Saturday, 27 December 2008
I was going to show you a beautiful fabric postcard I received from Australia last week, but I have packed it! I finished J's bedroom and moved him back in, and then have packed up the front room in readiness to start here as the boys are away. Safely tucked away is the postcard, so I will have to show you when I have finished.
Amongst all the activity here, I have managed to finish the back of D's jumper and we have decided on a shawl collar. I am almost up to the raglan shaping on the front. Pictures to follow in a later post.
I have managed to catch up on a few blogs, but it is taking a long time to catch up with everyone. I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine and being inspired by everyone.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Thursday, 18 December 2008
I took advantage and started a jumper for D. This is going to be an aran sweater using a wool, acrylic mix yarn. We are still debating if we are going to finish this with a crew neck or a shawl collar. I have the rest of the back to knit before I have to decide. It was back to the decorating today, though only as far as getting the room empty. Shopping ans swimming took up the rest of the day. The painting starts tomorrow. After almost a year, J will get a blue bedroom rather than the pink and lilac he has had until now.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
I did manage to summon enough energy together this evening to sew J's jumper together, so there is at least one finished object this month.
I have a ball of yarn left over from this jumper, so I think I may get a couple more balls and do one for D, probably a different pattern. I think that may have to wait until next month.
Friday, 12 December 2008
We have spent the last week stripping wallpaper and then painting the kitchen. After we had already started, J said we should have taken a before photo. Never mind, you get the after photo which is a lot better. The kitchen now looks brighter and in the morning when the sun comes up, it has a real glow.I am really pleased with the cupboards. They had been green with red handles but have now been transformed. They are now latte and with chocolate handles. Even my landlord was impressed, which is a relief.The highlight of the week was this fabric postcard I received from Angela. In all the chaos, it brought a little ray of sunshine into the house. It is a spring meadow, a welcome relief from the grey sky we have at the moment.
Sunday, 30 November 2008
I have also been knitting J's jumper. I have now completed the back and sleeves. I started the front yesterday and may have done a bit more if I hadn't fallen asleep on the settee. So much for making the most of the boys being at the football!
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
I started J's jumper the other night as it was too dark to start choosing colours for the embroidery. Trouble is, I haven't stopped knitting. I have completed the back and a good way up the first sleeve. Although the back and sleeves are in stocking stitch, the front has a cable detail. I'm saving the best to last. I am using Hayfield Bonus DK in cream with added flecks of browns and blacks. It just adds a bit of interest to what would be a plain jumper. The pattern I am using is Sirdar pattern number 5065.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Today I made it into a card and thought I would send it to B with her goodies.
I made a start on my final task for this month. On the Yahoo Hand Embroidery group, the autumn challenge was to stitch some herbs. There was a choice of eight in total.
Today, I printed them all off, traced them, then flipped them over to transfer onto fabric for stitching. Tugger thought he could help by sitting on the traced images, right on top of the hand that was holding everything into place. Twice I had to call the boys in to take him off.
As it was too dark when I finished transfering the images onto the fabric. I have decided to wait until tomorrow to choose the colours. If I get a chance tonight, I'll start J's jumper as I am not sure how much time I will get next month. I have finally decided that December will be the month to get out the paintbrushes and do some decorating.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
This month I chose a beaded strawberry kit, which had all the necessary bits to make into a stand up picture.
Last night, I did all the cross stitch and back stitching. That left me today to attach the beads and then make up the frame. This was going to be a quick finish which is what we all like.
I improvised with the top of a plastic container to hold the beads and was quite happy attaching the beads. I haven't done a lot of beading, but I quite enjoy it. Maybe I ought to do some more.
Here comes the frustrating part. There were not enough white beads included in the pack to complete the picture, and to add insult to injury, there were far too many red beads. I only have cream beads here, so I will have to wait until I can get some beads before I can finish this picture.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
These are for the boys. There is a space for them to insert photos and as they were on special offer and I had a £3 coupon, it wasn't a back little extra to get.The buttons were duly attached and the jacket is now ready to keep me warm. Thanks to J, you also get a view of the washing drying. I didn't notice until I uploaded the picture.
Friday, 21 November 2008
This meant I was soon onto the colossal job of sewing it all together. It had felt like a blanket when I was knitting it, but even more so when I was sewing it together. As you can see, Tugger thought it was all for his benefit. I was actually sewing the sleeves in here.
Here it is all sewn up and waiting for buttons. The sleeves look so short in comparison, I had doubts they were long enough. I tried it on to make sure. I had forgotten, this was a long jacket, and it is just like a blanket. I will be able to wrap myself up in it quite happily.
I wonder how long it will take me to knit two pairs of gloves?
