Thursday, 22 November 2007

The Happy Knitter

As a complete antidote to the seahorses quilt I have been doing some knitting this last weekend. On Friday I discovered a lovely new wool shop Woolaballoo, which stocks and supplies a spectrum of speciality yarns as well as books, knitting needles and a wide range of handmade products. I only went in for a look but couldn't resist this lovely Noro yarn. Hand dyed in Japan it is a blend of silk mohair and lambs wool. One ball knits one of these cute beanie hats and the pattern came free. I also bought ribbons and buttons too. Jenny loves her new hat and is seen modelling it here. Check out Woolaballoos web site at

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Finished at last

The sea horses quilt is finished at last. I have worked hard on it for the last week and despite it having a mind of its own I have conquered and finished it. I found it much more difficult than I expected. The pattern by Monkey Buttons was not terribly easy to follow and I modified it as the foundation pieced background was impossible. I think I'll give it to my dad for Christmas as he likes all things to do with the sea. So don't tell him if you meet him.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Strawberry pincushion

This is my first make from Kim's haul from Houston. This dinky strawberry pincushion is filled with emery to keep pins and needles sharp. Mine was completed last night at 9pm. Helen finished hers on friday night so I am slow. But there's plenty emery powder left to make a whole bunch of strawberries.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Vultures gathering

Friday afternoon at the Fat Quarters was very exciting, Kim had just landed from Houston and was emptying her suitcase of quilting goodies. Here you can see the vultures gathering to pick off the spoils. Some were more restrained than others. I bought an emery pin cushion to make and ordered a Rabbit stitchery quilt pattern. There are lots more goodies on the way by carrier too. Eventually we got on with some work and I plodded on with the seahorses. There's just the border left to quilt now and I'm not sure what to do with it, something quick and easy I think. Apologies for the post in the middle of the picture, but it is quite important in holding up the shop ceiling.