Friday, July 19, 2013

A Knit and A Prayer????

No, I haven't given up quilting for knitting!  Although, it kind of seems like that lately, doesn't it? :*)

I have been quite the vagabond lately, on the road practically the entire past month, and so no quilting has been done.  However, for my wonderful quilting followers, I thought I would show you one really great quilt picture, just so you don't go into withdrawal and stop following me!  =^..^=

Amish Beauties - border treatment in planning stages

No, I haven't sewn a stitch on this quilt!  But it is the next project I intend to finish.... after.....
1.  Genevieve's baby quilt
2.  Mom's new table topper
3.  My Hexie Queen blog hop project
.............. and a few other things that need to be finished up and put away.

My Ivory Tower is a wreck!!!  Stuff everywhere, pretty much as I left it a month ago when I was preparing for those 4 classes at Spring Seminar (see post HERE if you are interested in that little side story).

I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the prayers and support you all have given me since my last post regarding my daughter!  I traveled back to Savannah last Friday to be with her and help as best I could while she tried to pass this kidney stone.  I certainly won't go into the details of that, except to say that after a week in pain and her body beginning to bloat to twice her normal size, and NO passed stone, we took her to the ER in Jackson on Saturday where they have a urologist on staff, and they admitted her for the night.  He decided that the stone was borderline in size for her to pass it, and put a stent in on Sunday morning to stretch the passage to help it go through.  During the procedure he saw that the stone had completely blocked her left kidney.  It was a good thing we acted when we did!  She is now almost back to normal size, thank the Lord!  I will go back the end of next week to be with her when she goes to have the stent removed and hopefully this monster stone will pass on away!

The one thing I have been able to work on during all these travels is knitting!  It is so transportable!!!  I really have enjoyed adding knitting to my crafty schedule - it is so soothing and relaxing in the evening while I watch my taped shows.  (Have you discovered "Call the Midwife" on PBS? What a great show!!!)  And I honestly don't know what I would have done with a knitting project to keep my fingers and mind busy during this past month.

I showed you in my last post that I had gotten quite a lot done on my Sugar and Cream Cowl while traveling to NC to visit with family.  Well, all the time spent this past week in ER waiting rooms and at the hospital has produced an almost complete cowl!

Love all those delicious cables!!!  All I need to do to finish this up is the 1" ribbing on the upper edge.  Woohoo!  I really love the soft feel of this yarn, and I can't wait to wear it this winter!  I have found that in recent years, my neck is the thing that really needs covering in cold weather, so this warm little cowl will keep me very cozy and be so decorative at the same time - WIN!!!

I had planned for my next project to be Dreambird, but since I can't start that one yet (waiting on the KAL!), I think I will start Cloud Illusions ....

knitted by mshoneybee - picture courtesy of Ravelry
This is a shawl that Joanne and I saw in the Knaughty Knitter in Murfreesboro.  The shawl knitted by Meredith at the shop looked like this....

You know those aquas caught my eye!!!
I originally bought a bright multi-color cotton yarn to work this up - you know me and bright colors!  But Joanne wisely chose a nice blend of variegated neutrals, and the more I thought about it, the more I decided I also wanted something that would read more solid and be more versatile.  This is my final choice...

I just love the mix of purples and aquas in this lovely yarn!!!!  It is an extra fine merino fingering wool made in Italy - oh so soft - and I can't wait to get my knitty little hands on it!!!!  This project will take quite a while to complete I am sure, especially with all that lace work, but I don't mind that.  It will be my "grab and go" project for the foreseeable future :*D

What do you have on your needles?  
Please share it with everyone over at Judy's Patchwork Times!!!
I'm also linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday over at Better Off Thread
and Connie's Linky Party over at Freemotion by the River :*)

I also want to make sure you all know about the Giveaway going on over at Jacquelynne Steves blog !!!  She is giving away this HUGE prize package with lots of wonderful quilty things ....

....... so GO HERE NOW!!!  This Giveaway ends Sunday, so don't hesitate :*)

Hugs & Blessings!



  1. Good thing you were with her - Mom's know best. Oh, those shawls are just lovely - enjoy your stitches know matter which means you are using.

  2. Love your border idea for the Amish Beauty!
    So glad your daughter is showing signs of recovery...
    that must be very painful.

  3. Glad your daughter is better - I'll keep praying for her! Your projects are wonderful - isn't hand work so therapeutic!! Your list looks like mine...sigh...sigh...sigh! Oh, well I never lack for things to work on!!


  4. I love your border design for Amish Beauty, Teresa! So stunning!
    That shawl is so elegant looking, and it will be very rich in that yarn.
    Praying for DD to get this resolved and feel better soon. What a blessing you could be with her.

  5. Your border treatment is going to be wonderful! Love that gray shawl pattern - so airy and delicate looking.

  6. Happy to hear your daughter is on the mend. It is hard on the parents when our children are matter how old they are.
    Love the lacy look of the shawl.

  7. Thank goodness you were with her and acted so quickly! Love those shawls!

  8. So glad you took her to the ER and they found the blockage. Hope she is feeling better soon. Beautiful knitting you have been working on and some really pretty projects lined up. Love those peels on the outer border of your quilt. Bright and cheerful.

  9. Holy moly, your daughter must be in terrible pain. Gollies I hope that stone passes, quick, I could not imagine, wow!
    Your knitting is beautiful!
    I really like your amish quilt.
    Have a better day.
    Always, Queenie

  10. Your quilt is gorgeous, Teresa. I love how you're finishing the border. I hope your daughter's problems with kidney stones will be over when this is finished. I'm sorry she's had to much pain and so many problems. (For some reason I thought they could use laser technology to break the stones apart. Maybe I'm thinking of a different kind of stone.) Take care.

  11. So glad to hear that your daughter is on the mend. That most have been terrible for her. Your cowl is lovely and I really love the future shawl pattern and yarn that you chose. Those are my colors too. If you keep this up, I will have to try to do more knitting. Everything you show is so tempting.

  12. Oh my goodness. Somehow I missed the post about your daughter. Poor thing must be miserable. Never passed any kind of stone, never hope to pass one! Your knitting is beautiful. I tried knitting many years ago and discovered I was too fumble fingers for that. Your quilt gorgeous.

  13. Your Amish quilt is a real beauty! Glad your daughter is on the mend - its a worry in't it, doesn't matter how old they are they are still your children. Love the knitting also.

  14. I haven't gotten the knitting bug yet but I love seeing all the beautiful shawls that everyone is knitting now. I have to take a shawl or a sweater to church every Sunday because it's so cold in there so I'm envious of those who can knit them. blessings, marlene

  15. Sure hope your daughter's stone will pass ... my daughter was never able to pass hers ... she always had to have hers surgically removed.

    That cowl is gorgeous! I love those cables! And I really love the yard you chose for the Dreambird ... I cannot wait to see yours when you're finished.

  16. I love your Amish quilt and borders you chose! I am glad you got your DD to the ER! She must have really been in severe pain! I pray she is doing much better! I love the pattern and yarn you chose for the next project! Gorgeous! I am wanting to do Dreambird with you all along at Judy and Denise's but am slightly scared! I will practice short rows this week! Take care!!! Love your blog!!!

  17. So glad your daughter is on the mend! Love your knitting and quilting projects.

  18. Beautiful quilt top that will be there when you have time to work on it. Your daughter comes first and I am so happy you were there with her and got her to the hospital. Have fun knitting too. Thanks for sharing.
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