Archive for November, 2008


Did I show you…?



…the lovely gifts I received from my Swap-bot partner for the Gingham sewing swap I hosted? I was over the moon with them and never expected to get as many items. My favourites are the tote bag and apron, shown below, but my partner kathy also made me a wrist pin cushion, a needle book (both of which I have been using) and a beautiful photo album with a pink gingham cover. I am still deciding what I will use it for – travelling teddies is one option. The tote bag is delicious. I am using it to store my knitting and crochet projects just now, as I don’t want to spoil it by using it outside. I’ll use it in the spring and summer when it is less likely to get wet and dirty, though it is easily washable. The apron is an unusual pattern, with a flared section at the bottom and the fabric is gorgeous. All in all I did well out of that swap and I’m very gratful to Kathy for spending so much time making and sending me these lovely things.


Kathy has her own blog spot, which is well worth a visit. The banner at the top is wonderful as it shows Kathy’s beautiful family. How lovely to see such a happy and healthy family, when so many images these days leave us feeling miserable, disappointed or dispirited. They do you credit Kathy. At the moment Kathy has entered a competition to win aprons for four family members, and I know she would love to win, so please, help me to thank her for her delightful gifts and vote for her, (put a vote in every day if possible) at

I think she truely deserves to win, but even if you don’t Kathy, you are a winner in my book!

Please vote folks!

Good luck Kathy…I’m away to cast todays vote! 🙂


Catch-up time

Having been so busy lately I haven’t had a chance to put my work up here on the blog. There is a backlog of items waiting to be given an airing, and as I will be busy all of November with NaNoWriMo and NaKnitNo and christmas cards to make…there might not be much opportunity. So here are a few things I’ve made recently.

The sewing swap I hosted on Swap-bot was about gingham.  I decided to make an apron for my partner, and as she liked strawberries I made a small zip bag out of a delicious strawberry fabric. I also made a crochet bag which I lined in gingham.




I also made a larger zipped bag for another swap which was a haberdashery lucky bag. This was the first zipped bag I’d ever made and I was quite pleased with the outcome. I used a tutorial which explained how to do it all neatly.

A little bit more practice and I will get it perfect. Fresh from this success I decided to try another quick pattern for a traveling tissue cozy. This was a free pattern too from Burda  I love it when I stumble upon these sites, especially if they have free patterns. This was the result. I used that lovely strawberry material as well. This was part of a fabric swap and I had inclued some tartan tissues as my swap partner was hoping I’d send things that represented Scotland. I sent her some brushed cotton tartan, some wool tartan and some fun fabric with tartan and scottie dogs, The tissues were a bonus find.


Now look what I’ve got myself into!!

I never learn. I cannot resist a challenge. As if one wasn’t enough for November, I am now taking on another! A group has been set up in Ravelry which challenges us to work (knit or crochet) 30,000 stitches during the month of November. Luckily I knit quickly, so if the worst comes to the worst I will knit squares for a blanket or something, but I worked out that I need to knit or crochet for about an hour a day to reach the target. Or, 1000 stitches , of course.

The good thing about it is that I might be able to get a lot of Xmas pressies made, bags and socks, teddy bear clothes etc, and whilst I love writing it will be good to relax with some yarn. The other plus is that it is not crucial to reach and fulfil the challenge. We are doing it for fun, testing ourselves, but realising that its more fun to enjoy the journey, than to reach the end. Well, that’s how I view it anyway. I’m looking forward to it. I think it will be fun, and it will be good to see what everyone is doing and give encouragement to each other.

And the name of the challenge…what else could it be, but…  NaknitNo, (National Knitting Month) !!


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