4 seasons (1) Abi Barker (1) Africa (4) alien (3) alien bear (1) Amanda Gregory (4) Anchor (2) animals (59) Anne Mortimer (2) apple (1) Art Deco (1) baby (18) BAP (6) beach (7) big pictures (75) Bigyi (15) birds (7) birthday (3) blackwork (2) butterfly (4) cards (20) Carol Thornton (1) castle (2) cat (5) Celtic (13) chandelier (1) Chart of the Month (3) chessboard (1) Christmas (36) Clarice Cliff (1) classic cars (2) coast (2) coasters (2) commission stitch (7) cottage (7) craft show (1) crochet (4) Cross Stitch Card Shop (5) cross stitch clock (3) Cross Stitch Collection (36) Cross Stitch Crazy (7) Cross Stitch Gold (25) Cross Stitcher (12) cuckoo clock (1) cupcakes (4) cushion (11) Da Vinci (8) Debra Page (2) decorations (17) Despicable Me (1) Diane Machin (1) diet (3) Dimensions (1) DMC (2) doll`s house (4) Dream a Little Dream (4) Durene Jones (9) Easter (2) eggs (1) elephant (1) Emma Congdon (1) Etsy shop (13) Fathers` Day (3) Felicity Hall (3) Fiona Baker (1) Fizzy Moon (1) flower (27) free gift (1) freebie (1) fridge magnets (1) fruit (8) George (1) gift tags (4) giveaway (3) glasses case (2) Globe (1) Gloria (2) granny square (1) Gregory (19) HAED (1) Halloween (1) harbour (1) hare (1) Heaven and Earth Designs (1) heilan coo (1) hippo (3) honeysuckle (1) hydrangea (1) India (2) Jane Prutton (2) Jenny Barton (4) Joanne Aston (1) Jody Rice (1) Kate Knight (3) Kellie (3) keyring (5) Kindle cover (3) kingfisher (1) kit (4) knitted socks (1) knitting (52) knotwork (11) La Scapigliata (8) Lesley Teare (3) Lion King (7) Little Dove Designs (1) Lucie Heaton (3) mandala (2) Maria Diaz (32) Mark Rylance (1) Michael Powell (1) minion (1) model stitching (90) Moon Hare (1) Mothers` Day (9) Mr Bean (3) needle holder (1) new home cards (1) New Year (1) Olivia (3) ornaments (14) own design (25) pastel (24) perfume bottle (1) Permin (1) photo album (2) pigs (3) pincushion (2) plastic canvas (4) poppies (3) Porterfield (2) professions (5) pub sign (2) rabbit (2) Rapunzel (1) recipe books (6) retro (2) Rhona Norrie (1) Richard de Wolfe (1) Riverdrift House (5) roses (1) Rudolph (1) sampler (11) savanna (1) school (1) Scotland (2) Scottish (2) sepia (10) sewing (27) Shakespeare (3) Shannon Wasilieff (1) shoes (1) Singer sewing machine (1) snowglobes (2) spring (5) still life (3) Stitcher`s Challenge (3) stocking (1) stork scissors (2) stuffed toy (22) sunflowers (8) Susan Bates (3) Suzanne Gyseman (1) sweet pea (1) Tangled (1) tapestry (2) taxi (1) tea set (2) teachers (1) teddy (19) thank you cards (3) The World of Cross Stitching (8) thistle (1) Tiny Modernist (1) Tooth Fairy (3) Toy Story (1) transport (2) Twelfth Night (3) Twilleys of Stamford (5) typewriter (1) windows (2) winner (3) WOCS (9) yellow cab (1) Zweigart (2)
Monday, 28 May 2012
I have to say, with this weekend`s project (which I found here: http://jwgh.livejournal.com/475358.html) I have entered the dangerous territory of knitted dinosaurs - Gregory already picked a T-Rex as the next candidate for my to-do list. So the fruit bowl is on hold for the moment, since the last update I`ve only made a lemon and a tangerine - of these I don`t have a picture at present but here`s the "steg":
Thursday, 24 May 2012
The major story of this day: Bigyi, who was lost, has been found! The silly fluffless bear disappeared last night (on account of being thrown about in the garden, where he managed to disappear in the hedge). I`m half-asleep while I`m writing this, since we looked for him till about half past eleven last night, but the main thing is that this morning Bigyi finally reappeared, with not a scratch on, so Gregory`s world is a happy, safe place once more. Elsewhere, in the normal (?!?) world, thanks to a lovely visit from a friend of mine, I had my baptism of fire with the dreaded double-pointed needles. So far I avoided any knitting pattern that involved these and tried to opt for the "flat" version, made with straight needles - like the closed banana on the second picture below. But thanks to Jo`s tutorial, now I have knitted my very first item "in the round", a peeled banana! Yay!
