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13 Projects in 2013 (cross stitch, knitting, paper crafts etc.)
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Old 25-02-2013, 8:56 AM
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Thank you to everyone for their comments re knitting machines. Unfortunately I can't knit at all, my late Nan spent many an hour trying to teach me (we failed miserably) and my DD has also tried......she gave up telling me it's hopeless!

My tension is all wrong, I get the wool knotted etc.......I think I might have to stick with Xstitch and sewing!
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Old 25-02-2013, 9:27 AM
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Morning all!

Well, I finally finished project number three! I made a button canvas for my niece, it was her first birthday yesterday -



Really chuffed with it!
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Old 25-02-2013, 9:46 AM
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that looks really lovely zepsgal
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Old 25-02-2013, 9:53 AM
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Thanks you MrsM

Thank you for the encouragement the other day as well, I just needed to gather everything and just do it lol!

Need to work out my next project. A friend has asked me to make a keepsake box for her little girl, need to gather some ideas for that x
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Old 25-02-2013, 9:58 AM
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Love it zepsgal
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Old 25-02-2013, 10:36 AM
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Hey everyone! Great updates from you all, you've all been busy!


1) Brooch bouquet - must be completed 06/04/2013
2) Niece door sign (X stitch) - must be completed 01/03/13
3) Birth sampler - baby due early May
4) Finish blackwork angel
5) Mum's christmas stitch
6) Snowflake sonata (X stitch)
7) Be jolly (X stitch)
8) Add embellishments and make accessories for flower girls
9) Finish Christmas bird (X stitch)
10) pointy hat tomtes
11) Xbox controller ring pillow - complete 24/02/2013
12) Signs and table numbers for wedding
13) Place cards, escort cards and display board

Woo hoo! I've finished a project. OH is a gamer so we decided our ring pillow should be in the shape of an Xbox controller.


Xbox controller ring pillow by sk00bie81, on Flickr

Really pleased how it turned out

I've added some other wedding things to my list, as complete projects, so I feel like I'm actually making progress! So the place cards, escorts cards and display board are one project and the table numbers and other signage are another. I've also removed a cross stitch project as realistically I don't think I'll get it done this year. I've replaced it with altering/embellishing the flowergirl dresses for my neices and making them some accessories, another wedding project!

My niece's sign is coming along, as is the brooch bouquet so hopefully they'll be on the completed section soon!

I'm planning to take some cross stitching when we go away to keep me entertained on the plane. Should get lots done as it's an 11 hour flight!!
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Old 25-02-2013, 10:44 AM
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Oh I luuuuuuuuuv that xbox ring cushion! Very well done, it looks fantastic!
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Old 25-02-2013, 12:00 PM
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Good Morning Ladies

Off on leave today as I have a hospital visit, so took a days leave instead of all the fuss of trying to get a day off.

So I have finished the first of my hearts for Sandy Hook -it is in my favourite colour - purple. Not to sure of how the purple looks - meant to be 3 different shades of purple - so here is some photos.





Lovely work to zepsgal - love the effect it makes.

Skobbie - if my hubby seen this before we were married I could see a subtle hint for one lol - looks so life like.

Might do some more on my purplework part two - thinking of trying to finish it on 31-3-13 - made a start on it.

Well better do a quick check on in the Cafe and FB - have a wee bit of lunch and get ready for hospital.

Catch up soon

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Old 25-02-2013, 12:35 PM
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loving the picture, xbox ring holder and the heart. your all so creative, just hope i will one day be at the same level as you lot!

CALLING ALL KNITTERS
I am relativley new to knitting (as an adult anyway, i used to knit when i was younger) so im learning the ropes, so to speak.

i was given a couple of balls of wool by a neighbour which i have been using to practise with. one ball is quite hard to knit with, it goes very tight and i end up frustrated with it more than anything! the other is a much better wool and i have already made a case for my needles with it.

i have no idea what the wool is called, what sort of wool should i buy? i plan on making a scarf next and want a wool which is both easy to work with and looks nice (i dont have enough left on my ball)! what should i look out for?

also i only have 1 pair of needles, which are a size 5, am i using the right ones? or should i have an assortment? are diffrent sizes better to make different things? or go with different wools?

sorry for all the questions, it was my nanna who originally taught me to knit when i was 5 and sadly, she is no longer with us so i dont really have anyone to go to for advice.
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Old 25-02-2013, 2:25 PM
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All updated
Everyone's projects are great, I particulary liked the xbox controller ring cushion, very inventive!

