Stripey Socks

And just like that, January is almost over. Time is flying by here in ThimbleannaLand, and it hasn’t been very exciting this month LOL. I’m still working on the hand quilting for the baby quilt now and then — boy, is that ever slow work! I’ve also finished a pair of stripey socks — progress mostly due to a little travel during the Christmas break.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I seem to have lost the yarn band, but I think the yarn is an Opal sock yarn. I’m trying to use up the yarn that I have in my little stash and this yarn has been hiding there for quite awhile.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I used my standard sock recipe with no pattern on the legs — it’s nice to just sit back and let the yarn do all the work.

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I like the colors in this yarn — particularly the blue which goes so well with my jeans.  Here’s what they look like with my shoes — I like that the stripes don’t match.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

I’ve started a new pair of socks now. I definitely prefer to knit two socks at once on a long circular needle, but for this yarn, I want to try and make the striping match on both socks. We’ll see how that works out LOL. Do you seasoned knitters recognize this yarn?

Thimbleanna: Stripey Socks

Ok, off to watch Victoria. Are you watching? MeMum and I are loving it!

Have a good week!
XOXO,
Anna

Happy New Year!

Well, Happy New Year!!! As is our tradition, we like to have the animals appear in their Happy New Year portrait. This year, Scruff (aka TheEmptyNestChild) is the star of the show.  (Mostly because I can’t find Paul — he’s been hiding because we’ve had so many “visitors” in and out in the last few weeks.)

Thimbleanna: Happy

The other tradition is to look back on the previous year in sewing, knitting and travel. It was a rough year here in ThimbleannaLand boys and girls, so there’s not a whole lot to show for it. ;-(

Thimbleanna: 2016

Luckily, we had our new little FinallyAGirl make her appearance in June, which cheered up the whole sad year!  Most of my sewing and knitting centered around our sweet little cherub.  The only travel was three trips to Utah last year — sadly, one trip was to take our beloved BigDaddy back home for the final time, and the other two trips were for quilt market and just a fun family get-away.

Have you seen these fun Letter Folk Co boards?  They recently posted this picture on Instagram, and with the exception of the arrival of FinallyAGirl, it pretty much sums up my feelings about 2016:

Thimbleanna: Letter Folk

I’m really looking forward to 2017 and hoping it will be a whole lot less busy with mundane responsibilities and a whole lot more fun with lots of sewing and knitting.  Crossing fingers!  I suspect Utah trips will continue as our FinallyAGirl will be moving there later this year and this Grandma will be distraught!  I must sharpen my facetime skills LOL!

Now I’m off to contemplate projects for this year.  Have you noticed that Meredithe and Anne are having a 17 UFOs in 2017 challenge?  I’ve been reading about it on several blogs and smugly thinking that I hadn’t let my UFOs get THAT out of control.  But, silly me — I was tidying up a teeny bit in the sewing room this morning and several UFOs that I’d forgotten about were lying around — who knows how many I would find if I really cleaned up down there???  It’s a very sad state of affairs!!!  Must. Get. Busy.

Happy New Year — May 2017 bring you lots of love, happiness and time to do all the fun stuff that you can dream about!
XOXO,
Anna

Merry Christmas!

Oh Boy! Can you believe it’s here already? It’s been three weeks since I posted and I just can’t believe it – time is flying by!

Our rough week after Thanksgiving got even rougher — the Grandmas in Thimbleannaland haven’t been doing very well. MeMum has had pneumonia and was in the hospital for a week. When she came home, we took the opportunity to move her into our house — we’ve known it’s been coming for a long time, and this seemed like a good chance to make the move, since she’s always vowed that she’d never live with either of her girls. So, this is just “temporary”, but it’s really not. ;-8 TheManoftheHouse has escaped the fun for a few days to go and be with his mother who is gravely ill. Today is her birthday and she has her three boys with her and I’m hoping that they’ll be comforted by having their family all together.

So, not much decorating or baking this year and … gasp … wait for it … no Gingerbread Houses either. In over ten years, this is only the second time we’ve missed the fun — hopefully we’ll be able to pick back up next year. The boys and MyDadLovesMeBestSister are having an “in-law” year, so it’s blissfully quiet here. The Grinch tried to sneak in, but, as you can see, Grumpy Monkey and Luna Lapin are having none of it!
;-D.

Thimbleanna: Grinch

I asked MeMum, if she could only have one cookie for Christmas this year, what would it be? I knew she would say our beloved Angel Slices, and she did. So, I squeaked out a pan of them on Thursday night (along with the best caramels) and made a batch of sugar cookies last night. After all, we had to have our traditional Christmas Eve morning breakfast — even if it didn’t have the variety this year that we usually have.

Thimbleanna: Cookies

I also found some knitting time and made one of Julie’s adorable little stocking ornaments. Won’t it make a fun gift with a penny or two from this year tucked inside?

Thimbleanna: Cookies

Now, I’m looking forward to a VERY relaxing Christmas Day — watching movies and quilting — it’s been too long since I worked on FinallyAGirl’s baby quilt and I’d like it to be done before she goes to kindergarten!

Wishing all of you a very, VERY Merry Christmas – I hope Santa is oh-so-good to you this year!

Merry Christmas!
XOXO,
Anna

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A Random Little Catch-Up

Oh. My. Gosh. What happened to the last month??? It’s been so busy here that I’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone post.

