The End of November
Have you ever made a Sunbonnet Sue quilt?
It's been on my quilting bucket list for the longest time.
One day while wandering my local quilt shop
I noticed a Go! Sunbonnet Sue die.
No tracing around fiddly plastic pieces,
and then meticulously cutting them out by hand?
Hey, that's such a great idea!
And now I've been having a blast creating sassy Sue blocks :-)
Cute and fun to make!
I still need to machine stitch around each one.
I thought that I'd alternate string blocks with the Sue blocks
to make two baby quilts to give away.
I decided to weave a Tencel scarf to go with an
apricot colored rain jacket that's a favorite of mine.
I have cream Tencel, and some Tussah silk yarn for the warp.
I decided to spin some Merino/silk roving that I
dyed this fall in apricot, and turquoise.
I spun this fine (for me),
as I wanted a lightweight scarf,
and I think that this will make an awesome weft.
My looms are full of projects,
and I just finished weaving another shawl.
The warp is a combination of Tencel, and bamboo yarns
in eggplant, forest green, navy, and sky blue.
The weft is a handspun Merino/silk yarn that I dyed in teal,
forest green, sky blue, and bright blue.
I wove this on my Hollandia loom,
which is simply lovely to weave on.
I left the sett rather open,
14 epi for the weavers out there,
because I wanted this shawl to be light and airy.
This is a gift for a new mom,
who will be up in the middle of the night,
many, many times.
Happiness is being wrapped in a shawl woven with love.
In this fast paced world that we live in,
I firmly believe that one of the best gifts
that can be given is something that's made from the heart.
I've been struggling a bit the past few weeks,
since our golden retriever Sam died from cancer.
He was only 8.
I don't know if you do this,
but I tell myself,
I probably have four more years and
then I have to prepare myself for losing him.
I didn't get to do that this time,
and I feel like the rug was yanked out from under me.
I know that there are many more serious losses-
losing a child, or a spouse.
But my dogs are my friends,
there for me day in and day out,
being awesome companions.
I miss him.