Thursday, 11 January 2018

More crochet blanket progress

I'm almost ready to crochet the border of my blanket. Yesterday morning, I had to finish adding the last row of granny squares and this is what it looked like then. This is the first time that I have used the cont

Vibrant Vintage Blanket - Cypress Textiles
Wool: Stylecraft Life DK
My local AVF (Accueil des Villes Fran├žaises) is having an 'Open Doors' weekend on 20-21 January and this will be one of the items on display from our sewing and knitting group. The border won't be completely finished by then but it will look as if it is.

I'm really pleased with how this has come out. I found some of the squares challenging but I got there in the end. Full information on this 2016 free blanket CAL can be found on Cypress Textile's blog, here.

I've also found another blanket that I would like to crochet. To celebrate Finland's 100th anniversary, the Kalevala CAL (information here) will consist of 24 squares. Some of the designed squares look complex to me but it still appeals. If I decide to make one it will probably be in a single colour.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018.

I'm beginning to show my age as we didn't sit up until midnight. I was tucked up in bed before then. Instead we went out for lunch yesterday and had a nice leisurely walk by the Canal du Midi afterwards.

Today I will catch up on some of my blog reading and will complete the edging on my crochet squares. As previously mentioned, I started on the 2016 Vibrant Vintage Blanket CAL from Cypress Textiles in late November and I have been busy with my crochet needle since. Here are some of my crochet squares. I thought that I could have it finished in time for Christmas but there was more work involved than I realised. At least I'm almost ready to join the squares together.
Vibrant Vintage Blanket - Cypress Textiles
Wool: Stylecraft Life DK

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Final Gifted Gorgeousness of 2017

It's hard to believe that a year has almost gone by. It's been my first year to participate in Gifted Gorgeousness and I've enjoyed it. It's been fun seeing what other stitchers have gifted and received. Thank you, Jo for hosting this.

Well as this is December, it is no surprise that there is a theme in these photos. I received this lovely Hardanger Santa from Clare (Aimetu's Stitching).

 Hardanger Santa from Clare, Needlecraft Haven
 As previously posted, for our Needlecraft Haven Christmas exchange I made this for Angi ...
Deck the halls - JBW Designs
Fabric: 28ct Zweigart Cashel light mocha
Threads: Suggested DMC threads
 and received this from Gill.
Needlecraft Haven gift from Gill
I also particpiated in the Friendly Stitchers Christmas exchange and I received this ornament, fabric and thread from Vivian in New Brunswick (no blog, I think). Unfortunately her card features its own watermarks as it got wet in my postbox. This bell finish is so well done. I want to try one.

Friendly Stitchers Christmas Exchange 2017 from Vivian
I forgot to take a photo of the ornament that I stitched for Christine at Friendly Stitchers. It was free design from Madame La Fee called Bouquet of December which can be found here.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Needlecraft Haven Christmas exchange

First of December was opening day for Needlecraft Haven's Christmas exchange.

I stitched 'Deck the Halls' from JBW Designs for Angi (no blog) and finished it as a hanging flat fold ornament. I also included some 'icy' blue/white fabric but forgot to take a photo of it.
Deck the halls - JBW Designs
Fabric: 28ct Zweigart Cashel light mocha
Threads: Suggested DMC threads
Embellishments: red beads substitued with French knots and
star charms were replaced with stitched silver stars.

I received this lovely ornament with a stitched card, thread and chocolate from Gill (no blog). Given my sweet tooth, you will not be surprised to read that the chocolate didn't last long.
Needlecraft Haven gift from Gill

Not much stitching has taken place recently as I'm busy crocheting Granny squares for my blanket. If I get a bright day soon, I'll take some photos to show my progress.

Monday, 27 November 2017

I've started to crochet a blanket

Late last year, I bought wool to crochet the Vibrant Vintage Blanket from Cypress Textiles. This was a free SAL that she ran during 2016. Well, this weekend I finally got my crochet out and made a start. These four squares are not perfect and I admit there was a lot of 'reworking' at times but I finally got there.

I've realised that if I make an effort I could have this blanket completed in time for Christmas. I like the thought of it, so watch this space. :)

Monday, 20 November 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - November

Gifted Gorgeousness is the brainchild of Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we showcase the stitchy gifts that we have made and received. For further information on what it is and how it works, please visit Jo here.

A short post this time as during November my stitching has been mainly for Christmas exchanges, which means that I don't have much to show this month. However, now that Clare (Aimetu's Stitching) has received the ornament that I made for her church Christmas tree, I can post a picture. You can read more about Clare's church Christmas tree here on her blog.

Snow Happy - Glory Bee
taken from 2011 Just CrossStitch Christmas ornaments issue.
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Ice Blue
Threads: recommended DMC

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Chart Giveaway - winner!

Sorry for the delay in posting this. Thank you to those who expressed an interest in the charts. DH has pulled  the winning name from a bowl and the winner is Terri.

Terri, please email me with your postal address so I can send these charts to you.

Happy Stitching everyone.