Sunday, 17 April 2016

It's Been A Funny Old Week

or so really.  Lots going on which interrupts the creative pursuits, which might be a good job, because when I did get four little incubator size quilts pieced, I had to unpick as many seams as I sewed!

Sometimes you just can't get your mind to concentrate, so I have put things to one side and am doing what I fancy rather than what I maybe should be doing.

I have a Block of The Month quilt being sent from the lovely Kids Quilts and I really would like to keep up with that, so I have started tracing the applique shapes onto Bondaweb, ready to crack on with that.  

 I did pop to the monthly Crochet Group meeting and managed to work this baby bib from
this pattern, which is written in Icelandic, so I worked from the chart!
I used some soft DMC Natura yarn which is lovely and soft and I hope will soak up any spillages!



 I have tried to keep up with a bit of exercise and joined Sister Two at Sywell Country Park for the 2 1/2 mile walk around the reservoir. It takes just about an hour to do the circuit, and we get a lot of chat in at the same time too .  On Tuesday she came over and we strode of in the sunshine down the lanes to Stanwick Lakes. 
 The only down side is that on this walk you have to turn round and take the same route back home. I much prefer a circular route. But it was fine and again we discussed lots of stuff 

When we had got just about a third of the way home, the rain started. No - it's fine, it's only a shower.  Hummmmp!  That was not a shower, we could have canoed the way back and we were soaked right down to the undies. A bedraggled photo sent to my lovely niece brought the response " you should be prepared and take a Kagoul. No sympathy there, and I suppose that she is right! We should remember that in April, just because the sun is shining now, it very well may not be doing so in an hour.  Anyway, a round trip of just under 5 miles was completed in a surprisingly short time.

And NO old lady hips the following day !!



A friend called me on Thursday and said that she was going to a yarn shop that I have not visited before and would I like to join her.  Well, why not?  It's not far from where I live, and 15 minutes saw us there.  Purlwise has been open just a year, and they have a nice selection of yarn for sale and at good prices, not just fancy expensive (if lovely)  ones. 

We were greeted with a cup of tea and had plenty of time to browse the shelves, (though I certainly didn't need ANY yarn) 


 But did pick up a couple of balls of a variegated yarn for a cardi for Little Miss  and a couple of balls of a Cotton/Bamboo blend that I plan to make this wrap in.


Darling Daughter came to stay on Saturday night and  kindly put me right as to how to get the new cover securely attached to my chair. She lent the brute force that I needed to hold the fabric tightly in place whilst the staple gun snapped into action


I can see a couple of "could do betters" but am really happy with how this has turned out and as I used an old (not THAT old) pair of curtains and the chair had been given to me I think that this is a win win.
Off to sit in the chair in the sunshine and progress my Waiting for Rain shawl for an hour or so.



Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Mini Mania # 13 Reveal

 Ok - so Carol set our March Challenge

Here is what we saw on March 1st ......

"Something different for this month and it's all about numbers.

I love English history and this month's challenge is based on this and especially two dates that every school child in the UK should be aware of in 2016.

It is 950 years since the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and 350 years since the Great Fire of London in 1666 and so we will be working on these numbers only; 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9.

Your 'Mini' should be designed using numbers, using any medium, any technique, any shape, 3-D if you like, but there must be some sewing, either hand or machine or both and it must not be bigger than 20" (51cms) when finished.

So get creating and I hope you enjoy it!"


 WAH?????

 Well, all the brain cells were brought into action and my take was rather than actually use numbers I would make blocks with different numbers of pieces - like a nine patch, five patch and so on.  I started, but honestly, it wasn't floating my boat. so right toward the end of the month I had a light bulb moment and .......
 three little cushions to go in Little Miss' room


 Ena has joined us again and I think was the first to finish

numbers and corresponding letters
 Dee used Roman Numerals


blogged here
 Janie did...

1 hexagon, 2 Jewels, 3 sides of a triangle, 5 sides of the Jewel pieces, 6 sides to a hexagon, 9 fabrics used including backing) and 0 quilted in the cornerstones



 Linda has stunned us all into confusion silence

Design (doughnut chart) generated in Excel using 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 950, 1066, 350, and 1666
Chart series X 5/ with 35 counted numbers
2 blocks by 3 blocks = 6 blocks;
Blocks 5.25” X 5.25”;
Hanging Loops x 3
Add in the other elements resulting in finished size 10.66 by 16.66
Printed onto fine cotton by way of my inkjet printer; bagged out, machine quilted, decorative cord sewn on by hand
Temporary hanging rod - coffee stirrers



 Carol used different mediums and methods 
blogged here
 Angie had a brainwave


 Lish used a  dice game theme
so all in all another successful challenge!

