Thursday, April 27, 2017

All the Projects Update

As always, I have have several projects on the go. You may have seen these photos if you follow me on Instagram.

I'm so enjoying this gorgeous design, the first in the latest Blackbird Designs series. Now I've seen a pic of the second design I can't wait to get that one on the mail!

My sock knitting is progressing well:

But it's been put to the side for now as I have been focusing on the Moorland Blanket, these waves are so addictive!

This is Part 1 all done, and I have even sewn in all the ends.

Until next time xx

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birthday Goodies

Earlier in the month I celebrated my birthday and as it fell on a Sunday DH, Hannah, Zoe and I headed out for a sushi lunch and a spot of shopping, two of my favourite things to do :) To finish the day off, DH cooked dinner on the barbeque while I had a glass of bubbles or two, and enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine with my stitching. A perfect day.

I received some gorgeous crafty gifts from my friends. From Kath, this adorable bunny, a With Thy Needle & Thread/Brenda Gervais design. I just love it.

Kath also treated me to the latest Gail Pan book, can't wait to start one of the designs.

From Clare, the most gorgeous scissor fob, so beautifully stitched and finished, and the newly released La-D-Da kits - so lucky, I made a tiny start on this during the Easter break.

Wendy gave me the latest Ed Sheeran CD, (yay, love Ed Sheeran!), two little charms, some ribbon and the little plastic canister is to store bobbins in, how handy that will be.

I also received a Cottage Garden thread from Elizabeth - perfect colour for some Christmas redwork.

These gorgeous blue fabrics and sweet note pad were from Janet.

One of my dear clients gave me this selection of buttons and stickers, she knows I love novelty buttons :)

Thank you again my lovely friends.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter Exchange & Crafting

Every year for quite some time now, Kath and I have exchange a little stitched gift at Easter. 
Some years it takes me ages to decide what to stitch for Kath but this time I knew straight away, as I had the pattern ready and waiting since last year, Spring Greetings Bouquet by With Thy Needle & Thread. You can see it here

This is the sweet little pillow Kath gave me, Peep by the Prairie Schooler.

I just love how Kath has finished it, and the green fabric is just perfect!

Over the Easter break I finished this new Lizzie Kate design:

Basket by Lizzie Kate
stitched on mocha 32 count belfast linen with recommended threads.

I also got a few rows done on a new crochet blanket I have underway, the Moorland Blanket by Lucy, Attic 24.  This is going to be gift for my cousin Donna's 40th birthday. I purchased the yarn pack from the Wool Warehouse in the UK.

Part one is nearly finished and once again, I'm really enjoying crocheting with the lovely Stylecraft yarn.

See you soon x

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter 2017

We had a wonderful Easter break, catching up with friends & family, lots of yummy food and treats, and chocolate eggs too xx

These are the little bags I made for my small nieces and a few extras for my stitching friends.
The sweet stitchery pattterns are by Amy Sinibaldi, and can be found here

After a wet & wild day or two, thanks to Cyclone Cook passing thru, the sun came out for most of the weekend, perfect for getting out and about.

As usual, Hannah and I set up a little Easter display by our fire place.

Hannah got some lovely goodies from the Easter Bunny

We also made some yummy Easter treats including Bunny Bait, yum!

Sunday afternoon we got together with Glenn's family and Hannah and her cousins had their annual Egg Hunt

Back inside, just in time before a massive thunder and lightning storm!

What a wonderful few days.

Back soon with some Easter crafting pics. See you soon xx

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Wishing you a very happy Easter, may it be filled with lots of love, joy and chocolate!!

(Bunny design is Spring Geetings Bouquet by With Thy Needle and Thread)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

All about the Socks

This gorgeous yarn recently arrived from Western Australia. 

Hand dyed by Bec from Saltwater Yarns, @handmadebec on Instagram, and even though it took a detour via the US to get here to New Zealand (how weird!!) it was so worth the wait. 

Bec also included a stitch marker, a tea sample and a little project bag.

I couldn't wait to cast on a new pair of socks, this time they are actually for me!

Yarn is Green Pools from Saltwater Yarns, pattern is Prairie Socks by Kay F Jones, and it can be purchased at Ravelry here.

Another of my lovely, dear friends recently celebrated a special birthday and I chose to knit Wendy a pair of socks too.


Pattern: My Favourite Vanilla Sock by the Unapologetic Knitter
Yarn: Drops Fabel 904 Lavender Mix
Needle Size: 2.25mm
Size: L

My friend Janet, whom I also work with, has been saying to me for ages "I should get you to show me how to get some socks started" and well, that sort of got the ball rolling as a couple of other ladies from my work expressed an interest too. Then Kath and Clare both decided to join us, and our little sock knitting group was formed. I'm certainly no expert but using some of the wonderful tutorials and patterns available, in particular Winwick Mum's fantastic Sockalong pattern and tips, I've been able to help the ladies all get socks underway.

One or two are nearly ready for the Kitchener stitch cast off, and the other ladies are making steady progress. Not only has it been lots of fun during our knitting sessions - we've all been able to have a few laughs when one of us has dropped a stitch or two, but we've been able to encourage each other along as well.

I did thoroughly disclose when we started that sock knitting is highly addictive!!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

New Stash & some Abby pics

I just loved several of the new Blackbird Designs charts so couldn't resist adding a few to my shopping cart.

I also decided to join an auto club for the new series.The threads are just gorgeous for the first pattern, all my favourite blues.  I'll be getting this underway this week sometime.

Hannah and I spent some time at my parents over the weekend and we got to have some fun with the puppy, Abby Rose.  She is a darling wee pup, and is bringing so much joy to my parents and niece Zoe.

She was in need of a good bath as she'd been "helping" my Dad out in the garden.

Such a cutie pie xxx

Monday, April 03, 2017

Be Jolly

This cute ornament has been on my To Stitch list for ages so I decided to make it for Hannah's 2017 ornament.

Be Jolly
Design by Angel Stitchin, 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments Magazine
stitched on 32ct cream linen with recommended threads

See you soon x

Thursday, March 30, 2017

First Ornament for 2017

Having been a bit burnt out by Christmas stitching late last year, and also busy with a few knitting and crochet projects, I'm off to a slow start with this year's Christmas ornaments. 

This little Santa ornament was my favourite from last year's Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine.

Sunflower Santa by the Sunflower Seed
32 count natural linen with the recommended threads

In this pic you can my choices for the backing fabric and trim.

This ornament is going to be for one of my aunties,whom has grown sunflowers for many years.

See you soon x

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lizzie Kate Jingles

I'm very pleased that one of my unfinished projects from last year is now finished! It's been in my qsnaps for ages!

I still have to attach some buttons and decide how I'm going to finish it, maybe into a wall hanging?

Stitched on 32 countt mocha Belfast with mostly the recommended threads, this was a fun stitch. Several of the Jingles I've stitched before for individual ornaments.  Instructions on how to stitch all the Jingles in one sampler including the stitch count can be found on the Lizzie Kate website here.

See you soon x

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