Isn't this a lovely photo? :) This is my niece Stephanie, dressed in a very expensive costume as a lady of the Tudor period in England. Apparently she was visiting a cosplay shop and they let her try this on ... I think it suits her very well. Lady Stephanie. :)
Yesterday was a beautiful day but cold, cold, cold - especially for Maryland. The Sew&Tell group met in the afternoon at Genie's house, on the second Sunday this month (we delayed the meeting due to New Year's Day:). The thermometer at her place read 17 degrees F. while we were there .. and the wind chill was fierce. We had snow on Saturday and it was still on the ground - another relatively rare event here as it usually warms up and melts the snow pretty quickly. Of course, I did not have the sense to dress well for the weather so I was shivering. Sigh.
I took some embroidery and some hand sewing to the meeting this time. I finished the work on this kitchen towel, chiefly the corn plants to the right of the barn:
I very selfishly decided to keep this piece as a momento of my year in the country (the outback of Ohio:). Skip had a good chuckle at my expense when I showed it to him later - he said he thought I'd like to forget the year away ... but that's not really true. I quite enjoyed some parts of my time out there. :)
I also worked on making a bicornu pincushion with my two 6" pin-loomed squares. Actually, when I measured my squares, they each measured 5 1/2". I did wash them both so they may have shrunk some from that ... and the yarn, being made for knitting with and so having more stretch than a weaving yarn would have, probably was stretched a bit during the weaving. I was not particular about exactly _what_ size the squares were as long as they were the same size. :)
The link above is a tutorial for making one of these pinnies. It is an easy process. I first basted each of my squares to a square of quilting weight cotton - the loose weave of my pinloomed pieces would leak stuffing I thought. :) So I had sewed together the two squares including their two cotton lining pieces. No real problem - I used a running back stitch for the job and my stitches worked quite well. I was prepared to have to mend the seams if the stuffing leaked but it has not so far. I also found four antique buttons in my big jar of old buttons (bought on our Row by Row adventures in the summer of 2015) to hold my pinnie together. Here are some photos to show how my project turned out. It is very soft and velvety to the touch. :) Oh, I stuffed it with a mixture of walnut shells and lavender buds bought in a shop in Ohio last summer.
I reallly like how solid and stable this pincushion is! I'll be using it for some time, I'm sure. :)
Since I finished my Eagle Twist shawl Saturday, I started knitting a new one last night as I watched 'tv' in the evening. I bought a beautiful set of hand dyed merino yarns in Kansas this fall and the shop lady helped me choose a simple lace shawl pattern to use them for - a design called Pebble Beach shawl by Helen Stewart. Here is the start I managed last night:
This yarn is really luscious to work with...it has quite a lot of 'bounce' in it...I don't know the knitter's term for the characteristic. When you squeeze the knitted bit, it feels soft and bounces a bit like a soft sponge. I think this is going to be a very cosy shawl. :)
So far the pattern is pretty easy to follow and, astonishingly, I have not yet made any mistakes. Tonight I finished the last of this dark blue yarn (each color has 100 yards of yarn) so tomorrow night I will start on another color or maybe a lighter shade of blue. The yarn bundle has three colors of this blue (this is the darkest, then there is a medium and lighter shade) and three colors of a luscious purple-y pink. I don't know how large the resulting shawl will be - I'll just knit until I use all the yarn. :)
Today I managed to pay the bills that have accumulated on my desk over the past six weeks. It actually took more work than usual as several of them required me to call and find out what the heck the bill was actually _for_ and whether I had already paid it (which did turn out to be the case for two of them). Sadly my personal book keeping has gotten a bit erratic during my various travels and distractions. Sigh.
I have an appointment tomorrow for a mammogram (squish) and I expect to make a fairly busy trip to the post office to mail my bills and an assortment of packages. After that, I'm planning to go buy those blocking mats and I might even take in an afternoon movie. :)