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Thursday, 4 August 2016

It's working today...sshh don't speak too loud

A month since I blogged .... oh dear....

I've not been away whipping up lots of things with needle/thread or wool.  In fact, I've not done a lot at all really.

The computer had done some updates and that's caused a lot of hassle.  Emails not arriving till 3 days after they were sent, things you know are on the computer don't seem to want to be found and such a lot of time has been wasted when I could have been doing something more productive and that has made me very cranky, grumpy and stressed out.  It's not just fun stuff, but work has taken lots more time too.   A friend suggested that perhaps this latest Pokémon craze has caused internet chaos for all with it being school holidays and the worldwideweb going into meltdown??

Today, it's decided it will play nicely and as a surprise it will remember the software for the camera is in fact on here and I can upload some pics of work done last month and things I've received - at the moment it's behaving, but that could all change and you don't get this post at all ....

The last Sunday of the month is the deadline for the Christmas stitching challenge organised by Christine at Needlecraft Haven forum.  Regular readers will see this each month as I try hard to keep up as you have 12 lovely things for Christmas gifts at the end of the year.   June's deadline came and went, stitching was complete but not the making up, that's rectified now.... the design being from here.

July's challenge was a quick stitch and I decided to make mine into a little gift tag for a Christmas gift.  The design Christine chose was from here (eagled eyed stitchers will notice from the chart that I failed to add his tummy buttons and only realised when I had made it up).  As we are now in August the reveal day for that was last Sunday. 

Last time I showed you some nice pink wool that I was going to knit up.  It started so lovely, but unfortunately the frog came and what I had done was undone (who wants to have to pick up stitches for every piece you knit to join it to the previous piece - not a nice pattern at all) so a different pattern started, it's almost finished and needs to be done for the weekend deadline, fingers crossed it is.

The blue tit socks which were asked for have been finished off ...
Two school cardigans have been requested for the new term in September, the first is knitting up nicely....
As all the knitting is for gifts they would have fitted nicely into a Gifted Gorgeousness post but that got missed in July.  I did have a lovely letter in the post from Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching who organises this each month.  It arrived last week and as it was in a smart posh envelope and I had a birthday coming up on the Saturday I put it away with other cards i'd received.  Such a nice treat to open a letter from Jo on my birthday not with birthday wishes but a friendly hello from a fellow blogger, thank you Jo, and I agree it is nice to receive a letter in this technological world we live in.  The cards are from a local artist where Jo lives and you can check out her work here where they are available to order.
Talking of my birthday, thank you so much to all those who sent cards, thank you for remembering me.  Also, a lovely selection of gifts too from Barb, Christine, Clare, Maggie, Tina, Kathy & Angi 
Don't you just adore that knitting bowl, want to see it close up... handmade and all the way from Scotland and it's got a bunny on it.   The potter even added 2 lovely pottery buttons as a 'Happy Birthday' gift from her to me, now that was a very thoughtful trader.
When my DS asked a while ago if there was something special I wanted for my birthday, there was nothing I needed but at the time I was reading a blog and showed him what was on it.  So, he bought me that, it's a copy of our dear friend Gaynor's wonderful book of Holmsey Hare and my granddaughter Isabelle and I have enjoyed reading it together.  
Isabelle commented about her knitted bunnies I made for her and it made me think of the one I sent to Gaynor when she was having her first treatments a few years back now.  I do hope she is bringing comfort still to this lovely lady {{hugs}} to you Gaynor.  Have you bought one of these wonderful books for yourself, (link on a post at Gaynors blog) or perhaps you have some of her cross stitch charts in your 'to do' pile?   Have you visited her blog, stop by and say hello.

Other crafting goodies from family included a lavender sachet cross stitch kit, some nice expensive Symphonie knitting needles and natural undyed alpaca wool from a herd that is only a short drive from my home.  That will be interesting to knit up, better look for a nice pattern for 3 x 50grm balls of yarn....any ideas?   I have a faint memory of a nice neck scarf Christine did last year, better trawl her blog and try to find it, perhaps that will fit the bill.
This was very special from Isabelle....
August 1st arrived and with it was opening day of the spring meet-up exchange.  This time we were to stitch a coaster on the theme of the recipients birthday month and include their favourite sweet treat.
Angi sent to me.....   isn't he magnificent
and I sent to Clare.  Some of you will know that when Clare turned 50 last September she embarked on walking the route of the London Marathan over 12 months as a personal challenge.  With the walk ending on her birthday this September I decided to make up a design to commemorate the finish of the walk and came up with this...

