Saturday, 28 February 2009
This meant I had to settle for my book, rather frustrating as the two hours they were skating would have been more than enough time to complete the stitching. By the time we got home, the urge for embroidery had gone, so I found something to knit.
This is some of the yarn I bought reduced last year (£3.99 for 10 balls) and will be knitted into a summer top. I thought the sunny weather needed a bit of encouragement, and even if we don't get summer, no harm in dreaming.
The yarn is Sirdar Fresco and as you can see it has bobbley bits along the yarn. These feel like velvet and once knit up, it feels very soft.
This is a great relaxing knit, all in stocking stitch, so perfect for relaxing in the evening.
I had better get "D" stitched today or else DS2 will think I don't love him.
Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
I stitched this using satin stitch in two strands of DMC 310 then outlined in split stitch. I now have to do a D in red.
After the black letter, I went for a bit of colour.
Each letter of the alphabet is stitched in a different colour DMC thread. I just worked my way through my box. This will be made into a pin cushion. I will have to look through my fabric trunk and find something suitable.
The boys have swimming today, and I am well prepared this time. I have J's jumper to finish and sew together and a huge book to finish. As I am only on chapter 9, it should keep me going for as long as they want to be swimming.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
The shells were stitched using encroaching satin stitch and some of the threads have been blended to create shading. The satin stitch fish used the same technique across their backs.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
I have been wanting to do something on these serviettes for about four months, so quite pleased that I am getting closer to getting them done. I have two others serviettes waiting to be embroidered. I need to choose the designs for them.
I decided I would carry on with J's jumper as I was so close to finishing. I have finished knitting the sleeve, so today I will sew it together and start on the neck. I am getting close to the end of the wool, so I may be forced to stop and wait until Wednesday. It will be such a shame to have to buy a 100g ball for such a small bit of knitting.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
The white button I attached and them worked the trellis stitch using Paterna Persian tapestry wool around it until it was almost all enclosed. The purple patterned button was attached in the middle of a completed "chimney" of trellis stitch. I used anchor tapestry wool for this one.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
It was quite fiddly to start with, but I soon got the hang of it. It was strange seeing the shape appear the further around I got.
After stuffing and closing up, I found some matching buttons in my tin and attached them. Next time, if there is one, I will use a longer needle to do this.
It is by no means perfect, but for a first attempt, I am pleased with it. I used the finishing instructions found here http://own-two-hands.livejournal.com/4186 . They were so clear and well illustrated.
Once this was done, I even managed to complete the first sleeve on J's jumper. I wonder if I can do the other sleeve and get this one finished before the end of the month. Shame February is such a short month!
Friday, 20 February 2009
I printed of a free pattern from http://blog.theflossbox.com/?page_id=289 and started it yesterday after tea.
I have used some pale blue 14count aida I had in my stash and using Anchor 873. I am going to do the same design front and back. I will hopefully stitch the second side today and make it up. It will be interesting to see if it ends up looking as it should.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
I then hand stitched the back to the front to make into a postcard. I am finding it very relaxing doing the postcards and ATC's completely by hand, but I think I may have to invest in a thimble.
I did do a bit of knitting, but only until the increase rows on the sleeve were completed, then I took my eyes to bed early.
I have ordered the threads I need for a satin stitch piece I want to do. This will be stitched onto a panel to decorate the front of a bag. Also, today I purchased another ball of yarn to carry on with my blanket blocks. My list of things to do just never seems to get any shorter.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
The kite was stitched using satin stitch with two strands of DMC stranded cotton, then outlined using split stitch. The tail is six strands of DMC which is then fixed at the four point with a bow using the same stranded cotton used for the kite.
The ATC is given some stability by having some stiff interfacing between the front and backing which were stitch together with a tiny over stitch.
This was quite a fun piece to do and was a lovely contrast to the grey skies we had yesterday.
After this, I put together my exchange piece, but photos for that will have to wait until it has arrived at it's new home.
I managed to get a start on another fabric postcard before going to the doctor. This is using another stitch for TAST, and hopefully I can show you the results tomorrow. I have to take D for his Spanish lesson first.
J now has about a quarter of a sleeve for his jumper. I am 10 stitches short from the total required, so it shouldn't be too long before the increase rows are complete.
