Sunday, January 21, 2018

JANUARY - SEASON OF WOOL

Every January for 19 years now (yes hard to believe) I have been attending first On the Ocean and then Off the Ocean (same camp- different locations)  This camp was started by mother daughter team Judy Colley and Katie Puckett.  When I attended the first camp 19 years ago - I was a greenpea - A rank novice - I knew nothing about rug hooking except I had seen it in a North Ga. mountain artisan co-op and was enchanted.  I set out on my journey to learn more about this wonderful fiber art form.

My search after many phone calls (yes no email back in those days) led me to order a copy of Rug Hooking Magazine.  In perusing the mag - I found a tiny block ad in the back advertising Off the Ocean rug camp in Atlantic Beach Fl in January - it was already November and OMG- could this be true.  I called this woman Judy and while she did have some difficulty understanding my southern accent - it was determined that YES she did have room in a class for me and YES - that teacher could teach a beginner to hook and would bring everything I needed.  OK - I won't bore you with all the details but let's just say my first experience was not a great one.  The teacher I had I don't believe wanted to teach a beginner or either she had more people in her class than she could handle - I left after day 2 of a 5 day camp and never returned.  If not for my friend Katie calling me about 6 months later to see how I was doing and ask if I wanted to get together with a small group and hook - I would probably not be here today 19 years later - still rug hooking and still loving this awesome fiber art.

Sadly - Judy has had ill health and Katie had to take on someone else to help her with the camp but the camp is still going and next year will be a grand 20th anniversary celebration.  Of course I am going - god willing and the creek don't rise no more than it has this past year with trees falling on our house and sustaining flooding in the historic home where I work, hurricanes and all the other trials and tribulations life throws at us.

I have some great photos to show you from the Off the Ocean rug camp but first a photo of my knitting project getting the most attention lately.  A beautiful poncho called Rodeo Dr Poncho in lovely new to me Malabrigo Dos Tierras yarn.  I have a lot more done on this poncho now - there is a cable down the center.  It is a pretty bluish gray called Polar Morn - how appropriate since it's even been quite cold in the deep south the past few weeks.  I LOVE IT !!!!  gives me a chance to wear hand knits every single day. 

This Santa needlepoint ornament got about a week of attention before the mood passed and now it's put away probably till next fall.  I did get the reindeer done and Santa's beard and I have ordered the silk for Santa's suit as I needed another color for contrast.  It's a fun design by Mile High Princess.  Stitch guide came with it.  Some suggestions I am using and some not.

On to the rugs - YES - of course I started a new rug this year.  My teacher Diane Stoffel did a fantastic color plan on the William Morris Strawberry Thief.  Here is 1/2 of the mirror image - the rug is 30 x 50 approx.  Yes it was bigger than it sounded on the website LOL - I am hooking this weekend so I hope to finish the bird soon.  The birds are English Thrushes so said by William Morris who used them as inspiration in his art work so many centuries ago. 
 The color is pretty accurate but the shadows do disrupt things.  I only put in one strawberry but they will all be the same rich muted red color.  This rug has tons of green and blue/green and the background is a typical Wm Morris type color - a dark teal blue with lots of black.  The very edge of the rug will be black.  I couldn't be happier or more excited with what Diane planned for the rug and I made very little changes in what she dyed for me.
 There is only 1 other woman who has attended all 19 OTO rug camps - my friend Annie T - she has been in my class a lot over the years.  Here is her WIP from this year.  A barn scene.

DF Donna P was my table mate again this year.  She was doing a quite large sailing ship rug by Pine Island Primitives.  She made great progress.  Donna has attended a good many OTO rug camps and I first met her when she was living in Miami and was in my 2nd OTO class when they were held in Atlantic Beach.  Donna has since moved up to our area and I see her almost every month at EGA meeting. 
 Sisters Nancy S and Sara Beth B also have attended many OTO camps and have an interesting connection to us.  Their mom was in the first inception of the rug guild we formed in Jacksonville back in the late 90's.  They both live in NC I believe but we always have a chat about their mom and things back in those days.  This is Nancy's awesome rug - mostly hooked in a 3 cut.  Diane did the color plan.  and NO - she didn't get all that done at this camp - she started it in the summer I believe.
 Dawn was in my class again this year - this is her celtic bird - she made great progress.  Dawn is another local gal who was a charter member of the rug guild.
 Two ladies in my class were both hooking the same blueberry pattern - the artwork by Mary Fibbich who was also at one time a member of our local rug guild before moving to Maine
 This is friend and fellow blogger Lauren (Rugs and Pugs blog fame) rug.  She was in Kris Miller's class of Spruce Ridge Rug Studio.  It was so great meeting Lauren in person - she and I have similar interests in samplers, antiques and rug hooking.  She also loves dogs particularly pugs and does great work fostering and finding homes for these little sweeties.  Amazing what Lauren got done but then she hooks with an 8 or higher cut. 
 
