QS THB Once Upon a Time – Completed

QS THB Once Upon a Time artwork by Aimee Stewart
Design size 300 X 286 stitches
stitched 1×1 on 25ct lugana

started 26 Oct 2014
finished 18 Feb 2015

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Spud update, finished knitting and a new contributor

I’ve had Spud (Couch Dragon) out recently, and I’ve fallen in love with it again. So much so that I will be continuing to work on it for a little while. I’m hoping to get the photo on the wall completed.

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The weather the last couple of days hasn’t been too good so this image is a little washed out, and it’s also the reason I haven’t had a chance to block this shawl I completed recently.

IMG_0492It’s a bit of a mess right now, but this is the most gorgeous piece and you’ll be surprised at what it will block out to.

I did get a piece I’ve been working on for my Mum blocked and photos taken before the weather turned. Thanks again to Jessica for modelling…. not that she had any choice :p

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I’ve also started a pair of gloved in this same wool for Mum. I’ll have an update of those once I’ve done a bit more on them.

I’ve added a new contributor to my blog. Hopefully she’ll post regular updates of her work here. She stitches and knits also. I’m going to share her most recent update of her HAED piece called QS Celestial.

QSCelestial-7April14I can’t wait to see what she decides to share in her first post.

French Filigree, test knit and more….

I’ve pulled out another slow WIP. This time it was French Filigree.
It’s nearly 3/4 done.

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The reason I didn’t get more done of this is that I had to stop to do a test knit.
I’ve been test knitted a new design by Agnes Kutas called Gingerbread. I’ll let you know when it is available.
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Once it’s dry I will ‘borrow’ my niece for some photos 😉

I’ve started another knitting project. This one will take over a year to finish.
Why so long? It will take this long since it is a mystery afghan KAL with each motif (based on the Sherlock Holmes short stories) coming out monthly. I’m using a slightly furry wool/acrylic mix and the pattern isn’t quite as defined as some works I’ve seen, but it is there and I’m sure blocking will define it a little more. I can say it will be WARM once done.

IMG_0446I have also been very spoilt over the last few days.

I hit the big 40 on Monday and I have to say I’m humbled at the generous gifts I have received.

Tim gifted me a stunning sterling silver bangle with an engraved message and a necklace/earring set.
He said the bangle isn’t ‘finished’ yet as there is something else yet to be done to it but I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks when we have our 20th wedding anniversary. I can’t wait to find out what it is.

I got the usual fabulous family gifts, including  the surprise of my parents turning up at Petrina’s, where we spent the day. It took me a bit to click that they shouldn’t have actually been there.

One of the gifts will be my next knitting new start. They are Bofur’s gloves from The Hobbit. This is the official wool and pattern from the company that made the shawls/gloves etc from the LOTR and Hobbit movies.

And we can thank Petrina for this gifty.

Bofur-Gloves-KitI also received some knitting patterns from Jeannie-Maree, Sonya, and Nicola.

Small dogif it moves, shoot it

charlotte St. Mitts  morganeve's mitts

Clicking the above images will take you to the pattern page on Ravelry

I also received a couple of parcels from Angela Perret. The first contained a pair of cat snips, chocolate truffles and a lovely handstitched card. The second contained a HAED handmade needle threader. Sorry I haven’t taken a photo of the first lot of gifts, but I do have the threader to share.

needle threaderAnd finally I received a few HAED charts. I will have to open up a slot for a few new starts, I think.

Thank you Christy, Jo, Louanne and Nance

Clicking these images will take you to the chart on the HAED site

the edge Above And Beyond
Dark Hope The Fantastic Voyage

I think I’ve remembered everything and everyone. If I have forgotten you please forgive me I’m not as young as I used to be

Thank you not only to those who gave me a gift, or wished me a happy birthday, but to you for reading my blog.


New Knit a rific update

I’ve pulled out another of my slow WIP, this time it’s Knit a rific.
I’ve now completed the top row of pages

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I haven’t just been stitching, I’ve also finished the second Forgotten Love mitt that I started at Christmas. This has been my travel piece and with some recently travelling I’ve been able to finally complete it.

mittThey still need to be blocked which will allow me to try out my new investment, glove blockers.

IMG_0382I will be working on Mum’s shawl now until the 22nd Feb when its will be the 3rd anniversary of the Christchurch quake.
Time sure does fly.

To commemorate the event I will be starting Christchurch Shawl

Happy 2014 – Here’s a finish

I’m starting the year the way I intend to continue, with a finish.

This year I am aiming to get a few of my current wips completed, and here is my first one.

QS Zen Garden artwork by Ciro Marchetti
185 X 150 stitch
27750 little xs
started 13 Aug 2013
finished 1 Jan 2014
Using HDF silks and DMC thread on 28ct Jazlyn pale yellow fabric

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With the new year comes a new ort jar. This is the first year I’ve had one and now that the year is over I can share the leftovers of my stitching for this year alone. For me it’s not how much I put in it, but how much I can avoid putting in it. Less thread means less waste. And less cost.

IMG_0258This year will also see me continuing with my knitting. It goes so fast that I forget to take photos so here are a couple I have neglected to post here. Al couple of these were Christmas gifts, although one of them the recipient paid for the wool, or should I say Alpaca.

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Ice Palace update and some blocking magic

I’ve got a few of my knitting and an update of Ice Palace today.

I’ve blocked out Montadale

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Sadly the patterning detail hasn’t shown up so well, but I think the way that it looks on more than makes up for that.

Another shawl I’ve finally gotten around to blocking is Rushing Tides.

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Next up is my test knit of Golden Hazel blocked out.

Here is a shot of it unblocked….

GHunblockedand just like magic here’s what blocking does to it…


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I have also started on my mystery KAL Lemon Thyme, but I haven’t taken any photos of it yet. I might take some after I have finished clue 2.

And finally, here is Ice Palace.

I finally managed to complete my second full page of it.



Theatre of the Absurd (TOTA) completed

I’ve finally finished my SAL piece.
The last page wasn’t too bad. There were loads of block areas so I was able to plough through those relatively quickly.

QS Theatre of the Absurd Tryptic

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Artwork by Ciro Marchetti
Charted by Heaven and Earth Designs

Finished design size 139 x 146
Stitched on 25ct Lugana 1×1

A little stitching and some more knitting

I have finally blocked my Slackcountry socks. I made my own sock blockers out of a plastic chopping board. Works perfectly well, but I might cut some holes in them to allow the drying process to speed up.

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Since my last update I have also started and finished Tempest Shawlette. It still needs a blocking to get the shape right and the stitches sitting nicely.

temp2And here is a closeup of the border detail.

temp1I also have some photo shoot shots of my completed French Cancan and Germinate (Formally known as the Mystery Shawl KAL 2013). Thanks to my niece, Jessica, for the lovely modelling (again). These shots were taken at the Water Lily Garden at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. I don’t think you can tell it was really frosty at the time.

RPspreaduse. Rbackwrappeduse. Rbackspreaduse. Jbackwrappeduse. Jbackspread2use.The bottom two shots are from Petrina’s shawl. She used the exact same colours as I did, just in a different order.

And finally, here is the latest on Ice Palace. I haven’t managed to get a lot done. I’m aiming for the top edge, but there is a dragon’s wing to contend with.

8JulsI currently have TOTA on the frame and I am motivated to get as much done on page three as I can this week.