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There’s been a dvd around the house for several days that I needed to watch and then mail back.  Yesterday I finally got around to watching the British movie, The History Boys.  I enjoyed it very much.  It is the story of a group of boys preparing for exams and interviews to be accepted to Oxford and Cambridge.  The unusual teaching methods of the general studies teacher reminded me of a teacher I had for a short time in high school.   I say for a short time, because since our class was a little unorthodox and noisy, the other teachers complained.  So a teacher that I probably learned the most from, and that made me stretch my mind, was fired.

The movie also had a scene with the same above mentioned teacher, where he describes the feeling you sometimes get from reading.  It so impressed me that I had to pause and rewind until I could write down the lines.

“The best moments in reading, are when you come across something, a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things.  That you have thought special, particular to you.  And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead.  And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”

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I have a lot of different projects going on at the same time.  That’s just the way I am, easily distracted/bored.  When I have a lot of projects in the works there is usually something I feel like working on.  If not, hey, I just start another one.

I am involved with a Progressive Blocks Round Robin with the Skrappies.  This time I’m working on Diane’s blocks.  I was working on an applique block that was fast becoming a chore.  The background fabric is either woven too densely (doesn’t look like it) or the design is partially printed with a paint like substance, I can’t tell, the needle just doesn’t want to go through smoothly.  Anyway, when something becomes a chore and it’s not fun anymore, it’s time to call it quits.  So I’ve found a pieced block to do instead, which is good because I need to mail the package on to Marcy by Tuesday.

Sock Blockers make the pattern in handknit socks show up so well in photos and I’ve been wanting some.  Why not make my own?  So I’ve been playing around and come up with a prototype, still needs a little tweaking, but it works.  I used a heavy chipboard and when all the refining is done to the pattern, I will make one out of wood.  Below is my lovely grey chipboard sock blocker.

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I’ve also been working on Eve’s socks.  Still working on the second sock but the pair will be ready to give her when we get to Florida in a few weeks.  These socks are knit using the “River Rapids” pattern by Sockbug.  I knit an eye of partridge heel instead of the one used in the pattern.  The yarn is Lang Jawoll Superwash.

Eves_sock

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I treated myself to some well deserved yarn after my mammogram the other day.  I bought a skein of Baruffa Cashwool in the color – cocoa.  From the name you would think the yarn has some cashmere in it, but it doesn’t, it’s 100% Merino.  The owner of the LYS was kind enough to wind the skein into a yarn cake for me.  She apologized for how long it took, but I said no problem it was a lot of yarn.  1460 yds of laceweight yarn.  I want to use it for a mystery stole knitalong and though it isn’t my first time knitting lace, it is my first time using a laceweight yarn.  So the very reasonable price helped my choice, plus I have heard good things about this yarn from other knitters.

baruffa_cashwool

You all know, I don’t have enough projects going on right now  so I signed up for the Secret of the Stole Mystery KAL.  That is what the new yarn is for.

Time to do a little house cleaning and then it’s off to the studio to make some quilt blocks.

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I couldn’t resist.

I saw this quiz on another blog and I couldn’t resist.  Haven’t had a quiz here in a while, so here goes.

Your Brain’s Pattern
You have a tempered, reasonable way of thinking.
You tend to take every new idea in, and meld it with your world view.
For you, everything is always changing. Each moment is different.
Your thinking process tends to be very natural – with no beginnings or endings.

 

Last week I started the next step down of my prednisone weaning.  So far it’s not too bad.  I alternate 7mg and 2½mg every other day.  On the low dose days I get a little more tired than usual and a little achey.  Doc says the next step down will probably be the worst.  Thankfully it won’t be until after Christmas.

I have been working on some knitting related projects, but haven’t taken pics yet.  Yesterday I went for my yearly mammogram, afterwards I decided I deserved some new yarn.  Tomorrow I hope to have pics of yarn and knitting projects.

Today really feels like fall.  It’s cool enough outside, that I’ve opened all the windows.
Ahhhh!  Fresh air. 

