Friday, 20 May 2016

Another Week Has Flown By...

And I think that might be because we are waiting for some news.  But the news has come and we can get on with normal things for a couple of weeks.

I wound up this ball of yarn ready to cast on A Spindrift Shawl
Its a fabulous colour "Pokeberry" from Knit Picks (bought in a sale )  and I wanted to make this as a gift for a friend.
 It's a lovely squishy 4ply yarn but using the needles in the pattern it was knitting up quite firmly.  so I upped the needles size, once, twice, three times, and I was just not happy that the shawl would have that "drapey"  look. So it has been pulled back, wound up again and put away for a different project.

On to the sewing machine to make a start on this month's Mini Mania Challenge, which is Cathedral Window.

It's coming along nicely, but I have to decide on my inserts now.  Need to think about these as my first idea didn't look how I had hoped!

 Lots of time has been spent in the garden.

Potatoes coming up, beans planted. Courgettes, Squash and Pumpkin plants have been mixed up so those that have been shared will get a surprise!  They are in and are all marked as Marrow, as Mr T likes marrow but doesn't like Courgettes - go figure. I just let one or two grow oversize and tell him they are small marrow. He's happy - Bless Him!!!

The Delphinium started peeking through in late January and I was sure that it would suffer, but no , it's just as lovely, though maybe less flowers than normal.

The Peony is looking fabulous.  Normally, as soon as it blooms, we have torrential rain, and gale force winds that knock those lovely flowers about but it seems to have flowered a little later this year and hopefully will keep,it's glory a bit longer 

I love to see the fern fronds unfolding

At my Patchwork Group this week we did a workshop "Collage Creation"
It was great fun, using a huge bag of Liberty scraps that the teacher had brought and I have made two picture mounts that will surround some sweet embroidery designs .

The embroideries are not finished but in the meantime, I will use the pattern  in the frame because I love how they have turned out.

 A little bit of trimming and into the frames they will go.

We have a fairly quiet weekend (Mr T will want to watch the football, uninterrupted, tomorrow)

I have machine the binding onto 6 baby quilts that are to be donated to the local Maternity unit

So I have plenty of hand sewing to keep me quiet

And a friend brought over some "spare" yarn that she no longer wants. I LOVE the colour so am now searching patterns that will fit this amount of yarn. 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

I Am Busy!


Life sometimes has events that take up a silly amount of time. But I am still working on simple things when time allows

I did complete (just in time) my April Mini Mania Challenge

Drunkards path was the design for April. There were some lovely offerings again and you can see them all here 

I popped into  the Yarn shop in Kimbolton  and was generally browsing when I heard Jacqui explaining to a customer that a shawl sample in the shop was simple, and you are just casting off three stitches every 10 rows whilst increasing on the other side.

Casting off I say?  Are you sure?

B*****B***** B***** 

I am knitting that pattern and have been casting on instead of casting off!!! (I had thought that it was not making the shape I thought it should have been!)

So home I went and did this

 Until I got to this

Which was where I went wrong!  Note to Self! Read the Abbreviations!!!

But Saturday was sunny and we were going to be at home all day so I did get all of that undone yarn re knitted, and a bit more besides.

knitting whilst catching up with some podcasts

I did have one sewing project that was done bar sewing the handle of the bag on but somehow just wasn't feeling the love.

So Saturday night I cast on this .....

And off to Darling Daughters for a BBQ on Sunday, which was lovely. I showed her the progress. This was the yarn that she brought me from her trip to Iceland.

 Got home and carried on and before bed had got to he end

because we all need a woolly hat in 24 deg!

 A while ago our sunken sink had lots of "activity" which resulted in a huge amount of frog spawn. We have lots each year, but last year it all disappeared.
I'm not sure if it is because there are newts in the sink too but I maneuvered some of the jelly spawn out of the pond and into a bucket
 The bucket if full of tadpoles

But the sink has NONE!

Hopefully these will progress into little froglets. I may have to re locate those newts!

Tuesday arrived and I bit the bullet.  Lets get that pesky strap made!
 And I did!

The bag complete ready to post out to my swap partner. filled with some extra goodies.

And by chance found out that evening that my swap partner was adopting a new born later in the month!
So I grabbed some 5" squares and sewed the top together before bed, and quilted and bound before bed on Wednesday!

its for a baby boy

So you see, I am busy - really!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Do You Ever Do This?



I just cant seem to get my mind focused onto getting on with things, And I have MANY things that I want to get on with. 

So we have been doing (too much) of this

 I got Mr T (who has been told not to play golf for a while)

 to use my new yarn winder to cake up some of the carpet yarn that on of the Crochet girls had acquired
he is so patient with me

 I have had an idea to use some of this, and it does seem to be working- but I will show more of that later.

A friend popped round with these lovely Tulips. Love them!

I did finish my Waiting For Rain shawl, and am very pleased with how it turned out. When I saw these colours, I immediately thought of my DIL, and when we met up for (another) lunch, I showed it to her. She loved tt so it now has a new home, and I am looking for some soft grey yarn to make one for me 
It's a lovely shawl to knit , I used the alternative bind off and it took HOURS to complete, but I am so glad that I did. 

 Back in February I had cast on my first ever pair of socks, I knit them two at a time, and got to the heel turn quite quickly. I have avoided going any further since then, but this week, I have pulled up my big girls panties and have now finished them!
and they fit me too!

 Not sure I will actually wear them, as I certainly don't need anything to keep me warm! But they are actually quite easy to do with not too much to think about
 so I have cast on another pair! Its a good job the children (they will always be) like hand knit socks.

And so to this months Mini Mania Challenge.

Drunkards Path

Not difficult

More Procrastination

Get on with it!!!

So I did

all it took was and evening of cutting out and sewing
 and an evening of Quilting and Binding

And it's done!!!

 I remembered seeing this (or a similar )layout ages ago and for once I could recall the image

Now onto May!!!

We are off to the seaside for a couple of days so I hope that the sun shines, though I have an idea that someone wants some help with some decorating.........

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!"


 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 .......