And so here we are...two sleeps before Christmas Day. The makings of the sourdough dinner rolls are in the bread-maker; soon a batch of pastry will be made and turned into my version of Bumbleberry Pie.
The third refugee quilt top is finished... (The white 'thing' you see in the photo below is the edge of my sewing table, as the top is on my design wall, immediately to the left of the table.)
|"Simply Scraps" - pattern by Judy Turner|
from Successful Scrap Quilts,
Martingale & Co., 2002
...and I am well on the way to finishing a fourth. I decided I wanted to make this one a 'Rail Fence', using 2" squares and creating 5" blocks. I'm laying them out in 8 rows of 6 blocks, and then will add borders. The fabrics (a loaves-and-fishes-style miracle in my sewdio or perhaps simply evidence of an outrageous stash!) continue to be wild and improbable...leading me to give this one a title: "Off the Rails"!
|"Off the Rails" initial fabric audition on the design wall|
I'm thinking the refugee recipient(s) will undoubtedly be cozy under these cuddle quilts...but able to nap? Highly unlikely! (grin)
On the knitting front, the Project-That-Cannot-Be-Named is finished, as are the mittens for my son:
|Pattern: "Simple Finger-less Mitts" - from Tinksdarkerside on Ravelry|
Yarn: Berocco Boboli Lace, Colour #4395 - "Tree Swing"
And I am madly working on a matching neck-warmer. Due to the light spin on this yarn, I threw out the idea of replicating the Trestle Neck Warmer that I made for my nephew, and am going with a simpler ribbed cowl -- "Just Try It!" by Susan Ashcroft (also on Ravelry). With only 4 rows done, and signs of some sort of tendonitis flaring in my left shoulder/elbow and hand (hot packs and liniment being judiciously applied, along with the occasional analgesic)...my son might just find an IOU for this under the tree instead!
Speaking of trees...the wee table-topper is up, and survived a day alone with Miss Pooks while I went to work yesterday. I'm so proud of her!
Quilt: Log Cabin, ca 1978; machine-pieced
by my Aunt Alice Rennie (1907 - 2002)
and hand-quilted by her friends
I don't expect to have time to post again before The Day, so, Gentle Readers, whoever and wherever you are, I send you my thanks for your faithful following of these pages and your kind comments...and I wish you and yours all the joy and peace this blessed season brings. Merry Christmas!
Until later...I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network's WIP Wednesday -- and to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday and leave you with a wee bit o' merry music, courtesy of the Irish Rovers...
O tidings of Comfort and Joy,
Comfort and Joy...
O tidings of Comfort and Joy!