Curtis Willis and Maizie

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Susan Rambo Sampler & Cat Patrol

Another lovely spring day in North Florida....sunshine without humidity, we love it!  The cats are on Lizard Patrol, looking through the screen out to the deck where the varmints like to sunbathe.  Curtis Willis had his annual checkup at the vet yesterday & weighed in at 11.5 lbs; he felt like 50 in his Sherpa carrier!  Didn't much care for his shots but he sure slept deeply last night.  What a sweet baby he is. 
This is my Susan Rambo sampler in progress.  She's an addictive one!  I started her 2 weeks ago, using 1 strand of DMC on 32 ct linen in (I think) Clay but I have to confirm what brand of linen it is...can't remember!  The original sampler is featured on the current issue of SANQ.
This is the first piece I have ever started in the upper left corner (or anywhere other than dead center).  I didn't take time to measure (why?? I don't know!!) so eyeballed it & think I over-compensated.

Am sifting through stash with an eye to selling some old Prairie Schoolers on eBay over the next week or two.  Then off to get a much needed pedi now that it's officially sandal weather.  Wishing you all a week of good weather and happy stitching!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Beautiful Spring Day!

Today is so gorgeous! Doors & windows are open, the wrens are serenading, cats are basking in the is good!  Love a North Florida spring day when the sun is out and the humidity is not.  Big fluffy pink azaleas are blooming at our house, and dogwood & redbud trees are abloom all around the neighborhoods.
Maizie favors the front window with its view of a birdbath, but Curtis Willis sometimes thinks he has to depose her from her throne:

Can you see that little scowl on her face?  That's the reason I had to stitch this (Olga from Plum Street Samplers); the expression is identical!

Lately Curtis has decided he likes his Kitty Pi (free pattern from Wendy Knits).  First he had to show it who's boss by carrying it around by the scruff of its neck for a few days. Wish I had a video of him waddling room to room with the cat bed dragging under his belly!

If my rechargeable batteries would ever hold a charge for more than 2 minutes I would have posted this FO a few weeks ago (Little House ornament):

And the infamous boring gray sock, knit to match the 1st one of the pair, but a whole different size since I failed to remember that Sock 1 was knit with Size 0 needles and this one with Size 1.

This strange piece will eventually be a sweater. The pattern is named Elizabeth & is from a Classic Elite book for their hand-dyed Liberty Wool.  Very clever design, knitted side by side and all in one piece.  The band for trim and collar is shown at the top.  Once that is finished all will be steam blocked & sewn together. Hard to tell but the colors are eggplant, mustard, slate & pale gray.
I have a few other things in the works but have no more battery juice so will close with another cat photo (notice CW's lemur tail) and wish you all a happy week. Thanks for stopping by my little blog.