You can read all about her journey so far in the fabulous write up she does each time she completes the next 3 miles.  Roll on September 10th for the finish line ... GO CLARE (and Nick).  There's a donation button on her page too if you feel inclined to give a little to the charities that she is supporting by doing this.
Were you expecting to see the Joyful World SAL for July in this post, sorry, but all that's been stitched on that is one flamingo, so its official, I am a month behind (or more if I wanted to show each at the beginning of the new month) on this SAL now. 
To be honest, I have lost interest at the moment in these and not sure if that is why the stitching mojo has gone AWOL, they do take quite a while to stitch and with the knitting as well I don't seem to have stitched much of anything else at all this year, maybe it's time to call it a day on these and come back to the next 6 months another time, how are you doing with yours, are you up to date and still enjoying them.
That was a marathon catching up session and the computer is still behaving so I had better sign off and press the publish button whilst the going is good,
Thanks for stopping by, i'm so very far behind on blog reading myself with all the computer woes that perhaps you wont get a comment on all of your posts whilst I catch up but I will stop by to see what you have all been creating and adventures you have been having.
Love and blessings to you all
Julie x


  1. Been there with the computer. Recently my blog disappeared before my very eyes, convinced it was something there end and not us, I went on the forum, after a week I got my blog back. But I do know what you mean though.........
    Julie xxxxxxxx

  2. I was wondering where you had been Julie. I love your knitting bowl and the alpaca is gorgeous.
    I just can't find the interest in stitching these days but find knitting so easy to pick up and put down. It's very destressing too. My sister and I always started the new school term with a brand new knitted cardigan done by my mum.
    Hope all is well in your world.

  3. I'm whispering so things stay OK - great knitting Julie. Your coaster is lovely, he's magnificent.

    Thank you so much for my coaster - it's just perfect !! Thank you both too for your kind donation x x

  4. Beautiful work Julie and happy belated birthday.

  5. The blue tit socks are wonderful. Your gifts are just great! I am just barely keeping up on the Joyful World SAL. I am still enjoying them very much!

  6. What a lovely newsy post, I've enjoyed catching up with all your news. Happy belated birthday, you received some fabulous gifts and I absolutely love the knitting bowl. The socks look great, I like the colourway, it's worked up really well. I'm way behind on my Joyful World, I've only just started March but it will get done when it gets done, no point rushing to the point of it becoming a chore, I'm just stitching at my own speed and enjoying it.

  7. Did you do the Windows 10 upgrade they were pushing? I debated and then decided against it.
    I can't see the first two photos on here either.
    I'm still smiling that I managed to get a card to you for your birthday without even realising! Glad you had a lovely day and got some great gifts.
    I sent Holmsley to France for a friend's new grandbaby. He's a well travelled hare!

  8. I understand how you're losing interest in the Joyful World SAL - we have so many projects of all sorts! Somehow I'm getting caught up, just powering through. But the next one will be up next week!

    It was wonderful to catch up with everything you've been doing!

  9. Enjoyed your catch up post very much, although the first 2 pictures are missing. Your still crafting, that's what counts. You got some lovely things for your birthday and in the exchange.

  10. Hope you had a lovely Birthday Julie ,I am also way behind with everything , Summer has been so busy for me this year.
    A lovely post, love all your knitting , the socks look fab .
    Summer is moving by so fast we can then get moving forward again with everything , hugs

  11. Great stitching and knitting Julie, and you got some lovely gifts. You do not, however, want the mental image I conjured up on reading the phrase blue tit socks :)

  12. Good to see you back Julie :-)
    lovely knitting and knitty starts.

    I too lost interest in the Joyful World SAL, i've only done 2 but they do seem to take quite a while.

    Take care xx

  13. Glad that your computer let you post, Julie. I've missed your weekly update. Lovely knitting, stitching and new starts. I'm way behind on the Joyful World SAL - got as far as April; so you are not alone.

  14. So good to see a post from you Julie, I too as you know have been having problems.Wow lovely knitting and I do like your little Robin.Lovely gifts for a lovely lady. Have a good week.Hugs

  15. Great post. Lots of beautiful stitching and knitting. Great job!!

  16. Thats a great catch up post.Love the little robin and the coaster received and sent.The knitting is beautiful too.
    Belated happy birthday. You have received some lovely gifts from your friends.

  17. I'm so hoping your computer problems have resolved themselves, Julie! That is so frustrating... Just last night my son detected a virus on my computer which he promptly dealt with (it's so nice having a computer professional in the family :).

    Happy Belated Birthday to you--it looks like you got some lovely gifts. The little bowl is so special!

    Love your sweet robin ornament and the little snowman tag. And, as always, your knitting is lovely. I'm sure Miss Isabelle will look smashing in her Grandma-knitted cardigans :)

    Happy August to you, Julie!

  18. Great to read your marathon post, Julie and to catch up on you. You have been very creative and have knitted a lot of wonderful things. Quite obviously this is the department which uses up your creative juices most, lol. And good to read that your computer has decided to behave.

    I want to send you some very belated birthday wishes, Julie. Enjoy all the wonderful gifts you received.

  19. Oh my gosh Julie- you must have the most nimble fingers!!! I'm loving your latest cross stitch pieces especially the little bird. And the knitted items are divine!! Love the link and red!!

    I'm having computer/internet issues also- so frustrating. Happy belated birthday to you. The yarn bowl is exquisite:)

  20. I'm very behind with blog reading but want to wish you a VERY belated birthday! Those coasters are lovely and I love your sweet robin stitch.
    I'm in awe of anyone who can knit - you always have such beautiful things on the go too!
    Looking forward to joining you in the Parlour tomorrow.

  21. Lovely long post, so great to catch up on all your stitchy news. Oh, and a happy belated birthday, too.

  22. I am so behind on blog reading I don't even remember the last time I visited you Julie. Lots of lovely projects on the go and I love the pink cardigan!

    Your challenge pieces are lovely.

    Hope your computer woes are over now.

    Lots of lovely gifts for your birthday. There will be a wee belated gift in the post this week.

    Isn't Gaynor's book sweet?


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