Friday, 24 July 2015

Not just pants.

Oh man! I so didn't mean for that to happen. More than three weeks since I last posted. The trouble is I am   s  t  i  l  l    decorating and it is   b  o  r  i  n  g   and not at all photo worthy.

I am desperate to get it done but yet another spanner has been thrown in the works. I have hurt my back. No idea how* and the doc assures me it is only muscular. It is not only muscular, it is also PANTS. Panty-pant pant pant PANTS. I can't do anything useful or even much else. It has to be better tomorrow because I have three Small-free days to finish the beeping painting. We then have to sand and seal the floor and I have no idea when we will fit that in.

Anyway blah blah blah I have not been posting because I have been in a paint induced stupor, trying to fit too much into each day before the summer holidays started then trying to get the Smalls to help me with every little thing since I hurt my back. They are not amused.

More interestingly, my little choir went on tour last weekend. Four concerts in two days and boy did we have fun! It was a singing and eating fest. In fact, the suspicion is that that is how I hurt my back. Too much fun. Or maybe too much shifting chairs and standing for long periods. As well as singing, there was vast quantities of tea, tray bakes, fish and chips and merriment. We also raised over £500 for local charities from our retiring collections.

I finished a little crochet whim the other evening. I used the scraps from the hats I made for Tall Girl and myself to make a little granny cushion. My Grandma used to have loads of these and I loved them so this one is a little homage to her.

I have also been snipping and stitching little squares. A friend had a baby and I couldn't help myself. I am attempting a very simple spot of machine quilting. So far I have succeeded in breaking the machine (now fixed) and the walking foot (unfixable I suspect). Ho hum, I shall persevere.

Today I couldn't bear the lack of gardening any longer so marched the Smalls outside and picked flowers while they dug up potatoes and picked mange tout and raspberries for our tea.

Suppose I had better go and cook them!


*Clearly this statement is not entirely true. It is partially true though and that will have to do.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Stitching summer for my Mum










Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The best night of the week

Normally on a Wednesday evening, I wouldn't be here. You see Wednesday is choir night. I love choir night.

It begins with skiving off doing bedtime and walking into town instead.

The last couple of Wednesdays have been lovely sunny evenings. I love walking at this time of day but usually I am in the throws of bedtime stories.

I pass this little front garden and always take a moment to admire it.

It is just a little space but it is packed with plants and there is always something lovely to see.

Then into the hall for a jolly warm up, singing, tea, maybe a biscuit, more singings and fun chat with good people.

After that a few of us put the world to rights over one of these.

As I said, the best night of the week.

Sadly this week J is working away so I am staying in. Might go and see if I can find a consolatory drink.


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Many photos of a pretty blanket in pretty places.

So Gilly challenged me to find seven places to photograph my Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket over seven days. Sadly this was not to be - life just wasn't going to cooperate, so instead may I present...

Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket - the photo shoot

Did you spot my glamorous assistants?


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket - the Ta Da!

Two and a half years.

Four pounds of yarn.

5476 square inches of stitchery*.

One of these.

Four of these.

Four of these.

Forty eight of these.

Seventy six of these.

One hundred and fifty six of these.

And Ta Da!!!!!

I love it!  I love love love it!

I made a king sized bed sized blanket.

Did I mention how much I love it?

Time to put on the summer weight duvet just so I can have it on my bed.

The details:
Pattern - my own,
Yarn - Annell Cotton 8 in colours 5, 12, 14, 19, 21, 22 , 32, 39, 42, 54, 79, and 80

You can see the planning and making of the Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket here...
Pretty colours
Some seeds and some stitches
Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket #1
Persian sweetie shop blanket #2 - Squaring the circle
Persian Sweetie shop Blanket #3
Hookie Therapy
Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket Progress
Around the World Blog Hop

And because Gilly suggested it, I will be toting my blanket around for the next week taking pics of it in unusual places... You have been warned.


*For those that like to keep track of these things that's 2 inches bigger than planned in each direction: an extra 5%.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Nothing like a deadline to make me make...

Take one little girl's christening looming on the horizon,

dust off one of those ideas that languish at the back of my head,

Add a stitched flower here,

 and a button or three there,

a bit on the machine,

and a bit by hand...
And what do you know? Something exists that didn't before. 

Note to self: Must take time to make more often for it is good for the soul.