Will check in again before chemo on Friday (these 2 weeks have flown by), then will check in again when I can.
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Old 25-02-2013, 2:28 PM
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skoobie your xbox ring pillow is fantastic
sweetcarer those purple squaares are looking lovely
carlamarie usually on the ball band of wool it tells you what size needles the yarn needs to be knitted on, it sounds to me like the yarn you had difficulty with needed to be knitted on different needles.
there are loads of free patterns on the web, if you google you'll find lots, i would say pop into a wool shop and have a feel of some wool and see what textures appeal to you.
wilkinsons sell basic double knit that tends to be knitted on old size 8 (4mm needles) maybe you could pick up some other sized needles from a charity shop or off freecycle.
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Old 25-02-2013, 4:24 PM
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i never would have thought to look on the band around the wool! the balls i had were missing the bands!
thats very helpful, thank you very much mrs-moneypenny
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Old 25-02-2013, 11:09 PM
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Wow Zepsgal, that looks gorgeous - do you mind if I steal your idea

Sweetcarer - that looks lovely, I think the purples work really well.

Skoobie, that's amazing - had to look twice to see it wasn't the real thing!

Still ploughing on with my cross stitch but gradually picking up ideas for other projects now - if I ever finish this one that is. Might take a break and do something else in between.

Updated list then:
  1. Make cushion or toy from grandson's baby clothes
  2. Ditto from grandaughter's outgrown clothes
  3. Make candles in unusual but lovely holders for Christmas pressies
  4. Crochet a flower brooch for me (assuming I learn to crochet)
  5. Sew a very glamorous coat for daughter's chihuahua
  6. Complete cross stitch started in 2008 - in progress
  7. Make cushion cover for sister's Christmas present (dog motif or other dog related ideas)
  8. Customise window blinds
  9. Button picture/collage heart shape with heart buttons
  10. Initial made out of buttons (thank you for the idea Zepsgal)
  11. ?
  12. ?
  13. ?
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Old 25-02-2013, 11:11 PM
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Soulie - hope all goes well this week, will be thinking of you on Friday.
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Arrggg it lost my post!!!!!!

Haven't posted on here for a while but havebeen keeping up with everyone's progress. Some lovely finishes, especially the button B and the xbox ring pillow.

Quick question - do you think I could add shorten curtains as a project? Sounds a bit weird but I desperately need motivation to shortend them, theyve been up 3 years with pins marking where they need shortening but that's as far as I've got. Having typed that its made me think maybe they should be cleaned and then shortened.

Off to work now.
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I would say add them Ailsb, if it gives you the motivation you need then go for it, sewing is a craft and if you want that to be one of the things you achieve this year it needs to be on your list.

i love the diversity of everyones lists
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Good morning, I haven't posted for a while but been following everyones progress and gorgeous projects. Lovely to see such beautiful finished pieces and hear about everyones lists. I am almost finished project number 2 - shawl for Aunty - will let you know when it's complete - have got a busy week back at work following half term.....
Soulie - wishing you all the best for Friday, big hugs xxx
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soulie can i add my good wishes that friday goes well for you
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Thank you all for the good wishes for friday.
Not as achy today but typical that I am having chemo just as I am getting rid of the achyness from the last lot lol
Have bloods taken tomorrow, see doctor on thursday and chemo on friday assuming bloods are good. 3 flipping trips to the hospital, but I also see the Mac nurse tomorrow to fill out my grant form, as I can get up to 250 from them to help with travel costs, heating and clothing (I've lost loads of weight and none of my skirts fit me anymore lol).
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Thank you all for the good wishes for friday.
Not as achy today but typical that I am having chemo just as I am getting rid of the achyness from the last lot lol
Have bloods taken tomorrow, see doctor on thursday and chemo on friday assuming bloods are good. 3 flipping trips to the hospital, but I also see the Mac nurse tomorrow to fill out my grant form, as I can get up to 250 from them to help with travel costs, heating and clothing (I've lost loads of weight and none of my skirts fit me anymore lol).

Soulie, I am in awe of how positive and upbeat you are - good luck this week with your tests and chemo - defo get those forms completed and enjoy your time with the Mac Nurse .... I hear they are wonderful people - here is a little to watch over you this week
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