Friday, July 15, 2011

Finished Snowflake Stocking and Cool Thoughts...


I finished the Ann Norling Snowflake Stocking by Maurya McBride Wednesday night.  Amanda, it is 6 1/2 x 19 inches and a nice soft, squishy 100% wool knit.


I was pleasantly surprised when I went to block it that the whole house did not end up smelling like a herd of wet sheep (for non-knitters, when you finish a project, you wet it and then shape it to dry in a process called blocking)!  I have to admit, that the first time I wet a wool project and it reeked of sheep, I was most disturbed.  LOL!


This yarn is a Nature Spun worsted weight.  Ash is the colorway and it says it is permanently moth proofed!  Maybe the moth proofing process takes some of the sheepy smell out!!  Anyway, I like whatever made it smell less sheepy when wet. 


I picked up more supplies (another skein of Ash plus a Pomegranite and Limestone) for another one or two yesterday.  =)  A quick and fun knit.


The temperatures continue to be brutal.  We are on a very long string of days where the temps are above 100 degrees; June broke our records.  Fortunately, we were blessed with a bit of rain last night... though that led to a power outage until 2:30 in the morning.  I do love having electricity!


We made it a whole week without having to call our speed-dial buddies, Maddox Air Conditioning, for one of The Old Girls.  But, our luck ran out yesterday.  I should own stock in capacitors.  LOL!  I am ready for this heat to break just a little. 


So, I'm thinking cool thoughts and sending out wishes for a cool, beautiful weekend to all.

I'm adding this to Sneak Peek Fridays at the other side of me.

at  Ann's On Sutton Place

and Friday Favorites At Whistle Stop Cafe.
Blessings ~ tanna

45 comments:

texwisgirl said...

oh, lucky you on the rain shower! must have been the clouds to the east i was watching (and praying to) last night that never made it over here! :)

sheepy wool. who'dve thunk it...

Mary said...

Is there anything you can't do with a pair of needles? You really amaze me. I hope the respite from the extreme heat continues. Your weather sounds like it has been brutal. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

From the Kitchen said...

Your beautiful stocking and my trip to Hobby Lobby (where they already have their Christmas decorations out) have cooled me down. That, and our ac. A few years ago, our downstairs unit conked out. I kept calling the ac man and got no answer so I drove over and said I'd be back (with my pit bull) to reside in their lobby until they could fix or replace our unit. They got in done in record time!! They also noticed that we had a dalmatian--far from a pit bull but one has to do what one has to do!!

Hope all falls into place for a cool weekend for you.

Best,
Bonnie

It's Just Dottie said...

Tanna, I think you have magic needles.
Smiles. Dottie

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh this turned out so incredibly cute. If I ever have grandchildren (I'm not holding by breath) I would love to do this. Have a great weekend and try to keep cool. We have had a beautiful few days but the weekend is going to heat up. I've been on this computer all morning so I just have to go and accomplish something!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It has been horribly hot here, too until today. Drizzly and in the 70's is such a relief. I will tell it to come your way. Your pond and plants look good though. Cute stocking and I hate the smell of wet wool.

Donna said...

Oh my I love your ponds....absolutely love them!!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Love that stocking Tanna! Our temps have been hotter than hot the past couple of days. Hubby came home yesterday with ruby red hands from holding the steering wheel. Thankfully we have covered parking where we live but he doesn't have that at the office. The cars really heat up when sitting in the sun. We have yarn here made from camel hair -- wonder what that smells like wet. Ha! Have a great weekend. Tammy

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I've seen those wet sheep... and can't imagine that in my house.
Once you.... opps, I mean Santa... fills these stockings with goodies, Sheep will be long gone!
This is a friday's favorite for sure :-)

AMKreations said...

I love the stocking! What beautiful work!

I think that it's going to be hot here this weekend...but I'll take cool thoughts if I can! =)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Jen said...

That turned out beautifully! We've had a break from the hot Texas temps. We're on vacation in Colorado! Hope you get some relief soon!

Sandi said...

The stocking is beautiful. You do lovely things with those needles. I wondered if the pictures of the pond were of your pond? They were wonderful!!!

Cindy said...

Yes, those temperatures ARE brutal...I am in Fort Worth! I have just started knitting after a 25 year break, but I was never a lover of knitting so I didn't do much even back then! I want to learn how to change colors so that I can do patterns this beautiful too!

Coming in to visit from Studio JRU over at Anita's...

Blessings...

Wanda said...

Just felt relaxed and refreshed gazing at your beautiful pond and waterfall pictures. So beautiful.

Love your snowflake stocking. Years ago, and I do mean years ago like 40 I made several afgans with what they called broomstick needles. It was very easy and I enjoyed it...Also made a few slippers, but I don't think I'd have a clue what to do today.

I marvel at your absolutey perfect work. You are amazing.

Have a great weekend girlfriend

Donna said...

What a nice contrast...woolie stocking and wonderfully wet water. Oh, and did I spy a dragonfly?

Christina said...

