Monday, 30 March 2009
Yesterday, I got finally got jam made using the recipe from Zetor (http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2009_03_01_archive.html) and it definitely got the thumbs up from DS2.
I managed to finish stitching the second side of one of the exchange biscornus and the the sewing machine finally made an appearance. I put together the fabric for six more catnip pouches. Four are ready to be stitched together, but I need some more catnip to complete the others.
I had a visit from a neighbour yesterday who, not only went away with an armful of goodies, has commissioned some other projects. When she left I was still a bit shell shocked. I now have to go and see if I can source some of the fabric etc that I will need.
On the knitting front, all the knitting on the jacket is complete and the first of the bootees has been started. I am hoping I will still get a chance to do some more on this tonight.
I am participating in a biscornu exchange on stitchin fingers and I received mine from Annie today and I love it. Cats are definitely the right subject for me. The words say: I'm only a cat
We'll get along fine
As long as you know
I'm not yours, you're mine
Thank you Annie, I love it
Saturday, 28 March 2009
I have finally finished my first pin keep, but I can't show you until it has reached Ireland. Gaynor and I decided we would be each other's guinea pig for our first pin keeps. Gaynor's arrived yesterday and was here waiting for me when we came home.It is beautiful and I now have it up on display. I love the butterfly embellishment.
The next project was some more decoupage cards. This time, I used square white cards with a linen texture.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Once the stitching was completed, I hand stitched the cross stitch to some fabric. This was then used to cover a note book.
So the inside covers were neat and tidy, I glued in some felt.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
At least the stitching earlier in the day was a little more successful. The clematis is creeping across slowly. I think the one outside is growing quicker, though there are no flowers on that yet. I am hoping that the shopping will be done quickly today, and if I come away from the library with my copies, I should be able to start stitching biscornus for my swaps.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
I did make up for it yesterday. This is the Lizzie Kate design I started stitching at the weekend. This came to a grinding halt as I have to get yet more DMC stranded cotton. At the moment, it doesn't seem to matter how many I have, I don't have the one's I need.
At least it will be a quick finish once I get the threads, I just have to do the last flower and the pot.
Once that project had come to a standstill, the honeysuckle cushion came back out for a little airing. One flower head is now complete. It looks as if this one may take some time to complete as I am doing it between stitching for other commitments.
The hooded baby jacket is coming along nicely. The back and fronts are complete and I have one sleeve done, with the second started. I am hoping to get to the hood tonight.
No one is more surprised than me, but someone has bought one of the cards I made and two of the catnip pouches are on their way to the US. I am amazed and now I am going to be making some more on Saturday, I'll just have to keep Tugger away from them.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
This was the result. I do like making people happy!
Friday, 20 March 2009
Once all the baking had been done, I had a lovely hour or so stitching on the pin keep. I haven't got much more to do, but can't show you until after it goes to it's new home. I am really pleased with the way it is stitching up.
The purple cardigan was completed last night, so I tonight I have started a baby jacket and bootees. I am using a pale blue DK yarn which I bought half price on Wednesday. This was a coaster which I completed a couple of weeks ago. It was a freebie gift from an old cross stitch magazine. I found it one day when I was sorting out one of the storage units.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
The first card I did was this little teddy bear with his balloon and pressie. I just need to find an envelope to put him in. Then it was back to the decoupage cards.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
I did start another baby cardigan last night. It is the same design as the one I completed earlier in the week but this time, in purple. The back was completed and one of the sleeves has been started. Hopefully, I can get some more done later.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
When I eventually sat down, I did do some more stitching on the pin keep, but there is still some way to go, and some threads to buy.
The evening did seem a little more productive. I finished knitting and sewed up the little baby cardigan. I just need to get some buttons. As most of the day will be spent travelling, it is going to be mainly a reading day. Hopefully I can start another little cardigan tonight.
Monday, 16 March 2009
I managed to find some cards for the decoupage. I used aperture cards. This meant that the first layer of the picture was placed under the aperture and was like a window. I then closed the flap and continued the layers on top.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
My fabric trunk is open with fabric overspilling onto the floor (why is every thing you want at the bottom?), the ironing board is up (not for ironing clothes),the sewing machine is out, cutting mat is out, and there are knitting patterns everywhere.
At least I can get my hands on whatever I need without having to spend lots of time getting to it.
This is where I have got with Clarice Cliffe. Though you might not be able to see it, the house does have a chimney. Thank goodness for black backstitching! This piece is now going to go away for a little while. I have quite a few exchange pieces to do over the next month or so, so I won't have time for this. I have to do two biscornus, a pin keep, a mail art envelope, a Round Robin and two prizes. I also have the threads to finish my honeysuckle cushion, so that will be done before coming back to Clarice Cliffe.
