Sunday, July 27, 2014

Market Knitting and Zoe's New Idea

Haymaker Farmers Market - Kent

How fortunate we are in Kent to have such a diverse little outdoor market to visit every Saturday morning.  It is like a neighborhood block party since you get to know all the vendors and are always running into someone you know.  It's one of the highlights of my week.

In case anyone is wondering, I am still attempting to knit a sock; I have not given up.  However, my sock has not grown much because every couple of rounds I run into a snag or a dropped stitch, or I'm going the wrong direction (4 needles) etc.  Thank goodness for the help, kindness and encouragement from my knitting mentor, Carol.  It amazes me how she can fix anything that I have messed up - at least in the knitting department.  Yesterday, Saturday, it was a lovely day to sit and knit and listen to the band, Rio Neon.  They were awesome!  Click Here to learn more about them!

Carol & Francis - Come to the market and they will help you learn to knit - Free!
Rio Neon

Flowers were everywhere at the market this week. 

Zoe's New Idea:

My granddaughter Zoe came up with some "nature" based activities this weekend.  One of her ideas was to make Potpourri from flowers and herbs that we have in our yards.  She picked a lot of different plants and we hung them up on the porch to dry.  Now we wait and see what happens!  

Next week is Zoe's birthday and she will be 10 - double digit!  What fun to have such a creative granddaughter.  

"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."  ~ A. A. Milne

Friday, July 18, 2014

Barn Quilts and July QBee Day

We mostly think of barn quilts as large, painted quilt squares on the sides of real barns.  After a little research, I was surprised and pleased to learn that this idea originally started in Ohio.  Click Here for more information about barn quilts.

On our QBee day, Miss Carol showed us another type of barn quilt; a real quilt that she just finished up with a cross-hatch stitch for her client, Nancy.  Nancy did all the  embroidery on this quilt by hand and it is extraordinary!  Look at the borders how nicely they line up.  We all admired this quilt!  I don't know where she got the pattern, but if anyone is interested, I will ask.

We also had projects of our own to complete:
Miss Carol did a Christmas in July quilt.  

Barbie took a table runner class and made this sweet pansy design.  I love it!

Mary made a happy little octopus for her lucky granddaughter.  The legs are ribbons.

Miss Carol finished these blocks in one day.  She is a zippy sewer.  

Leftover triangles will be perfect for another Bonnie Hunter Maverick Stars Quilt.  It never ends.  
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and having fun in the sun.