Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Out of my Comfort Zone - WOYWW #198

Good morning my lovely blogging friends.

It’s that day again and Julia is ready and waiting over at the The Stamping Ground for you to add your name to Mr Linky ( if you haven’t already) and then be prepared for the influx of crafters, all eager to snoop on your work space.

For some reason I’m only managing to join in every couple of weeks at the moment. No idea really why that is but hopefully it will change soon and I’ll be here ‘full time’. I don’t know about you but I get withdrawal symptoms when I miss a week.

So what’s been happening is Sue’s Krafty Kards work room this week…………….well a combination of knitting, stitching and a little bit of paper crafting and here’s what was on my desk when I let it last night.

I thought I had better make a start on the ATC’s for the WOYWW birthday swap……talk about out of my comfort zone. I’ve only every made them once before and that was for last year’s swap, so I was in panic mode when I started because of the small area I was working on.

You can see from the picture that I had various shades of Pink and Mauve Distress Inks out as well as some stamps and dies but don’t think for a minute that you can guess what I’m doing because within an hour of taking that photo I over did things a little and it was beyond salvaging so it all ended up in the bin.
I then started from scratch with something completely different and I think I’m happy with the results but you’ll have to wait until the swap to see them.

I mentioned that I’ve been knitting again and have made two more little cardigans for my Goddaughter’s bump. Her mum told me that she’s not shy of bold colours, which I’m not sure about for a new baby and colour choice isn’t made easier when we don’t know what she’s expecting, so I decided on this lovely shade of Green.

All it needs are some buttons and it’s done.

The second one I made with the left overs from the Green and the Cream one I made a couple of weeks ago and that’s just waiting on buttons too.

And so to the cross stitch and yes, I’ve finally made a start on Celtic Autumn, yah!

Luckily there’s no time frame, because I’m a slow stitcher and you’ll see what I mean when I tell you that this is the progress after 13 hours and 50 minutes.

(Opps.....looks like I need to get the iron out!)

I don’t normally keep account of how long a project takes me to stitch but someone on another blog I follow stitched her recently and it took a total of 83 hours, that was 72 hours stitching and 11 hours beading so I thought I’d see how long she takes me.

So that’s it for another week.

I’ll be calling by later to see what you’re all up too, so get that mug of coffee ready for me.

Happy Crafting!


Annie said...

Hi Sue,
Maybe I should start thinking about the WOYWW ATC swap too cos my crafting time is pretty limited just now with all the packing and sorting going on here.
Love your knitting and I have to agree with you that it's so much easier choosing colours when you know what the result will be :-)
A x # 62

Karen K said...

Hello Sue

Thanks for stopping by my blog, lovely little cardigans - gorgeous colours. I loved having a snoop at your workspace - looks like there are some nice things underway. I had a smile at your cross stitch, mine looks the same as I don't use a hoop or frame. I wish I had made a note of stitched hours, I think I may do so from now on. I am working on the Cut thru lighthouse from Bothy Threads, I did post it a while back but not much progress has been made as the quilt has had me busy. The quilt is like wrestling - it's really big, the machine handles it beautifully and my work space is perfect for it now. I am looking forward to finishing it just to work on something smaller. I want to make pillow cases to match next. I use Craftsy to teach myself how to sew, their on line courses are fabulous. If you have a machine you can join the BOM 2012 which is free (block of the month) and also the 2013 is free too. k x

ria gall said...

the dreaded ATC's this is a new area for me but I will have some ready for the swap. That looks like a lovely background stamp on your desk.
Love your little knitted projects very cute
Wishing you a very Happy WOYWW
Ria #44

Anonymous said...

WOW~Sue! Awesome space. I really want to learn how to knit. Beautiful projects. Hugs, Sue#126

lisa said...

Goodness, I don't think i'd better add up the hours my x stitch projects take, Sue, they run into years as I only get them out occasionally now!!
Love those cardys especially the strippy one!
Better get my ATC thinking cap on.
hugs Lisax #71

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love the knits! I think babies look great in bold colours, so I'd have been happy with those! Talking about things knitty, I'll happily make you a needle case. Just tell me your fav colours and I'll see what I've got in my stash. Or would you like a surprise? I'm good at those! Lol!
It has amazed me the number of comments about my hares..they obviously affect others like they do me. I can't explain why I adore them so much...their wildness, or freedom or links to ancient Prehistory.. I'm lucky enough that I live where we see them relatively often :)
Hugs, LLJ 45 xxxx

Unknown said...

You've been very busy - love the little cardigans and your stitching is coming along nicely too.

Linda #68

AliWade said...

Happy Belated WOYWW. I must start to think about the ATCs too. Thanks for the reminder. Cross stitching - lovely to see another stitcher on here. Ali x #38

Twiglet said...

I love those little cardis Sue - especially the top one in green - such a pretty design. Your ATCs last time were lovely so I am sure you will come up with something equally gorgeous. x Jo

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sue,

Those knitted sweaters are just adorable! I just knitted a baby cocoon for a friend of mine that had a premie. It was fast and fun. She knew she was having a girl so I made it using pinkish/purplish yarn.

I've been thinking about the ATC for the swap but haven't started anything. Good for you in getting your creative juices flowing!

Thanks for visiting me already. I'm slowly making my way around the desks.

Kay (48)

Angie said...

Thanks for dropping by head is still not really into crafting of any sort but i am tempted to try the ATC birthday swap and I am looking at beads ....something I have not thought about for over 10 years but I wanted a simple- ish neclace in specific colours for DS's wedding... so thought maybe I should give it a go again.
I love what you are doing with that even weave ...what thread count? eyes would give out after about 5 mins....really looking forward to seeing the end result no matter how long it takes.xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Thank you for visiting me and for those wonderful comments on my work. Hope you have a great week! Hugs, Sue