Tuesday, 17 July 2018

15-Sided Biscornu

I have been puttering away on my 15-sided biscornu.
I don't see enough of  contrast between the white stitches and the background fabric so I may have to outline the sheep and fences.

I'm going to Marion's cottage for the weekend so I should be able to finish all the stitching on this one. Hopefully I can start the other one with the blue fabric and threads.

Monday, 16 July 2018

French Festival

A month ago when Skip, Scooter, and I attempted to attend a Civil War Reenactment (we discovered it had been cancelled when we got there), Skip picked up a tourist brochure in Cape Vincent NY. When we got home, we actually read it and noted that there was going to be a French Festival there in mid-July. Always up for an adventure, we decided to revisit the area and check out the French Festival.

We hate traffic so decided to head eastward on Friday morning. We got to Kingston in time to take the 12:30 ferry to Wolfe Island then on the other side of the island, the ferry to Cape Vincent.

The ferry from Kingston holds almost 60 cars. The ferry to Cape Vincent would hold 8 or 9 cars max. We were 7th (and last) in line for the ferry so we got to drive off first.
Of course, we had to take a selfie. Yes, we're 'those kind' of people. LOL. It's only a 10 minute ferry ride.
We were there by 1:30pm.

The town was getting ready for the festival which was to begin the next day. People had already put out their lawn chairs along the main street to get a prime parade-watching spot. I'd never seen that done a day ahead before.

After lunch, we drove the 25 minutes to Watertown and checked into our lodgings then went for Mexican food. It was possibly the worst Mexican meal I'd ever had. The meat in the taco had so much salt in it, neither Skip nor I could eat it. My chalupa had a slurry of beans with a sprinkling of lettuce and tomato. Very disappointing. We have eaten there a couple of times before but won't be eating there again.

After supper we did a bit of shopping. I found a half price sale of OTT lights at JoAnn Fabrics so picked up a magnifying desk lamp for my stitching.

The next morning we headed back to Cape Vincent for the Festival. We saw the opening ceremonies where all the dignitaries were presented on the raised stage on the main street. The French, Canadian, and US national anthems were sung by soloists on the stage. I sang O! Canada in French for the occasion.
That's right. Napoleon was right there on the stage.
This woman also dressed in period costume.
There were many, many vendors all around the main block of the town as well as in the Village Green.

This vendor was selling coonskin caps and animal traps decorated with a carved insert.
This is one alleyway across the Village Green.
The Village of Cape Vincent only has a population of about 725 people but swelled to several thousand for this weekend.
Skip and I parked on a street facing outwards from the downtown and out from the parade route. That way, we'd have a quick getaway after the parade was over. We also decided to stand near the beginning of the parade route so the parade would still be going on when we beetled out of town.

We found a nice, shady spot on Lake Street, a residential street, in the second block of the parade route.
Shortly after 2pm the parade started. Right near the beginning, Napoleon rode by.

There were many, floats, band, cars, trucks, etc. There was only one team of horses.
Usually horses are at the end of the parade so others don't have to walk through their 'deposits'. However they had that covered with a couple of townsfolk dressed as clowns on 'Poop Patrol'.
There were at least 3 pipe bands. One of them was from Belleville ON, another was a local fire and police band. I don't remember where this band came from.
This guy was on a hoverboard tossing candy at kids along the route. The candy of choice that was being distributed seemed to be tiny Tootsie Rolls. Although there were children on either side of us, I did manage to score a couple of them.
The last 'float' was the dance band that performed on the main street band stand until about 1:30pm. Their float was a pontoon boat - a very clever idea for the small combo as there was already built-in seating.
We then drove to Rochester where we planned to do some more shopping. At Wegmans (grocery store), we noted this flyer on a bulletin board. Rats! We'll miss this one as we have plans next weekend. But we'll certainly keep it in mind for next year.

A thousand participants in two battles daily? It doesn't get much better than this.
Then in August the Genesee County Village & Museum is having a Wilder Weekend where folks can participate in fun activities based on 'Little House on the Prairie'. This year celebrity guests will be Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh who played young Grace Ingalls in the TV series.
Our hotel in Rochester was a disappointment. IT DIDN'T HAVE WIFI and was in a restaurant-barren area. Instead of staying a second night, we checked out the next morning and spent the night in Buffalo where this morning, we did the last bit of shopping and drove home.

