Well, I don’t really know where to begin, it’s been so long! So I think I’ll just ‘dive right back in’ as though it was only last week that I was writing! ☺️ Here in the UK, we are slowly emerging from Lockdown, taking things day by day and, as awful as parts of it have been (I don’t want to dwell on that here, because ‘here’ is sewing and sanity… ☺️) I’ve have been very busy sewing and frankly, it’s held, and continues to hold me together! My style has changed somewhat since last we spoke… for so long I worried about trying to find my ‘Artist Voice’ (Gosh, I hope that doesn’t sound too pretentious… but it is a ‘thing’!) well, quite by accident, I found it! Really, if I’m being truthful, I did a whole lot of praying about it and in time I feel like that prayer was answered, but that’s a story for another time… ☺️ Would you like to see what I’ve been getting up to these days? Well, here goes then..
This was a Bobbin Sampler Roll that I did back in June when I first started out on this new adventure… I was so lucky to have such good friends who donated bits of lace and ‘frippery’ so that I could try things out without spending any money… as you can see, my beloved hexagons are still there, but they’re smaller these days! I’ve also been experimenting with basic embroidery stitches and they worked beautifully in the setting. FFrom there, I did a few Needle cases… This is one of them! That was great fun to do, but from there I got interested in Book or Journal Covers…
There’s so much more to show you, but perhaps I should leave it there for now? Perhaps you will have forgotten who I am! But it doesn’t matter… I can always introduce myself again! ☺️ I hope that whatever part of the world you are in, you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.. Until the next time, I hope you find some Crafting Time of your own..
Well it’s been a good long while since I posted, but life bobs along up here, much the same as it has been doing for much of the year, my two Teenagers both passed significant birthdays this year, and Hubby and I celebrated our Silver Wedding in May too so it’s been a very busy first half of the year…
I’ve always managed to get some crafting in though, and my attention has turned, as it always does, in the summer time, to Patchwork.
You may remember the start of this quilt, a couple of years ago now? I’m making it in English Paper Piecing, in memory of my Mum, who passed away in 2015. It’s really starting to look like a quilt now, isn’t it? 😊
One of the things I love about hand sewing is how portable it is.
This was on a trip out to the seaside a couple of weks ago….my lovely friend is modeling here, and we spent a lovely half an hour or so gazing out to sea and stitching. It was heaven! 😊
Here I am again, out in our garden during this lovely summer we’re having in the UK at the moment. This gorgeous day to day sunshine is practically unheard of and I’m really making the most of it and stitching outside whenever the oportunity arises. 😊
I’m very active on Instagram if you’d like to see more pictures of my ‘summer of stitches’.
I’m ‘happyjustcrafting’ just the same as on wordpress. It would be lovely to say hello… 😊
That’s all for now though, I hope you’re all having a lovely summer wherever you are, and until next time, I’ll keep crafting, and I hope you do too…
Wow…where has the time gone? Autumn flew by and here we are a few days after Christmas!
I hope you have had a lovely few days….
Ours was all that I hoped it would be! Busy periods but with just the right amount of ‘down time’ interspersed throughout….
This was my Christmas Eve cast on…
I had the yarn already balled up in my stash, and the pattern is from Danni at Little Bobbin knits and called ‘Twas the night before Christmas’. Isn’t it lovely?
There wasn’t as much knitting time as I thought I might have, but I have done a little more since then…
I love the fact that you can quite clearly see the outline of my phone in the picture! Here is the North of England, at this time of year, the light is abismal and fades by mid afternoon…..really, I shouldn’t take progress shots after 2pm! 😂 Never mind, I’m sure you forgive me!
In other news, I’ve been so busy making socks ( and other things I hope to be able to share with you soon) throughout November and December… I learnt how to knit socks TAAT ( two at a time) and toe up…That was great fun! I’m not really sure which technique I prefer….here are the first pair I made….
My Jolly Holly socks.
Yarn WYS holly berry
Needle 2.25mm 2
I felt like I was on a roll then and so at the begining of December, I started my Advent socks….
