Thursday, May 19, 2016

Another Graduation

Katy graduated with her BS degree in Biology on Saturday.
We are extremely proud of her because of all the adversity she has overcome and her perseverance.
Now, she starts the job search.  
She wants to return to North Caroline, Raleigh-Durham are aka the Research Triangle.
She loves working in a lab and has gained some really great skills. 


Katy and her dad.  

Katy and her mom.  
It is a very exciting time!
Just finished Nikycreation Seasonal Band Sampler.  
I had started this last summer when I went to NC to visit Katy at UNC Chapel Hill.  
That's when she fell in love with the area.  

Have been battling a heel spur/plantar fascitis which has now flared up my hamstrings on that side.
I had an MRI 10 days ago to make sure it wasn't anything more than that.  I do have a meniscus tear but my Orthopedic surgeon doesn't think thats what has been causing the pain.
Was on Prednisone for 6 days and now am in PT.  
It is slowly getting better but, my PT told me it is going to take a while for it to get better.
I believe that.

I'm sitting at the dining room table and Henry Ford is outside.  
Since over the years, the dogs have demolished the patio door screen, we have a screen curtain to keep bugs out but, it also keeps Henry out.  
He can't figure it out.

Working on a La-D-Da that was in an issue of PNPS magazine.

Have a great weekend
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Life Has Been Very Busy

Life has been very busy.  
My mom has been trying to leave the Assisted Living Facility and she has been more confused.  
Last Thursday, we moved her to a Memory Care owned by the same family but, since there were no openings where she was at, we had to move her to one about ten miles away.  
She seems to be dealing with it as well as can be expected.  
She gets more confused in the late afternoon and then that's when she starts to wander.  
It was a difficult decision and it is very hard to see one's parent failing.  

I did some fabric dying today. 
I tried to find the fabric this pattern called for.
When I couldn't find it in my usual places, I decided I could try doing it myself.  
I had gotten some red dye thinking I would need it but, I didn't.
I used 3 cups of water and heated it a little in the microwave and added a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of brown Rit dye.  
I had a scrap of white linen and tested it.  
I only used the brown dye and I think it turned out amazing.  
The light color, I only dipped once and ironed it.
The darker piece I would dip three times and iron it.
I did that until I got the right, nine times.  
I ironed it every three dips.  
It turned out pretty close to the color on the pattern.  
 I have been working on Nikyscreation Seasonal Band Sampler.
I started this on my trip to North Carolina last summer since it was smaller and easily portable. 
I changed a few colors since I didn't like the way it was looking. 
The green the pattern called for just looked too light to me so I swapped it out for 3052.  
 My next project is from Punch Needle and Primitive Stitching the Winter issue.  
It is a La-D-Da
Again the fabric was one I didn't have and I didn't like any in my stash.  
It's called Wren and I thought it had a grey tinge to it.  
I got some black Rit dye and just added a few drops.  
I think I'm pretty okay with how that one turned out with the thread.  
 Here is how it looks compared to white linen.  
I hope all you Mom's out there had a good Mother's Day.  
Mine has been kind of low key.  
Bob always helps at the Mother's Day breakfast at church but, I don't like to go to that.  
I did see my mom, and today is also her birthday.
I ordered a cake for everyone to enjoy.  
Yesterday, I met my bestie's from college for lunch in Appleton.  
We usually get together when I'm in Milwaukee for a conference but, I'm not able to go this year because of Katy's graduation.  

Have a wonderful week
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

.....And the Angels Sang

It is finished!!!
Now, I just have to figure out how to press it without making the reds bleed!

Have a gorgeous day!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's Getting Really Close



I have two sides of the border done and a little more along the top edge.  
I am getting very excited!!

I have gotten a few new things from the Nashville Market.  
 La-D-Da  Me & You, Chessie and Me A Gathering of Sheep, Stacy Nash Jack's House Pinkeep and Blackbird Design Sweetheart Pocket.
 Couldn't get this picture to turn the right way.
With Thy Needle and Thread:  The Gilmour House Sewing Tray with the tray and Spring Delivery.  

We have had the snowiest week of the season.  
The snow had all melted but, we have had about 6 inches since Monday.  
It should all melt this week.  

It is still winter until the Shih Tzu wiggles out of his sweater.  
He hasn't done it yet so, its still winter.  

Smarter than the ground hog.  
Hope you had a great weekend
Have a gorgeous week.
Keep on Stitching!
Monica

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Getting There

Getting there!
The main body of His Eye is on the Sparrow is done.  
I'm working on the border.  
I did get it to line up with a little ripping.  
It is a little off center but, only by two stitches.  
I'm not going to adjust that. 
 I have five skeins of  Oscar left.  
I hope that will be enough.
I am telling you this is a thread suck and the pattern gave you no idea just how much thread you need.  I have used a lot of thread!!!
 And I finished my first pair of felted slipper clogs.  
I am pretty pleased with how they turned out.  
I have yarn to make a pair for Ed.  
When I brought these home and he saw him, he asked about me making a pair for him.  
I showed him the yarn I picked out for him and it was a hit. 
I'm using yarn on the upper part that is varigated.  
As I said, I'm getting there.  I'm starting to think about what will be the next project once With His Eye.... is done.  I have a few things to pick from.

Hope you had a great weekend.  It was cold here and we got about two inches of snow.  The good thing is this time of the year, it never stays long.

Have a gorgeous week!
Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Way Too Many Projects

I have way too many projects going on.  
I'm in the middle of knitting a birthday present for someone so I can't post that.  
I'm knitting slipper that will be felted.  They don't look like much at this point so there is no reason to post it.  
I have a pair of socks.  Those hang out in my car so I have an emergency project.
I can post the latest pictures of His Eye is on the Sparrow.  
I am nearly done with the body of the piece and will be able to work on the border. 


Katy just went back today after Spring Break.  She has less than two month until graduation.  She is ready to be done but, she will get hit by the graduation depression and how much life will change.

Hope you had a good weekend!
The weather was decent here this weekend:  sunny but on the cool side.
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching!
Monica
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