Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage Inspiration!

A few weeks ago, a non-knitting friend gave me this sweater.  She knows how I love everything Nordic ... especially knitted items!  I am so fortunate!
This sweater belonged to her mother-in-law!  OMGosh Good Golly ... it took my breathe away ... it is stunning!  I love it in every way ... the charted pattern ... the colors ... the sweater style ... it is amazing!  I am so grateful that my friend thought of me when she received it ... what a blessing!
It was purchased in Norway, while her mother-in-law was traveling there ... we think sometime in the 60's.  I have done google searches based on the information found on the tags and had little to no luck.  It is machine knit ... and as you can see from the inside here ... it is double knit!
O ... how I wish it fit me ... it is meant to be worn on the ski slopes ... definitely designed for outer wear!  Love the boat neck and drop shoulder style!
I may not be able wear this sweater ... but I can knit items inspired by it!
I'll begin by making mittens ... created this chart in the middle of the night not too long ago!  Crazy ... but when those dillydally designing storms hit ... I have no choice ... I must yield to them!  A quick trip to The Net Loft for yarn and I'm off!  The chart requires knitting with three colors at a time ... that is something I usually avoid as it slows down the process ... but this design is worth it!
Flicka loves the sweater as well ... this is her favorite way to wear it!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DillyDallydom Escapes to Middle Earth

When those coastal storms rage outdoors ...
... Flicka and I escape to Middle Earth.  We've finished The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring and are currently two thirds of the way through The Two Towers!
Google Image
Currently we are with Frodo, Sam and Gollum on their way to Mordor!  I love listening to audiobooks while dillydallying!  So does Flicka!
I pulled out a half done pillow ... it is a block that I pieced years ago while testing a pattern ... loved the results!  The machine quilting was already done ... I decided to make it into a pillow!  I created an envelope backing ...
... bound the edges ...
... and stuffed it with a pillow form!
Done and on the couch!
Blueberry fabric to honor a friend's birthday ...
... just had to be made into a table runner!
Finished and given for her to enjoy in her home!
Flicka helped pick out some patterns for 007 work.  Everything must meet with her approval!  ;-)
I've become obsessed with making these napkins ...
... I completed eight and cut out another eight!
For my guild's open sew event Saturday, I grabbed a kit that I had purchased last summer in Washington state.  The kit was twenty 10" squares of fabric and this postcard pattern!
How fun!  Wild fabrics ... cut ... and auditioned on the floor!
Before I knew it ... it was pieced!
Flicka loved it ...
... she went wild over it ...
... yep, it is a party quilt!
We entertain ourselves well ... making progress on projects and listening to great literature ... a wonderful way to escape.
Flicka and I listen to Gandalf ... we choose to dillydally with the time that has been given us! ;-)

Do what you love.  Escape.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Enjoying the View

The coastal climate teaches its residents many things ...
... the first and foremost lesson is to get out and enjoy the view when it is available!  Even Flicka knows to appreciate a gorgeous sunset!
I happened to catch this beautiful sunrise yesterday ... love how even the mudflats reflected the colors in the sky!
Yesterday we took our walk at a different location ... it was beautiful!
I forget to look down ... often the view under my feet is just as beautiful!
Today ... we returned to our usual route.  Every year I love watching the colors on the mountain meadows change.
Mrs. Eagle was resting after a recent meal ...
... the lake is full of spawning salmon ...
... she watched us closely, but didn't fly off.
All the fireweed has gone to seed ... the mountain meadows have changed a lot in the past week.
Love the colors of fall.
Mr. DD and I have already been placing bets on when the peaks will receive their first dusting of snow.  It could be anytime.
The Heney Range, with Mt. Eccles on the right.  I love how the colors begin as green at the base ... turn to a goldish-orange and end in a plum color.  I think I need to translate this into a sweater design ... stay tuned!
The colors in this picture are very monochromatic and understated ... love that as well.
The clouds moved in quickly.  It started raining when we were about 20 steps away from the car.  By the time I got Kysa in the back and I was in the driver's seat, it was pouring!  The weather forecast is heavy rain and strong winds for the next few days!  Am so happy we enjoyed the view today!  It looks like we'll be dillydallying indoors for a bit!

Do what you love.  Enjoy your view.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello September!

In my remote corner of the planet ...
9.1.14  6:30 am
... September announced her arrival with a beautiful day!  It promised to be a wonderful dillydally day ...  I had invited a few friends over to celebrate a birthday with an afternoon tea party!
One must have crisp sugar cookies when sipping tea!  I tried a new recipe that had toffee bits added to the dough ... delicious!
And every tea party must have savory sandwiches.  I began by toasting rye bread and cut the flower shape with a cookie cutter.
A cheese spread recipe from one of my southern cooking cookbooks was used ... fresh ingredients put together in the food processor!  This recipe is definitely a keeper!
It wouldn't be a birthday party without a cake!  Blueberry Upside Down cake is a favorite here in DillyDallydom!  Yep ... Brother, Girlfriend and Mr. DD showed up later in the evening for some! ;-)
I wanted to dress up the table a bit, so I made new napkins!  I used Terry Atkinson's Natalie's Napkin pattern.  Terrific pattern with great results!
Time to brew the tea!
Everything was ready!
Birthday Girl in the middle!
The guests arrived!  The four of us have been friends for nearly 30 years ... lots of history ... many belly laughs ... sincere fondness for one another.
9.1.14  Around 9:00 pm
What a wonderful way to welcome September!
Do what you love.  Celebrate friendship!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally