Alexandra Palace

Using the stash

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I keep thinking I’ll have a huge sort out of my fabric stash as well as my yarn stash. It’s not quite happened yet. However, as I am thinking about it, idly looking through boxes, moving things about mostly rather than having a ‘keep it’ or ‘lose it’ pile. I am discovering fabrics I’d forgotten all about. After this lockdown I will truly be reconsidering my buying habits. Much of my stash was acquired when I worked in either haberdashery or yarn companies – treats to myself, usually at discounted rates – well, who could resist?! I also love a knit and/or stitch fair and there are bargains to be had or things you have never seen before – with a little encouragement from friends I often come back from one of those with treats too (who am I kidding, I don’t need encouragement).

Last week I was enjoying sunny weather, bestowing the fact it was a good day to dry laundry on the clothes line (little things make me happy). Sadly the bag that holds my pegs decided she’d had enough and fell apart leaving pegs strewn about the lawn and me scrabbling around picking them up. I’d made it several years ago, decorated with my first attempt at free motion embroidery and I remember it had been a nightmare to construct to not get the pocket with it’s picture inside out. So what better time to make another one – use up some of my stash perhaps? It’s not as if I have plans to go anywhere right now (ground hog day, going a little crazy at times).

I had a pile of upholstery/thicker than cotton/non stretch fabrics. I bought this one at the Alexandra Palace Stitch and Knitting Show two years ago. Perfect! And for once a project worked first time and I love it. It was simple I know, but making something inside out and pulling it through a hole from one side to another often phases me, especially if I’ve then still got to insert something inside to enhance it- on this occasion a hanger! I have had chronic bag making fails which involved a lot of unpicking seams.

Perhaps not the most interesting ‘show and tell’ but I have used some of my stash and it’s useful too!

Then there was a dive into my yarn stash. Another new family baby due this summer. You might not be able to see the subtle differences in this photo but there is a pale grey and pale minty green hoodie on it’s way for a baby boy. I possibly would not have selected these two together but they work nicely.

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s lockdown makes. I have a good friend involved in a community project making a quilt during this corona virus lockdown – they are searching for a name for it that sounds inspiring and thoughtful rather than sad and depressing. Any thoughts anyone?

After a few weeks absence …

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20150725_132254Announcing my return here after a little time away.  How time has flown!  There’s been a lot of knitting.

A summer cotton top in Paintbox yarn from Loveknitting.com is almost finished, sadly it was not in time for the summer here in the UK but it will be good for next year.  Anyone remember Pacers minty chews in the 80’s?  The top is that Pacers spearmint green with white stripes – picture to follow soon.

I have a half finished blanket, in DROPS Nepal yarn – love this yarn – so soft – it knits fairly quickly – picture to follow soon too.   You can’t get DROPS in the UK too often.  I picked up enough to finish the blanket at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace recently.  Otherwise this could have definitely become an UFO as I was playing chicken with the yarn I had!

I have revisited a pink cardigan that has sat in a bag almost finished for about a year – still a little more to go on that WIP – it WILL be worn this autumn, I have promised myself.

226milesTHIS project … previously blogged baby cardi in progress … I had hoped to show and crow about it again BUT the finished item has been designated to a charity shop – I hated it when it was done! The colours looked wrong together and the sewing up wasn’t as neat as I wanted it to be.  Completed at a stressful time, I don’t think Id knitted much love into it.  Has anyone read Love in Every Stitch by Lee Gant? I just read a review about the book – wondering if it’s a good read.  I often think a little bit of love goes into every item I make.

Sewing over the summer: I finished table mats.  Not a lot I know! Mind you, I was involved in a charity sale in September and those table mats sold so it was worth it.

Oh, and last week I finished a joint knitty/sewy project – watch this space later in the week for a photo of that too.

At the top of this post is a photo of a little freehand embroidery project from a while ago – just showing it off really.  It sits above my desk in my craft room.   Having just purchased a further selection of hoops I have several more ‘hoop’ projects in my head – including a Christmas one or two .

Back to blogging regularly. Please keep popping by !