Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Postcard from New York

My favourite flowers ... tulips at Boscobel House, Hudson Valley 

Last week we went to New York - first to visit friends in the Hudson Valley (beautiful place - hard to believe how close it is to the city) and then on to the Big Apple itself.  The weather wasn't always kind, but we had a great time.

So, here are some snaps from our trip:

We walked a lot this trip - this guy was keeping guard on top of a wall in Central Park!

We saw lots of carriages ... loads of tourists seem to be willing to pay a small fortune to see the park this way.

Looking south from Central Park

This poor little guy wasn't quite expecting a photo shoot ... shortly afterwards he disappeared back into the undergrowth!

And another unsuspecting model!!

Love the building (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) but the Guggenheim was by far the worst of the galleries we went to - really not worth the entrance fee.  The Kandinsky collection wasn't on display which was a disappointment and the only display on Frank Lloyd Wright's work was in a corridor in the basement.

The Empire State Building ... we didn't go up!

Another iconic building on a very grey day: the Flat Iron building

Times Square

And again!

That's probably enough photos for one post!  We also visited The Metropolitan Museum, MOMA, Grand Central Station and B&H (my favourite camera store anywhere in the world!).

One of the best things about the trip was the food ... lots of great gluten-free meals ranging from pizza to Chinese to a fantastic Brazilian steakhouse (I'm seriously considering petitioning Fogo de Chão to open a branch in St. Louis!).

Thursday, 8 May 2014

A Mandala for Yarndale

Last night I decided to pick up my crochet hook after a break of almost a year ... the baseball game was on telly; Andy was out and I needed something productive to do!

Having read this post on Attic 24 I decided to make a mandala using this pattern and some left over yarn.  This cotton was purchased in Germany - can't remember what for now, but whatever it was never materialised.  I've misplaced the label, so have no idea what it is!  I used a 4mm hook and ended up with a mandala exactly 7 inches in diameter.  Once I've located some PVA glue to stiffen it, it will be winging its way to North Yorkshire for Yarndale.

Took less than a baseball game to make, doesn't seem to need any blocking and the Cardinals won ... all good!

Friday, 2 May 2014


There's been some sewing going on round here this week!  This is a finished (and well-used) lap duvet using instructions from the Purl Bee.  The quilting is very subtle ... too subtle to really see in this photo.  It's been so useful as the weather doesn't really know what it's doing - our heating is off now but sometimes it's a bit chilly in the evening and this is perfect to snuggle under in front of the telly!

Three purses waiting for their frames!  This is a Nicole Mallalieu pattern that I've used many times before.  I always get to this point (when the sewing is done!) and everything grinds to a halt - I hate glueing the frames on and always need another pair of hands, so hopefully Andy will help out this weekend.  There is no way I can wrangle a purse into the frame on my own without getting glue all over the fabric and that would be a shame, especially as I've used some of my favourite Japanese fabrics on two of these.

I've had some fabric deliveries this week and this rose fabric is my favourite of the new fabrics.  I also got a new purse pattern and frame.  Given how much I hate the gluing process, Andy was a bit bemused that I chose a frame with three bits to glue ... but I wasn't thinking about practicalities when I ordered it; I just liked it!!  

I also ordered some clamshell purses (no sewing required, just lots of glue!) and a sashiko kit, so I've lots to keep me busy.  And I've ordered a new book of bag patterns that should be here shortly ...