Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Happy Mail

 in my post box this week.

The date for posting the Swap that I had joined had passed and my parcel had been sent off to the good old USA , and hopefully will be there before this weekend arrives.

MY parcel did arrive. All wrapped with some pretty vintage lace

Lucky Me !!! This gorgeous 241 Tote  made from lots of pretty fabrics and selvedges.

 Beautifully made, with some extra little goodies inside.

So after a morning in the garden I used some of the lace and that sweet ribbon and made a cushion to for my newly covered chair

 That handsome Hare printed on lines was purchased at the Festival of Quilts, two (or three!!) years ago. Definitely time to use him.

 Which made me think about a Fat Quarter Bundle of fabrics that I had stored in my cupboard. Not forgotten about, just hadn't had the right project come to mind.  Sticking to the animal theme, I pulled out Fancy Fox and Hazel Hedgehog patterns and proceeded to pull the tie on that bundle!

6 Years !!!
 Couldn't believe it when I searched the fabric design out. I have had it SIX years!!!

 So a bit more gardening and then into the sewing room to crack on. 

 At this point they were shown to Mr T.
Q " What do you think?"
A "Hmm Nice"
Q "What is it " 
(panic panic) "erm ... An Elephant?" (hastily looking over the fence for support from the neighbour)
Me - " No DEAR - its a Fox!!!
Him " Oh yes! I see that now!!"

 So the next two blocks were sewn.
Q "what do you think about this one?" 
A "It's the same as the other isn't it?"
Q " You mean a FOX!?!?"
A  "errrm ... Yes?"

Why do I bother !!!!!!!  He says it was because the sun was shining in his eyes!  *******!!

 I have put this on hold for a few days. I think it will be finished to go in Little Miss' wigwam but I am thinking off making a "Puff Quilt" to put on the reverse, so that it will be squishy to sit on.

The weather has been quite kind, so yet MORE gardening has been done. I have to do it in smaller timescales than I used to. The back you know  (sad face)

I was given this sweet planter for my birthday last year.   I planted it up then, but it was left unattended whilst we went away on two separate occasions and had dried out completely, so I emptied it and put it away till this spring.

I have used some caret wool to crochet what I hope will be a small planter that should hang on the fence. I will show you if it is a success ( and if not - I will show anyway!)

 I am dying to make the Spindrift Shawl   
but the yarn that I was intending to use ...
 was making up far to dense, and I felt it would not have the drapey effect that I wanted, so that was undone and another ball caked up.

 Nah!!!  This wasn't right either.

Another hank pulled out of the drawer
 Pretty but still not happy....

All of these were 4ply yarns which was what the pattern called for.  

Time to break out the big guns.  This is a lace weight and was purchased to make a crochet shawl the pattern for which I cannot get the grasp of so tested out on this.....
 Much better.

So now that I am happy, I am going to hopefully speed through this before the first pattern in the Shawl Society is released. (already know what I am going to use for this!!)  I have just over two weeks. I can do it !


  1. Love your planter - the metal one I mean! I haven't started my shawl yet even though I have been sent links by you. They all need more metres than I have!!

  2. What a lucky girl receiving a nice bright tote bag, and I love the cushion, certainly suits the chair. Glad you have found the yarn for your spindrift shawl, I bet you have enough yarn left over for about two more ( I have). Cute quilt, I wonder where that will end up πŸ˜„