Friday, May 27, 2011

All Good Things...

Must come to an end. Today is our last day of our Cape Cod vacation. We've had the best time ever - probably the most fun trip we've ever taken. We did several day trips to Plimouth Plantation, Martha's Vineyard, and Boston plus left a couple of days for beach time and exploring several towns on the Cape.

One of the towns we went to was Dennis where there was an adorable yarn shop called Ladybug Knitting Shop.

The owner was very sweet and kind spending time talking with me about where we're from, when the baby's due, what I'm making, etc. Love shopping local! You just can't get this personal touch anywhere else.

She had an incredible selection of buttons (sorry for the blurry photo). I didn't end up getting any - I have a hard time buying buttons without a project in mind. You?

And a lot of baby yard, which I also resisted... somehow.

Scattered throughout the store were cute displays of yarn, like this basket. She also had bins of knit up items - sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens - with the pattern and yarn required written on a hang tag. Brilliant!

Alas, this is all I bought - one skein of Green Mountain Spinnery's Mountain Mohair in a orang-y amber colorway, perfect for a fall project. It was the closest to local I could find with the company being out of New England - Vermont.

I attempted to go to a yarn and quilt shop on Martha's Vineyard, but it was closed! Ugh... Very disappointing. Instead, I bought myself a nice necklace, which is probably a better investment at this point since I'm not lacking for fiber!

Back in the car tomorrow for our long drive home. My goal is to report my Cabled Baby Blanket complete by the time we return to Dayton on Sunday. What are you working on this holiday weekend?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Studio Away from Studio

Two days, twelve hundred pit stops, and fourteen million "are we there yets" - we finally arrived on Cape Cod yesterday afternoon. Olivia was a fantastic traveler all things considering. We hooked her up with a DVD player, pink headphones, and a ton of Disney movies. For the most part, she was a happy camper.

We made 2 destination stops along the way - Albany, where we spent the night on Friday, and Providence, where we ate lunch on Saturday. In an effort to get our kids to every state capitol (okay, and ourselves!), we did a quick photo shoot at each capitol building.

Here is our little ham in Albany.

And us in Providence, RI (OMG - I look huge!).

We ate lunch at this great little hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Le Creperie on Brown University's campus. What a darling city! I'd love to go back again when we have more time to explore.

Anyway, on to more stitch-y news - I set up shop in the kitchen of our quaint cottage this morning before the natives woke.

I've cut through 2/3 of the fabric for my queen-size quilt. I'm doing a simple pattern of 12" squares in Kate Spain's Central Park.

I just have these three left to go. Olivia just got up - so it looks like I'll be packing things away for now.

I brought all my projects in this little plastic bin. We'll see if it all fits back together as neatly as it came. Something tells me it won't!

It's pretty chilly here today - a high of 55 degrees. It was so warm in Dayton when we left, none of us brought jackets. Oops. Well, at least I remembered the important things, like pins, tumbler block ruler, and walking foot. :-)

I'm off to try and get my bath-only daughter wrangled through a single-person stall shower. Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stash Resolution Episode 30: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Life Update:
How to Knit a Love Song
How to Knit a Heart Back Home
For the Mommas
Living Rich with Coupons

Project Update: 
Cream & Sugar Cowl
Strip Quilt Tutorial
Kate Spain's Central Park

Bad Stitches Happen to Good People: Seaming mishap

Book Review:
Girls World by Jennifer Paganelli
Honey Child fabric line by Jennifer Paganelli

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p.s. I have no idea why it sounds like a shower is running in the background. It is raining here today - but that shouldn't have caused the background noise. My apologies!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hexagon Table Runner

My family has enjoyed the Hexagon Table Runner on our dinner table this week.

Using a ruler bought here and leftover Moda Martinique fabric, this project was made entirely of scrap stash!

I used Bella Solid in Bleached White for the inside border and backing. In retrospect, I should have used a creamier white - blame it on quilting after the sun goes down. Natural light is hard to come by when I get a chance to sneak a few stitches!

My seams don't all match up, but I'm okay with the overall effect. I doubt my mismatched corners will ever be a topic of discussion at meal time. And, if it is, well then we need to find some bigger problems to worry about!

Happy Mother's Day to all you mamas out there! :-)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Episode 29: An Interview with Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie

Thank you to Heather Jones for finding time in her very busy schedule to speak with us about her design business, Olive and Ollie!

Check out Heather's winning Project Modern quilts:

Challenge 1
Challenge 2

What to enter Challenge 3? Details found here.

Project Updates:
Knit Picks The Cora Cloche Pattern
Knit Picks Baby Offset Cable Cardigan Pattern
Scandinavian Stitches blogged here
Half Hexagon table runner blogged here
Baby Shrug blogged here
Sugar and Cream Cowl

Bad Stitches Happen to Good People: Why I want to make a sign for my laundry room that says, "Handknits do NOT belong here!"

Episodes of Stash Resolution can be downloaded for free on iTunes. Thank you for your continued support!