Monday, 16 March 2015

Canopy shawl

It is no secret that I love autumn and quite like winter too really!  So, even though it's still quite hot here, my thoughts have been turning to my autumn/winter wardrobe.  I fell in love with the Canopy shawl pattern by Mandarine's and it was a quick knit, taking over just two weeks.  I used Alpaca yarn bought from Holland Road Yarn Company and it is so soft with a little bit of fuzz to it.
So there's the first addition to my autumn/winter wardrobe!  I am beyond words with how much I love this pattern and how I am really looking forward to wearing it when the weather cools.
Wishing you a wonderful week.  Wendy xx

My ravelry page is here.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Irish Sampler

My holiday cross stitch is completed and framed.

It is the Irish Sampler by Nostalgic Needle, designed by Sharon Cohen.
Stitched with DMC threads on raw linen.

I enjoyed learning some new stitches for this one, particularly the queen stitch for the large flowers under the letters.  Now to find a home for it, at the moment it's sitting on top of the piano until I decide.  I'm wondering about beside my woodland sampler in my bedroom ... what do you think?

Wishing you a beautiful weekend, Wendy xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Quilting projects for 2015

2015 quilting.  The first project is Natalie's quilt from the Simply Vintage magazine, volume number 3.  I am mostly using French General fabrics I have collected with extra greens added to the mix.  The pattern gets you to applique the basket bottom and handle but I am piecing the bottom and just appliqueing the handle.  I am loving how these blocks are looking, especially the one with a flower.

The second project is The Vintage Kitchen, a free BOM by Jenny of Elefantz here.  I think these beautiful little stitcheries will look perfect in my kitchen.

It's been very quiet in here lately as February is always busy.  Thank you for your visits and comments though, I really do appreciate them.  Shirley F, I want to especially thank you for your lovely comments as I am unable to email you.

I hope you all have a wonderful week with plenty of time to do what you love, Wendy xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Summer holiday

We have just returned from our summer holiday at Papamoa beach and it was one of the best holidays ever.  The weather was perfect, the water was warm and I had a swim every day (that hasn't happened for years!)  We spent time walking, snorkeling, catching up with friends and playing games; "Rage" is our favourite.  I also had time to start stitching a new cross stitch and got lots of knitting done.  Knitting is so transportable and perfect for all the time spent travelling in the car.
The first finish is the Reminisce hat (ravelry link here).  This hat is designed by Libby at Truly Myrtle and I was able to test knit it which was pretty special for me.  I used a beautiful merino and possum yarn, made in New Zealand, which has a very soft feel. The hat was blocked on a dinnerplate which gives it the slightly slouchy beret look.  The pattern is released now and is a gorgeous design.
The sock pattern is Dancetty (ravelry link here) and is an Abbey Morris design.  I used yarn left over from the shawl I made last year.  I love these socks and especially love the stitch used on the heel which makes it feel reinforced.
I knitted the Checkerboard mitts (ravelry page here) for Josh (15 year old) as I wasn't very happy with the ones I knitted for him last year.  These feel comfy and warm and have plenty of room for my growing boy.
I love all three of these knits. It's almost enough to get me looking forward to winter (Yeah Right!) Wendy xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Chateau hexagon

I love the week between Christmas and New Year.  Suddenly the city becomes hushed and empty and all my responsibilities and work quiet for a little while.  I have taken advantage of the quiet and worked away on my Chateau Hexagon quilt.  First I stitched on the last row of hexagons, pieced the border and sewed them on the quilt.  Then came the quilting which is not the easiest for me.  I know I need to learn and practice machine quilting but do not seem to have the time at this stage.  I tell myself that wonky quilting adds to the naive appeal of the quilt :)  Holly gave the quilt her seal of approval and interrupted my sewing more than once.  On Sunday I was ready to make a scrappy binding, attach it and sew it down.  The final step was to sew the beautiful wooden buttons to each block.  And hang it ... and step back ... and enjoy!  I get to enjoy it each time I leave my bedroom :)
While I have been sewing away we have also been enjoying time with family and friends, welcoming the New Year in with a barbeque and fireworks.  I love the New Year just like I love Mondays; the start of a new year or a new week is a chance to start fresh, putting any mistakes behind and trying again.  Wishing you all a Happy New Year, dear friends!  Wendy xx

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas week

Just a couple of little makes this week: a Scandi bird that was a kit with the Simply Crochet magazine, at home on my mini white tree with my other handmade ornaments; and a pair of boot cuffs for my niece (free pattern here).  Our days are filled up with last minute Christmas shopping, preparations and baking, and a bit of movie watching.  Wishing you all a peaceful and joyous Christmas, filled with everything and everyone you love.  With much love and best wishes, Wendy xx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Catching up

December already, where did November go?  

I have been working on my summer-wardrobe sewing but this was interrupted when Colette Patterns released their new pattern, the Dahlia dress.  I had some red fabric from years ago and I thought it would make a perfect Dahlia.  It is a polyester crepe I think, it has no give to it at all but it drapes nicely.  I made an American size 10 and graded up to size 12 at the waist and hips although ended up trimming this off again.  I also added 5" to the length.  This was the first time I used my dressmakers dummy properly, fitting the bodice to it as I went along.  I have narrow shoulders so I ended up adding a dart on the shoulder and removed some of the fullness from the raglan seams.  I realized later that the top of the bodice was meant to be gathered (somehow I missed that step) and this would have taken up some of the fullness that I removed.  I finished the neckline and sleeves with a purchased bias binding in a maroon colour and I quite like the little contrast it gives.  I really love this dress and I think it will be great under layers for autumn and winter too.

Charlie had requested a crochet bunting when she saw the one I made for my room here.  It is finished and the cream looks pretty against her pink walls.  By the way, why do cats insist on sitting on wool when it's blocking?

I have also been keeping at my Chateau Hexagon, stitching away on the last block.  

The tree is trimmed, the house is decorated.  Just some last minute gift-making and shopping to go ... it's beginning to feel like Christmas!  Wendy xx