Saturday, 29 March 2014

A new friend!

Meet my new friend!

A Singer 201k hand crank sewing machine! A snip at £19.80 from a local antique and collectables centre.

The outside of the machine is worn but not in really bad condition but the inside of the machine looks pretty new considering it is 56 years old, rather like me really!

It's serial number dates it as August 1958, made in Scotland. 

Someone has stenciled 'BEC' on the bed of the machine. This was presumably one of its' owners and someone has had a go at trying to remove it and not been successful so I am going to call it 'Bec'.

I have wanted a hand crank machine for quite a while. I am very cross with myself for letting my Mum get rid of her Singer 99 hand crank machine which was in fantastic condition - I learnt to sew on that machine. I really would like a black Singer 201 or 99 but as this machine sews well I am very happy to have this for now until I am successful in obtaining just what I really want.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Brooch Swap

Jo organised a handmade brooch swap. Lorraine was my swap partner.

This crocheted brooch was my gift from Lorraine. It will look great on the jacket I am knitting at present.  Thank you Lorraine and Jo!

This is the one I sent to Lorraine. 

I love taking part in swaps but due to financial constraints I am having to be selective in what I take part in. Anything where the postage isn't going to cost an arm and leg are in!  

Monday, 24 March 2014


I've been trying to finish some knitting projects in the last few weeks.

I tend to knit in the evening when I watch TV so this is when I've been having a go at these things.

See my page for finishes for 2014 for the details of the garments above.

I am currently knitting this jacket. I have given myself a strict time limit of early May to get this finished as I want to take it on holiday with me.

In the UK it has been traditional to knit the back & fronts separately, then sew them together but after my less than satisfactory sewing up of 'Stockport' (see 2014 finishes), having had a good look at the pattern I am having a go at knitting the back & fronts together on a circular needle. It has meant acres of stocking stitch but for me, that is fine as I am very happy to knit stocking stitch whilst I'm watching TV. What you see here represents 2 weeks of knitting most evenings.

The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed DK which I'm loving, it is light but appears strong so I'm hoping it wears well.

A 'Little Gromit' photo, especially for you, Kath

and a very daft one of Molly!

What I have been up to - Part 1

These are a few of the things I've been working on over the last few weeks.

These blocks form the middle of the quilt

This quilt is 'Stepping Stones' from 'Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts' by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The fabric line is A Morris Workshop by Barbara Brackman for Moda

Here there are 3 rows stitched together including the outer border blocks. 
The finished quilt will measure 72' x 96'

It has been in progress quite a while and was put on my 1st quarter list to complete. It isn't completed but it is further along!

A little hat knitted in Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino DK for Little Gromit as he had outgrown his first hat. This is a finish for February. 

DD appears to have lost it so I will need to re-knit over the summer ready for next winter.

This little rabbit is also a February finish and was for Little Gromit.

I keep plugging away at these Civil War 'Scrappy Trip Around the World' blocks for a king sized bed quilt for my bed. 

This quilt top has also been on the go for a long time, 3 years and counting. I've got it from blocks to a finished top that needs backing and quilting. It is one of a pair from another book by Pam & Nicky Lintott - Two From One Jelly Roll Quilts. This one is called 'Bubblegum' and the other one is called 'Building Blocks. They are both made from a Bunny Hill Lily & Wil jelly roll from Moda. 

The quilt is for my hairdresser who is having a little girl in May. I next see her mid April so I've got until then to get it finished.

March FNSI

On Friday night I joined 53 other ladies for the monthly FNSI. I hadn't planned to work on anything particular........

.......but I decided to get on with Little Gromit's quilt, actually this is going to be used as a play mat. 

This panel is going to be used as a cot quilt. I have another panel exactly the same as we ordered 2 FQ bundles from The Fat Quarter Shop that I am going to make up for his travel cot that is kept at my house.

I continued working on these over the weekend too, I am currently piecing the backings.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


The Saturday before last we met up with some friends from Sheffield and went for a walk on the Sheffield/Derbyshire border. The walk started on the moor above Redmires dams, went on over to Stanage Pole and on along Stanage Edge.

The day was cold and windy. Walking over the moor was hard going, very wet peat bogs and the wind combined to nearly make me give up the will to live. It got much easier once we had lunch and started to walk up to Stanage Pole and along the Edge. I haven't done that sort of walk for a long time. It contributed 9 miles to my 250 mile target for the year. It was the sort of walk you enjoy once it over! I was proud completed it as it is such a long time since I did this type of walk.

The Oh! Bearded One! on Stanage Pole

We stayed over in Sheffield and on the Sunday we stopped in Buxton for a walk around. We often go back through Buxton from Sheffield but we haven't had a walk around the town for ages.

Sunday was a beautiful spring day and warm enough to walk around without a coat as you can see by the Oh! Beaded One!

We had a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 16 March 2014


I haven't got round to writing a blog post in recent weeks but I have been busy quilting and knitting so have loads to share so over the next week I will catch up.

I'll leave you with a photo of Little Gromit aged 1 month..............2 weeks ago! He was 6 weeks old yesterday, doesn't time fly!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Can you......

........believe that Little Gromit is a month old today!

He has been a bit up and down which is not surprising as he spent a week on the Special Baby Care Unit.

He loves his cuddles, he has started smiling, he loves his chin being tickled and he has turned on his side once or twice. He has been for several walks in his pram and he sleeps well when on the move. He doesn't always sleep well throughout the night and he hates dirty nappies. He weighs 12lb & a half pounds and has started outgrowing clothes and size 2 nappies. 

His Mummy has started to recover from his birth & her anaemia and is looking better.

I have had him overnight once which I loved!

Here is to the next month!