Monday, September 15, 2014

Pretty In Pink

I'm a bit late in posting this but before the end of last month I got Pretty in Pink 'finished'.

Pretty in Pink copyright Indigo Rose 2006 stitched using the kit materials

Now the kids are back in school I am starting to pick up speed with my crafting again. Christopher started full days at school last Friday after a week and a bit of half days.  So here is a catch up with the other projects that I worked on over the summer.

I have now finished two of the component pieces for the Counterpane Sewing Case by CA Wells

Counterpane Sewing Case copyright CA Wells 2004  
stitched using kit materials

and I have also finished the first part of the Flowers of the Field sampler by Eileen Bennett.

Flowers of the Field copyright Eileen Bennett 2003

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peacock Repose

I have finished a couple of small designs

First is an old freebie from The Workbasket, Peacock Repose.


Peacock Repose copyright The Workbasket 2000
stitched on Glenshee Linen with Gentle Arts threads

I'm not sure how I am going to finish this one,  I've stitched a couple of other Peacock designs from The Workbasket. They are also waiting for finishing so I guess I might do them all at the same time.

My other finish is for a biscornu SAL on the 'All About Smalls' group on Facebook.  I've had the 'Pretty in Pink' kit by Indigo Rose in my stash for way too long so this was a good chance to get it stitched.  


Pretty in Pink copyright Indigo Rose 2006 stitched using the kit materials

I'm hoping to get to the finishing this weekend as it's a holiday weekend here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I had hoped to update here before now but my laptop got knocked off the table and the power cable got damaged last week.  Fingers crossed it seems to be sorted out now, I can charge the laptop now.

Summer is going by all too fast with various trips out, the plus side of which is there has been a lot of al-fresco knitting.


This means that I have now have a finished pair of socks.

Basic top down socks in Crazy Zauberball Indian Rose

I've also finished off the jumper I was knitting for Christopher

Jumper King Cole pattern 3360 knit in King Cole Galaxy  

I did try and get him to stand still for a picture but that was an epic fail!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A quick stitching update

As you might imagine the last couple of months have not been conducive to making lots of progress on my stitching. However I did manage to get The Drawn Thread's Winter Spot finished

This is the last of the seasonal spots (I stitched the rest back in 2009) so I'm toying with how to finish them.  A stitcher I used to know finished them as a etui so I'm thinking about doing the same.

Slow progress continues on Dorothy Walpole, I'm almost at the bottom of the first section of the pattern. I'm looking forward to turning the page to a new section!


I've worked on Anniversary Roses and Flowers of the Field but progress was so minimal so there are no photo's yet.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I'm really sorry for having been away from this space for so long but life got very busy on the run up to the summer holidays.  However school broke up on Tuesday so I'm looking forward to a quieter life for the next six weeks...

The big news from round here is that we have a newly minted four year old!

Fingers crossed I will be back with a stitching update in a couple of days

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Reading Notes - May


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. 

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

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.  

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.


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.