Archive for January, 2008


January 29th, 2008 | Crochet and Knitting | 8 Comments

So, my first sock is finished. But there’s definitely something strange about it. Mind you, given the number of mistakes I made I’m not surprised. I had been worried about turning the heel, but that went fine (in comparison). It was the grafting that proved impossible. This, here is my third attempt. It looks dreadful. But, as it is […]

My Dad

January 24th, 2008 | Crochet and Knitting, Family | 11 Comments

My Dad has been fascinated in my blog since I started it. He checks to see if I have posted every morning (and moans at me on the phone when I haven’t) and has read every single comment you leave me. What can I say he’s great- a truly supportive Dad. And now he has gone and […]


January 21st, 2008 | Family, Stitcheries | 9 Comments

I keep buying those old fashioned embroidered tablecloths whilst out thrifting.   I must have about 6 now. And I do use them just as they are. The other night (rather strangely) I had a dream about one of my thrifted tablecloths. The one with the hearts stitched round and round the centre to be precise. But it had […]


January 18th, 2008 | Patchwork and quilting | 8 Comments

I was asked (by my local patchwork group) to demonstrate my machine drawing and applique techniques last weekend. I wanted to do something that was quick and easy to sew and was sitting with my sketchbook not feeling particularly inspired when Joe presented me with this: and there it was. Inspiration!   Now, just who inspired […]

Resolution Update

January 15th, 2008 | Crochet and Knitting | 7 Comments

Thanks for all the encouraging words about my bold decision! You have helped to calm me down. I am now feeling less panicked and more determined to do myself proud (I shall revert to panicking in a few months no doubt!) And I’ve written a long list of things to do- a frighteningly long list actually. As […]


January 10th, 2008 | Other, Patchwork and quilting | 20 Comments

I’ve just done something that is either really brave and confident, or completely foolish.  I have provisionally booked a stand at the Festival of Quilts. Yes, you did read that right! A proper, grown up designer-ish stand to exhibit, demonstrate and sell my quilt patterns (and whatever else I can muster in the 12 child-free hours I have a […]

Old Dog

January 9th, 2008 | Sewing | 10 Comments

                                I’m trying to spend a couple of my child free mornings just experimenting and playing with my sewing machine. It sounds easy doesn’t it? But, I’m finding it quite hard actually. I usually sit down with a definite idea (for […]

Back to Normal

January 7th, 2008 | Sewing | 6 Comments

Yes, we are slowly easing ourselves back into our normal routines here. The Christmas holidays were lovely. But we were all so spoilt with company, presents, food, late nights and lie-ins that it is hard going back to normal. And it is so gloomy and damp here in January.  I had to tidy every scrap of my craft away […]