I've thought and thought about what I could show you for a picture today and because yesterday was my first day back to playing in my studio, there unfortunately isn't much. I *could* show you a picture of Jack the Ripper because he certainly came into play a lot yesterday. He's a little shy though and doesn't feel as if his best side is showing.
So...how about I show you some of the mail that arrived during my hiatus from blogging. First came this...
Some of you might remember that I'm working on a mile-a-minute crocheted afghan which was originally planned to be a stash buster. Unfortunately the best laid plans of mice and men came out to bite me and I ran out of colour options. So what's a girl to do but order more?
Sorry about the horribly dark picture (it's raining here) but inside this box are three different shades of 'denim' yarn destined to be three little sweaters for three little boys. Oh, and there's a ball of white in the bottom that just *might* turn into a snowman.
And finally, this arrived just before I got my glasses and is providing me with lots of interesting reading at the moment....
- I often point you to something interesting on Mary Corbet's blog and today is no exception. This time she shows a really nifty way to deal with embroidery threads that come in a twist rather than on a spool. Go HERE to see her clever solution.
- Karen Ruane has a great new online class on offer which will also include Zoom meetings at points throughout the class. Go HERE to find out more about her 'Sewing Circle Interactive' class.
- Earth Day happened while I was gone but I saved THIS sweet little cross-stitch design to share with you. I think it's perfect for ANY time of the year.
And here's your quote for today..."If people stopped looking for things that offended them and started looking for things that inspired them, I'm sure we would have a better country"
Both Mary corbet abd Karen Ruane are great stitchers and very nice women, too, so happy in their work.ReplyDelete
If I'm looking for inspiration both Mary and Karen are great resources (and you're right - they're nice!).Delete
It takes a while to get "back into the swing of things" doesn't it? I managed to sew one Old Italian block and then the shoulder yelled at me to stop and rest. Only wound some bobbins...guess it will be a reading afternoon here...ReplyDelete
Hugs my now "sharp-eyed" friend ;))) Julierose
Must be something about bobbin winding - it was on my agenda today too. I always manage to run out right in the middle of a project.Delete
It won't be long before your Studio has new and interesting things to delight your Followers and friends. New sweaters for starters. I agree Mary and Karen are both nice women - inspiring and helpful also. Great quote! What a better World it would be if everyone used that quote. Have a lovely day Mary Anne.ReplyDelete
Yes, it indeed would be a better world if only people would listen to (and use!) that quote. The studio here at Chez Magpie is a hive of industry at the moment - and I'm loving every minutes of it!Delete
The Art Quilting book looks fabulous. Now don't tire those eyes of yours. =)ReplyDelete
I'm mostly self-taught when it comes to pretty much everything I do so I rely on books to learn new techniques and get ideas. This book, at least so far, is filled with inspiration.Delete
Heeey there, welcome back :-) Oh I bet those denim sweaters are going to be gorgeous! Also, fabulous quote.ReplyDelete
I don't know if our little guys like denim, but hopefully they do. Thank you - glad to be back!Delete
Oh the quilting book looks very interesting! And you new yarn.... yummy😄 I’m working on catching up on my mile a minute this weekend ! xxReplyDelete
I'm finishing another baby afghan that I started before I had my eyes done - thought I'd be able to work on it while I healed but it didn't happen. Can't wait to get back to the mile a minute though...it's next on the list!Delete
So you got your glasses which is great and your vaccines are booked. You will feel better getting the first out of the way. I did. Lovely looking wool and a great magazine for inspiration for you. Take care now.ReplyDelete
I felt better just getting the vaccines booked much less actually getting them! Can't wait to start playing with that yarn, for sure.Delete
Enjoy your new yarns Mary Anne.... you have deserved a little treat! The trick to thread in twists is a great idea! Thank you for the link! Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend! Christine xxReplyDelete
I love denim so I know I'm going to like working with these yarns. Just have to get the proper sizes for the boys and I'll be able to start at them.Delete
Welcome and so happy you are able to see properly once again. Your yarns are beautiful and will become wonderful gifts for your Littles. I love this quote that offers looking for inspiration instead of negative or offensive issues. Enjoyed the links you shared too. Thank You dear.ReplyDelete
I'm happy too Sherry and it feels so good to get back to being creative again. I can't wait to start playing with the denim yarns although by the time I'm finished with three matching sweaters it might be a little boring!Delete
" rain out of color options " Love that as reason to order more.ReplyDelete
Have fun with your Art Quilting.
Seemed like a good enough reason to me too!Delete
I was in here the other day and I guess I closed my windows before I left a comment. I even visited some of your links. And printed out the Earth Day cross stitch pattern. I always enjoy seeing pictures of people's new acquisitions. So many possibilities in them. :)ReplyDelete
I rather liked that Earth Day design too - but it's not one that could be strictly for Earth Day I think, something that reminds us all the time about how important our earth is. And getting boxes of yarn (and fabric) in the mail is great fun but I have to remember that I need to find the time to make something with them!Delete
I'm catching up on blog reading today. I'm also glad I'm not the only one buying yarn these days!ReplyDelete
Nothing better than a box of yarn or fabric appearing in the mail - even though I do really miss going to the store and getting to fondle all the yarnsDelete
Lovely yarns! We have two wonderful yarn shops in Mahone Bay and another in Lunenburg, NS. Great shops to visit. Happy knitting!ReplyDelete
Hopefully three little boys will get 'denim' sweaters for Christmas this year - if all goes well.Delete