Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lantern Embroidery

I've been struck down by the dreaded lurgy this week, but I've been fortunate to be able to work from home whilst overseeing the various workman going to and fro.  They've been  making every effort possible to leave as many muddy footprints in my house as possible.  I swear they searched out every muddy puddle in my garden before traipsing through my house.
Oh well, my house is toasty warm again with a fancy new heating system.
Anyway I've just popped by to ask your ideas on the lovely linens I found the other day at a flea  market for the pricely sum of $6.00.  Hard to believe such beautiful handwork could be bought so cheaply.  This little set is three napkins and a table cloth. I'm not sure what to do with it, I fear using it for table coverings living in a house with 1 boy and 3 men.  They have no regard for such beautiful stitches.
Do you have suggestions?
I would love to hear your ideas.

Toodles....L x ♥

Thursday, November 24, 2011

All Set

 Now I have some very simple fingerless mitts to go with my hat!  As much as this yarn made me cry when I bought it, now I'm really really really in l♥ve with it!  Just need to win the lottery before I can purchase more.....
Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are enjoying the day!

Must be off. 
I have a date with a rather large bird and the oven. 
Fingers crossed. 
Turkey + Oven + Me = Disaster.
Wish me luck!

Toodles...L x ♥

P.S. The lacy edge on my mitts/hat is just Stylecraft - love this yarn too, even more so because lottery winnings not required to purchase it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Almost Done!

My crochet sampler blanket is nearly done.  Despite the craziness of my life at the moment.  I think it is my all time favorite crochet blanket.  Every second of making this has been a joy and I've learnt a few new stitches which I just love.

But before we get on to my blanket, take a look at these beautiful trees on our street.  All the other trees have lost their leaves, but not these ones, they are just now looking magnificent. I don't ever remember these trees being so vibrant.
 I snuck these photos in today when the men I have in my house were up in the attic.  Yes I have a man in, actually men in!  Sounds exciting doesn't it?  But it's not, rather stressful actually. 
Anyway, they already think I'm a little nutso, so they didn't need to see me taking photos of my street and my crochet. so these were taken in haste. 
So please ignore their crappiness.
 Bobble Stitch is one of the new stitches I learnt, kinda fun, but a bit of a yarn hog.

BTW - Should you ever consider installing a brand new type of heating system into your 100 year old house, be prepared for stressful times. I never knew I would be so protective of my little house! 
Crochet Cable Stitches (those teal ones) - Loads of fun, my favorite new stitch I think!

 I also never knew that forced air heat would involve making so many holes in my hardwood floors and horsehair plaster ceilings - oh my!  I'm not sure if I would now prefer my rusty old hissing steam radiators over many many holes....hmmmm...too late now I guess.

 X Stitch Crochet (those blurring light purple ones), another cool new stitch.

I also never knew that a long brown sausage dog (Sally) could bark so much! Every time the workmen moved she barked - silly old goose she is.  Woof!  Woof! Woof! Is all I heard for 6 hours today whilst I was working from home.

 Random Crochet Stitching - every row is different, which I found starting a new row exciting every time.

Another thing I also never knew was how many wet leaves one workman can drag through my house. Don't workmen know how to wipe your feet?  Tomorrow I'm putting up a sign - either that or I'm going to the office to work!

Now I've just made it to the final round - the edge of my Crochet Sampler Blanket.  I'm attempting a picot edge, but I'm not sure about it just yet.  What do you think?
And here she is in all her glory! Almost done. Almost.....isn't she a beauty???

I have a feeling my life is going to be chaotic till the new year with two other projects which involve workmen scheduled for before Christmas and adult children coming and going from the house multiple times which require Mr. VW's chauffeur services. 

Oh and then there's Christmas. I believe someone said today it's only 38 days away!  Yikes!  I haven't even thought about it yet....oh my!

Well thank you for stopping by this evening, I hope your world is slightly less chaotic than mine!

Toodles...L x ♥

Monday, November 14, 2011


Life has been seriously getting in the way of blogging these days, but fortunately not creating, only photograph taking.  So as I  left work this evening with my poorly neglected blog weighing heavily on my mind, the sky caught my eye and I took this terrible photo with my Blackberry. Honestly, the sky was gorgeous, but the photo is seriously crap.  Now I must admit I took this photo with great haste for fear of being caught by one of my co-workers - most of whom already think I'm completely bonkers.

I promise to catch up with you all in the next day or two. I love this little blog and refuse to let it suffer any longer.

Toodles.... L x ♥

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

That's That Then

Do you remember this post?   I honestly thought there was something wrong with the way I knit, but based on your lovely and very helpful comments I appeared to be wrong.  Then my lovely friend Louise sent me this link and I thought "Ah ha!  That's it!  That's how people knit so fast and don't drop their right needle." Not only was there another way to knit, called 'Continental', but my style of knitting had a name too 'Throwing'. 
I thought it was my "ah ha" moment, it looked easy peasy and sounded fancy, this "Continental" knitting.  I had visions of cardigans literally flying off my needles.  Rushed to grab my trusty needles and wool and set to work studying the video.

And my 'ah ha' moment vanished as quickly as it appeared.

So I am now FULLY resigned to my knitting technique.  There is nothing 'continental' about my knitting, no fancy sounding name for me, I am and will always be a "Thrower".
Rest easy knitting needle stash, there will be no bonfire, but you must be content with my no classy, needle chucking (throwing) technique.

Toodles... L x

P.S. I have to admit other names of my knitting have come to mind - Thrower - Chucka - Tossa???  Ok that last one isn't very appropriate, but it did give me a little chuckle.....