Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I have also been working on Bucky the Snowman by The Trilogy since it is an easy piece to carry around and this week I had to spend 5 hour on a train plus a few hours in a hospital waiting room.
Tomorrow I am off on a girlie shopping day with my sister who has sent her kids and husband off to visit his mother for the weekend. As much as I love my niece, nephew and BIL it is wonderful to be able to spend time with just my sister. Tonight and tomorrow night I plan on trying to finish Bucky the Snowman before getting back to stitching on the baby sampler.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Having decided to amend my rotation I sat down yesterday and made a start on Baby Sampler by Lizzie*Kate. This is turning out to be a realy quick and enjoyable stitch. Today I am planning on spending all afternoon and evening stitching and catching up on my TV watching.
I am hopefull that I will be able to complete Wee Santa today and maybe make a start on Awake the Dawning Day. Santa only needs the bottom of his jacket, his mittens, eyes and pompom added plus the border and stars completed.
With all the thinking about stitching that I have been doing I have also cemented my plans for the near future with regard to stash purchases / stash reduction. For the time being I will allow myself on small(ish) purchase per 6 completed projects (I will count the Bent Creek Little Santa as my first finish) plus I am allowed to buy limited editions / class projects which scream at me but for each of these I must complete a stashed project which does not count towards my next purchase. This is of course subject to change.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
- CA Wells - Cottage Etui Pincushion (just needs finishing)
- Country Cottage Needleworks - Ladybugs and Bumblebees
- Forget-me-knot-in-stitches - Album (just needs finishing)
- Heart in Hand Needleart - Wee Santa '97
- JBW Designs - The Reindeer Sampler
- Just Nan - Celeste
- Just Nan - Grace
- Little House Needleworks - Paper Whites
- Lizzie*Kate - A Banner Year Spring
- Sue Hawkins - Pansy Pincushion
- Sue Hawkins - Zebra Bookmark
- Sue Hawkins - Zig Zag Scissor Keeper
- The Sweetheart Tree - Lavender Luminescence
- The Trilogy - Bucky the Snowman
- Travellers Tales - Sinai Bedouin Sampler
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
I must confess to two new purchases – Acorn Harvest First Stitch Finders by Historic Stitches and Needle Cottage by CA Wells and that I have just ordered two Lauren Sauer kits (Melon Bag and Drawing Lady’s Portfolio) from Susan. These take my stash total to 132 fully kitted stitching projects, and I am currently refusing to consider how many beading and knitting projects I have. I have a very nasty feeling that the grand total will be over 200.
Since getting back from London I have not got much stitching done but want to try and complete Little Santa tonight since I have a trip to my LNS planned tomorrow and I would like to take it with me to get it framed. It can then be the first piece to be hung on my seasonal stitching wall. Talking of my seasonal wall I have realised that I have got very few seasonal projects in my stash. This has got me thinking (at the moment I seem to be doing more thinking, and talking, about my crafts than doing anything productive) that I need to buy a few more projects. However, since I also want to reduce my stash pile I have decided that I will purchase 4 small summer themed projects then for each one I complete I will purchase an autumn themed project and so on through the seasons. I have decided to start with summer rather than Spring as I then have a better chance of getting a couple of projects finished and on the wall.
So far the 2008 plan is to work on my rotation with a few seasonal pieces added to the small / finishing project list. Once I have finished either Awake The Dawning Day or Noah’s Ark I will allocate at least one slot to seasonal projects. For each season project I finish I will purchase a new one, and for every 6 other projects finished (of any type) I will purchase one new project. This way I can make progress on my seasonal wall and also reduce my stash piles. There is no point only restricting my stitching purchases as this will only lead to a massive growth in my knitting & beading stash I have to restrict all purchases.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The Littles Santa by Bent Creek
I have also started Wee Santa '97 by Heart in Hand and want to try & get Bucky the Snowman by The Trilogy started before Christmas. I have come up with a slightly mad scheme. I have no stitched pieces hanging on my walls at home (everything that I have stitched other than a couple of scissor fobs have disappeared to the homes of friends and family) so have decided that in 2008 I need to get some projects finished, framed and on my wall. I have several larger projects in my stash which I have always intended to stitch for myself one day but rather than start (or continue with) any of these I have decided to stitch small (ish) projects for myself next year partly due to the fact that I have several obligation pieces which I really must work on. So here is the mad part - I have decided that I would like the walls in the hall, stairway and landing to be covered by small projects and framed photos of family and friends. Not so mad but I was having a hard time deciding which projects to put on the walls so have decided to stitch at least some seasonal pieces and change the walls to suit the time of year. I will also have a few pieces which will stay up year round but I rather like the idea of decorating seasonally and there are so many delightful projects to choose from I would soon run out of wall space if I only hung pieces that would remain up year round. I will start by working my way through a number of projects from my stash pile before going on shopping spree as I would also like to reduce my stash pile (which is currently at 127 fully kitted projects) I am contemplating allowing myself one new purchase per 5 finishes next year.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Round One: Noah's Ark by Teresa Wentzler - complete 1 pair of over one animals
Round Two: Awake the Dawning Day by Blackbird Designs
Round Three: Finishing or Small project
Round Four: Noah's Ark
Round Five: Finishing or Small project
Repeat until bored.