I have run out of time to show the winners at the rug exhibit and some other WIP rugs.  I will come back again soon (hopefully) and show you more photos.  In the meantime - I hope you are all starting off your new year right with wool and linen in yours hands! 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CLOSING IN ON CHRISTMAS

I LOVE looking at all the pretty snow photos on Facebook and blogs, watching Hallmark movies and dreaming of spending Christmas in the snow, riding in a horse drawn sleigh.  Oh my - sitting by a fire and having a hot beverage - all stuff of dreams. Considering it's 80+ degrees here in the deep south  - that is simply all it is "a dream" !  I don't want to sound bitter but I really do wish it was at least cold or cool enough to wear one of my hand knit shawls.  Oh well - one thing is for sure - I can't change the weather so on to a few finishes of late.

This is part of a club series with The Needlepointer in Wa. - it is Hats , Bats and Boots by Pippin Studios.  They are quick and fun to stitch but the finishing OIY!!!!!!  It took me about 8 hrs to finish up this little beast.  It is nothing fancy for sure but I am proud of the way it came out.  It has a pre-made silver beaded border that was ticky to apply.  anyway -it's a FFO !

Here is the back !

 Next is another Pippin club piece with The Needlepointer.  Fanciful Forest was from a couple of years ago - at this rate one tree a year I'll be done in 2025 LOL !  I have really enjoyed all the clubs I have done with the Needlepointer.  They have used some new to me threads and the stitch guides are simple but interesting enough.  I've already started another one - much taller than this one!
 This is DF Ruth C who picked my exchange gift in our duClay EGA Chapter exchange.  I'm pretty proud of the BBD Sewing Bird.  It was expertly finished by The Twisted Stitcher Finishing Service.
Vonna did an excellent job finishing this exactly like I wanted it done.  I hope Ruth will enjoy it for many years to come.
 This is my mom's exchange gift to Carol P.  It is a With Thy Needle piece called Tulip Fantasy.  Again another fine finish by Vonna.  She did a flat fold stand up on this one - just perfect and I know Carol will enjoy using it - she does gorgeous work and truly has a "stitchers home".  Funny thing - I drew Carol's piece for my exchange - shoot !  I should have taken a photo of it.  If you are on Facebook - you can search for the duClay FB page and look up all our beautiful work that was displayed at our Christmas luncheon.
.Just so my hooking friends don't think I have given it up or forgotten how to hook - here is a WIP shot of a dear UFO I have neglected to finish year after year.  I really love working on seasonal projects in the season.  Once Christmas is over - well ............  this rug gets rolled up and put in the old red cupboard.  It is an adaptation of two WithThyNeedle charts in case you want to know. The color plan was done by my DF Dianne Kelly of the Woolen Cottage in Ohio.  It is mostly in a 6 cut.
Maybe next Christmas I can show  you a finish !
I always get excited about hooking this time of the year.  One reason is our local rug hooking camp opportunity is in early January.  Of course I'm going !  It will be my 19th consecutive year of attending this camp.  Of course I am starting a new rug - you'll just have to wait and see next month what I've chosen.
 My last finishes of the year are two shawls - the limited edition Christmas colorway was started two years ago on a trip to Gatlinburg.  After the holiday season was over - I put the project away.  I enjoy working on seasonal things - in the season.  I found it when I was plundering for something else and thought - WOW - this thing could be finished and worn this year if I put those turbo needles to work.  Which I did !  We had one stinkin day last week that I was attending a work Christmas function and it was cool enough to wear it.  ONE DAY !  it's really pretty - for the interested knitters - it's Blue Moon - a special colorway called Peppermint Stick Forest.  The pattern is Fractal Danger by Martina Behm a German designer.
 This lovely shawl belongs to my mom.  She saw it in a shop a couple of years ago and asked me if I could make it for her.  I said of course I can.  She picked out her own yarn with a little guidance from me.  Baah La Jolla is the brand and type.  Pattern Valley Breeze.  I hope it gets cool enough this year to wear it - it's quite large but I think turned out really well.
Well my friends - I hope each and every one of you has the brightest of holiday seasons and no matter what holidays you celebrate - I hope they are the loveliest ever.  I will wish you all a Merry Christmas because that's what we celebrate, the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior.  I enjoy hearing your comments - If I don't get to come back before New Years - hope you have a happy one.  Are you starting a new project on NYE?  that's a tradition with many stitchers.  Of course I am - I'd love to hear what you are doing.  Cheers Mel