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
All being well I can get them knitted and sent of for her by the beginning of next week.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Yesterday I completed the central stem, and most of the right stem and leaf. I would have been quite happy to have stayed up later stitching, but my little furry friend kept insisting he would help. In the interests of keeping the stitching all in one piece, I decided to go to bed. I came back to it this afternoon and completed the right leaf and stem and have started on the left stem and leaf. The back stitch has also been stitched on the right leaf.
Monday, 17 November 2008
You may remember a couple of months ago I made some place mats. These were claimed by the boys, so finally today, I made one for me.
I did this one differently to the others, I decided not to quilt this one. The cats are on the front with the fabric below as the backing. Sandwiched between is some quilt batting to absorb the heat. (Photo taken before ironing)
Sunday, 16 November 2008
After catching up with the tapestry, I managed to finish knitting the second sleeve of my jacket. The shoulders have been stitched together and the collar knitted to the casting off.
Today, I was a good girl and did two weeks work on it, so we are now up to date. The blue sky and sunshine was too good an opportunity to miss. I must say, I prefer the look of the tapestry in the photo than I do in real life. I think this is a piece that is better viewed from a distance.
This week was a real mixture. I stitched water, flowers and foliage. It will be more of the same next week.
On the knitting front, I am about halfway through the second sleeve. It should have been finished but the combination of spending time with number one son and the kitten sitting on top of my knitting every time I started, meant that I didn't get as much done.
As Rum Tum Tugger is now curled up asleep on a chair the other side of the room, I am going to sneak back and see if I can finish the sleeve before he notices.
Friday, 14 November 2008
Thanks to an evening of Children in Need to keep me going, I have managed to start and complete the first sleeve. I'm just hoping for an equally good day tomorrow.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
On a personal note, I just have to tell you how proud I am of my eldest son.
He will be twelve in a couple of weeks and for the last eight weeks he has been on a MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It) programme. This was because he was concerned about his weight. The goal of the programme was to lose inches around his waist by increasing activity and eating properly and the correct amounts. He was measured at the beginning and end of the programme.
Over the eight weeks he has grown 1.5 cms, lost 7cms around his waist and lost 3.2kgs in weight (almost half a stone). I can't tell you how proud I am of all the hard work he has done to achieve this. I am hoping this will be something he will continue even though the programme is finished.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
After I woke up, I did get the needles working and have completed the left front. I will start the right front tonight and hope for at least some time to knit tomorrow. There isn't going to be much time between Spanish lessons, visits to the vets and shopping.
Monday, 10 November 2008
We have had a busy day here today, but this evening when I sat down to knit, I realised I felt completely different. It was quite a joy to be sat knitting. The joy was made even greater when my son sat with me for an hour doing his cross stitch cushion. As you can see from the photo, I have managed to get almost halfway up to the armhole shaping on the left front.
I have decided I am not going to put pockets in, so it will be a straightforward knit for the fronts.
I am hoping the almost human feeling improves and I can enjoy some knitting again tomorrow.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
I have managed to do some knitting though and I have been good and have been taking breaks.As you can see, some of the breaks have been enforced! I think the yarn meets with her approval.
This is a jacket I started a couple of years ago. I am not quite sure why I didn't get very far as it is quite a straight forward pattern. All I can think of, is that life got in the way.
I am using Capricorn Mohair in two slightly different shades of lilac. Both colours are used together. The yarn is 82% mohair, 9% wool and 9% nylon.
This ATC is from Christine in Australia, my partner on the Stitchin Fingers ATC swap.
It is beautiful, stitched on Belfast linen with beads and clay button embellishments. I love the colours. The other package was from Phyl. (http://phylliskingartworks.blogspot.com/) We have become friends over the last year through our blogs and she very kindly sent me a couple of embroideries she did a long time ago. I was two at the time these were stitched!
Thursday, 6 November 2008
This has meant over the last couple of days I haven't done much at all, but I did pick up my cross stitch and did a little more on the Thomas Kinkade. The trees to the left of the house have been added. I am trying to get to the left border of the pattern, so am slowly working my way across. As the infection seems to have gone to the other eye, I am hoping that knitting may be more relaxing to do as it won't require as much eye movement. I shall let you know how it goes.
Monday, 3 November 2008
As part of his job, he has to do site visits, so I wanted to find a picture that would relate to that part of his job. I did a search for a free clip art picture which I then adapted. Here it is drawn onto fabric. The next stage is the fun bit. I coloured in the picture using crayons. Once that was done, I fixed the crayon using an iron over some kitchen towel. This was repeated until no crayon lifted onto the towel.
Once the stitching was complete, I ironed the fabric and mounted onto some card. There is a layer or wadding between the fabric and card to give a cushioned effect.
Sunday, 2 November 2008
I have used the other yarn I purchased to knit another hat for B. I am so much happier with this one. I just need to get a button for the tab to complete this. I used Sirdar Denim Double knit for this hat and love the soft feel to it. I am hoping that both will meet with B's approval.