Well I finished the design on my Resting Birds cushion, so now it’s just the acres of white background. I didn’t want to do more tent stitch, but wasn’t sure what else would work and then I came across an image of this – it’s a canvas work lobster from the Royal School of Needlework and I loved the background.
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I searched through my needlepoint ‘bible’ (-The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen) and discovered it was diagonal cashmere. I have to say there is quite a bit of compensation and I am finding it a bit tricky when I need to restart (after running into an edge or something), but I do like the effect.
So I completely stuffed up my knitting – not sure what happened, but the Yarn Overs were out of alignment. To the point where I had to fix it. I tried unknitting back to the place, but seemed to lose stitches in the process. Then I tried to rip it back to below the error and start again. This has never worked for me in the past – I usually end up starting again. And I must admit my first two attempts ended badly, but then, somehow miraculously, I managed to get the right number of stitches back on the needle and I don’t even think I twisted any!
I found this video (via Mason Dixon Knitting), which gave me the confidence to have a go – after all it’s only knitting the worse thing that could happen is that I would have to start again.
I have been trying to find the quiet in every day. I tend to catastrophise and my response/attitude makes things worse. So I have decided I need to find some space where I can just be. I don’t want to work on anything complicated just something simple and easy to do. This scarf is perfect – looks complex, but is very easy to knit.
So know I am knitting and listening – I’m listening to Tess of the D’Urbervillesread by Anna Bentinck. It is very nice having someone read to you (she even sings drunkenly when Mr Durbeyfield does!).
Still working on the scarf – I seem to be a very slow knitter. I guess I should just think it is about the process and not mind too much, but we all only get so many hours in our lives and I want to get something finished.
We’ve been away – a relaxing, wintry holiday where not a lot got done. There was even a kangaroo in the garden.
Kangaroo in our back garden
I wanted to take portable craft with me. I took the birds …
I now only have the back ground to complete and I need to decide what stitch to use. I’ve decided to let it sit for a bit and see if inspiration strikes.
Progress on the second half
I also took this scarf away – I am now onto the second-half. It is an easy pattern to remember, which makes it perfect for movie and television knitting (currently watching The Man Who Knew Infinity), although I do often forget the P2tog at the end of every second row (not such a bad mistake I usually pick it up early on the next row).
Every friday afternoon Miss P goes to a different primary school than her usual one. This different school is in a suburb a long way from ours – well outside my comfort zone. I don’t know where anything is or even what there is to do. There is no point in coming home after dropping her off, so I have been exploring.
Last week I put ‘fabric stores’ into Google Maps and surprisingly there was one 7 minutes away! Fabulous Fabrics! It was fabulous – so many beautiful fabrics – the beaded ones were amazing.
I bought 2 metres of silk – the pinkish one (called peony) and an ivory one.
I plan to make an embroidered evening bag/clutch thing. I want to use some of the designs from here – I just need to decide if I want an allover design or individual designs.
One day this might be an amazing resource of how long one woman took to finish a needlepoint cushion cover! I am still working on it – and thinking about what to do with the background? Same stitch? Something different?
But while I am stitching this I have been watching things – The Night Manager, Nebraska (this is such a beautiful story – definitely worth watching if you like character development over plot) Gemma Bovary (this is a bit of a modern re-make of Madame Bovary and it is in French and English with subtitles – incredibly beautiful to watch (I wanted to move to France), but subtitles do make it a bit tricky to do your needlepoint!) and now Suffragette (I haven’t watched all of this, but I am impressed with what I have seen).
Resting Bird progress – I have finished all of the light green sections
I have been working away at this – a little bit every day.
There is a huge amount still to do, but I feel that I have reached some kind of corner and then end is not too far away (although there is a lot of background to do!).
I have been watching The Night Manager – how amazing is this series? Some of the actors (Hugh Laurie, Tom Hollander) have really stepped out of their usual roles. Having just seen Tom Hollander in Dr ThorneI am amazed by his versatility. And isn’t Elizabeth Debicki beautiful?