I finally decided I'd best empty the camera...and share with you "what I've done on my summer vacation"!
Every summer I weed and water my sister's garden in June, while she's tied up at work (read: hospitality industry, Calgary Stampede...):
|WD's veggie patch - July 16, 2017
This year I found a great pattern at the Central Alberta Quilt Show in March, and "shopped" my stash to suit the colours of my sister's "casa" at the lake:
I've been assembling throw-sized tops to send to B.C. for quilting and giving away to victims of the wild-fires there.
|String piecing under construction
|Stack o' string blocks
|String Throw - finished
|Rail Fence under construction
|Rail Fence throw - finished
I still have one more Rail Fence from the same fabric (it was a kit of fat quarters given me a few years ago by an elderly friend who didn't want to make it up), which will be a crib-sized top once I get some more navy for borders!
I've been putting up Saskatoon berries -- some of which I picked locally and some of which were given me -- and raspberries from my own garden -- in jam:
I've been enjoying the garden's floral beauties:
|Bee Balm blossom close-up
|Hollyhocks and friends
|Impatiens in a pot
I travelled to Canmore (3+ hours each way -- there was construction!) to meet with a SAQA friend and colleague from California, Susan who, with her husband, was finishing a week of bicycle touring in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. We'd never met in person, so we had a very special lunch and are both thankful to her DH for giving us time together!
I look a little...ahem...snooty in this photo, don't I?! Have no idea...but while the other photo her DH took with my camera showed me in a better light, Susan had her eyes closed -- so I had to go with this one! LOL!
I also finished some knitting projects, such as this commission:
|"Shawl in a Ball" - materials and pattern
from Lion Brand Yarns (provided by client)
|Shawl detail -- pretty, eh?
And this shawl for a good friend...shhhhh...she doesn't know about it!
|Pattern: "California Skies" by Evelyn Uyemura
Yarn: Painted Desert by Knitting Fever
|"California Skies" - detail
And just yesterday, this wee hat in left-over "Oilers" yarn, for a tot who's having a first birthday soon:
|Pattern: "Scraptastic Hat" by Windy Prairie Designs
Yarn: "Hat Trick" from River City Yarns
Colour-way: Edmonton Oilers
Also yesterday, this project -- which I began in May 2016 -- for another wee tot, whose first birthday she shares with my 65th...
|Kit from Dimensions
Today...I'm off to the shop to fill in for our manager, who's gone to a conference. It's often quiet on a Tuesday, but never fear...I've begun a new knitting project... 😉