Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A Half Way Post

Happy Valentine's Day to you.

I am looking forward to catching up with everyone who is taking part in Jo of Serendipitous Stitching's, Valentine Blog Hop.There are quite a few participants this year.

I am posting a half way progress post today of Little Moreton Hall#2 and Peppermint Pig.
I have completed one of my motifs on PP and hope to keep to my target of two by the end of the month.






 I did not pick LMH up at the weekend because I had very welcome visitors.Our younger son,fiance and our beautiful grandson Alex.It was an unplanned visit but they came to see me because I have been very unwell.It was such a pleasure to see them all.They are moving to Germany next month,a great opportunity for them and somewhere we have not visited before,so we will look forward to visiting them when they are settled.

Anyway here is my LMH#2 half way progress for February..


                                                                on the 28.01.2018



                                               today 14.02.2018

I am gong to choose my next PP motif now and catch up with some of the Winter Olympics.
Thank you for visiting and I will see you soon:)

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Final January Update

Hi.

January always goes quicker for me than any other month and this year is no exception.

I have,however,made good progress on my Little Morton Hall#2,which I started again on 10th January,not a difficult date for me to remember because it was my dad and my grandpa's birthday.

Here is my progress after three weeks stitching.




I have completed half of a motif on Peppermint Pig.






I am knitting too.I have something on my needles I cannot show yet,but I am enjoying it very much and learning about garment knitting at the same time.   

My aim for February is to keep to my LMH#2 on track and complete at least two motifs on Peppermint Pig.

See you next month,thanks to every one who leaves comments here and for visitng  to find out what I am up to:)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

WIP Stitching

Hi.

I have a stitching update to share.
First I can show you my progress on Little Moreton Hall #2. I have, so far,stuck to my plans for this design and stitched on this for the last 10 days for at least 30 minutes and have found that I was enjoying it so much I put in about an hour on some of the evenings.So,after ten days LMH #2 is looking like this.The spaces will be stitched when I have decided which colour of white to use.

 


I have also added a couple of motifs to Peppermint Pig.I stitched the missing leaf on the rose motif and moved onto the ladder motif and then the tiny pig.





I am going to decide which motif to concentrate on after I have uploaded my post.

I hope you have a had a good weekend wherever you are and I will be back at the end of the month.

Thanks for visiting:)  

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas or a great holiday if it was not Christmas for you.

I am another year older since my last post.My birthday is at the beginning of January close to middle grandson who was eight on New Years Day.Eight is an age I can only dream of!! I  was 60 on my birthday.Both my sons asked me if I felt any different.I don't :)The only thing that was strange was seeing lovely cards with the big 6 0 on them,how did I get here so quickly!!!!

Anyway I had a lovely birthday,was thoroughly spoiled by husband and both sons who bought me an ipad Pro,with a 12" screen. 
I am set for the duration reading my pdf stitching magazines,stitching and knitting patterns and of course my favourite blogs.The sound system is not half bad either for my music. 

I had other gifts too,a lovely tree of life pendant from one friend with a little silver tag attached that says family on it,a gift card for Black Sheep Wools and two locally made scented candles from a dear friend who knows me well and a beautiful printed scarf from another close friend,depicting a Chinese wall covering in one of my favourite National Trust buildings,Erddig in North Wales.

A very special gift was the arrival of younger son,his fiance and our nine week old grandson on my birthday.They stayed for two days and it was a lovely visit.It was by no means a certainty that they would make it up here from London due to Alex's age and the weather,but they did :) and the little lad slept through the night both nights. He had just started sleeping through a few days before they came to stay.

I have spent the day 'very early spring cleaning' my stash,both knitting and stitching.I decided to declutter before I got into my projects properly for the year.It was well overdue and I feel tons better now. One or two started but not finished projects have been consigned to the bin.I want to concentrate on projects that give me the most enjoyment.

I will continue to stitch on my Peppermint Pig.





I have made a decision about Little Moreton Hall





Some of you will perhaps remember I was not happy with the white thread coverage where I was stitching quarter stitches in the lower part of the building.
There are many more of these in the second half of the design.This was putting me off wanting to continue with it.I think the stitches I have done in the slanted areas are untidy and that makes me unhappy.
I love the design and want to stitch it,so I have ordered a piece of 27 count Linda,the same fabric as the one in the kit except it is white rather than beige.
I can stitch the brown and black wood areas and leave the tiny white areas unstitched,they are so small,as are the fabric holes, that I think this may work.My aim is to stitch at least 30 mins five times a week on this design to make good progress.Fortunately the thread supplied with the kit is Anchor so there will be no problems with thread replacement.



I have still got my Prairie Schooler Santa to complete.Like Peppermint Pig he was put on the back burner while I stitched Alex's Satsuma Street sampler at the back end of last year.


I have so many Just Cross Stitch and the whole collection of The Gift Of Stitching on my computer as pdf magazines plus purchased pdf charts and free charts that I have accumulated over the last 24 years plus a number of physical bought charts,mostly Christmas themed, that 2018 is going to be the year of stash usage,no purchases other than thread when I need it.I feel it is about time I used some of the things I have purchased in the last few years.


