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Friday, January 25, 2013

First time knitting

Hi all,

On of my resolutions for the 2012 was trying to learn knitting ... So with a little delay I had my first knitting lesson yesterday (4 in total).

I was pleasantly surprised with the speed that childhood "memories" came back! I touched a knitting needle for the last time in craft lessons at school when I was something like 12-14 years old :-).

We practised the basic stitches and everything went well :-). We also had the choice between a "simple" scarf or a small bag (to be felted afterwards) that also uses the technique of adding and diminishing your stitches. Of course I chose the bag! LOL!

Here's a piccie of the pretty wool ... did I tell you that I'm a "multicoloured girl" :-)?

Manos del Uruguay - colour 9831
Handdyed wool - uses needles 5 or 6 mm (US 8-10)

And the knitting needles in size 6 mm (I knit too tight :-). They're from Brittany Needles! A company that carves them out of Birch.


From their site:
Why buy Brittany needles and hooks? Probably the best reason has to do with the benefits of wood. Wood is warm, smooth and soft. It won't drain heat from sensitive fingers the way aluminum and plastic needles do. We have many comments from arthritis patients and their doctors that they wouldn't be knitting if it weren't for wooden needles.

Birch is a superior wood for this purpose, its tensile strength and stability maintains size, resists warping and allows for smoothness of finish no other needle can provide.

Wood is our greatest renewable natural resource. It is environmentally friendly; it's recyclable, biodegradable and durable; when it is no longer needed it can be returned to the earth. All wood used by Brittany comes from strictly regulated forests or small woodland owners in the United States ensuring proper environmental logging practices and selective cutting for maximum reforestation.


I'm curious to see the end result!

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Snow Give Away

I'm sure we all like to cross stitch but maybe also quilt?

That's why I wanted to draw your attention to a "Snow Give Away" that De Quilthoeve is hosting.


I'm trying my luck at the red fabrics (I just adore that colour)!

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First ornament of 2013!

I've finished it yesterday so I guess I'm still good for the 2013 Ornament SAL :-).

I'm not completely sure if it's only the stitching that needs to be finished or the entire ornament ... I'll have to check that!

So without further delay, here it is:

Spring in my Garden
Barbara Ana Designs
 
It was a real joy to stitch but the only thing I didn't like doing were the bees ... very small and fidly :-)
 
I've also changed the colour of the rabbit, chicken and the bees wings from DMC Desert Sand (colour variation) to 738 (rabbit and chicken) and white (bees wings) ... otherwise they wouldn't show well on the fabric. 
 
In the meantime I've already started the Barbara Ana "Owl-o-ween" design :-)
 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Word verification

I've had it! This weekend alone I've been bombarded with spam mail! I received something like 60 messages from "anonymous" ranging from "visit my site" to "make things bigger"! And this goes on as we speak!


So I'm truly sorry to say and do so but for the first time since I've started with this blog, I've turned on the word verification and registered id's only feature.

Hope this will calm down within a couple of weeks!

Have a nice week.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Is it Halloween yet?

I just wanted to share a piece I've seen while browsing Pinterest.

LOOK!

 
 

It's from Blue Ribbon Designs.

"Mischief at Midnight" is a Halloween needlework tray and matching needlework smalls. This spooky design features a Halloween scene in the base of the tray (also suitable for framing)...the inside walls of the tray feature stars, bats, and ghosts...the outside walls of the tray feature a fence surrounding the entire scene (with a few jack-o-lanterns, owls, and spiders). The gate for the fence is a removable needlebook (attached with hidden magnets)...and there is a coordinating pinkeep and scissor fob to complete your needlework tray set. The tray measures approximately 8.5" x 8.5".

But ... alas ... it's a class piece that will only be released one year after the class (which was 19 -21 October 2012)! :-( Bummer!

Do you like it as much as I do? Here's a little extra ...

FRONT
 
BACK
NEEDLEBOOK


She did (or is going to) release a lovely spring piece (I love the bird on the watering can):


Have a nice weekend!


P.S.: I think I'll start or Lizzie Kate's Halloween sampler or Santa's Village this weekend (after finishing my ornament of course :-)!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A new spring ornament

Last weekend I started stitching an ornament for my monthly 2013 SAL Ornaments "group" .

Can you guess which one I've chosen?


It's a Lizzie Kate freebie found on the Cyberstitchers.com website.


In the meantime I've already added the green stems and the word "garden" as well.

It's a real joy to stitch and I can't understand why I didn't "do" one much earlier. I feel a new addiction/designer taking over ;-)

I'm off to stitch some more!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First real snow of 2013 and update on Christmas Tree

Hi all,

Today we all woke up with a white blanket of 12 cm covering everything outside.

It's beautifull to see when you can stay inside the whole day but much less funny when you have to dig out your car to drive to work (like I had to do this morning) :-(

Some pictures taken at our seaside

Oostende
(source: De Standaard.be website)

Middelkerke
(source: Focus-WTV.be website)

An original way to protect your trees:

Annemarie from Heule
(source: Focus-WTV.be website)

Because of all this snow I want to stitch some more on my Christmas tree and finally finish it! Here's my latest update:


Ah yes before I forget ... my children wanted to spice up my Christmas decorations (the ones I didn't take down yet):

Amazing what you can do with pasta and empty Nespresso cups! :-)

Tomorrow I'll show you a new - small - start.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Designers being productive!

My all time favourite designer Martina Rosenberg is also going to release a new piece in April (four parts during one year) ... It's drop-dead gorgeous!

Here's a first preview pictures (it's not completely finished yet).



"Theme this time is a Japanese Moss Garden or Zen Garden (325x325 stitches).
You see lovely deep green moss cushions, ponts with mossy treadstones, lotus flowers and four different Buddha statues in the green. Four different stone lanterns will embellish the Tori gates, and nest between blooming Azalea bushes, which are framed by cut Pine trees. There are lots of details in this garden Mandala which you will see and feel during stitching. 
Cross stitch is the main stitch used, but many Special Stitches will be worked for dimension, as well as some “over one” for the Koi and the Buddhas."

Mmmmm .... This will be a lovely companion piece to her previously released Japanese Garden.


I need not 2 nor 3 but 10 lives! ;-)



Thursday, January 10, 2013

All year Christmas stitching?

Look what Lizzie Kate is going to release = a new flip-it series released in four parts!

A first glimpse
 
Complete

Need I say more?

I think I'll have a lovely decorated house next year ...

... that is when I finish everything on time! ;-)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Blogoversary and plans for the New Year

I can't believe it but my blog has survived it's first year! I would've liked some more posts but that's life ... sometimes it's quite busy :-)

So what are the plans for next year? I'll be stitching :
  • the Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks - I was too late to be included in the list of Stitching Santas Village together but I'll post my progress on this blog
  • an ornament each month so that I'll be able to decorate a lovely little tree, wreath or basket at the end of 2013 (you can never be too prepared) - more information about it is to be found here

  • try to stitch a Heaven and Earth Designs - I'm in a Facebook group called HAED Josephine Wall Cross Stitch
Titania and Oberon by Josephine Wall
  •  I would've liked to stitch two other HAED but I already have enough on my plate :-)!
 
Halloween Cats by Lesley Ivory and El Vacquero by Laurie Prindle

  • and everything else that catches my fancy/interest :-)!
I'm curious to see if I'll be able to do everything (or at least half of it :-)

Have a nice weekend!