Thursday, 22 March 2018

So excited - Seaside Town has arrived !

The lovely lady at Puddleducks  said my parcel would be with me on Thursday and my postie has just delivered it here to work.  SO EXCITED so couldn't wait to open it.....

And of course share some photos of the months.  This Block of the month was launched last year, hence why all the blocks were available straight away.  It's going to be a huge project BUT I am really looking forward to it!

 Each pack comes with full instructions and a painted button - although you can buy the buttons unpainted. 
 I love Lynette Anderson as her instructions are so clear and all of the designs are super cute.
 I am sure there will be a lot of new techniques for me.
 And it will be a MASSIVE challenge.
 But to be honest I have been missing something to really get my teeth into and this will give me the excuse to have some switch off time for me which has been sadly lacking for a while. 
 I enjoyed the jigsaws and the knitting for orphans as they were quick finishes.  This will make hopefully help me with my stress levels which have been way too high recently!
 Isn't that chicken button adorable !

 I am loving the washing and the button on the whale spout!

The more I look at them the more detail I see !

 And then of course there is the beautiful fabric pack that goes with it.... just delish !
Can't wait to start !

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

On the horizon.....

To settle my brain and switch off from a bit of a stressful time I have been doing jigsaw puzzles.  For anyone that knows me will know that I have a thing for Lighthouses !

This one was a bit tricky to do because of it's size and detail but I really enjoyed it and am a little reluctant to put it away !  I have done a few others as well, Woofits Sweet shop was lovely to do, the 100 dogs and 1 cat very frustrating and the other two I don't seem to have pictures of so I have borrowed them from Amazon!

So having sickened myself with squinting at puzzle pieces I just happened to receive a rather lovely email in my inbox today from Lynette Anderson..... Do you see what I see..... a lovely lighthouse....I have done one of her quilts before a long time ago and really enjoyed it - it will be heaps of work but I couldn't resist it.  It was originally released as a block of the month back in 2017 so I was able to purchase all the months and the fabric today and it will be delivered later in the week (thanks to Jo at Puddleduck Quilting who is marvelous).  I didn't buy the threads as I have two boxes of DMC which will do the job perfectly and save some money.

So finally I may have something of interest to post up during the coming months.  The fabric will be the same as the picture so it will go lovely in the spare room guest suite.

I have to say I am impatiently waiting for Spring - fed up with the cold, it's got right in my bones recently and made me feel really rather ill! 

I am also just about to order my reading glasses prescription on line - I was threading a needle earlier to repair a pair of gloves of Phillip's and couldn't see the needle hole - time to give in I think.... sigh

Hurry Mr Postman HURRY !

Monday, 22 January 2018

Miserable rainy weekend

I know some of you will have had snow but for the south it was rain this weekend and boy did it rain and rain and rain.

Saturday we went to Kingston Lacy for a walk with Barney - couldn't face the soaking wet muddy fields at home... it wasn't quite so wet there. This time  of the year there are literally thousands of snow drops.....

Yesterday it never stopped !  We did go out for a walk in the afternoon - it was saturated under foot and quite honestly if it wasn't for the fact the three of us were going mad to get out we probably wouldn't have bothered.

I spent most of the day knitting or practising piano - neck is suffering today a bit (the knitting not the piano playing).  I finished the latest jumper (no. 6 for orphans) and knitted up three scarves using the left over wool from the Fisherman's cowls that I knit over a dozen of not last year the year before (well I think that's when it was).

The dark scarf is blue and grey, the photo just doesn't show it that well.

I really don't like sewing up that much but it's all part of the process I keep telling myself.

I hope you managed to enjoy your weekend whether it was in snow or rain.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

T Shirt alteration

The very lovely and very talented Angela Wolf  runs some great courses on Craftsy of which most of them I have bought (all be it in the sale usually). 

Tailoring ready to wear   is a smashing course and I have clothes in my wardrobe that I have never worn and I got this course with the intention of doing some alterations.

