Saturday, May 04, 2013

Stitching Again...

I've had a very long break from stitching.  For awhile, I did a bit of crochet - but that sort of tapered off too.  I have not done much of anything recently, besides collapse on the sofa and lose myself in a television show or two...

Recently - and I mean very recently (a couple of days ago) - I started a new project.  Awhile ago, I started one (A Dictionary of Tea) and I haven't been able to get into it very much - I just didn't like having to figure out which bits were supposed to be single strands, which were supposed to be two strands, etc.  The pattern isn't very specific about it - just that the surrounding bits of each teapot should be single strands, etc.  I just couldn't get into it.  Maybe someday.

The other day, I picked up Collecting Shells.  It's ginormous!  I don't know what possessed me to start that one, but we'll see how it goes.  It may be just another addition to the UFO pile, but I really like the design and it'll go well with Girl with Cosmos, which I finished in 2005 (shown below).

I really hope that I can get myself into the project - haven't really been able to complete anything in awhile.  Just couldn't be bothered, I guess.  I have far too many patterns sitting in a filing cabinet to sit on my behind and do nothing.

On a more personal note, I am getting to the "freaking out" stage where my daughter, who is 11, will be going off to high school in August.  She'll have to either take the bus to school (as in public transport services) or walk 30 minutes to get there.  It's definitely walkable, with time - but it's hard enough getting the girl out of bed at 7:30am for primary school, let alone the 6:30am that she's going to have to get up at to get to high school on time.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Long absence…

Hello people who I have not updated in many many months!

I have been very remiss in updating my blog.  It seems that when the stitching block hit, so did the writing.  I think I’ve picked up a needle maybe two or three times in the past year.  I’ve not done very well there.

I have, however, improved my crochet skills – made quite a few hats, scarves, etc.  I’ve even made a pair of booties for my cousin’s baby (which they have yet to receive, that I know of anyway).  Even crochet, however, has taken a back seat to, well, whatever.  I haven’t done many crafts at all this year.

I’ve been busy with kids, house, etc.  (Not that you can tell by the state of my house at the moment!)  The kids are currently at home for half-term, so I haven’t even bothered to pick up after them.  Anyone with kids knows that the moment some toy, drawing, whatever gets picked up, it only gets replaced by something else almost immediately.

The kids keep me busy as a taxi-mom – driving them here, walking them there, gymnastics, Cubs, Beavers, basketball.  I’m sure there’ll be more to come too.

I’ll have to post some  photos of some of the crocheted objects I’ve made – won’t be easy as I stopped taking photos after awhile!


Here’s a pair of slippers I made for my daughter – rather cute ballet-type slippers


An adorable amigurumi seal


Another adorable amigurumi creature – an elephant


Hats, scarves and mittens for my cheeky kids


Newsboy caps (I’ve made so many of these – they’re popular with my friends), flowers, and tiny Christmas stockings



I’ve crocheted a lot of other things, but like I said, I stopped taking photos (kind of a shame, I know).  I really ought to keep a record of everything I make – for myself, if for anything.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Major happy dance!

For awhile now, I’ve been working on my largest ever hardanger design.  It’s a Christmas table topper by Rico Designs and red and gold.

I FINALLY completely finished it and it will take pride of place on our table at Christmas this year.

Here’s a few photos:


Full table topper)


Close-up of centre star

Close-up of a corner

I’ve picked up the Elsa Williams’ design (Everchanging Seasons) and that’s what I’ll work – until I get tired of it and have the urge to start something else…

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Dancing…

I have two finishes to show off.  I put off updating my blog last week when I finished my penguins, but now I’ve got two to show.  Yay!

Here’s the penguins that I stitched for Andrew.  I’m going to make it into a pillow at some point…


The picture looks awfully dark, but it is stitched on white evenweave.

Here’s Tender Gaze.  I started it well over 2 1/2 years ago and it kept taking a back seat to whatever else I ‘d decided to stitch.  I finally pulled it out and finished it.


Not sure what I’ll do next – either I’ll finish wrapping the bars on my table topper, or start something else.  I’m not sure I feel like getting back to the bar wrapping just yet, so maybe I’ll start another one…

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I hope everyone has had a lovely holiday...

I have had a wonderful, if busy, holiday - busy in that I feel like I've been cooking a lot!!

I didn't manage to finish my table topper in time for this Christmas, but I'm sure I'll be able to guarantee it gets finished for NEXT Christmas.

Anyway, just a quick message (since I've been AWOL for awhile) to wish everyone the happiest of holidays.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Remember my stocking?

Back in January/February, I stitched Just Nan’s Burgundy Bouquet for myself.  Well, I forgot all about it until I was looking for something the other day and found it.  I figured, with Christmas coming at us very quickly, that I should get it sewn up.

The other day, I finally got around to doing it.


I’m pleased with the way it turned out (well, except for the name tag which I think is a bit heavy).  I’m looking forward to hanging up all four this year – finally, a full set.

I’ve been steadily working away on my Rico table centrepiece.  I can’t show a picture since all I get in the photo is RED – nothing but a sea of red.  Hopefully I’ll manage to get a good picture of it when the cutting is done – but I’m not anywhere near doing that yet.

Today has been a non-stitching day, so far.  I have been doing some redecorating work.  I sanded down one of the kitchen windows (messy work!) and then painted a base-coat on it.  I’ve also painted a 2nd basecoat on the tiny window, plus a topcoat (the first coat  I painted had dried since it was this morning).  I’m done that for the day, I think – maybe.  I’m eager to get the windows done, so MAYBE I’ll paint another basecoat on the larger window tonight.  We’ll see how tired I am.  I still have the large window to sand down, etc., so it’s not as if it’ll be completely finished.