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New Year, Fresh Start

Oh my! To say it has been a while is an understatement... Well I'm still here and hoping to blog more this year. I admit instagram is one of the main reasons, its instant gratification but at the same time not as personal as a blog and perhaps I like the smaller audience as well. No ads either, that has really irked me for some time now. Mostly it was really hard to log on to my blog, since my last post was the very last photo I took of my little Sydney before she passed. I won't get into details but it was traumatic and I am not ashamed to say that I did not handle her death well at all, I mean at all!!

But as things go all along, time does heal the hurts and in the most bittersweet way she sent us a little fluffy guardian angel who we named Maggie. A puppy is certainly a way to keep your mind of things because puppies take up ALL your time. Yeesh! She is super fun and super cute and very fluffy!

Knitting and sewing take up my free time. If you are a knitter, please join in on my instagram knit along. The sock patterns for the knit along are all mine available on Ravelry. I"ll have some great prizes. Hope to see your projects.

I finished an impromptu scrappy lap quilt top this past week. I hope to get it basted at some point this week. I also started sewing some of my hexies, it will be a pillow case if it ever gets done. I've been really loving the slowness of hand sewing. I never thought I would love english paper piecing as much I thought I would. I started doing it about 2 years ago but I really really just started to enjoy it more within the past year or so. Its like sock knitting, just relaxing. I have plans for a larger pieced quilt, which will probably take years but I guess you don't go into hand sewing for the fast pace, right?!

quilts and more socks

I love Sunday mornings. Sleeping in a little and making a big breakfast. Dutch baby pancakes. This recipe. You have to make one, so good. I like mine with raspberry jam, mister likes his with just a bit of icing sugar no lemon. 
Yesterday I made a big pot of soup. This recipe. Except instead of potatoes which I didn't have any I used cauliflower which I had plenty of. Cooked seperately and blended with lots of heavy cream. It turned out even better. I added more than a splash of heavy cream because I love a creamy soup and thats how we roll around here. It was meant to last all weekend but the mister loved it so much it won't last so tonight we barbecue. 
The dogs got their bath today. Sydney runs and hides, she knows whats coming. She is doing so much better. Back to her old self which makes me so happy but she is on medication, twice a day. The things we do for our pets we love so much! 
Yesterday I found myself in one of those days where I had
no plans for anything whatsoever,  with the only thing to do but curl up and knit, I watched a ton of old classic movies. I love days like that. I watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, A Long Hot Summer (because I love Paul Newman) and Nancy Drew, Reporter.
This past week among some of the many many wips in my baskets that lay everywhere around the house, I managed to finish two quilts.
I finally sewed the binding onto my vintage fabric patchwork quilt, hand tied quilts have such a vintage quality to them. Also the easiest quilt you'll ever make, a whole cloth quilt using the Purl Soho lap duvet tutorial. Seriously, easiest quilt ever! The fabric is the lovely floral fabric from DailylikeCanada. The yardage is amazing. 62" wide. How perfect is that. I got 2 yards of the floral and 2 yards of the white cotton which is also 62" wide. If you want to dip your feet into quilting, then this is the way to go. Super fast, super easy and absolutely pretty fabrics are a plus. 
David claimed it, despite all the flowers he says its the coziest thing ever. 
Cozy things are good. 
I also released a new sock pattern. The pattern is called Primrose. A little collaboration between Dianne of the Suburban Stitcher Podcast and myself. She dyed up the lovely yarn which will be available on her etsy shop tomorrow I believe and along with some lovely bags! If you would like to knit a pair for yourself, use the discount code "suburbanstitcher" for 50% off. 
Socks are cozy and you can never knit enough!