Friday, 14 November 2014

Excited!

This time next week my trip to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show will be over and I will, hopefully, be home with some lovely new stash!  I have a list as I know if I go without one I won't remember what I want and will come home with stuff I don't really need lol! I've listed just about all the charts from my wish list with the hope I can find a couple and maybe kit them up too. Also planning on buying some fabrics, trims etc for finishing. I'm feeling quite excited but one thing putting a bit of a damper on it is my back. I hurt it again last Saturday, just over a month after I did last time, but it's not as bad thankfully. I've had the TENS machine on it four times today already and it'll be getting used several times more in the hope I can get rid of it before we go next week!

Grrrrr. I had loads typed out and Jess' hamster Bruce has just walked across my tab. I don't know what happened but it's all gone except my first paragraph! Hmmmmm he's in bad books now! Lol! Not that I'll stay mad at him long!

I have been stitching up quite a storm this week as I've been leaving my tab in another room so that I'm not tempted to play games or look on Facebook etc! It's been a good plan and one I really need to keep up! Tricotine is coming along rather nicely, even if I do say so myself, and the colours look so pretty.  I must add something to my list actually as I have plans for this when it's finished and I may be able to pick some bits up for it at Harrogate.  When we've finished Tricotine we're planning a new SAL of the CCN Classic Ornaments! Barb couldn't resist them either! Lol!


Barb and I are also SALing on Barbara Ana Designs Wicked Since.  This is just such a fun stitch and it makes me smile everytime I pick it up. Lots more to do yet on it but it's the first of our Halloween stitching over the next year.

Speaking of Barbara Ana Designs I had a new start last night. I was invited to join a Facebook group called Candy Cane Stitchers. Several designers have been very generous and designed a free Christmas design for us each month for 12 months starting last month. I am a little behind but I intend to try and stitch each one. So this is my start on Silent Night.  If you like the look of this then do join the group on Facebook. It's a lovely group of ladies and you won't find this design anywhere else.

I had a new start on Sunday. This time it was August's Poppy from the Garden Journal series. I have itching to get to this one as I just love it.

I'm still stitching away on the first of the CCN Monthly Cottages and am very pleased with my fabric choice. The opalescent doesn't show up very well on the photo though. I am looking forwrad to stitching all 12 cottages over the next year.
Finally Frosty Forest and a little more on Snowy Foxes. Not a fox in sight though just snow! Only 3 more to go after this one then I'll have to decide whether to frame it or finish it into a cushion although I think framing is probably going to be the better option seen as I've used some hand dyes.

You may remember that I was knitting a poncho for Jess. Well it's all finished and she's now wearing it! Unfortunately I did have a problem with the wool even though it was the same shade no., batch no. etc and had to get a replacement ball for one but there is still a difference between some as you can probably see from the photo. In fact now that I look at the photo it sticks out like a sore thumb. I am disappointed but Jess loves it and that's all that matters. Here she is modelling it.



It will soon be December so that can only mean Chris and I will be starting our annual SAL! I ordered the charts from UB Designs earlier in the week rather than us both paying postage and they arrived today.  


Looking forward to starting this one :)

I am hoping to get caught on blog commenting soon. May well have a go once I've published this as I haven't visited for a week I think. Keep telling myself to keep up a bit every day but it doesn't happen! 

Take care everyone. Don't think I'll get a post done next week but we'll see.

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxx

29 comments:

gracie said...

Love all the stitching....Candy Cane Stitchers? is it by invite only?

Rowyn said...

Your Frosty Forest is coming along well, and you have lots of other lovely projects on the go.

Love your daughters shawl. Looks like it will be lovely and warm for winter.

Brigitte said...

I'm a bit behind in commenting but I have seen all the wonderful finishes you showed in your previous posts. Nice stitching to be seen here too.
I hope you will have a lot of fun at Harrowgate next week Looking forward to seeing all the stash you will bring home from there.

Vickie said...

Had to laugh about Bruce!
I am sorry the shades were off a bit. I did not notice that on Jess til you pointed it out.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip to Harrogate with no back problems! All your stitching is so lovely; you are a fast stitcher. I love the look of the poncho. I think the dark blue stripe makes it look more modern, like it was meant to be there!

Jackie said...

I'm sure the knitting and stitching show will be great fun! Good idea to have a list. I'm sometimes not very good about that and I always wish I'd done a better job of getting prepared.

Love the poncho - the cable pattern is great!

