In the spring my thoughts turn towards Hawaii -- which should surprise no one who has lived through the Maine winter of 2014. I have recently done some dyeing for my Hawaiian Pillow Kits and these are photographs of the brightest ones I have; the Sunflowers and Le'ia. As you can see the Sunflowers come with leaves in the middle, leaves in the corners, black background or white background. They are available for sale on my Etsy Site by clicking on Sunflower for this one or on Leia Study for the Palm leaf design which also comes with either a white or black background. These pillow were designed as small practice or study pieces for the larger quilts. The sunflowers were for La Bella Familia and the palm leaves were a study for Leia. You can read about those quilts by clicking on the quilt section in the sidebar. But being a practical woman I work up the study pieces into pillows which are currently sitting on my yellow sofa in the studio lighting up the room and making my life sunny and spring like. They are providing some psychological relief for the Snow Storm that we are expecting.....again.....this Saturday.
This is the latest Peace Fleece indulgence. The kit for this hat is available from Peace Fleece and is also currently The Folk Art Hat KAL on Ravelry in the Peace Fleece Lovers group. I actually bought the kit shortly before Christmas and made it up in the original colors for my Grand Daughter Toby. Unfortunately I made it in the child size and Toby, as one might suspect from her surprising and interesting conversation, has a very large head for a six year old. So this hat, which may replace the too small one I made for her, is mine by default until the switch is made. It knit up very quickly although I did have to switch out the colors a bit -- a one day, two Net Flix movies knit for me. One episode of Robin Hood to finish up the embroidery. But even for the non-obsessive knitter this should be a week long project.