FO: Undines

It’s amazing… the power of knitting monogamy!

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Normally, it takes me a minimum of two weeks to complete a pair of socks. But, I had this cute little pair off the needles in just six days!

The pattern is my Undine, and I used a leftover ball of Kroy Socks (Bramble stripe), and a cheery bit of leftover Barn Cat for heels and toes (Sunshine).  I think the yellow adds just the perfect bit of perkiness to this pair – perfect for Miss Lily.

With them off the needles, I’m well into a man-sized pair which will be gifted to Owen (Lily’s oldest brother). I’m going to see how long I can  keep this monogamy thing going… I really like finishing projects!

Girls gone wild

I mentioned on Saturday that this weekend was a little bit of a girls getaway. I was about an hour from home with these lovely silly ladies…

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L-R – Samantha, Samantha’s daughter Lily, Lily’s friend Emma, Lily’s friend Jade, Samantha’s friend Sarah, and my friend Aneesha

We spent the day and night at Sam’s trailer in a lovely little park called Willow Lake.

There was a fire

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With marshmallows of course!

There was a beautiful sunset of the lake

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And just wonderful time spent with great friends!

Mystery solved

I know I said I’m trying to curb my spending… and for the most part, I’m doing ok. But Samantha has commissioned me to make another quilt for the trailer, so I had to order some fabric special from Missouri Star Quilts (and technically, it doesn’t count because she’s paying for it.)

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Aren’t they cute? Sam gave me free reign on which pattern to do, and I think I’ve got an awesome one picked out. Details will follow.

Now I should have left it there, but I really like to get the most out of their flat rate shipping, and the Daily Deal that day was hard to beat….

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A killer price on 20 mystery fat quarters from Free Spirit – a company who offers designs from Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink, and Amy Butler to name a few.

I love a good mystery, and I was not disappointed!

Look at that chipmunk and that fox…. so cute!

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And check out this crazy frog!

No plans for these yet, but I’m sure they will find the right project eventually.

And last… by spending a certain amount, I also go a free mystery charm pack!

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And once again, it was a great surprise – a cute little pack of ditsy florals. I recently picked up a nice piece of  flannel with similar colours, so I think this charm pack will become a baby blanket with the flannel as the back!

I guess I better get sewing!

Burton’s garden tour

I’m off  to a girls’ weekend today, so I leave you in the paws of Burton for this week’s garden tour.

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Of course, if the sun is out Burton’s usually taking cover – all that black fur isn’t great for warm temps.

My little Lilac is in full bloom. The bush is only four years old now, so  it’s still pretty slim, but the blooms this year are amazing.

My irises are  really showing off…IMG_0298

I think it’s all the rain – the irises love to be wet.

The Columbine are all starting to bloom and I added two new colours this year (the pink and the burgundy).

Like the irises, the Chives only bloom for a limited time, but they are spectacular this year.  They are almost always covered in bees.

Soon enough, we’ll be on to Lilies and Roses. I can’t wait!

 

Top o’ the mountain

With Paisley’s quilt top done, I was full of energy and decided to bang out another top.

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Of course, Bear Mountain is a baby quilt, so it came together pretty quickly. I had the paws already done, it just needed sashing and borders.

And since you can’t be a Bear Mountain without some bears…

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I fussy cut a few of these little bears for the corner stones between the paws.

For borders: The blue grid was a fat quarter I had in my stash, and the green was leftover from Aliza in Wonderland.

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But it’s the grey I’m really excited about… it was a remnant at Lens, and when I first bought it, I thought maybe it was duck prints, or little tulip flowers. But turned upside down… it kind of looks like little snow-capped mountain tops!

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For the back, I’ve got a snuggly chunk of  blue-grey flannel, and lots of the green left for binding. Look for an FO post on this one soon!

In secret

With Paisley’s quilt top done, and a project box open, I’ve started something new. Sadly, I can’t show you. It’s also a Christmas present, but I think the recipient reads this blog. And if I showed what it was, it would be blatantly obvious who it was for.

I can show you the fabrics though…

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It took me a while to hunt them all down from different sources, but I’m so glad I did. When you see the finished project (sadly, you’ll have to wait until after Christmas), you’ll understand why.

But for now, all the fun has to remain under wraps!