Friday, 13 September 2013

All around my 'house'

There are lots of little craft projects either on the go, or getting ready to be on the go once winter is here. Nay, don't mention the W. word just yet!

I have two things on the go on knitting needles. The first is a winter hat courtesy of a pattern from Elaine's blog here
 
I did have some fancy knitting yarn to begin it with, as you can see, but had to give it up as I dropped a couple of stitches and couldn't find them! Also, it uses two different size needles - yep - you guessed it, the first few lines were done using one of each size before I realised. Anyway, I am now beginning to decrease and have an idea on what I can do with the fancy yarn.

The second thing is another dishcloth
I have more cotton in an ice cream tub in the dining room
Along with more wool to soon begin another set of slippers. The ones I made last year have been patched up, but there are now too many holes appearing, so they will be cut up and put on the compost heap. See, no wastage in this house!
Last year, I began a fleece rag rug for beside the bed. It is about half way through and I should finish it this year. It resides in one of the under bed drawers;
In the spare bedroom are 3 new fleece blankets, destined to be knitted (as a trial) into a small rug just inside the front door. If it works, I hope to knit a rug, from discarded material, for my son and future FDiL
I am not the only one being busy in this department. DB is currently doing a small fine point tapestry of one of our grand dogs S. I think it might take him at least another year, as even with head worn magnifying glasses, it is still quite hard to see whilst doing it. No photographs at the moment but the image is based on this lovely photograph, taken by her mum:


We have several of his lovely tapestries in the house. Like his father before him (and many of his aunts and uncles), they could all doing some form of needlework. His mum was a fantastic knitter and could easily knock out a jumper for each of us in less than a month. She knitted all of our son's jumpers amongst other things.




13 comments:

  1. Like you, I also have more than one project either on the go or in the pipeline. I am making a small hexagon quilt, all hand pieced except I will probably machine the backing. It will go over the back of a sofa to be wrapped over knees when the weather is cold and we're trying to save on the heating. I also have 2 knitted baby blankets that need ribbon bindings. And I've just started knitting a cardigan for myself from a wartime pattern using 4 ply wool I got for £2 from a charity shop. I also have a request from my daughter to make her and her partner a couple of doorstops like I made for her sister earlier in the year. That's not to mention the 3 birthday cards I have to make over the next couple of weeks, and I haven't started making my Christmas cards yet. Not sure I should have started on this list, now I can see just how much I still have to do. Would love to see the hat when its finished, I could do with a woolly hat myself.

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    1. I hadn't realised I had a few things on the go. I get a bit bored of doing the same thing for too long so it is nice to chop and change. I haven't got the patience to knit myself something, that is where I miss my M-in-L. I look at the length of the hat and think, gosh it that were the front or back of a cardigan, it would be next winter before I could wear it!

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  2. I have a tendency to keep a few projects going,too. I find that what I pick up to work on depends on what is going on around me. Some projects require my complete concentration and some don't.

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    1. All my knitting requires concentration, especially if using a pattern that contains more than just knit and purl! When doing rugs, I can almost switch off but not fully. Haven't learnt to cable yet or crochet properly. Ah well, one day maybe.

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  3. I hope to teach myself to knit in the near future, it's such a useful hobby. I look forward to seeing each of your project progress :)

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    1. I think I was taught by my sister when I was 10. It is indeed very useful, I just need my FDinL to teach me to crochet and I shall be away!

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  4. My nan was a knitter and could knit, watch the television and cook dinner at the same time! I have just washed the shawl that she knitted for my eldest son ready for the birth of his first child xxx

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    1. My MinL knitted our son a lovely long christening gown and shawl. Unfortunately, it was a hot August day when he was christened so couldn't wear it. We did manage to get a photograph of him in it a few days later when the weather had cooled.

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  5. So many fun projects, can't wait to see them when they are finished :)

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    1. Not long to go on the hat I think, although won't show it until it is decorated (if I am brave enough!)

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  6. I like to have a few things on the go too. At the moment some crocheting, some patchwork and some cross stitching.
    Thank you for your kind words, things are going well at the moment. Hoping our GD's next check up is a good one.
    Carol xx

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    1. My friend had ovarian cancer,10 or more years down the line, she is cancer free. I'm keeping my fingers crossed your GD will be okay.

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  7. So it's not only me that has a few irons in the fire so to speak. Currently I have a crocheted throw to begin, (had the yarn for about six months already) also I've seen a gorgeous crocheted tea cosy that I wanted to make for the summer ...not going to happen now though is it! I've always wanted to write/draw/paint a journal of everyday things and happenings - made a small start but other things just get in the way. Oh well there's always another day. Good luck with your projects. Have a great week.
    Patricia x

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