WIP updates and a DD happy dance

I’ve been concentrating on two projects these past few days:  my knitting and some diamond painting.

Knitting is coming along in leaps & bounds, but not quite finished.

My “Shavo” sweater in pink.  It looks finished because the sleeves are now done. They’re knitted by picking up stitches and knitting directly onto the body which gives a great, almost seamless, finish.  However I haven’t yet tackled the job of sewing up the sleeve & side seams . . . so be patient, and I’ll get that done soon!

What did get finished was my lion diamond painting.

I thoroughly enjoyed sticking all the little drills down on this one, and loved working with all the bright colours.  Have already ordered in two new kits because I find diamond dotting quite addicitve!

 

 

 

WIP updates

Two WIP updates to share with you today, in two different categories: knitting & diamond painting.

First, the knitting . . . following size M of the “Shavo” pattern by Berroco, and knitting with a pink DMC Magnum (aran weight).  It’s a pattern for a men’s sweater which is why the size M is nice and roomy on me.  I finished both front & back, so sewed together at shoulders.

There’s less of the pattern repeat on the pink version compared to the grey I knitted in December, because the grey was following pattern size XL for the husband.  And then for the job (I don’t like) of picking up stitches evenly around the neck and knitting 2 x 2 ribbing on 4mm circular needles.

First photo is the true pink, a nice dusky pink, but you get the general idea.  Now to pick up stitches and knit the sleeves, which are knit directly onto body.

Another WIP is my current diamond painting canvas.  I showed you this sneak peek photo the other day.

Where it’s impossible to see what the picture will be, apart from very colourful.  Now you can see more.

I’m really enjoying doing this one!  Very therapeutic and easy to do because of the blocks of bright colours, and symbols are all very clear.

quietly diamond dotting

I seem to be having a diamond painting phase, or, as I prefer to call it,  “diamond dotting” because that’s what it really is. Just picking up those colourful drills with the plastic pen and sticking them on the corresponding symbol.

I received a new DD kit for xmas, which was very fortuitous, since I’d recently finished the previous one I was working on.  The new kit, also a Koi carp theme and lots of blues.

It’s only small though so was very quick to complete.  Canvas size is 30cm x 30cm but finished design size is only approx 25cm x 25cm.

No sooner had I finished this, than I was prepping for the next one.  I’ll keep that as a bit of a mystery for now

This is a kit I bought from a discount store (ACTION).  Was a complete bargain for the price, being a full drill design area of 30cm x 40cm to cover.  Maybe not a design I’d have bought if deliberately shopping for a new diamond painting kit, but it’s very colourful and somewhat “abstract” which I do enjoy.

 

a new Shavo beginning

After knitting the Shavo pattern in grey for the husband, last month, I began knitting the same pattern for myself, but in pink.

I knitted the front piece first because that’s the piece that needed shaping for the neck & shoulders. Once rows are sorted for that, the back is just a rectangle with the same number of rows.

The “top secret very important” crafting project is now finished – ready to be posted and to be revealed in February.   With that done,  I’ll be getting back to some unicorn xstitch soon.  In the meantime, I sat out in the kitchen for a couple of hours and made up a set of 10 xmas decorations from a diamond painting kit I was gifted  this Christmas.

 

They were supposed to all be done in red & white, but I fancied playing around with leftover drills from other kits. So I did !

 

 

and another year begins! (catch up)

Hello everyone!  I’ve been a bit quiet, simply because we were enjoying some family time with Mr & Mrs Tattoo, who we hadn’t seen in over 12 months.   They’ve left now though, so the house is quiet once more . . . and I’ll be getting back into my normal routine.

I’m not making any resolutions this year. I’ll just be doing what I fancy, when I fancy.  As the new year begins, I have two cross stitch projects on the go, plus one knitting project on my needles.  And some ideas bouncing around in my head for up-coming projects, which will be revealed as they happen.

I forgot to do a December egg-count . . .

so, using photo from last month, I can say that hens were in fine fettle for December and laid a total of 101 eggs !!!!

Restoration work was completed on the church Saint Georges, just before the festive season.  Following photos taken on 23rd December – just look at that blue sky!!

 

I finished a diamond painting.

and I can also reveal some secret crafting that happened in December.

a set of six placemats designed and made especially for my brother-in-law.  I don’t think I need to add that he is of Greek descent lol.  Suffice it to say, he was thrilled to bits with these.

Three pairs of mittens flew off my crochet hook (using the pattern by Loopy Mabel, but adding a thumb).

in Stylecraft Special DK (petrol blue, grey & black) for sister-in-law, niece and friend.

and a scrappy placemat for the same friend.

a bit of this, that & the other (sept)

My time is often spent flitting from one crafting project to another, simply because I can.  So today, a little mish mash of photos of what’s taking shape.

A dolphin cross stitch design, kit by Royal Paris.  I don’t pick this up very often therefore progress is slow, but there’s no hurry.

A new crochet project.  I was going to jump in and start hooking a third doll, but after a rummage in my yarn stash, I came across a couple of sunglass-worthy coloured yarn that I’d bought in a local discount store a couple of years ago.  A quick flick through my big pile of crochet books and I found a pattern that tickled my fancy.  I’m not going to tell you what I’m making just yet . . . it will become more obvious the more body parts I make.  Let’s just say that shocking pink isn’t the colour one would expect, but I reckon the finished design will be very cute!

I’ve begun a new diamond painting project.  Working in various shades of blues & teals . . . overall picture will look like this.

