Friday, December 08, 2017

Christmas Celebration Sampler

I planned to work on this project for an hour each day in December. I made considerable progress and got to the top border. However the more I stitched, the more I became convinced that the fabric was too see through and despite the hours already invested, it hit the bin a week ago. I ordered the even weave in the colour gingerbread from The Makery. The fabric arrived today and I have made some progress and I love the project.

Not bad progress for a few hours. I hope to have the internal frames and numbers done by next week. Then I can start on the fancy border. I am nervous until I get all of the sides joined up as I worry that I will be half a stitch awry. A great advent project. I doubt that I will finish it this year, but my cross stitch UFOs have reduced over 2017 so progress to a finished project will be satisfying.

Friday, December 01, 2017

First day of advent

I haven't bought an advent calendar for myself this year but I have reused an old calendar to make a yarn advent calendar for myself. I am going to use the yarn to knit another pair of Yule Ball socks, which are my own design.

My advent plans are to do something Christmassy every day, cross stitch on my Christmas Celebration Sampler for an hour and knit on my Yule Ball socks every day.

I had done very little on the sampler before today and I am worried that the aida is a bit transparent. I am going to plod on though and try and get the dividers and letters done this week. Then I will start on one of the backs and its section of frame.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Land of sweets cowl

I enjoyed knitting this cowl from the yarn left over from my What the fade shawl.

The yarns are by the following dyers:

Stranded Dyeworks
Kate Selene
Lone star arts
Fondant Fibre
Life in the Long Grass
Devon Sun Yarns

Monday, November 20, 2017

See it all pouch

This was a nice quick make from Aneela Hoey stitched sewing organiser book. I used an old Alison glass text print on the front and I fussy cut another Alison glass fabric for the back.

I used a corduroy bias binding purchased from beyond measure at the Edinburgh Yarm festival. Instead of copying the pattern for the pouch I cut a rectangle the correct size and then used the corner rounder from our rainbow retreat goody bag to round the corners of the two layers of fabric and vinyl.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

12 days of Christmas sampler

After the recent retreat I went on, I returned home a little under the weather, possibly due to the extra brackets added to my brace which irritated my mouth. So instead of ruining a big sewing project I decided to work on a Crosstitch project.

I was so pleased to actually finish the 12 days of Christmas sampler and it is now ready to take to the framers. Are usually choose a simple frame but wonder if something more ornate and painted red might be more suitable.

It's now time to work on the November block for the once upon a time sampler.

Boxy pocket pouch

Thus a project by Aneela Howy from her book "stitched sewing organisers" I thought I had followed the instructions to the letter but apparently not as in the final making up I had to use a 3/4" seam to catch the pockets in the seam allowance.

There is a pincushion with the project so I used some of the crushed wZlnuts and lavender from Carol, which was a gift at a recent retreat.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Knitvent 2017

I get terrible FOMO when I see new knitting or  quilting patterns released. I was determined not to buy the Knitvent pattern collection this year as last year I only knit 1 of the 4/5 patterns in the collection. I resisted until I saw the first pattern release. The land of sweets Cowl by Helen Stewart is designed for a yarn advent calendar with 24 mini skeins of yarn. I immediately decided to do the pattern using the leftover yarn from my what the fade! shawl.

I print the pattern in booklet form which makes it easy to slip into my kniting bag. I then formulated a plan to fade from one colour to the other. However I didn't have as much of the sunset yarn by Kate Selene as I perhaps needed. I've therefore just guessed how much I could get done with that yarn and then striped it into the next yarn. So there will be a little bit more of colour C by Lone Star Arts than I had planned. This is going to be a perfect project to take to my quilting group tomorrow morning. So far I am at 43% complete. I think the newest pattern in the collection may be released today or tomorrow.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Stitched sewing organisers

And it's already week 4 of the sewalong based on Aneela Hoey's book. I have made this box in the same fabric as last week's bag and week 2's tomato pin cushion