Friday, March 12, 2010

Back from Ireland!

.......and looked what welcomed me home:

FTT pinkeep exchange from Vonna march - 10

This is the gorgeous pinkeep exchange I received from Vonna. I love it. Just look at the rouched ribbon edge:

Beautiful ribbon edge

It was a design from off my wishlist and Vonna thought it would be nice to stitch it for me. How kind. I just love it. Thanks Vonna.

I also was the winner of Laura's giveaway in the One World One Heart blog event and this is what she sent me!:

Laura's giveaway

This huge batch of cardmaking / scrapping stuff! Brilliant! Thanks Laura. I will surely put it to good use.

And.... drumroll please..... here are my first pair of socks!

first pair of socks - March 10

The sock workshop, run by Debbie Tomkies from DT Craft and Design, was a success and I finished the first sock in the evening and then did a second sock whilst in Ireland. Very quick to do and quite easy. We were taught on 5 needles. I made a couple of mistakes in the second sock but I know where I went wrong and so will not make tem again. They feel lovely and thick and warm. This hopefully won't be my only pair that I make. They were really fun to make. The yarn is a double knit yarn with a mix of alpaca (i think) and nylon to give the durablility.

I also finished my first punchneedle design this month too. Oh it has been a month of firsts! This design/kit is by Rachael's of Greenfields. I don't think it is perfect by any stretch but for a first go I don't think it looks too bad. I am going to make it into a little hanging cushion thingy.

First Punchneedle - March 10

Ireland was great. I was not. I was very ill. I had contracted conjunctivitis and a chest infection from the boy before I went. It is a good thing we stayed in and stitched most of the time. The foto of me and my friend doesn't look too good (of me I mean!). You can see my puffy face and eyes. Still feeling bad but got antibiotics now so hopefully it will clear up soon. Some of the pics are of Bangor and Dunaghadee - very pretty seaside towns. Some of the pics are of the murals you can see in Belfast from different terrorist groups. Taking them was quite scary. We couldn't hang around for too long. I heard some dreadful horror stories of the things that have gone on there in the past. Really quite horrible but it was good to see there are some really pretty areas and some wonderful people there. My friend's mum and Granny were fab and fed us really well. We ate lots of traditional Irish food like champ and wheaten bread.

Ireland trip March 10

I did have a new start whilst away but I am saving it for another post. Thanks for all your lovely comments. They really make my day. Now I need another week away to catch up with all the blogs I have missed. x


Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Punch needle...isn't it fun? I like it just thinking about pulling something out to do too and here you show us a cutie patootey sheep!
I'm glad you like your pinkeep :)
AND I'm glad you had a good time in Ireland, sorry you will ill though :(
Welcome back!

Nic said...

Welcome back! Love the pinkeep from Vonna, and congrats on your own projects - now you've made that first pair of socks, you'll be an addict in no time! The yarn for those looked fab... do you remember what it was?

Sharlotte said...

The exchange from Vonna is just beautiful! I think your little sheep is a good punch needle start. Now you'll all set for starting a new one.Looks like you had a good time in Ireland despite the fact that you were sick. I hope you are feeling much better now. :) Btw... no I hadn't heard of Billye Brim , but I did some checking on her and I see that she is fairly close. Looks like she even has a recent speaking engagement here in town. I'm surprised I hadn't heard about it yet on the radio. Although, I don't usually get to listen to the radio much.

Catherine said...

I saw your gift from Vonna this morning on her blog - you are a lucky girl!! It's beautiful!

Lovely pictures from your trip - thanks for sharing!

Margaret said...

I love the pinkeep -- nice present! And nice giveaway too! Congrats on your first pair of socks and your first punch needle piece! They're both wonderful! Wow, that's so cool! Bummer on being sick whilst in Ireland - hope you're feeling better!

JillMN said...

I love knitted socks and yours are beautiful! Your pinkeep from Vonna is gorgeous.

Kathy A. said...

Vonna is such a sweetheart. What a lovely little gift and beautiful finish!
I am so sorry you are ill. How frustrating when you are looking forward to your trip. Your photos are beautiful. The walls were very interesting.
Love those socks and that little punchneedle sheep.

Christine said...

Welcome back! The pinkeep Vonna sent you is gorgeous. Congratulations on knitting your socks, they look really cosy and I love the colour

Karan said...

Welcome back Hazel - looks like you had a lovely time, despite not being well. Hope you feel much better soon (((((((((hugs))))))))). Gorgeous pinkeep & a fabulous giveaway prize - lucky you! Love the cute punchneedle sheep. Will look forward to seeing what the new start is. :0)

Berit said...

