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I retired early because my legs don't like holding me up for too long. So now I can do things in my own time. I like to sell things at farmers market. Most of which, I've made myself, e.g. homemade soap, crochet dish cloths, hand towels, baby afghans and of course,..tatting.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

More Bookmarks

I'm still playing with bookmarks. I'm enjoying the Lizbeth rainbow splash. It is nice and bold.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Christmas Tree

Well my scanning job doesn't do it justice. This tree is from Be-Stitched. It's made with Lizbeth Blue Ice and I painted it with some sparkle. It's gonna take a trip to the other side of the planet. To Australia.

2 bookmarks

I've sold a few bookmarks at farmers market. So, I'm happy to report, I'm tatting again. This pattern was designed by Rachel Mohler. xstcjmtat.The threads are Lizbeth. I'm working on another.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

I haven't been totally idle

Well, long time no hear on my part. My DH and I spent the month of June on vacation. We hit Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington in the USA and then British Columbia. We had a wonderful time and the highlight was a bus tour of San Francisco. 
 My hubby has braved many cities in the USA but Frisco was not going to be one of them. However, we found a nice KOA north of there, Petaluma. We were told they gave bus tours as long as there were 6 people wanting to go. We had enough, so off we went for the day. What a lovely tour we had. It was a full day of all the hot spots. We even had lunch at Fisherman's Wharf. And took a walking tour of China Town. What an interesting city. We saw lots of Alcatraz from the mainland. We did not tour the prison as there's a two month wait to see it. We only saw Lombard Street from a block away, as the residents are tired of hearing tour buses going through their block so we could only look up at it from a distance. We did ride a cable car over Noble hill and ate a sourdough bread bowl filled with clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf. It was a very good day.
       I was not idle in my crafting this holiday. I had started a crocheted pot holder, but it started cupping and I didn't know what to do to fix it. So, I unraveled some of it and gave it to my mom. She likes it. So, off we went to Walmart and I got a great bargain on Peaches and Cream cotton. Those are on the top of the picture.
      Then, we were at Hobby Lobby and I found something I'd never seen before. It's called "I Love this Cotton." It's a product made for Hobby Lobby. It's very soft and nice to knit. Those are on the bottom of the picture. I need to get back to tatting, but I've found this new (to me) dish cloth pattern very relaxing. The pattern doesn't have the yarn over near the end. I don't like yarn overs, I don't do them well. This pattern just has an increase the second stitch in on each row until you start reducing. Then on the third and forth stitch you knit them together. 

 I have done two farmers markets since returning from our 4 week vacation. So, hopefully I'll get myself back on track at some point. Guess that's what summers for, getting off track.