Hergest Helly

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I’m on a roll…

I’m getting a bit obsessed with this blanket…

This is what confronted me on the floor this morning… there are more scraps of yarn under the bed… haven’t sorted those out yet…

A tangled mess...

A tangled mess…

The blanket is progressing – its very addictive and very enjoyable.  I am knitting 2 strands of yarn together and changing just one strand at a time so the colours merge together a bit.  Its fun to work out what colour I should transition to next so that I am not placing the same colours together as I knit round and round.

Actually, it takes longer to mess with the colour choices than to do the knitting itself :-)

Happy days…


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Couldn’t wait to start on this…

Having knitted hundreds of pairs of socks over the last 10+ years, I have loads of bits of yarn just crying out to be used up for something.

As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make it.  Its called Ten Stitch Blanket and is designed by Frankie Brown.  Her pattern is available to download via Ravelry.com.

And I couldn’t wait to get a nice daylight photo either – here is the best I could do this evening under the lights in the kitchen…

Leftover blanket...

Leftover blanket…..

This version goes round and round in a square/rectangle but there is a version that spirals round in a circle and a zig-zag version too… but one thing at a time, haha!

I LOVE it – such a fun thing to knit and makes a great change from socks…

Happy days/nights…


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Look what I just did…

Whoops!!!  I managed to scorch a couple of holes in this gold fabric while I was ironing the block…

Oh dear... not what I intended...

Oh dear… not what I intended…

Well – it isn’t 100% cotton – it is woven through with gold threads and I did know I should be careful when ironing – I just wasn’t thinking!

Still – easy enough to replace this quarter circle, and as I am in a happy, sunny mood today, I am really not at all bothered :-)

Now all I have to do is dig through my gold coloured fabrics for a replacement.

Happy days…


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Nearly there…

This has been on and off my design wall for ages… I simply couldn’t get a grip on it.  In fact, I started this about 12 years ago I think… good gracious!

The blocks use paper foundations and the block pattern is from the book “Really Sharp Piecing” by Barbara Barber.  I met Barbara at the National Championships in 1997 where she signed a copy of her book for me.  Do go and look at some of her quilts – they are smashing.

So, after a couple of days of concentration, I think I might have the final arrangement…

So sunny...

So sunny…

I like it – I love the colours and it makes me feel happy.  Some of the sections are just bits of fabric pinned roughly in place – but its the closest I’ve been to the final quilt!  It really helped that I had bought some Kaffe Fassett fabrics with the gift voucher I was given when I retired last year… those fabrics have lifted the whole thing.

Now I can’t wait to get it sewn together and start the quilting…

Happy days…


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A new obsession…

Receently I needed a fairly mindless sort of project and making these coiled rope bowls were just the thing…

A bowl of apricots...

A bowl of apricots…

The first one I made was just with plain rope.  It is made by using the zigzag stitch on the sewing machine and just coiling the rope round and round until the base is about the right size… then lifting the base and continuing to stitch and coil at an angle – thus making the sides.  I love the plain one!

Then I played with wrapping the rope with fabric strips as I sewed the coils together.  This was huge fun because the fabric patterns break up and have a surprising effect as you wrap and coil…

Three more bowls...

Three more bowls…

I am not sure how practical they are… I am using 100% cotton rope and cotton fabric so they are probably washable although I haven’t tried that yet.  And, really, just how many bowls can you use???  I see these becoming Christmas/birthday presents for family and friends – makes a change from hand knitted socks :-)

I think it would be fun to dye the rope before coiling – and even dye or paint the completed bowls.  I think I may try to make a bag next.  I think I would make an oval base and just keep coiling up the sides and make spaces for the handles when it looks big enough – all trial and error and great fun.

I also want to try making bowls by sewing the coils by hand – with pretty yarns maybe – and sewing by hand would mean I could manipulate the shapes more easily as I wouldn’t be constricted by the sewing machine… I could make square shapes with straight sides – like boxes…

Happy days…


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Needlepoint cushion fit for a king…

Finished.

I can imagine it on an elephant.

It has an Indian regal sort of vibe… and I absolutely love it.

Better still – dad loves it too – he was quite overwhelmed.

All done...

All done…

He is in hospital and he was thrilled, and a little overwhelmed, to see his needlepoint all finished… and so was I.  I don’t think he could quite believe that he had stitched it.  It got a few admiring comments from the other patients too – which was nice for dad.

I have placed it on his chair at home…

Happy days…

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