So this weekend I used my crafting for me time to alter a T shirt.  It has never been out of the wardrobe, tried on, loved the colour but felt like the side of a house in it. Angela Wolf says that if you want your tops to be more flattering then make them shorter - if they hide your tush completely they give you no shape - unless they are supposed to be a long top. 

One of the sections shows you how to shape a T shirt, make sleeves more flattering and shorten them.

So here is my before - thank you my dear Delilah for your modeling skills

Now good old Del is pretty thin, she is also pretty small in the bust - but even she looks like a sack me thinks....

After the alteration:-

I don't think you get the full effect as I really should have taken the photo on me but I am a tad shy..... but let me tell you it sits beautifully now and it will be very much worn instead of hiding in the cupboard.  I didn't alter anything else as the rest of the fit was fine. 

I had to use a double needle which was a tad scary but I got the hang of it and Angela's course was great.  I know there is at least one other t shirt in the cupboard that has the same issue so will be hunting that one out to alter it. 

K x

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

I'm back... no excuses... no false promises

It's been a very "long" time since I posted anything and quite frankly if I had no followers I wouldn't be surprised !

I haven't had (for one reason and another) much CMT (crafting me time) but have decided to really try and make more of an effort.

I have during the last few months managed to knit five orphan jumpers - here's one of them! It's a really easy pattern, you start at the rib, work up and increase for the sleeves, cast off some for the neck opening, add them back again and then knit all the way down the back.  I was using donated wool from my sister for this one - she said it reminded her of a minion.  I have used moss stitch on the front body panel for a change, but to be honest it's one of those things that you can pick up and knit and not worry about concentrating too much.  I enjoy doing them and I hope they are keeping orphans warm somewhere!  I hand them in at the knit and knatter at the local library which I don't have time to attend but they are really happy to have the jumpers.

I have also knitted a premature baby pattern but didn't get on so well with this as it was on tiny needles and needed careful watching!

Over the Christmas holidays I had planned to ease myself back into playing piano, saxophone and sewing.  I managed the piano which I enjoyed very much - I am intending to carry on with this.  Didn't quite manage the saxophone but did get on the sewing machine - which I also loved.  It isn't anything super spectacular - just a pinny - adapted from a book I bought ages ago to go with a Craftsy Class by Diane Rupp.

She was a great tutor by the way on Craftsy!   When I think how far I have come with my sewing over the time... and how patience that young lady was with me !
So any hoo moving on....

Drum roll.... I even made my own bias binding - I present to you the evidence!

The pattern called for the pinny to be edged with a continuous edge of bias binding which formed the neck and back tie as well.  Once I got the hang of it and found some nifty videos on line on how to cut fabric efficiently (thank goodness for You Tube - other channels available LOL) it actually went pretty well.  The little tool just folds the fabric and then you press as you pull it along with a steamy iron!

So you can see I have pinned my binding on to the edge ready for stitching and then Delilah is kindly modeling said pinny with no front pocket.

These final two photos were taken last time (spot the error) - the pinny is NOT pressed.  To be honest I couldn't be bothered to drag the ironing board out (back right of photo) to iron it, so will give it a darn good press tonight which will sort out the presentation of said pinny.

Ironically Delilah is still wearing the pencil skirt that was the make from Diana Rupe's class on Craftsy!  I never did get around to wearing it - although I should really as the fabric is gorgeous but I rather fear at the moment my bottom won't fit into it (concentrating hard on loosing the Christmas weight - how is it that it takes seconds to put weight on but days/weeks to take it off).

So that's it so far - pinny finished (other than pressing)
Orphan jumper no. 6 is well on it's way - past the half way point but still knitting rear sleeve section
Piano going well - just need to get that sax out. 

I have just ordered another on line course from Tilly and the Buttons 
(have done a couple of courses before of Tilly's they are FABULOUS)


I haven't chosen a fabric yet, just waiting for the pattern to arrive through the letter box. 

I would also like to get back into my card making if I can - bought about 9 cards yesterday in the card shop - nearly £20.00 ! ! !   It's shameful really as I have a lot of nice card etc in my cupboard just sitting there sobbing quietly to itself waiting to be used. 

Happy New Year to you all (if anyone is reading this LOL)