Chevron Scarf

I have been oogling the Chevron scarfs on Ravelry for awhile now and finally decided to break down and order the STR to make it.  I chose Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline (I know I have a plastic baggie obsession!):

Chevron Scarf - Plastic 

It is turning out fabulously if I do say so myself.  It is a super easy project and one of those ones you can just take with you anywhere and use a few minutes here and there.  Here is an in progress pic:

Chevron Scarf - WIP

Of course while I was on the STR website I couldn’t help but buy a bunch of other stuff.  3 patterns, 1 pair sock blockers and 3 skeins of sock yarn later, here I am!

STR - Complete Package

Hard Rock STR

Titiana

Fire on the Mountain STR

I have to tell you about a squeal worthy moment in my book (remember we are talking about me here).  I was in Books a Million with Hillary on Saturday browsing before dinner and I actually let out a shriek when I saw sitting on the table a Ken Follett book.  At first, I thought it was just the hard cover version of Pillars of the Earth, but upon closer inspection it is the sequel.  After reading his intro to the new version I thought it was a couple of years in the making…APPARENTLY NOT!  I was absolutely thrilled.  Then on Monday I log onto Audible to use my monthly credit and I find out there are audiobook versions of both books, read by none other than John Lee (Agent ZigZag and White Fang).  I am so buying them as well.  Can’t you just tell how much I heart this book?  If you are interested Ken Follett just gave an interesting B&N Meet the Writers interview with Steve Bertrand.

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Fave book now in trade paperback

I was in Barnes and Nobles to get a pattern from a book that I have but can’t find anywhere (I can’t stand that!) and on the table I saw my favorite book in trade paperback, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  If you like historical fiction you have got to give this book a try.  I have read other Follett books and have never really been impressed with them.  This was a pure fluke, but as he explains in the introduction of this edition you can see the long love he has held of cathedrals and that love is reflected in his characters.

I’ve really gotten into audiobooks this past year and have had a run of bad luck with them recently, but suddenly my two of my last three have been fantastic and the third was good.

1.  The Great Gatsby read by Tim Robbins – He does an amazing job at bringing this book to life.

2.  To Kill a Mockingbird read by Sissy Spacek – This is one of my favorite books of all time.  I read it at least once a year and get something from it each time.  Have you ever read a book and had a soundtrack going in your mind for a particular character.  Spacek embodies Scout in my mind.

3.  The Historian by Kostova – this book was merely good in comparison with the others, but compared to most it was pretty good as well.  I read this book awhile ago and felt that the back and forth was a little hard to read (nevermind those italics throughout the book) so I gave up about 100 pages into the book.  So many people told me what an amazing audiobook this was that I decided to give it a try.  It was very good and the audio does such a good job sorting out the different voices.

The Clap

I have loved Kate Gilbert’s Clapotis from Knitty for awhile now and it was one of the first projects that I looked at on Ravelry.  I was inspired by everyone’s version of the Clapotis and decided I would finally make my own.  I did it out of Laines Du Nord Mulberry Silk in a color combo that reminds me of smores.  While I was happy with how it turned out and it was fun to purposefully drop the stitches, I will never make another as I can’t take doing it again!

 Clapotis

Clapotis - Stitch detail

State Fair Mop Up

Sadly I was only able to spend one day at the fair looking around, so I didn’t get to see everything I would have liked to have seen.  Here are some miscellaneous things I found especially beautiful.

Hand Painted Wooden Screen

Hand Painted Gourd

Paris Pillow

 

Let Them Eat Cake!

One of the most beautiful exhibits at the state fair was the the Cake exhibit.  Here are some of my favorites:

Stripe and Dot

Pink and Cream

 Flowers

Loop de Loop

 Chocolate and Cream

This was my favorite cake.  The detail on it was amazing!

Muppet Cake

Wood Exhibits at the State Fair

It was absolutely amazing to go through the Wood exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair.  I wouldn’t have thought it was possible to do some of the things that these people did.  Here are a selection of my favorites:

This picture does not do this piece justice. 

Eiffel Tower

This was so gorgeous!  I can’t believe it didn’t win first place, but that tells you about the level of competition.

Tower

This could hang in the Cathedral it was so detailed and beautiful!

Pieta

This chest was absolutely amazing.  I love the look of the quilted blocks that adorn the top.  I wonder if he is interested in selling his pieces.

Treasure Chest

Quilts (not my own I promise!)

I love quilting and I even tried my own hand at it recently, disasterous hand it should read.  I may never be a quilter, but I will always be a quilt lover.  There were some gorgeous quilts at the state fair.  Here are some of my favorites!

Dresden Plate?

Blocks

Circles

This was a quilt done by the VA Hospital.  Each department did a block of the quilt.  It was wonderful to see the thought some of them had put into their departments block.

VA Hospital 1

       

 This quilt was absolutely incredible.  She embroidered each President of the United States and several buildings on to each block.

President Quilt 1

President Quilt 2     

Hello Everyone!

I know it has been awhile since I updated, but thank you for reminding me Cindy and Kristen!  Since my last post I have joined Ravelry (id:  Whiskey), 2 sock clubs, 2 holiday sock clubs and started at least 5 projects.  Needless to say I have lots to update, but I have to break it up, as I just don’t have the willpower to sit down and do it all at once!

The Kentucky State Fair was in August and I won first place!  I am so excited, granted it was only $2 gain (less than that when I get the tax bill at the end of the year), but it was a fun experience.  Here it is under the glass at the Fair:

First Place Under Glass

At home sitting on the chair:

Entrelac on chair

I have lots of beautiful pictures of other fair entries that I will post over the coming days and also some other things I have been working on.