Friday, September 23, 2022

End of Summer ~ Home Again

 



This is my end of summer

"highway guided by the way the world is tilted"

... quote from this poem

We road tripped from Massachusetts to Indiana and back to visit with our daughter, son-in-law and grand-darling before they sell their house and move another 1000 miles away west.  Those of you who have been following my blog a long time may remember that my son-in-law is career military. Now he is transferred to the US Space Force.

The first two days of the journey were in total rain and there are no photos.

The skies cleared in the evening in western Ohio.

Photos are from the passenger seat ... 


... and one of the deer that visited their backyard.


In Indiana we got off the highway ...


... and enjoyed the backroads.

The mornings were misty in the rolling hills of eastern Ohio on the way home.

Then the skies were blue.


Misty morning mountains hiding behind the fog in West Virginia.


To cloudless blue.

It was a good trip.

It was good to see our girl.

It is good to be home. 

Welcome, Fall! 

Thursday, August 25, 2022

I Like Thursday # 150 ~ My Summer Landscape

 


"The Earth Says ... every summer have ...

a landscape

that proclaims a universe ..."





In Response to a Question:
”What Does the Earth Say?”

The earth says have a place, be what that place
requires; hear the sound the birds imply
and see as deep as ridges go behind
each other. (Some people call their scenery flat,
their only pictures framed by what they know:
I think around them rise a riches and a loss
too equal for their chart - but absolutely tall.)

The earth says every summer have a ranch
that’s minimum: one tree, one well, a landscape
that proclaims a universe - sermon
of the hills, hallelujah mountain,
highway guided by the way the world is tilted,
reduplication of mirage, flat evening:
a kind of ritual for the wavering.

The earth says where you live wear the kind
of color that your life is (grey shirt for me)
and by listening with the same bowed head that sings
draw all things into one song, join
the sparrow on the lawn, and row that easy
way, the rage without met by the wings
within that guide you anywhere the wind blows.

Listening, I think that’s what the earth says.

+ William Stafford


The Earth Says by William Stafford, 1961


This poem has been an anthem in my heart for most of my life.

It was summer when I first read it.

I was twenty-something, maybe 21, so that would be 1973.

It was in a book.

I no longer have that book.

The words at some point became etched in my heart

and I carry them within.

This is the place where I come back to every summer. 

This is the summer that lives in my heart every winter.

This is where I live.


Linking up today with my blogging friends for

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color 

May you have a Happy Thursday! 


~~~~~~~~~

Update:  Packing my gray shirt ... 

 ...  onto the highway ...

... hallelujah.

See you in September ... :)

~~~~~~~~~


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 33


 Welcome to Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 

I am back after after another week plus of being away from my computer.  
Nothing life changing; just life happening. 


I have been working on my
and have been making good progress.


I have started calling this my "Winging It Shawl" 
as I have been designing as I go. 
After adding the first shoulder in this photo,
I decided it looks like I am adding wings to the square 
that forms the back of the shawl.


The color changing yarn that I am using for this project is new to me.
The lighter yarn is Mauve Pink.  The darker yarn is Purple Iris. 
I like the feel of this yarn.  The wool content gives it the soft fuzzy feel of wool but it is very nice to the touch.  This Wool Wonders is a soft, single ply blend of 30% Australian Wool and 70% acrylic. 
It is a variegated  #4 Medium Worsted Aran Yarn. 
I cannot say how this yarn washes and wears yet. Time will tell.
I do have a scrap yarn project in process which has some of this yarn.  
I will wash the scrap project as soon as it is finished.
I love the fall colors that are coming soon. 


Here I am casting on the other shoulder and I needed to figure out how to make the short rows and the neck decrease on the other side so it would match the other shoulder.
I could not find any online or book instructions showing me how to make short rows in the Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch (TKS) on the left side of any project.
I even asked in a Tunisian Crochet group that I have joined on Facebook and got no answers. 


After trial and error, found that placing the hook in the TKS in the row below made an almost seamless transition. 

I am literally winging it as I go.



Here is my progress.
I have the shoulder two wings on the back of my shawl 
and I am ready to start the next part of my planned design.

I have not seen any shawl like this online. 

I am not a pattern writer but if there is interest in how I made this, I will try to make a tutorial. 

Would you be interested in making your own version of this shawl?


Crochet is still my favorite thing to do right now.
When I have given my hands a rest, 
I have been following the yarn trail wherever it leads me on the internet
and it lead me to a new series on how-to crochet.

