Load shedding

Life on this side of the world has been plagued with load shedding. Sadly it is NOT the losing of weight kind!. On a daily basis we have no electricity for between 2 to 4 hours and this has been causing havoc on my sewing machine time. So if you have been following me for a while you must have noticed I have been knitting a lot, well now you know why.

During the time that I have had electricity, I sewed up a simple quilt using mainly Kaffe Fasset-, one or two Amy Butler- and Brandon Mably fabrics.

I must admit I’m a bit of a Kaffe Fasset “groupie”. Looking at my book collection I have about 10 of his books and of these 2 are signed copies. I had the privilege of meeting him at the Birmingham Quilt festival in England on two occasions.

Needless to say I have a good collection of his fabric. I pulled out 21 fat quarters, not using any of his patterns but using my throw pattern from this blog, I managed to make a 1.8m x 2.10m (70½” x 82½”) I found a 5m (4.5yards) piece in my stash and used it as the backing fabric. I quilted it with straight diagonal lines and sewed the binding on using my sewing machine.

Well I’m off to go exercise, hopefully I can “load shed” some of the fat kind. ;)


To friends

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to show her how to knit a blanket with pictures on, for those who don’t know this is called intarsia knitting.

Intarsia or “picture knitting” is a color-work technique used to create basic geometric shapes or complicated pictures in a knitted piece. Intarsia knitting patterns can be worked in as few as two colors or as many as needed for a given design. Unlike Fair Isle knitting, in which small repeating patterns are created by alternating two strands of yarn in different colors across a row, intarsia knit designs are generally free-form, and each area of color is worked from an individual ball, bobbin, or length of yarn. When a color is not in use, it is dropped to the wrong side of the work until it is needed again on the next row for its designated stitches.
The Basics of Intarsia Knitting
By Kathleen Cubley, Knitting Daily Editor

As it is easier for me to show someone how to do something by doing it myself and then they work on their item. I decided to find a quick and easy pattern, so I flipped through my knitting books and found a flower cushion out of a book by Debbie Abrahams “25 cushions to knit – fantastic cushions for every room in your home” called “Happy flowers”. I used my left over yarns from my scarf that I have finished knitting in “Keep Practicing

I think I need more practice as I’m not too happy with the finished result!

Well, I have a bit of yarn left, maybe I’ll try again or maybe I’ll just use a different yarn.

To practicing and friends!


More babies!

Everyone is having babies again! Remember this post 18 months ago. Well, all these mommies are having their second babies as this will give them their 2 year gap. So my trusted favourite is to crochet borders onto flannel blankets. As my flannel stash is now finished, I went off to the shop and bought a bunch of receiving blankets and crocheted borders on to them. At present I have managed to finish 5 blankets as we are welcoming 5 new little ones.


If you would like to know how I did it and what yarns I used just clip on “All wrapped up!”

Happy crocheting

Love NikkiM


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