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TURKEY TIME !!!!

Thanksgiving seems early this year.  I don't know if that is really the case but this whole year is just slipping away at the speed of light.  One month it will be Christmas - WOW !

Speaking of - I showed this ornament in my last blog post but I finally got around to putting on the hanger.

 It was very plain on the back I thought so I figured out how to make ribbon rosettes from Wiki How on the internet.  It would have been easier I think if the ribbon wasn't so wide and stiff but I am very pleased with my first attempt and it does perk up the back of the ornament.  As I said before it is a LHN Sampler Tree series and we learned to do the beaded edge from our duClay EGA chapter "taste of " program.  I know it's a finish I will use again!
 my dear mom participated in the same "taste of" - she pooped out after doing the one side of beading in class and conned my dear dad into doing two sides and he ran out of beads so it came bouncing back to me to finish LOL !  It is also LHN Sampler Tree series - Deer Inn
 I found a cute little gingerbread man to cover up my messy tacking of the ribbon. 
Next is a gorgeous pillow that DF and finisher extraordinaire Faye - the Carolina Stitcher finished for me.  This is Mirabilia Mermaid initials spelling out M E L.  My dear dad stitched these for me, didn't he do a super job.  The trick was getting them to play nicely together as the colors are different from each other and the L is a larger size (sigh) Faye really handled those issues well and I picked out some pretty batik that pulled the colors all together I feel.  In my delusional wooley thoughts  -  I was going to do all of them and put in a wall hanging- NOT !  these things are as much work or more than the Prairie Schooler alphabet of which I have the A stitched, framed and hanging on my wall.  They are indeed beautiful and I would not deter anyone from stitching them or at least one!


Next up is another challenge piece for our EGA chapter I finished this past weekend.  Shepherds Bush Moonlight Garden.  It is mounted in a cute tray with ravens carved into the ends.  It was only a couple of weeks of missing Halloween but I have it out on a  table thru the weekend.  It will go into hibernation when I bring out the Christmas stuff hopefully this weekend.

Here is the raven carving.  Really cute little tray by Retromantics I think is the company SB uses.
Well my friends - I wanted to pop out and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have family and friends to celebrate with and much to be thankful for this year.  I am thankful for many things, my blessings which are many, my dear family, many friends, a great job, health and happiness and many other things too numerous to list.  Best wishes to you all - please comment - I love hearing from you what you are most thankful for this year.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

OCTOBER WANING

YES it's been quite a while friends since I showed up on the blog.  I did redecorate for Halloween with my sweet Merrie Halloween on my blog face.  For those who might want to know this is a Lori Brechlin/Not Forgotten Farm design by Spruce Ridge Rugs.  The color plan was by Diane Stoffel.

There is a mate called Pumpkin Thyme that I've often thought of hooking but there is only so much time and SOOOO many rugs.  Yes friends it's wool season in the Deep South and I've been busy stashing wool yarn and planning a new rug for Off the Ocean rug camp in January.  What to do - what to do - only time will tell.

For those who checked on us and inquired about damages from Irma - We came thru better than most.  We had a whole section of privacy fence down that had to be replaced on our coin because of the hurricane deductible and the new section of fence that was replaced in the last disaster (the tornado in Feb) got broken to pieces by a neighbors falling tree on the property line.  Oh well at least it missed our house and new repairs by about 2 ft.  God is good.

