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13 might be a lucky number

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For many the number 13 strikes fear. Last week we had Friday the 13th.  For some people if the 13th of the month happens to fall on a Friday it means absolute horror. In the distant past I had a car accident on a Friday the 13th.   I jumped on the bandwagon of believing it was a day to avoid – stay indoors – don’t get behind the wheel of a car – don’t try anything new – don’t pick up a power tool – etc.

About ten years ago I started to think differently.  We viewed a lovely property to purchase on the 13th of a month.  We completed the sale and got the keys on the 13th of another month. I had a job offer on the 13th of a month a couple of years later.  So 13 doesn’t scare me!

Last Friday began as a day of chores.  Then I went to collect a friend, by car, and we went for a lovely wander in a town nearby, finishing in a cafe for frothy coffee and cake.  A reward for doing those chores.  Life has to have a happy balance.  Friday 13th was well balanced.

Sorry I have no pictures to share. I was going to snap my friend’s courgette, avocado and lime cake, green sponge, green icing, flower petals sprinkled on top (new cake, new experience), but oops, she ate it quickly!  You will have to use your imagination this time.

 

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Christmas Card Creation, Finished crafting and more Cake !

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loopcardsJust the other day I introduced a few of the lovely WIPs from In the Loop, our weekly crafting group. This week, our final get together before Christmas, we had a Christmas card exchange – we all made one, we all received one.  Lots of different styles – a felted robin picture, sashiko style stitching, zentangle, cross stitch, different paper crafts and more!  I love the way we’ve all got our different styles.

There was quite a bit of knitting , here’s one wrap in progress, in might look like the finished article will be ‘coffee and cream’ but look at the rest of the ball – there’s all colours of the rainbow and sparkles too! Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

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And a finished project – well the stitching is finished, it’s the fixing it to the travel book just to go.  Absolutely beautiful work and a confession from the sewist – this was started 23 years ago on a worldwide trip.  Wow! Even the oldest parts look as fresh as the new!  There’s inspiration to never give up on your WIPs!

 

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And of course there was cake !

We are all looking forward to our 2018 creations – completing WIPS, starting new projects, picking up tips from each other, all in all spending time with like-minded friends and having a giggle along the way.  Wishing other crafters similar inspiration and fun.

 

 

 

 

Knitting, Stitching, Crocheting and eating cake

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Sharing a few snapshots of works in progress by some lovely friends at my craft group – as I can’t share what I’ve been working on until after 25th (current project just finished as a Chrissy gift).

In the Loop meets five times a month.  Some of us knit, some sew, some crochet, some sketch.  At times we chat and consume refreshments much more than we craft during the two hours! I try and take something simple as I’ve been known to knit a few pattern rows incorrectly and have to rip them back later and start all over again.  (Just fondly (?) remembering the time I decided to cast on a new project and counted and recounted stitches so many times I gave up and decided the cake in front of me needed more attention than the wool!)

loophexi1.jpgSo, here goes, Krissy’s hexi patchwork bag. She has made several of these, all hand stitched.  Patience of a saint!

Jane’s teal shawl, halfway there. The cone is 4 strands worked together, can’t wait to see it finished.  One of the other ladies, Susan has a matching cone, so it’s a bit of a competition over who finishes their’s first!

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Liz is making a cream alpaca sweater – to us it’s a mystery as there is no photo on the pattern. Liz is one of the fastest knitters I know. loopknit1

Marianne has been busy crocheting sparkly tree decorations.   loopdecs1

As I said a peep into last week’s get together.  This week will be our last one before Christmas.  To celebrate In the Loop style we aim to all have made one Christmas card in any style of our choosing.  They all go onto the table and we all take a card from the same pile (but not our own obviously!).  I can’t wait to see what card I am dealt.

Does anyone else out there do ‘Secret Santa’ Christmas card giving ?

Have a good day.  Hope your own Christmas preparations are going well. x

 

A little sewing progress

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I’ve been under the weather so not written for a few days and have a little catching up to do in many ways.

I was able to get a couple of crafty things done, in between resting and being a mum for a few days now Number 1 son (and only son) is home for the Easter holidays.

Two mini embroidery hoops, stitched, embroideryhoopssewn, already popped to the local cafe to add to their collection of pretty things for sale.  I am so lucky to showcase my items for sale, love The Teashop at Downe, for this opportunity. (And I have sold a couple of tiny items so that’s a good start!) I am still keeping to the ‘teashop’ ‘cakeshop’ theme deliberately.  These are about 10cm in diameter, they looked fabulous hanging from little hooks on the dresser in the shop!

Over two days I finished knitting another top down baby cardigan – a replica of one I made a couple of weeks ago. That worked out fine, using a finer yarn so the top came out smaller, which was perfect.  I tried to sew the buttons on the day after the knitting was done, in the fug of being under the weather.  Ha ha, crafting was not a good idea that day!  Even three buttons was a challenge.  You know those days when you can’t sew on buttons to match the buttonholes?   It was one of those. So, a job for today and to show here when finished.   Great pattern on Ravelry.com All-In-One Sleeveless Baby Top (6 months) & (9 – 12 months) by marianna mel

I also have plans to make a small quilted playmat for another friend’s baby due in the summer.  We’ve just been told to expect a boy so I have a great selection of ‘boys’ fabric in my stash and a lovely friend has donated more so watch this space.  I am a basic patchworker so look at the fabric rather than the technique when you see it!

Ta ta for now. Have a great day.