Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spring is in the air.

It’s so long since I visited my friends who congregate over at The Stamping Ground for   What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday,    two  months in fact, so I thought it was about time I dropped by to say hello and see what you’re all up to.

I’ve been keeping myself busy with knitting (got the bug again after knitting baby bits for my God Daughter’s little girl) and my cross stitch of course, so at last I have something to share with you.

 I spotted this pattern in Hobbycraft and decided it was perfect for what I wanted.
 I got the wool in there too, Sirdar Freya, which is a brushed cotton that knits up chunky and warm, while remaining light weight. 

The finished article looks enormous and it is because I’m a rather large lady, but it fits perfectly and was just perfect.

In fact it was so perfect a fit that I brought the wool and knitted two more, using the pattern for the number of stitches and shaping but doing my own thing pattern wise.

I also have my next knitting project lined up, this edge to edge jacket. 
It’s done in a Mega Chunky mix of cotton and wool, which  I’m hoping will be perfect for Spring.  All I need to get are the 10mm which I’m lacking.  Don’t recall ever knitting on such large needles. I’ve chosen and deep shade of Aubergine for mine.

On to my cross stitch and Celtic Autumn is coming along nicely. 

All the actual cross stitch is finished and I’m in the process of stitching on the beads…’s so time consuming and tedious but so worth all the effort when it’s finished.

So that’s about it from me I think. 

I really should stop by more often I know,  but now that I’m not making cards and things I have very little to share each week and seeing the same piece of stitching week after week must get boring, but having said that, it doesn’t mean I don’t drop by to snoop in between my visits to Julia.

 I have just two more pictures to share with you before I go.

The first is of a Black Bird who was busily gorging himself on my Pyracantha (Firethorn).
 And the second is bird related too.

With Spring just around the corner and the birds busy building their nests, I decided to put out all my off cuts of wool in an olds feeder together with  all the fur that comes from BoJangles when I brush him.   Hopefully they will end up with soft, warm and pretty nests this year.
Happy Crafting!





lisa said...

Lovely to see you, Sue, hope you are keeping well.
You certainly seem to be keeping busy, I love all your knits. Had to smile at the name of your wool, that's my DD's name!!
Your x stitch is stunning. I have this pattern but it's still in the packet...maybe one day when I've more time. The beading is beautiful, well worth all the time.
Hugs Lisax #60

Annie said...

Hi Sue. It's good to see you joining in today. I love your brave of you to make large garments...I only ever made baby clothes :-)
Your cross stitch is stunning and that beading is amazing...well done you.
Annie x

tilly said...

how lovely to see what you have been working on, I love the pattern on the first sweater and love the cardigan (thats no to say I don't like the others) many beads, I don't think I have the patience but it does make the work special. Just pop by when you feel you want to......

Susan said...

Sue...I'm so impressed by your gorgeous sweaters...I don't know how to knit!! And your needlework is soooo take me forever just to finish a cross stitch!! Susan #104

jill said...

You have been busy Sue, with knitting & cross stitch. Now after seeing your square bird feed & what you have in it , i'm going to pinch your idea & do the same .
happy woyww Jill #26

Lythan said...

those jumpers just look perfect - fabulous job sue. And I love the photos of your garden as well. Thanks for updating the blog :)

Lea.H said...

Absolutely adore this post! The knitting is amazing, I wish I could knit like that! I can just about cast myself on and knit a few lines before I drop a stitch, or add a few too many some where!? How on earth do you join balls of wool aswell, when you run out of one?
The cross stitch - is amazing! It must have taken you AGES! Lx

Diane Baker-Williams said...

GORGEOUS sweaters! I gave up trying to learn to knit because I couldn't figure out how to fix my mistakes. Your work is inspiring. And the cross stitch angel is exquisite. so glad you posted today! Diane #111

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow sue! you are a clever gal, changing the pattern on those jumpers..awesome! And the size never crossed my mind, silly!
your cross stitch is also awesome, crikey! I'm running out of superlatives...but it really is beautiful. Your eyes, fingers and patience are very much admired!