Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Reading Notes - May


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My reading slowed down in May.  I finished 'The Awakening and other stories' by Kate Chopin for my bookclub,  the group generally liked the book and it got the some of the highest marks we've ever given one of our books, I think Willa Cather's O Pioneers is the only other one we've marked as high which I suspect says a lot about our group's reading preferences!

After The Awakening I moved onto 'The Crimson Petal and the White' by Michel Faber.  This is a very chunky book but very readable so when I get chance to sit down it moves along very quickly.  However the children have just had a week and a half off for half term so reading opportunities have been rather thin on the ground.

Monday, May 26, 2014

On the Road Again

I think it's time for a catch up of where I am up to with some of my projects as well as announcing who the travelling pattern is off to next.

To start with I've enjoyed getting back to my rotation having finished 'Count your Blessings', I've finished 10 hours on Dorothy Walpole and CA Wells' Counterpane Sewing Case. 

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

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Counterpane Sewing Case copyright CA Wells 2004  
stitched using kit materials

I was very pleased on the case to get to the end of the four-sided stitch although that now means I have to battle with the linen. It's a special unevenweave linen that was supplied with the kit and is a different count to the linen that the Portfolio was originally charted for and CA's instructions on what to do are sketchy at best.  All the filling designs are going to have to be altered.


There has been more frustrations with my knitting,  I got to knitting the neckband on Christopher's jumper then discovered that the neck opening wouldn't fit over his head.... So I have had to start over with the next size up.  

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Jumper King Cole pattern 3360

knit in King Cole Galaxy
 
Since I finished my skirt, my sewing mojo has returned.  The next project I've been working on is a pair of quilts made from a layer cake and charm pack that I picked up from Fobbles a couple of years ago.  The layer cake will be a quilt for Rosie and the charms are one for her teddy.  I have both quilt tops pieced now and I have the backing fabric, just need to order some batting so I can get them finished.

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And finally to the travelling pattern,  I counted the commentators who indicated that they would like the pattern next and using a random number generator that name that came out was Gillie.  Please drop me an email with your address Gillie so I can get the chart off to you.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Count your Blessings

As I mentioned a couple of posts back I was the lucky recipient of one of the travelling patterns, Count your Blessings by Shakespear's Peddler.  I'm a bit late blogging my finish but 'life' has been busy as we gear up to the end of the school year.  

Without further ado here is my 'Count your Blessings'  I radically changed the colours, it's stitched on a piece of Dusk Lugana from Silkweaver using Gloriana silks (all of them have been in my stash for going on 10 years)

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I slipped up last time I posted about this and forgot to mention that Bekca had sent a little gift along with the chart.  There was a cute postcard and chart as well as a lovely shade of blue DMC.  Thank you very much Bekca.

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So it is now time for the chart to resume it's travels, if you would like to be the next stitcher please let me know in the comments and I will choose someone next week.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Reading Mojo Returns


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April was a good reading month I may not have read many books (3) but for the first time since the children arrived I was wanting to sit down and read for extended periods of time so I think I can say that my reading mojo has finally reappeared.  It was just a shame that it coincided with the Easter holidays!

I was also lucky with my choice of books, all three of these are likely to be up there for my favourite book of the year. 'Monstrous Regiment' is up there as one of my favourite of Terry Pratchett's novels.  I loved Rumer Godden's 'In this House of Brede', which was April choice for the Cornflower book club. I was thoroughly sucked into the lives of the nuns and several parts of it had me in tears.  

I picked up 'Millions like us' by Virgina Nicholson from the library as I had enjoyed her previous book 'Singled Out'. 'Millions like us' is an account of women's experiences in Britain during the Second World War and was fascinating.  Now I am reading Kate Chopin's The Awakening for my local bookclub and hoping that the desire to read will hang around.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Hold Me Skirt

I've had this Clothkits skirt on my shelf waiting to be sewn for over a year so I set myself a goal for April of getting it off the shelf and into my wardrobe.  

So without further ado here is the Rob Ryan 'Hold Me' skirt.


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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!