Two birds with one stone – a finished triangular scarf from the UFO Lottery’s second round. This is the last scarf I’m bothering you with. 🙂
Knit with 3 mm needles following a pattern I found on Ravelry, great for using up those leftover yarns from other projects. This one was almost finished except for the pistacchio border. I wanted to use a contrasting yarn but didn’t have anything in my stash I could use. Until I knit the socks for my sister.
Very bad lighting conditions yesterday noon, so I had to use a flash. Blue wooden hanger hand painted by me.
– Lang Jawoll Magic Superwash in red/orange/rust (#84.0063), 25 grams
– Pro Lana Meine Wolle Pro Socks Smaragd in cream/beige/gray (#161), 49 grams (I doubt if it was the proper band the ball came with – ‘Smaragd’ meaning ’emerald’ in English)
– H&W Comfort Sockenwolle uni in pistacchio green (#203.128), a scrap
The UFO Lottery continues and one more of my infamous un-quilts is here – Skipping Stones.
A piece inspired by a quilt I found in the Spring 2015 issue of Burda Patchwork (Hüpfende Steine by Emma Coutancier). Read more about the start of the project here and how I messed it up here.
I was thinking of quilting but couldn’t decide upon a pattern so I left it unquilted. Finished size is 58 x 71 cms.
I still owed you DWXS6 (Doctor Who cross stitch project #6) which I finished a while ago but didn’t get to wash and take a picture of due to some other activities.
This is a kit by Serenity Designs. It came with 18 ct white Aida, needle and DMC threads. As I didn’t like the greenish threads in the first Serenity kit I stitched (DWXS2) I decided to replace two of the threads, DMC 642 by Anchor 392 and DMC 640 by Anchor 903.
Another finish today. This time it’s Circle of Friends.
The top is machine pieced. I’ve hand quilted simple circles with three different Gütermann Sulky threads.
Finished size 72 x 72 cms
Next project in the UFO Lottery is DWXS6 (in full, Doctor Who Cross Stitch #6). There’s still a little work to be done, but it’s growing and the left half is finished now.
When I last worked on it in mid-April, I left it with this –
I picked it up a couple of days ago and now have this –
Doesn’t look like much, but it’s confetti stitching on 18 ct Aida.
I broke the needle that came with the kit and am now using one of my newly ordered ones. It’s a #28 DMC needle with a very narrow eye so I can hardly get it threaded (and I’m experiencing the same issue with the new #26 ones). I’ve tried both threaders I have, a little wire one and a metal one. Tricky. I’m expecting to break the needle every time I’m rethreading it. Do you have the same issues? What kind of brand of embroidery needles do you use?
Next ticket drawn from the UFO Lottery is a panel I had made years ago from an idea based on a graffiti design. I called this panel Linien & Punkte (Lines & Dots). Some of my old cushion covers are no longer looking as good as they used to do and are ready for replacement. Perfect.
Well, almost. The piece was rectangular and not square. So I added some soft cotton/polyester blue jean fabric (which is almost the same colour as the sofa it’s sitting on, not the bright blue as in the pictures). As I have currently misplaced my collection of zippers I made a hotel closure. Finished size 48 x 48 cms.
Approved by Dave the Muse (it was his idea, after all)
And it seems it has instantly become Alfred Kowalski’s new favorite spot 😉
It’s washed and ironed and ready to post – Beyond The Garden Gate.
I bought this kit many years ago together with a second one called Garden Gate. The kit from The Craft Collection Ltd (75948) came with 14 ct white Aida and ample supplies of embroidery floss. The leftovers as well as what may be left from the second kit will go into a new project.
I have just finished Beyond The Garden Gate – now it’s going to get washed and ironed. Here’s a little teaser –
I’m now almost halfway through the first round of my UFO Lottery with 15 finishes, 2 projects abandoned and 18 projects left to complete. The next ones are already drawn, I’m waiting for some inspiration.
This piece called Moose & Flechten (Moss & Lichen) is the next finish from the UFO Lottery. I started it around 2012 and left it unfinished with only little work still to be done. It took me only two more afternoons to complete.
I used a lot of different fancy knitting yarns from my stash and a simple eyelet stitch on jute canvas (Hessian). This was just a little test panel, I’m planning to use this stitch in future projects.
Inspired by an article by Julia Caprara in Quilting Arts, #19 (Fall 2005), finished size 43 x 31 cms.
It’s finished! (click image for full size)
Stitched on black 16 ct Aida with Anchor and DMC threads, with added backstiching (not part of the original chart), reflections stitched in one strand of variegated thread and one in white
Design by Marie Barber from the April 2017 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine