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The Heading You Have When You Don’t Have A Heading

After a nasty case of Blogger Block and the first thing that happens when I begin to write a post is I sit with fingers poised high above the keyboard ready to type out a witty and eyecatching title……nothing!!!  Now that is ironic. 😉 lolol

Earlier this evening saw a mad scramble before the light went to get photos of the projects I’d been  working on while being nonbloggusmentus.  Here goes………

No, we are not being taken over by strange alien creatures here in the west….It is an awesome, tiny tripod….a gift from The Missus.

Lestat sending up zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s on my computer chair.  He loves anything made of fabric and considers this chair his own.  It began its life as a Moda Bakeshop wallhanging design (I will have to look for the name of it) and because I ran short of fabric, it morphed into a throw instead.  It looks much nicer than the long strip of polycotton which was on it previously….and is much easier to get the cat hair off, too!

This scarf is maroon in r/l…amazing what the light and camera can do!  It is a wool k1, p1 scarf for The Missus when we go fishing.  It is Cleckheatons Country wool.  It is a fave of mine when I want plain yarn.  Knits up really nicely and wears well.  I’ve told her if she falls in she has to take off the scarf and let it sink, as I can always knit her another.  Her reply was she’d use it to fight off the great white shark which had pulled her in.  The way wool stretches, it would be long enough to mummify the shark by the time she had finished.

I spotted some face washers at Woolies recently and thought they’d make brilliant covers for heat/ice packs.  I think they will be much more practictical than having tea towels flapping about. 

The Missus said these decorated tea towels will give her something lovely to look at while she does the unpleasant task of drying dishes.  Gotta love that woman!

These started out as mug cosies from the Fall 2010 issue of Quilts and More.  The later the night got, the more tongue tied I became…..until I was calling them mosies….The name stuck.  The top left is mine for Halloween.  The Missus’ is on the right.  The bottom left is mine for fishing, the bottom right is The Missus’ for fishing.

About the fishing………The Missus has a tackle box full of all kinds of interesting fishing doohickies……I have a bigger tackle box….full of craft stuff!  We are going on our first fishing expedition next weekend….If she catches anything I will be running off screaming in the opposite direction. lol

This Halloween panel was the perfect size for a coffee tablecloth.  It was the year for Halloween panels.  I made a couple more, but the piccies will have to wait for the next post, as the ones I took were pretty gruesome.

Another Halloween panel which I sliced and diced and added to some Halloween fabric to make a nine patch throw for the back of the settee.  The little mats on either side are for the most spoilt cat in the Universe Lestat to sit on so he doesn’t leave fur all over the back of the settee…..Not that he sees any problem in that.  He has sulked in his basket ever since I replaced the ones that are usually there earlier this evening.  Gotta expect him to be set in his ways now he is ten….

This biscournu started life as an Christmas ornament from this year’s JCS Christmas preview edition.  I like the aida and the verigated thread, but not this design as a biscornu.

I cast on Stephen West’s appropriately named Boneyard shawl this afternoon….no piccie yet…I’ve knitting twelve rows……of the pointy end.   A nice bit of mindless knitting which you may enjoy, Miss 376!  If anyone does start it, K1 not K2 at the end of Set up Row 3 will save your sanity.

Have a wonderful Halloween and week.

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No Longer……

WAITING FOR GODOT.

Yesterday The Missus and I had a once in a lifetime opportunity.  We saw SIR IAN MCKELLEN in the Absurdist play Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett at His Majesty’s Theatre…here…in Perth…!!!!!!!   Just in case you are wondering who/what I’m blathering on about….He is the actor who played Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, James Whale in Gods and Monsters,  also Magneto in  the X-Men trilogy…..and those are just a few of his roles!!!  The Missus and I have been admirers of his for many years, not only as an actor, but also as a gay activist.

