Friday, 17 February 2017

New Starts

Hello there!
I hope your week is going well? February is speeding along and when we are out and about we are seeing lots of little green shoots heralding the approach of Spring. Although I am itching to start lots of new projects I am making a concerted effort to Be Good and for the most part am sticking to working on projects from The UFO List but there have been a few new starts which have snuck in there too. The first one is my finished New Year's Day New Start for 2017. A little kit by Mill Hill designed by Jim Shore called Snowy Owl Snowman (I also have the Evergreen Snowman kit upstairs waiting for me) he is about half and half cross stitch and beads and very sparkly as a result!



Beads in eleven different colors and two different sizes were inside the kit along with two different needles & there is no way I would've been able to get those petite seed beads on there without that thin-as-a-hair beading needle! Yes, the beads were pretty time consuming, but I am very pleased with the end result & he fitted in perfectly at the end of my January shelf...


I also couldn't resist stitching the little Bebunni free kit that came with The World of Cross Stitching magazine issue 251...


Isn't he a cutie?!! He came with a mount to make him into a card but I decided to make him into a little pillow instead...


...and he is currently sitting happily on my February shelf...


The last new start is somewhat bigger and more of a long term project. Last summer my daughter asked if I could make her a new crochet blanket to fit the bigger bed in her new accommodation. We started looking through patterns and finally settled on the Lacy Flower Granny Square pattern (which is available for free here). Then we needed to pick a color scheme. As she lives over a hundred miles away I decided it would be easier to use Pinterest, picking pins I thought she would like & sending them to her. Have you ever used Pinterest to search for color schemes? WOW! There are SO MANY GORGEOUS combinations out there!!! So much inspiration!! :-) In the end my daughter picked this one...


So I got out my yarn pegs and came up with this...


We wanted seven colors for squares in this blanket so on a recent visit home she added in Clematis from the Stylecraft Special DK range - full details on all the colors she picked are listed on my Ravelry project page here. It's been a while since I crocheted anything beyond basic squares & I had wondered how much concentration these pretty squares would take. Happily I have found the pattern is well written with lots of photos & I have most of it memorized now & am enjoying working these up. I don't know exactly how many I will need as I have a few ideas floating around in my head but I will need a pile of squares before I can start experimenting so for now I'm just making a bunch in all seven colors...


The colors are much nicer together in real life, but this will give you a rough idea (as usual my camera is refusing to represent accurately anything of a purple/lilac nature and I would rather crochet more squares than continue to fight with it!).   
Thank you for visiting me here today and a special thank you to those who take the time to leave a comment, it's lovely to hear from you! Have a great weekend whatever you are up to :-)





Friday, 3 February 2017

17 ufos in 2017 - January update

Hello there!
So here we are in February already... Time for a progress report on the 17 ufos in 2017 project. In my last post I had finished off numbers 1, 15, and 17 on The List, this month I also managed to finish number 2 - the Halloween sampler designed by the Historical Sampler Company from World of Cross stitch magazine issue 246. The stitching was completed last year except for the background stitching from four of the boxes which I left off as I had some tiny buttons in my stash which I thought would be perfect instead. So my first job was to find a small needle & sew on those 44 little stars....


... then add the fabric borders & a hanging sleeve & it's all ready for hanging in October... 


I have also been working on number 16 from the list, Hermione's scarf, some of you may remember way back here when my daughter got the mittens? Well she has been very patiently waiting for the matching scarf but now there is a distinct possibility that it might be ready for her next time she's home for a visit! This is where I had left it, half way up the first pattern repeat... 


When I took it back out I decided to break this down into smaller chunks because, much as I love Fair Isle, the thought of eight pattern repeats (which should work out around 72") seemed like a HUGE NeVeR EnDiNG slog! But if I can do half a pattern repeat in a sitting then it's just fifteen sessions which seems much more doable...At the end of the month I don't have a photo for you but I do have two and a half pattern repeats done & will continue working on this through February.
But the biggest UFO I have been working on through January is number 13 from the list - the Santa stocking for Little H. It had been left where there are lots of fractionals to be worked on the 14 count navy aida - not my favorite! - and Santa was looking rather demonic...


Oh my gosh how I would really like to get this finished this year!!!! (I would also like to stitch a stocking for his smaller brother but I might be dreaming on that one ;-)) In an effort to get them done I have decided to try something different & work a rotation system with my big stitchy UFO's this year so each will come out for three weeks. Santa's three weeks are now up so I will come back to this later in the year for another three week block once I have worked on each of these bigger UFO's. So for this month I have "substantial progress" to share on number 13... 



Apart from the backstitch the top two pages are finished but most of the bottom two pages are left to do. The next big stitchy ufo on the rotation is number 9, Spring fairy, currently looking like this...


Still a long way to go! So I will be working on this & the scarf & maybe one or two other things over the next few weeks. Thank you for visiting me here today & please remember you can also go here  and here to visit the other bloggers taking part in 17 ufos in 2017- there are a huge variety of lovely projects getting finished out there!!