden. Can you imagine the cost of a Noro afghan? Me, neither. One of the ladies at the retreat suggested that I substitute Plymouth Gina, which turned out to be ingenious:
Last weekend, I took a sewing class with my mother-in-law, where we learned how make fabric collages. I chose a cat pattern, Purrfect:
Is that fun or what? Cutting out all those pieces takes some time, but I like handwork, so I don't mind. It's bigger than it looks, so it is going to be a challenge to quilt it.

So, I'll leave you with a real cat. Kola just loves bathroom fixtures.
And yes, we know we need to update this bathroom. It has the original pink fixtures from when the house was built in 1955.

16 comments:

  1. Well, I'm guessing before you renovate you will have to get permission from Kola. LOL

    One of our baths is an original too. It's sort of a pinky-clay color, but it fits the spirit of the house. So, the tile will probably stay, at least for the time being.

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  2. I too dream of a silk garden quilt... but that darn yarn budget!

    The start of your cat quilt looks interesting!

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  3. Keep the bathroom-it is retro not old! lol
    I have been using the Rambling Rows for years and years and several of her sweaters, too. I'm glad you found it! Nice mitts, too!

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  4. I think the thing we all need is more time don't you? I love the beautiful wrist warmer and the blanket. Universal Yarn Classic Shades is another good Noro alternative. I love Noro but it is scratchy and expensive. Have a wonderful week.

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  5. Those pink fixtures bring me back. We had turquoise but I always admired our neighbors pink with black and white tile, of course!
    Beautiful projects, as always. I am in awe of that kitty quilt. Wow!!!

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  6. Love your kitty collage - that is great. And Kola is adorable. I'm off to look for that mitt pattern - very nice.

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  7. I love that Plymouth yarn and had not heard of it. Good sub!

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  8. Thanks for reminding me of The Wonderful Wallaby pattern. I knit it several years ago, and it's past time to knit another one. Lola is a sweetheart. Our barn cats loved to snuggle together in the basin, too.

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  9. I've knit several Rambling Rows afghans over the years and love the pattern. Never used Noro for it though. Love the mitts!

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  10. Love that kitty of yours! And your fun mitts and Gina, too. I can't keep up with the blog posts either, and now I need to check out that designer. Have a great day; we are still snowed in......

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  11. Love all the projects and especially love that last picture!
    I did have to laugh about the bathroom fixtures... Dave's grandma's house has several bathrooms (it's a REALLY big house) and each one has different coloured fixtures - one that peachy pink you have, one baby blue, one mint green, and one lilac. Well about six months ago, the lilac sink started rusting out. We've tried in vain to get her to update to nice, simple white.... but she's not having it. We're on the look out at antique shops and stuff for a lilac sink... Dave managed to find some touch up paint that somewhat matched, but it's only a stop-gap measure. But grandma is 90 years old and she wants what she wants!

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  12. Deb your cat collage is wonderful!

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  13. Oh boy, Kola is pretty cute looking up from the sink! I love the idea of the fabric collage. Also I like your Risters pattern, it has a taller thumb gusset. Do you know if she offers her pattern online?

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  14. What a beautiful cat!! We love our two sweeties. The cat collage looks very interesting. I thought I was already following you but then I couldn't see you in the blog list but now I am your newest follower! Hurray!!

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  15. do not update the bathroom, it's coming back in style :) Your cat looks so much like my Holly! Love your mitt and that collage is so pretty! You are talented with colors and using them to play off of each other.

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  16. Oh IEP season - I remember it well. Somehow it always got done but lots of work. Best of luck meeting all the deadlines. The mitts look great and so does the PURRFECT quilt block.

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