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!!