Yarn WYS Candy Cane
I have named them my Elf socks, for obvious reasons! 😄
This first picture was taken at 10.15 pm on christmas Eve! I went right down to the wire! Thankfully, I managed a finish in time for Christmas…just! It’s been a busy few months, but as ever, I am never happier than when I am crafting and today I began a new quilt…pictures to follow!
I hope you are enjoying the holidays, wherever you are, and my Christmas wish, is for peace, joy and love to be with you and those you know, through the festive season and on into the New Year…
Well, what a Summer it has been! I hope the Summer has been kind to you, where ever you are! Mine has been lovely! Filled with warm days, finding time to be with friends and family, and once I got my Hayfever fully under control…lots of Crafting!
Here are a few pictures…..
This was my ‘Holiday’ make it is the first quilt I have ever made from start to finish, completely alone and I am thrilled to bits with it! 😊
There are definitely things that I want to improve upon next time… for example, I’d like my wadding in the binding, to ‘ fill’ the space it has a little better, so that there are no little gaps at the very top…It was also my first time using pre made Bias Binding. I usually make my own and I will go back to doing so, in the future! I didn’t like it at all, although I did like the gingham fabric…
I’m already thinking about my next quilt…I can’t wait to get started again! 😊
My eldest, has just returned from a Uni Field Trip to the Isle of Skye…I needed to keep my mind and hands occupied in the few days before he left…. that was the quickest pair of socks I have EVER knitted! I decided to make them on the Tuesday evening, and I finished them on the Saturday morning! admitedly, they were made with DK yarn, but still! 😁
In other news, I am very close to finishing my very first Sweater…would you like to see? It’s only taken me two years to get this far! 😂
I’ve found it much easier to work on the kitchen floor, as I’ve been sewing this up…the light is better down here!
I’ll post again, when I have a FO (finished object) to show you…so for now, and until the next time….
I really don’t know where the months are going! I love this time of year, when it’s not quite Summer, but Spring is beating a rather leasurely retreat. In the words of John Denver, (my favourite Country Singer) ‘some days are diamonds, some days are stone’ Some mornings I wake up to glorious sunshine, the world, and my crafting, is full of promise….other days the skies are leaden and I have to push myself to create anything…I find it fascinating, how much the seasons and the weather affect how creative I feel…during Winter I want to hunker down and knit or crochet blankets….I want to feel cozy, warm and thankful for the shelter my small home provides for us all….This photo was taken in Christmas week, that ‘waiting time’ between Christmas and New Year, when you may still be on holiday from work, but family visitors or friends have come and gone but the New Year Celebrations are still a little way off… Looking back today at this photo, I feel a warm glow of rememberence, that was such a lovely day!
Moving on through the year, I find myself gravitating towards Patchwork and Hardanger Embroidery. The knitting and crochet are set aside until the Autumn and I can sit in my local Coffee House, where they have huge floor to ceiling windows, and a comfy Sofa right next to them…
I feel incredibly lucky that knitting, sewing and crochet form such a back drop to my days. There is rarely a day that I don’t pick up a needle of some sort, or a hook, and while away an hour or two and I’m sure I would feel totally bereft without them.
This last couple of days I’ve been struggling very badly with the dreaded Hayfever… it has affected my nose and head so badly that I have been unable to doing any sort of Crafting at all. It has been truly awful, and tested my patience to the absolue limit, feeling grotty and unwell? I can cope with that….being unable to sew for fear of sneezing all over my precious work? Oh dear, I have suffered!
I have tried to console myself by looking at pictures of Hardanger and English Paper Piecing on Social Media, but there’s no substitute for the real thing! Hopefully, tomorrow I will feel more like myself, and the pollen count will settle into more managable levels again, but until then…here’s some more work that I’ve been doing since in the last couple of months or so.
Hardanger Embroidery tablecloth. White 28count Evenweave fabric and Anchor Colour 1
Snow melt Shawl..making good progress here and onto Clue 3….
