Friday, May 31, 2019

Returning to Blogging and my Knitting

A few years ago I subscribed to the Art of Knitting which was a weekly issue magazine through the newsagents. It basically took you from beginners to I would imagine, quite complex knitting at the completion. 
Each issue offered different sections which you could divide into a binder under the appropriate headings. It also supplied two balls of yarn - these were to knit the squares that came under section called - The Thow - which required you to knit a small square which ultimately would make up a rather large throw. Knitting these squares would of course build your knitting confidence as each square was a different stitch. These squares took roughly an night to knit.
I bought the first eighteen issues and while I liked them I knew in my heart of hearts I couldn't see myself knitting 120 squares. I had managed to knit nine of the required squares and I was quite pleased with my results because knitting or crochet for that matter, doesn't come as an easy skill for me however, I cancelled my subscription and put it away. A change of address saw me pack it all up and forget about it.

Fast forward to now - I am currently de stashing my craft room and came across across the squares once again. I found this square started with four rows knitted it just waiting for to be picked up and completed.
The colder weather and early dark nights always has my hands turning to yarn and needles as I sit in front of the heater - so I thought it could be the right time to pick this up and finish it. Of course with that small victory under my belt I have turned to the challenge of next square... 

My plan is to finish the 18 squares in the issues that I have, then repeat some of them in different colours until either the yarn, my patience or the colder weather runs out... 

Whichever one happens first, Matilda may be in line for a new blanket if there are enough squares to join into something worthwhile...🐈🐈🐈

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Year On...

It has been a year to the day since last I blogged... I am uncertain to why I stopped blogging - I just did and the time moved on swiftly...

Just to show that I haven't been completely idle - here are some of the projects I have been working on...
Free style crochet - Granny Square - (including the cat model!)
Canvas Work - Laura J Perin - Simple Gifts
Elizabeth Almond - Black work

The Needle's Notion - Coverlet Collage

Lizzie Kate - Cherish 

Cross Stitcher Magazine - Strawberry Thief

Nora Corbett - Azure Mermaid

Derwentwater Designs - Seasons - Summer

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Dare I say... A finish!!

Winter Flower Sampler - Elizabeth Designs. Stitched on 28 Count Antique white evenweave - with DMC threads and ThreadWorx - Sea Treasure for leaves.

Started 22nd June 2015 - completed 5th May 2016. It was a l-o-n-g Winter...

 wink emoti

Saturday, March 26, 2016

And the Winner is...

The wheel barrow!! After trialling D's charms - the wheel barrow is the one that is 'just right' as Goldilocks was remembered for saying more than once... It suited the space like it was designed for it. Thanks D x Now all I need to do is give it a wash and iron, sew the charm on and think about framing it...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

More New Starts...

Two new starts for 2016... I have fallen under the seductive spell of the new DMC Coloris range...

The first pattern is a freebie from the internet so I can't show you anymore than those bits sneaking out from the sides. It will be stitched on 25 count Purple Passion Jobelan with Coloris 4505

The second pattern is a T.A Smith Design called 'Felicidad' which will be stitched on 28 count Antique White evenweave with Coloris 4513.

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Finish and a New Address

On the last night in our old address - a finish... The space at the bottom between the trees will have a charm when I can find one..

Happy Mail!!!  An ebay purchase arrived at our new address - so with most of my other stitching packed away what could I do but begin... And yes another house...


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Patchwork Houses

In between packing boxes in readiness for the big shift - I am doing a little stitching. I have put a couple of projects aside to stitch until we unpack at the other end as with this move I have lost my stitchy room - so it may be awhile before I can unpack. While I still have a way to go with this one - the finish line is in sight. I am so pleased that I have persevered with this even though at times I was very tempted to 'release it to the world'. The blank space between the bottom border trees is placement for initials and date as in the original pattern however the jury is still out on that. I have seen a blue bird charm that would occupy the space really well. But until I am sure it will remain a space... And I am yet to correct the mistake ;)