Busy half-term. I took dd down to Exeter to scrutinise the University there. As it was so far, we had to stay overnight (ds stayed at home with his dad. He wouldn't have enjoyed it). I took this pic on the accommodation tour, as the parents went to a different Hall than the prospective students.
I have to say, my overriding impression was that it will be very expensive. Of course, I already knew this.... :-( We might have to forego holidays for the next three years, if she goes.
The best things about the trip were:
historic Exeter. I loved the look of the cathedral, and the roman walls. Dd was more interested in the shopping.
having dinner with friends who I hadn't seen for 20 years
delicious breakfast in the Jury's Inn
train travel involving four hours each way of unremitted knitting time. Although unfortunately, I was too tired to do any on the way home.
I took ds out on Friday to buy his scout's uniform, as he is graduating from Cubs. We stopped off for a drink; here's the lovely vintage pot my tea came in:
I also found time to finish off my quilt on Friday afternoon:
My nephew has been born this week, so it's very timely. I think this quilt will work well for a little boy, and I'm pleased to report this is a fabric stashdown success, as all the materials I used in it were on hand. In the end, I used red gingham for the binding, cut on the bias.
I enjoyed sewing something so much, I think I'll do some more.
This weekend, my decluttering eye fell on my fabric stash. I have three plastic boxes with lids, stacked in the dining room, sadly (we just don't have enough cupboard space) plus one of those under-bed boxes on castors, which mainly contains quilt wadding and fleece material.
My SIL is expecting a baby and I wanted to make a new baby gift. It's due quite soon, but she has been very secretive over whether it is boy or girl. So I hope this will be perceived as a unisex crib quilt. I chose a woodland theme - since there seem to be a large amount of related fabrics in my stash. I didn't really use a pattern for this, but I read the tutorial at Cloud 9 fabrics. My quilt has smaller squares and more of them, though, really just because I had eight fabrics I wanted to use. I'll also be adding a binding to the edges, as I like the finish it gives to a quilt.
On Saturday afternoon, I cut out 42 5 1/2 ins squares, laid them out in rows on the table, and pinned:
Then on Sunday, I sewed 7 rows each of six squares, attached the rows, made a quilt sandwich with a piece of batting and some green gingham for the reverse, and quilted the pieces together.
I can still only do straight line quilting. I really MUST take a class or something, as I would quite like to improve my quilting skills; I feel like I'm at a bit of an impasse.
I still need to bind this quilt. That might be a task for next weekend, after I've looked in my fabric boxes again to see if I have any plain red or plain dark green fabric.
Last night, it was Light Night in Nottingham, so we ventured out in the February cold. After a trip to the pizza restaurant to make sure we were suitably fuelled, we walked up to the Royal Centre to see these special visitors:
Ds is a huge Dr Who fan. There were two Daleks in this installation and they had sound and movement - although a very limited vocabulary. It was just one word! Our Dr Who operation game is more fun from that point of view. We couldn't get close enough to see if the T.A.R.D.I.S was bigger on the inside!
We didn't have tickets for the light performance at Nottingham Castle but we were able to visit one of the shows at the inflativerse pop-up planetarium inside the Nottingham Contemporary. We went to the show about myths and legends in constellations and really enjoyed hearing the stories of Orion the hunter, Hercules and Draco, and Cassiopeia, Andromeda and the sea snake (story sounds like a variation on Snow White, only this one came first, I think). Ds was really interested because he just read the Percy Jackson books.
It's difficult to really see the stars from our house, owing to light pollution from the city, but next time we go up to Grandma's, we'll have to take a night walk and see if we can spot any of the constellations referred to.
I knit, I sew, I bake, I crochet. Occasionally I try my hand at other crafts. I juggle paid employment with looking after a family of diverse ages. I try and make something of my garden. My blog is about all these things. Where am I? Trent Valley, UK.
