Saturday, 1 November 2008
I finished my October Ornament today on November 1 so I haven't made the deadline but it's done and I'm going to have 12 stitched and finished ornaments this year as I've already started on #11 tonight. I think that is something to be proud of and 2008 will certainly be a record year for finishes as I've never completed so many small projects in the space of 12 months.
And as I did in late September I'm having issues with photo uploading. I think the Internet knows when I want to upload something but I'll keep trying over the next few days in between celebrating E's 8th birthday.
Monday, 29 September 2008
Sunday, 31 August 2008
Saturday, 2 August 2008
It's probably hard to tell from the photo but I knitted two rectangles, cast off and then started knitting into the side of them. I really enjoyed the class and all in all it has been a very satisfying experience!
Monday, 28 July 2008
This couldn't have come at a better time! I'm contemplating pulling the knitting apart and starting over or shelving it until Saturday and today after a very busy weekend I woke up at 4:00am with a terrible migraine and I've been feeling seedy all day. I dragged myself out of bed to collect the boys from school and only checked the letterbox as an afterthought. I was delighted to find this parcel from Carol in New Hampshire USA (I hope that's what the NH stands for!) I have some cute pink fabric which I can use for finishing, a pair of scissors and beautiful stiched fob. I've never made a fob or owned one so this is another first.
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Saturday, 26 July 2008
I've had a voucher for my local craft shop Threads & More burning a hole in my pocket since November last year so I decided to redeem it today. And the redeeming of it meant that I'm now branching out into something entirely different - KNITTING!
I learnt to knit as a child and I could remember how to do plain in my head but that was it. Now I'm signed up for a two hour class next Saturday morning, I've got a bag full of wool in delicious colours (I can't think of a better adjective for them!), bamboo knitting needles and a pattern for a gorgeous blanket which is knitted and has a crocheted edge. I have never crocheted!
However part of the Mission statement for Threads & More is something about a "nurturing environment" for people to learn new things and I certainly experienced that today. I was helped with choosing my pattern then we chose some beautiful variegated wool and then matched it with plain colours. They laid it all out on the table for me so we could see how it would all go with the pattern and then a lovely lady started me off. She cast on even though I think I can do it still and knitted a couple of rows before I took over and did few more rows getting the edge right so that now I can continue on my own until next Saturday. She even showed me how to change colours even though I assured her I wouldn't possibly get that far! I'm very excited by it all - it feels different to cross stitch and a is a bit scary - because I don't have control over it yet.
From there I went to Mary Ryan's bookshop to spend $30 and bought a beautiful embroidery book because that is something else I want to delve into and it had the pattern for a bag that I have admired from afar back when I used to be able to go to craft on a Tuesday.
Should be interesting to see what dh says when I bring the knitting needles out.