22 January 2024

CAL and A Bit of Stitching

I really wanted to blog last week but was a bit worn out on Monday for some reason.  We did a lot of window shopping over the weekend for a new lounge and then ordered one, now to impatiently wait for the 4 months for it to be made.  

I have made another set of placemats for Maestro, these one were double sided I haven't heard from him if he thought they were ok.  The fabric was very hard to work with and I think a couple of them may have not been particularly square but they got done.  

I'm still way behind on the CAL but I have the book now and not relying on the download of the pattern.  I was going to do a shortened version without granny squares going round the edge but I think I may need to do them as it is coming out quite small.  Oh well will have to see, but I like how it is working up in 4 ply.  I'm working on the part that is called Wicker and it really looks like wicker work but you can't tell because it curls up.  I think there are another 40 rows to straighten it out so it will be ok in the end and there is nothing blocking won't fix.  

Well that's it for me.  Head to Kates'.

08 January 2024

Back to Work

 Back to work wasn't too bad today, the new guy took care of pretty much all the urgent stuff so I just cruised all day sorting through emails and starting a piece of work that got dropped on me the last day before I went on holidays.  

 Ended up at Maestro's one day and we were pretty beat by the time we got home.  Hung some curtain's which I was sure were going to need hemming but they didn't and DH got a blind put up and did some cleaning up in his garage. He has a girlfriend at the moment so I'm thinking we won't get to see him as much.  

Mo is working on a few things and applying for jobs but she wants to do some online courses and is entering a competition to illustrate a children's book.  She has to submit a 2 page spread, what she has shown me is pretty darn good but with all art it is subjective so who knows.  

This week I kept up to the 15 minute challenge 6 out of the 7 days. The day at Maestro's was tiring so nothing got done that day.  I have finished part 2 of the CAL and have started on part 3. I'm still way behind but I can't really go much faster, as my wrist gets sore I do too much and it will only get worse as it gets heavier.  Might have to alternate with my embroidery/hexie quilt.  

I finished one set of placemat for Maestro and have another set cut ready to stitch this weekend.  

Mo's 21st is coming up.  She doesn't want a part and trying to get her to pinpoint what she wants is proving to be an issue.  First it was camera lens but she has decided that's too expensive and maybe a bat's system for the potter's wheel might be a better option.  She just has to choose which one she wants.  

Love the new image below for this year.  Head to Kates to catch up with everyone.  

02 January 2024

As usual the last week is a bit of a blur

I really like that nothing time between Christmas and New Year, no plans and lots of lazing around. 

Mo put the Christmas tree up this year while we were away but she seems to be incommunicado now that its time to take the thing down. It isn't my favourite job.  I might have a bit of a lay down with a a good book first and then tackle it later this afternoon.  

I have started the Cove CAL with Shelley Husband, I'm still behind but I'm enjoying the process.  I've done it a baby pink so it can go in Mo's room which is all pink and white.  There was a bit of frogging last night when the stitch count for the next row wasn't right, I think I was mixing the pattern rows up.  I'm back at this stage again and it is slightly less wavy.  Once its blocked it should straighten out.  

Last week we headed out to Maestro's place to finish a few jobs that we have been doing.  Mo and I put up some prints and sorted out pots for his indoor plants.  His tenants have moved out and they had ruined a couple of his place mats and burnt a mark in his new dining room table.  He had a couple of rules when they moved in, the most important was no smoking inside but they didn't abide by it.  I told him I'd make him some new placemats, we picked out some nice decor weight fabric and I have finished sewing the first set today.  I have another mustard piece to make 2nd set. 

We are heading back to his place tomorrow to put up a curtain rail and and blockout blind.

Head to Kates to see how everyone is going.