Thursday, March 31, 2011

POM March

Well, well, well, haven't I been a bad girl? I did not work on any major quilting projects - again. I begin to wonder if I can still call myself a quilter if I dont actually make any quilts. ;-)
I did however knit a lot and was not totally unproductive. I finished:

  • 4 pairs of slippers for the Pink Slipper Project
  • 2 knitted rugs made from cotton yarn leftovers
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 2 new dishcloths
On the quilting front I started a new BOM that has a lot of hand stitching in it for which I need really good light. Those old peepers are not what they used to be.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls

We are now officially a three cat family. :-)

Knitting and Reading

Happy Wednesday everyone. Time for another yarn along with Ginny.

I have nothing new and exciting on my needles this week so I thought I show you my finished slippers for the Pink Slipper Project instead. I am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, so far I find it pretty good, entertaining and informative. I do not completely agree with her though that it is not only the well-to-do people who can afford to buy locally. I would love to buy locally grown produce at the Farmer's Market regularly, but when you are on a tight budget it is difficult to pay twice as much for food just because it was grown in your own state. I also have a stack of gardening books from the library to look through and get advice and ideas for our garden. I am determined to do better this year, after last year's total disaster.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Knitting and Reading

And it is Wednesday again, time to head over to Ginny's blog and see what everybody else is reading and knitting this week.
I am still reading the same books as last week and I am knitting slippers for the Pink Slipper Project with yarn that was given to me by a friend.


I have been knitting a lot recently.
I made two rugs out of all those cotton yarn remnants I had. They are meant to go under the cat box to catch all that loose cat litter that comes out when the ladies leave the box but they also make a nice place for a cat to lay on.

And I am knitting new dishcloths with that yummy sage green cotton yarn I got from my friend.

My Little Helper(s)

Helping me get the bed linens changed.
Something new to discover for MamaCat.

 Whereas Kitty has done it so many times, it is just not interesting anymore. ;-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cake Anyone?

I made a lemon cake for dessert tonight. The main course is Irish Stew with homemade bread.


My garden seeds came! I just love the little seed packets in different colors and some of them even have a little cat on the back.

A friend of mine is downsizing and asked me if I had a use for cotton yarn. Do I ever. ;-) I see many pretty new dishcloths in my future. She sent me lots of cotton yarn, some worsted yarn and also some seed beads.
I am already halfway finished with my first new dishcloth.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Better Late Than Never

My camellia is blooming!

Knitting and Reading

Time for another yarn along with Ginny. Hop on over to her blog 'small things' to see what everybody else is knitting and reading this week.

I am knitting socks for my husband. And I am reading a devotional for Lent and a book about herbs from the library. I am planning a new herb bed for the garden and want to see if I can grow more than just the usual kitchen herbs. Last week's book has been returned to the library unread. It was not what I was looking for, it focused mainly on economy and politics and I was looking for a book about life on the frontier, not numbers and dates.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Pi(e) Day!

Spring Cleaning

I kicked off spring cleaning today with putting away the Winter clothes and purging my wardrobe. Among other things I gave away 20 pairs of jeans. I have not worn any of them since I moved to NC. They are way too hot to wear in Summer, not warm enough to wear in Winter and overall terribly uncomfortable. The older I get the more I pick my clothes by whether they are soft and comfortable or not. I only kept one old well worn pair.
The old advice that 'if you have not worn it in a year you'll probably not wear it again' is true unless it is some special occasion outfit, and I would add to that not to keep any clothes that don't fit just in case you lose enough wait to fit into them again. Instead, if you do lose weight, reward yourself with some new pieces (don't have to be brand new, thrift store finds will do nicely). The closets in this house are very small and I am proud to report that my entire wardrobe fits into mine.


A new pair of socks finished.

A little bit of stitching. This is the first block of the "Things We Love BOM".

Cuteness. MamaCat is settling in nicely. She is just so cute and funny and Miss Kitty does not seem to mind her being around. MamaCat treats her with the respect she deserves as the older cat.

Marble cake for our afternoon tea.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Knitting and Reading

Time to join Ginny for another yarn along.
Still reading the same book, it is not an easy read but I am keeping at it. I caved in, dug out some sportweight yarn and I am knitting more socks.
I forgot to answer a question about last week's dark blue shawl. The yarn is Soft Boucle from Bernat.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

March Decorating

Who, Me?

I had forgotten how much 'fun' it is to have a young and curious cat in the house. I am trying to teach her which areas are 'no, no' (with much success as you can see).

Spinach and Ham Tart

Purple Crocus

The purple ones always come out after the yellow ones are gone. Maybe they don't like each other? ;-)

Monday, March 07, 2011

New Family Member

Meet our new probationary house cat - MamaCat.

I know, she is not really a new family member, she has been with us since Easter 2009 when she surprised us with four beautiful kittens she had carried up the steps into our mudroom. After the kittens were weaned and gone we had her spayed and I pretty much expected her to take off again, but she stayed with us. I dislike the idea of outside cats very much and always felt uncomfortable. After a while I was able to keep her indoors overnight which made me feel a lot better.
Since this Winter was so cold and wet and nasty I have kept both MamaCat and Brownie in the mudroom/basement since December and both of them seem to be okay with it. MamaCat showed signs of wanting to be inside much rather than outside and so I started to let her come into the house during the day when it was warm enough for Miss Kitty to be in the porch. She is the perfect house cat, potty trained, not destructive, lively, curious and a lot of fun. Last week she decided to aim for an overnighter. So I put her in the living room over night, with her box, some food and a blanket on the sofa and there she stayed, quiet as a mouse all night, I keep the living room door closed anyway, it keeps the house warmer at night and it kept Miss Kitty from exploring the Christmas tree while we slept.
I hope that Miss Kitty will eventually except MamaCat as a permanent guest when she sees that nothing changes for her. She still gets all the treats, cuddles and sunshine she wants. I keep MamaCat out of the porch, that is Miss Kitty's territory. So far, so good, will see how things progress.
MamaCat has not once asked to be let outside, even when she watches the birds on the feeder through the bed room window. She is sweet, easygoing and very adaptable.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Knitting and Reading

Time for another yarn along with Ginny.
I am fighting a weird cold that can not decide where it wants to settle, head or chest. The worst part of it is the headache and the cough. I am doing more reading than knitting at the moment but I always have something on the needles. So for today's yarn along I present you my second dark blue garter stitch shawl. It is simple enough to knit with a cold. The book is one of several on the subject of the American Frontier and the Revolutionary War that I borrowed recently from the library. I noticed that we had lots of books about the Civil War but none about the earlier history of the US, so I am reading up on that. I finished "The River Midnight" yesterday and I liked it a lot.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Project of the Month - March

I am going to make it easy for myself this month and declare that my Project of the Month for March is to work on various quilting WIPs. They range in state of completion from 'in planning' to 'finish hand quilting' and should provide me with enough variety to keep me going. I am also thinking about making this BOM.

Project of the Month - February

Well, I admit that I did not feel like working on any major quilting project and so my main project of the month did not get done at all. I did however knit three pairs of socks, made the mug rugs for the swap and the small wallhanging for the Give Thanks BOM. I also finished Del's sweater which was a carry-over from my POM for January. I still owe a birthday present to a friend, I just could not decide what to make and then I caught this nasty bug and did not feel like much of anything. I am beginning to feel better and will hopefully get something nice made soon.