Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Last Week

My #santasundayxs stitching is going really well, on the weekend I finished this sweet angel design by Little House Needleworks.

This is the second time I've stitched this lovely design, the first time was for my MIL back when the chart first came out.

One night last week I decided that some easy knitting was in order so I printed off a dishcloth pattern from my Ravelry list and found some Sugar 'n Cream cotton in my stash. Pretty colours huh?

I also received a little parcel from all the way down south, Vintage Purls in Dunedin. I'm going to use this gorgeous yarn for the first pattern in the Curious Handmade Sock Society Club. I recently mastered magic loop sock knitting (more about that another time) so I also bought these ChiaGoo 2.25mm circuluar needles. These are great to knit with.

On Saturday I went out for the day with Clare to spend the day in Napier with Kath. I couldn't decide what to knit or stitch so I packed up all my latest projects and more, lol.

We had a wonderful time catching up, lots of chatting and laughs and as always, a stitching together has to have yummy treats to share.

So much fun and I'm already looking forward to our next catch up.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Beach Weekend

Despite a cool and rainy forecast last weekend, we decided to go ahead with our last beach stay before winter which we had booked back in January. Despite the rain on Friday and early Saturday, the skies cleared and Sunday was a beautiful warm day, not a cloud in the sky.

It was a very chilled out weekend - we had plenty of walks along the beach, exploring the rock pools when it was low tide, and enjoying some vitamin sea!

See you soon x

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Santa Sunday Finishes

I have another finish from my Santa Sunday stitching, Be Jolly by Hands on Design. #santasundayxs is a stitch along on Instagram if you'd like to join in. I'm planning to stitch a few from this series for our tree this year.

My first stitched ornament for 2018 has also now been finished and made into a small hanging pillow.

Seasons Greetings by Little House Needleworks

See you soon xx

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

My Knitting Group

Last year we started a weekly knitting group at my work as some of the ladies were interested in learning how to knit socks. We had lots of laughs and fun together as they learnt how to use double pointed needles and most of the ladies finished their first pair of socks. 

We decided to continue on with our group this year, even though it's been stinking hot some days that the last thing you feel like doing is knitting.

We've started the year with handwarmers - this is a simple pattern shared with us by one of the ladies in our group. Some of us have been knitting them for gifts, others to give to a local cancer support group charity. I've made the three pairs below, 100% NZ Pure DK wool, and they don't quite use a 
50 g ball.

Next up, a couple of us are going to knit these and also, one of the newbies to our group is going to learn how to make socks and we're also planning some shawl knitting over the winter months. Lots of fun!

See you soon x

Monday, March 05, 2018

Hippity Hoppity

Hip Hop by Lizzie Kate

Most years I stitch something to add to my Easter collection of small pillows and other decorations. This little kit was a pleasure to stitch, love the bright colours! The fabrics, beads and buttons were supplied in the kit, even the dotty ribbon.

I have a few other Easter themed projects planned, whether they get finished on time is another story!

See you soon xx

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Summer Reading

I thought I'd share some of the great books I've read over the summer months. A real mixture of genres, some by my favourite authors, others by new to me authors.

I also enjoyed the last of the Camel Club series by David Baldacci, and another in the Detective Roy Grace series by Peter James.

My current read is this one:

To be followed by the latest two in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, that is once Glenn has finished with them!

What have you been reading lately?

Monday, February 26, 2018

LHN Farmhouse Christmas Series

Last night I finished the first part on the new Little House Needleworks Farmhouse Christmas series, Little Red Barn. I so enjoyed stitching this cute design!  I've decided to make each part into ornaments once I've stitched the whole series. 

I'm using a piece of 32 count vintage mocha belfast linen which I've divided into sections using my Frixion pen (these lines will iron off later). 

Of course a new project needs a new project bag right?  I've had some clear vinyl in my stash for years now so after seeing a few of these type of bags popping up around the net, I found a You Tube video to watch:

Making Your Own Project Bag

I'd picked up this cute bird fabric last year from my local sewing shop intending to make a sock project bag and the grey fabric was gifted to me at Christmas by a work friend so they were a good combination to use.

A very easy tutorial to follow so I think I'll be making more of these soon!

See you soon x

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Week

We've been treated to some stunning sunsets this week after some very hot days. I just love watching the colour change within a matter of seconds. 

Hannah has been learning some more cooking skills and she really enjoys making pikelets for lunch on the weekends. Her favourite topping, maple syrup :)

Kath had given me this cute Lizzie Kate kit last Christmas and when I sorting out some charts recently I decided to pull it out and get it underway. Fun colours in this one!

 It was a good mail day earlier in the week:


Of course I couldn't resist starting this one.  I'm using 32 count vintage mocha Belfast linen with most of the recommended threads, DMC 3685 instead of Bamboo, and I'm going to make them into ornaments. Very much looking forward to stitching this series over the next few months.

See you soon xx

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Santa Sunday

My first 2018 Christmas ornament is finished - this lovely design by Little House Needleworks:

I'm stitching on Christmas ornaments every weekend, mostly Sundays, joining in with the #santasundayxs stitch along on Instagram. The plan is to get several stitched and then I'll have a making/sewing session, and try not to leave them until the few weeks before Christmas like I did last year!

See you soon xx

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lizzie Kate 2017 Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler

By now I'm sure you've probably read all about Lizzie Kate's retirement and how the last chart will be released on 1st March? I was quite shocked to hear this as Lizzie Kate has been one of my absolute favourite designers since I very first started stitching. 

Over the years I've stitched loads of the designs, and also collected loads of the patterns, and I just love all of the numerous Christmas designs. I will definitely miss collecting the Tiny Tidings chart each year. I wish Linda and her husband all the best for the future years and thank them for the many, many happy hours of stitching they have given me over the years.

My latest finish is the Lizzie Kate 2017 Christmas mystery sampler. By the time my chart, fabric and supplies arrived in New Zealand last year, it wasn't a mystery anymore as many stitchers around the world had already completed Part 1 and some were all ready working on Part 2. I soon got mine underway and then it was put aside until I picked up again during my Christmas holidays.  I stitched on this during our annual family holiday to Taupo, when it was pouring down with rain and we couldn't get out and about, and it also went with me to the beach, where I'd try and add a few stitches here and there.

Lizzie Kate 2017 Spirit of Christmas Sampler
stitched on 32 count Heartland linen by Picture this Plus
Weeks Dye Works threads

Last week I finished the bottom band of stitches and then added the buttons and beads during the weekend while watching some of the Winter Olympic highlights. I really enjoyed stitching this design.

See you soon xx
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