I've had some fun since I posted last.  Most recently I did an amazing needlepoint canvas embellishment class with Robin King at the Bristly Thistle in lovely Fernandina Beach which is only about an hour north of me.  I had a great weekend with DF's Teresa B and Linda K.

I love Michele's new shop location.  Bristly Thistle is housed in an adorable cottage.  Lighting is great, lots of wall space for canvas display and loads of threads.

it was a rainy day but so pleasant being tucked into this cottage with happy needlepointers.

Wish I had a more complimentary photo of Robin King but I was busy concentrating on getting my project off the ground.

Some yummy trunk show pieces and a view of Michele's thread room.

Here is my adorable Steampunk Pumpkin by Brenda Stofft.  My new needleminder there on the right.
 Every canvas should have it's own needleminder.  There isn't much on the canvas yet but I'm loving what Robin King came up with for the key elements of the piece.  I will fill in the rest myself.
Here is DF Teresa B's Steampunk Owl - she is going to have a blast too !

Here is the whole class - DF Linda K on my left - I didn't get a photo of her in class.
I'll leave you with a LHN Christmas ornament I did the finishing on myself.  It has a beaded edge that you can't see in the photo that is pretty cool.
 
Happy Halloween to all my friends in blogland - thank you for your readership, friendship and your comments.



Friday, September 08, 2017

AWAITING IRMA

The Wicked Witch of the East Atlantic is coming our way.  I've lived in NE FL all my life - the older I get - the more afraid of these storms I get.  Even though you have plenty of notice of their coming - they zig and zag and they change directions, change intensity.  Many things factor into their path.  The news media starts hammering us days in advance - rightly so - after seeing the devastation of Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas - it's enough to scare anyone to death.  My thoughts and prayers and all the money I could afford have gone to donations for Harvey victims.  I hope you will see it in your heart to donate too.  We like CBN Operation Blessing, they are already on site in FL even though Irma has not even made landfall.  They were on site in Texas - set up before the Red Cross or National Guard.  Oh I gave to the Red Cross too but I still like the Christian organization CBN.

I let another whole month go by before I have done a blog post.  I usually change up my blog face to Autumn themes along with  the vignettes and collections in my house.  However I was too depressed on Labor day about our unwanted guest to even bother to take down patriotic.  I may do a little of that tomorrow once I finish storm prepping outside.

I spent the whole summer knitting on the Camp Loopy challenge with The Loopy Ewe.  This is my 5th year.  This is Camp Loopy 2 for July - finished easily at least a week before the end of July.  For my knitting friends and fans - this yarn is Blue Moon Socks that Rock Med. weight is the Sea Spots colorway and I don't remember the name of the pretty blue green teal semi solid.  It turned out quite heavy.
This is Camp Loopy 3 in it's present state of incompletion.  YEP !  for the 2nd time in my CL history - I didn't finish the final August challenge.  It's a big jacket 1100 yards which is over the required 800yrds - the Janeville Jacket by Blue Sky Fibers out of two colors of their Woolstok - hand dyed and sourced in Peru.  it's very very dark blue called Midnight Sun with a stripe of very dark maroon.  In seed/moss stitch - I love it and I will finish it eventually but it is SOOO stinkin' hot or was when I was working on it in August. 

Something fun we did in August at our duClay EGA chapter was to try punch needle.  I have always been drawn to punch needle but I have resisted trying it.  I didn't need another addiction or distraction after all I do traditional wool rug hooking so why do I need to do punch needle???  well here is my first attempt - this patriotic tin topper which was a design from the Punch Needle and Prim stitching magazine.  We had permission from the designer to teach it in our chapter.  Thank you Erin and thanks to Suzy S for teaching us.  So what did I do - when I went on vacation in Tenn. I went to the Pattern Hutch in Pigeon Forge Tenn.  They have relocated several times and are now in a wonderful old cabin up in the hills above PF near our condo actually.  So I went all in and bought a Morgan hoop frame/stand thingy, a new pattern for Halloween and a new Ultra punch needle. So we'll see where this leads.

