Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Some Experimenting ......

 Yes, Those scraps do breed!!!  I have pieced 7 of the 8 cushions - fronts, pockets and backs, and the scrap box is still full!!!

Just got to put the fronts and backs together and they can be passed of to  Save The Children for sale at their Woodstock shop -  A Charity shop, that sells only books  and hopefully these will pretty up their window
 Much of the last week has been spent traveling the 40 miles back and forth to Leicester Royal Infirmary where DH was being repaired.
Looks like the picture of health !
 And now he is home and getting back to normal.

So after a major baking session on Saturday, Sunday morning I left him in peace and went off to make the teas at the Open Gardens in the village.

lots of yummy cakes
                                      
Plenty of visitors

 And we even had freshly made waffles on offer!


 I think that I must have poured 300 cups of tea so DH had a peaceful evening too !!! Zzzzzzzzzz

While I was out, he had spent some time hashing together inventing a version of a Yarn Swift (out of an unused Ikea Lazy Susan) so that I can ball up some of the skeins of yarn that have tempted me


video

 And it worked!!  It might just need a bit of tweaking but that will keep me happy.


 And it works in reverse too


 I found 8 balls of this 100% wool 4ply yarn in my Mum's old knitting basket.  I think this could be around 29 years old!!!

But I have a plan.....
 And will be using this.....

 And some of this ......



 To have a play at dying the yarn in fabulous colours!!!  We will see how that goes.


I had cast on another shawl project - This one is the Talisman Shawl  and although I love the design, I was not happy with the fabric that the yarn was making

 This is a 4ply Baby Alpaca/ Silk mix. Super soft to knit.

So I pulled it out and went with Downtown Line  instead 



 It is coming on very nicely, and I am much happier with this one.

 This week was our project day at my local Patchwork and Quilting group

We had a choice of four projects to do, all of which could be completed in the day - that is ALL FOUR.

I think I must have been talking too much because this was the results of my ALL DAY sewing !!!!

 More catching up to do !!!



Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Two Weeks!!!

I swear it only seems a week since I posted last!!

And it's not as if I have been doing anything exciting either! 

But I have been keeping myself busy

6 Place mats and a Table Runner for our garden table




 My Spindrift Shawl finished





 Sunday saw some real sunshine and after a bit of gardening I sat and caught up on a couple of
You Tube blogs whilst I knit the Pretty Basic  pattern



which was a very simple pattern and was completed by Monday evening!!!


I haven't been sleeping very well just lately ( a new thing for me!!) and the postie brought the results of some insomniac shopping!!

 I am joining  the Shawl Society   A Ravelry Group . There will be a new shawl pattern released each month and these will be knitted for gifts. The yarn is scrummy and I hope that I will be able to let them go!!

 Last night saw a bit of this
 and resulted in a lot of this ...

 Allium, Delphinium and many more plants have been beaten to the ground so it was an early start to try to recover them.




The Mini Mania Challenge Group revealed the May finishes - this month was Cathedral Window

This was my Mini
those center pieces are 1"  Quit Measures 9""

Carol's
Lynda's
Jo's
Angie's
Ena's
Karen's
Diana's
Dee's

Linda's
Lish's

Janie's

 Another great month in the group!


Junes design is Stars - we will see what delights are produced at the end of the month

My Mini collection has outgrown my sewing space so a little time has been spent and they now hang on my staircase. Difficult to photo but I love them


 My next goal is to make 8 Reading cushions  ( with a pocket on the front to house a book and a cuddle friend) for a friend's Charity.

I am using lots of scraps for these, but my scrap box does not look at all depleted!!


 I think those scraps must breed!!



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Happy Mail

 in my post box this week.

The date for posting the Swap that I had joined had passed and my parcel had been sent off to the good old USA , and hopefully will be there before this weekend arrives.

MY parcel did arrive. All wrapped with some pretty vintage lace




Lucky Me !!! This gorgeous 241 Tote  made from lots of pretty fabrics and selvedges.


 Beautifully made, with some extra little goodies inside.

So after a morning in the garden I used some of the lace and that sweet ribbon and made a cushion to for my newly covered chair

 That handsome Hare printed on lines was purchased at the Festival of Quilts, two (or three!!) years ago. Definitely time to use him.




 Which made me think about a Fat Quarter Bundle of fabrics that I had stored in my cupboard. Not forgotten about, just hadn't had the right project come to mind.  Sticking to the animal theme, I pulled out Fancy Fox and Hazel Hedgehog patterns and proceeded to pull the tie on that bundle!

6 Years !!!
 Couldn't believe it when I searched the fabric design out. I have had it SIX years!!!

 So a bit more gardening and then into the sewing room to crack on. 

 At this point they were shown to Mr T.
Q " What do you think?"
A "Hmm Nice"
Q "What is it " 
(panic panic) "erm ... An Elephant?" (hastily looking over the fence for support from the neighbour)
Me - " No DEAR - its a Fox!!!
Him " Oh yes! I see that now!!"



 So the next two blocks were sewn.
Q "what do you think about this one?" 
A "It's the same as the other isn't it?"
Q " You mean a FOX!?!?"
A  "errrm ... Yes?"

Why do I bother !!!!!!!  He says it was because the sun was shining in his eyes!  *******!!
 

 I have put this on hold for a few days. I think it will be finished to go in Little Miss' wigwam but I am thinking off making a "Puff Quilt" to put on the reverse, so that it will be squishy to sit on.


The weather has been quite kind, so yet MORE gardening has been done. I have to do it in smaller timescales than I used to. The back you know  (sad face)

I was given this sweet planter for my birthday last year.   I planted it up then, but it was left unattended whilst we went away on two separate occasions and had dried out completely, so I emptied it and put it away till this spring.

I have used some caret wool to crochet what I hope will be a small planter that should hang on the fence. I will show you if it is a success ( and if not - I will show anyway!)

 I am dying to make the Spindrift Shawl   
but the yarn that I was intending to use ...
 was making up far to dense, and I felt it would not have the drapey effect that I wanted, so that was undone and another ball caked up.

 Nah!!!  This wasn't right either.

Another hank pulled out of the drawer
 Pretty but still not happy....

All of these were 4ply yarns which was what the pattern called for.  

Time to break out the big guns.  This is a lace weight and was purchased to make a crochet shawl the pattern for which I cannot get the grasp of so tested out on this.....
 Much better.


So now that I am happy, I am going to hopefully speed through this before the first pattern in the Shawl Society is released. (already know what I am going to use for this!!)  I have just over two weeks. I can do it !