Tuesday, December 30, 2014

STARLIGHT STARBRIGHT

For lack of a better blog title - I just went with the first photo for my blog post !  I hope all my blog friends had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the holiday season.  New year is looming and I am hearing lots of chatter about NYD new starts on projects of all kinds.  Don't you find that most of us start the BAP's on NYD because we are full of hope about what we can accomplish in the new year.  I'd love to hear about your NYD start or plans for projects.  Our EGA chapter holds an annual challenge every year where you can nominate new or WIP's up to 10 and we find it really is a motivator for most of the members to at least get a few projects done on our challenge list.  Please go out to the duClay EGA Chapter blog and see all the beautiful projects created by our members.


The Starbright Cottage by Liberty Hill was a Christmas present to me!  I love Carolyn's work and have a fairly extensive collection.  Always fun to get a new LH piece in the mail.

The weekend before Christmas my DH and I took a little day trip up to the FL/GA border.  We meandered around on a few back woods county roads we had never traveled before and ended up in the sleepy town of Fernandina Beach.  I've spent a considerable amount of time in my life in FB , it is a coastal town only a few short miles from the beautiful coastal isles of Georgia, St Simons and historic Jekyll Island.  The day was gray, gloomy and chilly here on the Nassau Sound.  We had a delightful late lunch at the Salty Pelican which was recommended by DF Becky and is right across the street from this dock so it had the same great marsh view.

This is a cute little Homespun Elegance ornament that didn't get finished for Christmas because I couldn't locate my bag of finishing supplies and I was too lazy to fight the Christmas traffic and go to the store and get a few things I needed like batting.  I'm not a quilter so I only keep a small amount of batting around and it was in that misplaced bag.  Anyway this is Sampler Woolley and I altered it a bit by putting little rolls of rug hooking wool is his basket instead of roving and I affixed a JABC tiny wreath to the basket.  I changed the fiber to Gloriana silk for the alphabet and Gloriana Lorikeet wool for the sheepy.

Another gift to me - I couldn't resist Jimmy Beans Wool Thanksgiving offering.  This was cleverly packed in a aluminum roasting pan.  It is all hand dyed yarn from some of my favorite dyers like Lornas Laces Shepherds Worsted, Madelinetosh Merino Light and the bright pumpkin pie is Koigu.  Yummy stuff to be sure !

The LL Wild Turkey colorway is becoming a Brickless.  I am loving how this yarn is working up.  It actually reminds me of a turkey wing spread out - in its natural state I mean LOL - not sitting on your dining table.  The colors are captivating and I think this Martina pattern is perfect for this colorway.   BTW - I have never knit a Martina design before and plan to do several more.

This was a pop up project I decided to do right here at the end of the year.  It was a free mystery pattern by Laura Aylor called "just for you" - it was free if you signed up before a certain date and the clues were released 1 per day with the thought that with a little time spent you'd be done with this by Christmas.  Now the pattern has been released for sale under the name Outlier.  It is easy mindless knitting that you just have to keep track of rows.  I used some stashed Malabrigo Chunky in the Holly Hock colorway.  I don't normally knit on big needles or with chunky yarn but I do like how this yarn is working up and the color is stunning.

This is another free pattern on Rav called The Big Blue.  I am using the called for Madeline Tosh Sport in the Spectrum colorway.  It is just a filler project for when I have a few minutes just to knit.  I don't think I have ever shown it before on my blog so I thought since this post was mostly knitting I would snap a shot.
 
Well friends - that concludes what I have been up to this past month since I last posted.  After my TWO big rug finishes - I have done very little rug hooking however I am very much looking forward to my 16th Off the Ocean rug hooking camp which will be held right in my own area.  Then I have an Olde Green Cupboard retreat at the end of January where I will be doing more hooking. 
  With warm and "wooley thoughts" to you for a very Happy New Year !

15 comments:

krayolakris said...

Happy New Year Mel; what a great blog post! Loved seeing all the yarny goodness & especially loved your little sheepie! Great portrait of JD against the winter sky.

Jackie said...

Who doesn't love a turkey roaster full of yarn?! Very clever!

If you need batting, just let me know and I'll bring some Saturday.

Great knitting projects - Love both yarns you're using. The Big Blue has a great shape to it. The other project, I did download but haven't started it.

It's been years since I've been to FB - we need to do more wandering!

Nancy said...

Your knitting is just beautiful Mel, and so is your little cottage! Glad you had a good time away! Have a very Happy 2015!

Margaret said...

OMG! The Wild Turkey colorway is coming out beautifully in the Brickless! I'm totally in love with that! Love seeing the yarn in the JBW pan. Love all your knitting, but the Wild Turkey is amazing! Glad you had a nice trip with DH. Happy New Year!

Susan said...

OMG, I love yarn for the Big Blue! What a rich color! Great post, Mel. Liked seeing all the color on such a gray day here in the northeast.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your knitting projects are breathtaking.
Lucky you two hooking retreats in a month!!!
Happy New Year.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Henrietta Allegrante said...

Enjoyed this post--beautiful projects!!

Roberta said...

Happy New Year Melody, do love what you are knitting. How do you manage to get all done that you do. What a fun trip you and your DH took, love doing local and back roads!

Ellen said...

Always a delight to see what's new with you! Such lovely photos...a feast for the eyes!

Wishing you and Jody a wonderful 2015!

Do you have your black-eyed peas ready for tomorrow?

Krista said...

You are working with some really beautiful yarns!! Your starlight cottage is so very sweet. I have so many stitching SALs lined up. Would love to also start some knitting again. As long as our hands are busy, right? :) Happy New Year, Mel!

Kim said...

Wonderful projects, Mel! Happy New Year!!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a fun post, Mel! I am in awe of anyone who can knit. Your projects are stunning! Happy New Year!

Gwen said...

Happy New Year. I love to see your knitting, you have some love projects. Congrats on you rugs they are lovely.

Karoline said...

Cute finish and all your knitting projects are looking lovely.

Glad you had a great break

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Wow, you started the New Year with lots of knitting excitement. Happy New Year!