Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brew Day

Today, Motorcycle Dude is brewing 5 gallons of ale.

His brew sculpture is pretty dang fancy. Digital controls, and everything.

It's got huge burners to heat the brew. The sculpture has the capacity to brew 10 gallons at a time.

We're hoping that it will be ready to take on vacation in July. It might be a little young, but it should be drinkable.

So what am I doing while he's brewing?

I've been spinning!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Socks Done

I finished these last night.

Next, I think I'll begin working on Christmas stockings for next year.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012


Do you ever do things and then wonder if it was a good idea? I was working on a quilt with these beautiful appliqued sunflowers. The statement was made when I was picking it up that "it didn't need anything fancy." Well, I'm not sure I'm the best quilter for leaving out fancy, but I did my best.

I looked up pictures of sunflowers and decided a little detail was in order. I used a drab gold for some lines on the petals.

Then I thought maybe a little more detail. So, I got out a brighter thread with some variegation. I added a little more stitching in close to the centers of the flowers.

Now, I wasn't ripping anything out, mind you. I'm just not sure it made  a significant difference.  Maybe, it needed more? More and brighter? Hmm.

Oh well, it's done and delivered, and done is good.

Friday, June 15, 2012

What's On My Needles?

Judy, over at Patchwork Times is allowing us to share what's on our needles.

First up are these socks. I worked on them on the last trip to California. The yarn is a bamboo/wool blend dyed by a lady in Sedona, AZ. It's interesting that on the first sock the yarn didn't pool, but on the second one it is pooling. very curious.
Motorcycle Dude had not met his newest grandson, Smiley. They have been introduced, and are now BFFs. Currently they are planning a cross country motorcycle trip. They will however, wait until Smiley's legs can straddle the seat.

It was also Twinkle Toes' birthday. Queen Twinkle Toes had a lovely tea party at Olivia's Dollhouse and Tea Room with all of her princess friends in attendance.

But wait, there's more! This sock is from yarn that I bought in Kansas when I was there for MQS. We had a little field trip one afternoon. It is my responsibility to help keep all yarn and fabric stores in business. I take my responsibilities very seriously, you know. So this yarn came home with me. I am trying Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato heel on these.

I also started these when I had some friends over to teach them how to knit socks. I've only gotten the toes done, because I can't decide what I want to do with them.

I also have some Christmas stockings going, but alas, no pictures of them.

So, what are you working on these days?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lone Star Progress

Today is Lone Star Quilt Along Saturday. I haven't gotten much further, but I do have the star points sewn together. I still have to cut the setting squares and triangles.  I'm hoping that the points don't disappear against the mottled black fabric. Maybe by next month I'll have the next step done.