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VW Camper Wedding Cross Stitch

Can you just, how long will it take, well Ive seen something….

How well us crafters all know those phrases ūüôā

Well it was “so you know that wedding we are going to on Easter weekend they are having lots of hand made things and they are into VW, there’s this cross stitch on the internet do you think you could do it in time?” ¬†This is about end of Feb so the search for where the pattern was from and whether I could get it began.

As usual people are so helpful when you put out an internet call for help.  Someone on Ravelry (not asked so not naming names) managed to pinpoint what magazine it was from for me.  This meant that I was then able to further research this and look on eBay etc for the magazines.  I knew I had seen it before but could not workout why it was familiar.  Once I got to some further pictures I knew, I had seen it when I had ordered some other wedding patterns from email a while back.  The pattern was in a magazine with some other transport related wedding patterns including a bicycle, london bus and an elephant.  I think it was the elephant that reminded me!  This also enabled me to see who the pattern was by.

By this time I had also set my ever helpful mum on the trail contacting the magazine company that published it etc…

It turned out it was a Maria Diaz design and to my excitement I found a website so thought bingo I’ll be able to order it of the website and a make a start. ¬†Unfortunately the pattern was not available on the website. ¬†So back to mum to get on the case of finding if there was a way to order the pattern even though it was not available on the website?

My mum managed to contact Maria direct and although she said she was busy she said she would look the pattern out and email it over in the next few days for free!   True to her word it was with me within a few days with a simple request to provide a photo of the completed item for her new website which will be available soon.

So off I set I know its only a small design but I thought it would take longer than it did. ¬†It only took around 8 hours. ¬†I did make two changes which was no french knots, some days I can, some I can’t, hard as I tried I couldn’t. ¬†Also I changed the “Just married” from the top to the bride and grooms names and put the date on the bottom.

I was really pleased with the outcome, as apparently were the bride and groom! ¬†The frame was perfectly them and fitted in with their “blingy” theme.


Cascade Cable Rib Jumper/vest

Well here it is, modelled by the recipient!



Its from this free pattern

but the yarn was subbed for Cascade Heritage (not silk)  as my sister likes to tumble dry!  There  is a whole load of other great patterns on there too.

Pretty pleased with the outcome as always not a big fan of picking up but for both the armholes and neck border I jouned and the picked up in the round rather than knitting flat as it states in the instructions.

It knitted up really quickly as although the yarn is 4 ply it is used double so is a much larger(?)/smaller tension.  There was a delay whilst waiting for neckhole size checking as I have a habit of casting off too tight.

1st Quarter Round Up

Well again this is mainly for my benefit to give myself a kick up the bum but will also give you all an idea of what I have (and haven’t!) been doing.

What I know I have done is got too many things on the go, I don’t really know how it has happened but I really need to get on top of things again.

I am going to number things so we can all see the problem

Firstly reading (1) I hope that by the time I post this I will have finished my book that was meant to be finished well before Christmas and should have been followed by three more this year so far. ¬†I can’t put my finger on my I have not got on with this one. ¬†Its a book of short stories in hardback format, whether either of these factors have a bearing or whether reading hasn’t been up there on my todo list I do not know. (I HAVE HAVE!)

Jemima Puddleduck knitted toy (2) well I don’t think I have made any progress on this this year. ¬†I know I got to a point where I was trying to put one bit together and ¬†its just wasn’t working so I put it to one side…..and there it has stayed. ¬†I really want to get to more knitted BP’s done this year so I really need to get back to this.

Knitted Bridesmaids (3) yep there were knitted over Christmas and I have done a little construction but they are mainly still just a pile of knitted pieces.  I have got until August to finish them off by what to see them done well ahead of that.

Lace Batwing Jumper (4) This is technically a new addition although it has been started by my mum, she says she wont be able to finish it for me and I’m not go at lace knitting so this could be an extremely long term project. ¬†Well its been on the go nearly three years a bit longer wont hurt.

Cascade cable rib jumper for my sister is finally finished Hurrah.  No longer a WIP and finish number 3 for the year (see below for 1 and 2)

Crochet ripple blanket (5) well at the moment this is not actually going to badly. I keep changing my goal but I am within a few days either ahead or behind depending on which one I am using.

We’re all mad cross stitch biscornu (6) ¬†I am so annoyed this is not finished yet the only real reason is I can’t decide if I am happy with the buttons I have chosen. ¬†As I have not done it I guess not so best I look for some more. ¬†Definitely want to see this finished by end of April.

Hooties in Wonderland (7) Well in a cheats world this gives me two extra finishes as I have finished 2 from 9 of the characters and I am on track for my one a month.

Shaun the sheep bookmark (8) Finally collected the thread that I need to complete so this should be finished very early in April.

Princess and the Pea (9) Ok so we all know she was going to be a while but I have not worked on her for over a month so I am really behind where I wanted to be and also missing working on her.  Hopefully can get back to it this week.

Wedding Camper.  Yey another finish, although it was an unintended start and a can you just.  See this post of details.

Q Snap cover.  As can been seen from the last post this was actually the first finish of the year along with the sleeves for the hooties.

Kimono (10) This has been partially unpicked but still sitting in the cupboard thinking about what it has done.

So in short my pushing myself hard to get things done has not worked that well. ¬†I think I have done well in that I think I have only bought things that I need for what I was doing, ie extra threads for camper, my only other “order” has been for a millennium frame but that’s not exactly going to plan although I am not surprised.

Anyway I know that many people have many more things on the go but this is simply too many so I need to take a look at myself and get some off the list asap. ¬†So off I go…..







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.