Well here’s hootie number 2 all finished up #crossstitch #stitchersofinstagram #aliceinwonderland #donnydl


Ah you’ve got to love car journeys! One colour I don’t have and back stitch to do then it’s construction timeūüėĪ think I will need to do some you tube watching first. #crossstitch #aliceinwonderland #cloudsfactory #donnydl

Crafty day the good and the bad

Well I know I have time left today but the bad has happened so I thought I would take a break report in and then find something I can hopefully get on better with!

So the day started well. ¬†I made another grime guard for the larger q snap I will need as my HAED Princess and the Pea expands. ¬†I struggled with the first one I made but this one did seem to go better. ¬†I also made some little pockets to use as grime covers when using the aida band I have chosen for the Hooties in wonderland cross stitch. ¬†So I wouldn’t say I was on a high but things were going in the right direction.



Well the next project to turn to was the kimono. ¬†I had already cut the pieces at weekend and thoroughly read the instructions so I would have chance to “digest” it. ¬†To be honest it was not long before I knew it was going to go badly….Now I nearly always have trouble with cutting and assume this has a lot to do with my construction issues but this time the cutting had gone or at least I thought well. ¬†This was because a lot of the sides were straight and I was able to cut these with the rotary cutter rather than scissors. ¬†So when I realised that I was having difficulties with only the second step of construction maybe I should have just stopped. ¬†Step one was sew the shoulders I think this went ok. ¬†Step two was to french seam in the sleeves. ¬†Now when pinning they did not seem to fit that well and I could not really understand were I should finish the stitching, still¬†I continued. ¬†Once the second run on the french seam was finally finished, after a treble unpick on one side, something was clearly not right. ¬†Why do I never stop? ¬†But what happens if I stop nothing can be done its all too late so indeed I carry on. ¬†Right next pin side and sleeve seams, body does not line up and when I attempt to sew it is clear the armpit seam is going to be a disaster,still I finished that also. ¬†But now I don’t want to ever attempt to clothes sew again. ¬†It is in the cupboard where it will stay. ¬†I do not understand in the slightest. ¬†Many years ago I have made many things whilst the fit and finish was not perfect I now cannot even simply construct something and I am just wasting my time trying it is a lost cause. ¬†I thought cannot bring myself to part with all the clothes sewing things I have. ¬†I feel if I am determined it will work until I get started and them once I have started I now it will not. ¬†Moan over.

In other better news I have started my crochet ripple blanket which was meant to be a row a day job.  Well it may stretch a bit longer than that as at the moment I am a little slow with it.  However even with just the first colour done I am happy.

I am using the Mad Biscornu cross stitch as a car project and after a reasonable length journey I have completed the back and made a good start on the front.


All the knitting for the bridesmaids has been done which unfortunately means that is added to the “Alan Dart construction pile” along with Jemima. ¬†Maybe that would have been a better use of my day….


And finally the current update photo on princess and the pea, I say current although no doubt this will be what I work on next today as it will cheer my spirit.  It is strange how it is such a large piece compared to others I have done but even a little work on it provides satisfaction as you can see progress,


So now I have vented my disappointment I am off to find something I can actually do.


It’s being an awesome week of progress so far. I’m now at full width so I really want to get down to the bottom of the page this week because that would be a page and the page with the extra width rows done.#haed #crossstitch

So while I am not blogging :$ I plan to do the following

Which I know is way too much for one year but I want to try and do more this year….so here goes

Knitting – These are either all purchased and set up or a definate do


Just the bridesmaids as a gift for some bridesmaids. Alan Dart Bridal Bunnies


Pigling Bland Beatrix Potter by Alan Dart


Cascade Cable rib top – for my sister


Tiggy Winkle Beatrix Potter by Alan dart



Martin Storey “Sugar” – cant find pic

And I need to put together Beatrix Potter Jemima that was knitted last year.


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Attic24 Neat Ripple Blanket


Cross Stitch


Clouds Factory We’re All Mad Down Here Biscornu


Clouds Factory Fast and Furious


Clouds Factory Be Polite (probably drop to next year)


Hooties in Wonderland – Planning to do 1 a month for 9 months to make sure I get a mini finish for at least some months


Anchor Little Tiger (to go with Penguin done before)


Anchor Little Panda (to go with Penguin done before)


Shaun the sheep bookmark mostly done in Xmas break just a small bit needed to finish


Heaven and Earth Designs Mini Princess and Pea – already in progress but a long way to go!