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I was in the mood to applique, so I made another 4½” Dear Jane block.  When I went to add it to the other blocks I’ve already made, I found that I’m missing 6 blocks.  I don’t know whether they’re just misplaced or got lost in the move.  Hopefully they will eventually show up, I’m not looking forward to making them again.  4½” is not the easiest size to work with in piecing or appliqueing blocks. 

The Dear Jane quilt is comprised of 225 patterns.  If I want to finish making this quilt, in my lifetime, I’d better pick up the pace a little. 

Jane Stickle Quilt

Below  are the blocks I’ve made so far.
Uncle Homer – A_6
Pinwheel Gone Awry – A_1

DJane_A1_A6
 I ripped out the bottom block 3 times, trying to match seams and points.  My rule is that after the third time it has to stay, no matter what.

Hunter’s Moon – A_3
Simple Simon – M_10

DJane_A3_M10

Jason’s Jacks – D_3
Dad’s Plaids – A_7

DJane_D3_A7

**Oops!** – Forgot to mention that I’m using Civil War and late 19th Century reproduction prints to make these blocks.

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Ravelry

When I first heard about Ravelry (a new knit and crochet community) I wasn’t too enthused, thinking I don’t need another group to join.  Then I started hearing about all of the neat features and off I went to sign up to be a beta tester.  Of course 17091 people had beat me to it, so I have been waiting impatiently for my invite.  I signed up on July 16th and it looks like my invite will definitely be here before the end of the month.    The invites are starting to go out fast and furious and now I’m #2077 on the list with 16,991 people behind me.

Now I need to find more hours in a day.

 

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The Skrappies have concluded that we are all afflicted with ADD (attention deficit disorder).  At retreat we talked, laughed and ate, but didn’t seem to get as much accomplished as we usually do.  The following email, sent by Marilyn, sums it up pretty well.

We have decided our group takes on a different dynamic about ever 3 minutes.  It is like we all see a different “butterfly” and off we go……
Sure missed Pam, Sue, and  Diane (I guess we will have to get use this).  I expect to see Pam and Sue at the next one!
The pattern appeared so easy but those darn “butterflies” kept passing by and off we would go…..  Could be age but I intend to keep flying until I drop.
Carol Ann may be able to fill in the blanks since she is our unofficial historian.
I ate too much, didn’t sleep enough,  didn’t finish my project, thought up 5 other things to do and had a great time!

I took my camera along to retreat and then forgot to use it.  So there are no pics of the angel blocks or Rancher’s Daughter quilts in progress.  No one finished piecing a top, which is really unusual.  In fact it seems like the only Skrappies that finished anything were the ones working on other projects.  I did get a pic of the quilt we made for Diane, who is moving to N. Carolina.  The blocks were made by various Skrappies and then assembled and bound by Colleen.  Carol Ann did the machine quilting and the label was free motion embroidered by Sharron.

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dianes2

After arriving back home, I put the blocks I made at retreat up on the design wall.  Now I just need to sew the rows together and then I can move on to the delectable mountains border.  I really like how the batiks look in this quilt design.

RanchersDaughter2

Now I need to go and finish watching season 1 of Dexter.  I only have 1 dvd left to watch, out of the 4 discs.  This series is definitely different.

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Friday afternoon the Skrappies will be gathering down in the canyon for another weekend of quilt sewing and socializing.  Since I was really sick last week, I’ve been taking it easy this week in anticipation of our fall retreat.  I really need this time of catching up with old friends and sharing ideas.

Our project for this retreat is Rancher’s Daughter’s by Debbie Caffrey.  I’m going to be using 12 different batiks, with unbleached muslin for the background.

We will also be having a raffle of Angel quilt blocks.  For every quilt block you bring you get a chance to win all of the blocks.  I’m only taking one block this time.  I used a cowboy block from Apr 93 Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine and added wings, to make a cowboy angel.

cowboyangel

Bill finished my cutting table and it is now at home in the sewing room.  Of course almost as soon as it entered the room, the horizontal surfaces were covered.  Is there some kind of rule of nature that all horizontal surfaces must be covered?

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Table right after entering the room.

Then within minutes………

cuttingtable2

I have an appt. with the lung Dr. today, then I need to finish packing for this weekend.  Hopefully the first of next week I will be back with a retreat summary and lots of pics.

 

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