Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Margaret Pence

Blogger has been a little funny this last two weeks and I have been having trouble logging in and even commenting, the logging in part has been resolved, but the commenting part is still causing problems. If I haven't commented on your blog, it's not because I don't want to, it's because I can't.

Here is another piece that I finished Friday two weeks ago and it's my first A&E design. I am so happy to have this piece finished as I really struggled with lots of frogging and miscounting and such. I am really pleased how it has turned out though and I do want to coffee dye it one more time now that it's completed.

Design: Margaret Pence
Designer: The Goode Huswife
Fabric: 40ct Newcastle linen - White (coffee basted/baked)
Thread: DMC

The weather turned quite cold earlier this month and it was time to clean out the summer clothes and load the winter clothes into the wardrobe. Now Aurelia has grown quite a bit since last winter and she wanted me to crochet a new beanie for her. One afternoon's work and here is what I came up with.

Design: Shell Stitch Baby Hat & Flower from Best Baby Cloche (both on Ravelry)
Designer: Anna Ayling & Anneliese Shapiro
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country 8ply - 100% Pure New Australian Wool (Colours 2267, 1962, 0003)
Hook Size: 6mm/US J

Now I have been quite a busy stitcher and have finally finished the last square of the Red Thread series from Bent Creek.  What a relief that after three years stitching on this piece it's finally finished! I realised that after the photos were taken, I had forgotten to sew on the buttons. Maybe a job to do just before I make this piece into a long pillow.

Design: The Red Thread Snappers- Snowman, Heart Of Love, Fly A Kite, Smell The Flowers, Maypole, Road Trip, Picnic, Ocean Voyage, County Fair, Wreath, Thankful, Connected
Designer: Bent Creek
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Platinum
Thread:  Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art Sampler Thread, DMC with JABCo buttons

On Saturday I purchased quite a number of different yarns to complete some crochet projects I have a mind to get done when feeding the baby. That night I couldn't resist a start and made up this very quick scarf. It's so soft, but nice and chunky and warm. It will be good for our morning walks when the baby is born. I had enough wool left over, so I think I will be making a nice chunky beanie to go with it.

Design: Giant Scarf
Designer: The Art Of Crochet Series - Issue 4
Yarn: Patons Wilderness - 70% Wool, 20% Acrylic, 10% Viscose (Colour 0505)
Hook Size: 9mm/US M

Well, I only have 6 days to go before my due date. The house is in order, the freezer is full of meals I have prepared and all my sewing is packed to take to the hospital with me. Now the waiting game begins!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Mother's Day

I hope that you all had a wonderful Mother's Day, I know I certainly did. We spent the day in Sydney, first by having Yum Cha for lunch, then I took a stroll to a very big yarn store all on my own (bliss). We then travelled by train down to the harbour where we took a lovely trip on a ferry across the harbour and back. I am feeling very worn out after all this travel, but it was fun and it is the last big family outing we will have before the baby is born.

For Mother's Day I made my Mother and Grandmother a pincushion each. I even put together the pins using some antique beads. These were a lot of fun, although I really couldn't count with my stitches very well and I have no idea how I came up with the numbers for the amount of fabric I needed, because I got that all wrong as well. At least they worked out well and I am really happy with them.

Design: Tulip Pincushion
Designer: Blackbird Designs (from the book A Stitcher's Journey)
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Ecru (coffee baked and basted)
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pincushion

Design: Summer Sachet
Designer: Blackbird Designs (from the book A Stitcher's Journey)
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Clay
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pincushion

Friday, 6 May 2011

Eliza Sloan

This is just a very quick post to show you some of my recent finishes and an exchange I received.

Design: Eliza Sloan
Designer: The Goode Huswife
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Ecru
Thread: DMC

For the Hooked On Exchanging Quaker Ornament exchange, I stitched Kathy the following design. It was a very fun stitch and I must admit I liked stitching this in the octagonal shape and it was no more difficult than a square.

Design: Christmas Swan Needlebook
Designer: With My Needle (2004 JCS Ornament Issue)
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Toasted Almond
Thread: DMC
Finish: Christmas Ornament

I received the ornament that Amy stitched for me this week as well and it is so gorgeous. The design is by Milady's Needle and is called Quaker Smalls. Amy told me that her fourteen year old daughter did the finishing for this one. I think she did a fantastic job.

Finally, I finished last month the first letter in the Alphabet Block SAL that I am doing with Cheryl. Don't ask why I started with the letter F, but it was the wrong letter, so my layout for the book now has to change. I have stitched this design over one and there was no way that I was going to frog this one out.