If you are new to or want to learn more about crochet, 

you may be interested in this free beginner series happening now:

Crochet Academy 2022 @ TL Yarn Crafts

If you join, you will receive one email per day with the daily topic.

There are also free project tutorials.

There are even kits available at Lion Brand Yarns :

Crochet Academy Kits @ Lion Brand

I am not affiliated in any way with any of these businesses and am providing the links for those who may be interested.

I am thinking of making this Lynn Fringed Vest Project,

but I am focused on my current projects and have the yarn for my next two Tunisian Crochet projects, so I am not sure when I might make the crochet vest. 

I am enjoying the daily emails and am learning new things about regular crochet.


What are you stitching and sewing this week?


Please share? 


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, August 11, 2022

I Like Thursday # 149 ~ The Taste of Summer

 


The Taste of Summer


A toasted tortilla with  home grilled chicken and 

homegrown veggies.

Add homemade lemonade and fresh cut watermelon 

(sorry ... not shown ... I ate it all before I realized I did not get a photo.)

It was yummy! 

A simple and easy lunch at its best. 


Our summer lunches during the week are made 
from the weekend grilling by my Mr. Scrapatch. 

It may be chicken breasts, beef brisket, pork loin, even fish fillets,

whatever looked good at the butcher shop or fresh fish shop.

It is all good.  

For our summer grilling, I make a salt-free rub that is kept in a jar that my hubby reaches for whatever meat he is grilling.  He rubs this on meat that he has patted dry and grills. 

It also gets added to veggie packets of whatever summer garden vegetables like summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, scallions with onions, baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, mushrooms ... whatever we have on on hand. 

It even sometimes gets sprinkled on grilled corn with feta cheese.

This seasoning is our taste of summer ... and there is no actual recipe.

When the jar is near empty I make another batch.

Here is approximately what is in the jar:

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 or 3 tablespoons of garlic powder and/or granules (no salt)

2-3 tablespoons of onion powder (again, no salt)

1 tablespoon of mustard powder

1 or 2 tablespoons of paprika

1 tablespoon of smoked paprika

fresh ground pepper

That is the base "recipe."

Then I add in a half teaspoon to a teaspoon seasonings 

like tumeric, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, red pepper flakes

 and about a half-teaspoon of nutmeg. 

I have even been known to add a bit of espresso powder. 

Mr. Scrapatch does not like it too spicy.  

I probably add a touch more spice than he realizes.

I make to taste every time and it always tastes yummy.


Linking up today with my blogging friends for

I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color 

May you have a Happy Thursday! 



Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 32

 


Welcome to Stitch Sew & Show ~ 2022 ~ Week 32


This week I am continuing my purple crochet shawl project.


I finished the border on Purple Shawl ~ Back Block

early in the week and now am working on adding the two sides to the block

to make the shoulder sections. 


The stitch I have chosen for the sides is the 

Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS).

This is a very easy stitch.


This looks much like a regular knitting stitch and is achieved by inserting the hook into the space between the front and back bar (also called the legs) of the stitch, front to back and pulling up a loop onto the hook. 

Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch How-To Video @TLYC

Click on the link above for video instructions for this stitch. 

I need to make progress fats on this shawl. My friend's birthday is next week.

Hopefully I will have time to finish the shawl.


What are you working on this week?

Please Share! 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Rainy Days and Tuesdays

 


It rained today! 

I  opened the windows and the back door 

and even went out to stand in the nice cool rain. 

I has been in the triple digits with the heat factor for so many days

that the house has been closed up and the air conditioners running night and day.

It has not even cooled off at night. 

A steady healing is now a cause for celebration.

In truth, I have always loved summer rains and in my younger days would take a walk in the rain.

Today I just opened my door and enjoyed. 

Hope the rains that fall on you are gentle and healing. 



Monday, August 8, 2022

Monday's Stitching



Today I worked on the edging border 

of the back block for my purple shawl project.

For this part of the project I used my regular size K 6.5mm hook started by working a single crochet in every stitch on all four side of my block.

On the side edges of my block I worked three rows of single crochet

and on the top and bottom where I cast on and off, I added only one row of SC. 


Then I worked around the block one more time adding a Back Post Single Crochet (BPSC) to finish the block border. 


Now my block measures 20 inches square and I am ready to start the sides of my shawl tomorrow with my Tunisian Crochet Hook.

As I said, this is a design as I go project.

So far is is looking just as I had hoped. 


It was so oppressively hot and humid today,

 I stayed inside most of the day 

and was very thankful for my window air conditioners. 

