Saturday, August 30, 2008

Winter Advances

I've been busy on my Celtic Lady recently. I hadn't thought I'd made all that much progress until I looked at the last pick I took. I'm really in to this one at the moment. I'm just getting to the detail at the bottom of the skirt and really looking forward to tackling that.

I do have one dilema though. I've just seen Rachael's update of her Celtic Lady and she's done the face and hands 1/1. I think it looks great like that, much finer and am tempted to unstitch what I've done and do it 1/1 as well. It's not that large an area when you think of the whole design. The question is, is it really worth it? I'll have to give it some more thought.

On a completely different subject, I have just started some part time work! It's a very odd feeling after 11 years at home with the children. But I think I'm going to enjoy it. Hubby is still spending all his time job hunting and the money I'm making is nowhere near what he was on but it does mean our savings will go another month before we are really in difficulty. It's amazing how much you can save when you really have to. We've had no luxuries at all this month but we've survived. Here's to hubby getting a job soon.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Dance

I've done it. I've finished Boquet for Cheryl. Just need to make it up into a cushion now. I've got the cushion pad, salvaged from an old one we were throwing out but I'll still need to get some material to finish it off.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Back to Black

After a nudge from Rachael (Brokenfairy ) I have picked up my Boquet for Cheryl again. It's been quite a while now, officially a UFO I feel. However, lighter nights have ment faster progress and this is now rapidly approaching a finish. I still plan to turn it into a cushion for the "play room".

I plan to concentrate on this for now and get the finish under my belt. Then probably back to Celtic Winter. My MIL has her eye on the HDYGG design so I'll gift that to her when it's finished.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Back already!

I've read this on Rachael's blog and, I guess like everybody, I'm also interested in who's visiting my blog. So, please leave a comment and lets get to know each other. It doesn't have to be much, just a "Hello" will do.

1. As a comment on this post, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember! And if we’ve never met in real life, leave me a comment of your favorite post I wrote and why it was your favorite.
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It’s actually really funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I’ll assume you’re playing the game and I’ll come to your blog and leave one about you.
3.Do you read my posts from a reader,blogroll or is this your first visit?
Thank you

I'm Back

Hello everybody. (I was going to say "Good Morning" but it may be afternoon where you are, or afternoon when you read this so I stuck with "Hello"!)

Sorry I've not been on here recently. I've been looking after my father who had a stroke last year. My mum went to a wedding in Estonia and he couldn't make it so we've been living up there and they don't have the internet.

However, I've not been idle. I took Celtic Winter up with me and have been working away on that and I've also completed parts 3 and 4 and started part 5 on How Does Your Garden Grow. So HDYGG now looks like this:-

I was a little worried about doing the rhodes hearts (the yellow bits in the strip that goes across). I have been reading Rachael's blog and she said she struggled with them and has given up. I've always admired Rachael's work (especially her hardanger) so I was worried that if she struggled so would I. I did have to frog the first one a couple of times but I got there eventually and the others seemed to flow from there.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Stitchy Update

I've spent the last few evenings working my Celtic Lady and she is progressing nicely. I've also completed part two of How Does Your Garden Grow. I'm really enjoying the challenge of the different stitches.

I've still not got any beads for this yet but they will probably be easiest to add at the end anyway.

I got the latest issue of Cross Stitcher this week and they've got a lovely advent calender to stitch. I would really love to give it a go but it will have to wait for now.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Life's a B.....

We've had bad news in the family this week - it looks like hubby will be out of a job before long. This is worrying from a finiancial point of view and he is currently going all out to find another one. This does mean that we've put a hold on all non-essential spending (and this, of course, includes stitching supplies). So I appologise now for all those SAL's I said I'd do but I'm going to have to pull out. I still want to do them and hopefully this situation won't last too long and then, maybe, I can catch up with you all.

However, until then I still have plenty of projects on the go. I'm over halfway through a wabbit for the charity squares at Stitch Clubs; I've only done part one of How Does your Garden Grow and there are six parts available; Boquet for Cheryl has become a UFO and is three quarters done, and then, of course, there's my Celtic Lady which is enough to keep me going for quite some time on her own.

Here is an update of the Lady herself.

Long and the short of the whole thing is, that I will still be around if a little less active on the SAL front (which hubby would think is a good thing anyway! lol).

Friday, August 1, 2008

Just In Time

Yesterday I finished the July Juggy Bug square. Talk about leaving it close. I started it ages ago and only had the sprinkles and the word July to add. So, already for August now, as soon as it is released.

I haven't got round to doing any more of my celtic lady yet. I struggling in that every time I concentrate on the stitiching I feel like everything is rocking. It's a hangover from being on the narrowboat but it doesn't usually last quite this long. Hopefully I'll be felling OK again soon.

I'm also going to take part in a stitch along over on Threads and Yarns. Just need to sort out some fabric (I don't have any spare at the moment so I'm going to have to order some in).

Happy stitching.