A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, August 31, 2018

What else is new? A dose of mumblings!

Just wanted to remind you that some of your
comments are still not coming through to my
email inbox so I will try my best to reply to
you directly on my blog.  Please, if you don't 
receive a response, don't think I'm ignoring you!
I appreciate hearing from you so much!!

Alas I seem to have no pictures of my work available to show you today.  It's been one of those weeks where I was being 'social' and there was precious little in the way of creativity happening.  I can, however, lead you to what I'm working on in the evenings.  If you go HERE and scroll down to the bottom and notice the blue and white sweater on the right you'll see.  Mine will be somewhat different and I will be sharing a picture as soon as I get it done.  Seems to me there's a wee grandson out there that just 'happens' to be a fan of Chase and so a doting grandma can't let this opportunity pass her by.  

A bit of a report re 'Jack's balls' - yesterday was laundry day and we gave them a test run.  We used two balls per dryer load and they seem to work!!  The true test will come in the winter when static is more of an issue but for now we're quite pleased.  One of my blog readers (thank you!) said that she uses four at a time with good success so we'll have to keep doing test runs to see what might work best for us.  Jack just might have to make some more!

-  There's a good article HERE about picking up stitches in knitting and part two of the article can be found HERE.

- And also for the knitters, another excellent article HERE for different methods of joining yarn into your project.

- There's a lovely tutorial HERE for making fabric pumpkins for your fall decor (they'd also work as pincushions!).

- Some of you may find THIS post interesting - lots of amazing eye candy!

- Have a look at the portfolio from THIS artist!

- and how about the work of THIS artist?!

- I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that there was a soon-to-start alphabet embroidery pincushion stitch-a-long and the first post is today.  You can find it HERE.

- Oh my goodness, how many of us would love to have one of THESE?  Scroll down for the free pattern.

- Pam Kellogg just released another in her beautiful crazy quilt inspiration book series and you can read more about it (and purchase your own copy too!!) if you go HERE.

In this book Pam features lots (and lots!) of special trinkets she has collected.  You know the ones - the things that you've kept for something 'special' and that end up just residing in a box somewhere!  

- Perhaps you'd like some of THESE for your fall decor?

- THIS is another great decorating idea if you have access to someone with woodworking skills.  

- And, finally, HERE is a fun way to make fibre eyes for a toy for a small child.  

Today's quote..."No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all.  Integrity is everything"


  1. Hi, sweet friend! I am going to send you an email about getting your comments delivered to your inbox. I did it and it works! Have a great weekend! Hugs

  2. Thank you! Love the Felt Apples link. Bookmarked and on the autumn make this list.

  3. Oh my those Japanese quilts are fabric in motion! Absolutely breathtaking! I was fussing this week with only 1 quilt block I'm making with 1 inch squares taking me over 5 hours! I can't imagine the time it took to do one of those. Thanks for the update on "Jack's Balls."

  4. My comments appear in my email the second I find and moderate them! Twice even. Very useful, not really. Good old bloggrrrr!

  5. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Hi Maryanne,sorry you are still having trouble with the comments,fingers crossed it is sorted soon.Thankyou for the links and i hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

  6. I was hoping Blogger got fixed for comments...however I did a new post and have had zero comments except my own. You are the BEST Grandma ever. I am going to be a Great Grandma this Fall so I have picked up knitting needles to make a baby blankie for my new little Great Granddaughter. My knitting skills are terrible but I am very motivated. Your links will help me and I thank you. Paw Patrol Bliss...<3

  7. The article on picking up stitches omits the part where you pick up, count, go back and pick up the right number, then knit. It's high risk for some of us to plunge in, picking and knitting in one mad swoop. Amazing how technical you can get with knitting. But it is engineering after all.

  8. The laundry balls sounds as if they are working well. Good news!

  9. There you go again....Jack and his happy all's good with them. =) Again, fabulous links.

  10. That sweater is adorable! Can't wait to see the one you knit up for your grandson. Will be very curious to hear about the use of the wool dryer balls in the winter. That static electricity is a pain. The only thing I can manage to conquer it with is Static Cling spray - and that's about as far away from natural wool dryer balls as you can get.

    1. The sweater is nearly done. If the button band wasn't giving me fits (proving, once again, that I am not a proficient knitter) it would be finished. The buttons came (all the way from Ireland!) yesterday and I can't wait to see it put together.

  11. Ooops... I meant Static Guard. Static Cling would be a silly name for an anti-static spray. lol

  12. I've saved many of today's links to check back later. Some 'good stuff' there. We don't use anything in the dryer and static doesn't seem to be an issue. Can't use dryer sheets in any case, because of the asthma issue with DH. Asthma triggered with ALL scents.

  13. So glad to hear Jack’s Blue Balls are working well. My husband says, “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”


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