Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Play time

I can't get over how much I actually managed to get done yesterday! I made a table runner for mum. It just needs it's binding closed. I've gotten it pinned.
 I then tipped out an old laundry basket that lives in the corner, it was full of off cuts of fleece and batting, so that's all tidy now and I have a few pieces all set for next time I want to make place mats, or other smaller items, a bag of smaller bits that can be used as stuffing and an empty basket waiting for the next collection of stuff.
While I was having a tidy up in project corner I came across a Fig Tree project, you know I can't resist those fabric collections!! This is my take on Moda Bake Shops Charming Hearts.First I cut a bunch of white charm squares then played about a little with two charm packs.
Then I appliqued some hearts cut from left over charms.  Once I had those complete I spread them all out on the floor to play about with the layout, then wondered if I might need to make a few more, to make it a little bigger, as it didn't seem all that large. and that was before I sewed all the blocks together, although I didn't add the border yet either....... But I do like to have plenty of quilt hanging over the sides of the bed, that means there is plenty left if someone gets greedy in the night.
Maybe a wider border, or a third round of border?
I resolved to think about that for a while and tidied everything away. While I was in clean up mood I had a good sort out in my other project boxes, my table and my desk.
Seeing as my Hunney still wasn't due home for another hour I then got stuck into one of the chests of drawers. Not the nice one, where all my Fig Tree fabrics live along with other new fabrics, nooooooo, the other one, where the 'other' fabrics live.  It holds my collection of reclaimed cottons, usually chopped from old clothing etc. There was also quite a lot of curtain samples, I thinned those out a bit and there was a collection of
 "Oh, you sew, I have some fabric you might like"
 stuff. The majority of that is gone. I gave it to the charity shop earlier today. 
My button collection had outgrown it's tin, so the whole lot was tipped into a larger tin, from it's various corners. The ribbon collection was untangled and also went into a new tin. Books and magazines have been put away and well, it feels like a different room! :-)
Now I'm off to play in my nice tidy room.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

SSCS Delivery

 Weeeeeeeee!  Look what arrived today. Perfect timing, it's wet, miserable and blowing a hoolie, I really needed some cheering up.
The lovely Sue from Charlottes Cottage sent two beautifully wrapped packages. This one for later.
And of course, ornaments for now.
Aren't they just gorgeous? Now I'm itching to put my tree up. But I won't. Those of you who have known me for a while will remember that I wait until Joe's birthday on 10th.
Thank you Sue. I hope you enjoy your package and ornaments as much as I have enjoyed this one.
Thank you Chooky for all your elf work.
I'm on a day off today. I had planned to sit up in my playroom, but got stuck here at the puter! At least  I managed to get a few rows of knitting done while reading blogs.
I have new stash to show off and more on the way, but that can wait for another time. Right now I'm off to find a safe place for my new ornaments and then off to play.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Still Stitching Secrets

But I can reveal that I've started knitting a shrug for myself. It's a boring simple pattern and good for going on auto pilot.

The collection of little stockings is growing. They take just over an hour to complete one, from start to finish, so are good to fill a little time here and there. 

On The Sleigh.

I finished, It's gone on it's long journey.

Monday, 21 November 2011

It works.

I got to play all day yesterday, I hid away upstairs in my room with my new sewing machine and played. :-)
This is the second project I produced, I can't show the first just yet, it's a SSCS item.

This wee Christmas pail was quick and easy to put together using some Honey Bun strips.
After I wrestle with some wrapping paper and tootle off to the post office with my SSCS package, I'll be able to play some more. :-)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Santa Came Early.

Santa and I have discussed a new sewing machine on several occasions, and I got my hopes up more than once. This year he came through and Jenny is here!
 She was delivered yesterday, about an hour before I had to leave for work. I knew she was coming and had been waiting all morning.
 You're lucky I remembered to grab the camera.
 Hunney had to help, she's very heavy and I really don't 'do' polystyrene. (Shudder).
It was at this point that I forgot to continue with the pictures.
Merry Christmas Everyone. I hope your dreams come true this year too.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

I did it!!

As I suspected, my first effort was a little on the small side, so I restarted with an extra 10 stitches and here you have it. One left mitten. :-)
Now all I have to do is to see if I can convert my scrawled notes into a right hand mitten.
After a panicked email to Chooky blue begging for a couple more days, I managed to find a little time and was able to complete my SSCS gifts this morning and >Phew< they will be away in the post next week, all on schedule, no extra time required.
Off to work.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Pattern Grrr

I decided I was going to knit me some mittens. :-)
But I can't find just the right pattern, so I'm making it up as I go.
I think this prototype may be a little small and my muse has kept me awake half the night planning how to do the thumbs!

Watch this space.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Monday, 7 November 2011

Do you remember?

Some of you may remember that two years ago my Hunney and I were married in his parents garden is New Zealand.
That would be two years ago today! Happy Anniversary Darling. And thank you for the flowers.
Sorry it's not much of a pic, but it's almost dark here, so had to rely on the flash.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Flying out of the door to work...........

So an almost wordless Wednesday.
Two little stockings, and the next one is on the needles.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Some knitting.

I can't show you what I'm sewing at the moment, but there is no harm in showing off a little knitting. I know I bought a book with larger stocking patterns, but I just couldn't resist making a few of these little ones.
They are a good size to hold goodies for my colleagues who will be working on Christmas day and only take a short time to make up.
My two days off this week are going to be busy as the afternoons are taken up with some volunteering work for the Royal British Legion. This is a very busy time of year for them and I'm pleased to be able to help out.
Must dash, lots to do today.