Thursday, 4 February 2016

Oops Almost Forgot!

I said a draw a name for the "Perambulating Poinsettia" at the end of January.

A few days late, but the winner is Mary (Le Coeur Celtique). I've got an address for you from the ornament exchange Mary, is it still the same?
Oh and we had some really exciting news yesterday. We've been named in a list of the UK's top wedding photographers for 2016 (you can see the list here if you're interested)

Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Challenge

It's reveal day for the Monthly Ornament Challenge on Needlecraft Haven. This month our design was a lovely robin sampler from Aliolka (chart here), and here is my version:-

I changed it up slightly to add my initials, and work a few of the small motifs in different stitches. Stitched using Anchor threads on 32 count Belfast linen in colour "Faded Olive" from Crafty Kitten and finished as a pillow with a scrap of lace, some saddle stitch ribbon and a handful of buttons.
You can see the other finishes in the album here, It's amazing how different they all look.

Friday, 22 January 2016

A Rose in Winter

Not, admittedly, the most spectacular rose I've ever seen, but flowering. In my garden. In January.

The frogs are spawning too, spring must be coming.

Friday, 15 January 2016

First Gifted Gorgeousness of 2016

It's the start of a whole new year of Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, where once a month share our crafted gifts, gifted crafts, or anything else vaguely gift related, and despite the frankly shameful state of my last couple of posts from last year I'm going to join in again this year.
January's offering is this

A little stitched pillow featuring LHN's Potted Poinsettias, the chart for which was a gift from Sally.
It is stitched with Crescent Colours - Sassy Brass and Ruby Slippers, and Gentle Art - Avocado.
As Sally was gifted the chart herself before she very kindly passed it on to me I thought I'd continue in the spirit of giving and pass the chart on to someone else. Perhaps it could become a new travelling pattern - "The Perambulating Poinsettia"- what do you think?
If you'd like to be the next to stitch it just pop a note in the comments and I'll draw a name at the end of the month.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Apparently It's Snuggly

Naomi just sent me this picture of her vintage vertical stripe crochet blanket in use.

I think she likes it :)

Sunday, 3 January 2016

2015 Round Up and the First Finish of 2016

The final tally for 2015 stands at 46 books read, 57 finishes and 9 pairs of shoes bought. A bit down on previous years but the books included quite a few mammoth 1000 page plus ones so I don't feel too bad at falling below one a week.
The nearest guess was Kerry with a total of 146, so if you send me your address Kerry, I'll pop some sort of small prize in the post. I've reset the counter so you are welcome to make a guess on this year's totals by commenting on this post.
I can show some of the things I'd made for Christmas gifts now. The big tada moment is for the vintage vertical stripe CAL blanket I made for Naomi.

This took ages! Come to think of it, it's probably why the finish count was down too. Eagle eyed readers will spot a colour shift at one side. I ran out of the original wools before it was wide enough, so I went back to the on-line shop I'd bought them from and just repeated the same shopping cart from my history. Now I know that different dye lots can have an effect, but to go from the hot pink on one side of the blanket to the magenta on the other seems excessive. Good job I was going for a loud multi coloured effect.
For my December Gifted Gorgeousness post I shamelessly posted a picture of a ball of wool, and said it was going to be a Christmas gift. Well, it made it. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture (well I was a bit short of time to get it wrapped up and delivered), but I did actually make three of them in the end the brown one from the wool I showed and a duck egg blue one as gifts for friends, and this one for myself.

The pattern is by Kalurah Hudson and you can find it on Ravelry here
Also on Ravelry was this pattern which I used to make these cunning hairclips for the girls

Girl walks down the road in that hairclip, people know she's not afraid of anything

And Ravelry again (anyone detecting a theme here?) for the pattern for this knitted choker.

And finally the first finish of 2016. Possibly the weirdest thing I've ever knitted.

Eloise asked me to knit her a beard as a birthday gift for a friend. (Don't ask, I didn't). The pattern for this came from Mollie Makes, and the inset picture shows Eloise modelling it because the picture of it just lying there is more roadkill than facial hair

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Christmas Thanks and A Happy New Year

I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful New Year

Before we finish with 2015 though, I'd like to share some of the wonderful Christmas presents I received from on line friends

From the top left, a beautiful turned wood scissor block, assortment of Carrie's threads and a decorative tape measure in the shape of an ice cream cone from Nancy (no blog), an adorable penguin shaped handwarmer from Barb, two skeins of dragon floss and a gorgoeus little trillium shaped pouch made from kimono fabric from Karan, some delicious penguin chocolates from Julie and some fun Christmas socks, a thimble and a little chocolate yummy from Clare
Thank you all so much, I'm feeling very spoiled.
And if all that wasn't enough, I also won these two adorable little decorative elephants in the East on line Advent Calendar

Christmas was not, of course, without its customary geekiness, as, among other things, the girls presented me with these awesome goodies

My very own Davros, an Azog the Defiler coaster (because who doesn't want to put her tea down on the Pale Orc), and a wonderful cosy fleece Star Trek scarf (Science Officer blue of course).
I'll share some of the things I made for other people in a later post.