Friday night, I stayed up until all the knitting had been completed for my second top, so the first task for Saturday morning was to sew it together. My first finish for the day.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
I got as far as stocking up with the DMC threads I need to finish the exchange piece and the honeysuckle cushion. The little cross stitch kit reduced to 75p is for D. He wants to have a go at stitching it. I also bought a little pack of decoupage sheets to make 5 cards, not bad for 99p. I just have to find my cutting mat and craft knife. I did manage to get a small amount of cross stitching done, again the main colour was white, so nothing too interesting to see. I am about 3 or 4 inches from the armhole shaping on the top so progress has been made there.
As we have to leave early in the morning, today is going to be spent getting the boys packed and ready for tomorrow. As D didn't get to have his haircut a couple of weeks ago, (playing with his friends was more important at the time), I will have to do that today as well.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
The back of my top is now complete and I have made a start on the front. As there are no sleeves for this one, I am hoping to get this finished before the end of the week.
The boys are away this weekend. They go Friday and come back Tuesday which gives me three complete days to myself. I think I am going to have my very own stitching fest! There are lots of projects for me to complete and the opportunity to get it done without interruption is too good to miss.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
I have managed to do a bit of stitching and knitting, and yes, there was another new start. I need some more DMC threads for the honeysuckle cushion. I thought if I carried on, there was every chance that I would end up having to frog at a later stage. Don't know about you, but I can do without that. Starting something else seemed the better option.
Some of you are aware I am trying to get through all the kits I have purchased over the years, so I have started a Clarice Cliffe design from Readicut. I completed the first one of the pair last year. They are stitched in cross stitch, half cross stitch and back stitch using DMC threads.
I would show you a picture of what I have stitched so far, but a lot of the stitching I have done is in white. It makes it very difficult to pick up on a photo. Hopefully, today I can get some more colour on there so you can see it tomorrow.
On the knitting front, I have got past the armhole shaping on the back of the top and have about 3 or 4 more inches to knit to complete the back. That should be done this evening.
On another note, I am thinking of making things to sell to make some extra income. I need to find something I can do to stay at home with the boys and someone suggested this might be the way for me to go. I have spent all weekend thinking about it, going from feeling very excited and having lots of ideas, to feeling very apprehensive as to whether anyone would want to buy. The thing with being a single parent, there's no one here that I can thrash ideas out with. I have a few weeks to think about it as the new financial year doesn't start to the beginning of April.
Oh well, I have to go and sort out the bread. I wonder if kneading will help me sort out my thoughts.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
I had quite a varied day with regards to stitching yesterday. The first job was to complete all the stitching I could on my exchange piece. That only took a few minutes and once I have the other threads, the rest of the stitching won't take long to complete.
I then sewed my top together. Sewing up has always been my least favourite part of knitting, but at least with a short sleeved top, there isn't much to do. I now have to get some cord for the neck opening.
I had four and a half balls left over from the top I finished, so I have started another. This time it is V-neck with no sleeves. That will mean I get two tops for under £4! These are the sort of bargains I like.
I managed to get about 8inches of the back knitted last night, before my mental kitty thought it was fair game to pounce and sit on top of the needles. He even tried to drag it out of my hands to kill. Even I know when to give up.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
I can't show the stitching I have done as it is for an exchange. I have almost completed the cross stitching, but I need to get some more DMC stranded cotton when I go shopping on Wednesday. I am three colours short. Typical! I am pleased with how it looks and have all the finishing planned.
Despite the fact I didn't get to sit down until after 9 on Thursday night, I have managed to get all the knitting completed my top. Thursday I had one shoulder and then last night I completed the other shoulder and TWO sleeves.
These are my type of sleeves, each one took about half hour to knit. Better enjoy it while it lasts as the next sleeves I knit are full length.
As you can see, it is all ready to sew together which will be today's task. All I have to do then is wait for summer.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
After a soak in the bath I did some more stitching on "An Important Flower". The right hand side is now complete. I am hoping that I can finish the left side today and put this away until April.
After dinner, it was the turn of the knitting needles and I finished the back before going to bed. If it is a good day the front should get started today.Before I can even think about doing any of this, I have to bake some more bread and cakes. Wouldn't life be a lot easier if children didn't eat!
Monday, 2 March 2009
I also managed to knit up to the armholes on my top too. Hopefully this evening, I should end up not far from the top. Before that, I have a day in the garden, cleaning up after the winter.
Now for a giveaway- I will be happy to send this to a new home for anyone that wants it. I think it was for age 3-6months. Anyone interested, please leave me a comment and I will email you for an address.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
I am stitching it on Zweigart Cashel linen in Conference grey using DMC 902 in two strands. Each part is released every two months, so it shouldn't be too difficult to keep up, at least, that's what I am hoping.
I seem to have worked out a nice routine now-stitching during the day and knitting at night. The top I am knitting at the moment, is perfect for keeping the hands busy without taxing the brain when it's tired. Hopefully, it will work for today too