We did so much, and visited with so many people it is hard to pick any highlights. Seeing the elk and Niagara Falls was awesome. But after that, I had the PLEASURE of meeting one of my favorite fellow bloggers and someone I call a friend, Kristen (from My Bead Journey).
We had such a wonderful time chatting over coffee. Kristen is every bit as lovely in person as she is on her blog (more so, really!), and I"m so grateful that we had a chance to rendezvous in NY.
After visiting with Kristen, our trip took us to western Mass, where I visited with my best friend of 39 years (wow - I'm old)....and was able to finally able to give her the birthday gift I made for her last month!
I loved making this piece, however it definitely gave me fits. This is the Celtic knot pattern from Shaped Beadwork. I wish there was more information in the book about tension, and frankly - I feel like the first couple of rounds should be done in a size 15/0 bead! But in any case - I pushed through some of the tension difficulties, but still was not happy with the way one side looked. A circle was added to 'hide' some of the buckling that I experienced.
When I first started thinking I wanted to do this piece, I kept thinking in greens but I just wasn't happy with any of the greens I was putting together, but felt like i needed to keep it filed away with an Irish feel...and finally the image of a Irish wool cream colored cardigan popped into my head and the colors fell into place perfectly after that!
____________________________When you are driving around a lot, as I did over the last few weeks (google maps said I did 1800+ miles and drove for about 37 hours), you get to think a lot. And of course I thought about all the beading I wanted to do by the end of the year. I have a lot of irons on the fire right now and am very excited about all the projects. I also realized I have been making lots of patterns for the Bead-It-Forward quilt and haven't even started making any so when I got home, I promptly started printing out all the patterns that are in my completed pattern file!
Tonight, it's good to be in my own space, and I will be working on completing my Time To Stitch piece!!