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
This week the Little Man`s "all time favourite EVER" is the EDF Energy advert, where Zingy`s first all sad behind the rainy window, then gets uber-cheerful and dances in the birdbath. Gregory finds it hilarious, so much so that he just got home from school but we already had to watch the ad 3 times on YouTube. So how did I spend the day, instead of cleaning the house? I knitted a Zingy for my son, of course! And what was his first reaction? "This is pink, not orange..." Well, I guess it`s time I stocked up on some more shades of yarn - then maybe I can make a Zingy #2...
Just a quick post (while Blogger`s still working, ha!) to show you yesterday`s crop: another wee pear for my never-rotting fruit bowl and a Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer head Christmas decoration (don`t ask me why!):
Monday, 21 May 2012
A few days ago (on Thursday, 17 May 2012, to be exact) I started on La Scapigliata (`The Tousled One`) by Leonardo Da Vinci - or, in this case, by Maria Diaz, since she designed the cross stitch pattern I`m working from. Here`s the original:
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Today, the 16th of May, 2012 is a special day for 2 things: 1. Gregory has lost another tooth (which reminds me: one pound off housekeeping money to reimburse Tooth Fairy...), and 2. I finally finished the Celtic bird cushion that I started months and months ago, although in fact I only worked roughly 10 days on it in total. Now all that`s left to do is to turn it into a cushion but I have plenty time for that, since I decided to give it to my mother-in-law for Christmas. And here`s the last photo that looks like all the previous eight (I promise I won`t post any more of it):
Saturday, 12 May 2012
The other night (out of the blue) Gregory wanted to watch E.T. and this gave me the idea that, even though I can`t make a proper job E.T. for him, at least I`d knit this cute little alien from LGC`s Toddler Knits (Issue 27).
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
I`m writing this on 30 March, the day before we`re going on holiday, but just in case my husband wipes our computer (again) while we`re away, I thought I`d better save these pictures that I promised ages ago. So here are the presents I made for my Mum and my Gran for Mothers` Day, which in Hungary is the first Sunday in May. For my Mum I made a new glasses case to replace her old, tatty one; it`s my own design, based on the eye chart you have to read at the optician`s (the letters make the word GLASSES CASE in Hungarian).
Since I`ve been patting my own back for the past hour, I thought I`d better share it with the rest of the world: I`ve finished the 25 cards! Although I can`t post pictures for another month, the main thing is that they`re done - now I just have to cross my fingers/toes so that they won`t get lost in the post. I`m so happy that I thought I`d "surprise" myself with another knitted flower - here it is:
Thursday, 3 May 2012
The cross stitch related posts are still on hold but in the meantime, here`s a little flower I knitted last night while watching Midsomer Murders (it was the one with the orchids AGAIN, I mean, why? How many more times?), anyway, here`s the pic:
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
I know that it has not much to do with cross stitch AGAIN but the xstitching I`m doing these days is top secret, i.e. I can`t post photos until my Mum hands them over to the recipients (for those who don`t know what I`m talking about - and that includes me - I can leak this info: my Mum`s retiring and she wants to give some farewell present to her colleagues (ALL of them!) and this means I have to stitch 25 identical cards). I`ve been working on these for almost 2 weeks now and have only 10 more to go but if I`m honest, I can barely look at the design now - and it`s my own too! Anyhoo, the past couple of days I made this as a let-me-get-away-from-the-cards project: