Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Biting the Bullet!

It feels good to finally finish a project and lay it out - but not if you're unhappy with the result and know that changes have to be made.  I joined all the crocheted hexagons together, crocheted an edging all around and gave it a light press. This was the result!  It's intended to be a baby blanket but, with the hexagons being quite big, the result is a bit floppy, and I don't like the uneven sides.

There was no easy way out so I just had to 'bite the bullet' and start unravelling. It's better if I do it immediately so it doesn't end up on a pile of unfinished items that taunt me every time I catch sight of them.  So, straight away, I undid the edging and sat down to work out how to make half hexagons that matched.  Once I'd worked it out, I luckily had enough yarn left to make six of them to fill in the gaps on the sides.  I had to find another similar yarn to make the edging but I think it works well and I'm now much happier with  it.

I've had the crocheting bug recently and have almost finished another baby blanket.  I did have it finished once, but - you've guessed it - I was unhappy with the result and am in the middle of a re-do.

The colours are a bit muted for some reason in this photo (my rubbish editing skills probably!).  It's my attempt at dressmaking for the first time in over 20 years.  I made it up in size 18, but 16 would have possibly been enough; I didn't want it too tight, though.  This was the only suitable fabric that I had enough of and although it's not my favourite I didn't want to waste some new, expensive fabric with my experimenting. All I need now is some sun!

I don't know if I'll have much time for crafting or blogging over the next week or two.  I'm doing a craft fair on Saturday and then the mad week of rehearsing and performing starts for Anything Goes.  Why I booked  a fair in the middle of all this, I don't know - it seemed like a good idea at the time.

After it's all over, I think I need to do a bit of reorganising at A Time for Stitching.  My profile is out of date, I could do with a new banner photo and, with the imminent demise of Google Reader, I need to get something sorted.

Bye for now
Teresa x

Friday, 5 April 2013

"600 Months (and 1 Week)!....

......or 18,262 days, 438,288 hours, 26,297,280 minutes, but hey, who's counting" (as my son put in my card).  That's how old I am today!! Some of these numbers don't seem big enough to equal 50 years!

My daughter made me these delicious cup cakes.

I received lots of beautiful flowers from family.....

 .....and friends.

 I'll need to get advice on keeping this alive.  Any tips will be gratefully received.

OH, daughter and fiancĂ© and I spent part of the day at Caerleon. Despite living only 20 minutes away from these Roman ruins, I've never been to see them.  We saw the amphitheatre (above), the museum and the Roman baths.  It was absolutely freezing, but the sun was out and apart from the amphitheatre, the rest of the attractions were indoors.  After a pub lunch we headed home for more cards and prezzies (including a subscription to Craftseller magazine, and vouchers for a wool shop and afternoon tea for 2) before a group of 16 friends and family headed out for a meal in the evening.

Back with more crafting next time!

Bye for now
Teresa x