Your kitting is beautiful! I have yet to graduate to anything beyond washcloths and scarfs, but I can appreciate knitted loveliness when I see it!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Your snowflake stocking looks lovely. Hope it really is permanently moth proof, that would be a bonus!

Christine said...

It's Christmas in July!
That very color of blue is my all time favorite color. I just love this stocking.

I'll send you some of our weather if you send me yours! (I'm wearing a sweater today)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your stocking is just beautiful! Hope it cools off a bit for you:@)

Betsy said...

love the stocking...

love the pond....

have to have A/C. I'm a sissy big time. An grouchy if I'm hot. haha.

Chatty Crone said...

The stocking was very nice - classic.

And I love - love - love your pond.

Sorry about the a/c. It is so hot.
Although I have to tell you today is only in the 70's...

Dana said...

Love the stocking! And you captured such great pictures of the little waterfall. I'm ready for some cooler pictures too. Geesh! It's HOT!!!

a happy little life said...

HITanna!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and thank you for your sweet comment!
I am loving your stocking! I am so impressed by your work and I love that you used ash for your color.
Learning to knit is a must here in Finland so my new group of lady friends are excited to get me knitting native style with real wool... I'm a little worried now about the bonus smell! haahahaha

Jenny Woolf said...

Hopefully working on the snowflake helped you think cool thoughts. The worst thing for me about heat is if it is humid. I can't bear that.

Jennifer Zuri said...

Love your pond! And the stocking is adorable. Makes me want to take up knitting.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

The stocking is just beautiful.

Now the thing I am drooling over is the pond!!! Now when I get a house one day I am going to have to learn from you on how to build a pond...it looks wonderful and the sound of the water...so calming.

Stay cool...hope your East Texas tress are giving you some coverage.

Amanda said...

Can I put in my order of four please? I can look at the top of that stocking and tell that this is beyond my skill level and that I would need an in-person tutorial for how to attempt. =) It is BEAUTIFUL!!

Hope you're staying cool. Love you!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful stocking, Tanna! My current knitting skills won't allow me to make anything that complicated or lovely so I will just have to admire yours - sigh :)

a happy little life said...

Tanna, I did it! Your work inspired me! SERIOUSLY! It nudged me into committing to learning! Yesterday my husband and I went for an afternoon to the city center market at Kauppatori in Helsinki, there was an artist with the most INCREDIBLE naturally dyed WOOL! OH THE COLORS!!!!! I am not impulsive... but I believe this was sign... I bought one of her gorgeous mitten kits... ash and cream! AND this morning I visited her site (http://riihivilla.blogspot.com/) and read that she was an exchange student in the 70's in Michigan... my home state. I am just blown away! Now a trip to buy some needles! I am so excited!
Would you like to come visit and give me lessons!

Natasha in Oz said...

How wonderful to see touches of winter in a Northern hemisphere blog...you have made me feel right at home! Thank you!!!

Take care and best wishes for a wonderful week!
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Like everyone else, we are getting the heat too. I don't know how you could even touch wool on these hot days -- but I do love this stocking. :)

KAT said...

you are so extremely talented ! I am new Follower of your blog ! Love your inspiring art
KAT Griffin

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

What a great stocking. Homemade stockings are cherished forever in my opinion. Love the snowflake. We have terrible temps here too and no rain. It's a bad summer. Your pond and photos are gorgeous. Found you at On Sutton Place.

Carol............. said...

What a soft looking silver color you used for the socks..wow!

We still have cool hers stop on over!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It turned out great! I don't knit - my mom keeps saying she needs to teach me.

Love the lillypads (how do you spell that anyhow?) - so pretty!

no spring chicken said...

Your stocking is beautiful! I love how you described the squish. Just looking at it I was feeling it, There's nothing like wool.

Hurray for rain... and electricity~ :)

Blessings, Debbie

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'd want a stocking like this in every color! It's so pretty! I do know that wet sheep smell...lol..from spending time in Ireland. It's very earthy. Thankfully it disappears when the wool is dry.

Stay cool! We had your heat last summer but so far this summer it has been tolerable in NYC. Now if the humidity would just cease and desist!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

The stocking turned out great! I love the elegance of the gray color. Keep cool as best you can!
Best,
Susan

Leontien said...

whoohooo on the rain! and yes cool thoughts are really appreciated!!!

Thanks
Leontien
And thanks for voting! ;-)

Malli said...

It is steaming hot in our area but the stocking is so pretty it gives me cooling memories of winter! Brrr:)

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

You are so talented! Are you taking orders now for Christmas? Lovely! That'll keep you out of the kitchen - busy hands and all :)

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, I am behind in my visits to my dear friends! I just don't seem to have it together! We are having a heat wave here in NY as well, though not like yours. Electricity is a friend and I don't like it when it goes out for any long period. Last big outage was for 4 days!(last spring). The stocking looks like a pro! You have so many talents. I wish you cool and pleasant dreams. Blessings, Catherine xo

California Girl said...

I remember Brown Outs in Richmond, VA at the height of summer. We'd lose our A/C and it was miserable.

nanny said...

Stock in capacitors....that's funny...I have to tell my husband.

stocking is precious

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