Laughs with my sister and a finished piece

I’ve just returned from a lovely weekend down south to celebrate my step – mum’s birthday. It’s a 6 hour journey involving planes, trains and automobiles but I still find the plane part of the journey quite exciting- I always get the urge to make a landscape quilt when Im gawping out the window at the terrain below. I think this is part of Wales and then the curve over the Bristol Channel. Lovely to see the sunny West Country again!

The best part of the trip was spending some proper time with my 11 year old sister – I’m 41 this year so there’s a pretty hefty age difference but thankfully I don’t find it hard to revert to my 11 year old self!
Another bonus is that she likes embroidery so while I finished covering the back of my ice sheets textile she made a Jasmine flower out of felt (for our 18 month old niece) And in the picture she’s sewing a J onto some tartan ribbon. She didn’t finish it before I left so I’ll be getting her to post it up to me so I can attach her contribution to the crochet giraffe I’ve been making for Jasmine (I’ll do another post on him as he’s coming on well!)  I loved seeing her stitching away next to me, helping her out with the odd tangled thread and chatting about her starting Secondary school, God I remember how nervous I was!
Staying with my sister also means breakfast in bed in the morning – check out the presentation of my peanut butter and jam on toast! There’s a big mug of coffee served with that as well.
I also got to meet Rosie the new hamster who likes eating strawberries while sat on my sister’s head. Sadly there’s  no photos of us dancing in the kitchen to 1 Direction and Katy Perry but I was lost in the moment!
Final pics in the set are of my finished textile piece (there’s hardly any stitching on it so I can’t really call it an embroidery! ) that I gave to my Dad as a belated birthday gift. You can see a section of one of his ice sheet photographs – I must print some of mine out as his look  amazing! He really liked it but my sister thought that my test piece made with the cheap green nylon fabric looked better than the pure white silk version, she’s the second person to say that so I think I’ll frame that one up as well now!
It’s always hard saying goodbye to the family especially as it will be a good few months before I see them in the flesh again, Skype is all well and good but nothing beats sitting stitching and laughing on the sofa with my sister at my side.

Ice sheets textile piece

I did a post about a month ago on an idea I had for a textile piece based on the ice sheets at Loch Erochty (im writing this on my phone and haven’t worked out how to insert links yet!)

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I finally made a start on a test piece last night and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. Because I’ve been making this in my head for a while (basically since I first laid eyes on the ice!) And I’m essentially just stitching down rippled fabric it only took a couple of hours to do which is just as well as I need to have the proper one done by next Tuesday when I head down south to visit the family – Queen of the last minute as usual!

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Think this is going to look amazing made with the piece of white pure silk I’ve got waiting in the wings – roll on the weekend so I can get cracking! ☺

Ice sheets textile piece

I did a post about a month ago on an idea I had for a textile piece based on the ice sheets at Loch Erochty (im writing this on my phone and haven’t worked out how to insert links yet!)

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I finally made a start on a test piece last night and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. Because I’ve been making this in my head for a while (basically since I first laid eyes on the ice!) And I’m essentially just stitching down rippled fabric it only took a couple of hours to do which is just as well as I need to have the proper one done by next Tuesday when I head down south to visit the family – Queen of the last minute as usual!

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Think this is going to look amazing made with the piece of white pure silk I’ve got waiting in the wings – roll on the weekend so I can get cracking! ☺

Some Happy Hooking

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About 18 months back I made this ripple afghan blanket for an old pal of mine, I chose the colours based on her dreadlocks which are black with woven in coloured strands (her hair looks better than it sounds and doesn’t include the dog hairs which have made their way into my crochet!). Her mum really liked the blanket and wanted to take it home with her so I said that I would make her one as well…I finally got round to starting it about 6 weeks ago but instead of replicating what I’d already made I thought I’d try a new pattern, it’s thanks again to Mikey at The Crochet Crowd that I’ve learnt another new crochet stitch – Tunisian Entrelac:

 

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I found this stitch quite addictive – I’m sure i’m not alone with the “I’ll just do one more square..I’ll just get to the end of this row…I’ll just make a start with a new row just to see how the colours sit together…” and before you know it the hours have flown by but I think that’s why I enjoy any creative activity – the joy of being lost in the moment.

I’m making a serious attempt to use up the materials I have around me and I’m pleased to say that all of the yarn used (apart from a new ball of yellow yarn I had to buy after I frustratingly ran out towards the end of the row!) came from the stash. These aren’t the kind of colours I would normally be drawn to but I think the blanket has a spring feel to it and the solid sections of purple,yellow and white were inspired by the crocuses I’d seen down the park. In the centre I’ve used the last of the yarn that featured in the original blanket.

 

 

 

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So here’s the finished article – I did a ripple stitch edge to the blanket but I think I’ve added extra stitches along the way as the border has a bit of flounce about it, but it looks fine so I’m not too bothered about my sloppy stitch counting!
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And of course as soon as I put the blanket on the sofa for a photograph my dog pal had to jump on it just to add in some extra hairs as a final touch.
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