Getting close!

21 03 2010

I cannot believe it, but I have two big straight lines to sew until I have finished my quilt top. It’s a miracle… I never get this close to finishing things (at least not without a 6 months hiatus somewhere in there!)

I have no photos to post yet since I should now be in bed… but hopefully next weekend I will be able to post pictures of the finished quilt top. Now I’m excited!





Mmmm….. cookies!

10 02 2010

Last week was one of those weeks. You know the kind. Where you don’t go grocery shopping, but should have, and therefore spend the week raiding the pantry for exciting meals like baked beans on toast, scrambled eggs on toast, etc etc. By the end of the week I was a bit strapped to find a meal! So this weekend I really HAD to do some shopping. Of course I bought lots of useful things to make meals, but I couldn’t resist making something nice, just because.

How about some Oat Choc Chunk Cookies? They looked pretty good pre-baking…

but I’ve got to say they looked even better afterwards!

How long do you think the box will stay that full?





It keeps growing

14 01 2010

Well, so far I haven’t lost any steam yet on my quilt. It’s slow progress (and I admit I think I had fantasies of being able to whip it up in a few days), but I can see that things are happening and so far I haven’t had too many major dramas.

Last time I had joined quite a number of squares to make some half square triangles and had them lain out. I’ve added to it since then, sewing some rows together and making some more half square triangles.

Here’s a shot of my beautiful seams, all neatly pressed and starched to within an inch of their lives.

The first two rows have been stitched first in strips, then the two rows stitched together, so I have a finished “zig”.

The next two rows have been sewn into strips, but I need to sew these together.

And the next two rows have just had the triangles pieces together but I need to sew each row into strips and together. I just had to lay them out to see what it would all look like!

It’s so satisfying to see progress! I’m running out of time before my holidays are over though. I have a visitor coming soon and since all of this is laid out in my guest room it will all have to be packed up and put away.  Oh, to have a dedicated sewing room!





Happy Birthday to me…!

3 01 2010

It was my birthday about a month ago. I know…. I’m a bad blogger. I even had exciting news to post after my birthday and I never quite got around to posting it!

Anyway, the exciting news is that I got a sewing machine! It’s a Janome MyExcel, and it’s wonderful. With finishing up work for the year and Christmas and New Year plans, I haven’t actually cracked it open and used it yet, but I just went and bought fabric this morning for what will be my next project. (I know, I haven’t finished the others yet!)

More news to come as I start this next project on my new machine!





Oh Christmas Tree!

5 12 2009

Yup, put it up this morning. Here’s how that went…

I cleared a space for it:

And then it grew:





Alpine is finished! Woot!

25 10 2009

I have mixed feelings about this project, and I’m not sure where to start.

Firstly though, I guess, I am so excited to have actually finished this project. It really has been a pretty quick knit, even for me. A couple of afternoons got the bulk of it finished, I just then left it sitting on the coffee table for a while before I picked it up again to knit.

I think one of the reasons it sat there for a while was because I don’t think the fit is terribly good. Whilst the sleeves fit, they are pretty snug, especially under the arms. The body also seems a little too wide.

Having said that I thought it would not fit as well as it does. Adding the neck edging has really brought things in tighter and neater than I thought it would. No doubt I will wear it a couple of times because I feel I should!

I am really excited to have completed the neck binding as it was written in the pattern too! It’s my first time doing a yarn over, and having to do them in a bind off row made it a bit tricky. My best knitting tutor, youtube, was pretty unhelpful here too, so it took me 15 minutes or so to work out what I had to do. Once I had it figured though, it was pretty easy and I wondered what the fuss was about!

The other thing I’m not sure about is the weight of the thing. It’s knit in 12 ply, and for a cropped, short sleeved cardigan, it’s pretty heavy!

I feel at this point I should do something fancy here like a little report on the pattern etc like other knitting bloggers do, but frankly I would have no idea what I am talking about. So instead, here’s a couple of pictures of the finished thing.

BTW, before someone else suggests it, I know that any decent knitter after finishing knitting a garment that doesn’t fit properly, would frog and reknit in a better size. But hey, I finished it! I’m not about to undo it all and start again!

Sorry about the dodgy photos too, but even though I had to take them of myself, inside at night, I wanted to get this posted so I could prove I finished something!

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A to do list and a wish list

15 10 2009

OK. Confessional time. Here’s the list of things I have started. I’m hoping that by listing everything here I will make myself go back and tackle these projects some more. This list doesn’t include the things that I have materials for but haven’t started!

  • Babette (or will I frog it and turn it into a ripple?) (10%, but the squares are wonky and have rusty pin marks)
  • Knitted beaded bracelet (50%)

Then we get to the other thing I would like to make, or have materials for:

  • I want to make a chinese coin quilt for my bed
  • I want to knit an Ishbel
  • I want to make my sister and I a bag each
  • I want to make myself a charging station
  • I want to learn how to knit in the round and make some beanies (I have quite a bit of leftover 12 ply wool)
  • I want to make beaded nets for plain christmas ornaments
  • I want to make a Japanese temari

The scary thing is that this list is not exhaustive. I’m sure there are plenty of things I have forgotten about, and plenty more things I would like to knit or make if I really wanted to make a big list.

The first thing I want to cross off is Alpine. I’ve left it sitting for a while because I don’t think the fit will be great, but I want it finished none-the-less. Then I think I would like to finish the green tumbling blocks blanket. It’s been so long sitting there! I’m not sure at what point it is safe to get a new project started. How many things should I cross off before I allow myself to start something new?