Thursday, May 24, 2012

What have I been up to ....

Yesterday was my littlest bug's birthday......she turned 5! I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown! My folks came up for a visit and to be here for her birthday so last night, after soccer, supper and homework, we put candles in a scrummy chocolate cake and sang "Happy Birthday". Just a small family affair :) The big party will only be next weekend - one of her little friends is having a party this weekend so we've planned her's for the 2nd of June. I forgot to get hubby to send me the pics that he took last night, so sorry no pics of my munchkin blowing out her candles.

On the stitchy front, there has been very little movement! I cannot even blame a frog for this sad lack of stitchy advancement! I've managed to do some few lines on my "New Day"

A New Day by MBTD
I also finished my round robin piece - which seemed to take forever!

AOY design courtesy of one of the WOXS magazines - forgot to write the issue down!
 I haven't even been knitting! What I have been doing though is keeping up with my gym visits! This is now my third week and I am no longer feeling as though I am about to pass out when I am on the treadmill for 5 minutes :) I've been going thrice a week - pretty good huh :) Unfortunately this has meant that the hour I would normally be spending in the evenings vegetating on the couch and stitching, is now taken up by sweating, grunting, heaving and heavy breathing at the gym:) Oh the price I have to pay to get my health back on track!

I'm thinking that I need to get cracking with Ms Mouse's DoS part 3 - this part's got some drawn thread work in it - something I have never ever tried before! So I know that I am procrastinating getting started with it ....

Hope you've all been busy - crafting, gardening, reading etc etc :)

Take care x x

Sunday, May 20, 2012

TUSAL Update!

This past week has blurred past in a bevy of inactivity :( No real stitchy bug has just decided to go on vacation! And this shows in my rather meagre selection of orts...

This month's meagre offering

And for the year so far....
It's not that I haven't been's just that I haven't been stitching much! But more of that in my next post :)

Take care x x

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dawn of Spring Part 2

After much ummming and aaahhh-ing....I finally knuckled down and got cracking with the second part of Mouse's lovely band sampler. I've never done any real stitching with ribbon, so I'm pretty chuffed with how my spider roses turned out. They're a bit lopsided here and there, but I think they add character :)

I had been thinking about ripping it all and starting afresh with a new colour choice, but decided to listen to Ruth and give part 2 a go and see .... 
I did rip out the band of smyrna and cushion as I realised why it was bothering me - I am doing the cross stitch with 1 strand silk over 2, but for some odd, unexplained and unfathomable reason ( I must have been half asleep!), I had done this band with 2 strands of silk, which made the band look rather bulky. Now that I've redone it with 1 strand of silk, I am liking the effect much better and don't think I will be ripping this out anytime soon :)

Dawn of  Spring Part 2

My "character" spider roses :)

This evening will see my return to ............THE GYM!
I finally caved in and decided that I'll give it one more try and hopefully I will be lucky this time round :) As they close at 9.30pm, it means I can go after homework and all the other family obligations. I'm hoping to get there just after 8 and maybe stay for about an hour. Hubby will be home with the sleeping kiddos so atleast I don't have to worry about them. Wish me luck! You'll no doubt get to hear all about my foray into the world of treadmills and sweat over the next while :)

Take care x x

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

*WARNING* - longggg post :)

Oh why is it that when you're away from work then time just seems to pass by in a flash, and yet when you're in the office it just ddddrrraaaaaggggssssssss???
I've had such a wonderful few days at home - we did so much!

We've taken the kids to see a wonderfully funny panto version of "The Princess and the Pea" - I don't think they'll ever want to have the original version read to them again!

We've been to the "Bird Park" and saw an amazing show with gorgeous and clever birds :)

My favourite was the owl :)

More birds at the park

We took the kids tree climbing in the park - really cool tree climbing actually :D
Tree climbing at Acrobranch

I did a bit of non stitchy stash buying
Wool for Middle Bug's Jersey
A scarf and cap for Little Bug

In fact, we were at the cinema earlier today, having been to watch "The Pirates - Band of Misfits" :) I suppose I shouldn't be all grumpy about having to go back to work tomorrow, now should I?

The past week has seen me busy with a rather mixed lot of odds and bobs :)

I spent some time with my Lions - didn't quite make my 10 hour goal though!
The lions after about 5 hours work

My youngest bug decided that the crazy wool jersey I was knitting for her wouldn't do at all - so she's confiscated the back that I had completed and is now using it as a blanket for her dolly. I've had to cast on some new stitches in the wool of her choice - this is the back which is just short by about 2 inches of being done.
New jersey for Little Bug

I also completed her face cloth.... do you notice the purple trend for Little Bug? :). I used Elle Premier Natural Cotton in Double Knit to finish this. It took me about 2 hours to finish - a really super quick freebie knit that can be found at Designs by Emily. Now to do one for eldest bug - who had previously looked at me as if I was crazy when I had asked her if she wanted one, and has now decided that she wants one too :)
Heart Facecloth for Little Bug

I made a very small start on Dawn of Spring part 2 - I'm still not sure that I am happy with my colour choice, and have in fact been thinking of frogging the lot and starting it afresh ...hmmmmm not sure yet.

Dawn of Spring 2 - small start
Sooo.... how does all of this measure up to my April Goals?

April Goals
  • Spend a minimum of 10 hours on "Power and Grace"  -  not quite done - only did just over 5 hours
  • Start DoS part2   - DONE
  • Knit something small  - DONE
  • Watch my "Learning to Crochet" DVD and complete a practise block   -  not quite done - DVD watched but still need to complete a practise block 
  • Complete the letters D-G of Chris Davenport's "Alphabet Learner"  - DONE
  • Finish "The Other White Meat"   - DONE
  • Frog "Pirate Queen" and make a new start  - DONE
 So all in all I guess April was not too bad - even though I feel like I haven't done much :)

Now onwards to May... there are still 13 crazies and loads of other bits that need doing!

May Goals
  • Finish DoS Part 2 and start Part 3 (or re-start the whole sampler, parts 1-3)
  • Complete 3 more letters in the "Alphabet Learner"
  • Do 3 stitch types on Abi Gurden's "Tree of Stitches"
  • 10 hours on "Pirate Queen"
  • Complete piece for my Round Robin and post
  • Finish 3 lines of  "A New Day"
  • Finish the back of Little Bug's jersey and cast on the front
  • Knit eldest her face cloth
  • Complete the first band of the "Spanish Geometrical Sampler"
Seems like quite a bit for the month, yes indeedy! And so I'm off to get a head start :) If you've stuck it out this far...... Thanks!!

Oh... just a little reminder that Tricia's Give-away is still open (till Friday 4th May), so head on over and enter :)

Take care x x