25 August 2014

All fringed!

I finally finished the fringing on Sunday, after having to order some more beads!

So now it's onto the strap. I have finalised the design and intend to start it tonight...despite it being late and me being tired. If I can at least warp and get the first line (or three) on, I'll go to bed happy. I now won't be revealing it till the recipient gets it. Don't want to spoil it entirely. So check back hopefully sooner than soon for the strap and the purse in all its glory :)

12 August 2014

One down....almost!

KWhen I last updated the blog, I mentioned I had something on the loom. Well, I finally finished, and cut it off. Over I few days I stitched it down with white mounting board as backing. 

Saturday I went out on the hunt for a mount and frame. Unfortunately there was no mount with the right aperture. So, I 'trial framed' using the next size up. I think I'll be going for an ivory mount and black frame. I may try snd go again to see if the have the right size mount. 

In the meantime I'm working on the fringe of the purse. What's funny is I had to watch my inw video to remind myself how to do twisted fringe! I've made good progress - onto the first group on the other side. If I knuckle down I could have it finished by the weekend. Then the strap which I need to finalise in my head. 

Happy beading :)

26 July 2014

Back to it

I had to finish a jumper I was knitting for my cousin. But next on my list was to complete the loomed projects that have been gathering dust in storage. I finished the jumper on Wednesday but today was the first opportunity I had to do any looming. I managed some lines, only to realise I was following the wrong chart!! So I'll have to undo about 3-4 (thankfully short) rows. It's still a little frustrating but could have been worse.

I've found the right chart so here's hoping the baby sleeps quickly and I get some good 2 hours in. It looks to be a late one today. Unfortunately I can't share this project I'm working on (it's a portrait), but I'll let you know the reaction of the recipient once they receive it. Before mid next month would be good so I had best get cracking!

30 January 2014

Back to old crafts

I finally found some time to get into crafts again. I'm afraid to say it's mainly yarn - crochet and (very recently) knitting. I seem to have lost a little of my interest in beading. But I'll have to get it back as I have two projects that need completing. 

Our addition arrived safely in August, and is absolutely adored by her siblings! She reached the stage of wanting to touch everything long ago so I have to keep yarn out of her reach!

So, at the moment it's crochet and knitting. I learnt to knit aged 10, and even have the book my mum bought mr for my birthday :) So far I've done a hat, which was lost at school but luckily found!! He loves it, as you can see.

And will also be working on a sweater for my youngest.

I joined a group on Facebook where they have a theme every month. January was a crochet-along (CAL) blanket/afghan. And this is what I'm making:

I have until tomorrow to finish it. The yarn is lovely (from Lidl) and I've managed to resist buying more when I've passed through for shopping. 

Let me get on with it. I have one more section of colour to do then I need to edge and block it!! Have a good day and thank you for checking in despite the drought!!

25 May 2013

Those pesky ends!

But at least I am almost there! The end is nigh!! 
I only showed this blanket in the early stages, but today I finished the crochet part....well the main part. All that remains is the border and getting rid of those pesky ends. Which pesky ends, you may ask? I am dreading it but the effort will be worth it in the end. 

I think I'll make a start on them tomorrow, and think about the border as well.

12 April 2013

There's (almost) always a good reason

And I have a good one for why I haven't been keeping up with my blogging....at least I hope it's acceptable!

The first month or two of the year were difficult for me. I felt quite ill most of the time, and was lacking energy to even do any beading or looming. Now, that shows you how bad it was! I normally don't go a few weeks without working on something! Anyway, I finally mustered up some energy and started on the bracelet with the swirl pattern. And the afghan for our sitting room.

I have to admit that crochet has somewhat overtaken my beadwork of late! I have my nephews' blanket to finish still - the yarn I needed was out when I went to buy more. I've also started on one for my daughter, with the next being for my son!

Anyway, this was all about explanations! The reason I've not been keeping up to date is this little bug!

We are getting ourselves ready to welcome a little mini-me towards the end of summer :) All is well so far and she is active. The picture from the second scan isn't great as she was lyng on her tummy - showing signs of stubbornness already! And we had the chance to really see the heart beating for a while. Even the two sections were clear. Just amazing!

My eldest is very excited and keeps asking, every time I have an appointment, if we are getting the baby!! I can't wait to see them with her :)

So now I have to plan some more crochet. A blanket and hopefully jumpers and a hat and socks! With so many projects on the go I'm not sure how I'll fit it all in! Time will tell!

For now I will sign off. Work calls then a weekend at my brothers with my mum and minis. Enjoy your weekend and whatever it may bring :)

11 March 2013

The pain of it!

My GORGEOUS nephew was born last week (one week today!). I had planned to make him a blanket, and started one sometime in February. You know when you work on something and it doesn't inspire you or make you want to work on it? Well it was one of those. Despite everyone else saying how nice it looked, I just wasn't happy. So I put it away...or rather didn't work on it.

After trawling the Internet and seeing some amazing works, I changed direction!! I'm now much happier with what I'm doing - using tunisian crochet. The issue now is I have found a mistake!, about 8 rows back!! I dropped a stitch. I've already had to undo about 3 rows. So I've decided to just add in the missing stitches and continue. The thought of going back all those rows is too depressing! Open illy it won't affect the design. Still the bottom section so I think it should be fine. This is the last photo I took, I'll post again when I've made more progress.