Monthly Archives: December 2014

I am a bag HO

Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on I am a bag HO

Seriously, I am always in search of the perfect bag and Keith just rolls his eyes when I buy a new one. I’m talking, tote bags, travel bags, purses, knitting bags (I’m a bin HO too but that’s another post for another time). Lately I’ve been looking for a better knitting bag to carry with me on trips and I’m pretty sure I found it thanks to this blog post.

No, it’s not cheap but as much as I love a bargain, finding the perfect bag to end my search is worth it. Unfortunately it’s on backorder until March but I’ve ordered it anyway.



Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Chesty

I always worry about Chesty when I travel – he hates to see my suitcase come out although he doesn’t mind Keith coming and going. He was very clingy before we left but Keith’s nephew is watching him at the apartment so I didn’t expect any issues. William let me know he’d thrown up some yesterday but seemed fine afterwards and that’s not unusual these days so I wasn’t too worried but he called again today saying that Chesty wouldn’t stand up — he was trying to get him to go for a walk before he left for work and Chesty kept ‘falling down and rolling on his back’. We know he has some problems with his back legs and after questioning William further I asked him to carry Chesty outside and see if he’d go to the bathroom and then call me back.

It turns out he was just fine … Sometimes when Chesty doesn’t feel the need to go out he’ll just lay there and want you to rub his belly instead. This is William’s first time watching him (usually his twin brother Andrew does) and I think he was a little nervous – probably because I had him come over and gave him a 20 minute orientation to caring for Chesty and a written page of instructions including medication administration!!!

Chesty last week curled up while I was quilting.


After reassuring myself all was OK at home I walked around downtown enjoying the snow flurries, had lunch, and then visited the library….one of the things I miss most.


Cast on

Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Cast on

We’re traveling today and I wanted to carry a small knitting project to work on rather than the crochet blanket already in progress so I spent some time looking through patterns on Ravelry. I decide it was past time to use some of the Wollmeise yarn I’d been stashing. It’s hard to get and not cheap so I’ve felt like it has to be the perfect project … Only I’ve bought 25 skeins of the stuff and it’s time to use some of it, perfect project or not!!

The Lace Ribbon scarf has been in my queue for a while so I cast on at midnight. Luckily our flight isn’t early so I can stay up a bit to get a good start on it and still get some sleep before we leave.


I’ve finished binding my big stitch quilt but want to wash out the marks I made before photographing it so it will have to wait until I get back from Minneapolis.


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Finished

I’m puttering along, binding is done on this one and in progress on another. I also got the HST Quilt trimmed and ready for binding.

Pieced by Barbara at the HeartStrings Maine sew-in


And in the mail, a postcard from Vicki. We’re not putting up a tree so maybe this will be my substitute! Be sure to check her blog if you’re following her Drunkard’s Path sew along. She has some more layouts to inspire you today. As for me, I’ve got two more Drunkard’s Path quilts cut out but I won’t get to them until the binding is done or even later …. Maybe I can play again in January?!



Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on Tired

I was so tired last night and today. Some reading, crochet, and lots of hand quilting — All things I could do sitting cuddled on the sofa with Chesty and I did manage to finish the big stitch quilting on this small quilt. I enjoyed it so much and am looking forward to starting another but not just yet. I now have 4 to bind.


I used a Mark B Gone pen in the light diagonals and a CharcoLiner in the dark. Marking just a few lines at a time.


A pretty sunset tonight and I have to admit it’s nice to walk Chesty in short sleeves and flip flops in December!


Heading home

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Heading home

Yesterday was a quiet day with Mom. We ran some errands, kitted up some projects for her, and visited the cemetery to put flowers on Dad’s grave. Even though we celebrated her birthday with family on the weekend her actual birthday was yesterday and my brother and I took her out to dinner.


At the airport now heading home, I’m working on a shell stitch afghan I started last night in this pretty purple yarn.


Keith won’t be home until Friday but I can’t wait to see Chesty!