Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Feathering the Nest: Soft Afghan? Check. Comfy Pillows? Check. Adorable Dog? Check!

IT'S SCARF WEATHER, YAY! I've been making vats of pumpkin soup, learning to knit, and preparing the house for chillier weather. Last week I ordered a beautiful embroidered afghan from etsy and sewed throw pillows to match the new upholstery on the dining room chairs. The afghan was made by LovelyAfghans, and I'm crazy about it. It's very well-made, and the geometric Swedish embroidery reminds me of an Ikat print. Best of all, all her afghans are $30 or less!

Admire her work? Shop LovelyAfghans on etsy!
Cadet thinks pillow means dog nest, so I used sturdy indoor/outdoor fabric. I was afraid it might feel like nestling into a pile of scouring pads, but they're soft enough to nap on, yay! Lately I like more neutral colors, and I love these shades of beige, taupe, and mustard. The patterns keep it lively, but the colors are calm.
Paisley print: Premier Prints Twill fabric, Henna print, River Rock color.
Botanical print: Waverly Sun & Shade fabric, Fishbowl print, Caviar color.
Geometric circles print: Richloom Solarium fabric, Maxfield print, Sand color.
Dog not for sale.
Now to start thinking about art to hang over the TV... What should I paint? Are pet portraits cheesy?
I'd like to either paint the dogs or copy an old botanical illustration, but with some funny modern additions.

Keith and I spent last weekend visiting his parents at their new home in North Carolina. When the zombie apocalypse happens, I'm moving in with them: They live in a beautiful remote area with a gorgeous view, they have their own well, and soon they'll be growing their own food and raising chickens! We enjoyed his Mom's organic cooking, were lectured on the dangers of gluten, played Settlers together, and visited the Fall Festival at the local Folk Arts school. I admired alpacas ("It's a cameldog!") and got ideas for new knitting projects. It was a perfect weekend. Thank you, John and Laura, for the pumpkin and the peppers!


  1. You're dog is too cute! I wish I could get my cats to help accessorize my photos like that.

    1. Thanks! When I get the camera out, I can't keep the pets away. They're such hams. And I *might* bribe them with treats to look up at just the right moment and pose. :)

  2. Yay for learning how to knit!! If you ever want knitting buddies, I meet with a girl on Mondays at Ugly Mugs in East Nashville, and also at the Haus of Yarn in West Nashville on Thursdays :) Because, obviously, I can't get my hands on yarn enough haha.

    1. If you don't mind a lot of stupid n00b questions, I'd like that! Your cardigans are the other thing that made me want to learn. Cardigans that actually fit and button over one's chest without pulling?! Yes, please! I'm still trying to read patterns and learn their language. Not fun.

      And after casually seeing each other online since the LJ days, it would be cool to actually hang out.

  3. Well, I learned by asking a lot of stupid n00b questions so I'm happy to help with whatever I can :) Learning patterns was the scary part for me - and sometimes I still feel overwhelmed - but I've learned to take them one little chunk at a time. And sweaters are SO MUCH FUN to knit, you should give it a go!

    On Mondays, we meet at 5:45ish at Ugly Mugs (I'm usually there around 5:20 though) and knit until about 7. Thursdays, it's at the Haus of Yarn & I think that's from 5-7, but I usually get there around 5:30-5:45. You should come out sometime; it'd totally be cool to meet up irl :) I try to go out every week, and you can always email me if you want to make sure :)


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