5.22.2015

Autograph Pillow

Leia was blessed with a fantastic long-term sub teaching her class this year. 
 
Unfortunately, today was Miss J's last day - the regular teacher comes back to work Tuesday for the remaining few weeks of school.
 
I got to know Miss J while volunteering in Leia's classroom and wanted to do something to make her last day special. 
 
So last week, Mary, Leia and I picked out some fabric; 
 
I cut it up and had each of Leia's classmates sign a square; 
 
then sewed it into a quilted pillow*; 
 
and had Leia present it to Miss J during the farewell ice cream party today.
 
I think Miss J liked it!

* The pillow back design was a fortunate "oopsie". I only bought a half-yard of the main fabric, not quite enough for a solid back, as I'd planned. While stuck in traffic on the way to quilt night - to get help from the sewing experts - I came up with this design, which allowed me to also document the school name, grade and year. Very happy with how it turned out.

5.18.2015

Down On The Farm

It's been awhile since we've had both grand-girls at the same time, so when the stars aligned today, we packed them up and headed out for some fun at a local farm.

There's plenty to do -
pony rides,

brushing the sheep
and the very pregnant, very patient, goats.

Leanne loves the swing - go higher! -

Leia likes climbing the rope wall,
and they both agree that the sandpit is for making pancakes and waffles for PopPop.
And just like the cousin/sisters they are,

they love to bicker and argue get along pretty well.

Most of the time.

5.17.2015

Crochet Happens

I'm behind - again - on posting completed crochet projects. I'd rather put up pics of cute grandgirls and the silly fun we have, I guess. But I have finished a few things lately -
 
a shawl made with gradient yarn I picked up at Yarn Fest from Wooly Wonka Fibers. Love the name and the yarn. (Details are here.)
 
I've worn this almost everyday - when I could get it away from Leia. Made the mistake of wearing it when I volunteered in her first grade class.
 
She whipped it off my neck and around her shoulders, and that was the last I saw of it until class was over.

Two samples for upcoming classes
 
Bruges lace scarf, made with Knitted Wit's Cashy Wool - yummy merino and cashmere blend. The color is gorgeous, even if it looks a bit weird in these photos. 
 
Entrelac bowl class, both felted and unfelted versions.
 
This was the first time I'd tried felting in my new-ish washing machine and I wasn't sure how the high-tech electronics and low-tech felting would mesh. 
 
I ended up pouring 2 pots of boiling water in the machine to get the temperature high enough, then letting it go for a normal cycle without checking on progress. Nerve-wracking, but it worked.   

5.16.2015

Boys and Toys

Hubby has been excited about the Apple iWatch since it was announced last year. He ordered one the first day they were available, but not within the first couple of hours. As a result, he was told delivery would be delayed almost 2 months, to around June 24. (insert sad hubby face here.)
 
But guess what arrived yesterday? Over a month early?
 
The packaging is beautiful, as you'd expect from Apple.
 
That white disc in the box? That's the magnetic battery charger - very, very cool.
 
As you would expect, hubby immediately sat down, read all the instructions and got his new toy up and running in record time.
  
Yeah, right. Research and set-up is my job. I may not want one (hubby still doesn't believe me when I say that . . . ) but that doesn't mean I don't want to play with the newest tech toy. 
  
Best of both worlds. For both of us. 

5.14.2015

Great Flood of '15

We finally got some rain today. 
 
Can't you just hear the newsies screaming, "Flood Watch 2015!!"?  
Sooo much excitement in S. California when nature does that H2O thing.
 
Leanne and I went out to play in the rain and look for rainbows,
 
and she got to use the umbrella we bought her months ago for the first time.
 
And she was sooo willing to share. Not.
 
"Get out from my burella!" 


4.19.2015

Half Day

It was hard getting up this morning - I am soooo not a morning person - but the Tunisian beading class with Darla Fanton was definitely worth it.

We worked with tiny beads (6/0), thread and a smallish crochet hook - thank goodness for the table-top magnifier I bought yesterday. No way I could have done this workshop without it.

Great class, very relaxing with everyone working at their own speed and the beads all pre-strung by Darla.

I'm going to miss Yarn Fest - where else can you find backstrap weavers hanging out in the hotel lobby?? - but I'm really (really, really) looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.
As soon as I got out of class, we headed for Denver and the Mythical Creatures exhibit at the natural history museum. I think most of Denver had the same idea - the entry line was looooooong . . . until smarty Rachel remembered the self-service kiosks in the lobby. Bye bye, standing in line!

The exhibit was really interesting. Addy was excited to see unicorns but not so much the dragons and krakens.
Tomorrow is a free day and Tuesday we fly home. Addy is advocating for a visit to the Ft Collins children's museum and finishing up her embroidery.

I think we can arrange that.

4.18.2015

Crochet Immersion

I'm sad there's only one day - and one class - left of Yarn Fest 2015. I've thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with my fellow yarnies, especially the crochet branch. And I really lucked out on the teachers - they've all been fantastic.

First class of the day was with Robyn Chachula, learning how to combine lace and cables. So many ideas!

The green sweater is from her Blueprint Sweater book and has moved to the top of my must-make list. The cables accent the lace but also keep the sweater from "growing", aka stretching out of shape. Brilliant.

Class #2 was Bruges lace with Mary Beth Temple, another well-known artist, author and teacher. What a great session!
This was the session I was most looking forward too, and neither the topic nor the instructor disappointed.
Bruges crochet is just beginning to be popular and there aren't a lot of published patterns yet. Getting started is easy - double crochets and chains - but the possibilities and variations are endless. I'm planning to pull out my bobbin lace books and do a bit of design research. Being bi-craftal has some great benefits!
Addy and Rachel met me after class for one last trip through the marketplace (Rach and I also hit the quilting Shop Hop at lunchtime. . . .)

We made a quick stop for a table-top magnifier (for tomorrow's beading class) and some embroidery supplies, then home for the evening so I could give Addy her first lesson in embroidery.
Didn't she do great?? Just look at that concentration!
It's looking more and more like Addison got a full dose of the crafting gene. Makes a grandma so happy.