Tuesday, 1 September 2015

THANKS TO....

... the (usual) August Bank Holiday weather I have managed to get some sewing done....

I am cutting down on my long term swaps .. but a few one-off swaps are fine xx .. that's my story anyway! I am in a swap where you and your partner choose a season and make and send goodies that reflect it x MY partner is in New Zealand and as they are coming into Summer .. SO that is her choice x

She wants it to be a surprise ... so here are her goodies ready to go ...


when I know her parcel has arrived safe and sound I will share the "real" picture x I am WELL within the date for posting .. but it has a long way to go x

I finished the improvised baby jumper...

 
 
 


......and that too will be going in the post x... its a good excuse to dive into the button box..... AND that reminds me .. I recently heard someone say they had been STASH DIVING to find the fabric they wanted !! I think that is a FABULOUS term and am going to shamelessly steal it !! lol x 

Yesterday I went to visit a friend of mine, she has recently moved to a new house .... I had the directions to find it ... she had requested a chocolate cake ...



..... when she rang to check what time to have the kettle on for ....she assured me if I got lost I could ring her and she would come and rescue... NOT ME.... BUT THE CAKE!!!!! lol x

I managed to get there safe and sound .. with the cake ... that did not last very long once I got there xx

Diane x

Sunday, 30 August 2015

I HAVE...

...had several requests for cot quilts ... and as the easiest way is to get some panels and quilt them... we all know what babies do to EVERYTHING and unless its an heirloom .. well you know what I mean xx.. I went shopping for some more .. they came in these lovely little bags ..


and an extra bit for me came as well....


...makes me VERY happy when that happens x SO .. yesterday I set too to make the first ...I found some lovely quilting cotton ... did a practice with no problem and set off...

ON THE SECOND row ...of course it was a LONG row!!! ... the tension went HAYWIRE....so after a lot of words that would make a sensitive person swoon! I started again!!!

When I finished .. and I was sweating at the end!.. I had this left...


AND a lovely little cot quilt...




I managed one picture outside before the rain came back .. again! It has gone already .. and I got a message this pm that is just what was wanted xx

I decided that I was going to have a go at knitting on circular needles this year... I have done it before but not very well... SO dads Christmas slipover is the practice piece....


...I did think I was going no where in a LONG time .. but then I realised I am nearly up to the armhole decreases ..... so maybe Im not doing so badly after all x...

...after finishing his Christmas cardigan (yes it has a zip now) I have started another jumper for the baby with the left over wool ..


I am improvising the pattern as I go .. its the basic pattern from dads cardigan just on a smaller scale x... (the colour in the picture above is more true)..


Off for a brew .. hope you are having a good time x

Diane x

Saturday, 29 August 2015

YOU KNOW WHEN...

.... you have been telling your self for YEARS that you will "get round" to completing a project ... "sorting out the front room!".... sometime  AND THEN.. the motivation .. or something wacky in the air that you inhale or what ever!... comes along LIKE ...your daughter coming home from Australia for the first time in 4 years ....for a month in December and you ....JUST DO IT ?

WELL that is why I sort of feel like a steam roller has landed on my shoulders and knees .. don't even mention other parts of this poor old body! lol x

My front room has NO furniture ... NO books or ornaments .. NO pictures .. or ANYTHING including wallpaper on the walls...


NO carpet ... it had only been down for 27 years ...!!!!


...need I say more? lol When I can lift my arms the curtains will come down too x

NOW .....I am ready to be pampered and fed grapes while I recover .... mm cant see that happening so I will settle for not falling asleep over my knitting/laptop... and doing a little sewing ... and  ..trying to read all the Blogs that you lovely people have been writing this last week x

Have fun

Diane x

Friday, 21 August 2015

A LITTLE SEWING.....

... was done today .. a friend of mine has a birthday coming up ... and she LOVES elephants ... during the tidying of the craft room I found a panel .. SO...


a cushion and ..



a little coin purse were the order of the day xx Using up what you have is getting to be a good way of getting ahead ...... and saving some pennies at the same time xx

I also started my dads second Christmas knitting project ...


AH! I am off to a D0-Your-Own-Thing tomorrow where I will be working on the SECRETE project xx

Diane x

Thursday, 20 August 2015

MY LITTLE..

... wall hanging for this Christmas is finished...



...two turtle doves are ready to fly xx The fabric is some left over from the SECRETE project.. so those who were speculating ... were wrong! lol x

You may remember the monsters that came about from the Skype conversation I had with my daughter ...


well... following a similar conversation .. there is now ...





...a BABY monster to add to the collection!! lol x Will it ever end I wonder xx

Hope you are having a good time x

Diane x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

REMEMBER HOW.......

..... I did/could not say .. NO.. to my brother ? WELL... seems I cannot say it to my mother either!!

 A couple of years ago my mother started knitting a baby blanket ..  it got put down and picked up quite a few times .. mostly due to health issues ... then she used the wool for something else .. and so it went. THEN recently she decided it MUST be finished ...... so extra wool was purchased and the knitting finished .... THEN of course .. it needed to be sewn together ... I am not sure if I was ASKED or TOLD that I was going to sew it together ....



seems mothers are among those ... WHO MUST BE OBAYED xx

I finished the second part of grandson no 2 Christmas wish list...





.....the purple elephant is now flying to Australia (his mum is hiding the parcels until December xx ).... now I just have the last part of his request to sort out x

Do you remember that last year I made my daughter-in-law a hanging of a partridge in a pear tree...


well now it is the two turtle doves...


...when I looked up the colour of the doves they are a grey/brown ... and I don't have anything like it ... SO as this is.... using up the stash year .. I gave my self permission to be creative x

Now .. to get sewing ... before my mother finds me something else to do xx

Diane x

Sunday, 16 August 2015

I HAVE...

... been sewing with this..


fabric this week. HOWEVER you are NOT going to see the result (yet) as it is a SECRETE xx

You may remember that I am aiming to reduce the number of swaps I am doing this year? Weellll .. I am  ...BUT ...the Christmas ones are such good fun .... and they are only for ONE month .....and you have lots of time to make ... and ..

WELL ...you know me xx lol x

I will show you the VERY small amount of wool I had left..


....after making the latest baby jumper .. ( I was knitting faster as it was running out .. as we all know it makes it last longer when you do that!!.. just like sewing faster as your thread is running  out!!!!!!!!!!!!)

 
 

....having used this basic pattern a couple of times I was able to add in some lighter blue to make the darker go a (little) bit further .... AND I finished the knitting on my dads Christmas cardigan..


 

....since his stroke he has reduced /or no sensation in his fingers (depends on the sort of day he is having ) so I am going to put a zip in .. as it is easier than buttons x All the pieces have to be SEWN to-gether .. so it is sewing related xx lol x

Hope you have had a good week too x

Diane x