Monday, 7 April 2014

FAL -2014 Quarter 2

Quarter 1 of 2014 is over, where did it go? and it is time to sign with Katy of The Littlest Thistle for Quarter 2

I had itemised 6 things to complete in quarter 1 and failed to finish any of them although I've now finished Little Gromit's nursery curtains.

So I am trying to set myself up to achieve rather than fail this quarter. I am listing things that are well underway. 

This is a jelly roll race quilt that I started for my friend as a 50th birthday present. She was supposed to receive it before her 51st birthday, well, she is 52 next month so I really want to get this finished and delivered to her (She lives in Sheffield and is my best friend from school, we have been friends for over 40 years) 
It needs to have its' borders on & then it needs backing and quilting. I've got the borders but I haven't anything suitable for backing it.

This  quilt was on last quarter's list and I did move forward with it. I've got to add 4 more rows to complete the quilt top, then it needs backing and quilting. I've got the backing but it needs piecing. 

These 2 quilts for Little Gromit were on Quarter 1's list and again, they are well on their way. I pieced the backs over the weekend. One is basted up for quilting and the other one is half basted.

I've got one knitting project on this quarter's list

I want to complete this by the time I go to Scotland on holiday in the middle of May. The back and fronts are now finished and I've started on sleeve 1.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

2 months old! & poor Meg!

2 months old!

Little Gromit looks much less newborn and is now smiling lots, cooing and gurgling. He is making eye contact with you and is beginning to copy your mouth movements. He loves laying on the floor and having a good old stretch, he also has good head control. He loves his bouncing crocodile and he is beginning to watch T.V. He weighs over a stone, has a good appetite and his sleep pattern is improving, He still sleeps well on the move. He still has a sticky right eye and has had some issues with skin rashes that appear to be related to a cream but these seem to be resolving.

On the other hand poor Meg hasn't been doing so well. Last Thursday the Oh! Bearded One! had taken her out for a longish walk. They were on their way home when they encountered another staffie. Meg was on the lead, the other staffie wasn't. Meg doesn't like other dogs coming up behind her and will give warning growls. On this occasion the other staffie wasn't warned off, just the opposite, it attacked her. It latched onto her left leg and wouldn't let go. She also has a wound in her armpit. She has had to have wounds cleaned up and had to have a drain in. She has been very miserable and quite worried and snappy if we have tried to touch her legs or paws. This worries me no end as she wasn't like that, she would let me do anything, I've taken stitches out twice now. She needs these stitches out next week so I'll see how I get on, if she lets me take them out it will be less stressful than going to the vet.

She has been brighter today. She has been trying to play with her toys, except the cone of shame got in the way and she has been sun bathing which is her second favorite thing to do.

FAL-2014 & OPAM for March

Although I have had finishes over the last month or so, I haven't finished anything on my FAL list.  

Although 'Stepping Stones' isn't finished it has moved forward a lot so it goes onto the next quarter's list.

This quilt hasn't been touched and I'm going to leave it for now.

This is Little Gromit's quilt. I'm piecing the back at present and I really need to finish it so this definitely goes forward to the next quarter. His curtains were also on the list. I've had to make 3 curtains, 1 is completely finished and the other 2 need the hems hand sewing so these also go forward. 

This waistcoat was also on the list and although the back is finished and a front has been started the waistcoat is nowhere near finished.

 My March OPAM finishes are as below

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A new friend!

Meet my new friend!

A Singer 201k hand crank sewing machine! A snip at £19.80 from a local antique and collectables centre.

The outside of the machine is worn but not in really bad condition but the inside of the machine looks pretty new considering it is 56 years old, rather like me really!

It's serial number dates it as August 1958, made in Scotland. 

Someone has stenciled 'BEC' on the bed of the machine. This was presumably one of its' owners and someone has had a go at trying to remove it and not been successful so I am going to call it 'Bec'.

I have wanted a hand crank machine for quite a while. I am very cross with myself for letting my Mum get rid of her Singer 99 hand crank machine which was in fantastic condition - I learnt to sew on that machine. I really would like a black Singer 201 or 99 but as this machine sews well I am very happy to have this for now until I am successful in obtaining just what I really want.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Brooch Swap

Jo organised a handmade brooch swap. Lorraine was my swap partner.

This crocheted brooch was my gift from Lorraine. It will look great on the jacket I am knitting at present.  Thank you Lorraine and Jo!

This is the one I sent to Lorraine. 

I love taking part in swaps but due to financial constraints I am having to be selective in what I take part in. Anything where the postage isn't going to cost an arm and leg are in!  

Monday, 24 March 2014


I've been trying to finish some knitting projects in the last few weeks.

I tend to knit in the evening when I watch TV so this is when I've been having a go at these things.

See my page for finishes for 2014 for the details of the garments above.

I am currently knitting this jacket. I have given myself a strict time limit of early May to get this finished as I want to take it on holiday with me.

In the UK it has been traditional to knit the back & fronts separately, then sew them together but after my less than satisfactory sewing up of 'Stockport' (see 2014 finishes), having had a good look at the pattern I am having a go at knitting the back & fronts together on a circular needle. It has meant acres of stocking stitch but for me, that is fine as I am very happy to knit stocking stitch whilst I'm watching TV. What you see here represents 2 weeks of knitting most evenings.

The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed DK which I'm loving, it is light but appears strong so I'm hoping it wears well.

A 'Little Gromit' photo, especially for you, Kath

and a very daft one of Molly!

What I have been up to - Part 1

These are a few of the things I've been working on over the last few weeks.

These blocks form the middle of the quilt

This quilt is 'Stepping Stones' from 'Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts' by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The fabric line is A Morris Workshop by Barbara Brackman for Moda

Here there are 3 rows stitched together including the outer border blocks. 
The finished quilt will measure 72' x 96'

It has been in progress quite a while and was put on my 1st quarter list to complete. It isn't completed but it is further along!

A little hat knitted in Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino DK for Little Gromit as he had outgrown his first hat. This is a finish for February. 

DD appears to have lost it so I will need to re-knit over the summer ready for next winter.

This little rabbit is also a February finish and was for Little Gromit.

I keep plugging away at these Civil War 'Scrappy Trip Around the World' blocks for a king sized bed quilt for my bed. 

This quilt top has also been on the go for a long time, 3 years and counting. I've got it from blocks to a finished top that needs backing and quilting. It is one of a pair from another book by Pam & Nicky Lintott - Two From One Jelly Roll Quilts. This one is called 'Bubblegum' and the other one is called 'Building Blocks. They are both made from a Bunny Hill Lily & Wil jelly roll from Moda. 

The quilt is for my hairdresser who is having a little girl in May. I next see her mid April so I've got until then to get it finished.