TheManoftheHouse made it through his second knee replacement and is almost back to normal. The Halloween surgery and weeks that followed sucked most of November out of me. Then there was Thanksgiving — I thought several times about posting, but something always interrupted my plan. Everyone was here this year and we had lots of fun — FinallyAGirl stole the show with her Uncle and the cousins. Somewhere in the middle of all that, I got a new assignment at work that means longer hours and has been awful — hopefully it will end soon. Last week was pretty rough, so SweetiePie and FinallyAGirl have come to cheer us up and help. It’s been wonderful having them here — SweetiePie has worked her little tail off — cooking dinner every night and she even tackled the pile of fabric that I had sitting around waiting to be pre-washed and folded so it could be added to my stash. She’s a gem and we’re so lucky to have her!

While they’ve been here, I made a little sleep sack for FinallyAGirl. I put a machine embroidery sentiment on the bottom of the sack in hopes that it would help her sleep a little better at night ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sleeper

I used McCall’s 7219 for the pattern, Baby Pink Cuddle fabric for the outside and the cute Darling Little Dickens sheep for the lining.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sleeper

And here’s our little peach modeling the goods — luckily there’s still a bit of growing room too.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sleeper

In other news, after years of taking pictures of the moon that turned out looking like a tiny white dot, I finally learned how to get a picture that actually looks like the moon during the last super moon. Major zooming in, both with the camera and the computer happened ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Super Moon

And finally, I have lots of new goodies in my little etsy shop —
Beautiful new Liberty fabrics (with a restock of the beloved Betsy in Gray):

Thimbleanna: Liberty Fabric

A few prints from the super cute Collette line by Blend Fabrics (oh, the fussy cutting opportunities!):

Thimbleanna: Collette Fabric

Some low-volume prints, and just so you can treat yourself at Christmas (;-D!), some beautiful new Dovo scissors (sadly, my favorite 5-inch scissors are sold out already):

Thimbleanna: Collette Fabric

Now I’m off to try and get in the Christmas spirit. (Maybe I’ll actually get a new blog header made!) It’s not going to be easy this year — everyone will be somewhere else! I’m not a fan of these every-other-year holidays — at. all!

XOXO,
Anna

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Making Luna Lapin

I was so excited when the nice people at Sew and So asked me to review the new book by Sarah Peel.  The book is Making Luna Lapin and it’s the very sweet story of a little rabbit named Luna who is quiet, kind, and more than anything, loves to sew.  A rabbit who loves to sew?  How could I say no?

Thimbleanna: Luna Lapin

Sara starts the book by telling you the Story of Luna Lapin.  Then you go on a few adventures with her … the story of the lost scarf, the story of the Christmas wish, and the story of the birthday bash.  The stories are all very sweet and fun to read.  And then … best of all … Sarah has included patterns for you to make your very own Luna along with 20 accessories to dress Luna and her brother Alfie.

As reviewers of the book, we were invited to make as little, or as much from the book that we wanted.  I wanted to make it all!

Thimbleanna: Luna Lapin

I really wanted to make the super cute chair that Luna is sitting in, in the picture above, but I decided to make an actual Luna bunny and a few of her favorite clothes.  I mean, wait.  I spent my lunch hours hand sewing Luna and then she made her own clothes.  Because, you know … she loves to sew.  (My poor little Luna is looking  a little cross-eyed — I need to re-position those eyes so they’re not set so closely!)

Thimbleanna: Luna Lapin

Naturally, Luna LOVES Liberty fabric, so after I lined her ears and feet with Liberty, she made herself a dress, following the instructions in the book.  The instructions are clear and very well illustrated (I did have Luna had a little bit of trouble understanding the bow instructions, but she worked it out.)

Thimbleanna: Luna Lapin

And THEN.  Then, Luna made this A.dorable little pink coat.  That coat KILLS me!  I LOVE it so much — I want a pink Pea Coat in my jumbo size!  (Maybe Luna would make me one!)  I also want one for my sweet little FinallyAGirl so she and Luna and I can be triplets.  (I think you know who is going to be the new owner of Sweet Luna, don’t you???)

Thimbleanna: Luna Lapin

Anyway, I Luna really wanted to make more of the accessories too — there are the cutest little boots and shoes in the book, but after lining her feet with beautiful Liberty fabric, I Luna just couldn’t see covering those pads up.  Oh well … maybe for a cousin who doesn’t have such pretty feet.  ;-D

Thank you so much to Sew and So for inviting me to participate in this blog hop.  If you’re interested in the book, you can see a trailer with more sneak peeks by clicking on the little book icon here:

You can also read more reviews of the book and see more of the fun projects (like those cute shoes!) from the book by visiting the following blogs in the blog hop schedule:

Monday 31st October – SewandSo
Tuesday 1st November – Meet Sarah Peel
Wednesday 2nd November – Sew of Course
Thursday 3rd November – Melanie Sews and Other Stuff
Friday 4th November – Poppy in Stitches

Monday 7th November – Carina Crafts
Tuesday 8th November – Bendigolioness
Wednesday 9th November – Bit of Tea and Honey
Thursday 10th  November – ME!

And then, after all that reading and previewing, you can buy the book HERE. (Currently, the link is for an e-book, and the link for the hardcover should be up soon. But still, $15 for the e-book is a great deal for all those cute little patterns. I’d buy it just for that little Pink Pea Coat!!!)

Thimbleanna: Luna Lapin

XOXO,
Anna

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