Friday, 29 August 2014

Sunburst Granny Square Cushion - Finished

In all the excitement of starting new projects, I omitted to mention the cushion cover I had been working on.

Feeling guilty at having overlooked the poor dear, I had a spurt of energy and finished it.

I used the squares to cover a boring floor cushion.  Here it is before -

And here it is after -

What a big improvement.

The pattern is by Priscilla Hewitt and is called Sunburst Granny Square.  It's available for free, here.

All I need to do now is make another cover for the other floor cushion!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

So This is What I'm Doing Next...

Following on from Monday's post "What Shall I Do Next?", I finished with the question about whether or not I could in fact do all the new projects I wanted to do.  I decided that the answer is yes, well nearly all of them.  Why should I restrict myself?

So starting with something quick and simple, I made a crochet coaster for the spare bedroom.

I used my Eveline's Motif pattern and some pinks and greens in DK weight yarn.

That's one ticked off the list.

I was itching to start re-crocheting the rectangular tray cloth but wanted to make some adaptations.  So I'm making it wider and shorter to 'square' it up and I'm using 4 ply cotton in pink.

It's going to be quite big and should make an interesting table centre.

I reduced the list of shawls down and finally settled on the Maluka pattern.


I've made a few triangular shawls before so I thought I'd try one with a different construction.  This one knits up the edging then picks up the stitches along one side for the body of the shawl which is then worked in short rows.

The pattern calls for 4 ply yarn but I'm using a DK weight yarn as I want something bigger and bulkier to snuggle up in.

The edging has a really interesting design and I'm using 5 mm needles so it's growing quickly and the yarn is giving lovely stitch definition.

As the weather seems to have turned a little bit warmer today, the next project probably isn't priority, but I couldn't resist starting to knit a new hat.  I eventually settled on Kate Davies's Tantallon pattern as I already had that in my library.

Tantallon by Kate Davies

Some of the photos of the hats made by other knitters on Ravelry made me think about colours.  I wanted the Fair Isle pattern to show up more, so I'm just using pink shades, with one grey shade.  I want the foreground pattern to stand out.

Obviously still a long way to go with this one, but no rush.

I might take the plunge and buy some wool to knit the skirt this week - just have to decide on colour.

So that's me set up for some busy evenings knitting and crocheting, a few late nights might help.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Wedding & Oxford

What a lovely weekend we had.  Saturday was spent at the wedding.  We had an early start from Liverpool to arrive in Berkshire for the 12.30 kick off.

You can almost see my new dress and cardigan behind the bride's bouquet.

I love the "something blue" button attached to the  bouquet.

The wedding cake consisted of lots of cup cakes, beautifully made with delicate sugar flowers.

And there was a very lovely touch in that every guest had a personal message left for them at the table.

On the Sunday morning my husband and I travelled to Oxford for a few days stay, to break up the journey home and make the most of the Bank Holiday.  It's one of our favourite places to visit, although we haven't been for a few years.

We walked into town along the river.  

This could be the home of one of Jane Austen's characters

We always like to visit a college or two when we're in town.  I must say that Worcester College has the prettiest gardens of all the colleges we've visited over the years.  It was so picturesque I took loads of photos there.

Rediscovering some of the quieter back-streets was lovely.

What a perfect weekend - we always say, we must do this more often - but I really think we should.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Free Style Machine Embroidery

Thank you all for your wonderful comments recently.  I'm particularly grateful for the tips on how to cope with the hot flushes.

We've just had a wonderful long weekend down in Berkshire and then in Oxford.  The wedding went superbly and I'll share some photos with you from our trip shortly.

In the meantime, this looks like fun.  Free & Easy Stitch Style by Poppy Treffery.

I've had this book from the library for a while now and I really need to have a go at this.

It looks fairly straightforward and everything is explained very clearly.

I'll have to see if my sewing machine is up to it.

Monday, 25 August 2014

What Shall I Do Next?

It's always the case, you spend your time trying to stay focused on your current WIPs, don't be distracted by the thought of starting something new, but you have loads of ideas for what you want to do next.  Then as soon as you have finished the said WIPs you can't decide what you REALLY want to do next.

from Pinterest

There's the macramé that caught my attention earlier in the week.

The rectangular doily that I thought about reworking.

I have a pile of fabrics to make a patchwork tablecloth.  I also have the fat quarters I bought recently.

What about the shawls I was thinking of making the other day?

It's starting to get colder outside so some new mittens would be nice.

Accelerating Stripes Fingerless Gloves

Or a hat. I've had my eye on this pattern by Kate Davies for ages and ages.

Peerie Flooers

I'd like to knit a skirt (with the pattern I bought way back in March) but I don't have the right yarn in my stash at the moment.

Simple Straight Skirt

Perhaps I could make a bag - to go with the handles I bought several years ago (and haven't taken out of the wrapper yet)!

Maybe something small - the spare bedroom could do with a nice coaster by the bed.

The problem is, there is too much choice

from Pinterest

and you can't do them all at the same time.  Or can you?