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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Time to open the exchange envelope ....

February 4th, that means today was opening day for the bookmark exchange from our meet up way back last November.  There was no organiser for this exchange so everyone had a surprise partner.  We each filled out a card with a favourite flower, colour and type of cake we like and an envelope was chosen by each of us.

I chose Clare's card and she wanted pink and roses, this is what I sent off to Clare

There was a little bit of a problem as one lady had lost her card and wasn't sure she could remember who she was to send to.  She asked for everyone to put their details up on the forum for her to try and guess.  Funnily it was my name she had chosen.  Thank you Lindsay, a beautiful bunch of freesias you stitched for me and the Six Strand Sweets threads will come in very handy.

I've spent a lot of the past week under the fluffy blanket.  That'll teach me to say that I seemed to have escaped the coughs/colds that have been around recently.  I've been full of sympathy with those who have had it, but wow... when you get it you sure know you have it!

I read the January book choice for the readers over at Needlecraft Haven.  This month it was chosen by Maggie a fellow blogger.  She chose Daughter by Jane Shemilt.  Soon be time to see what the others thought of it, a mixed review on amazon. 

I did manage to finish off Isabelle's cardigan ....

Another finish too, just a little stitching with Barb and the ladies last Wednesday in the parlour SAL, I finished stitching my little ornament Winters Eve by CCN.

No UFO stitching on Irish Garden this week, the brain cells were just not up to counting and concentrating on that.  Oh dear only just into February and I have lapsed already on the UFO weekend stitching, but i do have a good excuse, the body was willing, the brain full of yeuck and cold lol.

A new start and something to learn too.  I've never used a circular needle to knit and its something I wanted to try.  This kit was bought at the knitting and stitching show in November.  A lovely cowl using Blue Faced Leicester aran wool.

I wound the hank into a ball with the help of one of the craftshare ladies and here's where I have got to so far....

Talking of the craftshare, the winter wall hanging is up, my snowballers are having fun, although they do look a little lost on it ....

The community centre had a new group start last week.  In conjunction with the self service library (they advised us most of their libraries have their own knitting groups) and funding from the NHS a new knitting group started on Friday mornings.  The lady who runs this has plans for us to do charity knitting for a local care home and also the hospital neo natal department for premature babies.

I've knitted up a little hat in 4 ply according to the pattern given.  You can hardly believe a little head will fit into this, its so teeny tiny.  Look how small it is compared to a 100grm ball of wool.  I also knitted a 6" square to make a start on the collection of squares for lap blankets but that was left at the group on Friday so no pic of that - you all know what a plain knitted square looks like.

A short walk at the weekend to blow the cobwebs (or nasty stuff) out of my head and I found myself handing over cash for this beauty ....

Bagged my self a real bargain, not sure if its handmade but the lovely crochet felted brooch that was on it definitely is.

I loved it when I saw it in the window and almost ran into the shop, delved into my purse and handed over a few coins totalling £4 for it.  You would have paid way over that just for the beautiful brooch alone at a craft fayre.  This is now my charity knitting bag as its from a charity shop and will be knitting goodies for the charities in the Friday morning knitting group.  DH just rolled his eyes, I guess he was wondering why I NEEDED yet another bag to add to the **cough, cough** 'few' I already have.

I hope you are all safe and well with the recent cold snap we've been having and the snow showers have not caused too much havoc for you all.  I see some of the USA ladies are staying home and making the most of it with lots of updates on their blogs of wonderful stitched and knitted creations.  The winter weather does have its bonuses for some things.

Thanks for taking time to visit, I do appreciate it and assure you this post is germ free, I didn't sneeze once whilst typing it ........

Blessings to you all


  1. Just t time to write a comment love the teeny hat,and the bargain bag.So that is how you cure the sneezes and shuffles ,blog post hope you market that one lol.Isabelle cardigan looks snug and like the little ornament,oh and Clare is so lucky bookmark is gorgeous.Get well to bed now night night.

  2. Oh that is a great bag, well done on acquiring a new item that was so desperately needed haha. :D

    You've done some beautiful knitting again and Isabelle's cardigan looks wonderful, so cheery!