And the ‘Big Quilt’…. I’m on to the hand quilting now and enjoying every minute!
It isn’t in any way perfect, but I’ve learnt such a lot during the making of it, and I am thrilled to bits with it!
The Big Quilt really deserves a blog post all of it’s own…and I will try in the next few days to put one together… 😊
Ah, Hardanger Embroidery, how I have missed you! Of course, like most things, I hadn’t realised just how much until I picked my needle up again….
I have been in Crafting heaven over the last few days but it’s also been hard work, that’s for sure. I enjoy a challenge and I have decided to do one thing in Crafting that scares me, every day.
Just ONE thing otherwise, I was thinking, I will stagnate and allow myself to sink into the comfortable position of only working on things I know how to do well…. so, what then scares me in Crafting? Using my rotary cutter….eek! I’m not that great, it makes me uncomfortable…because, I’m not such a ‘hot shot’ at it. I have to THINK, and allow myself to make those mistakes that ineviatably happen when you’re learning…. So on Tuesday, I had a whole morning cutting out. It wasn’t bad! In fact, if I don’t say so myself, I improved massively.Yesterday, I took a trip into the City to gather last minute bits n’bobs so that I have everything together and could go ahead and make the sewing book….. I need to be brave! because sewing things together makes me nervous too- I like things to look good straight away…. I wonder if I’m the only person who looks at a picture in a book, and thinks… I want to make that, but it has to look just as good as it does in the picture, even though the person who made that project has probably been sewing for 20 years+ and I’ve been learning for a few months!? 😊
But, I digress….back to the Hardanger! The other thing that scares me is design! I am not a Designer in any way, and have always shied away from making up my own patterns because I always want to be sewing rather than drawing and if I’m honest, I’m also impatient and find the focus needed for designing takes longer than I am willing to give. Until this week…
Time to move out of my comfort zone! Oh, Dear Reader, I have had SO much fun! I hasn’t been the trial I was expecting it to be! I have found a way of working that suits me… ( for now 😊) what I do, is just work directly onto the fabric, so I effectively, cut out the middle man… which of course is the graph paper or computer programe. So I get the best of both worlds, I am ‘making it up as I go’ but I get to sew too!Here’s what I got up to on Thursday… A whole day of work….but gosh, I was happy by the end!And lastly, as my Crafting goes EVERWHERE with me….a little Tea Break in the middle of the day yesterday….Waterstones Cafe!how lucky am I, to have the life I do! I’m always grateful!
I hope you’ve had a good week, and managed to do a little Crafting of your own….
It’s funny isn’t it, I’ve been merrily knitting and sewing away as time has allowed this year, knitting socks and sewing bags and not really thinking at all about Shawls….
Those of you who follow me on Social Media will know that last year was most definitely the year of the Shawls! 😊 I did so many! And I loved doing every single one….I bet you thought that I would knit them forever! With each one, my confidence grew…..But then, just as suddenly, towards the end of the year I finished the grey and had no desire to cast on for another….socks became my thing!To be fair, they still are, to a degree… BUT I joined a new group on Facebook called Everyday Knitter, and their monthly discussion for April is Shawls….oh my! Such beautiful pictures flooded my newsfeed day after day! I couldn’t resist the call of the Shawl for long….. 😊
Happily for me, this all coincided with a planned trip to Spring into Wool on Saturday….what an amazing Festival it was! Stupidly, I forgot to take my camera so I have no pictures to show you…I’m afraid you’re going to have to take my word for it!
Leeds isn’t that far from me, and after a very pleasant, sunny drive out we arrived in plenty of time. It’s in it’s first year, so for us, this meant few queues….which was a godsend as I can’t bear crowds of people! It was truly a lovely day out, and I didn’t come back empty handed! I’d already set my heart on the Snowmelt Shawl pattern from Helen at Curious handmade. The grey Amulet Shawl I made last year was one of her patterns and they are so well presented and easy to follow…. 😊
After trailing round for half the morning, my friends and I went for a restorative cup of tea and lunch….I already had in my mind the colour combinations I wanted to use and also the yarn I wanted to buy And because it was much quieter in the afternoon, I mananaged to have some lovely conversations with the Vendors too, which is always my favourite bit!
