I think that last time I sort of promised a post within a few days...turned out I lied! Not deliberately, of course, but it was a lie nonetheless *hanging head in shame*
I have made some progress since then. Not a lot, but progress is progress, even if it's snail-like! (Not to sound like a squeaky wheel but I really am knackered at the moment, fortunately I'm well enough for crochet/knitting and The Big Bang Theory, but little else!)
My Summersville squares went from this:
|Ten squares of Summersville|
|48 squares of Summersville and 49 squares of interfacing|
(I need to cut one more square of 'Town' but I'm waiting until I can lay them all out and see if I've missed any section of the design - if not I'm going to make sure the square includes the library as that's my favourite building on there...at the moment, anyway!)
I cut my interfacing over the course of a few days and after the first day I realised that despite ordering what I thought was going to be more than enough, I was going to be about 25cm short. *sigh* I ordered some more from The Cotton Patch while they still had it and to make full use of the postage charge I also ordered some perle cotton - I'm sure that getting as much in the envelope as possible makes the charge better value for money...
The next day I went back to cutting interfacing and discovered that I wasn't going to be short at all...oh well, it'll come in for something! Note to self: don't do any working out when you're exhausted, it never ends well!
|Interfacing for which I no longer have a desperate need and some pretty perle cotton!|
The pincushion is now finished and has flown the nest:
|I should have ironed the background first!|
I've finally started a crochet project that's been lurking in my head for a while - I just needed to find the right combination of pattern and yarn
|It's going to be a blanket for me...so much for buying one ball at a time!|
I love this yarn (Bamboo Cotton by King Cole) - it's really, really soft and will be perfect to snuggle under in the winter when I can't afford (and/or am too tight) to have the heating on. It won't be done for this winter but hopefully it'll be finished by November 2013. I've just realised one drawback: it can't be tumble dried. I'm hoping that it won't need washing very often but I'll just have to choose a sunny week and lay it out in the conservatory for a day or two. Does anyone have any
other better ideas about how to dry a large (and, at the moment, non-existent) blanket?!
The Dorothy bag in the photo was made by Jude and it's perfect for keeping my hooks and scissors in. And the empty mint tin keeps my darning needle safe...
Not long after my last post (about nine hours!) I caved and bought the Umaro knitting pattern which I first saw on Nat's blog and fell in love with instantly. I thought it was too hard for me to attempt at the moment, especially as it's knitted from a chart and I've never done that before. Turns out it's not too hard after all and I love knitting from a chart!
|It's going to be a scarf for a friend (she doesn't read my blog so I'm safe to show it here!)|
I've had more lovely post from lovely people:
|A custom charm pack from Nicky|
|Gorgeous fabric (and chocolate!) from Sarah|
And Archie got some post from Sheila:
|Doggy newspaper fabric!|
He's planning to swap little pieces for extra biscuits. Note: not biscuits that he would get anyway, biscuits that are in addition to his woefully small ration...
Thank you, all of you,
I'm we're blessed to have such wonderful friends!
Archie (and Alfie) have been keeping me
amused company in their own inimitable style...
|I'm the king of the castle...|
When is it time to go home?(He's watching out of the front window for his lift!)
|I think they look like two naughty school boys in these photos - they're plotting something!!|
And finally, one last word from Archie:
|Pleeeeeease can I have another biscuit?!|
P.S. I'm way behind with blog reading (and especially with my emails) and may never catch up so I may end up clicking 'mark all as read'/'delete all' and starting afresh...I hope you won't be offended if I do!! I've read quite a few posts in my reader and so haven't commented but I have been admiring all the wonderful things people are making!
I hope you're all well and doing more sewing than I am (wouldn't be hard) - thanks for popping in xx