I am now hoping to have Friday as a full day for crafting. There are no activities for the children, and as J is under the weather, they don't want me to find anything for them to do. Sounds good to me.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
I can't remember the size, but I think it is upwards of 3 months.
If you would like them, or know someone that would, please leave me a message. If there are more than one person interested, I will put all the names into a hat and get the boys to draw a name on Saturday.
If you know a little girl, keep watching this space. I have something that might interest you coming up in a couple of days.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Yesterday, I had a search through and have put together a parcel to send. There are knitting needles and stitch holders for knitters, a tapestry frame, a couple of cushion squares and fat quarters for quilters, some cross stitch kits, and some floss and tapestry wools. I will get them into the post later in the week and hopefully they will be a start to building up someones stash. At least it will give someone a crafting opportunity. I did block nine yesterday afternoon. These blocks of stitches have a wrap around stitch which adds another dimension to the stocking stitch.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Whilst watching the rugby, I knit the seventh blanket block. This has some lovely bobbles set within a lacy pattern, though this is not so clear from the photo. I haven't knit anything with bobbles for over twenty years. I did myself a large, chunky cable cardigan that had lots of bobbles in the pattern. I think I was all bobbled out by the finish. The sleeves had a central pattern, and the bobbles were quite prominent. My mum always said it was like a pork pie crust! It didn't put me of wearing it though, the cardigan was lovely and warm.
I've been baking this morning, and can't quite make up my mind what to do this afternoon. So many choices.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Friday, 13 February 2009
I finished this one a little differently. As the picture had been quilted, I decided to finish it like a quilt. I'm not sure if I will do this again, I'm in two minds about it, but that is the joy of these postcards, great for experimenting.
I have also managed to do some knitting on J's jumper. The back is almost half done, I'm going to try and finish the back by the end of the weekend.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
I knitted this using James C Brett Firenze. It is a cotton blend yarn and I love the colours. Quite by coincidence, it is made up using 3 of the other greens I have used which should tie it in very nicely. The other good thing was that I got this ball in the sale.
I also managed to knit some more of J's jumper, though there is still a very long way to reach the top.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
The snow here, shows no sign of disappearing. Every time it begins to melt, we get more. The problem is, it is usually falling on ice. Fortunately, we don't have to go anywhere today, so hopefully the pavements will have time to improve by tomorrow.
I think it will be a perfect day for staying indoors and knitting, or stitching. It's a toss up between another blanket block or working on my exchange piece. We'll see what takes my fancy once I have made my bread.
Monday, 9 February 2009
I like the colour of this yarn too, not a solid colour but you see the flecks of the blue and yellow that make up the green. I would love to do one of the boys a jumper in this colour.
I also managed to complete the front on J's jumper, but a really bad headache prevented me from doing more than casting on for the back.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
It was stitched on 22 count canvas using Paterna Persian stranded wool. This is one that definitely will have to be framed.
Once I had completed this, I continued with J's jumper. The front is now about 4cms short of the neck shaping. Hopefully, the front will be completed by tonight.
The boys are out for the day, I'm not sure yet what I am going to do. I think it may be another block for the Wolhemel blanket, but I am definitely going to make the best of the peace and quiet.
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Monday, 2 February 2009
I did a double row of running stitch around the square in pale green Anchor Perle, then laced it with white.
I then used running stitch to quilt the block. The three dimensional look doesn't really show up in the photo, but I like the way the picture seems to come to life after quilting.
The mouse button was added to give the cat something to chase.
Sunday, 1 February 2009
My to do list for February is as follows:
Alla Turca Part 2
Food and Drink Exchange
Satin Stitch Picture
Wolhemel blanket blocks x 4
The first job on the list was done yesterday, a day early. J demanded that we get it done, so who was I to argue when the hired help was so eager. We had to clear out a lot of stuff belonging to the landlord. Some went up into the loft we tidied last month, and some went into the garage. As we had removed his things, my tools have come in. This might mean that I am closer to doing my picture framing as I won't have to go hunting for all the equipment. I also finished D's jumper. All the knitting was completed yesterday and the morning was spent stitching it all together. It looks and feels really snugly. I really like the collar on this sweater. It is a deep rib that is folded in and slip stitched into place. It always seems to look so much more cosier and gives a much better finish. I thing I will be doing another one of these for J, but in black. He has been asking for a black jumper for such a long time.
I think the rest of the afternoon will be doing some embroidery. I have another TAST stitch calling.