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This week I traveled to Colorado, albeit briefly.

Colorado!

Unsurprisingly, most of my photos are of nature. Landing, I was in awe of the golden fields surrounding the airport, and the snow on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Once I was in town, I couldn’t get over all the color. The autumn. The crisp air.

Colorado!

Colorado!

Colorado!

Colorado!

I was traveling for work, but had a chance to check in with a few folks who I adore. And felt guilty about all of those I didn’t have a chance to see. (Does anyone ever win that game?)

Colorado!

Colorado!

I was a bit apprehensive of this trip; coming off another Arizona summer, I was ravenous for cool weather. Also, I had a romanticized memory of my days in Colorado. This trip reminded me of what I loved and miss, and what I now value of my life in the desert. I really enjoyed my time seeing friends and family, walking around downtown Golden, driving through Denver, and working in Boulder.

I was also thrilled to come home.

With a foot in Arizona and another always in Golden, it is a great place to be.

~K

Dry off!

I love these kitchen towels. They are soft, easy to iron crisp, great to tuck into your pants when cooking or to lay across your lap as a giant napkin. One of my new favorite sewing projects is to embellish these and gift them with a jar of something canned out of the garden.

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

Quilted dish towels

 

~K

Fall Pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

Half square triangle scrappy pillow

I made this for the couch; there are two more in the works — one a log cabin pillow using a Grand Canyon patch in the center, and a W pillow. I love putting this home together.

Half square triangles are fun and these are totally wonky, but I love them all the same. Perfection is over rated.

~K

Otto Cardigan

Otto Cardigans

This is one the trickier things I’ve ever knit. It stretched me to learn quite a bit, and while this one does have a couple errors — I am very happy with the result.

Otto Cardigans

This Otto cardigan is for Jorja, a new babe in South Dakota and the first granddaughter of a dear friend.

Otto Cardigans

Of course, as soon as I finished it, I started another before I forget everything I just learned!

~K

*Forgive the photography on this one. I didn’t get a good photo with my camera before I sent it off. Gah!

Getting Out of My Own Way

Still working on that fall pillow

An update on those novels:

Under the Same Moon keeps selling, which is fantastic. It is no longer available at local retailers, which is why I am listing the book giant Amazon. I have a master plan on how to have it available locally (and at Powell’s and the Tattered Cover) soon: finish the second book, go on a tiny self-funded book tour and bring copies of UTSM for sale too.

That should work, right?

Basket Baby is in the process of being edited. As in, I have 400 pages of copy with detailed comment and am trying to work on a chapter or two a week. At this rate, I should have it done by my 100th birthday. A new writing friend asked me the other day what my routine is and I was embarrassed to say that I’ve completely fallen off the writing wagon. I exercise daily. I try to do something creative daily — whether it is knitting, sewing or cooking a new recipe. But I have not made time for writing.

There are plenty of excuses; instead, let’s discuss the new plan to get BB done, and be able to return to novel 3, The Golden Rule. TGR is a fun story that I’ve been workshopping for the last few months. I’m eager to continue writing it. I’m (obviously) not looking forward to make more edits to BB. It is hard to go back again and again and again to the same story and try to make it something better when something bright and shiny has your eye.

But! If I have one regret in publishing to date, it is that UTSM wasn’t ready, but I pushed forward anyway. It has a few typos and areas that just need work. I got sick of that story by the time publishing became and option and I rushed. I don’t want to repeat this error.

As such, I’m telling you — blog world! Internets! Friends real and those I only know by email! I am going dig in and make a commitment to 4 chapters a week of BB until the editing is done and I can send it back to the publisher for further review.

Hold me to it, friends. I need your encouragement.

Cheers,

K

Desert Color Wheel

We took a hike this weekend and I tried capturing some of the local color. It is cooling off and we plan on spending every possible minute outside until next May.

Desert Color

Desert ColorDesert Color

Desert Color

Desert Color

 

~KDesert Color

Sewing Bee and the Buzz

Sewing bee!

 

This weekend I had a few girlfriends over for a sewing bee. We chatted and enjoyed a potluck. Of course there was laughter and gossip and sharing of ideas and support. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours with friends in my new home.

And I started an intense new project for us: a bit of fall color for the couch. I hope to post photos as this pillow progresses this week.

Sewing Bee

Sewing Bee

Sewing Bee

Sewing Bee

Happy week, friends!

~K

 

Piecing and the Joys of You Tube

Scrap Pillow

I grew up watching my mom quilt, who made it look easy. Her skills improved rapidly, as did the complexities of her completed projects. I have a left-hand brain. I am left handed and when looking at something spacial, I often have to turn around and literally look at it upside down to have it make sense. Sewing has been an extra challenge; sewing, like many, many other hobbies, is set up for the right handed world. The sewing machine, for example, would be much easier for me if it was turned the opposite direction. (It doesn’t work well that way; I’ve tried.) As are good sewing scissors. Thankfully, cutting mats and rotary cutters don’t discriminate.

Scrap Pillow

So, I make a LOT of simple, silly mistakes in how I see something coming together, rather than how it does come together.

Any other lefties out there feel my pain?

Scrap Pillow

I was thinking of this a lot yesterday when piecing together this scrappy pillow. That and how great it is to have You Tube sewing tutorials. When in a pinch these days, I immediately turn to the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s channel. It is very likely they have the answer to my question, and another simple inspiring idea for me to try.

Scrap Pillow

The next project I’m trying is a scrappy pillow quilted out of triangles. Not flying geese, but smaller right angle triangles. But first, I’ve got to quilt this one and get it stuffed! Who doesn’t love/want a scrappy quilted pillow full of crazy color and love for their living room? Something both righties and lefties can agree on.

~K