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Anchor Little Polar (to go with Penguin done before)


Tiger from The world of cross stitching


I want to make some more Q Snap covers for the other sizes.

Craftsy overlocker course which I have had for ages (oops)

Sewing machine cover – don’t know what sort yet and only for when machine is out mid project

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Oops the Kimono that I purchased the stuff for last Jan


Rachel of Greenfield Wall hanging


Interchaneable needle holder

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Straight knitting needle roll

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Scraps bucket


Two small lace items to get me back in the swing


After struggling this last year I really want to get back into it in earnest this year so I’m planning to read the following

Nightmares and Dreamscapes – to finish


Rose Madder

Green Mile



Wizard and Glass

Bag of Bones

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Hearts in Atlantis

On Writing

Secret Windows


Black House

In short I have way to much planned for the time I have but I want to push myself hard to get things done whilst keeping to the most important thing I have learnt last year…which is you need to work on what you are enjoying. ¬†There is no point in trying to do something when you are not into it as it just won’t go right. ¬†This doe’s not always mean that you will never do it, just today is not the day.

Epilogue – oh dear things I am already thinking about for next year, what am I saying merely the extras for this year!


Well I am definately bad at this

I started writing the post in about September. ¬†Clearly my heart wasn’t in it. ¬†Well at least while I am not blogging I have been crafting…..I am sure not as much as some but it seems quite a lot when you put it altogether, well it should, we are all about to see. ¬†As there is quite a lot I am going to do mainly pics.

So first up is my new/old machine. ¬†I have had it since about February when I finally decided I didn’t like my machine. ¬†It’s an early 1980’s Bernina 930. ¬†So far we are friends, I recently bought a walking foot and I was lucky enough to get a 1/4 foot for my birthday so my feet collection is pretty much back to where it was with my old machine.

So here are so of the things I have done with it so far


Saved my coat sleeve edges


Outside of folded up cross stitch travel case


Very basic Prima top my first project with the new machine

Somewhere there are some french knickers that go with this but I made some cutting and instruction following errors so they are realistically in the scraps pile


Full view of cross stitch travel case


End pattern pocket on cross stitch travel case


Notions pocket on cross stitch travel case


Inside my home made cross stitch travel case


Baby sack joint project between sewing machine and overlocker


Tie backs shortened

There has also been some minimal hand sewing, obviously only where absolutely necessary


Another save..I loved this cardi so its had to have some patches to cover the small holes…


Ironing board cover refashioned from a large one bought from the discount bin for £1.50


Ah and the sleeve board refashion pal of the table top board also made from same full sized cover


Ok weird I know but ever since I got a sindy in a flasher mac, wellies and no knickers when I was 4 I think knickers are important. So finally Ada has some

We had a little fun at work and made some guinea pigs from the comic relief craft book.  So here is a few different takes on the same project.

And an entirely no sew as it turned out, work chair recover.



Knitting well my “Pearly” has still spent most of the year consuming me. ¬†Its been a running out of yarn disaster. Despite a very kind French lady sending me a ball of her same dyelot for free I still ran out again, hence you can see the dyelot difference in the bands. ¬†The buttons are the only ones I could get anywhere that would fit the holes and had to be bead shanked. ¬†I am not happy with the sleeve length. ¬†It is safely in the drawer until I feel like looking at it again


And here are some happier knits


Collette by a French designer on Ravelry. I love this pattern, the 20% wool/80% acrylic does not doe it justice but its my work throw on so had to be practical. Unusually I might actually do another one


Bride and groom for colleagues wedding


Timmy now has his wife goody

And something else not so great. ¬†I had thought I would do the Learn to knit an afghan. ¬†I have now decided not. ¬†I had done a few squares but was then trying to work the blocking, I have never blocked before, I didn’t really know what I was doing and could clearly see that attempting to manipulate them all to size really was not going to be fun. ¬†The effort required to knit it all would be quite epic to follow it up with the blocking just didn’t appeal. ¬†But hey it cleared a few spots for next year ūüėČ


Cross stitching has had few finishes but with a new project on the go progress will be slow for a while….


