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Knitting moan.

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I’m still “dust busting” It’s amazing how having friends to dinner can motivate you to clean your house! That and the dusty remains of a new boiler installation. But even better news! I’ve finally got back to working on my own projects! Maybe I will even finish something.

IMG_1326I was traumatised to find an error on my Miriam pattern from Quince and co. It was only when I reached all the way to the sleeve insertion that I realised the error. The pattern instructions shape at the “sides” as this is knit in one piece. However whilst it does state 4 sts dec’d the instructions only decrease by 2 stitches. When I enquired I was just informed that I must be using an earlier edition of the pattern and subsequent editions had been amended. Well I don’t think that is good enough. Patterns should be fully tested before publishing. I have had to pull back hours of work which is so demoralising. Still lesson learned….. don’t buy un checked patterns from the Internet!

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Dust, dust,dust

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They are still drilling holes through my 22 inch cottage walls! On the plus side we do now have hot water and warm radiators.

I have spent most of the day sorting out my cruise craft suitcases just in case I get another unplanned cruise. My next booked one is a double cruise next July to Norway and then to Sweden. But you never know!!

The twiddlemuffs are ready to be sent to a worthy cause and I have a very long shopping list. At least I’ve got an idea of a new craft list for the next cruise whenever that might be!IMG_1323

Maybe sometime soon I will get chance to work on my own personal projects. I’ve forgotten how many UFO’s I actually have. Perhaps I’ll make a list! The best thing about lists is crossing off the achievements. Next blog a list………..

Meanwhile….

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Stitch for thought

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With thanks to Inspirations Magazine

ISSUE 104 | AUGUST 25, 2017
Hi Barbara,

Time to Stitch…

Your time is an extremely valuable commodity. Companies invest billions of dollars each year to try and grab your attention and divert your time towards their products and services.

Tech companies have teams of people creating ‘persuasive technology’ that they build into apps, websites, videos, newsfeeds, social media experiences, all designed to draw you in and steal your time.

Then there is your poor needlework. All your needles and threads just sit there waiting, wishing, hoping, that you’ll pick them up and start stitching. No voice, no tricks, no gimmicks, no proactive way of getting your attention.

Yet needlework has the most powerful tool of all – transformation.

One of the richest, rewarding and satisfying activities we can do with our time is stitch. It transforms us in a way few other endeavours can, but it does require something from us in exchange – it requires we give it our time.

So next time someone, or something, is trying to compete for your time ask yourself the question, is it as good as stitching? Our vote is probably not!

Today I Saw an Iceberg!

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IMG_1299Today I saw an Iceberg!

I have walked on The Great Wall of China, swam on the Barrier Reef.

I have flown around Everest, Mount Cook and along The Grand Canyon.

I have trekked in The Himalaya and walked in Austria.

I have seen whales, Eagles, Penguins, Puffins and Pandas.

I have visited Las Vegas, Beijing and Rome.

I have been to the Opera in Verona, the theatre in London and shows on Broadway.

I have sailed The Panama Canal, Chillean Fjords and around Cape Horn.

I have flown, driven, sailed and travelled by train.

Ive walked, hiked, swam, laughed, loved and lived.

But today I saw an Iceberg………….

Barbara Taylor August 2017

 

Quilts Quilts Quilts

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Darling Daughter and I went to a quilt and craft exhibition last week. It was in a very old church in a lovely village called Gresford.fThe exhibition is located in the beautiful village church. As we walked up the church path we were met by a Yew tree. This tree is 1600 years old!! Now that is old!

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The interior of the church is traditional and quite magnificent made even more so by the Quilts and crafts draped over ancient pews and hung by stunning stained glass windows. The Quilts were displayed to show the artistic and imaginative work to its best. I must apologise for the photo quality which was due to the reduced lighting (that’s my excuse!)20170623_111147I couldn’t ignore the wonderful Quilted Santa Claus or the many Quilts hanging nearby

20170623_112936This particular quilt was made using vintage lace doilies. Now I know what to do with my doily stash!

20170623_113151This wreath was good food for thought using Tweed, felt and Burlap. It was a super day out, full of inspiration and information. Oh and I must say that the village hall made a great cafe with tasty cakes, yummy sandwiches and good coffee.

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Block Printing

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My latest crafting journey took me to Block printing. This is another craft that I am demonstrating on my next cruise. It’s fairly simple but feels very creative. I have been preparing samples but have realised that the possibilities are endless! I think that I will be blogging a lot more about this creative activity.

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Whoo Hoo!

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IMG_1146I ordered a “kit” to crochet a shawl that I had been watching on Facebook. It was a Hygge crochet along that had grabbed my attention as it grew. It was designed by http://www.haakmarraak.nl using yarn made possible by Scheepjes. I ordered the yarn from Wool Warehouse and, good for them, it was delivered within 24 hours! What good service!

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As usual I didn’t open the box for a while! I know this is strange but I so enjoy the anticipation! I savour it! When I eventually opened the box I was delighted to discover a box of delights. There was a couple of wooden charms, a “silver” charm a needle, a lovely button and a larger ball of wool than expected. Oh! There was also an organza bag to hold everything in. All of this was delivered in lovely box.IMG_1153

All I need now is time to complete! Does anyone know where I can buy that?

More Cruise Crafts

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IMG_1120 I’m still busy putting together my next craft cruise projects. This clock is just one craft that I’ve been working on. I’m not certain if it will make it to the final suitcase as I have really struggled with the clock mechanism. I suspect it’s a case of buy cheap get rubbish so I will need to review what to do. This is something that I embroidered but I did plan for my class members to up cycle vintage linens. As I have already bought thirty embroidery hoops I may need some inspiration as to how to use them! I will let you know how it goes. By the way has anyone got any good project ideas using thirty embroidery hoops?

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Another Project

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The best thing about completing a project is that you can start another one! Having completed Darling daughters shrug I have now started a scarf! Not too difficult. This scarf is a little different and goes under the name of “Hitchhiker”. It is a pattern by Martina Behm and can be found and bought from Ravelry.com I am working it in a Superwash Marino 4ply yarn called Vivacious by Fyberpates

IMG_1043I also keep dipping into my multi coloured stash buster blanket.

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No New Year’s Resolutions!

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img_1009I don’t do New Years Resolutions! I rarely keep them and can’t see the point. However….

THIS year I’m not going to start another craft project until I’ve finished at least one Work in Progress.

In 2017 I will NOT add to my stash.

Its a good time to start (another) diet.

By the end of January I will sort out my wardrobe.

This is the year that I will blog more, blog smarter and blog in a timely fashion

will be am happy, eager to learn and indulge in positivity.

I will practice acts of random kindness whenever possible.

And finally ……I will NOT make any New Years Resolutions.