SO MANY beauties, both of your own making and that you received! Thanks for sharing photos, and especially of that beautiful be-ribboned edge! :D

Peg said...

How lovely to receive such a beautiful pinkeep. Your punch needle is great I've never tried it so glad you enjoyed it. I'm also looking forward to your new start :o)

Peg xx

Clare-Aimetu said...

Glad you had a good time in Ireland, love the pinkeep

Kathy said...

Oh my. The pin keep from Vonna is gorgeous. What a wonderful welcome home gift. Sorry to hear to weren't feeling well. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip anyway.

Lynn B said...

I love the pinkeep it is gorgeous, the colours are so pretty!
Lucky you winning in the one world one heart giveaway.

Love the socks!


Mylene said...

Lovely pinkeep from Vonna. And glad to hear you had a great time in Ireland.

Cheryl said...

I love that pinkeep,seen it on Vonnas blog. Her finishing is beautiful.
Would like to try punchneedle, your sheep is cute!
Enjoyed looking at your photos x

Carol said...

Your gift from Vonna is so lovely, Hazel--love the edging. And your first socks and first punch needle are wonderful as well.

Glad you arrived home safely and hope you're feeling better each day :)

Robin said...

Hazel, please come and get your Beautiful Blogger Award from my post:

Happy Stitching! Robin

Carolyn NC said...

Sorry you weren't feeling well, but the trip sounds awesome! Pinkeep is adorable and your socks and punch needle are so cute!

Susimac said...

It sounds like you really had a wonderful time.
Love the exchange from Vonna.

Please visit my blog as I have left you an award

Jackie's Stitches said...

Congratulations on finishing your first socks. They are gorgeous!

What a nice gift from Vonna. Lucky girl!

I hope you're feeling better.

Lennu said...

What a lovely pinkeep you've received! Congratulations on your first socks and punchneedle, I've never tried that. Punchneedle I mean, I've been knitting lots of socks :D

Oh thanks so much for sharing the lovely photos from Ireland! I've been there twice and it's such a beautiful country. I'm sorry to hear that you were not well, hopefully you're better already. Have a happy new week!

Siobhán said...

I love your punch needle, and the socks look great! Congrats on winning the giveaway, too. The pin keep that Vonna did turned out so nicely! I'm glad that you had a good time in Ireland--sorry you were ill! I hope you're on the mend.

Loraine said...

What a wonderful trip! Loved looking at the photos. So sorry you were sick. I guess if it gave you time to stitch, then that was good.
Love the pinkeep. So beautiful!
Take Care.

staci said...

So many good things to drool over! Congrats on your socks, they look absolutely fabulous!!! And your punchneedle is wonderful too.

The pinkeep Vonna made you is gorgeous too!

Angela said...

What a beautiful pinkeep.

It sounds like you had a good time despite being ill. Hopefully your feeling much more rested and able to cope whilst your husbands away.

Heidi said...

You have been busy! The socks are fabulous!!! Love homemade socks. Glad you did not have a prolonged stay but seem to have seamless been able to compete it. I am sorry to hear you were not well while in Ireland. It looks like you had wonderful weather while there. What a pretty place with the exception of the scary murals. And the pinkeep was a nice thing to come home to as well as being with your family for Mothering Sunday. I hope they spoiled you and you had a nice day.

Looking forward to your new start. I too just started a new large project and am planning another new start with a blogger this week.

Hugs from Holland ~

Julie said...

Beautiful pinkeep, what a special gift to return home to.

Loving the socks, well done you on knitting them on more than 2 pins, better woman than i am LOL. Can you give me a heads up on the pattern for them, might be a bit easier than the 4 ply if i ever get to try more than 2 pins to knit a pair!

Punchneedle is pretty cool too.

Hope you are soon feeling much better and the pills do the trick.

Aussie Stitcher said...

The pinkeep from Vonna is gorgeous and I love your socks and punch needle sheep, too cute.

Tracy Dixon said...

Your punch needle looks great hun....I love Ireland looks like you had fun apart from the chest infection and I just love those socks xx

Olga said...

Welcome back home!
Congrats on your first pair of socks - great job!
Your pinkeep made by Vonna is just gorgeous, enjoy!

Anonymous said...

welcome back Hazel, sorry you weren't too well whilst away but looks like it was a lovely place
love your punchneedle sheep it's lovely, can't believe its your 1st attempt
just love the socks, perfect!
the pinkeep from Vonna is lovely too