Knitting: Strawberry booties; Pigs in a blanket; Marshmallow bonnet, Kite mittens, Lace ribbon scarf, Wallaby sweater for ds, Felted thistle bag, Slouchy hat for ds, Ice cream shrug, Primrose garden tea cosy, Tardis blanket square, Wee tiny panda, Hydrangea socks, Norwegian stars hat take 2, Mermaid's Song Shawl, Toadstool baby rattle, 4 knitted leaves, Norwegian stars hat, Apple baby hat, Harlequin Scarf, Honey for tea cosy, Secret Garden mittens, Waffle hat, Bluebird of happiness, Mini hats for innocent smoothie bottles x 22
Crochet: Queen Anne's lace crochet scarf, 4 5 ins crochet blanket squares, rose corsage
Sewing: Ladybird coin purse, Toadstool pouch, Patchwork tea party apron
Other: Jewelled mirror
Completed objects 2013
Knitting: Yorkshire landscape tea cosy, Flowered bag, Chilled wine garb, Flying keys for Harry Potter, Super easy mitts, Lady Tryamour socks, London skyline hat, Festival boot toppers, Toadstool bootees, Hawkmoth laceweight sweater, Bluebell hat, Golden baby bootees, Raspberry slouch socks, quiddy bunny, pint-sized pine, mini legwarmers, striped strawberry socks, little owl
Knitting: fly agaric cushion, Blossom shawl, blue baby bootees, cupcake baby hat, squares x2 for community blanket, gingerbread man, Alice's mittens #2, strawberry tea cosy, butterflies and vine hat, 2 Tiffany baby hats, Puerperium baby cardigan, New York koigu scarf, blue summer top, white Ravenclaw rabbit, 2 teeny tiny owl puffs, Alice's mittens a la Tim Burton, little hedgehog, flower baby hat, mini moon, owls socks, hermione's everyday socks, liesl cardigan, pleated purse, super simple mitts, cabled kindle cosy, ravenclaw socks, bees tea cosy, little house washcloth, queen of hearts socks, 3x stashdown washcloths
Crochet: 2 gingerbread xmas decorations, mini top hat, amanita muscaria, votive cover, 10 teeny crochet hearts, rose lavender sachet, coffee cup, robin, pea pod, watermelon slice coin purse, Ravenclaw minisocks, Amigurumi angry bird, green eggs and ham, chocolate cake slice, neapolitan ice cream sandwich, toaster pastry, seastar washcloth, apple keyring tags
Sewing: 3 flower pin cushions, apple tree cushion, woodland crochet hooks case, gingham pj shorts, tiled tree cushion, rainbow quilt, posh pants laundry bag, apples dpns roll
Finished Objects 2011
Sewing: superdry cushion, green apples cushion, sleepy squirrels cushion, sleepy squirrel hottie cover, apple dapple cushion, hearts sampler cushion, hearts cross stitch kit, slice of lime purse, little house coasters x2
Crochet: ickle snowmen, camper van doorstop, apple potholders, watermelon slice coin purses, roses granny squares x2, loveheart bag, Rapunzel plaited scarf, facial cleansing pads, 2x pot pourri sachets, a summery handbag, fruit salad of purses (3), apple tawashis, camera cozy, Gryffindor bookscarf (crochet), Work your way Up crochet bag, amigurumi Mario mushroom
Knitting: pinwheel purse, candy cane baby hat and bootees, owl baby hat, french press cozy, Yoshi washi, leafy green mittens, baby berry hat and bootees, knitted lace basket edging, Trevor the toad, cabled armwarmers, Gryffindor cricket tea-cosy, Violetta jacket, Ravenclaw bookscarf, playful stripes baby set, springtime bunny, lace bookmark, rainbow marley baby hat, blackberry shawl, loveheart washcloth, 2 knitted valentine's hearts, red apple socks, Irish hiking scarf for dh, apple baby hat, woodland mittens, rosebud toddler hat, hearts wash set.
Completed items 2010
Knitting: Blue and white washcloth, Knitted lace lavender bag, Freddie's bunny, The Easiest Mitts in the World, Skier's chullo, Ds's Where's Wally hat, Blackberry tea cosy, Snowflakes xmas stocking, Upside -down flower baby hat, Cream tea time cosy, Snowflake fingerless mitts #2, Cambridge mitts, Rosy baby mittens, Embroidered baby shoes, 4 washcloths, chocolate socks, cheery skulls baby hat, Snowflake fingerless mitts, Choc-cherry baby cardigan, Regatta Stole, Choc cherry ruffle baby hat, Ziggy Zag baby sweater , Battenberg Slice #2, Bella's Twilight Mittens
Sewing: Red gingham table napkins, Bishop's hat tea cosy, Garden pincushion, Country-style woven quilt, Mountain goats apron for dh, Dash make-up bag, Pocket apron
Knitting: Battenberg Slice tea cosy, Apple Strudel cardigan, Owlings mittens
Sewing: Scented heart stuffie, 2 Zakka bunny zipped cases, Bird applique cushion cover. Home Sweet Home mini-quilt, Ruffle Bag, Pirates shorts for ds, Mermaid pyjama pants, Holiday laundry bags, Outer space duvet set, Tourist Trap Skirt, Matt's camoflage apron, Clothkits doorstop, Scraps drawstring bag, Springtime table mats, Frilled apron, White on white cushions, Chicken tea cosy, Hexagons table runner, Dinosaur blanket, Breezy wrap skirt