11 February, 2013

Bee blocks. Actually make that crochet.

When I started to type the title for this post it was going to be about two lots of bee blocks I've made for our Monday Modern group - but when I went to find the photos they weren't there. I have no idea where they are, I know I took them! I had a bit of trouble the last time I downloaded from the big camera and I'm wondering if they got lost somehow, hope they're still on the camera! What kind of blogger loses photos of projects? You can see others' versions on our Flickr group.

Before we got Ollie I had time to do silly things like crochet pretty frills for jars. #crochet #craft

So on to some crochet I've been doing. Before Ollie came along I had a bit more spare time, and I filled it making odd but charming things like decorative frills for the jars I often use for flowers. The pattern came from Simple Crochet, but I adapted it to fit the jars I had. They didn't turn out quite as nice as the book's examples but it was fun and I think I'll do it again but just use some of the edging patterns I have in various crochet books and nicer cotton yarn.

...and another one. #crochet #craft

I've also been working on some motifs from the same book using Perle 8 and mercer thread no.20 which is a lot more fiddly but very satisfying when it comes out nicely! There's a nice little collection growing for a particular project I have in mind. I've also conquered the slip ring start which has been a struggle for me up till now.

Motif in vintage perle 8 cotton.

And lastly, there is Ollie, who at 13 weeks continues to be both delightful and gorgeous along with seriously annoying and a pain-in-the-butt. At least once a day he get deposited rather unceremoniously into his playpen after biting too hard one time too many; but is then reprieved after a short while by being so adorably cute. Often I think the issue is just too much excess energy for us to burn off. Luckily Helen's boxer Woody is very fond of puppies and it turns out that Ollie is very fond of him too and two dogs can expend a lot of energy in a backyard. Here they are on their first date (and no, Woody is NOT doing anything untoward to Ollie, which is what my husband suggested, they are simply sharing a water bowl). You can really tell there is pug in boxer breeding can't you!

Ollie and Woody. Ollie had his first puppy play date today and is clearly not going to have any socialisation issues, he ran poor Woody ragged.

And here is an arty black and white Ollie early one morning seconds before he leaped wildly towards the camera.

Early morning Ollie

01 February, 2013

Scrappy Tripalong top finished

Oh my god being a puppy-mummy is hard work! Getting easier but still, not a lot of time for sewing because if Ollie doesn't need attention then Hazel does! It's going to be much easier when she goes back to school on Tuesday, but also a bit lonely. She's really looking forward to it though, starting Year 3, up to the Middle school, new room, new teacher, and a couple of good friends to keep her company.

I finished up the Scrappy Tripalong quilt top last night. It had stalled a bit when I discovered that at least two of the blocks were too small in one dimension to be used so I decided it would be better to just make a few more and use them than try and sort out the old blocks and made 8 more. As it turned out (of course), it was just the two blocks I'd initially identified that were a problem, so I have 8 more blocks to do something with! Hazel has asked to have this so there's no point in adding more to the quilt for a single bed. It's not perfect, there are some seams with a big of a jag between blocks, but it's so busy you can't really tell. I think the problem was one particular fabric that must have been on more of the bias than I realised, and has stretched a bit. I'm really picky about cutting on the bias but with vintage sheets it can be quite hard at times as they are cheaply made, and sometimes super-wonky - the weave doesn't run perpendicular to the selvedge, or even straight across in many cases, so sometimes I just had to say "f**k it" and cut however.

Scrappy Tripalong finished

I enjoyed making it, now I just have to make myself keep going and get it quilted. Not sure how well my machine will cope with it, it's the biggest thing I've made so far. I know I can do a smaller single but this might just be a bit too big for the throat of the machine. Very simple quilting ahoy! Of course I had some help with taking the photos...

Ollie helping take quilt photos
Ollie helping take quilt photos

It's hard to get the colours to show up properly, it always seems to look darker than it really is. It's quite light and bright actually, more the top of the big photo than towards the bottom (which is probably a bit in the shade).


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