Monday, 16 July 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness July - AKA World Cup Knitting #2

Just the one thing to show for July's Gifted Gorgeousness (for an explanation of what the GG is all about see Jo's blog here)
It's another piece of my "I don't need to look at this while I'm knitting it" World Cup Knitting
This rainbow scarf/shawl is a gift for Naomi.

The pattern is from the book Curls by Hunter Hammersen. All the patterns in the book take on this fabulous curled shape, although some are much curlier than others - this was the first (simplest) of the patterns in the book but I shall definitely be trying some of the others
The wool is a hand dyed DK from Mothy and the Squid, and is rather wonderfully called "Industrial Accident"
World Cup Knitting #3 was begun, but not completed, so I suppose it is now just summer knitting.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

World Cup Knitting #1

I needed a knitting project to do while the World Cup was on; something relatively simple that I could work on without really having to concentrate on it; and this shawl pattern (Curlew by Claire Slade) seemed to fit the bill.

I changed the way the central increases were worked because I found it easier to keep track of this way (remember I needed it to be as mindless as possible), and extended the pattern and just kept going until I'd used the wool. It is knitted using a single ball of James C Brett "Northern Lights".
The fact that it is now finished shows, I think, precisely how much time I have spent watching the football over the last 3 weeks.
World Cup knitting #2 is already progressing nicely.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness - June Edit

Well I don't know where that month went! It's Gifted Gorgeousness time again already, the blog hop, organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, where we show our gift related crafts - for further details please see the Jo's blog.
Not much to show this month. I got the Mos Eisley sampler I showed you last time framed.

This is to be a gift for Eloise. Also for Eloise is this cat tea cosy I knitted. Pattern available at LoveKnitting

I made it ginger and white to match our two monsters.

And finally a little aran hoodie I knitted for my friend's first grandbaby

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness for May

Is it time for Gifted Gorgeousness already? This month has just flown by.
In case you don't know Gifted Gorgeousness is a Blog Hop run by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we show anything we can even vaguely describe as gift-related  our gifted crafts and crafted gifts.
This month I have two projects to show. The first is this little hoop with embroidery and felt flowers which I made as a birthday gift for my friend.

The second is actually some cross stitch! Yes, honestly, I've actually completed a piece of cross stitch - must be the first time in absolutely ages. This is "Bless This House - Mos Eisley Edition" by Hard Core Stitch Corps, stitched on Crafty Kitten Belfast linen in Champagne Bubbles. It is going to be a gift for my daughter Eloise, I just need to get it framed.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Craftpod Bonus Project

Cheap pair of chain store low-rise embroidered using one of the designs from the Craftpod and some of the spare thread, then matching laces swapped in.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

My First Craftpod

You may have heard of Craftpod, the quarterly craft subscription box. I decided to give it a try, and a few weeks ago the Spring box plopped through my letterbox. I was thrilled with it. Not only did it contain all the materials and instructions for two gorgeous projects, but also a selection of stationery with the prettiest spring botanical illustration and a ginger and lemon tea-bag so I could have a nice cuppa while I worked on my embroidery.
I didn't photograph the contents unfortunately but you can see previous boxes here which will give you an idea.
The two projects were a drawstring linen bag.

How glorious is that mustard yellow linen? The lining fabric was my own addition, just an oddment I had which happened to be the perfect colour.
And an embroidery hoop with a spring botanical theme.

Again the buttons and bird charm were my additions, because when did I ever do anything the way it was designed?
So, there you have it. My first ever Craftpod. Looking forward to the summer one now.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness for April

It's time for Gifted Gorgeousness - the blog hop where we share our gift related craft news - for more details see Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching
I've got a variety of things to show this month. First the Easter Exchange from Needlecraft Haven.
I received this beautiful ornament and delicious Easter goodies from Deb

and sent this ornament to Julie

The design was adapted from a larger sampler in Cross Stitcher magazine and I used the same lollipop finish as I did for the ornament in the previous post.
Next up a little baby jumper I knitted as my friend is expecting her first grandchild. The pattern and wool are by Sirdar.

An Italian Cross Stitch Magazine that Naomi sent for me

And finally, a geeky little embroidery hoop I stitched for Eloise, based on one of her favourite films.

Extra blog bonus points for anyone who knows what the film is.