Saturday, 18 January 2014

Crochet Craziness

You're probably wondering about the title of this post. I have been busy crocheting scarves, beanies and cowls despite the insanely hot weather we have been having. My excuse is I am preparing for a cold winter. I have been actually trying to make things I have pinned on Pinterest (trying to justify my Pinterest usage).

 Design: Chunky Rib Scarf
Designer: Being Spiffy
Hook: 10mm/US P
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country Wide - Milk (100% Pure New Wool)
I made a few changes as this yarn is about 14ply, so I only used one strand and I made it about 10 chains longer. I have a lovely model!
Next the kids wanted a big beanie that covered their ears and was a bit slouchy. They found some yarn that took their fancy and so I have made the first one for Amelie and Aurelia's and Felix's are still in the works.

Design: Unforgettable Hat
Designer: Crochet In Color
Hook: 5mm/US H
Yarn: Moda Vera Bouvardia - Bramble (70% acrylic 30% wool)

Finally I had been lusting after a large scarf I had seen on Pinterest and was so sad to see it was only for sale from Renaissance Dying in the French Pyrenees and the way the Australian dollar is and the cost of postage it became just too expensive to justify. Then a little web surfing one day accidentally uncovered a place in Australia that had two kits in stock at a reasonable price, with free postage (even better). So now in my hot little hands I have the whole kit with 75 different shades of very fine wool for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

First Finishes for 2014

Wow, last week saw me make the biggest finish ever! When I put the last stitch in I laid it out on the coffee table and gazed at it for some time. Four years of stitching and I can finally say Hannah Lancaster is done.

Design: Hannah Lancaster Sampler
Designer: The Porcupine Collection
Fabric: 40ct Newcastle linen - Ecru
Thread: DMC

Late last year, as I was playing with my stash, I decided it was time to start stitching some of my kits to make room to better organise my stash a little better. So here is my first piece to be completed.

Design: Barnabee's Bride
Designer: Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct linen - opalescent white
Thread: DMC, Thread Gatherer, Kreinik
Finish: Needleroll

I also thought I would show you what my Mother gave me for Christmas last year. It's a hand beaded scissor case and needle holder and a beautiful silver thimble.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A Busy Past Year!

As many of you would know in October we had some of the worst fires the Blue Mountains had seen in 40 years. My DH was out almost everyday for two weeks fighting fires. Sadly his sister lost her home during this fire. She is doing much better and has purchased a new home and is settling into that with the family.
I was fortunate to get out and fight fires on two night shifts while my DH stayed home and looked after the children. It had been many years since I had last been out on a fire truck, but those 12 hour shifts were a blissful escape from my day to day life. (PS. That's me closest to the camera in the bottom photo)

At the end of November the family took a trip to Tasmania for my cousin's wedding. Both of the girls were flower girls and they looked so beautiful. We then took a few days of sightseeing before heading back home. Enjoy the photos!


Thursday, 2 January 2014

The 2013 Finishes

As I said in a previous post my accomplishments for the previous year have been very limited. I did a bit of stitching but finished very little.

Design: Beyond My Heart Mystery Bonus #4 (Loose Feathers #33)
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 30ct R & R Reproductions - Iced Cappuccino
Thread: Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works
Design: Hoopoe Bird
Designer: Patrizia Martellini (Gift Of Stitching Issue 56, September 2010)
Fabric: 28ct Cashel linen - White
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pincushion

Design: Pleasure
Designer: Patrizia Martellini (Gift Of Stitching Issue 55, August 2010)
Fabric: 28ct Cashel linen - Ecru
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pincushion
Design: Be Ye Merry
Designer: Threadwork Primitives
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Antique White
Thread: DMC
Finish: Christmas ornament
Design: 1993 Santa
Designer: The Prairie Schooler
Fabric: 28ct Green Mountain linen - unknown colour
Thread: DMC
Finish: Christmas ornament