Wednesday 28 January 2015

PS Finishes and the Triffid

In December I jumped in and joined Jo's Stitch from Stash 2015.  I don't have mountains of stash but I did want to start using what I had and also thought it would be a good way to get me back into the mood for stitching. 

So, here we go, my first check-in.

January -  
Allowance £20
Spent £4.80  (scissors, general purpose scissors for fabric not the fancy variety)
Left £ 15.20  (to carry over to February)

I've had to re-read the extra credit part of stitch from scratch a few times and still can't quite get my head around it, but from what I understand, (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), my Santa's don't qualify for extra credit because the chart (and the threads) were only purchased in early December and I believe the stash has to be 6 months old.  Like I said, someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

January's stitching and finishing went quite well, I've managed to stitch some of the other PS Redwork Santa's.  I'm really enjoying working on these guys, and  no, I don't mind working blocks of the same colour, yes it's repetitive, but I like that, I find it quite soothing, plus it means I can still watch TV without fear of making too many mistakes :-)

The finished, finished ones..........

.............and the finished and almost finished ones

I can't promise that February will be as productive but, I have got a couple of ornament size charts lined up to start, as well as the other two PS Santa's to do, so we will see :-)

Just before Christmas I bought an Amaryllises bulb, this is the first time I've grown this plant, to be honest I almost threw it out because it didn't seem to be doing anything, then all of a sudden it started to grow, and now it can't stop growing! I've been measuring it (yes really, I'm that sad, lol), sometimes it's grown an inch over night! I've no idea how tall it will be before it flowers, I'm looking forward to seeing it, I've forgotten what colour I chose so it will be a nice surprise.

This was how it looked a week ago

This is how it looks tonight 18 and 1/4 inches tall....a monster, lol

 It looks as though there is another flower stem growing on the other side

does anyone know if this is usual? Do they produce two flower stems? I was under the impression that it was just the one but I've no idea.

That's it for now, have a good week :-)
Take care

Friday 9 January 2015

Off To A Good Start

Well that's the first week of January gone! How did your's go? It doesn't take too long to get back into the swing of things does it?  and to be honest, I was glad to get back to a routine, the days never seem to have any structure when you are at home, especially when I'd got a bad back and most of what I had got planned couldn't happen.

Because I had to change my plans It did mean that I got some stitching done for a change Yayyyy.
It's been ages since I've shown any stitching, so here you go, just to prove that I not only stitched, but I actually finished, (yes you heard right, finished!!) 2 ornaments.

Prairie Schooler Redwork Santa's

I'm going to be stitching all 8 of these so the actual making up into ornaments I will do once they are all stitched, so stay tuned.  I'm so pleased with these and I'm looking forward to stitching the other 6, only having two colours they are quick and easy to do :-)

Just before Christmas you might remember I finished knitting Stevie's scarf, I quite fancied doing one for myself, but I thought that same one might be a bit bulky for me, (being a lady of a certain age I am quite prone to getting rather hot at times ).
So I went in search of a freebie via the interweb and came across this crochet one.  Oooh, just right I thought.

I used the same yarn as I used for Stevie's as I had some left, Woolcraft Double Crepe DK, shade 09, if you are interested, and it came out quite well I think.
I just kept going until I thought it was long enough and used 2 100g balls.

I'm not into selfies, but just to show what It looks like on, here you go....minus my face because I take a horrid photo, lol

So, you could say that I have had a very good start to January's crafting :-)
I've joined the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge again.  I have fallen short on the last two years but I like to set the challenge to keep me motivated, I read 35 last year, 5 short of my challenge, so I'm not too disappointed with that, and I'm continuing with my reading group at the local Library this year too.

To keep my stitching mojo up i've joined Stitch From Stash 2015.  I'm allowing myself £20 per month to spend on stash.  As I already have quite a few charts that I want to stitch I think most of my allowance will be going on threads and fabric, finishing items, buttons, ribbon and so on are not included this year, so that's ok.
I will have to go and re-read the rules about posting, I'm not good at reading instructions, lol

Well that's my news for the first bit of 2015, it's Friday night, my chores are all done, I'm showered and in my PJ's, the tea is all prepared so I can sit down and start another Santa :-)

Until next time