Thursday, October 27, 2016

My Second Honey Bee

I posted earlier this year that I was knitting a second Honey Bee sweater for Christopher.  I finished this over the summer but unfortunately when he went to try it on it appears that he is sensitive to Alpacca (even this lovely Baby Alpacca) as he took it off straight away complaining that it was itchy. 

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Honey Bee by Dani Sunshine from the Drift Collection by Eden Cottage Yarns knit in Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell DK in Charcol


So no photo's off him wearing it,  I now need to decide what I'm going to do with the jumper - probably find a knitworthy small person it will fit.

I have also finished my latest pair of socks.  These are Expresso Socks by Louise Tilbrook, knit in British Wool and Nylon in the Gaspode colourway by The Knitting Goddess.  I somewhat surprised myself when I wore them for the first time and realised that I had managed to match the stripes without trying!
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Rosie and I went on a yarny road trip to Yarndale last month.  We both had a lovely time and spent our budgets!  

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I went shopping for yarn to knit the first four shawls in the Shawl Society by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.  I got yarn from Five Moons Luna plus 4ply in Daughter of the Sea for the Talisman Shawl, Ripple Crafts Suliven in Heather and That'll be the coal for the Amulet Shawl, Whistlebare Yeavering Bell in Cherry Mallow, Minnow and Bog Orchid for the Quill Shawl and The Knitting Goddess St Kilda in Stac an Armin for the Asana Shawl as well as a cute project bag.

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Flowers of the Field

I'm afraid my intentions of blogging more regularly this year have been scuppered by circumstances. I've been doing some temporary work on and off this year with a view to getting back into the workplace and with two busy children I'm afraid that blogging has been pushed to the end of the jobs list but as I have several things to share with you, I hope I will be popping in a bit more regularly from here on in.

The first thing I have to share is the finished Flowers of the Field sampler by Eileen Bennett of The Sampler House.  The charts were published in Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly Vols 32 - 34.  I used a piece of 36 count Silkweaver Linen and the called for DMC apart from the metallic, I substituted Kreinik from my stash.

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If you want to catch up with what I'm up to in between the blog posts I can be found most  regularly on Twitter and Instagram where you are welcome to connect with me (if you haven't already)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Stitching Update

It's been a while since I shared my progress on my stitching projects.  Progress is still somewhat slow but I recently invested in a new toy to help.  My eyes have been struggling with the stitching on 40 count on Dorothy Walpole, I suspect that I need new glasses but for the time being a magnifier is helping a lot!
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Steadily working my way through the bargello

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One project that is getting close to a finish is 'Flowers of the Field' by The Sampler House (Eileen Bennett)

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I also started a new small project - 'My Love I do give thee' an old free pattern by Barrick Samplers. I should point out that the couple do not look quite so much like members of the undead in person!

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I'm very fortunate this year that I am getting to take a class with Jackie Du Plessis of 'It's Fine-ally Finished' when she's teaching in the UK in October.  The class I'm taking is 'September Morning' as you can see the kit got a lot of attention when it arrived..

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I'm loving the delicate vintage look of the design that I have done so far.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Honey Bee Sweater

Sorry for disappearing for so long, I hadn't planned on it but you know 'life'

While I was on my break I finished knitting Rosie's Honey Bee Sweater.  This is a design by Dani Sunshine from Eden Cottage Yarn's Drift Collection.  I knit this in the recommended Whitfell DK in the colour way Misty Woods.  Whitfell DK is a baby alpaca yarn and was a dream to knit with.

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Rosie was very pleased with her new sweater and spent a good while bouncing around the room going 'I love, love, love my new sweater!'  

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A close up of the yoke detail (the colour is more accurate in the other pictures) 

Now I have to knit another one for Christopher, he has chosen the Charcoal colour for his version.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dorothy Walpole

Just a quick post to show you where I got to with Dorothy at the end of the last rotation slot.  As you can see I have more of the border done and made a start on the bargello.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Take a Lovely Sampler

Last time that I shared my progress on Forget Me Nots in Stitches 'Take a Lovely Sampler' I had just finished the top of the pincushion. Since then I have also finished the bottom.

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The final piece of this set is the reticule. If any of you are familiar with Lauren's designs you will know that some of them involve a huge amount of stitching, this is definitely the case with this one.  I have got the reticule outlined and at the moment I am filling in the textured background.  Unfortunately this doesn't make for particularly exciting photos.  

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I took this class with Lauren back in 2006 (ahem!) so I am hoping that I can get the stitching finished this year.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Makers Year - January Round Up

I had been contemplating coming up with some kind of creativity project/challenge for 2016 so when Kate of A Playful Day came up with her 'The Makers Year' project it was pretty much along the lines I was already thinking so I decided to join in.  I'm mostly participating over on Instagram but I thought I would do a round up over here of what I've been up to that I haven't blogged about yet.

One of the creative things that I want to do is to include the children more. They both love baking but with school and the activities they are involved in means we don't bake together much any more so making some time for this is important to me.

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Making Banana Loaf

Rosie is also keen to develop her crafting, she got a sewing machine for Christmas so we have been making the Gathered Skirt for All Ages (from the Purl Soho blog) together.

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Also involves learning to use the iron

As I mentioned on the post about Manu, my new project is for Rosie. It's the Honey Bee Sweater from Eden Cottage Yarns Drift Collection and it is growing very nicely.

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I also have a new pair of socks on the needles. I've cast on the Expresso socks by Louise Tilbrook, the yarn is Gaspode, one of the Discworld colours by the Knitting Goddess.  These are the first toe up socks I've knit for several years and are also growing nicely.

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Another thing I am trying to do this year is try some new recipes from my cooking book library. This month I tried Multi-Vegetable Paella from 'Plenty' by Yotam Ottolengi.

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And Lentil and Sweet Potato Pie from 'A Modern Way to Eat' by Anna Jones

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Both where delicious!