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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.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Never too old too learn something new!

Last Xmas I treated myself to some navy aran wool called Nepal from Drops 65% wool and 35% alpaca it feels nice and soft too touch.
I have enough wool for a hat, gloves and a cowl.

This is the hat it is an American pattern so a lot of the abrivation are different to the English ones, also I am having to read a chart to knit the hat.
We are away for the weekend so I brought my knitting thinking I had everything I needed till I read the instructions and realised that I needed to cast on with a crochet hook, this method was called the Emily Ocker's Circular beginning never heard of it before so I though I would not be knitting tonight, then I decided to search my handbag, as a crafty person I keep a tape measure in my handbag so why not a crochet hook, well as luck would have it I did find a crochet hook it was a freeby I got on a magazine.
On reading the instructions you are using a magic circle and creating the stitches with the crochet hook then you are able to pull it tight so there is no hole, also you start at the top of the hat another 1st for me.

8 stitches and 4 needles was fun!

It started to grow quickly, this is all the stitches for the hat doesn't look big enough to fit at the moment.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness

A lot of what I am stitching at this time of year are Xmas gifts, but I did make my Hubby a little gift to keep his IPad and key board safe.

My Hubby loves photography and has quite a few camera's so I could not resist this fabric when I saw it. I used the new Bosal fusible foam, so the case is more sturdy.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Bag workshop

I have had an enjoyable day yet again at the Viking Loom in York  doing a bag workshop learning new skills with Stuart,

Maded my own biased binding to go round the curves on the pocket only ever done it straight before.

Still have quite a bit to do managed to put the lining together in class as we also did a zipped pocket.
This evening I downloaded the show he did on Create and Craft that was interesting to watch.

Thursday, 1 October 2015


Last weekend was Yarndale, which takes place in skipton. It is a yarn paradise. I didn't take any pictures apart from the Yarndale Sheep.

They appeared on all the promotion for this years show. I found some great photo's of the show on Pink Milks site.
I bought myself some new needles for projects I am doing at the moment, I just love the knit pro circular needles, I like metal tips not the wooden ones.

I did treat myself to this and the wool needed.

The wool is alpaca.