Racing car, stitching on black is certainly different


Yes I know I should have ironed it. Jammie staffie Dmc kit


Ahhh emergency stitch


Ready for future weddings, great little travel project


Ready for future weddings, great little travel project


Ready for future weddings, great little travel project


A card for my cousin’s special birthday


A kit given to me by someone who can no longer manage to do cross stitch so I though I would make it up for them as a thank you for all the other stuff that came with it

I have made a bit better stab at crochet this year although it is still a bit of a struggle coming from the world of knitting and I am certainly not fast and my fingers and not that happy with it *ouch*


An owl from a craft magazine it was described as a cushion but its tiny so I don’t know what its a cushion for!


Boofle friend Purly the penguin



Everything else I suppose is quite slow I haven’t read nearly as many Stephen King books as I planned to. ¬†I did have this as my “work am” project though, the idea was to work one row each day before I started work, most days I managed it and it made for a good start to the day.


And finally some Christmas presents


Oops no photo of it finished


Roofle another of Boofles friends


An emergency last minute request!

And the reason why cross stitch will be slow…I have finally given in to a Heaven and Earth design (google if you have not seen) essentially they are crazy fully stitched no visable fabric cross stitches. ¬†Mine is a mini but is still 34882 stitches. ¬†The plan was not to start until after Christmas but I couldn’t wait. ¬†So this is how far I have got which is about 7500 stitches so quite a way to go. ¬†Here is a day by day montage to show the progess, it certainly is a new way of stitching….

And baring there being many extra unexpected free hours before Christmas this is where it will be left until the new year


I may have forgotten something but it has been such a long time since I posted who knows!

This post has been prewritten and scheduled for publication

Well we are on the other side

Yep its a new year not that that generally means anything apart from its a marker  of what I didnt do in the last 12 months!

So  lets have a look at where I am

Well xmas break crafting took a massive change in direction on Xmas eve. ¬†We went away and I had intended to concentrate on the potentially doomed cardi for the whole time but had taken cross stitch just in case I got a case of 4 ply cardi overload. ¬†Well I didnt as I didnt get chance. ¬†On arrival I thought Ill just do a bit more having progressed quite well on the journey. ¬†When disaster struck! ¬†My interchangeable needles broke on the join part way through a row landing a pile of stitches in mid air and leaving me with not suitable tools to continue. ¬†I gathered up the mess and put aside until my return to see what the needle warranty policy was. ¬† In brief it is that there is one but for reasons unknown to me and unexplained despite questioning I received a refund not a replacement. ¬†I have therefore replaced the tips and bought the equivalent circular as I was doing both fronts and back together but with other things have not picked it up again since then. ¬†Probably/hopefully get back to it at weekend and have as slow burn project…. ¬†EDIT this post has been a while in the development and I now have replacement needles after some comms with customer service. ¬†I however have not done any knitting!

This meant that as a consequence I did get quite a long way through a new cross stitch which will undoubtedly be finished before the cardi!  EDIT  oh yes only white and back stitch to do

Since the break I have a finished a SK book (we’ll get back to that in a minute) and Timmy Tiptoes.

Yes he does seem a little “oh grandma what big eyes you have” but despite wondering as I put him together I am pleased with the again delayed outcome.

I think on the whole last year wasnt that bad and the main problem was that I got side tracked doing a lot of extras that weren’t on the original list…..So this year I am not going to have one, I will just maintain my own unpublished list of things that I have that I can do and go with it as and when I feel like it.

Although I do have some general goals….

I must do some more crochet


I must either make peace/friends with my sewing machine or take corrective action.  EDIT not done but a lot of thought put into it , should really spend time crafting in stead

A fairly big fail for last year though was on the reading front I think I was  about 4 short of what I wanted which amounts to many many pages, hopefully I can catch up a bit this year.  Tommyknockers was not exactly a thrill a minute and possibly a little too predictable?  EDIT I am behind on this years reading already

And I managed just 10 blog posts last year.  Now lets hope I was crafting or reading when I was avoiding blogging!

Yes sorry only Timmy to show pics wise this time

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