Knitting

Miscellany

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I have a few random crafty items to report on today! Firstly, do you like my handsome little Jack Russell in the picture above? He was a wonderful surprise gift from my lovely cousin in the form of a card for my recent(ish) (40th) birthday - thanks Donna :)

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I couldn't bear to tuck him away in a drawer, so I ordered him a smart frame and mount from here. Now doesn't that suit him nicely?

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In first picture of this post you may also notice a couple of bags hanging out on the door handle... the back one has its own post here, the front one is a scrap bucket bag I made this week as a surprise for my mum (she had mentioned several times how much she liked the one I made for myself).

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I used up a bunch more orphan blocks from my scrap box, including the last remaining Farmer's Wife block seen above. The lining is a Liberty cotton twill that I have been hoarding for about the last ten years! It's nice to finally put it to good use!

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Finished with a homemade twisted cord (Rowan cotton glace, no less!).

The final miscellaneous item to show is the finished shawl that I mentioned previously here. I think it turned out quite nicely, don't you?

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Full details over on Ravelry :)

There we go, random ramblings complete!


The Shetland Hap Shawl

I enrolled on the above titled Craftsy course tutored by the excellent Gudrun Johnston last week, and this mini version came off the blocking mat yesterday.

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I had fun making this, the course is very well presented, clear and concise, I hope to make the full size version soon!

I purchased the class on a whim, as I felt a bit bad having just asked for a refund on a frankly unwatchable quilting class :( I really enjoyed having the visual guidance, I don't always find it easy to be sure that I am doing things 100% correctly when following a new knitting pattern.

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My usual model wasn't too impressed, she thought it was a bit granny-ish!

More details on ravelry!

The ill fated city sampler quilt underwent some rapid personalisation and has been gifted to a dear little one year old who is currently spending some time in hospital. He loves animals so hopfully he likes the racoons!

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Project Swapping

When I shared pictures of the fabric bucket I made back in August, I promised to share details of its' contents but never quite managed to do so.

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Back in February I agreed to tackle this Elizabeth Bradley tapestry kit for my Mum. She has done quite a few tapestries over the years but always in half cross stitch, and she just couldn't get on with the Victorian cross-stitch required for this kit.

I got off to quite a good start, this is how it looked at the end of the month:

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And then in July:

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Shamefully it still looks much the same, so I really need to "crack on" with it! Especially as Mum has already delivered on her side of the bargain, knitting me this lovely jumper from some of my long hoarded stash.

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Thanks Mum! I will fininsh your tapestry in 2015! I will post a photo here once in a while to try and keep me motivated :)

 


Spirograph

I knitted something!

The knitting pattern I used is called spirograph so I thought I could do a nice spirograph drawing to go with this post- WRONG! I dug my set out, it is SO difficult... so I cheated and scanned a picture from the pamphlet:

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There we go, isn't that impressive?

Now you may remember back in the summer I was moaning about my ears, I did eventually see a ENT consultant, who proclaimed my ears nice and healthy apart from the not being able to hear and so forth.  So I then had a rather anxious 4 week wait for an MRI scan (to rule out a tumour on the acoustic nerve or a brain tumour (!!!)) and a further 2 weeks to wait for the results.  Thankfully everything was fine upstairs (so to speak) but unfortunately I have permanent nerve damage and hearing loss to my left ear. Back in the summer my balance was still weird too, but I seem to have adapted and regained control! The main thing that is causing me annoyance is tinnitus, which is really aggravated on windy days, hence I thought I would knit myself a headband to keep the wind out!

I tried to model it for blogging purposes, but unfortunately I am not especially good at taking "selfies" and the dog is the only other being at home at the moment, so this will have to suffice:

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This was a fast, fun knit and I learnt a new technique. Full details are on my Ravelry page.


Oh dear... over four months since I last posted (hangs head in shame).

And I don't even have that much to show for it!

Here's a little update:

Swoon Quilt.

My lovely backing fabric arrived (Joel Dewberry- Modern Meadow- Flower Fields in Lake) and I got busy basting and marking out my quilting design.  I happily began quilting a baptist fan pattern, but did not get all that far before realising I would not be able to reach all the way across the quilt and have the fan pattern the same way up across the entire quilt (which was what I had envisaged originally). It was at this point I decided to get a professional in!  I went to see Jeanette of J-Quilts who did a beautiful job of quilting it for me with a lovely pantograph design called "grapevine".  Unfortunately, I did not get time to go and collect it until the monday before Christmas, which meant that I spent all my free time on Christmas eve attaching the binding, washing and tumble drying the finished quilt ready to give to my parents the next day.  By the time I had finished it was totally dark, so no pictures!  I had intended to snap a few shots of it at mum and dads house, but time got away from me and it was too dark again.  I am really happy with the way it turned out and will take some decent pics another time!

Amish with a twist II.

Hmm... it was as I had feared... 32 log cabin blocks to make as the August installment!  I think this is what threw the blog off the rails!  They did not get done until September. I had to psych myself up a bit to tackle the cutting, but once that was done they went together quickly.

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I assembled the blocks for the centre of the quilt in October, there was quite a bit of easing, trimming and fudging as the first months blocks were a little bit undersize as I had followed the method in the instructions, which was clearly not "my way"!

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I then pondered for a while about the borders.  I knew that 105" square would swamp my bed, the quilt that is on there at the moment is 90" x 100" so I decide to work towards 100" square.  The centre of my quilt had finished up 1" smaller than it should have done, I added a 1.5" (finished) border, then a border made up of 2" squares, I just used the medium value colours here rather than a mix of everything. I then resized the final navy border to 7".

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I have to confess that I did not even contemplate quilting this myself! I left it with Jeanette when I collected the Swoon on monday.

We went on holiday in October and had a lovely relaxing week, walking and picnicing and playing monopoly when it rained. 

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I "thought" it would be nice to take some knitting, but unfortunately when I stopped to actually look at what I had produced it was more the size of a ten-year-old than a womans' size ten! I am beginning to think I should just stick to knitting small stuff!

 I will try not to leave it so long until my next post!


Knitting- I actually finished something!

Ta-da!

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This is a 4-ply cotton jumper for Alexander to replace a much loved 20 year old Racing Green one that had long passed its sell-by date.

The full gorey details including how long it took me to make (much more time spent procrastinating than knitting) are available on Ravelry. I'm ashamed to say it would still be in pieces if I had not had a guilt trip pulled on me a few days ago- BAD Sally!

Thankfully the fit is perfect, and I have been allowed to throw the old sweater away.


Who knows where the time goes?

Oh,dear. Poor neglected little blog. Must try harder. I have been knitting a bit recently. Firstly, for myself, this hat:

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Made using Rowan wool cotton and size 6 silver lined glass beads. The pattern is by Kim Hargreaves and is available in this book. I have also made a couple of baby things for one of my work collegues who is expecting a baby girl in September:

pink baby cardi

baby jacket with ribbing

Both patterns are from Special Knits by Debbie Bliss.