Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A stitch in time

I've been doing a little stitching and crafting this week in the free time that I've found.  We are very lucky here in that every summer there is a free children's club that runs for 3 hours a day for one whole working week - 15 hours of time where the girlies can run riot,and glue and stick to their hearts content, and I can do me things.  Today this included catching up on a Miss Marple and the penultimate episode of The Returned - blimey it's been good and there's a second series in the pipeline; seriously if you haven't seen it, do watch it before it airs again.  I've not been this excited about tv since The Killing series 1!

Anyway, I digress, back to the stitching.  After taking the dog away with us and discovering that she didn't have a towel with her, I've decided to give her some of her own from some old ones found under the bed.  This is the first effort:

I got the template from my Cath Kidston Patch book.  Now, at least, she has her own towel to wipe her feet on.

I also decided to try and make the girlies their own pe bags for school, after being inspired by a facebook post by the lovely Mandy from over at daisy moon.  I found an old pillowcase and some fabric snippets to have a try.  I think it would have been a whole lot easier if I had worked on a flat piece of fabric rather than having to navigate it's pre-sewn sides but the 7 year old is very happy with it which I guess is the whole point.  Now I've just got another to try to do!

This morning, on the first of my 3 hour 'rest' days, I decided to make a pincushion that was featured on ladybird diaries blog.  I don't think it turned out too badly, but I clearly need some more pins to put in it!

I don't know if you remember but I mentioned a while ago starting on something that Pixie had prompted me to try from over at the crafte nook.  Well, I'm pleased to say I'm finished!

From this:

to this:

Yes I made socks!  On two needles!  I used less than 2 balls of Sirdar Snuggly to make them and they were surprisingly easy.  Snuggy winter feet here I come!  I think I'm going to have to make some more.

Thank you for all of the nice comments you have been leaving, it makes my day to read what you think of my blog.  This is my 50th post!  I'm quite pleased with that, and welcome to my new followers too, though I do have to say that today's post makes it sound like I don't have an original bone in my body!

Is it sunny where you are?!

G x

p.s. I'm still having issues with Blogger, as you can clearly see from the fact it keeps highlighting my opening paragraphs.  It's driving me mad.


  1. You have been busy! I think your little pin cushion turned out great! And your socks are just fabulous! I have always been too scared to knit socks...it's the fear of knitting on 4 needles..but yours are lovely and have definitely inspired me! I really like th e look of that knitting book too.
    M x

    1. Oh thank you M, I still think yours is better! The book is by Erika Knight but whsmith bought their own version last year, hence the mustard cover. There's some nice stuff in it to make too. I can't even think about using 4 needles for socks (or anything else) but there is a version of that in the book too! x

  2. Oh I adore the dog towel. We have a new puppy so will have to do something similar

  3. You are so crafty when given some time to your self...socks are beyond me so hats off to you dearest G!
    I always forget you can knit (I CANNOT!!!)
    D xxxxx

  4. Amazing to have a few hours space from kids - what a treat! Love the idea of using a pillowcase for a pe bag too. Just found your blog - off to read for lovely crafty inspiration xx

  5. Wow you have been busy, loving the cupcake pincushion and the PE bag is so cute ... Sarah x

  6. Lots of lovely crafts... makes me inspired to get on with my projects :)

  7. Oh my goodness socks! I love them! I wish I could knit, but I can barely crochet and I'm just now learning how to do that! Also... Love the puppy towel...
    Have a great rest of your week,

  8. Wowwee Miss Crafty!
    Is there no end to your talents?!?!


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