Wednesday 21 March 2012

Sewing and Knitting Progress

Today I can show you a little progress on the cot quilt front.  I finally got the Heat 'n' Bond Lite that I had been waiting for, and I have now made my final three elephant blocks.  I have to say, the Heat 'n' Bond Lite is pretty good stuff.  It's less rigid than the other interfacing that I had in my crafting cupboard, from eons ago.  I think I would use it again for this style of applique.  I now want to whizz on with the borders on the rest of the blocks, but at least I have the fiddly applique done now.

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I'm loving this project and I hate not being able to just sit at the machine for a couple of days and finishing it off.  Ah well, things can't be changed, I'll just have to enjoy it when I can work on it.

In knitting news I have been knitting a bit of my socks.

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Not much progress, but that is because I've been working on my shawls.  Still, I get great satisfaction from the way the stripes are lining up.

In shawl news, I have finished my KAL Shawl.  I did this far too quickly, but it does give me some leeway to start work on a new pattern that I've had in my head for a few weeks.  It's a sweet little shawlette that I hope I can create from the image in my head.  I've only ripped back once so far, but I only started yesterday.  I hope to have more to share next week about this one.

I have also been ploughing on with my Leaves of Grass Shawl.  The edging has taken forever!

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Isn't it a lovely blob?  This is going to be huge when it is blocked!  Should be a fun adventure trying to block it.  I don't know if I have anywhere big enough to lay it down flat.  I may have to wait for a dry and sunny day and put it outside!

I nearly finished this, and then I found the end wouldn't graft onto the starting row.  I've obviously gone wrong somewhere.  I'm about 3 stitches out.  I've had to rip back so I can reduce the extra stitches over a reasonable amount of edging, so it doesn't bunch up.

So far I have pulled back 48 rows.

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I might rip back for another 20-30 rows and then try again!  So disappointing to be so close to the end, and then having to fix something from hundreds of rows previous.  I will get it finished this week though.

I feel like real progress has been made this week, I wonder what I'll have to share with you by next week!  I feel like I have got my crafting mojo back, after swimming through the fog of the increased levels of painkillers over the last couple of months.  Hopefully things will get back to being a bit more predictable again.
Click on the button to have a look at what other people are creating, and I'll show you my finished shawl when I have some decent photos.

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