Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sweet Victory!

It's the sort of day where you just want to make a cuppa, find a comfy spot on the couch, not too far from the fire, and do a little stitching. This is the view this morning....
... a little bleak, ay!! I'd rather be sitting out here in the sunshine - it's a far prettier place to start ...
In case you were wondering, victory was sweet!!! I was so tempted to stick my tongue out at Jake and go ''nah, nah, na, nah nah'' when I had finished - but he was in shock so I didn't want to compound matters!!! So, what has 30 stitches per zig zag, 16 zig zags and 480 stitches per row, 184 rows and edgings, 90,528 stitches in total and 95 balls of wool!!!

This has, that's what ...

... it started as a project to use unfinished wool, until I realised that I would probably need to buy some more wool to finish it - in the end I bought way more wool than I originally had to use up!!! It sort of just went on and on ... and on and on... but I really kinda like it. When I finished the last row it was a little strange - my basket of unfinished crochet had been with me for so long. It had been beside me, or close by, for many winters!! I wasn't entirely sure that I wanted it to be finished. Which is not to say that I will be in a rush to start another one. I think it's definitely one of those things that you do just the once thanks.

Other than that, I have finished Vero's block 7 which continues to delight me...

..and I've also finished the second block of Leanne's Down in the Garden quilt. Cute little blue birds...

..and gorgeous flowers..

This week I have been setting up the studio - having a ball! I've started a new blog for it, here . Pop over and have a look - it's where I'll show you bits and pieces about classes, retreats and new goodies.

Now, I think I can squeeze in a coffee before I do the school run, and I might just sneak a little bit of chocolate as well. After all, it's a cold wet day - that's my excuse anyway - a little bit of chocolate and you don't notice the rain!!

Happy stitching

Jenny

6 comments:

clare's craftroom said...

I always love your stitching but your crochet quilt , oh wow it is fantastic ! Lucky the weather is bit cold there just the thing to snuggle up under ! I'm off to check out your other blog .

Anonymous said...

Chris said...

Hi Jen....

Another gorgeous blog to look at can't wait to see the end product....
have just emailed a friend your April 2010 Stitchery newsletter your site yet undiscovered by her but not for long...

thanks for sharing

Chris.....in....wet & windy Wellington

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny

Pleased to hear from you on the blog again. Love your stitchery. It has been raining off and on up here in Auckland, it is now quite humid. We desperately need the rain, so I suppose I had better not complain. I am off now to view your new blog. Can't wait to see what you have done in your new room.
Elizabeth

Simone de Klerk said...

The victory is definitely for you! That must be so nice and cosy. I can imagine it feels a bit empty now after having worked on it for such a long time!
Over to your other blog now, to see how you have changed your room into a studio!

Simone de Klerk said...

Love your new blog! Too bad we can't put any comments on it. I just wanted to know I had a real laugh about you, Jake and the matress!

david said...

Hello Jen,
I've just discovered your blog thanks to Vero Mystery Quilt's letter. Like you I'm enjoying piecing and appliqueing these blocks and seeing this quilt come alive. It's going to be gorgeous! Congratulations on all your blocks. I've just finished block 8 but have not done block 7 yet. I'll start this one tomorrow so I can be ready for block 9 by the end of the month.
I'll come back often to see what you're stitching and discover your beautiful country.