1. Bent Creek - The Littles Santa
2. CA Wells - Cottage Etui Pincushion
3. Country Cottage Needleworks - Ladybugs and Bumblebees
4. Forget-me-knot-in-stitches - Album
5. Heart in Hand Needleart - Wee Santa '97
6. JBW Designs - The Reindeer Sampler
7. Just Nan - Celeste
8. Just Nan - Grace
9. Little House Needleworks - Paper Whites
10. Sue Hawkins - Pansy Pincushion
11. Sue Hawkins - Zebra Bookmark
12. Sue Hawkins - Zig Zag Scissor Keeper
13. The Sweetheart Tree - Lavender Luminescence
14. The Trilogy - Bucky the Snowman
15. Travellers Tales - Sinai Bedouin Sampler
Thursday, October 25, 2007
and my progress to date on CA Wells Peacock Needle case started on 21st October 2007.
Last night I decided instead of working on Peacock Needle case to start something new - Zigzag Scissor Keeper by Sue Hawkins which was one of my recent purchases at the Knitting & Stitching Show at the NEC which I went to back in September.
Starting this piece reminded me that I have made several recent purchases which as yet I have not added to my stash list. I keep saying that I will reduce my stash pile but every year I seem to add to it (I think the current total of stitching projects is in the order of 115). Once I get the CA Wells class and a weeks holiday out of the way I plan to set up a rotation for my stitching (once again) and to put a ban on any new purchases. I have some very old WIPs that I would love to finish one day plus several obligation pieces (mainly birth samplers) which I have yet to start even though the event which the pieces were meant to commemorate are now long past. I am thinking that a rotation would be a good way of making progress while maintaining interest on some of the larger pieces that I have. I am also thinking of setting mini targets with rewards - say one new purchase for every five finishes since completely banning new purchases never works for me but it would be nice to try and get my stash pile down to a more reasonable (i.e stitchable in one lifetime) level. I love buying stitching stuff almost as much as I love stitching but I am going to have to try and restrain my urges to buy until I have finished a few items. I am going to think on my stitching plan for a few weeks until I have attended the CA Wells class and also a weeks holiday during which I plan to get several hours of stitching done. I am currently having great fun trying to come up with a list of projects to take with me, I am thinking of take half a dozen or so small projects in the hope of getting a couple of HDs.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I have managed to complete a couple of hats and a scarf, all knit from a single ball of Sirdar Yo-yo yarn, which I had lying around. I still have plenty of the mammoth 400gram ball remaining so have cast on a second scarf that I hope to have finished off by the end of this week. These will then all be parcelled off and donated to the Warm Up Winchester appeal. I have also completed another two 12” squares to be included in the Fiber Freaks afghan to be donated to Blankets for the Gulf and have a fifth (and final) square started which I also hope to get completed by the end of this week (nothing like setting ambitious deadlines).
I have also been making satisfying progress on the pre-stitching on Album and am now confident that I will go to class with all the pre-stitching complete. I now just need to make a start on the stitching for the other classes that I am taking with Lauren Saurer in October and the CA Wells class that I am taking in November. Oh and find time on all the other projects that I have started & abandoned or worst still failed to even start. Everytime I speak to one particular friend she manages to mention that her 4 and 2 year olds do not have birth samplers unlike their four cousins (who in my defence are now 12, 11, 9 and 7 and where all at school by the time I had completed their birth samplers). I think I need to spend the next 2 to 3 years avoiding all contact with family and friends since they always generate additional projects for me. Just last weekend my sister asked me to knit her a bed throw (nice quick project I don’t think) and another friend dropped several non-too subtle hints about wanting hand knitted items for her soon to be born child. Anyway enough talking about doing something I must get off the net and pick up my knitting needles. I promise to return soon and report on progress.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
As well as making progress on the stitching front I have also been knitting and somehow have managed to start (but not finish) four scarves all intended as a quick way of using up some of my stash and will be donated to various charities once completed. I have also been knitting more squares since these satisfy my urge to start new things but are also quick to finish. My second batch of squares should be ready to parcel up and send out soon but I am waiting till I have several to send out before posting.
