Friday, February 26, 2010

Another finish

Socks in Exotic Zany by Kaffe Fassett
from Regia Yarns

Well I was so pleased to get these done. I pulled out and unpicked and finished, and started again to finally have a pair of socks that fit and are the same size, and I matched the colour of the wool at the start too, so that the self striping matched on each sock. I am now looking for a sock pattern that does not use a heel flap, and uses less than 5 needles, so if anyone know of an online pattern, I'd love to have the link. - thanks.

Now where have I been, well to be honest I've not done a lot of stitching this week, although I did have a new start this week, and that involves hardanger, and I'm doing wrapped bars, which always takes time. I'll show a picture soon. I knitted on the socks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last weekend to get them done, although it took until Thursday night for me to get around to sewing the ends in. I procrastinate too much. As I wanted to get the socks done, I did not participate in the Friday night SAT, and I did not work on JN on Sunday either. Now before the socks I did work on a UFO, and I took a 'before' picture, and when I take an 'after' picture I will show you. Although, I don't really think of this as a UFO, it's my 'lifelong' project - I don't see it being finished for many years yet!

As you know I was off work the week before last. I want to thank you for all the 'good luck' you sent for dd, who has now been offered a place at the Uni following her interview, although I'm not sure if she will be choosing it as her second choice. On the Friday we went to Leeds, where I drove around for one hour (lost) until we finally found our way to the car park we needed to be at. I was taking dd to the University of Leeds for a department 'open day'. This is to be her fist choice Uni, so she just needs to work hard to get the grades needed to get her place. When we left Leeds, I got lost once again on the roads, now I should have known that I needed to follow the signs for London - even though I wanted to be in the opposite direction. Next time I will try and get it right! Anyway having got stuck in a traffic jam, we travelled 5 miles in 50 minutes we ended up near Ikea. So, we just had to call in, and we had our tea there, and I know my way back home from there, and it was much easier when we left as the 'rush hour' was over.

Thank you all for your visits, and for leaving me comments too, I just love them.

Corrinne - I am one hours drive from York, and about 1 hour 40 mins to Robin Hoods Bay (my dd's favourite place).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Another finish

Pearl Angel
by Just Nan

Another JN finish, and a quick stitch. It was difficult to get a really good photo of this one, I ended up having to hold it in my hand, and that is why it looks a bit wavy. I didn't have the fabric called for so I used the same pink linen that I used for Queen's Heart. I need to get my finishing head on to get some of these finishes made up.

Today I'm taking dd for an interview at Teesside Uni, so fingers crossed that they like her, and offer her a place.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The frogs have arrived

4 Wishes
by Just Nan

Not the best photo, but maybe you can just make out the frogs, they are those green pointy things, with curly legs underneath. I think this is getting a bit big now to photograph the whole thing. Next time I'll just take a pic of summer. I got a lot more done than I thought I would.

Something has been puzzling me. Last night I went into the city centre to pick dd up. It was about 11pm, and having just collected her we were driving down the dual carriageway, when suddenly I spotted all these birds. At first I thought they were seagulls, then I realised you just don't see birds flying around at that time of night. As we got nearer, the traffic lights changed to red, and we had to stop, the birds were trying to settle down on the other side of the carriageway, outside the railway station. These birds - quite a number - were white doves! Then I thought - well it's Valentines Day, maybe someone is being romantic and proposing, the traffic lights turn to green, and we drive home. I just need to know what happened, was it a romantic proposal - did she say yes?

A flock of Doves - more than 10, probably nearer 20, is not something you usually see at that time of night in the city centre - is it? Maybe it is, maybe I just need to get out more!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Queens Heart
by Just Nan

This was a quick stitch, I started and finished it last night. any suggestions for making it up? I'm thinking a stuffed heart shaped hanging pillow - what do you think? It's sparkly with beads, pink paillettes and some blending filament in there.

This week has not been good for me, I got a headache on Tuesday, and it did not go until today. Wednesday I was in bed by 7.30, and I should not have gone in to work on Thursday - but I did, but I knew I'd done the wrong thing once I got there, but I'm never off ill, so I stuck it out. Again I was in bed by 9pm. Yesterday I was supposed to drive to Suffolk for a funeral, dh's Uncle died last week, but unfortunately I knew I would not be able to concentrate on driving all that way (4-4.5 hours). Anyway, all was not lost with dh having taken the day off, we switched to Plan B, a meeting at the care home where mil is. There was a man coming at 11am to measure her up for a specialised chair, which we will pay for, so we went there. But - the man cancelled - what do you know, is that not typical, so it was a bit of a wasted day.

By last night I was starting to feel a bit better, my head did not ache as much if I sat still, but get up and try and do something and it came back (good excuse to sit and stitch). By this morning the pain was in my face and sinuses, but thankfully at 11am it just disappeared. So I was able to go here, and listen to a talk by Janice Gunner, and see and touch lots of her quilts.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Spring has sprung

4 wishes by Just Nan

I have now finished all of Spring, and the two rows below are part of Summer.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Travelling Stitcher finished

Travelling Stitcher
by LHN
32ct Platinum Murano
Crescent Colour threads

I found this pink fabric in my stash, and it seems to be appropriate for the finishing of this. I plan to make a zippered bag.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Just Nan Sunday

4 Wishes by Just Nan

My progress picture from last Sunday, not much added as I didn't stitch for long, I was really tired. I have been suffering lately from a lack of sleep, thanks to teenagers, and their late bedtimes. It's Sunday again tomorrow - just in case you didn't know. :-) - maybe more progress then. For my followers who do not know the pattern - there are 4 seasons to the pattern, Winter stopped just below the snowmen, and now I am working on Spring. The line for Winter reads 'May winter flakes be fleeting'. And talking of winter we have had snow twice this week, and there may be more to come.

And for those who fancy the canal boat holiday, maybe we can organise a stitchers trip!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Dreaming of Summer

I don't feel much like talking right now, but I was just looking at some files from an old pc, and I found these holiday pics, so I thought I'd share. These are from a few years ago-2006 I think. A narrow boat holiday that nobody enjoyed - except for me. This holiday included calling out the AA - for the car! And a trip to A&E, we were taken by some kind passers by who had gone out for an evening stroll, and then walked home to get their car to take us. We got a taxi back from the hospital to the boat, and the taxi driver didn't know the way and asked us, who had never even been there in car before! Anyway besides all of that, I loved the boating holiday, so if anyone needs a ships mate - locks are my speciality, I just love opening and closing them.

And I said I didn't want to talk!