Sunday, 9 March 2014

Another Finish

With all the extra time I have, I was able to finish another WIP and cross it off my list. It has been sitting in my basket for quite some time and I figured if I sat down and concentrated on it enough it would quickly get finished. I used DMC 938 for the border and the alphabet as I didn't think I would have enough of Wood Trail to finish. I ended up using the entire skein of DMC to stitch the alphabet bands and border.

Design: 1836 Mary Hannah Gipson Sampler
Designer: C Street Samplerworks (SANQ Issue 61 Winter 2010)
Fabric: 30ct R & R Reproductions - Old Mill Java
Thread: The Gentle Art Sampler Threads & DMC

Friday, 7 March 2014

First Day Of School

Last month saw the first day of school for Amelie. She was so excited to start, especially since we had been counting down the days for the previous four months.

It's amazing how quiet the house has become with only Felix at home. I seem to get my chores done and dinner prepared most days before school pick-up time. I am actually finding I have more time for my stitching and crocheting as well. It's taken me almost a month to get into the new routine and catch up all the things that had been previously neglected, I am almost there so I hope to get many more projects finished.

The girls both wanted me to make something that they could give their teachers (3 all up) for Valentines Day. I decided to make them all mug warmers, which I placed around a mug full of chocolate hearts. The pattern is the same one I used for the previous mug cozy, but I added a heart to each of these.

Design: Crochet Mug Cozy & Sweet Heart
Yarn: Lincraft Superwash 8 ply - 100% Pure New Wool (colour 3008) & Moda Vera Gelato - 50% Acrylic/50% Cotton (colour 16)
Hook size: 4.00mm/US 6 & 3.25mm/US D

I have been busy crocheting every chance I get, designing my own patterns and using some from books I have purchased in the hope that this winter I can set up my Etsy store to sell my handmade work. I have made so many things for everyone else and I don't want to stop, so this is a good way of supporting my habit. I am experimenting with different yarns and it has not all been good. Even though the tension was correct, the hats and head warmers have turned out a little too small for my head. Maybe I have a big head or maybe I need to go up a hook size. 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

A Meeting With Friends

I had been putting off this post for a while because I thought Tanya may want to show it first, but sorry Tanya, my excitement has got the better of me.

Back in January the very talented Tanya of The Scarlett House fame came to Sydney on her way home from her holiday. My good friend Sandra organised for us to meet her for those short few hours at Sydney airport. Sandra's very kind husband drove us the long drive and patiently waited for us while we met up.

What a wonderful time we had meeting Tanya, and her friends and family. It all felt way too short and we all had so much to share. I made a small gift for Tanya so that she could remember our meeting.

Tanya very kindly gave me two of her wonderful charts, Mary Ann Louisa Boston and Jane Hopkins 1801. What a lovely surprise! Thank you Tanya for allowing us the opportunity to visit with you and thank you Sandra for organising this visit.

Design: Motifs from The 1886 Emma Morris Sampler
Designer: Handwork Samplers
Fabric: 36ct Edinburgh linen - Ecru
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pillow