Happy New Year Everyone!!!
|Our 2015 kitchen calendar|
artwork by Wendy Bentley
On New Year's Day, we get to "unwrap" a mystery gift that will continue to unfold every day throughout the year. (Sort of a DOY (day of the year) rather than a BOM (block of the month) - hahaha!) We never know exactly what it will hold or what delights - or otherwise - we will experience. Each day, more of the mystery is unveiled, until finally on New Year's Eve, we get to see the whole picture of that year. Those of you who just had the pleasure of seeing Bonnie Hunter's new Mystery, Grand Illusion, unveiled know exactly what I mean right now, right?
My prayer for each of you is that your "gift" at the end of 2015 will be a wonderful one,
filled with happy memories and good times!
I've worn my Happy New Year socks all day today, and I may just wear them tomorrow too! Do you have traditions for New Year's? Many of my friends are eating really
I had a lovely day though, so I think I would be happy if that were to come true for me. One of my projects for 2015 will be Arcadia Avenue by Sassafras Lane, and I got to play with it a little today! I did choose the Sunset colorway - you knew I would, didn't you?!?
The aqua will be the background, the black is my dark accent, the deep raspberry is the medium accent, and that light in the upper right corner is actually the most marvelous pale gray with a white dot by Dear Stella!
Sassafras Lane is hosting a QAL for this wonderful quilt this year, and I'm excited to join in! I'll be linking these fabric choices up with their first link-up HERE. Go on over and check out all the fun combinations being chosen! Shayla is even making one using low-volume fabrics - wow!!!
I printed out my patterns for the first couple of blocks yesterday and started paper piecing them, just because I couldn't stand to wait! And also because I needed a NewFO for December *grin*!!! This is the last NewFO linky party at Cat Patches and I think I've joined in on every one of them, so of course I had to be there for the finale, right?
Did you notice the patterns are smaller than the page? You know how I love smaller quilts! And I'd like this one to be a wall quilt - it's too amazing to be anything else :) So I reduced the size to 75% on the printer, which will make my blocks about 9" finished instead of the original 12" in the pattern.
I also sewed up a test block I had promised to have done by today. Here are the colorful fabrics I played with ....
YUM!!! ..... and notice the new accessory? I'm not sure how, but I managed to stress my wrist several weeks ago, so I've been wearing a brace to protect it. I suspect some marathon knitting sessions may be the culprit! The brace really has helped, although I have to admit that it's darn uncomfortable! I have to wear it while sewing because ironing and rotary cutting tend to torque my wrist in just the wrong way.
And speaking of knitting ..... this is no longer On my Needles!!!
I'm actually finished with the knitting on this Infinity Ombre cowl for my daughter Renee. Tonight I'll kitchener the two ends together and sew in all the yarn ends. She and little Hudson are on their way tomorrow morning bright and early for a few days' visit with us, so I want to have it wrapped up all nice and bright under the tree for her! I'll be sure to share a pic when it's all blocked and ready for it's photo shoot :)
UPDATE: Here's the finish!!!!
One of my favorite Christmas presents from My Guy was this new set of Knitter's Pride Dreamz Short Interchangeable Needles.
Last year I got the regular length needle set (you can see the longer needles in the middle in the above picture ) but they can't be used with the 16" cords for things like these cowls or hats, etc. As soon as I unwrapped this set, I changed out my needles for the shorter ones. Having the right tools for a job is absolutely Heaven!!!
Just a quick reminder ...
- tomorrow is the last day to get in on the Sew Sweet Simplicity GIVEAWAY!!! Go HERE to leave your comment and have a chance to win this lovely pattern package from designer, Jacquelynne Steves!
Hugs & Blessings!