Saturday, 19 October 2013


 I haven't blogged for such a long time I can hardly remember how to do it! I've up/down loaded things I've done this summer, just to show that I haven't been sitting out in the garden munching chocolate, not that it's my idea of heaven, to sit outside in the sun with no prospect of shade. I tend to stay indoors and cool!! Nothing is in date order, just as it came alphabetically in my photo section.
 (I forgot to leave a space at the top in which to type the preamble and can't shift the photo down...)

The 28 Tiny Teds above were made during the summer just a few 'skins' at a time. I can make the body shape in two hours which you then double for stitching together, stuffing, stitching on features and making a scarf to wrap round his neck. I was having part of a stall at Homemade in Haddenham again (wouldn't it sound nicer if it was called 'Handmade in Haddenham'?). I covered two boxes of different sizes in material with a tiny print and piled one on top of the other so that some of the Teds had a shelf to stand on; others went into the wooden tray I used last year. I sold 26 out of the 28 so was quite happy with that.

I'm back to making Cat Blankets for the RSPCA rehoming centre at Blackberry Farm at Quainton. One thing I've just realised is, I've forgotten to turn the blankets to stand 'on end' as they're a quarter turn away from looking correct. Sorry! I make 6 at a time and then take them up to the Centre and chat to the ladies there. They always seem pleased to see more blankets.
Here's another one (below)from this batch. After making knitted blankets and then putting a crochet border round them it dawned on me that I could just as easily knit the border as I went along. How daft can you get???
 I try to make each blanket different in each batch .
 These were squares I made following a Quilt as you Go square and finally (actually) stitched these together after getting tired of seeing them laid out on the table for weeks on end. People seem to be quite taken with this pattern - and No, there aren't dozens of tails to sew in as I weave them in as I go - Lazy Libra...
 Another one of a different pattern, again.
 This one (above) is really a strippy quilt pattern, just random length strips knitted at once with a nice muddle of wools tangled together, not joined together afterwards as one lady at the Knit and Natter thought.... Incidentally that's held at Haddenham Community Library every week where some people knit, others sew, embroider or just chat. Some weeks it's more Natter than Knit!
 When I wanted a break I made these two hats for - well, some charity in due course. Will only fit small children and I made a premature baby hat from an on-line pattern which looks like a goose egg cover it's so tiny!

My daughter got married to her Dutch partner in August at the Town Hall. Some of the family went but I decided it would be too stressful to go out one day and back the next - and not my kind of thing anyway, I avoid weddings. Still, it was just as well they brought the wedding forward as Jonathan's mother was able to go from the hospice so,although she died ten or twelve days later, she saw her youngest son married. Teresa made the cake,of course!
A few more knitty bits - I found this pattern for knitted hexies which take a few minutes to make but you have to pay attention as you're counting decreases on every alternate row.
 I managed to take myself to a patchwork exhibition at Northchurch near Berkhamstead, the hall being at the top of a steep hill, naturally. Not a very large room and not a large selection of stalls, either but some of the quilts were interesting though not so easy to photo, not much room between the stands. I liked this one, being a scrappy quilt.
Just one closeup of one of the patches which, as you see, is made up of four squares stitched together with the same colour bias in each set of four. I like scrap quilts!
This is another design I like and have meant to make for y-e-a-r-s and have never got around to. Must find a way of cutting these 'tumblers' which I haven't got around to either...
I have made these blocks during the summer, usually by doing something towards them before I actually went downstairs in the morning. I've been given a lot of interesting scraps at K & N by a lady who says she's given up quilting...but none of that material is in here. I have enough to make the centre of a lap quilt but one side needs adjusting so I've put it away until next year. I've done quite a lot towards the handsewn hexie ?quilt during the summer but can't decide what to make it into, yet, so that's gone away as well. I'm still buying fat quarters!
 I entered Haddenham Horticultural Show again this year, putting in Darks and Brights quilt (2nd), the harlequin blanket I made a year or so ago (Highly Commended) and this Pen and Ink drawing I did in 2009 and that was a 2nd, too. It cost 60p in entrance fees and I won - 80p... Then found the crafts judge is one of the K & N ladies...
Sarah (granddaughter) has gone off to California for about 6 months with her boyfriend and she's currently  blogging photos and info on one of her websites plus sending a Round Robin to listed people and answering individual emails, too. While she's away Stuart and Helen are moving house so she'll come back to lots of boxes full of shoes and cushions as well as (no doubt at all) lots of other essential bits.

I'll just check this through then off to watch football on BT Sports Channel which is free at present to rope you in...

Will try to blog more frequently, and that's either a threat or a promise, I'll have to see which in due course! No room to put labels.....


marigold jam said...

Lovely to see your blog pop up - had been thinking of you and meaning to drop you an e-mail but now I know you are OK and just been keeping busy. Love all the colourful blankets especially the quilt as you go squares one. Good to see you back and look forward to more posts now that the longer evenings are arriving and we will all be spending more time indoors.

crafty cat corner said...

Your diagonal quilt squares are exactly the same as the quilt I made last year. Mr.T is now making one the same, the first time he has used a sewing machine and he's doing fine. I think he has a bout 30 more squares to make.
I love the knitted hexy's.

Bernard said...

Well apart from the excellent pen'n ink drawing - this has to be the most colourful blog I have come across in a 'month of Mondays'. Well done!
Your poor fingers must be worn out?
Or as my old Mum would say, "I shall ware my fingers down to the bone (scrubbing your shirt collars clean).

Sylve said...

Hello everyone, How nice to hear from you all, I really didn't expect it after such a long break! Thank you for your kind comments. Now, what shall I blog about tomorrow? No-one has mentioned that my 6 cat blankets are really only 5 - I wonder where the other one is...?

Kath said...

My craft group will enjoy seeing this post. I am on the only one who can use the internet.
I especially love the knitted hexies!

Sylve said...

I'll have to make a few more at this rate!