Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Yarny update

Sorry it's taken me so long to update again, life has been busy.  However that means that I'm choosing to relax with my knitting so I have plenty of progress to share.

First up, I have finally got round to blocking my Curious Collective 2014 Shawl by Helen Stewart.  I finished this back last Autumn so it's been waiting for a while. What I've still not managed to find is the time to get some photos of me wearing it!
Knit in Eden Cottage Yarns Titus in Damson and Steel.

I've made great progress on my Manu cardigan by Kate Davies.  The body and sleeves are done and I'm about to join them together for the yoke.

Knit in Wensleydale Long Wool.

Next is a project I haven't blogged before. I started the Hartfield shawl by Ann Kingstone back in March.  I bought the pattern and cashmere yarn off Ann at the first Yarndale.  I'm around a third of the way through the shawl.


Also on the yarny theme, at the beginning of June it was the Leeds Wool Festival.  This is held at Armley Mills, a mill complex that was at one point in the eighteenth century the largest woolen mill in the world and is now a museum.


A view out across some of the mill buildings to the River Aire

 Bunting along the Mill garden


and of course there were sheep and alpaca


My spoils from the day!

I haven't forgotton about posting the rest of our New Zealand trip, I'm hoping I might get another post up this week (fingers crossed!)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stitching Update

It's been ages since I posted a stitching update so I have plenty to share. There will be more New Zealand posts to come but I need more time to edit the photos.

I have finished the Christmas Stars ornament by Handwork, from the 1999 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Edition

I left off the text on this one as I think it has a more 'prim' look without it.

On Dorothy Walpole I hit a major milestone when I got past the over-one verse.  I think everyone heard the cheering when I finished that!  


The section that I'm stitching at the moment is charted for eyelets but following a suggestion on the Dorothy Walpole SAL group on Facebook I've decided to use rice stitch instead.

I've got to the end of the second part of Flowers of the Field by Eileen Bennett, from Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly Winter 2003

And finished the scissor fob from the Take a Lovely Sampler smalls by Forget Me Not in Stitches


And finally I have framed Bent Creeks White Cat, which has been waiting since I stitched it in 2002 (ahem!)


Monday, May 18, 2015

New Zealand part 1

Sorry to have been so hit and miss as a blogger this year, my bloging mojo has taken a nose dive and I'm still trying to catch up with my blog reading so I'm sorry if I've not been commenting much either.

However I'm determined to get going again so I've finally sorted through some of the New Zealand photo's to share.  These are from the first week of our holiday, which we spent at my sisters house in Wellington.  As a result this is a very photo heavy post.

About to board at Heathrow

One of the first stops was Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand as they had a dinosaur exhibit on that Christopher was desperate to see.


There is a lot of great street art round Wellington


We had a day exploring the Botanic Gardens







Then took the Cable Car back down the hill.


Leisurely Saturday lunch at the Chocolate Fish Cafe


We got up close with the wildlife at Zealandia


These Takahe had a very good go at trying to nick our lunch!







The view over Wellington from the hills behind my sister's house


Of course no visit to Wellington would be complete without a trip to Nancys and a little stash enhancement.


Rosie came into Nancys with me and was very taken with a kit for felt finger puppets. She then spent her free time over the next couple of days sewing


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Deco - finally

Sorry about the delay between posts, I'm still working my way through all the New Zealand photos (told you there where a lot!)

Meanwhile here are a couple of knitting finishes.  I actually got Deco finished before we went on holiday but didn't manage to get any pictures taken. As we actually had a sunny bank holiday weekend here for Easter I persuaded Dave to take some photo's.


Deco by Kate Davies knit in Wensleydale Long Wool

I'm sat on my front doorstep which is one of my favourite places for some al fresco knitting and it was so lovely that I got the socks that I was working on finished.  These are for Christopher and he choose the wool himself.


Basic top down Children's sock
 knit in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Pheasant


They were a big hit, he refused to take them off, they even had to be worn to bed!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Catching Up (Again!)

Sorry to have been absent for so long, those of you who follow me on other social media know that I have been away on holiday, we went to visit my sister in New Zealand. I will blog about our trip soon but we have tons of photos to sort through first.  Meanwhile I'm going to catch you up with the state of the stitching.

First off I have finished the stitching on the back of the 'Sweet Stitches Fob' from Shepherds Bush, you can see the front here.


Having finished the fob I started this ornament from Handwork for the smalls slot in my rotation.  It's Christmas Stars and is from the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Edition 1999.


I have made a small amount of progress on Dorothy Walpole, I'm finding the over one section hard going.


A big decision I had to make before I went away was of course which stitching project to take with me?  After some serious contemplation of the wips pile I decided to take the Scottish Sampler 1757 as charted in the Goodhart Sampler book by Needleprint which I'd not worked on since 2013.  I enjoyed my time with this but it's gone back into the pile for the time being.


Moving on to knitting,  I finished the socks that I was knitting for Rosie just before we left. They are basic top down socks knit in Regia Funstripe.


Friday, January 16, 2015

More Dorothy

I spent last week back with Dorothy Walpole.  I'm planning on working on her every other week (were possible) in the hope that I might manage to finish her this year.  At the moment I'm alternating stitching one word of the over one verse with putting a length of thread in the border.  I have to break up working on the over one for my own sanity.


My Manu cardigan has grown a lot since I last shared a picture.  December was so busy that the long rows of  stocking stitch were just what I needed for the many evenings when I couldn't face anything else.  I'm now about three quarters of the way up the body.

I have now finished my first book of the year - The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns.  I read this for my book club and you can see what we thought about it here.  This book was my choice for the group, I put it forward as I'd picked up a copy after reading what Simon had to say on Stuck in a Book and I didn't want to leave it lingering on my TBR.

Speaking of the TBR,  I'm trying to resist adding to it this year as it's been expanding at an exponential rate over the last few years.  However I couldn't resist these two books which I saw on my local supermarkets charity shelf. It was most unusual to see anything other than recent best sellers so I had to pick them up.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Starting as I hope to go on!

Happy new year everyone!  I'm starting my first post of the year with a flourish of finishes, which is nice.

First are my final finishes of 2014, the two ornaments by Paw Printings - Penguin Hugs from Just Cross Stitch Ornament Edition 2004 that I have stitched for the children.

I stitched these using the recommended DMC on some Silkweaver opalescent evenweave from my stash.

I have also finished the stitching on the Whitework stitching companion, a class I took with CA Wells back in 2005.  I'm hoping that I can also get the finishing work done this year but we'll see how I get on.


Stitched using the kit materials.

Having finished the CA Wells, it's time to move onto the next oldest class kit in the pile.  This is 'Take a lovely sampler' bag and smalls by Forget Me Not in Stitches.  I took this class in 2006 and have two of the four smalls stitched, the needle case and scissor rest (I started the finishing for the needle case in the class)


I have now started the scissor fob, there is also a pin cushion and the bag to do.


To end with here are a couple of photos from our Christmas break (if you follow me on other social media you will have already seen these).

We took a trip to a local park one afternoon, Temple Newsam to let the kids run off some steam and there was some wonderful winter light.


On New years day we went to visit my parents in Filey.  Of course there had to be a walk down to the beach and it doesn't matter that the weather was pretty bracing as far as Rosie and Christopher were concerned it was still perfect beach weather!