Did you have a nice Easter?
The weather was very mixed, some rain, some sunshine. We had a lovely Easter, some time with friends, time with family, time spent in the garden and some quiet peaceful time reading and a little crafting for me.
I was given a lovely spring posy of beautiful tulips by my daughter
and a yummy Lindt chocolate bunny from DH. Apparently, Mr Bunny was not bought for the chocolate (but he knows I am a fan of lindt chocolate), but for the recycling of the ribbon and bell that I might find useful in future craft projects - of course I will. I have a few from last year (and from the Christmas reindeers) that I still need to use up - not that I eat lots of these little lindt animals you understand lol
A new knitting start hopped onto the needles over the weekend. A secret cardigan for Miss Isabelle's birthday next month is in the making.
The March challenge, chosen by Christine, was finally finished - just over a week late. Having ran out of stuffing and waiting for an order to arrive in the post, its now completed. March's chart was by Kissy Cross, there was a choice of two but I went with this one. Following Carol's instructions on how she gets such a professional finish to her lovely ornaments I tried some of her tips. Thank you Carol, I do think this one turned out much better this time and I will definitely be using your tips in the future.
UFO stitching and Irish Garden was out again. The top left border has one side filled in with flowers. Plenty of half and quarter stitches so no watching TV and stitching on these borders otherwise Mr Froggy might pay me a visit. Instead, a nice quiet afternoon in the conservatory listening to the birds singing and neighbours enjoying their Easter family time (and DH's heavy breathing whilst having a little afternoon snooze on the sofa next to me!)
A new stitching start last Wednesday. Sugar Plums by CCN from another of the JCS Ornament edition magazines for my SAL with Barb and the ladies at NH. I'll put some more little x's into this tonight as of course Wednesday has come round quickly again.
Finally, I can now share with you the Spring design I chose for the seasonal SAL over at NH. We had 3 months in which to stitch any design of our choice. Lots of different designs have been chosen and no two ladies stitched the same. I have all 4 of the Heart in Hand 'Wee' series so will be doing these for each of the seasons this year. "Wee Spring" in it's frame which now sits on my conservatory table. I'll stitch the Summer one over the next couple of months and change the design in the frame when we move into Summer.
Another little hat for the charity will also be added to the growing pile when the knitting group meets on Friday. We are nearly at our target before we hand them over to the hospital to be used in the neo-natal department. A lovely group of ladies and children come along on Friday mornings, some new to knitting and crochet and keen to learn new skills.
It's nice to help and advise those just starting their journey into handmade and it makes you realise just how much you yourself have learnt over the years. I never thought I would be able to knit the stitches I do now when I first tried to hold the knitting needles and yet now I can click away and not think twice about having a go at a challenging pattern. Perhaps with the help and advice available on the computer it does make things a lot easier.
Do you try things that you perhaps wouldn't have as you know there will be something or someone on the web that will help you instantly if you get stuck?
Hardanger is still something that scares me when I do it, I think its about time I gave that another try. You might hear me shout HELP if and when I do.
I've just finished a lovely book. Something I picked up in a charity shop whilst having my few days away. Being a cat lover it was the cover that appealed to me. It's the true story of Casper the Commuting Cat, a lovely rescue cat who took to riding the local number 3 bus unbeknown to his owner. He became somewhat of a local legend in the Plymouth area and was famous around the world.
I'm behind on blog reading this week and really must schedule some time to have a catch up read, I bet you've all been creating some wonderful things over the extended Easter weekend. See you soon on your blog......
Blessings to you all