Saturday, September 20, 2008

A bit of this and that

Oh I have been a terrible blogger of late not updating with pics! I really need to as it's the only organised system in my life for keeping memories together. I am really bad at that which reminds me I desperately need to get my dd and ds a big pair of boxes to keep all their achievements in as they are laying around all over the house. See I told you I was disorganised.

So first up, some holiday snaps - only a couple as my dh hasn't emailed me the ones he has taken with his camera but you can get the general idea. It was a lovely beach, weather was mixed, but lots of fun had by all.

Broadhaven Sept 2008


Now, after reading in Artystitch's blog about them learning to do crochet and after wanting for years on end to be able to make my very own granny square like the ones my mum used to make, I decided to have a go. There are some fantastic links on You Tube and from this one I learned it in no time at all and look what I have made already:

I know the colours are horrid but the point is to use up all those gory balls of wool you have that you will never make anything with and turn it into a blanket. So this will be for my dd's bed hopefully if I can make it big enough. Or, I might do several of these squares and sew them together. The gorier the better.

Here's an update on my Wiehenburg sampler. It is coming along rather nicely and I am still loving this colour 4210:

update sept 08

And just for fun, here's the little Christmas design I thought I might do this year. It's a Mirabilia one from an old copy of The World of Cross Stitching.


I think she is so beautiful and would look lovely as a pinkeep.

I have just sent off my HOE Prairie Schooler exchange and I must say I am mighty proud of this one!! I can't wait for them to recieve it so I can show it off hehe!! I have also signed up for two more exchanges - even though I said I wouldn't - I just couldn't resist. The Harvest time one (if I'm not too late) as it is a stitched gift only one (no extras) and the Christmas ornie one. So that will keep me busy for a while as well.

I am slowly working my way through my blog list and also any newbies who have crossed my path but it is a mighty dangerous thing this blog reading. I always see another new pattern or another new finishing technique which goes on my to do list.

Happy stitching, xx


Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, i am glad you are now up and running with the granny squares, crocheting is so relaxing, i have been getting some other tutorials together for other crochet stitches i want to try out. i love the sampler WIP. i know what you mean about blog reading one thing leads to another and hours go by!

Sally said...

Lovely progress on your sampler and I can't wait to see your start on the Mirabilia piece.

I can't crochet but I can knit! Everytime I tried to crochet I just couldn't get the hang of it!

Cindy said...

Your sampler is looking wonderful!

Your granny square reminds me of one that I made many years ago. I just kept going around and around. It never did get big enough to use. I would recommend making several and sewing them together :)

Anonymous said...

Your sampler is so lovely and vibrant, great progress!

Lisa said...

Always loved that freebie - lovely work!

Julie said...

Lovely holiday snaps.
Congrats on learning a new craft, you did fab!
Love the sampler too.

stitcherw said...

Fun pictures, it does look like a good time was had. Your sampler is looking lovely, such a pretty red. That's a beautiful angel piece too, so sweet. It would make a wonderful Christmas project. I loved the granny square. I used to crochet, but it's been ages. These squares are such fun to look at, and make delightful afghans. I'll bet it will look wonderful finished up using all different colors, so bright and cheerful.

Rachel V said...

This was a fun post, Hazel! I like that you used the word "gorier." :) Congrats on your new crochet skills!

Unknown said...

Your sampler looks great; I love the color. Reminds me of the reds I'm using in Mirabilia's Poppy Fairy.

Have you ever tried tatting? I just couldn't get the hang of it. I've seen beautiful tatted jewelry on Etsy.

Your family looks like they were having a great time on the beach!


Karan said...

Great family pics, looks like they had fun - nice, clean beach too.
Sampler looks great & I love that Mirabilia piece - looking forward to seeing you start it.
WTG on learning to crochet. It'll be a nice, bright & cheerful throw when it's finished. :0)

Andrea said...

The Wienhenburg sampler looks wonderful. Can't help loving the red. :)

Lennu said...

It was great to read your post Hazel! Lovely holiday photos and oh you've been crocheting! I haven't done that in ages, I once made a sweater crocheting squares like that and then knitting. Sometimes I still wear it, even though I must admit it's quite terrible, the colours in it and everything :D Your sampler looks fantastic!

staci said...

Terrific job on your first granny square~~it looks fantastic! Love your sampler too, it's just gorgeous and I love that floss color too!

I know what you mean about finding more blogs, lol! It's great to "meet" new people and see all the wonderful things everyone is doing...but it sure does add to my list of things I want to do!!!

Kathy said...

The Wiehenburg Sampler is looking awesome. Like the red that you are using. Good luck with the crocheting. I crochet, but would rather cross stitch.

Ginte said...

Wonderful Wiehenburg sampler!

Angela said...

It looks like you had a good holiday. Whilst you may not have been blogging you certainly seem to have been busy.

The sampler looks great. I have been downloading each new part so as that I can do it later when I have more time!! The fairy will make a delightful pinkeep, can't wait to see it finished.

Dawn B. said...

Love your granny square..Still trying to learn that chrocheting. MA is not so scary and it's really easy. You sould give it a try.

Beatrice said...

That is a beautiful Mirabilia. I look forward to watching the progress of her.
Great stitching on the sampler as well.

Olga said...

Your sampler is coming along so pretty. Your crochet square looks very nice!

Sherry said...

Your sampler is lovely. I love the Christmas project. Can't wait to see it in progress!

Barb said...

The sampler is pretty. That angel is darling! Great job on them so far.

Tama said...

I love granny squares! They make excellent lap blankets, too, if you get tired of making a 'big' one! I've got about 3 in progress as gifts for a nursing home. Congrats on learning to crochet - and I love your sampler! It looks incredible!!!

Deb said...

Your Wiehenburg looks fabulous, Hazel. I love the color you've chosen. And, your granny crochet is so pretty. You and I have a love of the reds, I think! Hugs, Deb