Satisfied Saturday!

Well I’m a very happy quilter/crafter! I managed to finish knitting the striped stole, hand sew the binding onto the flannel quilt and finished the second border of my “Dear Jane” quilt!

Striped stole.

Striped stole.


Looking back at my post I started knitting the striped stole, June 16, 2014 as I posted about it on June 21, 2014. It took me a month to knit, I finished knitting the border on July 20, 2014! Finished size is 80cm x 193cm (31½“x 76”) it was knitted with various brands of sock wool, the pattern indicated a 100g skein of the various colour ways, this was far too much. You only need 50g of a colour and 100g skein for the border knit. This stole is going to come in very hand as we are planning another trip to Europe over Christmas and New Year!
Flannel quilt.

Flannel quilt.


The flannel quilt I made out of various pieces of flannel I had in my stash I used a pattern I have shared with you on a previous post, if you would like a copy of the pattern please click on “Quilt Throw”. I made the flannel quilt bigger, finished size 165cm x 190cm (65” x 75”). I made this quilt for my youngest son, he collected it yesterday.
Dear Jane.

Dear Jane.


The Five Year War with “Dear Jane” is still on, I managed to finish the second border! Two more to go, then I am done!

I better get back at Jane otherwise she may think I have deserted again and it ends up being a Six Year War!

Love
NikkiM

Staying warm!

Knitted stripped stol.

Knitted stripped stole.

Its winter in the southern side of the world! This week I mainly stayed indoors working on my knitting, quilting and staying warm.

My striped knitted stole I started a few weeks back has grown daily to 1.46m (58”). It’s knitted in stocking stitches, it has not been boring as you change colour after every two rows. I hope to finish this by next week.

Sewing binding onto flannel quilt.

Sewing binding onto flannel quilt.

I finished quilting the flannel quilt I started making for my youngest son. I am presently busy sewing on the binding by hand. I will share the pattern and the finished quilt with you soon.

Dear Jane right side border blocks.

Dear Jane right side border blocks.

I also pulled out the Dear Jane quilt I have been working on for the past 4 or 5 years. As the centre and the top border are done I decided this is the year to finish it off and I have to make at least 5 blocks a week! I really don’t know what possessed me to make this quilt! Some of the blocks take 1 whole day to make!

Those of you on the southern side of the world, hope you are all staying warm, those on the north side, hope you have lots of fun!

Love
NikkiM

Buzy Day June 2014

Homemade Delights!

Chocolate cupcake filled with caramel

Chocolate cupcake filled with caramel

Today I am going to share with you a typical day here at Buzy Day! Not the domestic side, only the fun crafting side! After doing the things we all have to do, my fun crafting side starts with baking a batch of Chocolate Cup cakes, that a friend asked me to make for a kitchen tea for a friend. I have shared the recipe with you on this post.

Blocking a knitted cardigan knitted from a pattern from Knitty - Helena

Blocking a knitted cardigan knitted from a pattern from Knitty – Helena

While this was in the oven baking I quickly went and blocked a little cardigan I finished knitting for Hayley I have shared this pattern with you before on this post. The wool I used I purchased from Macs. The wool is dyed by a local lady and it is called Yarn Stash, colour YS01 51, it is a double knit. If you live close by pop in at Macs at 23 Haldane Road and have a look at what they have or have a look at Macs blog.

As I popped the cupcakes out of the oven I noticed something went horribly wrong! They didn’t look like they should, not sure what I did wrong! As all the equipment and implements I had to use were in the dishwasher I decided I would make a new batch later.

Knitting out of the book "Knitting with the Color Guys" by Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably

Knitting out of the book “Knitting with the Color Guys” by Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably

As you all know from last week’s post, I received a parcel of books through the post and I was practically excited to see the one knitting book I had ordered, a book written by Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably called “Knitting with the Color Guys”. Flipping through the book one pattern hit my fancy on pg 28, a Multistripe stole. I immediately dove into my sock wool stash and pulled out 9 x 100g balls that would do the job. I had started knitting this earlier in the week and as I now have to wait for the dishwasher to finish I sat down and continued knitting.

Knitting is hard work and I noticed my tummy was growling, no wonder it is lunch time! While I unpacked and re packed the dishwasher and made myself a toasted sandwich and cup of tea I quickly put another batch of cupcakes in the oven. All done in the kitchen! Back to the knitting!

Knitting, coffee and cupcakes

Knitting, coffee and cupcakes

I have 3 little four legged children that love knitting! But they have a limit, as clock work at 15:30 every day it is play time! After playtime it coffee time and today I had a chocolate cupcake to go with it!

To homemade delights!
Love
NikkiM

Lacy knitting!

Well guess what I have been doing?! Knitting of course! I seem to have fallen in love with my knitting needles! I never thought I would! I’m really enjoying my knitting!

For the past two weeks I have been knitting a cardigan for Haley, she is turning a year old in July. The pattern is out of “Heirloom Baby Knits” by Deborah Newton, the one I knitted is Pumpkin Pie – Lacy Cardigan Jumper on pg 66. What can I say about lacy knitting? It’s not difficult you just have to keep your wits about you and keep counting and checking every pattern run in every row you have knitted. If you made a mistake you either build a bridge or you start all over again.

I used a local South African yarn, African Expression – Soul – colour 7288.

I also made a bunting with Hayley’s name on, using the “Princess” bunting pattern from September, 7 2013 post.

I have just received a slip from the post office for some books I have ordered and there is 2 knitting books among the collection.

Well guess where I am going now!

Till next week.

Love
NikkiM

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