Again, there’s no rush to have this finished.  It’s just a new hobby I discovered recently, and I enjoy putting in a few hours from time to time.

For those of you wondering how the husband is getting on with the mirror . . .

He has begun cleaning up the back (while still debating about how to repair the stucco on the mirror side).  Took out these short planks and discovered

This, stamped on the back of the mirror.  So, his original guess of approx 1870 was out.  Stamp reads 1897, 31st March, Paris.  Renovation work continues.

a WIP and a happy dance

I have some very colourful photos to share with you today!  First, a WIP with the beginnings of a new patchwork project. Inspired by the photo below, of a design in the book “Quick & Easy quilts for kids” by Connie Ewbank.

My version looks like this

As you can tell from my choice of fabric print, I’m making a baby quilt.  It’ll be a lovely “I spy” & rainbow coloured snuggle quilt when finished.

I’ve also been having fun in the evening with some diamond painting and have finished a very colourful unicorn.

Canvas is only 30cm x 30cm which makes the actual picture only approx 25cm x 25cm.  I’ll be buying a frame for this, and it will be wrapped & gifted to one of our little neighbours on her 4th birthday later this month.

 

knitting & diamond dotting

I seem to have being doing nothing but knit or diamond dotting this past week.  Sewing, patchwork, crochet & cross stitch all seem to have fallen by the wayside, but I’m sure I’ll get back to them soon.

Knitting is what I feel like doing at the moment, since I cast on a new project, to make a short-sleeved cardigan for myself.

The pattern is Sirdar 7283 and I’m knitting with a Rico Design cotton (which I’ve had in my stash for over 6 years).  Pattern has sizing from child through to XXL adult.

This is the back all done!  I have also completed the left front, and am busily working on the right front.  A little disappointed that I didn’t “react” when I saw a stretch of pale lilac appear in the yarn in the lower section of the back. I saw it, and carried on knitting, because I thought there would be more of the same as I worked my way through the ball. There weren’t.  There must have been a minor dye fault which has resulted in that horizontal row of knitting.  Oh well, I won’t see it when I’m wearing the cardie and I doubt anyone else will be looking too closely.  My other worry: tension on the lace pattern bands seems to be pulling up the ribbing (it’s happening on the fronts too).  I hope I can correct this with blocking once the cardie is finished.   Anyway, I am really enjoying this project (apart from the neck shaping on fronts which is confusing me because I have to decrease but keep in pattern – but I’ll get there!) and looking forward to having all pieces ready to assemble.

I’ve also been relaxing my brain with some diamond painting.  Only the other day, I saw this in a local shop, priced at 12.95€.

They did have A3 size, but I decided A4 would be big enough for my needs, ie, to use as retro lighting while diamond painting.

When switched off, it looks like this.  Just a white board.  It has a touch sensitive switch and 3 different light intensity options.  And I was pleasantly surprised to see how it does, indeed, make diamond painting much easier on the eyes.  Before, I was having to wear my magnifying glasses (on top of my normal glasses).  Now, just my normal glasses are sufficient to see symbols clearly.

After the really big feather project, I’ve just begun a colourful unicorn.  You can see here how the retro-lighting really lights up the area to be covered, and makes it much easier to spot the isolated vacant symbols.

With the brightpad switched off, this is what the current project looks like.  Canvas is only 30cm x 30cm, which makes the area to cover approximately 25cm x 25cm.  I chose this design with one of our little neighbours in mind.  Cléo’s little sister, Mona, will be 4 years old in September . . . and I’m pretty sure that she’ll love this rainbow unicorn.

feather & lace

A finish and a new start to share with you today!

First . . . a large diamond painting project, begun in April, and finished only the other day.

No idea how many hours I spent on this but it was very enjoyable to do. I now have to decide where I’m going to hang it. It’s quite big: canvas measures 80cm x 30cm with the diamond painted part measuring approx 75cm x 25cm.

That’s the feather, now for the lace . . .

After the success of learning the “lace” stitching in knitting, I rummaged through my yarn stash and went on-line to look for suitable patterns.  I had 10 x 50g balls of Rico Design Fashion Fantasy DK cotton, bought more than 6 years ago, and never used because I always felt my knitting skills weren’t good enough.   Anyway, I shopped online at Wool Warehouse and decided on a Sirdar pattern:  Beachcomber DK # ref 7283 which is for a summer cardie, in cotton.  Options are for short or long sleeves, and sizes from 61/68cm (child) chest through to 112/117cm.

I’m knitting this for myself, so am following the 102/107cm size, which (if my yarn knits up like the Beachcomber) will need 6 of my 50g ballls.  If all goes well, I should have enough left to knit the smallest child version too.  I always begin with a swatch, especially when not using the recommended yarn for a pattern. Rico Designs says to use a 3.5mm needle for 22 x 28 tension, so I cast on 22 and knitted 14 rows on a 3.5mm needle.  That came out spot on, 10cm x 5cm so I didn’t waste any more time before casting on for the real thing.

This is how far I’ve got so far after using the first 50g ball.  I am knitting the back, which has 2 bands of the lace pattern (18 rows repeat).  To make things easier for myself, I’m using 4 stitch markers, one either side of the 13 stitch bands which means I can knit mindlessly until I come to a stitch marker, slow down to follow pattern, then speed up again.

And another to give you a closer look at the band ((which would have looked better if I’d blocked but I’ll worry about that when all parts are knitted).