On the needles

Or perhaps the header should read “on and off the needles” as I’ve finished two items!! Yippee!!

First up the socks for my chiro which were very well receivedand my “Gretel” cardi (which is also available through Ravelry)So pleased with this finish; love the shoulder finishand the stitching on the hem and the cuffsI did find the sleeves were too long, but as the sleeves are knitted in the round from the dropped shoulder, it was easy to undo and stitch to my sizeI’ll try to get someone to take a pic of me wearing it as it’s such a comfortable fit and so very warm.

So delighted with it, that I chose this gorgeous “Aquarium” colour for another (and yes, the sleeve instructions have been written down!)In the meantime I’ve started this pattern in 12 ply which I’m thinking will knit up fairly quicklyand Mum’s cardi is going well; the back is finished and one front started, including pocket which I’ve not done before, so I’ve learnt something new – always a good thing!Winter is slowly coming to an end so I’m not sure how much more knitting will be done.  In the meantime I have a variety to choose from…..as you do!

Anything on your needles?

Meredithe x

PS  This finish was posted on Instagram a while ago; some fingerless gloves for a friend.  I thought I’d taken a pic on the camera but had only taken it directly for Instagram and for some reason it hasn’t come up well when I’ve copied it across.  Grrr.  You get the drift anyway.  And another finish!!

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Weekend stitching

Went to stitching on Friday and Saturday but was a bit slack with the ol’ camera, so I’ll put the two days together.

Helen did very well to bake a loaf one handed (from a packet mix) and get the afternoon tea togetherand she floored me by choosing solids for a new quilt she plans to make once her shoulder is out of the sling and she can stitch again – this from the girl who “doesn’t do solids”!At Squealers we had delicious afternoon teaMiss E very nearly finished her elephant – he shan’t remain headless for long!Fern made more “Bloom” blocksand we had the pleasure of the company of Miss 11 who demonstrated her prowess as a fabulous artist, drawing this fox for her brotherand this bird for meshe was drawing an animal for each of us until her baby sister had a vomit oops and Miss S decided it was time to take all her babies home!Isn’t she a talented young girl?  I’m very impressed.  I told Miss 11 that I’m hanging onto my bird for when she’s famous and will sell it for a fortune!!

Meredithe x

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Class show and tell

Morning

Sue E stitched more corners onto her “Bessie Creek Road BOM” blocksColette had a lesson in log cabin blocks, making the first of 11 for her bagCarole continued stitching her blocksand Jo had all her woolly pieces cut out (with some thanks going to a grand daughter!) and had a lesson in how to start piecing them together with embroidery stitches

Afternoon

Two students stayed all day;  Lyn and I made up a backing for her Christmas quilt and she left it to be quiltedLinda did more appliqueand we chose some Liberty corners for her Liberty and Linen Double Wedding Ringand with the other students; Cheryl had put together her little animals quilt topand in class made hexagons for this projectFernanda has finished her “Pot Pourri” quilt topand in class made more “Bloom” blocksCathie had added the latest round of blocks to her topand in class worked on basket blocksFrances and I worked on finishing her baby quilt topthe other Lyn made more of her star blocksJane finished two more “Sweet Sunday” blocksand Tineke did some serious cutting outMeredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted, Blackburn

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Class show and tell

Now to last week’s class at the quilt shop, Eltham

Jennifer has finished her son’s quilt, had it quilted and all it needs now is the bindingand in class she cut more blocks for her 100 quilt blocks quiltKaren cut out for a baby quilt using the large print as bordersFrances did more to her baby quilt and we chose an inner border tooand Val started putting her Babushka Quilt togetherMeredithe x

This class is held at the quilt shop, Eltham

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Class show and tell

Morning

It was Sue E’s birthday in a few days and Jo brought in a lemon tart to celebrateDidn’t take long for it to be cut into!We started doing a layout for Carole using this pattern as our starting pointwhich is from this bookSue E had laid out her next set of blocks for “Bessie Creek Road” BOMand she cut the corner triangles in class and finished up one last block from the previous monthJo started making woolly bits houses and trees for her Christmas wall hangingMarilyn stitched 3 more blocks for her “Sweet Sundayand Colette added the next section to her applique blocks and machine quilted them, then I gave her a hand quilting lesson for her to hand quilt around the applique.

Afternoon

Lyn stayed all day, and we finally, after all the trials and tribulations, got her quilt top together – yippee!!We then measured up and added her bordersCheryl had finished her chook block bookand worked on more “Sugar Plum” blocksTineke tackled a shopping bag for a musical friendThe other Lyn finished her first ever quilt – yay!!  Machine pieced and machine quilted all by LynInspired by Lyn, other Lyn then decided she’d like to make a Christmas table runner, so I quickly drafted up a star block for her, fabrics chosen, and underway!Frances was after a baby quilt, so we did some improv and made a start….Cathie wanted something different to one of the blocks in her quilt, so I’d drafted up a honey-bee block for her and she came to class with it all set – just the applique to doand Fernanda is making flowers for her “Bloom” quilt.Meredithe x

This class is held at Sewn and Quilted

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Woolly bits

Had a lovely day at Millrose for Woolly Bits; I haven’t been for ages so there was lots to catch up on.  Sue has changed the shop around so new things to see and buy admire(!)As always there were delicious choices for lunchand scrumptious afternoon teaand on the stitching front, Jacinta finished the binding on this baby quilt made for a friendand she was being her amazing creative self with this tooLynne has been having knitting lessons learning stitches by knitting mug cosies and fingerless glovesand Lynne did some woolly bits stuff tooalong with Kerrie who has made this cute needle caseand Joy is going to turn all this into a pin cushionForgot to take a pic of what I was working on……will catch you up on that later and leave you with this glorious camellia and the cafe front.  Meredithe x

 

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Seeing and doing

Thought you might like to see what I’ve seen on my morning walks recently…….

~ these pretty boys (as my MIL always called them) chatted to me~ the mornings are lighter (yay!) and blossoms are starting to come out~ wattles are in full bloom~ loved seeing the moon between branches of about-to-burst-blossom~ and seeing this flowering gum made me think of the Gumnut Babies, Snugglepot and CuddlepieWe’ve been doing a few thing too, including…..

~ The Golfer took me out to breakfast the other day, always a treat ~ and I did love this saying on the cafe wall, so appropriate as we’d had quite a run of grey days, although it’s been sunny and cold of late.~ and I’ve had a hankering to bake, so made zucchini soup and foccacia, which went down very well!Meredithe x

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