We saw Miriam Margolyes a couple of years ago on stage (She played Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) which was fabulous.  Even knowing that she is gay (her preference to lesbian) didn’t have as much impact as seeing Sir Ian on stage….Partly I’ve enjoyed seeing him in other roles,  partly because he is a magnificent actor, partly because even though he is a slightly built man who doesn’t stand out WAS Estrogen and a big part is because he is a gay activist and activism has always been important to me.

Before the show we came across a “here today, gone tomorrow” book shop….Nothing over $20…including the Greek Cookbook which retails @ $50 (the other books were a LOT less….except the Crobot book, which I purchased at another shop).  That is my kind of shopping!

This bodem cosie started out life as a pair of fingerless mittens…..until the pieces bloomed when I washed them.  It was either make an offer to Andre the Giant….or find another solution!  I must remember to swatch!!!

I finished the top for the tablecloth today.  It is a Chinese coin purse joined with black strips.  We both love the look of it.  Lestat shot on top of it as soon as it went on, then off just as fast when he saw the camera come out!!!  We put it on the bed to get an idea of what the design would look like.  Seeing it on there confirmed my idea about making a bedspread using the same design.  The Missus suggested cream on cream instead of black, which I think would look good.  More slicing, dicing and stash diving soon!

I finished a top for a Halloween table runner this afternoon.  I’m looking forward to quilting it this afternoon.   I dug out the Stargazey Saw Tooth pattern from my stash for the blocks.

Here’s to a crafty filled week!!!!

Tis The Season

Everything’s on track for Christmas Day. I picked up Rufus (the traditional name for the turkey – handed down from my grandparents to my parents to myself) yesterday. The Missus is in charge of wrapping presents Anything I wrap looks like it has been completed by a substance abusing club-footed reindeer. The cards are written and posted where necessary. The Christmas pudding is in the cupboard. (Thank you Big Sister!) We are picking up the ingredients for the salads early on Christmas Eve. We will prepare those and cook Rufus on the same day. I can’t remember being this organised for Christmas – EVER! That must mean it is time to sit down with a cup of tea, a slice of Christmas cake, the cricket (Aussies vs. Windies test match here at the WACA) and some blog reading. 😉

These Jim Shore’s Heartwood Creek Christmas ornaments sit on a hardanger embroidery table runner made by The Missus’ dad. He was a very talented needle worker. All the stitches and cutting are exact.

These are the biscornue I had sitting in the “to be finished” pile. The brown one makes me think of Walker’s shortbread….must be the time of year and the thistles.

Mum and Dad came for a visit on Tuesday and were held up for an hour, which gave me the perfect opportunity to whip up these Halloween cushions. Then it was just a matter of stuffing them while sitting in front of the Evil Dead trilogy last night with The Missus.

The Christmas placemats are on the back burner until I get some wadding. They will be ready for next Christmas instead. I will be ahead. This year I made the two snowflake biscornue in the earlier piccie, a cross stitched ornament and a small Christmas angel quilted table topper. That is plenty of crafty bits.

I have reached my goal of having one more FO than last year. To date this year I’ve finished 54 crafty bits. I first started counting last year out of curiosity. Then kept it up this year. I don’t think I’ll get anything else finished this year, but it has been a good way of keeping my WIPs under control. Not that I ever think I will be working on one project at a time. I find that having a few projects on the go I am less likely to get sick of something.
 
 

 

Tis The Season

Everything’s on track for Christmas Day. I picked up Rufus (the traditional name for the turkey – handed down from my grandparents to my parents to myself) yesterday. The Missus is in charge of wrapping presents Anything I wrap looks like it has been completed by a substance abusing club-footed reindeer. The cards are written and posted where necessary. The Christmas pudding is in the cupboard. (Thank you Big Sister!) We are picking up the ingredients for the salads early on Christmas Eve. We will prepare those and cook Rufus on the same day. I can’t remember being this organised for Christmas – EVER! That must mean it is time to sit down with a cup of tea, a slice of Christmas cake, the cricket (Aussies vs. Windies test match here at the WACA) and some blog reading. 😉

It’s Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I was having a serious discussion with Nibbles on his preference for fresh sunflower seeds over packet ones early on Sunday morning about 6am when there was a gust of warm wind and I got the feeling that Christmas was not that far away…..I’m sure some Christmas magic blew in! Either that or I was delusional due to heat exhaustion. I had just cast off a scarf and was getting close to cooked as I was wearing it!

