Thursday, September 22, 2016

Moving right along....

I was hoping I would have the Shepherd's Bush Slate Snowman finished by now but no such luck.  My eyes are having trouble focusing on the threads of the fabric.  I have this problem often with darker hand dyed linen....why?.....I have no idea.  I am determined to finish it this weekend if our yard work gets finished fast.  Another limb fell off our maple tree in the front yard so we need to cut that up before we can mow grass.  I have a thing about cutting down trees.....I don't like it.  I won't even have a natural Christmas tree.  I just don't like it and now we have to make the decision to cut down this old maple.  I wouldn't worry about it so much if it was in the back yard but it's between our property and the neighbors and I don't want anything happening to their house because of our tree.  I'm going to miss her if we have to cut it down.  She's offered many years of very nice shade.

Here is what I have finished so far on it.  I love the little house, trees and sheep at the bottom.

I've got the yarn bug again and I'm thinking of making a shawl using this beautiful lace weight yarn I purchased on Etsy from a fantastic Dyer.  Her store is JulieSpins and she truly is a magician when it comes to colors.  Her base yarns are wonderful to the touch.  This one is Merino and Silk and I love the names of the combinations she comes up with.  This one is called Grandmother's Kitchen.  Is that not perfect?

Each skein has 870 yards so I'll have plenty to work with and it will be a wonderful light weight over the shoulders.

No post would be complete without an update of my little buddy...Little John.  Peyton sent me this this morning of the big boy walking in his new shoes.  Don't ya just love that smile!!!   I could just look at him all day.  Peyton and I went out for lunch on wednesday and of course Little John was along.  He can be in a grouchy mood in the car but as soon as he's in a store or a restaurant to watch people, he's happy as a lark.  We went to Olive Garden and I think he had more of my minestrone soup than I did.

I can't believe he'll be a year old next month.  Time sure passes fast when you don't want it to.

I thank God for all the great ladies I have met thru my blog and I hope everyone remembers to thank God for family and friends.

Blessings, Barbara


Clare said...

Sometimes using a light under your fabric helps with darker linen to see where to place needle. Happy Stitching.

Marilyn said...

Slate Snowman is looking good.
Love that skinny black house.
The yarn is gorgeous.
Little John is too cute in his new shoes.
I think there is going to be a big celebration next month! :)

Barb said...

Hello there my dear friend,
Oh lovely wool for you to make a masterpiece from. It does not seem like a year ago we were waiting for whistles and bells from your side of the world. How your husband must be so thankful he survived his op to be able to share the joy of Little John. He is just so scrummy gorgeous.
Loving your slate Santa I have not started mine yet but I am hoping to do that blog post tomorrow . I will go and have a look at the yarn link but just to be nosy. I have started knitting pumpkins -hmmmm not sure how many will get made .Take care and have a good weekend. Hugs to you from here.

Vickie said...

I hope you don't have to lose your maple tree yet. We have one in front my husband wants to take down some time. I do not want to lose it either.
That is very pretty yarn.
Little John is not quite so little any more!

Robin in Virginia said...

Good morning, Barbara! Your snowman piece is coming along nicely. What a pretty shawl that yarn will create! Oh my, Little John is a cutie. What a smile he has! Have a wonderful weekend!

diamondc said...

Barbara: Oh my goodness, Little John is so cute, and colored coordinated too.
What a great smile.
Love the Shepherds Bush Snowman, I have the same problem with dark fabric, I just walk a way for a while, then I can do some more stitching.
The yarn looks positively beautiful, the name is perfect, it reminds me of dessert in my Grandmothers kitchen.
I am so sorry your tree had to come down.


Bethan Foulkes said...

I love your yarn choice, and look forward to see it in progress!