I have recently discovered the desire to learn to crochet. I did try a while ago but did not get very far. I started trying to teach myself using a Leisure Arts pattern for a 63 square afghan but only got a few square done. Although it is a good project to use to learn different stitches I think it was just a bit ambitious as a first project. I have now brought myself a number of books and have searched the Internet for smaller beginners projects. Once I have completed a few scarves and got past the stitching classes I am going to give it a go. I am thinking of attempting a scarf as my first project or maybe a few squares to donate to one of the many organizations which make good use of squares.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
While searching the internet for charities wanting donations of knitted items I came across the Crafting for a Cause Blog which I have decided to join in order to try and help them achieve their amazing goal of producing and donating to charity 3000 items in 2007.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
It was sad to let them go but at least they are only at my Mum's so I can go visit. I think she is going to keep one of them and give the other two to my sister.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I also have to report that my dinning room has now been turned into a maternity ward. I am currently looking after my mother's guinea pig who this afternoon produced an unknown number of babies. I have counted at least two babies but there may well be more. She is doing very well so far so I am leaving them alone as much as possible. I shall try and get photos later in the week once she has adjusted to motherhood, this is her first litter and she is currently looking a little bemused.
Friday, June 15, 2007
My first sock is growing I have successfully completed the heel and am now onto the foot, hopefully I will complete it this weekend. The only problem I can see is that I run the risk of having dozens of single socks. I have been spending my lunch hours this week surfing the net for patterns and have amassed a rather sizable collection all of which I would love to knit.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
While away I managed to make good progress on the pre-stitching for one of this years classes and also on the UFO round robin that I am currently participating in. I also gained a new obsession – sock knitting. I managed with a tonne of help from Maria, Karoline and Paula, to make a great start on my first ever sock.
Awhile back I had purchased several balls of sock yarn convinced that I would be able to teach myself how to knit socks but after several failed attempts put the yarn in the back of the wardrobe. Now all I want to do is knit socks. To ease the pain of having to return to work after a four-day weekend I spent my lunchtime searching the web for free sock patterns and sources of inspirations & supplies for sock knitting. I have to confess that, despite being on the stash wagon (for knitting, stitching and beading), I also acquired 3 balls of sock yarn over the weekend and gave into clicky finger syndrome at lunchtime today and purchased enough wool to make another 3 pairs of socks. I had always planned to allow myself a reward for reaching the halfway point on my 50 Projects Challenge so I shall just count the purchase of sock wool as my reward even though I am a few finishes away from the 25 mark. I can see that I am going to have to start a new stash list just for sock yarn as I can see that as soon as the challenge is over I shall be making several purchases.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
In a little while I am going to stop stitching but only to go to the pub for something to eat before heading back to my sofa, stitching and the TV. Fingers crossed tomorrow will be another rainy day since it is a Bank Holiday and I can get more stitching done.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
I have not been doing much stitching recently but have decided that in order to get the bug back I will for the moment at least concentrate on stitching small things so that I can start (and fingers crossed finish) several projects. The first of these was a tiny humbug that I stitched using a hand-dyed thread and tiny piece of fabric from my stash so I am counting it as a 50 Projects Challenge finish. I used the instructions from Nicki's Blog which I found really easy to follow.
Last weekend I had a major tidy up of my craft room and now have one double and two single wardrobes full of all my crafting stash. I have organised everything by type of craft so that it should be easier to find things and therefore there should be less excuses for buying stash. In the tidy up I found several things that I had forgotten that I had and am now full of plans for what to do with all the odds and ends of stuff that I have brought over the years just because they looked pretty. The reason for the tidy up was the arrival of two new bunnies in my life who are house rabbits and currently live in my craft room, hence the need to put all my stash into boxes inside rabbit proof wardrobes. This is Basil who is a rather handsome blonde lion head, he is very charming but a little short on brain cells. His girlfriend is a grey smooth haired camera shy rabbit who I will post a photo of just as soon as she will let me take one.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I can not believe how long it has been since I last posted, it was partly bloggers fault as for some reason it would not let me post but mainly because I have be rather busy. In mid-Februaryspent a highly enjoyable week with my parents, sister and her family down in Devon celebrating my mothers 65th birthday (although I am yet to finish stitching the sampler I was going to give her as a 60th gift). It is running joke in my family that I am always about 8 years behind on my gift stitching. It is mainly my families fault since they like large complex pieces (just like me so I can not blame them too much). In an attempt to keep up I have however recently been trying to make smaller gifts for people. One such gift was a small lavender filled cushion which I stitched for a great-Aunts 80th birthday which she celebrated at the begining of March. Sorry for the very poor photo, in real life it is a dusky rose pink thread on white linen. The pattern is called Queens Heart and was published in The Gift of Stitching Magazine.
I have also finished stitching Yellow Eyed Penguin by The Strand which was one of the kits that I brought last year while on holiday in New Zealand.And finally I have also finished another beaded braclet. Again apologise for the poor quality photo, the beads are various shades of purple.
These three finish mean that I have completed 14 projects on my 50 Projects Challenge. I am currently stitching on a pile of small gifts, all of which are being stitched with hand-dyed threads from my stash pile and will (fingers crossed) get me to the half-way stage on my challenge in the not too distant future.