Friday, 7 February 2014

Stitchy progress & hooky finishes!

Hello hello!
How are you today? I have been very busy & have LOTS to show you so hopefully I will get a few posts up over the coming week. I had a lovely stitchy week last week & made loads of progress on Spring Fairy :-) I am SO enjoying stitching on her!!
There are a lot of confetti stitches in her hair (scattered groups of two or three stitches of a given color) and the way I deal with these on evenweave is to make the required stitches & then run the remaining thread length out of the way & bring it back up to lay on top of the fabric (these are the odd lengths of thread you can see in the photo above). Then when I am ready for that color again I pull it out to the back & thread it through the back of the stitches to the area I want to use it. Does that make sense? This method works well for me, I am not constantly starting & finishing off small lengths of thread & I don't end up frogging as much as when I try to count over more than five or six blocks on the evenweave (I'm sure those holes get smaller as the evening progresses!). Anyways this is almost the first page completed so I am well on track to have her done by Easter. I did manage to tear myself away from her for one day to work some stitches on my UFO... 
Like many Popcorn kits this is worked on 16 ct aida with one strand of floss & has a black & white chart (not my favorite kind!). There are LoTs of very similar browns & beiges in it, which is also a bit of a pain but I know will give a great result when it's finished. I started this kit back in September when we went to London for the week. I thought it would be an ideal small project to take away with me (I could never contemplate being hundreds of miles from something to stitch!) but in the end I only worked a few stitches in it while we were away. So few stitches actually that when I took it back out in January it took me about 15 minutes to decide which way was up! Progress is going to be a lot slower on this than on spring Fairy as I only plan on working on it one day a week but the aim here is to Finish It!!! (preferably before year's end) ;-)
So what else have I been up to????
Well I had a couple of finishes on long term crochet projects :-) The first one is an ami that has been hanging around here for AGES!!!! Meet Yoshi! 

I made him from a free pattern available here, but to be honest I had more than a few struggles with this pattern.In the end I attached his legs so that he could sit down & redesigned the saddle, basing it on images I found online. So after promising I would make her one for several years my daughter finally has her Yoshi :-)
My other crochet finish hasn't been quite so long on the hook. Do you remember back in September when I started my African Flower Square Blanket? Well I have been working on this little by little, most Sundays managing to get four squares done while watching the football. It has 63 squares in total and a border comprising of one round of sc, one round of dc, and one round of the little shells I used to edge my granny stripe blanket. It finished out at 47"x 36" which is just the perfect size to go over my lap on a chilly evening! 
Of course given our grey days right now it is pretty much impossible to accurately capture the rainbow colors in this with a camera! (But I think many of us are in the same boat & it gives you an idea...)
Thank you for visiting with me today, I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned :-) I hope to see you next week with some quilting news!!!



8 comments:

  1. This is a great post! Your blanket is beautiful and Yoshi is just so cute :)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments Mii! I think Yoshi was worth all the struggles in the end ;-) Need to pop over & see what you have been up to lately... have a great weekend!
      Helen

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  2. Wow so many amazing projects. Lovely stitching on both your projects. Your crochet projects are great, love the Yoshi and the colours in the blankets are gorgeous

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I am really enjoying my stitching at the moment, & the blanket is nice and cozy on these chilly evenings. Have a lovely weekend :-)

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  3. Spring fairy is looking great. Popcorn is cute. Love Yoshi, so adorable. Your blanket is amazing - love the colour choices.

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    1. Thanks Rhona! The blanket is definitely coming in handy on these chilly evenings ;-) Have a lovely weekend,
      Helen

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  4. Your Spring Fairy is beautiful! I have done Summer and Autumn Fairies in this series, and am currently working on Winter. I am saving Spring Fairy for last since she is my favorite. You are totally motivating me!
    Your crochet blanket is beautiful as well.

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    1. Thank you Annie! I plan on stitching all four, had hoped to start with Winter but can't find a suitable blue evenweave to stitch her on yet... I would love to see how your Winter is coming on - we could motivate each other! Have a lovely weekend,
      Helen

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