My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Weekend knitting and stitching

By the time Friday night came around I was more than happy to collapse into my chair to take part in Friday Night With Friends, hosted by the lovely Cheryll over at stitching cubbyhole.
I decided it was high time I finished Lily's cardigan, I didn't have much left to do, just the front bands and the finishing. By the end of the evening I had a competed cardigan so I was very pleased :-)
I used the Carousel pattern by Lisa Chemery again - this is the fourth time I've used this design. It is made on circular needles, starting at the neck, and all in one piece and I find it a quick and easy knit.
Thank you, as always, Cheryll for hosting us on Friday night. It's always nice to stitch along in the company of cyber buddies from near and far :-)
My daughter in law sent through some photos of my latest toddler slippers - I'd given them away without taking a photo, so here they are.
I love the jaunty photos she took!
I've decided I've done more than enough knitting for a while. Last night after dinner I 'fidgeted and fiddled' while we were watching TV, tidying the sideboard next to my stitching chair and putting my knitting and yarn things away for now. Needles paired up and into their packets, patterns in a folder, stitch markers, row markers, darning needles, crochet hooks and so on all away. Dusted and polished.
Satisfied, I gave the MOML a bit of peace and quiet and settled into some applique.
I'd started another Foxley Village block before my latest knitting project and it was nice to get back to it again.
One bird stitched down, two tacked and ready to stitch tonight.
You can visit Cheryll and see what other Friday Night Friends got up to *here*.
I'm hoping for a bit of machine sewing time after lunch today - just wondering which project to tackle first - the choices are endless!
'til next time,
happy stitches,

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Stellar effort and a few cows

I'm very pleased as, for the second month in a row, I've met my One Monthly Goal!
I've been fitting in a bit of star making over the last week or so, and have finished the 24 friendship stars needed to go around the centre of the mystery stitchery I am doing this year.
A nice pile of 3" friendship stars
I even got them sewn onto the centre block —
Thank you to Patty of Elm Street Quilts for running this link up -it's a great way of getting a little push to achieve a goal.

I took my camera out with me when we were doing farm work yesterday. It's calving season down on the farm and it was a lovely afternoon.
Aw shucks - what cuties
One mob of expectant mums. We draft out the cows who are close to calving
so they are in smaller mobs and are easier to keep an eye on.
A newborn to a first time Mum
Expectant Mums in another mob. Very full bellies of grass!
Taking the new Mums and their babies home to the milking shed...
...and the calf shed.
I'm now feeding about 50 calves and there are 62 cows calved.
What's this you ask?
—the chickens love the milk.
We store the milk we cant send to the factory to feed to the calves. The chooks
are always quick to appear when I start pouring it out!
Time to shut them away :-)
(I'm not complaining though, they've suddenly started laying heaps of eggs!)
 The weather suddenly changed and today was chilly with some cool showers coming through, even a bit of hail. Hopefully this weather doesn't hang around for too long and we can be back to sunny, dry days again.

I found a photo of this on my camera which I hadn't yet shown. My DIL made it for me for my birthday earlier in the month - isn't it special?!
All the grandies ♥
Oh and One Last Thing. I do have ONE finish for the month but don't have a photo yet - I gave Xavier his knitted slippers without pulling out my camera. Photo of proof next time!
'til then,
Happy stitches,

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Did I Sew?

When I signed up for Friday Night Sew In over at Sugarlane Designs, I forgot that I had a few things on over the weekend that would slow me up on crafting and blogging!
(And here it is Wednesday already, I hope I get this post written today!)
Yes, I did manage a few stitches, here's a taste of what I stitched on FNSI —
Thank you Wendy for hosting Friday Night Sew In. I'm sorry I wasn't a very focussed guest :-)
After dinner and before I sat down to stitch, I made a couple of Birthday Cakes. The next morning, another two—
A sunny morning in the kitchen. Four cakes (two in the tins) ready to go!
... and the rest of Saturday was spent at ED's where four of us got together for a fun time icing them for her two wee ones' first birthday!
YD has the process all sorted. Using my yarn swift which rotates smoothly
to get the layers of buttercream icing nice and even.
All the crevices in my cakes were well and truly covered up!
I had to leave before they were finished, but look how cute they turned out!
Hehe I loved the party hats ED made for the animals!
And for the record, here are five cousins eating cake at the party.

We had a busy party day on Sunday so the only other crafting I touched during the weekend was a bit more work on Lily's latest cardigan. I started this while we were roadtripping with Mum last week but haven't really touched it since.

In other sewing news, a wee while ago I tested another design for Juliet of Tartankiwi. You may remember that I love her designs and I always jump at the chance to help her out, providing (what I hope is) useful feedback. It also gives her a chance to see what her pattern looks like in completely different fabrics.
She has now released this pattern and I am able to share my version of it.
I adore this fellow - he is (officially) the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest Penguin and native to New Zealand. The pattern is available *here*.
As always, Juliet's pattern went together well. The only trouble I had was with the eye; I thought I'd picked out a reasonably suitable contrasting fabric for it, but because it was so little, it didn't show very well (and photographs even less well!).
I got out some grey embroidery thread and did a few straight stitches and I'm a lot happier with it now :-)

As the days go by where I don't get near my machine, I worry that I won't meet my One Monthly Goal this month! Those 24 friendship stars aren't going to make themselves!
However yesterday I had some time to myself and managed a pile of pressing—
 — and trimming.
Progress at last! I have a week until the end of the month so surely I can get them made!
Must away,
'til next time,
happy stitches,