The daytime adjusted temperature was in the triple digits all day. 

Is it as hot where you are?

How are you staying cool? 



Sunday, August 7, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching ~ Tunisian Crochet

 

My Perfectly Purple Shawl is progressing. 

I have completed my planned part one in this design as I stitch project.

I last showed this project in my 

Stitch Sew & Show Linky Party

The link for this particular version of the stitch is in the link above.


After I started stitching, I made a personal variation in my long stitches from what is given in the instructions. I pulled through the first two loops and then the single loop as it felt more natural to my hands.  I think I also was able to keep my elongated stitches looking straighter and neater this way.  When following a pattern, I always find what works best for me and go with that. 

I found video for a very, very similar stitch called

Framed Block Stitch by Hobby Stash

The only difference is an extra yarnover loop on the long post stitch. 

Hobby Stash

is a wonderful site for people who quilt and crochet.

I also found this virtual treasure trove of

52 Block Sampler Tunisian Crochet by HobbyStash

That would be one block a week!

I may make this a yearlong project for 2023. 


After completing 63 rows of 63 stitches across, I measured my block using my largest quilting square.  Since Tunisian crochet has a natural tendency to roll at the beginning rows and the ending row, the ruler allowed me to flatten it and get an accurate measurement.  I was very happy to find that my gage is perfect in this block.

I used a Tunisian Crochet Hook size K  ~  6.5 mm.


I really love the texture and look of this stitch.

Here is the front and the back of my block.


My plan is to add a narrow border to this block 
and set it on point for the back of my shawl.

I will start part two of my shawl design tomorrow.

Tonight I am linking up with all the lovely creations at





May your weekend end well 
and your new week be a happy one! 


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Scrappy Saturday ~ Yarn Scrap Style

 


Scrappy Saturday ~ Yarn Scrap Project

When I was quilting daily, I used to very often take a break on Saturdays and play with my fabric scraps for the day.  Since I have been sitting and stitching with my yarn instead of sewing at my machine, I am playing with my yarn scraps today. 

The yarn that is stitched in the bottom of the photo is from my current project.


The center of the scrap project is this sample swatch I made in the Honeycomb Tunisian Crochet stitch.  After making this I decided this color changing yarn was not well suited to this stitch and chose a different one for the shawl I am making for one of my friends.

I relegated a whole ball of this new yarn to the scrap pile after Nutmeg attacked it with her sharp teeth and claws as soon as I took it out of the plastic packaging

I have a video of this and Maestro also snagging my yarn at

The Scrapatch Cats on TikTok

where I have a very minimal presence,

just so I do not look like an anonymous lurker when I like and comment. 

Trying to gently pry the new ball of yarn away from the Nutmeg only made it worse.

My kitties say, "Not us!  See how angelic looking and helpful we are?"

Nutmeg loves to lay on lap on top of my current project. 


I started randomly adding borders to the sample swatch with the scrap ball of yarn and my regular crochet hook.

What am I making?


I am making a crocheted kitty blanket.

I surprised Maestro who was having a nap on the sofa near me 
and asked her to model it for size. 

I am hoping that if I make them blankets with my scrap yarn 
they may happily make these fuzzy while biscuit making 
instead of my larger crocheted blankets and shawls and scarves. 


So I am now adding more borders with the small gray and pink balls of yarn 
left from my ...

My kitties love scrappy projects as much as I do.

They are my purrrrfect scrapatch cats.


What are you working on today>?

Are you sewing and stitching scrappy?



Friday, August 5, 2022

Fabulous Fabric Friday ~ Five Hearts


 I have new fabric! 

It is fabulous.

I just love it. 

I am giving this fabric five hearts:

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 

I have not bought any new fabric in months 

so this really brightens my gray and stormy day.


This fabric was inspected by master Quilt Kitty Katniss ... 


... and given the paw of approval.

This fabric is 


Bird Song By Pat Sloan for Benartex Fabrics


There is a free pattern for this fabric release 

Nature Walk Quilt Pattern ~ Free PDF Here

I did find the panels, which seem to be going out of stock in some places.

The large focus prints are also going out of stock quickly.

I bought a fat quarter bundle and some yardage of the smaller prints.

I am not sure if I will make the free pattern.

I will let the fabric speak to my quilty muse. 


For now, Katniss and I are just going to enjoy petting.


"Fabric and petting? Count me in!"   says Nutmeg.

Katniss says, "These little sister kitties can be very needy."

Plenty of fabric and petting for all, my kitties!

May you have a Fabulous Fabric Friday, too!