Thursday, October 06, 2011

This and That

I have lots to show you today...

First up are my hexagon flower blocks for this week.  I only made 2 and last week I didn't make any, but I am still making progress.  Got to stay on top of these. 
I have been playing with my scraps and decided to put the finished blocks together for a quilt top.  Here is my progress so far.  I think I will add a few more rows.  I don't have much of the white on white fabric, so when I run out, the quilt will be done.

Now for something different.  Last Monday I went over to our local library and joined in on a 'drop-in program' for knitters.  I haven't knitted anything in a long time.  I used to make toques, scarves and mitts for the kids at the school where my DD teaches.  I haven't done that for a long time either.  So I started making some mittens.  I'll try to make a few more things in this 2-hour, twice a month program.  It was fun.  Here is what I have so far.

I have also been busy in my garden.  A while back, I discovered that there was such a thing as fall crocuses.  I was able to get some at a local nursery.  They have to be planted in the fall.  Next spring they will come up and show some leaves.  Then by August or September the leaves will disappear and beautiful pink or mauve flowers will appear. 

This one is called Colchicum Byzantinum.  It was already starting to flower in the package.  This one has a very large bulb and the package said that it would have to be divided after a couple of years because it grows very quickly.  That's a good thing!  I also planted some small bulbs of a different kind of fall crocus.  But I could have saved myself the trouble because when I went outside this morning I discovered that my resident squirrel had dug them up.  I forgot to sprinkle some cayenne pepper on the soil.  That is the only thing that keeps my squirrels away.

And last, but not least, I did some baking.  I made a banana chocolate chip bunt cake and a marble bunt cake which is pictured here. 

I also sandwiched a quilt that I hope to finish in the next couple of days.  So it's back to the sewing room for me. 


Exuberant Color said...

I like your scrappy quilt. I've never seen fall crocus before.

Barb said...

your project are just wonderful, seems you have your hands in alot of things too.

Simone de Klerk said...

You really have been busy. Your knitting work is still perfect. And I hadn't heard of fal crocus. Very pretty. Next time I'll come over for a piece of cake (:

Terry said...

I love your scrap blocks! They're going to make a lovely little quilt! :0)

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

Bad luck about the squirrels! I did not know you knew how to knit. Those mitties look great. I can only make scarves and washclothes. I would love to know how to make socks and mittens too!
Have fun sewing and eating turkey this weekend!

Pat said... did some quick knitting to get so much done so soon! Sorry about the squirrels digging up your bulbs. I'd not heard of fall crocuses, but it sounds like a good see some flowers before nasty Old Man Winter sets in!!!

wackywoman said...

OMG Hetty, you are amazing. Honest.

Vicki said...

WOW you certainly have been productive, great work Hetty. Love the scappy quilt and you ceertainly knitted up a storm in 2 hours. That banana chocolate chip cake looks yummy!!!!

Rinie said...

I don't believe this: are you one person or maybe the other part of twins?
Let me see: two cakes, knitting mittens, etc., hexagon flower blocks and more blocks, fall crocusses, never heard of.
And now back to the sewing room!
Happy Thanksgiving!

W. Latane Barton said...

Wow, you have been one busy gal. The mittens are so cute and will feel so warm come the colder weather.

hakucho said...

Love those mittens...of course I'm partial to stripes :)

happy knitting :)

Oiyi said...

The hexagon flowers always makes wish I had time to make quilts again. I love the scrappy top. And wow, look at your pretty mittens. I love the stripes.

Rachael Rabbit said...

I'm working on a hexagon quilt too! I'm dying to try some of that bunt cake ... really trying to become a better baker ... Charlotte seems to think chocolate chips are 'yuck' ... really? I guess I should be glad my toddler does not yet have a taste for chocolate.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comment and compliment! Now peeking at your blog I see you are quite the talented lady yourself ;)
It was great meeting you last week, and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself :) Hope to see you next week too!

Reddirt Woman said...

Tell me again why you've been AWOL??? Are you kidding me. If I did half what you did you wouldn't hear from me for a month! Love the scrap quilt with the white. It just makes all the colors pop.