Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Week

We've been treated to some stunning sunsets this week after some very hot days. I just love watching the colour change within a matter of seconds. 

Hannah has been learning some more cooking skills and she really enjoys making pikelets for lunch on the weekends. Her favourite topping, maple syrup :)

Kath had given me this cute Lizzie Kate kit last Christmas and when I sorting out some charts recently I decided to pull it out and get it underway. Fun colours in this one!

 It was a good mail day earlier in the week:


Of course I couldn't resist starting this one.  I'm using 32 count vintage mocha Belfast linen with most of the recommended threads, DMC 3685 instead of Bamboo, and I'm going to make them into ornaments. Very much looking forward to stitching this series over the next few months.

See you soon xx

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Santa Sunday

My first 2018 Christmas ornament is finished - this lovely design by Little House Needleworks:

I'm stitching on Christmas ornaments every weekend, mostly Sundays, joining in with the #santasundayxs stitch along on Instagram. The plan is to get several stitched and then I'll have a making/sewing session, and try not to leave them until the few weeks before Christmas like I did last year!

See you soon xx

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lizzie Kate 2017 Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler

By now I'm sure you've probably read all about Lizzie Kate's retirement and how the last chart will be released on 1st March? I was quite shocked to hear this as Lizzie Kate has been one of my absolute favourite designers since I very first started stitching. 

Over the years I've stitched loads of the designs, and also collected loads of the patterns, and I just love all of the numerous Christmas designs. I will definitely miss collecting the Tiny Tidings chart each year. I wish Linda and her husband all the best for the future years and thank them for the many, many happy hours of stitching they have given me over the years.

My latest finish is the Lizzie Kate 2017 Christmas mystery sampler. By the time my chart, fabric and supplies arrived in New Zealand last year, it wasn't a mystery anymore as many stitchers around the world had already completed Part 1 and some were all ready working on Part 2. I soon got mine underway and then it was put aside until I picked up again during my Christmas holidays.  I stitched on this during our annual family holiday to Taupo, when it was pouring down with rain and we couldn't get out and about, and it also went with me to the beach, where I'd try and add a few stitches here and there.

Lizzie Kate 2017 Spirit of Christmas Sampler
stitched on 32 count Heartland linen by Picture this Plus
Weeks Dye Works threads

Last week I finished the bottom band of stitches and then added the buttons and beads during the weekend while watching some of the Winter Olympic highlights. I really enjoyed stitching this design.

See you soon xx

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Green Pools Socks

I was so pleased to finally finish these lovely socks recently. 

Details: Prairie Socks by Kay F Jones
Yarn: Green Pools by Saltwater Yarns
Needle Size: 2.25mm
Size: Medium

Started way back in May 2017, I don't know how many times they got put to the bottom of my knitting bag whilst I knitted socks for family and friends!

See you soon x

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Weekend Away

Earlier in the month Glenn and I traveled to Auckland with our friends Rose and Brendon for the Foo Fighters concert. Rose and I didn't go to the concert, just as well as the guys got drenched! Instead we had a wonder around the CBD and then had dinner and drinks before meeting up again later with Glenn and Brendon.

View of the Sky Tower, not far from where we were staying.

On Sunday we took a train to Sylvia Park for some retail therapy, before heading out to one of our favourite restaurants, Fort Lane Angus Steak House. Our flight back to Napier on Monday left at lunchtime so we enjoyed brunch out before leaving Auckland. So good to have a extra long weekend as Tuesday was a public holiday here.

See you soon x

Friday, February 09, 2018

Latest Projects

I finished all the stitching on the Lizzie Kate mystery sampler earlier in the week- it just needs the beads and embellishments added, which I'll work on over the weekend. I'm also hoping to finish the first of my 2018 Christmas ornaments and move onto the next one.

In the meantime, here's an update on a few other projects I've got on the go at the moment:

Some Very Vanilla socks using the lovely Straycat sock yarn I purchased last year. This yarn is so lovely and soft. The little sock bag is also by Straycat Socks.

The little scissors were a Christmas gift from my friend Elizabeth, they are just perfect to go into my knitting bag.

This week I made a small start on Easter Peep Parade, I've had this sitting in my basket for ages.

I'm finding the fabric, 36ct WDW Chestnut, a little hard to work on in the evenings but I'm getting there!

This is where I'm up to on Feliz Navidad:

I had to do a little bit of frogging on the border, out by one stitch. I really hope it all meets up correctly at the bottom!

See you soon x

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


If you follow other Kiwi and Aussie bloggers you would have already seen that we're experiencing some extreme heat temperatures right now. This hot weather has continued day after day for nearly two weeks but the last two days have been extremely hot. Our little town recorded 42 degrees C yesterday afternoon, not officially by the NZ Met Service but there were lots of unofficial temperatures reported in to our local radio station. All I say is thank goodness for our swimming pool, where we can chill off multiple times each day!

Usually I wait until February to begin my Christmas stitching each year but as I've already kitted up several Christmas designs I decided to get it underway on Sunday. First up, is Little House Needleworks' Season's Greetings. This is my second time stitching this lovely design.  I couldn't find the recommended Cherry Cobbler thread in my stash so I'm using GAST Schoolhouse Red instead.

Each week I'll be participating in #santasundayxs, a stitch along you can follow on Instagram.

Hannah started a new school year on Monday, Year 5, and all the regular after school activities will commence this week too.  She's very excited, and nervous too, about her first ever over night school camp coming up in a few weeks time.

 I had a couple of my reserves waiting for me when I stopped by our local library earlier in the week:

It's been sometime between book posts so I'll work on one soon as I've read some fantastic books recently.

See you soon xx

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler

This is another of my neglected projects from late last year, Lizzie Kate's 2017 Mystery Christmas Sampler.  I think the first chart arrived in early October so I stitched Part 1 and then into my stitching basket it went.

After a major muck up and having to take out a whole week of stitching (!!!) Part 2 was completed during our holiday to Taupo.

I nearly finished stitching Part 3 over the weekend and then it will be time to add the embellishments. The extra charts that came with the patterns are very cute so I'll be stitching them some time soon.

Bye for now xx

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Feliz Navidad Sampler update

Some years over my summer holidays I like to start a new stitching project and more often than not, it's a Blackbird Designs chart. These holidays I chose to concentrate on two projects which I'd already started but had hardly touched during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The first of these is Feliz Navidad, Number 2 in the Christmas Sampler Series:

This has been a lovely stitch so far, one thread over 36 count. I'm using all the suggested Weeks Dye Works threads and the recommended fabric, 36 count legacy linen by Picture this Plus.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gifts for Friends

This week I've been catching up on some blog maintenance and uploading late 2017 finishes to my Flickr account. I spotted that I have completely forgotten to publish a couple of draft posts with some of my secret Christmas stitching!

Many of these projects were stitched throughout 2017 and then finished off to be ready for gifting at Christmas.

For my friend Elizabeth in Auckland, I made a drawstring pouch. The design is Honeybee Sampling by Little House Needleworks, stitched with recommended threads on 32ct mocha belfast linen.

For Kath's early December birthday, I made this large pouch bag, which can be used for a stitching or knitting project. I finished this design way back in January 2017. This is With Thy Needle's Heaven & Nature Sing.

Another stitched gift for Kath, was this little pillow. The design is by Abbey Rose Designs, Do More of What Makes You Happy.

And lastly, using another Little House Needleworks design, Rosey, I made a zippered project bag for Clare.

See you soon xx
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