Beekeeper’s Quilt and Cuteness Overload

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This is Max, the newest addition to our home.  We picked him up at a pet adoption at Pet Smart.  What a personality!  My husband doesn’t like cats at all.  He sure likes Max!  Everyone does.  He greets you at the door when you come home.  He follows you around the house.  He is affectionate and wants to lay by you or on you.

My daughter-in-law, Lauren, found my stash of Hexagons for my BeeKeeper’s Quilt by Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits.  When I showed her a photo of what they were supposed to become, she excitedly sat down and counted them for me.  You need 385 hexipuffs and I had 387.  That’s when Max insisted on getting in the basket with the Hexipuffs.

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This is Lauren, with my grandson, Jack, and our new kitty, Max.  Can you believe I have not knit a single thing for my grandson yet?!   I have time.  Lauren knits and crochets too.  How lucky am I to get a daughter that likes yarn projects?!

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Maybe I can get Lauren to come over and tie Hexipuffs together with me and Max.   She may be able to resist me, but she’s getting pretty darn attached to Max!  I bet I can bribe her!

The Beekeeper’s Quilt is pretty popular.  Ravelry has numerous photos of finished projects.   All are stunning.  Ravelry is a website for knitters and crocheters.  It’s a necessity if you want to knit or crochet.     Ravelry deserves it’s own blog page.  For now, sign up and look around.

I’ll be back to show how to put it together and how our’s turns out.  Enjoy the cuteness overload with Max.

Christmas in July

Just came back from Fiber Christmas in July at the Creek County Fairgrounds, near Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

I found some great treasures to add to my “collection” of yarn.

I am not a spinner (yet, anyway).  There were lots of beautiful fibers for spinners.  Beautiful tools, spindles, and spinning accessories; definitely, a good place to go if you’re a spinner.

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I really like this darling young lady’s yarn!

 

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She is the face of Apothefaery Fabrications.

You can find her here: apothefaery.etsy.com and facebook.com/apothefaery

She had a great range of colors and lots of selections of color.  She is on trend with the latest speckled and various fades.   She also uses Eco-friendly Acid Dyes.  She is so stinking cute!  That is her man and young son next to her.  They were so cute too!  This booth was the highlight of the show for me.  Now spinners, may have felt differently.  As a knitter/yarnie, this was the one.  Jourdyn, loves yarn, just like her Gugga!

IMG_2347There were several other venders that brought lots of goodies too.  This kind lady brought natural soaps and candles.    The soaps and candles were rustic and beautiful!  I found some cute buttons at one booth that had a table full of  buttons.  There was a pottery area with yarn bowls and much more!

 

IMG_2346This booth had all Alpaca Fibers.  Here are some samples of the finished product of the yarn they sell.  I saw a woman try this on and it was GORGEOUS!  Stunning actually!  It was a flattering feminine silhouette.  It looked like something a very wealthy woman at a ski lodge in the mountains might be wearing.  Jourdyn is a fabulous model!IMG_2343IMG_2345This booth had quite an assortment of felted pieces.   Felted artistry.   We children had a hard time keeping our hands off them!  They cry out, “Play with me and touch me!”.  It’s a good thing they had this mature young man handling things!

It was a nice day, for a little drive up to Tulsa, for a fun afternoon.  We all enjoyed ourselves, even if Len doesn’t appear to be in this photo.

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Last, but not least, is the yarn I found to bring back to my treasure trove of yarn.

Where it all Began

Hello All!

I had a mother-in-law, Ada, that used to knit my children beautiful matching cardigans and hats.  I cherished them!  She is an amazing knitter and I had the most beautiful little outfits.  I asked her to teach me to knit one day, and she politely declined stating that it would take her too long to teach me.   She did live across the big pond, in the United Kingdom.   Those short few weeks of vacations just wouldn’t do.

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Bill and Ada, my mother-in-law that started my knitting journey.

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John and Jake in matching cardigans that Ada made.

Then the day came when I was going to be a grandmother.  I had to learn to knit!  It was now my place to give a little love like Ada gave to me and my children.   I enrolled in a months worth of weekly classes at my local Hobby Lobby.  (I had no idea yarn stores existed.).  Let me tell you, it is not easy at first!  The knitting needles feel foreign in your hands, and managing the yarn at the same time, was a mess.   I remember my first class,  I was using my belly to knit.  Don’t ask me how!  My shoulders were tense and tight.  My neck hurt.  I remember saying, “I can run a Code Blue with less stress!”.  For those of you that don’t know what a Code Blue is in the hospital setting, it’s when a person is dying and you are rushing to save their lives.  It’s a bit stressful to say the least.   Please understand, I’ve been a cardiac nurse for 20 years.  Knitting is not as hard as saving a person’s life.  Not to be insensitive, but I was sharing something stressful I do in everyday life compared to the tension I was having with learning to knit.

I was determined!  I took my project home each week and practiced and practiced and practiced.  Remember, knitting is addictive.  I was the only one in class that had each homework project finished and ready to move on to the next one.  My teacher identified me as a knitter that first week!  She said, “You are either a Knitter or not a Knitter. ”  I was definitely a KNITTER!

I have to share about my first hat.  Yes, I messed up.  Thankfully, my teacher did not make me rip it out and start over.  My husband, Leonard, still wears the hat I made.  It’s one of his favorites, mistake and all.  I had been working on the hat and put it down for the day.  When I picked it up the next time, I knit in the wrong direction.  I went from Stockinette to a Garter top portion.  I was going to throw it away because it wasn’t perfect, but, my husband dug it out of the trash and still has it somewhere.

Thats how I was introduced into the wonderful world of the fiber arts.  I only wish I had learned when I was younger.

If you are interested in learning to knit, inquire at your local hobby stores such as Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s for classes.  You also have your Local Yarn Stores (LYS) that offer classes on how to knt or crochet, along with learning more progressive skills.  There are also web sites like Craftsy that have online classes that teach you everything from casting on to intricate lace shawls.   I taught myself how to crochet from various YouTube videos.