and a catch-up?! I'm planning to drink at least two big cups of tea while I write this post (I've done more, and shared less, in January than I thought!) so if you fancy joining me then pull up a pew...there are biscuits, if you want
I can finally share one of my FAL objectives (item three: to finish some knitting) as it has been received by its lovely new owner and is settling in nicely!
Here's the (awful!) photo I emailed to Leanne (at the start of the quarter) of my third Umaro scarf (this time knitted in 'Stonewash'):
And this is what I sent across the pond:
I received a beautiful parcel from Deb, wrapped in the loveliest tissue paper I've ever seen. Yes, of course I kept it!
|Thank you, Deb!|
Not that I'm done with this knitting lark or even this pattern (Umaro from Brooklyn Tweed) - I've started a baby blanket! No photo yet (next time, perhaps) but at least I'm using a different yarn this time (Aran rather than chunky) and doing nine repeats of the pattern across the row rather than just one. I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of this pattern!
I've also ticked another item off my FAL list: my stumpwork anemone. It needed a bit of stitching added and the detached petals prepared and joined to the fabric before I mounted it onto a 4" canvas block:
|The front, the back and the finished item.|
I gave it to my mam and she's going to find somewhere to put it...she has one in red partially made and my hope is that she'll finish hers but I'm not holding my breath!
I've also managed to make progress with the third (and last) item on my FAL list (the Marmalade hexagons from Our Dear Leader) - I just need to add some (plain) borders and then I can start quilting:
|Hexy cushion (front and back) - it needs a press, as you can see!|
I've made another couple of pin cushions and given them to two friends. One is a sister to the pin cushion I made for Danielle and one is another EPP pin cushion, made with Japanese import fabric (EPP and these fabrics are a perfect match!):
|Little and Large.|
After those two big hexy pin cushions I needed some more toy stuffing so was forced (forced, I tell you!) to put in an order with Annie at The Village Haberdashery:
|It's a pity you can't reach through the screen and stroke that cord!|
The corduroy is for a bag I'm making (I'm starting it tomorrow in a workshop at my friend's studio, Knot) and it's gorgeous! I'm using Kona pomegranate for the lining (bought from here - an eBay shop I'll definitely be using again!) and have managed to track down a 20" bright pink zip, which is harder to find than you'd think (especially if you're not willing to pay £2.99 p&p for a single zip), so I'm all set! All I need now is some energy and concentration...I'd best take some sweeties with me to keep me going!
I've also received some more nice post, well I think it's nice! I recently snapped my favourite hand piecing needle (it couldn't face another hexy and gave up the ghost!) and I realised that I didn't have many left in the packet so put in an order with JJ Needles and ordered enough needles to last me a decade! Well, I needed to make full use of the cost of postage, didn't I? (I think I usually quilt with a #10 between and wanted to move to a smaller needle so got a packet of #11 betweens to act as an intermediate step before I move to the #12 needles.)
|50 sharps and 36 betweens, that should keep me going!|
I tried to take a photo to show the size of the needles but I'm not sure I succeeded! I wanted to put them next to something that most quilters will own or have seen - coins aren't particularly useful if you're outside the UK and I was struggling to think of something when this ball of perle thread volunteered:
|Two needles perched on a ball of perle, a thrilling photo if ever there was one!|
I've also had some lovely post from Katy@The Littlest Thistle - she's kindly donated one of her WiPs to me and it'll probably be going on my FAL Q2 list. I think it's got quite a bit of experience of being on an FAL list...
|I have no idea why Katy was willing to part with this but I'm glad she did!|
If you can bear it, I've got another couple of photos of my hexies to share but feel free to skip past, I wouldn't blame you! The first is my hexy map as a few of you wanted to see what it was:
|Labelled hexies and a hexy map|
I've now got seventeen hexies joined, which wasn't without drama as I realised (after joining sixteen hexies) that I had the same fabric in two blocks and it was touching! The horror! I took to Flickr (the link will take you to see the offending hexy) and Twitter to see what the consensus was...and promptly went against it! In fairness, I was really intending to leave it but somehow hearing other people's opinions made me realise what my own was. In Nicky's words, 'Miss PK (Picky Knickers) won!'
This is what they now look like:
|I'm trying to remember to press it each time I add a hexy but I'm not succeeding...yet!|
and I'm really pleased I listened to Miss PK and moved that hexy! It's lovely to be able to see them without their seam allowances, it makes such a difference!
Finally, ('At last!', I hear you cry!) I managed to take some photos of Archie in the snow...well, what was left of it by the time I remembered to take my camera with me on our
Now, my cup is empty (again!) and I think it's time for tea...this time the meal, not the drink! I'm linking up with Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day, why not pop over and see what everyone is up to? While you're there, why not add your link to the list?!