Monday, September 19, 2016

Almost Holiday Time

(Photo from the Edgewater Resort)

In a few days time Glenn, Hannah and I are flying to Rarotonga for ten days!

I'm so looking forward to our holiday, it's been nearly 11 years since our last visit, the last time being just after we got married and Glenn surprised me by booking a trip for us there.

Hannah is so excited, she's got so much swimming and snorkeling planned. I'm planning to read lots of books, drink a few cocktails and enjoy some sunshine and warmth.  Glenn is going to try and not end up getting sunburned to a crisp like he did last time, lol.

See you in a few weeks time!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Basket of Cherries

Just a little finish to share today, the first pattern in Blackbird Designs Garden Club series, Basket of Cherries.

I used all the recommended threads with a piece of R & Reproductions linen, Abecedarian blend.

For the edging trim I used some jute ric rac.

I have the next pattern in the series, Apple Orchard, kitted and all ready to start sometime soon!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Fruit Nougat Socks

Well I did it! I finally finished knitting my first ever pair of socks!  

I'm so pleased how they turned out. I still need to give them a wash but they fit, are so toasty and warm, and they are even matchy, matchy, lol.

All the details:

Sock Yarn - Opal Sweet n Spicy 3 4ply 9120 Fruchtnougat
Needle size - 3.0 mm to cast on, Knit Pro Zings 2.5mm
Pattern - Basic 4ply sock by Christine Perry (Winwick Mum). I followed the Sockalong posts.

Christine's sock along is great if you are a first time sock knitter - all the terms and techniques are explained in easy to follow steps and there are lots of photos.

I chose to knit my socks on double pointed needles, but alas I managed to lose one down the couch one night, never to be seen again, grrr.

I've already cast on for another pair, using some of the lovely Bleating Art yarn I purchased at Knit August Nights last weekend.

I'm using this pattern from Ravelry.

I can see why now sock knitting can become very addictive!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Three Good Things

Ah, the first day of Spring has finally arrived and what a gorgeous day it's been. September sure has rolled around fast and I think the next few weeks are going to fly by, especially as we have our family holiday coming up later in the month, very excited about it! More about that another time :)

Three good things to share this afternoon:

I have finished another part on the Lizzie Kate Jingle Flip It Sampler.  I have left off the beads and buttons until the whole sampler is done.

I'm using mostly all the recommended threads and my fabric is good old 32 count Belfast linen in Mocha.

Last Sunday I went with a couple of friends up to Napier to check out the knitting & craft market for Knit August Nights, a retreat weekend for knitters. This has been on in August for several years now but this was our first time going.

Oh wow!!  I was in absolute knitters heaven I can tell you!  I could have spent hours and hours browsing all the gorgeous yarn, project bags and accessories. I had set aside a little bit of spending money over the past few weeks but I could have easily spent three or four times what I did.

These are the lovely squishy yarns I came home with, and a set of Knit Pro Zing circulars too. I've already started another pair of socks with the skein from Bleating Art yarns! Next year I'd love to attend the whole weekend and what makes it even better as it's held at my favourite place in Napier, Ahuriri. I'd better start a knitting fund, lol.

Last weekend I also started this book and couldn't put it down! This would be one of my favourite books I've read this year. I won't give anything away but it has lots of twists and turns, a real excellent psychological thriller.

See you soon xx

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!

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