Meet Cappuchino - he came to live with me in late July.  He was made by Heather , Mohair Bears and Friends on Etsy.  I think he's just darling.  I put him in his little wooden pedestal and gave him some pretty fabric to play with.  He was ready to sew with his spool and needle.  I just couldn't resist him.  Heather's creations are so awesome, she is as talented and creative as her mom Gloria Parsons and her twin sister Vickie of Olde Green Cupboard fame.  They owned the most awesome quilt, prim, antique shop in Jacksonville for a number of years.  Now they do designing, teaching, retreats etc.

August also brought the usual adventures while in Tenn.   Alien spotting by my DH,  running from raptors, never a dull moment !

We never tire of the magnificent views in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  It was sad to see what burned in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas but all in all they were in good shape.

 DH and I were relaxing on this second floor balcony in the late afternoon sun, I with my stitching in hand.  All the sudden - a HUGE bear came meandering right thru the parking lot where our vehicle was parked right under us.  By the time I ran inside and got my phone - he had walked around the back side of the pool fencing.
 You can still see the big black shape between those two pool chairs - that was poppa bear !  Sure glad I wasn't downstairs fumbling around in the Murano when he walked by.  This was just up the hill from downtown Gatlinburg but we are just about 1/2 a mile from the park entrance.
Maybe next time I'll have some stitching progress to show. Summer is always a slow time for stitching progress since I devote so much time to knitting.  Well I better shove off and close this up and batten down the hatches.  For all my Florida/Georgia friends and all who might be in Irma's path - be safe and my prayers are with us all.

Monday, July 24, 2017

JUMPING THRU JULY

Jumping thru puddles should be a more likely title for this blog post.  We've had a LOT of rain but then it's been so hot - it makes sense we've had the rain too and OH the humidity.  All the usual signs summer is here in the deep south.  It's shocking once again that there is only 1 week left in this month however I spent a lot of time knitting this past weekend and I am feeling caught up on my Camp Loopy 2 project.  This photo is actually upside down but you start knitting at the back top of the neck. It is SOOOOO heavy and hot now.  I'm using a sport weight yarn instead of fingering.  I'm finished with the striping section and on to the border - I'm in the home stretch.  The pattern is Crescendo by Woolberry (Janina Kallio) -  I love the colors but I can't say how much wear I would get out of item.  They are not winter type colors to me but "beachy" colors. The yarn is Blue Moon Socks that Rock medium weight for any interested knitters out there. Anyway - I always find a use for my Camp projects - some become gifts and some are just waiting their turn for a cool day.

 Camp Loopy 1 in June is this lovely shawl - it is Fractal Danger by Martina.  The yarn is something new to me Knerd String - it was nice quality and I loved the "creature" colorway - a nice "mel" green !
 It probably needs to be blocked out to get a little more size out of it but ...........  for now I'm done and moving on.  I have already ordered yarn for Camp Loopy 3 in August - that will be the toughest challenge - with a vacation in there and other busy-ness - and 200 more yards in the challenge requirement - August is always a big challenge.  I'm doing the Janesville jacket - a blocky jacket out of Blue Sky yarn - Woolstok - a nice wool yarn from Peru - they say it's a worsted but it's a light worsted IMO.
 Here's Uncle Sam making his summer appearance lounging on a cute little basket I made in an EGA workshop a few months ago.  The sheep is hooked  by my friend  Katie.  Uncle Sam was purchased from a folk artist on Early Work Mercantile last summer.  I need to add to my patriotic display.

I can brag on these next two things because the Holly Fairy was stitched by my dad.  Expertly and creatively finished by Vonna !  I just love the whimsy of the piece she captured in the cube finishing.  My mom is very pleased.
 Next is the adorable April Word Play by With Thy Needle stitched by my mom on pale green aida. Again Vonna did a super job on the finishing making this little pillow/door hanger just perfect for spring displays.  I hope it was OK that I snagged these lovely photos off Vonna's FB finishing page.  If you don't know her - check out Twisted Stitcher.  She has a floss tube channel, finishing tutorials, a blog, posts on FB has 4 kids and a husband and a cottage business to care for.  WOW - she is one busy chick and funny too.  I don't really have time for all the floss tube watching but I am going thru Vonna's starting in January and I think I'm up to April now.  she is just so amusing and fun to watch.
Our EGA chapter just had Kathy Rees do a 2 day class on her newest teaching piece Highland Circle.  It was an awesome class - 2 days spent with great stitchers in our chapter and Kathy is a delight - (no pun intended - her design business is Needle Delights).  I tried to get a photo of my canvas but it just didn't show up well.  if you google it  - you will see images of the piece on line.
 
