Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another Jingle - #4 Cheer

I finished Jingle #4, Cheer, on my Lizzie Kate Jingles Flip It series late on Saturday night watching the All Blacks play Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup rugby test match.

I'm really enjoying this sampler, love the thread colours.

See you soon x

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Felt Ornaments

Ages ago I came across a picture on Pinterest of some red and white felt ornaments that I thought were really cute but there was no link to a pattern so I recently had a go at making up my own.

These, and several others will go into the Christmas pressie box for Hannah's little friends at her before and after school care.

Many thanks for the sweet comments about the Shepherds Bush Fold series!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Shepherd's Bush Fold & a new start

At long last I have finally finished the Shepherds Bush Fold series!

The first kit arrived back in April 2014 and there were six kits in total, each one I thoroughly enjoyed stitching. 

I pretty much thought right from the start of the series that I'd make the A Full Heart piece into a project bag of some sort. It was just a matter of finding some matching fabrics, which I did, picking up several suitable fat quarters at the local quilt show back in March.

I didn't follow any pattern to make this particular project bag, and its lined on the inside with a plain cream fabric. It turned out quite large but that's good as I can keep two projects - fabrics, threads and qsnaps - in there.  

I had a new start the other night too:

Basket of Cherries by Blackbird Designs. I'm not sure if I'll stitch every one in the series but the ones I do, I'm intending to make into pincushions.

See you soon x

Thursday, August 11, 2016

July Ornaments

Last Saturday afternoon I spent several hours sitting at my sewing machine, in between watching the opening of the Olympic Games. The weather outside was atrocious over the weekend, freezing cold wind and rain, so we definitely had no plans to go out and about in it! 

I had a little pile of finishing to get on with, including three ornaments that I stitched during July.

Dash Away - Lizzie Kate, Tiny Tidings XX, 2015

Peace - Little House Needleworks

Santa - Prairie Schooler, St Nicholas II

It was hard to get a good close up of the stitching on the black fabric.

So three more for the 2016 Family and Friends Collection!

See you soon xx

Monday, August 08, 2016

Another Project Bag & Sock Progress

I have had this cute owl fabric in my stash for several years now, and when I came across a tutorial by Nicole of Hue Loco for a small project bag the other night, I thought it would be perfect.

As you can see its already in use, storing my one sock, yarn, pattern, and row counter.

This easy to follow tutorial can be watched here

You can also email for the templates used in the tutorial.

As for my sock progress, I'm now up to decreasing for the toes, and then grafting the toes using Kitchener stitch, then it will be my first ever sock completed!

Friday, August 05, 2016

August Books to Read

I stopped by the library the other day to pick up some books I had on reserve, a couple of new to me authors that I've been wanting to try, and a couple of my favourite magazines.

I've also added a couple of books to my Kindle reading list.

Looks like we're in for a very cold and wet weekend so I know what I'll be doing, sitting by the fire with my stitching, or knitting, or a good book!

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Winter Knitting

I've been getting through a bit of knitting over the winter months. I even made a new project bag to take my knitting in to Wellington, a craft project and a book are always the first things to be packed when I go on holiday!  

This project bag is based on a tutorial by Betsy Makes. I changed the fabric measurements to be tall enough for my knitting needles to stand up.

I knitted this super warm beanie for my father in law's recent birthday, kindly modeled by Hannah.
This pattern can be found here.

I have also made a couple of pairs of these handwarmers, one pair for my sister in law and one for a friend. This pattern can be found here.

Recently I went for a visit to one of my favourite local knitting shops and picked up some new knitting stash - Opal Sock yarn, Knit Pro Symfonie single pointed needles and some snazzy double pointed Knit Pro Zings.

I've been wanting to have a go at sock knitting for some time but have always been a little hesitant due to my "lefty" nature when it comes to knitting, I am right handed but have left handed tendencies when it comes to knitting, if that makes sense?

So I found the courage one night to get my first ever sock underway, using a wonderful tutorial by Winwick Mum, which is just perfect for a beginner to sock knitting.  

I love the colours in this particular yarn. I've been making great progress on my sock and over the weekend I completed my first heel flap, heal turn and gusset.  So much fun!  I've also been spending quite a lot of time browsing yarn sites, podcasts and blogs checking out more sock patterns and gorgeous yarns - this could get addictive!

Some of my other little knitting projects have included baby knits. I knitted several little hats for a friend's little girl.

This little cardigan is also finished, just have some buttons to sew on.

The cardigan as well as these little hat and bootie sets are to be sent to Melbourne shortly, one of my cousin's recently welcomed a little girl to their family.

Purple hat pattern found here:

Purple Bootie pattern found here

The cream crochet hat pattern is from the Ruby & Custard Crochet book. I recently got this out from the local library but will definitely purchase a copy of it sometime, it has some lovely crochet patterns in it. Cream booties pattern can be purchased from here.

I'll be back soon with a sock progress report!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lizzie Kate Jingles

I've had the Lizzie Kate Jingles sampler kitted up for quite some time now and several weeks ago, I decided to get it under way. I quickly stitched the first three parts on it and then it has remained in my stitching basket untouched. I hadn't picked up any stitching in well over a month but last week I worked on some little Christmas ornaments and then had a sort through my stitching basket, sorting out some charts and projects to work on over the next few months.

This has now been moved back to the top of my stitching basket!


I love stitching Lizzie Kate Christmas designs so I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out for this Christmas.

See you soon xx

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cupcake Blanket Update

I am now over half way on Hannah's Cupcake blanket - averaging a couple of rows per week, it should be done by spring!

Hannah carried out a "snuggle" test - it got a big thumbs up!

I've so enjoyed working on this blanket over the past few weeks I've decided to order another couple of the blanket kits from the Wool Warehouse sometime, with the exchange rate it works out really good value.

See you soon x

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Merry Mouse

Here's another little finish from a few weeks ago, this is Merry Mouse by With Thy Needle and Thread. 

The only change I made to the charted threads was to use to a redder thread for the hat, a Gentle Art Sampler thread.

I'll be back in a day or so with a Cupcake crochet blanket update!
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