Sunday, 12 April 2015

Spring Hares, House moves & Hermione's Socks

My crafting has suffered in the last few weeks but for good reasons: we are fulfilling a long standing dream of moving from the city to the country, from Manchester, UK to north Lancashire to a beautiful village on the coast set among gorgeous old woodlands and nature reserves. We sold our house very quickly in early March and so had to spend the next few weeks finding our new home. We know this area well from many holidays spent there. We will have the Lake District just half an hour away and north Yorkshire within easy reach.

I daren't get too excited yet until everything goes through...but my new house has a beautiful sun porch looking out over a field of sheep!  Fingers crossed....I may be sitting knitting socks and hand quilting there this summer!

Meanwhile, I am catching up with WIPs and have finished a few projects too.

First up on the finished projects are the Emerald Isle socks (I call them this because of the colour).  This is my first ever pair of hand knit socks.I am learning to knit them with much enabling from Jo of the Shinybees blog and podcast and Clare Devine of the Yarn and Pointy Sticks blog I knitted them plain so I could understand the construction. 

My Emerald Isle socks

Then I finished a small art quilt for my local Embroiderers' Guild exhibition in May. The them was 'Inspired by Gardens' and I have called this 'Seedheads'. It is stitched on linen and I used various stitches - straight stitch, seed stitch, French knots, cross stitch, fly stitch, bullion knots -  to represent autumn seedheads.

'Seedheads' mini quilt 13.5" x 13.5"

Works in progress include a pair of Hermione's Everyday socks, a very popular free pattern from Ravelry. I can see why its popular - it's a lovely sock to knit, easy but with a delightful texture that develops as you knit. The yarn was bought at Yarndale, a beautiful skein of hand dyed fingering from The Weaver's Loft I am knitting it on 2.5 Hiya Hiya 9" circular needles which I am enjoying using, though I do like my Karbonz DPNs very much too.

And this is a small applique piece which I started in a workshop with Lizzie Wall who designs and stitches beautiful art quilts and other pieces. You can see some of her work here when she came to do a talk for my local Embroiderers' Guild. I have yet to machine stitch the pieces in place.

Lizzie Wall workshop - Hare in a Cornfield

On the theme of Hares.....which I do is a cross stitch embroidery I am working on. It's on a 40 count linen so I have to set myself up with the big magnifying glass! It's a Brenda Gervais design called 'Three Tulips'.

'Three Tulips' embroidery by Brenda Gervais

I hope you are enjoying some slow stitching or knitting.