Monday, March 26, 2012

Luck and Gratitude

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my blanket!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you stop and visit, and that you take the time to leave a thought or two for me.  It really means so much, thank you.  That blanket almost did me in, I’ll tell you.  Joining those last few rows of squares felt like taking tap lessons while wearing lead shoes.  I just wanted to bail.  It just seemed like it was enough, already.  I’m glad I didn’t, but it tested my fortitude, and I think I overdid the hooking in the homestretch, because now my wrists ache.  Time to switch gears and maybe sew or embroider or, heck, dust something…that would be a thought…

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Whenever the sun peeks out—and it hardly ever does; our city gets fewer sunny days per year than Seattle—I run around taking pictures of everything in sight.  This is my loot from a recent thrifting haul, waiting to be put away.  I love the labels, they’re the best part.   I think this fabulous thread wants to be pillowcase edging, but I’m not picking up any hooks today. 

Look at this beautiful sock yarn Erin sent me!  It is Shepherd’s Wool, spun in my—and Erin’s-- home state of Michigan.  Erin and I are both a little homesick, I think.

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You should feel this yarn, it is as soft as a kitten.  I have a plan, oh yes.  I can hardly wait to see how those marled skeins will look when they’ve been knit.  Erin, thank you so much. 

Also new here at Chez Cozy is this sweet vintage quilt, again scored in the thrift shop.  I know, right?  I can’t believe my luck, either. This was going to be a cat bed until I noticed how awesome those old fabrics are, and how it’s (tenderly imperfectly) hand-quilted.  And now it’s in the pile of things to keep the cat away from. 

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Thank you, also, to the lovely Laura at Cute as a Button for the sweet award.  I am terrible about passing them along, but I do appreciate them, so very much.  Laura is making a delicious granny blanket—go and see! 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Kristen. I too am homesick; it creeps up on you. The shepherds wool looks lovely - I particularly like the green. My new sewing machine arrived this morning and after excitedly unpacking it I realised I haven't a single piece of fabric to even test it with! Have a lovely week and don't forget when the sun goes beck in the dust will miraculously hide again - so don't waste time on that !!

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  2. You must have the best thrift stores by your house, because you always score big! So many possibilities with that quilt, and the thread colors are great.
    I think dusting involves too much wrist action. Go for the sewing machine :)

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    1. You ARE lucky at the thrift store! My only crafty finds lately have been bundles of old metal zippers in different colors. And I think that thread does want to be pillowcase edging :)

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  3. Well done for sticking with it til the end Kristen - you know it makes sense! It was so worthwhile for such a beautiful result.But I know how you feel, enough is enough!
    You got lucky with your finds! Lovely threads and what a gorgeous quilt, I'm so envious! You would never find anything like that in a charity shop in the UK.
    Beautiful yarn too, looks so soft and lovely colours.
    Cant wait to see what you do with all these goodies!
    Gill xx

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