Linda said...

Wonderful stitching Sally. The poncho turned out great. If you hadn't mentioned the dye lot problem, I would have thought that that was the way it was suppose to be done. I think it looks super.

Linda

Frances N said...

You have so many lovelies that you are stitching on! Wow! I like all of them!

Beth said...

Darned hamster! What a pretty poncho. I am partial to blue.

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching Sally. The poncho you knitted is gorgeous. Hope you have a lovely time at the Harrogate Show and your back is getting better.

Kay said...

Oh my, so much stitching. My life has been far too busy with teenagers and a sick dad that I have been looking after to get much done at all. Saying that I am off to Harrogate next Saturday to build up my stash and have fun with friends. I am sure you will enjoy your first time at the show. My advice is to write down the prices of things and which stall then buy later in the day, because you often see the same things n different stands with a huge variety in pricing and we all want the best prices. x

Christine said...

Bad hamster :D
Great stitching and the poncho is gorgeous. Hope your back improves soon and have fun at Harrogate

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching on your WIPs.

Hope your back improves. Keep moving and the TENS machine is a must. I absolutely love mine and it has been so useful on so many occasions.

Have a lovely time at the show. I went to the NEC last week and they had far more fabric stalls than they have done in the past. Not good for the purse but at least colours can be seen in real life.

Shirlee said...

Lovely stitching & knitting my friend! I sympathize with your frustration with your yarn. I too have used two or more skeins with the same dye lot number & they have been noticeably different : ( How I wish I could attend the HK&S Show with you! I'll be looking forward to hearing all about it & seeing all the goodies you bring home : )

Mary Ann said...

As always, your post did not disappoint, Sally--so much lovely stitching to see!! I really like the poncho you knitted for Jess--such a pretty color!

I hope your back is better for the Knitting and Stitching Show. You will need to be in top form in order to "shop until you drop"!! : )

Margaret said...

I hope the knitting show is wonderful! I'm envious that you are going. Love all the stitching, and Jess' poncho is gorgeous! I think we always notice things more ourselves on things like the yarn not matching. I had to look twice before I saw it.

Barb said...

Sure I will be speaking to you before you go off on your big adventure Sally, I am liking the sal with Chris . So pleased I am not on facebook (I would be tempted I am sure).You are way ahead of me on Trictone but I hope to get a sheep finished this afternoon.
I should be doing a blog post but I need to do the stitching first so next week I hope.
Speak soon loads of hugs

Michelle said...

Lovely WIP's Sally. You will love love love Harrogate and you are right to take a list. Please pop by Trudy Anne's stall as I am certain she will have a lot of the charts you want and she is just lovely - shop around as other seller's do inflate their prices - I found Trudy Anne the best xx

Loubie69 said...

As always some wonderful finishes Sally. Enjoy your trip to the stitching show, I hope you get lots of lovely new stash :-)

Sheryl S. said...

A lot of lovely stitching and interesting projects. The poncho is a gorgeous colour. Exciting trip plan to Harrogate, so many nice things at this time of year to tempt one.

WendyCarole said...

Have a lovely time at the Knitting and Stitching show.
I am dragging John there on Thursday. Hope your back holds out.
We decided to try a week day this year as it was so crowded on the Saturday last year. I am not good in crowds and beware the wheely cases that was a new feature snapping at ankles.

Pam in IL said...

Lovely stitching!

Irene said...

Che bel post! Quanti lavori, tutti bellissimi, il poncho รจ meraviglioso

Julie said...

Have fun at the show!
Lovely poncho, shame abut the wool.

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching as always! The poncho you knitted looks lovely and I love the choice of colour :) Well done!

Carol said...

What a great poncho on your pretty model, Sally! I doubt I would have noticed the color differences if you hadn't pointed them out... The important thing is that Jess likes it so much :)

Enjoy your time at the show--it sounds fabulous!

Clare - Aimetu said...

As always your stitching is lovely - have a great tie next weekend - can't wait to see what you actually buy !!

Maggee said...

Have a lot of fun at Harrogate! I am a member of the Candy Cane Stitchers group on FB. You can just go there and 'like'the group and they will accept you! It's a fun group--lots of temptations tho!! All your projects look great so far! Hugs!

Kate said...

It was great to meet you Sally, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed the show. I'm a veteran as in 25 years I have only missed it once!
Love the look of your Christmas SAL - will look forward to seeing it progress.