Not much else going on in my world.  Looking forward to Camp Blanding retreat with Olde Green Cupboard and friends this weekend.  A full 3 days of hooking which is much needed around my house.  It's so fun to be in that National guard facility with 100 quilters, crafters and probably 1 rug hooker !  I appreciate all your comments and read them all.  Hope your summer is going your way and you are getting lots of things accomplished - I would love to hear what you are doing. 

Friday, June 09, 2017

IN THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY

WELL !  I did it , I let the whole month of May slip by without making a blog post, for shame for shame.  I have no excuse except things were a bit busy. 

I guess the big event was a trip to Hiawassee Ga for a rug hooking workshop at the fabulous studio of Linda Bell, certified rug hooking teacher and owner of The Hookery.  She is on the banks of Lake Chatuge - the most picturesque and tranquil place I know of.  We had been there once before about 8 years ago and my folks wanted to go again.  It was my dear dads birthday weekend so off we went.

First stop Swainsboro Ga - The painted lady - the Coleman House which is over 100 years old and on the national Queen Ann registry of historic homes.  Years and years ago - a bunch of my stitching and rug hooking friends went up to this B&B for a retreat and it was a wonderful time.  They have a great  lunch buffet with the best fried chicken and fresh veggies 6 days a week if you are ever in the area.

Here is my dad and my DH standing in the side garden.  You can see the paint and gingerbread trim pretty good on the house.  That brick structure on the right is the old smokehouse.

Here is my dear mom taking one last look back at the expansive wrap around porch.
 So the workshop at Linda Bell's was taught by Karen Poetzinger from the Raleigh NC area.  I'm so sorry but all the photos I took of Linda, Karen and the other students were accidentally taken in "live" mode and can not be captured to the blog - RATS!  Check out her website, she had wonderful wool and some designs of her own.  Many of the class were working on her Rabbit in a hole stool - awesome !

Our goal was to have a stool cover ready to finish so you could get help with the finishing from Karen.  This was Becky's stool, she sat right next to me and worked so hard on sewing up the sides of her stool and pulling the seams like crazy to allow no canvas to show thru.  Hard work !  Isn't her stool beautiful !
Here is our view from Linda's studio every day.  BIG SIGH - I wish I was there now. This was after an evening of rain.  See the  rain clouds hanging low in the mountains which surround this heavenly place.

 For 3 days - I worked on my A&E stool cover - For my long term blog friends I'm sure you must think this project will outlive me.  I sure hope not.  I did make progress but with a 4 cut - it is pretty slow going.  It was also slow going because once I saw the process DUH - I realized how important it was going to be that all of the subject matter lined up correctly when you meet the seams.  So I had to do some pulling out because I had the ecru background starting too high on some of the panels.  The other thing that was important was constantly turning the canvas to make sure the blue sky was extending evenly down the 4 sides.
I did get some important hints from Karen on my rug - first of all - it was enlightening to realize once I saw the actual construction of the cube footstool that it was going to be hard if not impossible to make that zig zag border match up correctly on all 4 sides - not only in the hooking process but also in the sewing process.  SHOOT!  so that is going to have to all come out and will be replaced hopefully by a lovely green spot dye which will mimic a grassy knoll under the tree.  As I've said several times - the motifs and inspiration for his cube stool came from the antique sampler Jane Atkinson -yes I do have Jane in my chart collection - I even have 2 of them because I thought I lost her and bought another.  This design is actually by the wonderful designer Kim Nixon who passed away about 8 years ago.  The only thing left of her stool design is the lovely Eve, everything else was adapted to canvas for me by the very creative Katie Puckett of KISS rug studio.  Much of the wool was dyed by Katie and some came from my stash.  After seeing those stools being finished - I do so want my stool to be done.  Better pick up that hook and get to pulling loops.


Well my friends - the first week of June is already gone and I'm still living in May.  June 1st - you know what that means - Another summer of Camp Loopy !  Yes - my "bee eye" friends and I will be knitting the summer away - as hard and fast as our fingers can fly.  Next post I'll have my first camp project to show you.  Until we meet again - may summer be sweet and your needles busy.