Thursday, 4 February 2016

Productive Ponderings *** EDITED***

*** Edited**** to add this photo of Ann's lovely February Mini which she has made into a cushion.   

another lovely sample

I have had quite a productive week, I did (eventually) get the elastic threaded through all of the 46 pairs of shorts for the Dress A Child Charity. They are now all ready to be handed over. I think it may have taken as long to thread them as did actually make them!!!

I didn't get the cardigan finished for Little Miss before we went to visit - I did try but it takes longer to finish off than you think doesn't it?

Anyway, that's done now, posted off and received, and it fits - Yay! 
Love a bit of white knitting!
 I have cast on a pair of socks in some bright yarn and on this tiny circular needle
 That is coming on nicely, and is knitting up quite different to what I had expected.
 Many years ago, my mother knitted socks for...... everyone. She was always knitting or sewing and when my two were little, I would say that I had bought a (whatever colour) pair of trousers or dress on a Thursday and by Saturday, they had a matching cardigan or jumper! She was quick.

After she passed, I had put all of her stash of yarn in my loft because I just didn't know what to do with it.  A couple of years ago, a good friend had started to make socks for a camping trip and I gifted her a rather large bag of lovely sock yarn, because I was NEVER going to make a pair of socks - I just didn't have the time !
Anyway, said friend used all of the bag including all the leftover bits. Which is good. But now I have more time I have started doing a bit more knitting and am learning to crochet too, so I am now purchasing some of the same yarns that I gave away!  "C'est La Vie "

 This is my first pair of socks, and we will see how they go.

On Sunday we had our Mini Mania reveal
We had 10 entries this month
mine 8 1/2" sqaure
Dee's (blogged here)
Becca's (blogged here)
Laney's  (blogged here)
Jo's (blogged here)
Carol's (blogged here)
The brief was to make a minimum of 9 blocks and make a Sampler Quilt.

All so different

Didn't we do well?!!! 

February's Mini is Pineapple Log Cabin and we are using this tutorial  from Little Mushroom Cap.  All printed out ready - and you can join us too

all printed out onto tracing paper
We can make as many blocks as we wish, and the Mini Quilt must measure no more than 24" .   The blocks are printed at 3" finished but we can increase that to 4" if we wish
 One of our members has worked out how many pieces per block.

 I may be re-thinking the number that I make..........

 AND..... We have cleared out the garage - Hubby had a fit,  but did as I asked and now there is empty floorspace and tools put where they should be.

HeHeHe!  He won't be asking me for assistance again in a hurry!!

AND ---- Just how hard is it to decide on a paint colour for our hallway!!!

 We have picked one and I do like it, but not sure about the look of the room. 1960's hospital comes to mind..........

Might just go back to "beige"



  1. Be brave!!! Go for a colour. You can always go over it if it's "not quite right"!!!the cardigan looks so sweet Giving me itchy fingers. X

  2. Cardigan is gorgeous, you certainly have Mums talent for Knitting, me not so much! the socks are cool, very different to what Mum used to make, I guess its the wool? oh sorry everyone is calling it yarn nowadays!
    I think the hallway looks lovely as it is doesn't it? x

  3. It doesn't look like you remember it anymore ! Needed a change, but niot so sure now. Madge told me to go for it so I can blame her. We will see what girlie says w,hen she comes at the weekend ����

  4. Love your socks and admire you for the cardie. I have no patience for these!!

  5. It just feels so great when the garage has had a tidy over, and everything in its place, how long for, is another task in itself though.
    We have also had a great clear out after decorating the spare room, Emaeus did very well from it, though.
    Love the cardy.

  6. Oh that little white cardigan is gorgeous! And it is interesting how the socks are coming out with that variegated yarn. Between Mini Mania and the knitting you have been busy!