Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Visit To The Market

Jim and I try and get to the farmers market just up the road from us on Saturdays.
This weekend that didn't happen so we decided instead to go to the big farmers market in downtown Sacramento that is held on Sundays.
It is a wondrous market. 

Tonight we will be dining on some fresh steamed English peas.
Along with strawberries. 
 The strawberry season has started and between the two of us three pint baskets disappear quickly. 
I also found some new cheese to try, Nicasio cheese.
I am such a fan of the cheeses being produced in the area.
I do so love going to the farmers market. 
You never know what you might find.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Sundays I generally find myself working on my quilt blocks for Dear Jane. 
Today I managed to make one more block.
I give you A3. 
And since it is Easter Sunday I will share with you two more bears for Mother Bear.

Meet Andrea and Andy.
I decided I needed to step up my game and knit them cabled sweaters.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This Week In Pictures

You never know what you may come upon when you're on the road.
Apparently they heard I liked purple at the Best Western in Arcata.
Just like the color of our front doors in Arlington.

Across from one of my shops I visited. 
I hear hemp is similar to linen when it comes to fabric.

The state flower, California poppies.
  It was lovely driving along highway 101.

What exactly does that mean?
Should I do my banking here?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Vrinds Three

It's National Sibling Day.
I am the middle of three.
And they are always there for me.
Love you both!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

8 Stitches

I cast on a sock in January using Sweet Georgia tough love sock which is a superwash merino wool and nylon blend that I picked up in my wanderings from Article Pract in Oakland. 
I had bought this yarn to make a pair of socks for a friend but I was not happy how they were turning out and so I found myself not working on them.  I just did not like how the yarn was pooling.
This Sunday I decided I needed to either get working on these socks or start over.

I picked start over.
I had initially cast on 64 stitches and so I decided to cast on 8 more stitches this time.
Generally I cast on 72 stitches when making Jim or Hagen's socks so I decided to just do a 2 by 2 rib to compensate for the extra stitches.
I am so much happier on how the sock is turning out.
It's amazing what a few more stitches can do.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

So I Started Something New

Last week I headed to Nevada for some appointments. For my first appointment I had intended to drive  from our home in the morning on Wednesday but we had an impending storm coming that would have made it difficult for me to get over the mountains (and through the woods) because of the possibility of snow.  I don't do snow so I called my friend Cathie and ask if she would mind me coming in Tuesday and spending the night at her house. 
On her design wall she had a finished block from this quilt.
I fell in love.  I truly enjoy paper piecing which this quilt is all about.
Cathie works at Going Batty in Reno and they are doing this BOM (block of the month).
I am not a big fan of BOM's because I don't like to wait each month for my block (Tracie are you taking notes?) but at Going Batty I could get all of my blocks at once so of course I succumbed and bought.
Yesterday after making a bunch of phone calls to try and set some appointments I gave up on the rejection and decided to sew.
So I played hooky from work and started the quilt.
I did decide to do my background in black instead of white and I am liking how it is turning out.
And so it begins.

My first block done.

This is what happens when you're not paying attention.

And this is how it's suppose to look.

The second block done.
Today I went back to making phone calls.

And on the Dear Jane front I now have 59 blocks completed.