Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Update

Sorry for the lack of updates but we're in the middle of the Easter holidays from school so I'm busy with the kids and opting for crafting or reading rather than sitting at the laptop of an evening. But my husband has taken a few days off now so I'm having a catch up session at my desk and I have a lot to share.

First here is my progress to date on Dorothy Walpole

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Dorothy Walpole copyright Scarlet Letter 2011
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Pearlised Barley and and DMC

I'm thinking of making Dorothy my focus piece and working on her in between each project so expect to see more regular updates.

I'm currently working on one of the Travelling patterns. I was fortunate to be picked by Bekca to be the next stitcher on Count your Blessings by Shakespear's Peddler.  I decided that I wanted a more spring feel for this design so went to my stash and starting with a piece of Silkweaver fabric then selected some Gloriana silks from my collection.

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My progress so far, I've almost finished building the house.

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With it being the holidays I've been out and about with the children.  Of course there has been a visit to Filey to spend the day with my parents.  We got a lovely day so went down to spend some time on the beach.

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Our other activity was to go and see a couple of films at the Leeds Young People's Film Festival.  There was a strand of Disney films so I decided to take the children to see The Jungle Book, as I've never seen it on the big screen and a repeat viewing of 'Frozen'.  These films where shown at the Everyman, a boutique cinema with sofa's and armchairs instead of standard seating.  The screen we were in had a couple of  '70's' style hanging seats, so naturally Christopher 'had' to sit in one of them for Frozen.  I had my doubts about this but once the film started he sat absolutely still.  I had heard rumors that this was possible but this was the first time I had actually seen it!
 
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Yarn Along


It's that time of the week to link up with Ginny at the Small Things blog.

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Jumper King Cole pattern 3360

knit in King Cole Galaxy
 
As you can see I am making good progress on the back of Christopher's jumper, I've done the armhole shaping so I'm hoping that I can get this piece of it finished in the next couple of days.

On the reading front I've finished Anthony Trollope's The Warden since I last posted.  It's been around twenty years since I last read it and I thoroughly enjoyed it again.  I especially liked Trollope's sly dig at Dickens as the successful author 'Mr Popular Sentiment'.  Now in a complete change of scene I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment although it's struck me that there are more than a few similarities between Anhk Morpork and Barchester!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mermaid Heart

As I mentioned last week I had finished the stitching on Just Nan's Mermaid's Heart Whimzi, I was able to spend some time doing the finishing this weekend so I can now share a picture.
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Just Nan - Mermaid Heart Whimzi copyright 2006
using the recommended fabric and silks

Last week I got back to stitching on Dorothy Walpole.  Since I last worked on her I've had my eyes tested and the optician confirmed what I already suspected, that I needed a stronger prescription in my stitching glasses.  This is making stitching on 40 count linen a lot easier!

Dorothy Walpole copyright Scarlet Letter 2011
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Pearlised Barley and and DMC

Monday, March 24, 2014

Flowers of the Field

Short and sweet post tonight as I've spent most of the day trying (and failing) to find an error in a recalcitrant accounts spreadsheet for an organisation I'm the treasurer of and I 'need' to switch the laptop off and stitch.

I finished off the Mermaid Heart Whimzi last week, I haven't taken a photo yet as I want to do the finishing first.  I'm hoping I will get time for that this weekend.  Off course a finish means that I get a new start,  I spent several pleasant hours browsing through my copies of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly deciding what to work on next as well as reminding myself of some of the great projects there are in my collection.  Eventually I decided on the 'Flowers of the Field' sampler by Eileen Bennett which starts in  the Fall 2003 issue and I'm loving it so far.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yarn Along

It's time for my update for Yarn Along. I'm making good progress on Christopher's jumper, I'm only a few rows away from finishing the front.

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On the reading front I finished Jane Rushbridge's Rook, I found it increasingly engrossing as I read.  Now I'm re-reading Anthony Trollope's The Warden and I'm hugely enjoying reacquainting myself with the denizens of Barchester.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Send up the bat signal!

I finished my rotation slot on Forget Me Nots in Stitches Anniversary Roses at the weekend, I'm a little bit further on with the large flower.

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I realised that I only have two more bands to go once I finish this one.  It's been a while since I unrolled the full sampler for a sampler, so here it is.

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My next project is Just Nan's Mermaid Heart Whimzi,  I'm almost done now, just a bit more back stitch and the beads.  I should have a finish very soon.

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My big project for last week however was to make Rosie a costume for 'Super Hero' day at school. After some discussion it was decided she would go as Batwoman.  Fortunately there are some good blog tutorials for making a bat cloak and I had a suitable piece of black cloth in my fabric stash.  So one bat clock and a felt mask and bat for her leotard she was good to go.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Yarn Along

It's been a while since I hooked up with Ginny at Small Things for the Yarn Along.  

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  Jumper King Cole pattern 3360
knit in King Cole Galaxy

Since I last posted I've had to put Deco to one side as Christopher asked me to knit him a jumper like his sister's.  Of course as soon as he put the request in we were off to Baa Ram Ewe for him to choose his yarn.  His choice is King Cole Galaxy in the Dark Blue colour way, I'm knitting the same design jumper as I did for Rosie.

On the reading front I've been doing quite well finishing another 3 books after 'Perks of being a Wallflower'. Admittedly one of these 'The Age of Innocence'  I have been listening too on the excellent Craftlit podcast since last year.  I've also finally read Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Strange Case of  Dr Jeckell and Mr Hyde', this was for the Cornflower Book club and it was interesting to finally read it as the duel personallity trope is so common now. Between 'Perks' and 'Jeckell and Hyde' I needed a pallet cleanser so picked up Janet Evanovich's Hot Six (I know I'm desperately behind with Stephanie Plum) I thoroughly enjoyed it of course!

My current book is 'Rook' by Jane Rushbridge, another recommendation from Cornflower that I came across when browsing in the library. I'm enjoying it so far.