So that was Winter! Not so bad in our neck of the woods. Spring is nearly here. The frogs and newts have woken up in our pond as I discovered yesterday when I was clearing out weed and leaf debris. We have had more whizzing round the motorways of England. This time to celebrate Master T’s 5th birthday. We both came back with a cold which took us out of action for a few days last week. March looks as if it could be very busy indeed with visitors and plumbers!! To say nothing of Easter.
So time for the February review of my 16 for 2016
16 swims-I have now been 7 times, but need to step up my attendance to get the most from my three month membership at the swimming pool.
15 minutes x 2x 5 times a week- ok so I am saying nothing about this one
14lbs lost-8 so far
13 outings- We have had two in February. One to Burton Agnes Hall near Driffield to see the snowdrops. When we were in Wiltshire we went to Avebury Ring
Master T himself
Little sister Miss F
Daddy aka our Oldest son Mr T.
A thoroughly enjoyable outing, with a cup of tea in the cafe to round off the morning. Avebury was somewhere I had always wanted to visit so was thrilled to have this chance.
12 cookery posts- not happened!!
11 Flower pictures – 2 so far
10 handmade cards- 3
9 Garden posts- 1
8 Stash/kit busting projects- I made the crochet picnic blanket mostly from wool I already had. Mr J, middle son, was duly grateful and promptly asked me to make a dog blanket as I said he wasn’t to turn the picnic blanket into one. So now entirely from my wool stash I am making a dog blanket.
I am therefore counting these two blankets as one stash busting project.
I have a very bad habit of falling in love with fabric and buying fat quarters with absolutely no idea what to do with them. Periodically I lay them on the guest bed and have a mini gloat over them. Anyway my brother is coming next week so the bed has to be cleared of my crafting debris. I started to put away the fabric, only it would no longer fit in my designated fabric box. Humph! I looked at the fabric in said box. Now I don’t have useful pieces of fabric that you could make a dress or a blouse from. No, I have scraps of fabric left over from years of crafting and , scraps rescued from friends, shops, neighbours, strangers etc throwing out their scraps. I looked at the box long and hard. I went away. I thought that the plan I had always had was to make a hexie quilt. A plan I have had since I was a teenager. Just how many more scraps did I need? Had the time come when I should just get started? I have taken the plunge. Hexies are being made! Here’s the beginning.
Looking at just this collection sends me down memory lane, of cushions, lavender bags, applique pictures, made by me,and scraps from a lady I worked with. Each one has a memory.
I wondered if anyone had any hints or tips on the making of a hexie quilt?
Where was I?
7 Sewing/Embroidery project- I finished the Cath Kidston bag. I never ever want to sew cotton duck again. I left off the over stitching on the straps. No way was my machine going to cope with the thickness of fabric. Anyway ’tis done, and I have a pretty bag for Summer.
6 acts of kindness-0
5 Reading non fiction-still reading Voices from the Workhouse
4 Knitting and crochet skills improved. On the knitting front I have now jst started the right side of a cable cardigan. Now the stitches fall off the beginning of the row instead of the end. I will get there.
Now on the crochet front. I had to figure out how to fix crochet when it undoes itself. I had given the garden blanket to Little Miss F, and the whole family took to it wonderfully well, snuggling down to watch telly, play games etc all Winter long. Mrs T told me when we visited that some of the squares were undoing themselves from the centre. I brought the blanket home with me and had a puzzle. I think the problem was that the magic circles in the centre of some the squares just came loose. One of the granny squares two rows in was also unraveling. Clearly ends had not been secured sufficiently.On the plus side I had small amounts of all the necessary yarn. Anyway I fixed the magic circles with chain stitches through the next row pulled tight and secured the ends very tightly. I darned the errant Granny square. Then I crocheted more flowers and covered the offending parts.
And hopefully that will be ok.
So crochet repair is a new skill for me. Not what I expected but certainly necessary.
3 Bucket list goals achieved- 1
2 Railway journeys-0
1 Bus journey-0
0 Magazines bought-0
So not bad, I think! How are you doing this year? Please feel free to leave a link to a 16 for 2016 review you may post.