Sunday, 12 May 2019

Sometimes life gets in the way of stitching

My secondary career as "carer for the DBEM" sometimes gets in the way of my stitching time and there hasn't been a lot produced over the last little while.
The DBEM has painstakingly knitted a small sweater for the newest great grandchild and I have duly sewn it up, added the buttons, wrapped the parcel and conveyed it to the Post Office.   The final great grandchild in this current batch is due this week and the DBEM is on tenterhooks with excitement!
Apart from cooking, cleaning and general life administration I have completed another Christmas Ornament.
I know I said I wouldn't stitch another ornament over one thread on 32 count linen but I needed to do so to get the appropriate size for the finish I have in mind.   So after some teeth grinding and a few sighs here we are....
And I finished off the Elf - after a long and methodical search for the teeny tiny bell I knew I had somewhere....
And I have now completed the top and the bottom of the box for the Inspirations Etui.   This may be a Betsy Morgan design but the chart is not identical to the photograph in the Inspirations magazine.  And although I am using the specified Gloriana Silk colour floss the School House red is not at all like the variant photographed in the magazine.   I did make a change from the red on the top as it was too "in your face"   I also swapped out the variegated silk specified for the squirrel as he came out stripey and I couldn't abide that - so he's done in a DMC matching the lightest shade of the variegated and I will live with this.
There are supposed to be initials - one on each side of the base of the tree - but I have yet to make my mind up about those so at the moment the 'forest floor' is bare. 
This week promises to be really busy and apart from my daily Temperature Chart I don't anticipate getting any stitching done.   Oh well there's always the next week...

Monday, 29 April 2019

New Project

Great progress so far on my new project.   The Gloriana Silks are so smooth to stitch with.   I am really enjoying this....although the Inspirations Magazine charts are not that easy to deal with.
Progress shot.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

A profitable day

This morning the DBEM and I went to the Hospice Shop to deliver the knitteds.   Before we went I calculated that it is 15 years since she began this project so it felt worthy of a photograph.   The manager of the shop was delighted with the garments and quickly grabbed her phone for a photo too. Who knows if the DBEM will have enough oomph for knitting in the year ahead?
This afternoon I ventured into the stash cupboard and sorted out charts and threads and bits and bobs. Fabrics are already in their place - large boxes labelled >32 count, 32 count, 28 count and miscellaneous.   Works for me :).  Anyways the cupboard is now ultra tidy and I found several charts that I will attempt to sell on TradeMe (New Zealand equivalent of  Ebay) and more significantly I found a project.   So when the elf has his other boot and bells and is finished I will start on this....
And would you like to see the tidy cupboard?   How long it will stay so neat is anyone's guess.
Off to another item on the extended list.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Breeding rabbits

My experiment in sewing children's clothing is off to a good start.   Buttons on and now I have topstitched around the edges in Perle #8 thread.   Then with a good press this will be complete.   Its twin is cut out ready to go when I have decided how I am going to make it "the same but different".  Perhaps pockets and a bunny on each?
I have been plodding away on the Christmas ornaments and the elf needs only one more boot and it will be goodbye.  
The delivery truck is finished (some poetic licence with the colours of the snow since I used antique white linen)
and the small Advent Tree is also complete.  
Tomorrow I am going to delve into the stash cupboard and do some sorting out, in which process I hope to find a large project with which to challenge myself. 

A week and two days left of my annual leave and I already have everything crossed of my list so will have to make a list extension!   One job is to take the DBEM for her flu vaccination and also for the annual trip to deliver the knitted sweaters and cardigans to the Hospice Shop.   This year there are only 18 - proof that she hasn't been so well and is slowing down.   At one time there were twice that.   Even though the cardiologist says she is doing well I know she is doing less because I am doing more:)  Evidence for this is that we have now reached an arrangement where not only do I do the sewing up of the knitted garments but I knit the bottom bands, the cuffs, the neck bands and in some cases the backs of the garments.   I want to go on record as vowing that I will not be taking up knitting for the Hospice shops in my retirement!!   Do you think they might sell stitched Christmas Ornaments?   I am relatively expert at those:)

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Today's stitching

Having failed to read the instructions correctly I ended up choosing a Christmas Ornament to stitch which is on 32 count linen and over one.   This. Is. Not. Relaxing.   I am determined that when the elf's hat is finished he and I will take a break and I will stitch something else.   And this time it will be over two!!
But I did manage to make a start on the child's vest.   The handwork is done and all that remains is a session at the sewing machine.   So far I am satisfied with this trial run of the Twig and Tale Pathfinder Vest.   The DBEM persuaded me not to use the wool blanket fabric recommended so I am trialling this in polar fleece and inwardly regretting that I was so easily persuaded to veer off course.
The lining is this pink bunny fabric so I had to make a bunny decoration for the front, all the while thinking that the pompom may not be very practical for a three year old?!

It does feel good to be back stitching with small silver needles that have a hole in them :)

Sunday, 14 April 2019

And now I can get back to needles with eyes

For the past week or two I have been busy knitting on behalf of the DBEM.   One of the great-randaughters needed a replacement jacket.   Apparently she loved the purple one knitted a few years ago and refused to take it off even for washing.   So Great Grandma to the rescue with a different colourway of the same jacket.   Well to be brutally honest, I did the knitting.   But it all turned out well in the end.   Here's proof....

Knitted in a five five rib variation this will be cosy to wear in the winter.   It has kept my lap warm over these past days as I've knitted!   And I have learned that even though I can knit fast and well I don't enjoy it much and have been itching to get back to my "needles with eyes".   I have no warm relationship with knitting needles.

Tonight I will start a small Christmas Ornament project after which I will go through the stash cupboard to find something bigger as a challenge.   I have the next two weeks off work ('boss-inflicted use of annual leave' again) and plan on crossing everything off the list which currently covers one side of an A5 sheet of paper.  Perhaps this is a little ambitious?

Friday, 29 March 2019

Chocolate delights and others

Today the postman delivered a package from Japan.   Walking between the postbox at the gate and my front door I read the customs label, "chocolate, cookies, soup"....  Anticipation built...
Only a few minutes later I opened the package to find these.
Ahh...Godiva chocolates.  Aren't they great?   Japanese packaging is exquisite - a feast for the eyes (and also for the stomach).  And... Morozoff Cookies
Both the DBEM and I are very happy!
But the most intriguing are these?
What do you think these might be?   Initially I thought they were individually wrapped macarons.  Closer inspection and I saw the word Soup.   Still the penny didn't drop.   Ahh savoury macarons, I thought.   How unusual.  But no, these are cup-of-soup -  corn potage, consomme and tomato.   Guess what I will be taking to work for lunch next week.