Sunday, April 11, 2021

Not to everyone's taste

 I've done a few cards and some gel printing experiments that I'd like to share with you!

First, two mother's day cards--both of our moms are still with us (mine is 93, Tim's is 98). 

Second, I found an image for a Tlingit Raven (the tlingit are one of the First Nations people in Western Canada).  We have two pieces of Tlingit art that we attained in Canada when we were there a decade or so ago (more than that actually--we had two entirely different dogs!).  So I did a stencil of the raven and did a few prints.  

I also tried this technique with a stencil of a howling wolf with not great results.

In other news:

-I made a loaf of semolina bread which was NOT GOOD but then a good loaf of orange chocolate chip breakfast bread so there's that

-we're watching "This is a Robbery" on Netflix--a four part series on the robberies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston which is good in a very "Unsolved Mysteries" kind of way

-I couldn't sleep last night, argh.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

March Reading

I read nine books in March, and some were good and others were 're-tellings'! Let's review.

 -Live from New York by Shales and Miller: this is an older book and it is LONG and it is pretty much an oral history (though written down) of SNL.  I tended to read a few interviews (there are many many short interviews/individual perspectives) before I went to sleep and it put me to sleep pretty easily. So that's my review. 

-Coyotes of Carthage by Stephen Wright: I liked this one. A lobbyist who is sort of in disgrace is sent to lobby for an environmentally-unfriendly company in a small town in the South.  I thought the characters were very real and enjoyed this one a lot. 

-Super Host by Kate Russo: Kate Russo is Richard Russo's daughter, and I haven't read any Richard Russo so I can't say if there is a resemblance. This was framed as a 'comedy' about a man who has to rent out his London home (because Hard Times) and the people who rent it out, but it was just sort of sad. Not crazy about this one.

-The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett: a cozy mystery where the Queen (!!!!) enlists aides to help solve mysteries. It should have been wonderful. It wasn't. 

-Two Days Gone by Randall Silvas: a famous author's family is brutally killed and the author goes missing. This is a police procedural to find the author and it was dark and compelling.

-Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson: this was a re-telling of Sense and Sensibility and I should have just read Sense and Sensibility instead. 

-Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews: LOVED THIS BOOK. A young woman is hired to work for an author who only is known by her pen name. The author is not what she seems. Really well written and interesting. 

-The Perfect Marriage by Adam Mitzner: this was a retelling-ish of Jane Eyre and it was kind of eye rolling. I kept going til the end because if was one of those books with  really really short chapters and that just kept me moving forward.

-The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin: this was a re-telling of Ethan Frome and I should have just read Ethan Frome. 

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Casting on

 I've cast on two things, both kind of mindless, both of which I like.

First, socks! This is Regia Pairfect which is the yarn that has that yellow leader so the socks can match exactly! I'm sure I got this on sale from Little Knits!

Second, yet another One and Done, using some mystery yarn that fell out of my yarn cubbyholes when we were moving one of them to the coast. 

I've been Zooming nonstop but now have a bit of a Zoom break til next week.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021


 Happy TNT! I have a few little lovelies to show you.

First, now that the Easter table thing is complete, I've gone back to the star table thing.  I think this can easily be an 'all year round' thing even though it was meant for Christmas. But honestly, how many Christmas-themed table runners does one need?


I have also started on this one.  I bought this from a small company called Judith and Lily which sells yarn and a few embroidery things.  Their site is the definition of the term 'curated' but they seem like lovely people selling beautiful things. I guess I'll do a sheep triptych, with this one and the sheep in the sweater. Now I just need another sheep!

I'm using a stitch called couching stitch. I have two needles working--you can see both of them in this photo. One needle holds two strands that I curl around into a curlicue, and the other needle has a single strand that I use to 'tack it down'. 

A surprise was in the mail today, from my twinny. At first I thought this was going to be another table runner but was quite relieved to find out it was an adorable apron. Which I need, given that I bake now. (HAHA).

Have a happy TNT!

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Happy Easter and an FO

 Happy Easter to all who celebrate! We are having a low-key Easter: we'll do a spring dinner (duck, spinach, pretzel rolls and cake) and here is our Easter basket:

I finished 100 Acre Wood and really liked it. It probably took about five hours to do the picot bind off yet I persevered. I don't have blocking wires out here so I did my best with blocking. It sat outside for a few hours and then I put it in the sauna. 

Yesterday was a bit of a tough day, as we are still mourning Jessie cat. We gathered with six of our neighbors for a bonfire last evening and had lots of laughs, so that was good. We're so fortunate to have great neighbors that we enjoy spending time with. 

Have a great Sunday!