SO, here’s my final selection for the Snowmelt Shawl….Aren’t they devine? I am in yarn Heaven! Yesterday afternoon, I cast on…..it’s such a relaxing knit. The Yarn is SO soft and I’ve made quite a lot of progress in a short space of time wouldn’t you say? 😊
I can’t wait for the first colour change coming up in the next few rows! You can be sure I’ll be working on this for the rest of the day…..whatever you’re working on today, I hope you can make time for some Crafting….
Well hello! What a whirlwind the start of this year has been….things are just starting to slow down a bit which means I can begin to draw breath and pop my head above the parapet at last! 😊
I absolutely love this time of year….aside from the fact that we celebrate two Birthdays in March in our family, I love the promise of Springtime…everything is waking up! I feel like I’m waking up too….this last month I’ve tried my hand at a few new things….would you like to see? I had a bit of a ‘Bag’ thing going on….I had SO much fun making them and I’m rather pleased with finished results, if I don’t say so myself…. 😊
Then I went back to knitting socks….the first red pair, I have pulled out….I should know better than to try and work a complicated lace pattern when being able to concentrate fully, isn’t on the agenda! 😊I started the ones below, yesterday, using the same wool… There has been some disappointment for me this morning.
I’m dealing with it, the only way I know how….When life gives you lemons. Make lemonade….. 😊
Well, after all the excitement of my Christmas Eve finish and then steaming ahead with the green vanilla socks I decided that I was most definitely on a ‘sock’ roll! No sooner had I cast off the green pair, these were on my needles….Vanilla Latte socks on Ravelry by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. I have given myself a Deadline of six weeks from the point of which I took this photo…I’m pleased to report that I finished them in less than two weeks. The yarn, well, I’ve had that in my stash for about two years. I think it was a Wendy fusion yarn, but I’ve lost the Ball band ( as usual! ) 😉
I loved knitting them, the pattern is easy to memorise and I think a really good next step up from a plain ‘vanilla’ sock. Here they are, in all their finished glory! The photos were taken at our local Vintage Tea Room because the light up here today has been absolutely dreadful but they have a huge front window! I think the picture below is a true likeness of the colour of the yarn…it’s one of my favourites!
However, no sooner were they hot off the needles, a new pair was born. Started this morning, actually…. These ones are called Molly Weasley’s Gift socks in Superba premium superwash in a gorgeous red!
The needles are my usual 2.5 mm DPN’s….I can hardly wait to get going! 😊
Happy New Year Folks! I hope you had a lovely Christmas….we had a lovely holiday spent with family and friends. I’m chomping on the bit to get busy crafting again…I did manage to sneak in a little Christmas Eve finish though… my Cozy Stripe blanket from Lucy, at Attic 24.
It was made using Stylecraft DK yarn with a 4mm hook and the pattern is a free one, over at Lucy’s blog, Attic 24. She has the most amazingly visual tutorials, and I learnt to crochet using them. Great stuff!
Would you like to see?It’s a good lap size blanket, just perfect for wrapping over your knees whilst you’re reading a book or watching television…me? I prefer to knit or crochet… 😊
Today I had my first finish of the New Year. Socks!
I like to knit them from time to time, and this pattern is a particular favourite of mine…it’s from the book, ‘Knitting Rules!’ by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and it’s her plain sock pattern, which is lovely when you just want to knit a pair of socks mindlessly! 😊 I’m using my new sock blockers too, they’re Knit Pro ones, and I bought them from Amazon a little while back.
I can’t wait to cast on a new pair!…I think this may be the year of the sock… ( last year became the year of the shawl!)
These plain socks were knit on 2.50 mm Double Pointed Needles with a Rico 4ply sock yarn from my stash…
I’m off now to go and find a new pattern, and some more yarn from my stash to cast on for pair number 2! Wish me luck… 😊