Friday, March 09, 2007

Time for an update

I find it ironic that when I'm off work for a week, I always seem to end up not blogging as much and sometimes not at all. This week so far, I have been mostly going out for lunch with various family members and knitting.

I heard from a very good friend on Sunday that she had her second baby on Tuesday so a bit of baby knitting was on the agenda. I should have started it weeks ago but I'm a terrible procastinator. I knitted the baby kimono from the Mason Dixon knitting book. Its in Rowan handknit cotton. I made it a little bigger than the patterns as my friend's new daughter was over 9lbs at birth. In the end, I ran out of yarn as it took about 2 1/2 balls of the cotton to knit this up

There is also some booties to go with it. They aren't terribly practicable as they are a wool/angora mix but hey they look nice.

I can safely share pictures here as she doesn't know about my blog. I've also bought some other yarn to knit something else for the baby and also some yarn to knit a cardigan for her big sister too.

Stitching wise I've finished a square for an online friends quilt but she hasn't received it yet so I don't want to post it here just in case she sees it.

I did hear earlier in the week that Veronica had received the redwork exchange that I stitched for her. Thankfully she likes it. Again, I've used DMC 115 on linen and I used finishing forms to finish them off. I'm lucky that I have a lovely local shop which stocks hundreds of ribbons and trims so I can get these pretty easily. I wish they stocked stitching supplies as I don't have a LNS within 1 hour of me now.

Tomorrow, I will be surrounded by craft supplies as I'm off to the stitching show in Glasgow. I had been planning to visit on Thursday but a local train strike put paid to that as the centre where it is held is only really easily reachable by train if you don't have a car. Its a shame for the show organisers as last year, the last day of the show was ruined by a very heavy snow fall. I'm sure the rail strike will have affected the takings for yesterday and today as the trains going to the centre are packed on show day. I'm going to the show with my mum and aunt and we're planning to have lunch out too, which would make it four meals out in restaurants since last Saturday.
The other thing that occupied my time is wedding preparations. I should point out that it is my sister who is getting married but she has no craft abilities. I'm making the wedding invites etc as a wedding gift to her. She is a pretty easy going bride so far, which I hope will continue. Between my mum, my sister and myself, we are trying to do as much as we can ourselves as a lot of the wedding stuff that other people sell are very expensive and it seems crazy to spend so much on one day.
I'm off now to watch Doctor Who.


Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Absolutely beautiful knitting, Paula. Those booties and sweater are adorable! Lovely redwork, too. Have fun at the show in Glasgow.

stitcherw said...

Your redwork is lovely, as is the knitting. What nice finishes all (the little booties are adorable).

Have fun at the show, and good luck with all the wedding preparations.

KarenV said...

Love the baby gifts, they're beautiful.

Have a great time at the Glasgow show!

Karoline said...

The baby knitting is really cute and the redwork is gorgeous, congratulations.

Have a good time at the show

Susan said...

What a cute kimono, Paula. Congratulations on such a lovely finish!

Josa Craft said...

Wow! That redwork is just gorgeous! Of course, the sweater and the booties are adorable, too. Thanks for sharing...I LOVE your blog!

Lucy said...

Love the baby gifts....those kimonos are so cute!!

Patti said...

I love it all - your knitting is as good as your stitching and why am I surprised I ask myself. You are so competent and I wish your sister every happiness - when is the wedding?
Lots of love
Patti xxx

Tessa said...

Your friend will appreciate the baby jumper and booteis - they are lovely and it is so nice to have hand knitted clothes.

Your redwork piece is gorgeous.

My LNS is about 5 minutes away but it is terrible! I pretty much buy most of my supplies from the USA except DMC threads!!

catandturtle said...

A Dr. Who fan!!! I love it. I grew up watching Tom Baker episodes and love them to this day. As a matter of fact, I just purchased 2 of his dvd's online and they shipped today. Yea! Are you watching the new one? You have season 3 over there, don't you? We are behind and don't get it until you are complete with the season. Your projects are great! Ann.

lena-lou said...

Your baby knitting is gorgeous :-)

TutleyMutley said...

Lovely baby knitting - over 9lb? ouch! Good luck with the wedding invites - when is the wedding?

bunnyhead said...

Beautiful stitching and knitting!

Hazel said...

Don't know how I ended up on your blog but there is some beautiful stitched work here. I love the finishes.

MysteryKnitter said...

Lovely baby knitting! Lovely stitching!