Getting Ready – Stage 8

It’s time to show an update on my SAL project again. The picture is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works. This is where I was up to last time.

Stage 7

I’ve now got the top left section squared off and the backstitch has really made the flowers in the vase pop.

Stage 8

Next time I’ll be working to the right. There’s two faces in that square but I’m not sure I’ll get that far. I’ll try!

Hayley and Tony are new additions to the group this time. A warm welcome to both!

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 15th April 2018.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,

KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,

HeidiConnieJackieSunnyHayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

 

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

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ABC Bears by Design Works.

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ABC Bears by Design Works.

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ABC Bears by Design Works.

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The Sewing Machine – A Book Recommendation

Hello everyone,

It was my birthday recently and my blogging friend Claire thought I’d love to read The Sewing Machine so she ordered a copy and had it sent direct to me.

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I wouldn’t call myself an avid reader by any means and I’d usually much rather spend my spare time sewing than reading. However, Claire was keen for me to read this one so I did. Yes, I used some of my precious crafting time to read!! Can you believe that? I’m not going to write a review as such because I don’t really have the words. I prefer to read a book and simply enjoy it for what it is, rather than give it a post mortem which so often spoiled books for me at school (it actually put me off reading). However, this book got under my skin.

The Sewing Machine is a debut novel by Natalie Fergie. I enjoyed it so much that I’ll be looking out for more by this author in future and that’s a first for me. The front cover gives an idea of what the story is about.

One sewing machine.

Two families.

Three secrets.

Four generations.

Millions of stitches.

If you love sewing machines and/or you love to sew I think you’ll really enjoy this book. There’s a lot more to the story than just a sewing machine. It brought back lots of memories from my childhood including my sewing lessons with a very special primary school teacher, the amazing Miss Fox. Yes, I know, I’ve written about her here before. If I told you what other memories this book brought back to me I’d give the story away so I won’t. All I’ll say is that this book made me do something I should have done years ago. I’ve been meaning to do it and I should’ve done it. I just didn’t. Well, now I have and I’ll tell you all about it in another post some time soon.

The Sewing Machine is available on Amazon at £1.99 for the Kindle version and, in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. There’s a paperback and audio version out too. I’m not getting paid to recommend this book. I just want everyone to have the chance to enjoy it as much as I did. I’m actually planning to read it again and that’s another first for me! Let me know if you’ve read it. I’d love to know what you think.

Anyway Natalie, if you ever read this, thank you so much for writing a great story, stirring up some wonderful memories (and quite sad ones) and making me do that thing I should have done decades ago. Also, thank you to Claire who seems to know what’s good for me 🙂 Nowt new there then!

I’m going to publish this post on my other blog as well. Don’t want anyone to miss out on a great read 🙂

No Words, just letters. Q is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.

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Getting Ready – Stage 7

We’ve had loads of snow this week and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching all the blizzards sweeping across from east to west because I was lucky enough to stay at home most of the time. It’s the type of snow that’s very dry rather than dirty and slushy so it’s nice and easy to walk on. Unfortunately it’s a bit too dry for building snowmen or I’d be out there having fun!

Anyway, I’m doing that very British thing (apparently)…talking about the weather, so I’ll get on with what I’m supposed to be showing today. This is where I was up to last time. The picture is called Getting Ready from a kit by Design Works.

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This is how far I got with the next square. The bottom has now been scrolled around the frame so you won’t see that bit again until it’s all finished. I’ll be continuing to stitch the blackboard on the left for next time and I’ll hopefully get the backstitch completed on this section as well.

Stage 7

Please use the links below to see how we’re all progressing on our chosen SAL project. We live all over the world so you’ll need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday local time.

Our next updates will be posted on the 25th March 2018.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,

KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary Margaret,

HeidiConnieJackieSunnyHayley, Tony

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

No words, just letters. P is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.

P

No words, just letters. O is for…

ABC Bears by Design Works.

O

Purple Blanket Update 7

The last time I posted about this blanket was on the 20th June 2016. This is where I was up to at that time.

Stage 6 Then my needles broke 😦

Broken needlesBefore starting this project I looked long and hard at all the available needles and these ones had great reviews. They’re called Symfonie by Knit Pro and they’re not cheap but I think you usually get what you pay for. The fact that they’ve snapped is no reflection on their quality in my opinion. It was the sheer weight of the knitting that caused the end bit to break free.

I got in a proper purple pickle (a phrase coined by my great friend Allison) when, on the most complicated twisty row, 30 stitches pinged off in all directions as the wire went BOING with a mind of its own! I managed to lean over and message my OH with my little finger while hanging on for dear life, not wanting any more stitches to drop off the wire or, allow any of the ones that were already enjoying their freedom, to run any further. Thank goodness for smartphones! I was holding my breathe. One wrong move and I knew I’d lose the lot. With the help of my knight in shining armour and a second pair of hands I eventually managed to get every dropped stitch safely onto a spare needle temporarily and breathe again. Phew! The task of actually sorting out the stitches in the pattern took a good couple of hours but all is well that ends well. No damage done.

I’ve saved the bits of needles and will superglue them when I need them for a lighter weight project. I’ve bought the same needles again, except in purple this time, and hope they hold together until I’m finished. I might not be so lucky next time.

By now, if you’ve waded through all the above, you’ll want to see where I’m up to. Stage 8As you can see, it hasn’t just been sitting in a cupboard for 20 months. I’ve been picking it up and doing a bit here and there during the colder months but can’t bear to sit under it and knit when it’s too warm. I’ll try to get as much done as possible before May….this year.

Do you have any long term knitting WIPs? I bet I’m not the only one.