  3. Lovely new bag :-) I love my bookmark thank you, the one you received frim Lindsay is gorgeous :-)

  4. Hi Julie! I am sorry to hear that you have been poorly! I won't say that we haven't had it yet either!
    :-) I hope that you will be back to normal soon!

    All of your knitting and stitching is gorgeous! Way to go on learning how to knit in the round! We were just discussing at my LYS, how British knitters typically knit flat and seam, as they have just started carrying Sublime and Sirdar patterns and yarn. :-)

    I love the bookmarks, especially the rose one. :-)

    I love your new bag! I have a bit of a bag issue, my own self. :-) In fact, I was just contemplating a lined drawstring bag for my latest sock project. :-)

    I hope you are feeling better soon! Hugs!


  5. Lovely stitching and knitting , love the sweet bag .
    Hoping you will be feeling better soon hugs.

  6. You've been busy Julie. Both the bookmarks are lovely and your knitting is gorgeous. I love the bag! It's amazing what you can turn up in charity shops

  7. You've been busy. Love the bookmarks, and that pink bag, I think I would have done the same as you, rushed in and bought it

  8. Hope you feel better soon. We are just starting with it , so you have my sympathy.
    Lovely stitching and knitting as usual. Your new bag is great .x

  9. Hope you feel better soon.
    Great bookmark exchange and fabulous bag!! What a bargain :)

  10. Sorry you got the winter bug,and you are right, it wipes you out.
    Isalbelle's cardigan is gorgeous and the book marks sent and recieved are really pretty.
    Congratulations on your small stitching finish and finishing that tiny baby hat,what a lovely way to use your knitting skills.

  11. A lovely bag, Julie. I never seem to spot these charity shop gems. Lovely finishes and progress as always on your stitching and knitting.

  12. Oh the bookmark exchange turned out so well, didn't it?!
    Love Isabelle's darling sweater.
    I was ill with that same junk. NO fun.
    Woo hoo on the charity knitting bag!

  13. A wonderful post, Julie, with lots of lovely stitching/knitting, and I love your new bag!!

    I hope you are feeling better!

  14. What a great bookmark exchange!!! I love the little cardigan for Isabelle!

    Congrats on your wee finish too.

  15. I hope you are fully recovered now from the nasty germs.

    You have some wonderful projects completed and you've achieved so much.

    Absolutely love you charity purchase.

  16. Oh such a lovely bag and all your knitting and stitching are beautiful!
    Great exchange too both sent and received.

  17. Great exchange pieces both sent & received, lovely update on your other craftiness too. Super new bag.

  18. Two beautiful bookmarks and a cute CCN design.

    Nice to have a new group to belong to. I did smile at the recommendation to start one. Is it an Governmental requirement that all libraries MUST have a knitting group too? LOL

  19. There's a really nasty flu virus going round up here at the moment too. I love the idea of the knitting in conjunction with the hospital - very worthwhile Julie.

  20. Just lovely bookmarks. They are both very sweet.

    I'm on day 7 of the flu. It has not been fun so I feel your pain. :(

    That is the cutest little sweater! She's going to look so darling in it. :) Everything looks great, actually! You've been really busy.

  21. I had already seen the lovely bookmark you stitched for Clare on her blog this morning. And you also gott one with flowers on it. So beautiful.

    Isabelle's cardigan is so sweet and she will love it very much. So great for a cold winter. And so will be your cowl. And also the wallhanging in the community center is looking so nice with all the individual winter scenes on it.

    You can never have too many bags, can you? And when you happen to see a new one that is after your taste why not purchase it.

  22. What fun bookmarks, they are both lovely, and your little sweater is absolutely gorgeous, it turned out beautifully. Cute ornament finish too, the little lamb on Winters Eve is adorable.

  23. Love the cardigan finish, the tiny hat and the look of your cowl pattern!

  24. Not sure how I missed this post, Julie, but I'm so glad I finally sat down to read it or I would have missed the unveiling of the red cardigan! It is just darling--little Isabelle will look so sweet in it on Valentine's Day :)

    Your Winter's Eve finish is darling--I still haven't started mine for some reason! And what a great bargain your new bag is--you can never have too many bags, right??

    Hope you feel better very soon...


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