Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A crochety post

So I started this blanket in December and it hasn't taken me long to finish at all. The design is the Sunny Stripes blanket from Attic24 and I used the same colourway and patterning that Lucy has used - only because I just couldn't be bothered to think about it and wanted something easy to do. So here it is in its finished state. I finally did the edging today and am pretty pleased with how it came out. 

Ta -Daaaa! It's very long!

And bright....

The edging worked perfectly...

Lovely folded too!

And on a whim, I decided to buy some more wool as Stylecraft have introduced some new colours including the lovely Duck Egg blue shade. I was inspired by Annie's Place by some of her pretty blankets in pastel shades. 

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry - probably because I have enlarged them but hopefully you can see the shades. I have included the new mustard shade to pop every now and then and the Boysenberry one which is the dark purply pink shade. 

I wanted to shout a huge THANK YOU to my dear blogger friend Vonna for sending me a lovely big piece of Weaver's Cloth to do some punchneedle on. It is very difficult to find this fabric over here in the UK and the last punchneedle I did was a little kit that came with the fabric inside. What with the new release of Punchneedle and Primitive Stitcher magazine which my lovely friend Sue over at Peakside Needleworks has managed to get in her online shop, I have been seriously drooling over all the lovely designs I want to punch. Now I can! Thanks Vonna so much. You are so very kind. Now, where is my punchneedle??
All the best to you all. Hope you are having a peaceful January. I have been hit with a little ill health but am okay. 
Stay warm. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crazy 7 update....

How are you all stitchers and crafters? Well my Crazy 7 challenge actually became Crazy 8! No - not the Crazy 8 card game but actually 8 Crazy New Starts! I enjoyed every single one and developed a case of startitis!

So without further ado, here are my starts.... and would you believe I actually have a finish too. Thank you to the girlies on our group Skype chat that continually encourage and enable. Thanks to Lesley, Sue, Tracy and Tina (no blog).

Day 4

Their Song
Blackbird Designs

I really didn't get a lot done on this as wasn't feeling great that day but it is a start!

Day 5

Mill Hill
Joy to the World Button and Bead kit

Fun to work on this! Enjoyed the cheerful primary colours. 

Day 6

Ink Circles

This is using Olde Willow Stitchery threads and they are lovely to work with. Very subtle pastel variations. 

Day 7

Kathy Barrick
And Heaven and Nature Sing

The fabric arrived just in time yay!!!! It is Polstitches Heirloom using DMCs. Love it. 

And Day 8!

Carriage House Samplings
Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.

I couldn't resist this. My fabric came (40ct Newcastle Sand) and I had the threads and just had to start it. Love it. Love the colours and the design. Everything. 

And I have a finish.... 

Can you guess which one of my Crazies I finished?

Ta... Daaaaa....

Yes it is the Sampler Girl Moon Shell Sampler! Did you guess correctly? It is not a great pic as it is so large but you get the idea. 

So who actually did the Crazy 7 challenge? Did you manage to start all of them? Did you resist starting more? Well I am a little stitched out after last week so I am returning to crochet for a little bit just till I get this stripe blanket complete. Pics to come soon. 

Okay, happy stitching or crocheting or crafting to you this week and I will see you all soon.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Happy New Year! 2016!

Happy New Year everyone. Unfortunately, ours was spoiled by neighbours partying till 5am and so we didn't get very much sleep and I ended up being quite ill - painful throat; feels like it has razor blades in it. You know what I'm talking about.

But, not allowing that to put me off my Crazy 7 new starts, I thought I'd show you where I am up to. 

Day 1

Robin's Song
Little House Needleworks

Very pleased with my progress here and loving the jobelan fabric I am working on. Thank you to Tracy for the fabric.

Day 2
The Moon Shell
The Sampler Girl

Super excited by the progress on this one. I have almost completed one page and it is only two pages long so a definite finish is in the bag already. I am stitching it using DMC and some lovely blue mottled fabric 28 count but not sure what it is. 

Day 3
Morning Glory
The Drawn Thread

Pah! I am not happy with this at all. The design is way too fussy for me - chock full of backstitch and other stitches and the fabric count seems quite small 34 count legacy - which I have stitched on before so go figure.

So that's it from me for now. 
I've been into work then home again due to this horrid sore throat so Day 4 is coming up. 

Ciao x