Friday, October 21, 2011

October ramblings

It has been a very grey and wet day, all day, till 3:30 pm...and now it's bright but windy, even a hint of sun... and all this will be shortlived as sunset hits around 6:30 pm :(, ....definitely fall.  We've still a few weeks to go till the clocks go back to standard time and I'm really ready for my hour back!

Two stitching projects are nearing completion.  Unfortunately there will be a wait to show you the results as one is destined for overseas as part of an exchange.  The other one, is for our ILCS autumn competition.  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has stitched.  A third project is a Christmas ornament, the stitching is almost done and then I'll post a  picture.

Last night I tried some hand sewing.  My goodness, it has been a long time, definitely not the same appeal as stitching, knitting or crocheting! I realised very quickly it was time to dust off the cobwebs of my old Singer machine.   Well I did dust it off, outside and inside and  have come to realize that it truly has had it's day.  So I've treated myself to a new machine.  This time a Brother machine.  Nothing too fancy, nor expensive mind you.  Hopefully this will see me through many projects for years to come.   What was I thinking????  Time will tell if this was a good move on my part.

About two years ago I took a wool hand dying course.  It's always been on the back burner to try dying yarn again and maybe some fabric.  Recently I read on Erin's blog, dutchgirldiary.blogspot.com of some of the types of hand dying that she's done.  The colors are beautiful! Yesterday's grocery shopping trip included a package of the Neon food coloring.  So now it's time to review my notes from class, along with some tips/ideas that I've downloaded get the yarn ready and *c*r*e*a*t*e!

I've been following the travels of Kate and her family on foxslane.blogspot.com .  Her family caravan journal is awesome, so are the photos.  And reading her happiness recipe gives reason to pause, reflect and take stock.

We've recently celebrated Thanksgiving.  Truly, we have so much to be thankful for.  Family- older generations, younger and grandsons.  The time shared is priceless.   And friends near and far, letting them know that they're important too. 

For anyone who enjoys cooking, check out Mennonitegirlscancook.ca.  One of their recent recipes was for bread and butter pickles.  This recipe can be made all year long.  And the results are great.  Crunchy pickles, so good.  This recipe is a keeper.

And with fall, comes colds and flu, parents are just getting over a bug, DH, well it's his turn now.  And with any luck I will miss out on this entirely!  Really missed seeing our grandsons today but not worth passing along any bugs to them. Maybe over the weekend we will manage a visit.

So a weekend is near, hope everyone has a good one.   I've lots of blogs to catch up on, stitching to complete and then there is the new machine to try.....fingers crossed for success!

till next time ..................


Meari said...

Stitching and sewing... two of my favorite past times. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to dig out the sewing machine and sew. Maybe after school's done. Stitchin is much more portable.

My mom used to make B&B pickles all the time when I was young and she didn't work. I'm not a big fan, but she really liked them.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Nancy said...

Congrats on your new sewing machine. I have one and am still trying to figure it out. I love bread and butter pickles. My grandmother used to make them and she would give us several jars at a time. I miss that among many other things that I miss about her. Hope everyone is feeling better now.