Well Spring has definitely arrived where I am, but it has been cloaked under grey and mostly rainy skies. I thought a little crafty update with some colourful things might be the best rememdy at the moment.
On My Hooks
These scarves are thankfully not needed at the moment, but I was happy to complete them and use up some more yarn for my stash reduction challenge:
A simple crochet linen stitch and two chunky 'mystery' yarns went into this one. It's a bit skinnier than I would have liked, but I used up every bit of both yarns. I wish I knew the brand name because it is really soft and lovely.
Moving to something more Spring-like, I hooked up this crescent shaped shawl from the book,
Poetic Crochet by Sarah Kay Hartman.
The pattern is called 'Avalon'. I used a yarn called Bamboo Pop, in the colourway 'Soothe'.
The yarn is 50% cotton, 50% bamboo, and is really soft and has a lovely drape.
My last hooked project is another mesh shawl using ribbon yarn. I had this left over from the crochet mat in one of my last posts. While these are very quick to work up, I have to say I am done with ribbon yarn shawls! This is my fourth, and this is the last!
While I have been working on lots of different crochet projects, I have been trying to be more disciplined with my cross stitch. Since January I have been trying to work on one or two projects only, just to to get some of these WIP's completed.
As a little reward for finishing two projects, I did start something new! This is 'Spring Bird' by Jeanette Douglas. I bought this chart while on vacation in March.
Keeping with the Spring theme, I then stitched this Sheep Sampler from Elizabeth's Designs:
Every once in a while I like to do just plain embroidery. I guess it's not really plain, because some of the stitches can be quite complicated, but all I wanted to do was make a few straight lines with thread on fabric. I found this embroidery in a past issue of Bustle and Sew magazine: I think maybe 2015.
Just for the record, here is another picture without that piece of fuzz between the 'P' and 'R' that I only just noticed!
Moving on to sewing, I wanted to make some things with some of the pretty fabrics I also brought home from my March trip.
First up is a small, quilted patchwork table topper using two packages of mini charm squares:
There is no batting between the layers: just some white flannel on the back so it lays nice and flat.
And lastly, (phew!) another project from Bustle and Sew using some of my new fabrics:
I have a hard cover for my sewing machine but it's so bulky to have hanging around. This is much prettier, and gave me another opportunity to play around with free motion embroidery.
I started off with a birthday picture so I'll end with another. We had Afternoon Tea at home and it was just perfect. The treats came from the local bakery; sandwiches were made by me, and a good time was had by all. The kids even dressed up so that was a gift in itself!
Well once again that was an extremely long post, so thank you for making it this far. I hope warmer weather is at your doorstep (or cooler, depending what hemisphere you're in) and your flowers are blooming.
Until probably next month, Happy Days to you and thanks for stopping in!