Ok this post is a little late…it;s been a hectic week with induction events and looking after my landlady’s cats…
That is, the viva jumper edition 😛
Much much progress!
After finishing the sleeves on that thrice-cursed train ride (cheque is in the post), I finally got around to casting on for the body last Wedesday, at the Universtiy stall knitting group. Since then I have knitted quite a lot of it, which I’m chalking up to this amazing yarn sack my friend crocheted for me. I swear it’s giving me an extra 10% knitting speed or something!
(No idea about the yarn- maybe the new tweedy stylecraft??? Pattern is a crochet dragon egg, probably avaiable on ravelry…)
The only annoying thing about this pattern (other than the sleeve length but I’m still going to tlak about that later rather than right now) is that there are two cabled patterns. One is cabled every 4 rows, the other every 12 rows. And while I can tell whether I should be cabling if I’m working flat, I can’t in the round. Excellent excuse for more knitting goodies, methinks 🙂 So I have acquired a row counter off etsy.
It’s taking a bit of getting used to, especially after using stitch markers of the ‘just slide it over’ cariety for so long, but I’m loving it! I’m also loving the gentle tinkling noise it makes, so I’m rather tempted to get some other stitch markers with bells on…we shall see. I should probably be saving more of my money after buying a rather expensive bike recently!
There are probably going to be quite a few posts about this butterfly fairy, which I don’t really mind since it’s so gorgeous!!!!!
I’m working this one sideways, so this is the top right corner technically (and boy is that fun!)
I can’t decide whether I’m more annoyed at all the confetti, or all the metallics. Technically Im supposed to be using two strands of #4 braid…I don’t think so. Instead, I’m using blending filament. Much better! Remind me at some point (when I have more time!), to talk about different metallics, Fascinating subject!
Anyway, I must dash. Hopefully there’ll be more of this next week, if I can get back to working on it, my space for this has gone somewhat (we stopped eating in the conservatory, but we’re back in there now…)
I’ve had a bit of an up and down relationship with this particular cross stitch piece. I bought the kit off Amazon about a year ago, in September. This wasn’t really the best plan of mine I’ve ever had, since what with starting Uni again and everything that entails, I wasn’t able to work on it all that much.
However, at the start of the summer holidays, I decided to get him out again and see if I could finish him. So he got some loving care and attention until I realised that, what with graduation and then York University coming up, I should probably get a move on with graduation presents (now all finished!) and Christmas bits (still in progress but coming along nicely). So he get put down again.
Now I’ve popped back down to Plymouth for a few weeks to visit friends and what not, I decided to bring Frederick, rather than the Christmas bits. Which of course meant that I needed to take a photo of what he looks like currently. Which I think isn’t too shabby, all in all 🙂
There are a few more books to do next to his head, and then up to the same spot on the bottom. I also still have to do all the backstitch (mutter mutter…), and there’s a shelf above Fred which still needs doing too. But all in all, I think he’s jolly lovely 🙂
And just so you all have another picture, here’s another Christmas card decoration thingy I finished recently
Another beady lovely 🙂
I’m not quite sure I’m so fond of this one, I think the bugle beads (the long ones) need better placement planning, but all in all it’s a nice little sparkly thing I can give someone for Christmas 🙂
Okay, so it turns out I could finish all the stitching (including the backstitch!) yesterday. This photo just shows what a difference backstitch makes, however much we may complain about it
There’s such a difference between the bottom flowers and the top
I was actually rather surprised that I finished it all, especially that backstitch. I suppose the desire to get it finished so I could spend some time on Spirit and the fact that it was the last one meant that I didn’t faff about or get as sidetracked this time.
All stitched up
And then, I was even more organized last night and started finish finishing them! I didn’t have enough card cut up to actually finish them, and by the time I’d stuck 4 of them down, I was tired and cross, so I decided to stop rather than carry on and potentially make a big mistake rather than just the little ones which were pretty much fixable 😛 Here’s a photo of what I’ve done so far
In the process of being finish finished
Yeah, you know that old saying; measure twice, cut once? Use it :P. Don’t just assume that they’re the same size just because they’re a similar style :P. All well, I think they look ok, and I’m sure they’ll be appreciated, which I suppose is the important thing.
Well, I’m off to go and finish these, and then spend some quality time with Spirit, which I’ve been neglecting lately. And maybe get some more needles, I’ve gone through all mine. Well, other than the tiny ones used in Spirit, but they don’t really count!
I only have to finish one more post it note holder. Finally! Although it is great fun finishing something that quickly, it will be nice going back to something without any backstitch.
Not quite finished
For some reason, yesterday I thought that I could totally get all the blue and maybe even some of the white done. Then I could happily finish it this morning, with the rest of the white. Totally forgetting, of course, that I need to do quite a lot of backstitch for the flowers and words 😛 I even planned that after I finished it, I could spend the rest of the day today and tomorrow working on Spirit. Of course that’s not going to happen. But I still have time to finish these and get some work done on Spirit, since I’m next going to Plymouth on Sunday. I’m planning on taking Frederick with me then. I’ll try to remember to take a photo of him before that, so when I come back I can show what a difference I’ve made with him. He is lovely 🙂
See you all next time 🙂
Many many many years ago, I was given this gorgeous green skirt. It’s paneled, and some of the panels have decoration, in the same green. Over the years, it’s faded somewhat, and the decoration is starting to pull apart. Yeah, I’ve worn this skirt a lot in the (at least) 5 years I’ve had it.
The other day, mummy suggested we dye it a nice deep purple, however, I had a flash of inspiration, and so started working on embroidering over the old designs. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Skirt embroidery in progress
The colours I’m using are (DMC)
I have to say, the purple is my favorite, and the others I just went through what flosses I already have and tried to find the brightest! It seems to have worked though, I’m loving it. Unfortunately, I did this much, and then realized that Christmas was nearly upon us. Well, it’s not, but I have bad experiences with missing the deadline of Christmas, so this year I was to get ahead of the game. 🙂 So I’m currently working on graduation gifts (which, believe it or not, are not late! I graduate in the middle of September)
Hopefully I’ll get around to continuing this sooner rather than later. Although I did wear this skirt like this yesterday. It was great fun wearing it, and I’m sure this is gonna look brilliant when it’s done. And I have a plan for a blank panel too, which I really want to start. But I want to finish everything else I’ve started even more, so *shrugs* I need to figure out how to not need to sleep…