I was so tired each evening I didn't stitch a single stitch the entire time I was away. I'm looking forward to getting back to stitching my 15-sided Dans Le Jardin biscornu.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sewing and Knitting for Kathleen's Baby

I finally got the buttons put on the Maile sweater that I knit for Kathleen's baby.
I finished the top of the hat with decreases then made i-cord out of the last 8 stitches and tied a little knot in it. I had an extra button so attached it at the bottom of the lace panel on the hat.
Kathleen and her mother were very appreciative. They also liked the Cunningham blanket I knit for the baby

and the cuddle quilt made with the fuzzy dimple fabric.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

4 More To Go

I have 11 diamonds stitched. Only 4 to go before I can start stitching little sheep and fences.
Today, Shelley, Jeanette, Barb, Carol and I ventured to the Prince Edward County 2018 Quilt show.
There were lots of excellent vendors so, of course, I had to buy a couple of things. I made a bee line to Hooked on the Lake so I could get first dibs on the punch needle kits. I purchased Primitive Blooms
and Fall Frolic - both with the design drawn on the weaver's cloth and the requisite Valdani threads.
I'm still hoping to find a rug hooking class to take that doesn't involve driving a long way (more than a couple of hours).

I also bought a little bit of this fabric to make some cute project bags. It's called Wash Day Sheep.

There were lots and lots of beautiful quilts but I'm not going to bother with photos here at present.

Afterwards, we went for lunch and then to the Lavender Festival in Hillier. There were tons of people. It was quite festive with lots for kids to do, live bands, lavender nougat and lemonade samples, pick-your-own lavender, a beautifully stocked shop, and much more. The weather was perfect.

I had never before seen white lavender in bloom.
We had a look around and then decided to go for ice cream back in Wellington then head for home. I'm sure when there isn't a festival going on, it is a relatively serene place to visit.

Friday, 6 July 2018


For my Dans mon Jardin 15-sided biscornu, I need to backstitch the outlines of 15 diamonds with 20 diagonal sts over two threads on each side.

I got six done tonight. I miscounted on the top, right square but rather than unpick the errant stitch, I'm leaving it as it will get covered when I sew the squares together on the backstitching lines.
Only nine more to go.

I'm really looking forward to stitching the little fences and sheep.

While stitching the diamonds, I listened to a couple of episodes of the Fruity Knitting podcast on YouTube. If you haven't listened to it, I highly recommend it. Right from the first episode, the quality and variety of knitting themes was very impressive. Andrea and Andrew try to put out a 75+ minute episode every two weeks. I decided to start watching from episode 1 and am only on episode 8.

New Projects

While at Jeanette's on our stitching day this week, I saw her beautiful 15-sided pulled thread biscornu. It was designed by Kathrin Ellison of Gitta's and is a free pattern starting on August 3, 2012 on her blog.

Today after doing the inventory of the Trillium Embroidery Guild library holdings and a delicious lunch at KBs in beautiful downtown Whitby (thank you, Jeanette!), we popped over to Kim's to do some stitchery shopping.

I decided on a dark blue fabric with Caron Wildflower threads and DMC 931 #12 perle cotton.
I also found the perfect Mill Hill beads that I'll use to finish the project.

My other 15-sided biscornu I want to start is one I've wanted to do for several months. It's a Jardin Privé design by Nathalie Cichon called Dans mon Jardin. Not surprisingly, it features sheep.
I decided on Custard Cream 30 count Legacy Linen. It's a beautiful buttery yellow. To make sure there was a bold contrast with the white, I swapped the DMC 3865 for this B5200. I want those little fences and sheep to really 'pop'.

 I'm really looking forward to starting one of the projects after supper.

Tomorrow several of us are attending the Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild 2018 quilt show - 'A Stitch in Time' in Wellington ON. We also plan to attend the Lavender Festival nearby in Hillier. It will be a full day but should be lots of fun.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Small Beginnings

The egg Skip brought home from the golf course last Thursday finally hatched last night. Just before that, we saw the black dot at the tip of the egg so we knew hatching was imminent.
We were starting to wonder if the egg was a dud as it had been 4 days which is the maximum amount of time for the egg state. Perhaps having the air-conditioning on during this heat wave slowed the process down a bit.

This morning it's about 3mm long (1/8") and should double in size every day until it pupates (forms the chrysalis) in a couple of weeks.
I found two more eggs on our milkweed yesterday and am thinking of devising some kind of covering/protection for that part of the plant so the leaf can stay on the plant outside. That way the larvae can continue munching away on their 'birth' plants (not scientific terminology). We have a trip coming up in a couple of weekends and it would be nice if the larvae can thrive on their own in the protected wild.

This is the 12th year that I've raised monarchs. For those of you who are new to my blog, I have done posts about most of the activity here over the years since 2007. You can check my archives at the right by clicking on the year, then month (mostly July and August)OR do a search in the search window at top of the right sidebar on this post. Terms could include: monarchs, larva(e), pupa(e), chrysalis, etc.

I'm not sure I'll be able to top the 74 monarchs I raised and released last year but it's worth a good try.