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
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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!  

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

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

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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.

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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.

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There is a lot of great street art round Wellington

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We had a day exploring the Botanic Gardens

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Then took the Cable Car back down the hill.

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Leisurely Saturday lunch at the Chocolate Fish Cafe

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We got up close with the wildlife at Zealandia

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.


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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.

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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)

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

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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.

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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!
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in review

Thank you all very much for the comments on my last post, they all meant a huge amount to me. 

I hope you all had a great Christmas, if you celebrate it.  We had a fairly low key one as Dave & I were not really in a particularly festive frame of mind but Rosie and Christopher were thoroughly excited which is all that matters. 

I've been looking back at the state of the crafting in 2014, in terms of actual finishes there are not very many and it was very much a year of knitting compared to stitching. In terms of my goals for this year I have only a small amount of stitching left to finish on CA Wells Danish Whitework Portfolio (from 2005) and I am now three quarters of the way through Forget Me Nots in Stitches Anniversary Roses (from 2010). Dorothy Walpole has been started but I think I'm roughly around a quarter of the way through.

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In reviewing my finishes I found that I had not got around to blogging my most recent knitting finish, some wrist warmers knit in the leftover Eden Cottage Yarns Titus from the Curious Collective 2014 Shawl.  Pattern from Elspeth Thompson and Ros Badger's Homemade.
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Because I am a geek that way here are my stats for the year:

Knitting
  • I started the year with 3 wips, Deco, Socks and Willow Shawl and finished them all 
  • I finished it with 2 wips, Manu and Socks for Rosie
  • I started and finished 4 projects, Christopher's Jumper, Curious Collective 2014 shawl, Hitchhicker, and the wrist warmers

Stitching 
  • I started the year with 16 wips
  • I finished it with 17 wips
  • I had 7 finishes and 8 new starts

I'm not sure that I am going to set any specific goals this year other than wanting to finish 2015 with less stitching wips than I am starting it with.

Reading 
This year I read 23 books, these are listed in the sidebar.  Next year I am aiming again to read 3 books a month and hoping that most of them will come off my ever expanding to be read pile.

Other than that I hope that everyone has a good new year and that 2015 is everything you want it to be.