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.
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.