Monday, July 21, 2008

Stitching, knitting and exchanges

I have been meaning to post but just not getting around to it for the past few days. Given that I'm not really short on spare time at the moment, I'm not really sure where the time goes each day. Mostly it disappears into more sleep time, doing strange stretching exercises and general household stuff. I have been catching up on a lot of household tidying over the past 2 weeks as I seem to be further along the road to recovery than I was a few weeks ago. Returning to work soon is looking a lot more realistic just now and I should hopefully have a better idea after a round of different hospital/GP appointments this week.

Saturday I got a lovely surprise in the post. I took part in a Valentine's exchange on the SBEBB earlier in the year but something went wrong and I didn't receive an exchange. On Saturday, I got a lovely replacement stitched by Cathy B who stepped in so I got an exchange.

It is a lovely sweet LHN design finished as a little pillow and she also included some DMC threads and some sampler fabric which will be made into something soon.

Valentine exchange from Cathy

A slightly better picture of the pillow

Valentines exchange from Cathy

I've also finished some stitching. First up a little biscornu pincushion which I stitched to try out the finish as I've signed up for an Biscournu exchange.

Buzzing around biscornu

The design is a freebie from Barbara Ana which I found via a link on her website. I also signed up for her newsletter which sends out some lovely freebies. I can see a few more biscornus in my future.

I also finished a Shepherds bush design On the haunt. The fabric is a lot more orangey in real life.

On the haunt

The sock knitting continues also. I've finished knitting the two pairs I was working on and cast on for some more.

Evolution socks

Plain fabel socks

I haven't actually finished any socks in the past week or so. I've been doing some secret knitting for someone and also knitting some squares in leftover sock yarn for a charity afghan that I'm taking part in the Who knits group on Ravelry. Speaking of knitting, this coming Saturday, the Guardian has a knitting supplement featuring designs from a knitter that had a Doctor Who related run in with the BBC

Thanks for the nice words about my baking. I do appreciate it and the biscuits and cake were lovely. I do agree with Lena-lou about the shape of the Dalek cake though. The Dalek cutter came from a kit that you can buy in a local supermarket and I've saved it for further use.


CraftyCartoons said...

Hi Paula!

There is a great knitting cartoon on my blog right now. It is actually in a caption contest and I would love it if you could enter!

for more details!

Joyus said...

You sure have been busy Paula, all your finishes are wonderful :)

Karoline said...

They're all lovely Paula, congratulations

Probably Jane said...

My goodness, you have been busy - all beautiful things as ever.

tkdchick said...

Your finishes are great! What a lovelty thing to receive a belated exchange item!

Redwitch said...

Lovely stitching and socks, glad you got a replacement for the missing exchange :)

Sonda in OR said...

All the stitched things are lovely, of course. But I have to admit I just love the socks. They are so colorful and cozy looking.

Mandella said...

Beautiful finished items as always. I admit to quite a fondness for Halloween items, even though we don't make much of it.

stitcherw said...

Glad to hear that things are going better, and what lovely stitching and knitting you've been up too. The SB Halloween piece is so cute, and I love that biscornu. What a lovely exchange you received too, how sweet of her to make you a replacement for the one you didn't get.

lena-lou said...

You have been doing some nice things again Paula and I am so glad you have been sent a replacement exchange...what a nice surprise :-))

Scully said...

Ooh that pillow is gorgeous. I really wish I had the skill to make something like that. The socks are lovely as usual Paula, I esp like the top colour. THe SB is cute too. Well done on all your finishes and it's good to hear that you are sort of on the mend.