Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
~Carol Bishop Hipps
Fall has temporarily arrived. There has been a nip in the air and we even had a spattering of rain the other night. Would you believe northern California even had 5 tornadoes on Monday? The last few mornings I've been able to wear jeans and a zip hoodie - with the hood up! My morning time at the computer is spent with both dogs and my legs wrapped in a quilt. I'm loving it and so are my furbabies!!! Unfortunately, they are predicting that we will be back in the mid eighties next week :( Hopefully it will be short lived and we will be back to those wonderful autumn mornings. What's the weather like in your area?
LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY
I decided to keep with the spooky, creepy again - this time Tarantulas. Do these fuzzy spiders make your skin crawl. I'm usually not afraid of spiders, but this one is a bit over the top for me. Here are a few interesting facts about this large, hairy creature:
* Tarantulas were named after Taranto, a town in Southern Italy
* Tarantulas can only drink their food, meaning that they must liquefy anything before they try to eat it (the mouth is shaped like a straw)
* Tarantulas can grow to be 1 foot long (that's including their legs)
* The hairs on a tarantulas body have the power to kill small rodents
* Tarantulas having a bite that is deadly to humans is a myth (in fact, scientists are still trying to discern the effects of a tarantula bite)
* The oldest tarantula lived to be 49 years old
* Female tarantulas can live 30 years or longer in the wild.
* Tarantulas are quite docile and rarely bite people. And it wouldn't do a tarantula much good defensively to bite you, since its venom doesn't pack much of a punch. A tarantula bite is no worse than a bee sting in terms of toxicity.
* Tarantulas have retractable claws on each leg, like cats.
* Tarantulas can regenerate lost legs.
A LITTLE QUILT
I made and turned in my latest little Loving Hands quilt last week.
I used the same pattern I've used before, Squares Upon Squares, but explored a bit with the quilting. I did the normal anchor of stitching in the ditch and then added a large petal design. This was quick and easy and helped me renew the feeling for free motion quilting. The fabrics were some I had in my stash. The green I've had for ages and it just happened to blend with the persimmon fabric from Connecting Threads that I bought awhile back. It's hard to find a good place in my yard to take photos in the sunshine this time of year so please excuse the shadows.
I finished my big stitchery project!! And in plenty of time to get it framed before Christmas.
This piece was fun to stitch with the challenge of different stitches and using some metallic threads. I'm ready to start another Chatelaine Design pattern. It will be another Christmas gift but this time for 2013. I feel so good to be getting such a head start.
Design: Desert Mandala
Designer: Martina Weber / Chatelaine Designs
Fabric: Antique White Belfast (linen - for those of you who do not stitch)
Stitched: 2 strands of DMC floss over 2 threads
1 strand of Treasure Braid over 2 threads
Started April 2012 - Finished October 2012