That goes for my knitting too. In less than a year I have accumulated a pretty impressive yarn stash.The exception will be purchasing yarn to knit for Alex and one purchase for me with my gift card to make an adult jumper or cardigan.

Phew! Thanks for staying with me f you got this far,this is a long post for the first of 2018.
I hope to have some stitching progress for my next post.

Bye for now.












Friday, 22 December 2017

Jo’s Advent Blog Hop

Hello,it is my turn to post today along with my Advent partner Mia from Craftarista.

I stitched this sweet design in 2015 which is free design by Aliolka on her blog.



Jo’s question for us this year is do we have any plans for or traditions on Boxing Day.

My husband and myself  often see our elder son,daughter in law and our  grandsons on Boxing Day.
We used to walk across the road to my in-laws home when our boys’ were children and spend a few hours with their nana and grandad.
When I was a child we often went for bracing walks in the cold,not my favourite part of Boxing Day.I remember one year it was so cold and damp I ended up crying because my feet were frozen in my wellies.I thought they would surely drop off !!

I like Boxing Day,because like many others I enjoy the cold meat and left overs,an easy meal after the cooking on Christmas Day.It is a relaxing day for us.

Thanks for organising another great Advent Blog Hop,Jo.

                                                          Merry Christmas






Sunday, 17 December 2017

A Pre Christmas Post

Hello all. 

I am still here and following my favourite blogs here and on IG.I have been busy with my stitching and my knittng. I am also taking part in Serendipitous Jo's Advent Blog Hop

I have a stitching finish to show you and some knitting.

In my last post I put up a photo of my progress on Pretty Little London from Satsuma Street,a gift for our expected grandson.Alexander arrived safely on 4th November and is now a very smiley little baby. His mummy and daddy want to guard his privacy and I wholeheartedly agree with them.

Pretty Little London was well received,our son said he and his fiance thought it was a very thoughful,lovely gift.
I thought it was perfect because they met in London 2013,set up home there in 2014,became engaged in March 2016 and now have their little boy:)

His grandad and I visited last weekend and saw him for the first time.It was a really special weekend.

So,the finished stitching.I did not show any more progress updates because I realised there was a slim chance our son would see them,he occasionally reads my blog as he gets notifications and to ask him not to would have had him wondering.He had no idea I was stitchng a piece for Alexander.Fortunately he did not see the one picture from my last post.

I changed the design a little because I had a frame size in mind.I altered St Pauls Cathedral by adding a few pillars which it has at the entrance of the building.I was not happy about the filler stitching,similar to the bases of London Bridge, in that part of the design. 
I stitched Big Ben's clock hands as near as I could get them to 8.14 when Alexander was born and I added a heart to the left side window of St Paul's for Alexander.  



Progress the day before Alexander was born. I was stitching on St Paul's as he was arriving.




Finished four days after Alexander was born.

I purchased the frame and ordered the aperture,I am pleased with the colours I decided upon, and also ordered perspex to replace the glass.The frame came with glass which I did not want in a baby sampler.

As you can imagine I enjoyed stitching this so much.
The colours were my own choice from my stash,both DMC and Anchor and the fabric was sparkly Cloud Winter Sky 14ct aida from  sewitall

I have picked up Peppermint Pig again in the last few days and nearly completed a little motif.


Here it all is so far.I love this design.




Knitting 
has been ongoing. I am progressing all the time,having learned so much this year,not least that I can knit and produce wearable,attractive articles.

I knit a second pair od Christmas socks recently,my elf socks :) they are a plain vanilla sock that I learned to knit in March this year with the invaluable help from a Sock book by Christine Perry aka Winwick Mum.



The yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Candy Cane yarn a limited Christmas edition,Chocolate Lime and Cherry Drop 4ply sock yarn.




I have started my first pair of patterned socks called Hermiones Everyday Socks  designed by Erica Lueder.It is a simple but really effective pattern,so many knitters have done this one.These are  knit with WYS Blueberry Bon Bon 
4 ply sock yarn. These are my ninth pair of socks.I hope to start knitting for family next year.


My sockhead cowl by Boho Knits is coming along well. I love this one,it is just lots of stocking stitch,and some two by two rib, so relaxing to knit.I am knitting this project with Head Over Heels 4 ply yarn, the Snowdon colourway by Stylecraft

and for a change from knitting I have started a crochet granny square blanket.it will be all in one huge square. I have 16 balls of Stylecraft DK yarn I want to put into this blanket. I taught myself to crochet when I was fourteen and wanted to start again with something easy .

This is a long term project,but I should have a big blanket at the end of it.

If you are still with me on this long post,thankyou. 
I hope you have a great holiday however you celebrate. I am looking forward to Christmas.
Thank you for visiting.Bye for now.
 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Time For An Update

Hello there

I have a quick update on my Satsuma Street project.I have a sort of a deadline for this piece but because I am enjoying stitching on it so much I do not feel the deadline pressure like I have in the past.
This weekend has been dedicated to this project only and I am on page two of three now.

Because my husband works weekends I nearly always have quite a lot of time to stitch/knit/sew and I was on a roll this weekend.The weather has been horrible so no going outside for me.I did stop to do some baking,so I do have something else to show for my day :)

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend and got done what you wanted to do.
Thank you for visiting.  Bye for now .