Friday, 20 March 2015

Few bits to 'Show and tell'

I have been messing about with a few different things.  I have finished another pair of finger-less gloves which will be added to that lace-knit scarf that I loved so much.  The gloves took a bit longer to knit than the scarf .. well, the scarf was knitted on 4 mm needles and the gloves were on 2 mm. needles... quite a difference in size but I have to say I am beginning to like knitting on those fine pins

They look a bit green in this photo

Think they will be a nice gift for someone

As I had finished my knitting I needed something else to keep my fingers busy while watching T.V. so I have started back on my crochet blanket.

Few more to add

We had our all day sewing at Highampiecemakers on Monday and I thought I would make a couple of crayon rolls that will eventually go into the 'shoebox appeal' that a few of the ladies help with, but it turned out that a conveyor belt approach was the fun thing to do. So a couple of us set to and made almost 30 little rollups Yeah!

I had to add a few stitches to these at home, don't they look bright?

One of the lady's that goes to the Monday group had some cotton lace that had been taken from a table cloth and offered it for anyone that could use it.  At first I didn't think I would need it, but after a bit of a chat I mentioned that it would look very nice on some sheets and pillow cases.  Bit of recycling and I now have some very nice bed linen.....Thank You Hazel

Already preshrunk so I just had to sew it on.

Bit more tricky to sew the pillow cases as I first had to undo all the stitching before sewing on the lace,
Mr D's aunt is 80 and throwing a party (her very first party!) and we are going to celebrate with her.  I have been wondering what to make for her as a small gift (what does a lady of 80 need?) that she will be able to use and (hopefully) appreciate, and so after talking to my sister-in-law we came up with hand embroidered pillow cases.  It took me ages to choose the right thread-count/cotton mix etc. Then unpicking them, so I could embroider, must have taken a couple of hours. I then spent most of the day drawing up little sketches 

just some thoughts 
and finally found a simple pin embroidery for cards that I thought would look sweet... talk about time wasting,  but the best bit began....

Embroidered ready to be sewn back together

Delicate is the word
I think Spring has at last arrived.  Maybe I feel Spring has taken its time coming because we are usually away through February, but the flowers are appearing and making the garden look so much more cheerful

So bright a cheerful

How many flowers are on that white Polyanthus

I think they have really gone to town this year with bumper crops

 I am off to the NEC this weekend the 'Sewing for Pleasure' expo is calling me.   I have never been before, so am quite looking forward to something new.


  1. Delightful 'show and tell', Jo! Everything is so beautiful! Happy weekend.

  2. Well done using the lace from Hazel, it looks really good. I love the embroidery for D's auntie,

  3. Auntie will love the embroidery and so difficult to buy for the slightly older person.

  4. Realy like the lace on the bed linen and I am sure Auntie will be very very pleased with her gift.
    . Garden is very pretty I love the the spring.

  5. Gosh, you have been busy. Those gloves are splendid . I just love the embroidered pillowcases, and the lace edge on the sheets is just lovely , and has given me a thought........

  6. I love everything in this post! The lace scarf is gorgeous and your aunt will be delighted with such a thoughtful, and beautiful, gift. A great bit of upcycling on the bed linen, very posh!