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I have been stitching since the late 80's I used to knit till it went out of fashion in the 80's,I enjoy many forms of stitching hardanger,blackwork, any counted stitches, cross-stitch, Quilting,stumpwork,beading and of course my first passion which was knitting.I love the colour purple, I like to stitch samplers I love alphabets, will design my own for special occasions.I like following designer lizzie kate, brent creek,prarie schooler, shepherds bush, little house needlework, Country Cottage Needle work and many more.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Tour de France

What a weekend  I have enjoyed been part of the Blog Party on Vicky's site 2 bags full, I am making my way through peoples blogs which is interesting.
Last year I had heard that they wanted volunteers to knit bunting to display when the Tour de France comes through Harrogate, when I was at the Knitting and Stitching show in November the Council had a stand promoting the bunting, a wool company has sponsored the event and they where giving patterns out and wool.

I took some wool and said I would Knit 12 hoping I could persuade some of the girls at work to help me. Well I suddenly released time was passing and I had not started them, the bunting is in the shape of a Jersey and in the colours of the winning Jerseys, Since we were going out on Saturday and I hate sitting idle in the car I took a ball of wool and needles with me.

Throughout the day at every opportunity I had my knitting out, here I am in Costa Coffee in Waterstones. By the end of my dayout in Leeds I had managed to knit one Jersey.

As I am on holiday this week I intend to see how many Jersey's I can knit while out and about they take about 2hrs.
The Main reason we had gone to Leeds was to see Strictly come Dancing on Tour the stars taking place are here we had not visited the new arena in Leeds yet not that impressed would rather go to Sheffield's arena.

Lisa Riley was the compare and she did an excellent job. The Judges are just so funny live.


Friday, 24 January 2014


Hello my name is Jayne, while wandering through blog land which I generally do by visiting other peoples blog lists, I came across 2 Bags Full who was hosting an international blog party(see button in side bar) and HERE (for blog lists) I decided to join in.

I am not a great fan of having my photo taken but managed to find a good one or two, I am the first on bottom row this was on a walk before Christmas with some of my work colleagues yes we were all drinking wine, it was one of the girls birthdays and someone had 2 bottles of wine in their rucksack we all went for lunch afterwards it was a 7 mile walk I realised afterwards how unfit I was!

I have been a Midwife for over 20 years and have worked for the NHS 30 years, I work as a Delivery Suite Co-ordinator which is a clinical managers post so I am fortunate to delivery a lot of babies.
I have had a blog for 5 years I started it because I started doing exchanges and you had to have a blog to be a member of some sites, over the years I have received some lovely things through the post which I love, my Christmas Tree this year was covered in stitched ornaments most of which I have received in exchanges and I also some times like to participate in stitch-a-longs(sals). So you could say I like to do anything which involves a needle or a hook.

This is one of my  many scissor thread keeps I recycle old cards into thread tags and you can never have enough pairs of scissors.

I have knitted for years I cannot remember what age I was taught to knit by my Grandmother but stopped in the 80's when it went out of vogue and took up the many needle crafts which I do, I have also now started to crochet I have attend a few workshops, the above is a brooch I got free on a magazine but I embellished it with beads.

We are lucky and are able to spend a lot of time at the coast as my mother in law has a static caravan near Filey and I attend bead workshops in summer at Robin Hoods Bay which I have done for about the last 13 years.

I also have the required sewing machine or two and enjoy making up projects I also dabble in quilting, I enjoy the piecing but I am not very good at the actual machine quilting that's another workshop I am attending soon.

My Mum and I have been lucky over the last 8 years to have been on a lot of stitching associated holidays with The Cross Stitch Guild run by Jane Greenoff we have been to Norway doing hardanger, Denmark to visit Permin and danish flower threads, Holland for Samplers, Belgium for lace, France to see the Bayeux Tapestry and Germany for threads and linen. We have visited some lovely places and done other things while there, like a lot of wine tasting you must thing I am into the wine I do not drink usually.

A visit to the Maderia Factory Germany.

Wine tasting in Germany.

I am fortunate to have visited Zweigart about 4 times and have bags full of lovely linens. I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog and drop by again soon.


Thursday, 16 January 2014

From my stash

Here are a couple of things that I have in my stash which I would like to do but will they become UFO's.

 I am a big fan of Lizzie Kate, while I was at the Knitting and Stitching show in November I treated myself to these patterns and kit. I bought the above as I like making Christmas Ornaments for exchanges so now I have got 12 to choose from, below was the Christmas Mystery I bought the whole kit which included the variegated threads.

I have also signed up to do the Country Cottage Needleworks Frosty Forrest which is 9 patterns released over 9 months, I am on a autoship so each month I get the pattern, fabric and threads in the post I found a shop in the UK which was doing this so I didn't have to get it from the states I have joined a blog to help motivate me to complete them details in the side bar.

A few weeks ago while I was stitching using a frame my Jack Russell Penny wanted to get to me and doesn't care if I am stitching she will just try and climb through the frame.


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year

I have decided this is the year that I intend to finish some of those UFO and let me tell you I have many in all the different crafts that I do be it knitting, beading, cross-stitch or quilting, I also have many kits and patterns that I have not started but then doesn't everyone so I intend to also dig out some of my stash and complete that as well, I should save myself a lot of money if I do this! 
I will hopefully share all this with you out there in blogland.