Saturday, 16 July 2011

Another Finish and an "Almost" Finish

Catch a Tail by Diane Graebner
Hi all from a very sodden Glasgow.  The horrible weather has kept me indoors today which is a good thing because it means that I have finished yet another Crazy!  So without further ado, here it is .... "Catch a Tail" from the Cats & Quilts series by Diane Graebner who is one of my favourite designers.  I chose this theme a few years ago for my robin in my round robin group and ended up having to do two of them because one of the others was "too busy" to work on all of them (huh!)  Anyway I am glad I got to do them myself because I really love working on these little charts even if they are hard on the eyes lol!

Royal Blossoms 2007 by Just Nan

Before I picked this one up again I had been working on "Royal Blossoms 2007" by Just Nan.  I got all the eyelets done, the beading done and the last thing was the double cross eyelets.  Every single time I tried one it just didn't look right.  I tried it with 2 strands as was suggested and nope didn't look right, I tried it with a single strand - still not right, and I tried it with perle and nope still not right.  So, I decided to put it aside for a while to figure it out and work on something else.  If anyone has any ideas please let me know - I even tried an Algerian eyelet and it STILL didn't look right!!

Next on my list for a finish is "Christmas Carols" by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I have enjoyed working on this one in my rotation and now I am going to keep on with it until it is finished.  Watch this space!

Otherwise, I have been spending time up at the allotment doing a lot of weeding thanks to the rather damp summer we are having.  I was absolutely thrilled when I went up there on Monday and discovered that some poppies have sprung up in my patch.  I absolutely love poppies and can't wait until they are in full bloom.  I will take my camera up with me this week to be ready to catch them at their best.  I have also planted the sweet peas and put in some leeks too.  What with the potatoes and onions and already have in the ground I think I am going to have a nice pot of soup at the end of it!  My cherry tomatoes unfortunately are not doing too well but I continue to encourage them and I just planted some thyme seeds this past week too - first time I have tried herbs so here's hoping.  Our communal area at the back is looking lovely with the planters Sarah and I have put out and its nice to have the whole space again.   I'll take some photos down there too for my next blog update.

Okay, I am going to go heat up some paprika chicken for dinner and then settle down with some more stitching - I'm on such a roll I just can't seem to stop!

Thanks everyone for your kind comments - a little encouragement really does go a long way!  Take care, enjoy your summer and talk to you all soon again.

Love and hugs,

Ally xxx