FO: Brigantine Baby

I hope the weather is good enough to be on the water, because this little baby quilt is ready to set sail!

I have to say, this is definitely one of my favourite quilts! It’s just so… so… charming!

Those ships are just so winsome (and easy to make!) and there is just something sophisticated about them all lined up together – even though it’s a baby quilt with plenty of cutsey!

As mentioned in my previous post, the back is flannel and it’s all bound up with those adorable crabs! (They just keep popping up!) And it’s now available in the shop.

I love it so much, I have plans to make a much bigger one… for some grown-up sailors!

Frosty

I should be working on the second sleeve of Paisley’s cardigan, but as much as I love it, I needed a bit of a break.

Enter my Winters Frost socks. The last time you saw them, I didn’t have much done. But a few evenings of working on them, and I’m just half an inch away from starting the toe.

I really love the colours in this one (which aren’t showing well in the picture, because I took it too late at night). It’s a beautiful mix of cream, soft grey, pale pink and a hint of blue.

It’s called Seashell colours (Kroy FX), but to me, it’s the colours and shade of theshadows on snow… cold and frosty, but also beautiful!

I’ll finish the toe up and then get right back to the cardigan sleeve… fully refreshed and ready to rock those stripes!

Set sail…

A new year has donned, and I’ve been busy stitching.

I’ve wanted to make this ship block for ages, and I finally have. In fact, I made 12 of them!

Relic inspected each one and I sewed them into the sweetest little top for the babies. I love so much about this quilt, but I really love the fabric I found for the water…

With those random little fishies swimming about! And what do you think about those seagulls?

It was a remnant bin find and couldn’t be more perfect! And speaking of remnant bin finds…

It was there I found this sailboat flannel for the back! And of course, I’ve got more of those adorable crabs to bind the whole thing up with!

Not quite finished…

(Sorry if you saw this post yesterday, it got scheduled wrong…)

New Year’s Eve has come and gone, and I’m sure you were hoping to see an FO post but…

Bogatell is still on the needles. As you can see, the first sleeve is done (and I’m actually well in to the second). If I’d done nothing but knit, I might have been able to finish it before the year was out. But I had other things to do.

I don’t mind though. I’m closing in on the end, and it is quite an enjoyable knit. I love the effect of using three different shades of grey for the big stripes. And the mauve and magenta on the skinny stripes are so striking. You can’t see it, but the mauve has lovely shifts in shade – it’s a beautiful yarn! And I should have enough left to make a pair of socks for myself from it.

So long 2020… you weren’t all bad…

Well, here we are at the end of an “unprecedented” year. (I am so sick of that word now.)

And while there of course, have been challenges, I really can’t complain. Both Dave and I were able to keep our jobs. And while my pay was cut for a while, and Dave’s hours were (and are still) reduced, we still managed to pay off a couple of debts, and our finances are in better shape than they were at the start of the year. If that’s the only thing 2020 brought, I would have been happy.

But 2020 brought lots of others smiles. You’ve already seen my knitting and quilting retrospectives, but 2020 brought a lot more!

After the first lockdown, and before the second wave, Mom and I were able to get north and spend a lovely summer day with our girls.

In September Dave and I got all gussied up

And took the fancy car out to celebrate true love with his uncle and new bride.

There wasn’t much more traveling than that, but I had plenty to keep me occupied at home.

I merely had to step outside my door to experience a beautiful world

My gardens, and all the critters that inhabited them, kept me plenty busy

And let’s not forget my adventure with the swallowtail caterpillars…

Even if it didn’t have a happy ending.

And then, of course, there’s been hours of entertainment with Squirrelington’s!

And while we said goodbye to our gorgeous Torti princess in November.

She hung on for 11 long months and went peacefully in the end. And we still have Los Trios Diablos to keep our spirits up

Did 2020 turn out how I expected? Absolutely not. But overall there was more good than bad, and that’s the most I ask of any year.

So now we move into 2021 with hope. Because if 2020 taught us anything this, it’s that anything can happen.

Knit year in review 2020

While it didn’t really feel like it, my time with the knitting needles was just as productive as the sewing machine. I completed 36 projects this year, which is right on par with my average.

As usual, there were lots of socks!

There weren’t as many garments as I would like, but there were a couple..

Including the sheepiest cardigan ever. Let’s just say working on the girl’s cardigans was an absolutely delight after that nasty yarn

There were several great hats

And a few fun little whimsies!

I’m not sure what 2021 will bring to the needles, but whatever it is, you can bet it will be warm and wooly!

Quilt year in review 2020

This year was a fabulous year for me when it came to quilting. I completed a whopping 31 quilts of various sizes.

There were some great collaborations with Mom.

There was the quilt-a-long with the Moda Blockheads which gave me two quilts, and a tonne of inspiration.

And two of our quilts helped raise a few thousand dollars to help our some kitties in need at Bee Meadow Farm!

Our biggest success by far was opening our Etsy shop, and selling all the stock by early November!

And of course, there were quilted gifts galore

I hope 2021 is just as productive and successful!

Meanwhile in Bogatell

I’ve spent the last few days diligently stitching away, and as a result, the body of Paisley’s Bogatell is done!

I believe I mentioned that I’m forgoing twisted ribbing on this one, so that’s making it go a little faster. The sleeves should go fairly quick compared to the body. But the hood will slow it down again. I’m still aiming for a New Year’s Eve finish, but it will probably be down to the wire!

Under the sea…

The other night, I couldn’t sleep, and came downstairs to get a glass of water. There I found Burton keeping an eye on the fish tank.

He has to sit on the dining room table to do so. And the dining room table is out of bounds for cats.. at least when Dave is around to see…

Burton is absolutely enamoured with our plecostomus. But our pleco is very shy. He only comes out late at night when he thinks no one is around. I took the opportunity to get a picture of him.

He was only an inch or so when he first came to live with us. Now he’s a good four inches (or more) long!

We also have this pretty blue Opaline gourami too. Neighbour Krista bought him for me a few years back (she used to work at a pet store)

He mostly hangs out with our angel fish. I’ve had fish for many years, and always have at least one angelfish .This the is first time I’ve ever had one that is solid black. He’s the boss of the tank.

There was also a neat little surprise in the tank. You may recall that I have the whole thing planted with live plants instead of plastic ones.

But I was amazed to see that one of them had bloomed! I’ve never had that happen before. It’s similar to a peace lily!