Brown/Blue Spotty

29 November 2011

Twisty Tuesday

That's how I feel my day will turn out. I was far too late going to sleep last night (the stitching bug was to blame) and roused very early when the LM left for London at 04:40, leaving without saying hello/bye is not really allowed here ~ can't imagine who decided that should be the rule! I should have been going with him but as I've missed so much work I can't really take more time off to jaunt around the country. So as well as getting frustrated with lack of hearing today I may be slightly tetchy ~ if I were you I'd give me a wide berth. I'm off to see if porridge can save the day.


28 November 2011

No Snow This Year...

... for our trip to the Knitting & Stitching show at Harrogate ~ thank goodness.
My shopping list was relatively short this year ~ mostly threads to complete patterns I already have.  The charm pack will be used to finish the L*K pattern shown plus another one I have (once they are stitched!) into pillows.
The felt is for a project from this Rosalie Quinlan book I recently bought at Just Quilting together with something else I am working on. 
Our day was not as leisurely as usual as the exhibition seemed to be far busier than we have experienced in recent years ~ perhaps people were getting in on day one in case the weather turned nasty and prevented them from going.  I have started saving for next year already.


27 November 2011

A Spot of Painting & TUSAL

Our Tuesday Stitching Group have our next meeting at The Crafts House this week for our Christmas project ~ I'm really looking forward to it, I have an idea of what we will be making but you will have to wait and see.

 This is our last project from back in September - a cute row of gingerbread men in a frame.  We always have a great time with Sandra and I'm sure that Tuesday will be as enjoyable as ever.
I have also been spending some Sunday mornings painting with the Diary Dames ~ this snowman with his mug of hot chocolate was one of my recent finishes.  I have a couple of others to share with you soon ~ they just need some final titivating before they make an appearance.
 I will leave you with pictures of my ORTs ~ at least a couple of month's worth as I have missed posting, together with the year so far in the Christmas bauble.  Check out the crocheted flower pin cushion too ~ a gift from the Lovely C

We're almost back at Monday ~ again!  Hope you have a good week.


22 November 2011

Fabulous Fabric

and lots of it.
Given to me by one of the Ladies at our Tuesday Stitching Group ~ how lucky am I?  Lots of 32ct & 36ct and a few others too.
I have to confess that it's not all in the picture either as I have already used some of it!


21 November 2011

Hermit Weekend Update

After a few housebound days I made a visit to see my Dad on Saturday morning ~ I figured that as I was feeling much better (and seriously fed up with being stuck indoors) this would be OK.  We spent time drinking coffee and just chatting about all manner of things ~ he's doing great, well apart from a little tumble that has left him bruised and sore.  Dad's is off to Scotland later in the week for a stay with Sis2 and her family ~ I think that they are all looking forward to it.
I had a couple of shopping stops to make on the way home and stitching started shortly after lunch.
My first two projects were quick finishes:
This is an internet freebie from Alexandrina.  I have stitched this on 32ct evenweave, not sure of the colour as it is a piece I was recently given, with DMC 890.  Finished with a homemade cord in the same colour.

My second ornament is also a freebie from Alexandrina, stitched with the same fabric and thread.
I really enjoyed completing these two ornaments to add to my collection.
Yesterday I managed to complete the finishing on two ornaments for exchanges ~ obviously I can't show you these until after they have been received by my partners.  They were both great to stitch.
Next up was the SAL from The Thread Basket and C Mon Monde
I'm using a mix of GAST and Crescent Colours for this one.  The linen is from Permin, can't remember the colour name at the moment.  I don't use Permin fabric much and this is quite stiff ~ however I do like the way it's coming together.  Hopefully Part II should arrive today.

I spent a couple of hours with The Diary Dames and Sandra at The Crafts House yesterday ~ I was really pleased with what I managed to achieve.  The usual dose of hilarity was included along with coffee, mince pies and some lovely projects ~ I'll share mine with you soon.

Today I had expected to return to work ~ my right ear had other plans!  A quick visit to the Doctor confirmed an infection ~ so antibiotics and pain killers are on the menu for me.  Hoping to make it back tomorrow once the meds have kicked in.

A less than happy Monday ~ on the upside it's our annual visit to Harrogate on Thursday.


18 November 2011

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend

I've seen updates on this event many times before so I thought I'd give it a go myself! I have a SAL and Christmas ornament stitching to catch up with so hopefully this will keep the momentum going. I have been huddled up with my quilt for the last couple of days trying to fend off the lurgy - another couple of sedentary days can't hurt.

Hope you enjoy whatever your weekend brings you.


15 November 2011

I hope you can forgive me....

..... for being just a little late in announcing the next stop on the Travelling Pattern's epic tour.  We have been away for a furiously busy weekend, arriving home in time for bed Sunday evening ~ more on that later ~ and Monday was just a blur!

The next stitcher is:

Jo could you please contact me with your address and I will mail the patten on to you.  Many thanks to all those who left comments.  Remember to follow the pattern for a chance to become a member of The Stitcherhood.

Happy Tuesday.


11 November 2011

SAL Finale

The mystery SAL from Carol at iStitch is now finished ~ aside from stitching the bonus pin pillow and making up.  This has been a really lovely project to participate in ~ mine already holds many, many memories.  I have stitched this here a home and also on holiday in France with my LM and the GB's, through our most happy and sad events of the year.
Stitched on 40 ct Antique White Linen
1/2 with Dinky Dyes Limited Edition Silk


10 November 2011

A Quick Finish

 Joy Ambigram by Meg Shinall
From November Issue of TGOSM
Stitched on 28 ct White Cashel Linen
DMC threads
Homemade Cord

This was such a quick finish ~ I completed the stitching Monday evening and put it together Tuesday at Stitching Group.
Seasonal stitching is quite prevalent in my world at the moment and I will have more ornament finishes to share with you soon.
Don't forget the Travelling Pattern is waiting to be assigned a enew home on Sunday ~ leave a comment on my last post if you are interested in joining The Stitcherhood.


7 November 2011

Sharing the Stitcherhood

The travelling pattern has been delayed while staying in our home, and for this I apologise ~ sadly I had other things to think about.
It has travelled well and had visited 7 homes before ours ~ you can check out all the gorgeous finishes at the following blogs:
Hooked On Stitches
Loretta Stitching Blog
Old Ragged Threads
Reflections In The Pond
Erica's Places
My New Perspective
Buttons & Stitches

My version is stitched on 18ct Floba with a mix of DMC, Six Stands Sweet and Crescent Colours.  I added some lace trim in place of the satin stitch border and a couple of tiny buttons.  I have a plan for finishing this however the aid of the LM is required so I need to wait until he has time to assist me.

If you would like to be part of this sweet Travelling Pattern here are the rules:

1. Comment on this post, saying you would like to be part of the Stitcherhood.

2. You agree (if you are chosen) to stitch the design and send it along to the next person in a timely manner. If this means dropping everything in your rotation to concentrate on this be it. If you can't bring yourself to do this ~ don't sign up.

3. You must have an active blog to participate. If you have a blog but never post to it ~ you won't be chosen to be the next stitcher.

4. This is a giveaway-type Travelling Pattern. That means you must follow it from blogger to blogger to enter each time it is ready to send along. Commenting on this post doesn't make you a guaranteed part of the Stitcherhood.

If you would like the chance to become part of the Stitcherhood then please leave a comment against this post only ~ I hope to announce the next stitcher on Sunday 13 November.