Much more simple this month - Drunkards Path. Yay!! Curved seams!!!






My Waiting for Rain shawl is coming on nicely


But that is about it for this week. We have been down to help No1 son out with his house move. I mostly helped out my taking Little Miss for a long walk in the woods near their home.


With the obligatory paddling session

(don't tell Mum!)


I won't go into the loooong story about how I got us lost ---- TWICE!!!

I can't walk any farther!
But we did almost 5 miles and I can confirm that a lot of sleep was had that night.


And the following day .......







Saturday, 26 March 2016

On A Mission

To clear TWO drawers of ...... not actually scraps, but fabrics that have been used and lager pieces left.

This now takes up two drawers, and has got to the point where I can't find anything!


One drawer has been tipped onto the floor for sorting
 The other drawers is waiting patiently
 Some pressed ready for cutting


Lots cut into 8" and 4" Squares  and the leftovers into 2 ½ squares


 These will be sewn together to make a very scrappy quilt that I will give to my friend to raise money for charity. 
One drawer is now EMPTY ! YAY!!!  and the other one half done, with only a few favorite pieces left intact.

But now to finish (or even start!) my March Mini Mania Challenge!!


Happy Easter to you All

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Pooped!!

 After the busyness of Bunny makes last week The stall at Crazy Hats Walk raised a fabulous £512 with the event raising £4665!!!

A Great Big Thank You 
to all my lovely ladies who helped make 158 items !!!

All sewing stopped whilst Little Miss came to stay for a few days.

 Some long walks

some playtime

 And some gardening
 As well as lots of laughing at her antics before returning her to her rightful owners.

She is NO bother at all. But it is EXHAUSTING!!!

So the only crafty thing that I have done is casting on this lovely soft yarn for a  
Waiting For Rain shawl from Soft Sweater

 Do any of you use Ravelry? I can spend hours perusing the lovely knitting and crochet patterns, some paid for and many free.  

Just a sneaky peak because I haven't done much!!!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

"Time" to Reveal

 This week was the big reveal of Higham Piecemakers 2015 Christmas Challenge.
This year we were given a fat 1/4 and a clock mechanism. 

Off you go !
 We were given this Challenge in December and by January I had drawn up my design
 Printed onto tracing paper
 Made friends with my Add an Eighth ruler again
 And began to sew the panels
 Making some rookie errors when trimming!
 Then the panels sat for a while because I was worried that they might not actually fit together!

 But they did, and I am happy with the results. I even found a little mouse button to add. This will go in Little Miss' new bedroom when they have moved home next week.
 There are lots more clocks o see if you pop over to Piecemakers Blog here


 After all the rain that we had had last week, the weather had improved and on Sunday  we wandered down the Greenway to the lakes to see what the water levels were like.
The river very high but had gone down considerable since the day before

Fields still flooded
 The sunshine made for a very pleasant walk

the ducks didn't know where the field finished and the lake started!
 On Monday,  whilst waiting to give a lift home from the hospital, I managed to crochet two more beanie hats for the Shoe Box appeal

nice rainbow yarn
 And I have finished knitting my "Nurmilintu" shawl

 Which needs blocking but I am in love with this super soft squishy yarn
 I pulled these out of the knitting basket and have "turned a heel" and have got to the toe shaping so am cracking on with these.
  And then ......

Last week I had an email asking if I could make a cake for this stall 
There is a group of us in the village that make cakes for anyone who is having a stall, but I also got a request for any "tra la's" to pretty the stall up. On an Easter theme so Bunnies would be lovely.

All other projects were put to one side and a couple of simple patterns and pretty fabrics were found
30 of these
some Bunny Pails
 These are great for an Egg Hunt

10 of these
 I had also popped a note onto the Piecemakers Blog, asking if anyone had the time or the inclination to make a bunny or two I would be grateful. I was thinking if we got 10 -15 items that would be a nice selection to pretty up the stall.

When I got to Group on Monday...... Well they had done it again
So many bunnies!!!
 The Wednesday ladies added to the mix
 and the 10 - 15 items???

125!!!

 Yes - 125 bunny and chick items to be handed over with the cakes later to day.

Thank you so much ladies
 I owe you one !!!