Saturday, 28 May 2016

A delayed birthday present

Today the HD3QBEM and I went shopping for my birthday present.  She had promised a piece of furniture or a piece of jewelry for my 60th but somehow the time went by and we never went shopping.  A few weeks ago she remembered that we had not yet been and that in October this year I would be 62 but ill health has prevented any weekend excursions for some weeks.
But today we went and purchased these sapphire earrings.   Aren't they beautiful?   I am really pleased with them and will wear them often with pride and thankfulness for my wonderful mother and her love for me.

Friday, 27 May 2016

The first rose

The hardanger tassel is about half done but somehow tonight I cannot settle to it.  The rosebud is not showing up too well in this terrible photograph but you get the general idea.  Ten DMC colours for this tiny little rosebud.   I need to do the eyelets in all the pieces but roses come first.
We have had a cold wet week and more of the same forecast for the weekend.   Each night this week, instead of lighting the gas heater I have had the oven on and been cooking.   Biscuits one night, a chocolate slice another and tonight the smell of gingerbread permeates my house.   So the baking for the next two weeks is done and I can have a sleep in tomorrow-  or maybe not.   There are still several items on the To Do List.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wrinkles and all

I like to make the most use of any piece of linen and this one is no exception.   As well as the bookmark, this linen will provide a hardanger tassel and tonight I have stitched the 'skeleton' of four of the pieces.  
Three are for the underskirt and are  complete.   The other three will have a cross stitch rose on each -  this is over one thread of fabric.   Message to self-  do not even attempt that late at night or late in the week.   Fresh is best with roses!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

And it's hardanger again

My Christmas preparations are well under way.   This intended gift will become a bookmark for a friend at church.
But before I do the lacy infill I want to stitch the pieces for a tassell on the rest of the linen.
This buttonhole/kloster block edging is very pretty though and gives a real feminine touch.

Monday, 23 May 2016


Today the temperature dropped - big time - and in the south there was snow.   At my house the snow fell too -  on this Christmas ornament.  
I really like this one and will find it hard to give away.   Perhaps I need to do one for myself too?
This afternoon I had time off in lieu and was able to cut out a skirt and a jacket.   These have now been prepped and are ready to sew.  Guess what I will be doing this weekend?

Sunday, 22 May 2016


Nearly 25 years ago I knitted a bedjacket for the HD3QBEM.   I well remember doing this in secret so that it would be a surprise.   All in 4ply, it took an inordinate amount of time but the result was well received.
Now, all that time later, the neck band had given way and had been inexpertly repaired in secret by the HD3QBEM herself.   Once I discovered that, I decided that the repair needed repairing but alas the yarn cannot be purchased now.   So in the stash I found a near-enough-match and this afternoon created a new neck band and therefore a very happy HD3QBEM.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

And tomorrow the snow may fall

It has been a cold wet day here but the chores are all done and I have had free time to sort through some more possible Christmas ornaments.   But before I start anything else I need to finish what is already begun.
So Father Christmas got a hat and a sack and a tree tonight.   Tomorrow the snow will fall  and gaps will be filled.   Hopefully I will get the stitching on this one completed then.   He's looking good though and I am pleased with this one.
A start on a hardanger small didn't go so well.   Almost completely around and I find I am one fabric thread out.  Ouch!   I need to reverse out of that dilemma tomorrow.