Their Baby Kept by Shepherd’s Bush

CrossStitch 2007 Christmas Ornament Special

DMC floss on 28 count Cashel linen.

It could have something to do with the fact that Christmas is pretty much organised this year…..apart from the cooking…..which is going to be cold turkey and salads….plus the obligatory plum pudding for dessert! I reckon that is a first. Last year I was finishing ornaments for Mum and Dad’s stocking at 2am on Christmas morning….muttering that I will have EVERYTHING finished early in the future! 

I’ve called the scarf Insomnia 2. When I can’t sleep I get up and knit for a while. I find just knitting rows of garter stitch relaxing. There are other advantages too – I get to fondle my stash and have a new scarf for work next winter when I am out on playground duty.

 

I’ve not had any gratuitous piccies of Lestat for a while….The Missus snapped this piccie of him a couple of weeks ago as he was waking up. He will be ten in January and like all of us as we get older it gets harder to wake up! When he’s not sleeping he still likes to run from one end of the house to the other as if the devil is after him. He came from a cat home as a tiny kitten and has a charmed (and spoilt rotten) life as an indoor cat. He is never far away from me and is always ready to “assist with anything crafty“….Which usually means sitting in the middle of whatever I’m working on.

 

Top Right – Lace Snowflake complimentary design http://www.cross-stitch-directory.com DMC floss on 14 count aida.  Bottom – unknown designs.  DMC floss on 14 count aida.  

I’m still hooked on biscornue. As you can see, these are in various stages of finishing. I don’t know who designed the patterns for the small ones. I just did the middle and left off the outside border on the brown one. The snowflake is going to be one of this year’s new Christmas ornaments if it gets finished….if not it will be an new one next year!.

From left to right: Night Owl – Prairie Schooler, Pumpkin On Gingham – , Batty Jack – (with modifications)Just CrossStitch 2008 Halloween Issue. DMC threads on 14 count aida.

 

These three will be added to our Halloween collection next year. Halloween isn’t celebrated in a big way here in Australia….but that doesn’t stop us having ghoul-lash for dinner, followed by frog in the pond for dessert with I-scream and a scary movie to follow!

Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 116DMC threads on 14 count aida.

 

 A no calorie cup cake is always a good thing…..This one will find its way to the front of a tea towel.

Tea Towels And Appliqué

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Lestat recovering from International Talk Like A Pirate Day. 

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Friday night I came across Sindy Rodenmayer’s site with oodles of fantastic freebie appliqué designs.  There were some Halloween designs for table runners, placemats etc. and I thought why not use three on a set of tea towels?  It was the perfect project, as I was looking for something I could complete in an afternoon.  It was good practise for satin stitch on the sewing machine.  It is the first time I’ve ever appliquéd in this way.  There are a few wobbly bits, but I don’t care, as I love them all!  The middle pumpkin is my favourite.  I love its evil looking eyes and stalk.

The Missus suggested I could appliqué tea towels for different seasons and holidays using coloring pages for the appliqué.  I thought that was a great idea, as my drawing is horrible!  A prime example of that is when a young student asked me to draw a horse for him, which I did……then he asked me what it was! rofl   

I have a collection of  appliqué quilt patterns by The Chook Shed. I used to appliqué these by hand using blanket stitch, but had to stop a few years ago because I developed carpel tunnel.  After having a go at satin stitch on the machine this arvo I was jumping for joy, as I realised I could appliqué on the machine.  Previously I’d used raw edge appliqué on the machine, but it is not my favourite way of doing it.  It was almost as good as being able to cross stitch again.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, craft filled week!