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I took advantage of the black friday sales and enrolled in this course. I had considered it a couple of times, but the only item that really interested me was the zip pouch. However, I am sure I will learn more techniques with the other bits as well.

Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnival - Symphony Blue

Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnival – Symphony Blue

I went to my local yarn store (it has new owners and now is much friendlier) and bought more yarn (because you can never have too much yarn!). This is so soft! I have decided I need to make something to wrap around my neck. My current plan is the Nowhere Cowl by Kate Atherley (I already had the Better Elsewhere e-book in my Ravelry library – because I seem to have an obsession with sock yarn).  So now I just need to finish my Favourite Scarf (I think my version is going to be incredibly long – maybe I should have made it wider?).

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Resting Birds

Resting Birds are blocking

Resting Birds are blocking

The embroidery is finished! By the end it was terribly out of alignment – more a rhombus than a square. I have blocked it, but I suspect I will have to block twice.

I have been terribly grumpy all day today – for no real reason, but I feel angry. Two hard games of netball didn’t help although often a good run around can lift my spirits.

Anyway, to feel less wild, I decided to ignore my to do list and knit …

Favourite Scarf

Favourite Scarf

This is the second half and I don’t think I have too much more to do, which is great because I have subscribed to the Inspired by Islay club that Kate Davies is running. I always love her patterns (even if I don’t knit them) and her essays are fabulous.

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A Return to Digitising

My new design

My new design

I know the above image doesn’t look like much, but this is going to be my new zip pouch. I measured my phone – because it is important my phone fits in – and then designed it around that measurement.

It will be lined and the front below the zip will have embroidery (although that might have to be done before rather than during the process of making this bag.

It takes a long time to digitise anything – even something as simple as this (it is essentially rectangles and straight lines).

I have this silk I want to use …

Silk!

But perhaps I need an allover design?

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More Birds …

Still working on the background

Still working on the background

I am still working on the back ground – it is a good thing to do while watching television or when I am too tired to tackle anything challenging.

I am hoping to get it finished this year – so I can start a new embroidery project next year.

I have been watching The Crown

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How amazing is this show? You see the Queen young and a bit awkward (Philip already seems like a bit of a tosser).

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A New Project

Grainline Studio's Scout T-Shirt

Grainline Studio’s Scout T-Shirt

I helped the girls make sparkly capes for Halloween and I enjoyed the process so much I decided it was time for a sewing project. I wanted to make a woven t-shirt and Grainline Studio’s Scout t-shirt came up in all of my searches.

I am loving the print at home pdf patterns! Although I did do something wrong the first time and the test square was the wrong size! I should have read the instructions and only printed the first page as a test.

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Resting Birds are Ongoing

Resting Birds - The Background

Resting Birds – The Background

I am still working on the background – diagonal cashmere stitch – it is much quicker than the tent stitch and I have got myself into quite a nice rhythm, so even the tricky edge bits aren’t so bad.

I have been listening to Tess of the D’Urbervilles while stitching (read by Anna Bentinck) – damn you Alec D’Urberville and Angel Clare!

 

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The Birds – background

Background of my resting birds

Background of my resting birds

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.

By RSN Future Tutor Auburn Lucas

By RSN Future Tutor Auburn Lucas

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.

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A Knitting Miracle

Scarf progress

Scarf progress

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.

 

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Finding the quiet

Scarf progress

Scarf progress

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.

 

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Knitting and Listening

Knitting and Listening

Knitting and Listening

So know I am knitting and listening – I’m listening to Tess of the D’Urbervilles read 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.

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