Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stitching and Festival Fun!

Hello again!  Yes, here I am, 2 posts in one month, it is a wonder!

I have been diligently doing my exercises for the tennis elbow problem and happy to report I was able to do a bit of stitching this weekend!

The Heaven and Nature Sing SAL started on the 15th and I was determined to put thread to linen.  I did a bit each day since and here is what I have to show for it....  I absolutely love it so far!



I am so happy to have gotten in the groove and accomplished so much.  

Even though it has been only a few weeks since I last wrote it has been a busy and fun time.  

I did get to see Bernard Fowler one last time.  I was fortunate to see him in Bridgeport CT, in a small club.  He really puts on a rockin' show!  


And this has been the PERFECT time for leaf peeping here in the New England area!  This past weekend I took a ride to Rhinebeck NY to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.....



There was the NY State Sheep and Wool Festival.... what a fantastic festival!



It was definitely a feast for the eyes with color and inspiration at every turn.....from knitting to felting to rug hooking.......

 




and yarn EVERYWHERE in EVERY color and texture imaginable!  lol 





Also lots of great accessory items like baskets and shaker boxes.....





And, of course, all the sweet babies that give us the wool to make the yarn!  Baaaaaaaa!





It was a wonderful day, clear and blustery, and full of color.....




These were my festival finds...  some gorgeous alpaca yarn in a variegated black walnut, soooo soft!  And also a new cookbook by Nancy Fuller.  It was so nice to meet Nancy and have her sign my book.  I love her cooking show and how it really celebrates the Hudson Valley area.  



 Since my last post, I had seen a new post on the Sarah Harris SAL blog.... out of the blue!  So it inspired me to pull out all my supplies for her.   She is quite a colorful sampler and will be a compliment to Lucy with the pinks and purples.  To see more about her, the dedicated blog is here!



I hope you have had a great stitchy weekend too!  Here are my impatiens which I am so surprised to see thriving despite the sudden cold snap we have had......   


Have a wonderful new week!  I hope to see you again soon!  xxxxx




  





12 comments:

Robin said...

Great post, Krista! Glad you were able to get to the festival! Your fall colors look much prettier than in my neck of the woods. Some of the trees has started changing, but the majority are holding tight to their green. Nice start on the Heaven and Nature Sing piece.

Robin in Virginia

Clare said...

I love to read about others stitching SALs. `Heaven and Nature Sings` looks a delightful SAL to do. `Sarah Harris 1786` looks interesting too. I have been getting the `Sampler & Antique Needlework for quite a few years(this is where most of my samplers are either stitched or kitted up to stitch) and now find the final issue is Autumn 2015. :( I wrote about this as I wondered where you get your patterns from? Happy Stitching.

Maggie said...

Glad you have been able to get a few stitches in, love the colours :-)

The trees look an amazing colour, lucky you, a lot of ours just turn brown.

Marilyn said...

Heaven and Nature is a pretty piece.
Thanks for sharing your Fall pics, just beautiful.
The festival looks like a lot of fun, and you picked up some great treasures.
Those baskets and shaker boxes are beautiful.
Have a great week!
Marilyn

Mary said...

Krista, it's all so good! I'm in love with the start on Heaven and Nature Sing. It's going to be a beauty. The yarn and wool festival would have been a blast!! I admire the self control it must have taken.

Vickie said...

What a pretty post. I am glad your elbow is behaving. My wrist is still not. :(

Judy said...

What a great post. I lived in Dutchess County as a child and teen. Our TN foliage just isn't the same. I loved seeing all your photos from the sheep and wool festival. I'm head over heals in love with sheep and love wool even if a little allergic. The apples remind me fondly of family visits to the apple orchard each fall, and what's not to love about Nancy Fuller?

Margaret said...

Oh shucks, I might just have to bite the bullet and order that Kathy Barrick chart. I've been trying to resist. lol! Love your start on it! Love Sarah Harris too -- I was planning to stitch her ages ago but lost my mojo with Quakers. Great pics from Rhinebeck! Love your new Alpaca yarn. I've never heard of Nancy Fuller. I'll have to look her up.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

You have been busy, Krista! That whale rug is gorgeous as are all the goodies you showed! What a fun day and aren't the Fall colors just a glorious thing to behold?

Priscila Ponto Cruz said...

Lovely blog!

woolwoman said...

Oh I'm SO jealous you got to go to Rhinebeck ! I didn't realize so many rug hookers displayed there but why wouldn't they - we are all "wooley" friends and comrades. I'm an avid knitter and rug hooker so I'm sure I'd have to mortgage the house to make a trip to Rhinebeck it would be just TOO much temptation. Glad you had a great time and looks like you have a great start on your Heaven and Nature piece. It's lovely - I might have to cave. hope your week is going well - Mel

Brigitte said...

Great start on your new project. And it was just great to see all the pictures from the Rhinebek festival. I bet you can spend hours there and you even haven't seen all that it offered.