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Big Project: Esther’s Blanket – on the home straight

Well after the Gloucester Cathedral Knitting Club picnic (to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day) on Saturday, I finally finished the last square of Esther’s blanket. (A plain mitred square, in case you were wondering).

The full list of 15 different blocks I’ve knitted from 200 Knitted Blocks is as follows:

0) Plain mitred square (not actually listed as a separate block, because it’s too dull!)
18) Flowing Pinks
37) Little Cables
56) Big Heart
57) Christmas Stripes
62) Interwoven
82) Dash
98) Scattered Leaves
99) Softie
101) Blue Seas
129) Purple Haze
141) Random Bobbles
161) Soft Stripes
169) Furrows
201) V-stripes

Thanks to Le Mans and the Grand Prix yesterday, I’ve even managed to get 4 sets of blocks sewn together. Only 11 more to go, then the arranging and joining to go…

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Big Project: Esther’s Blanket

My current ‘big project’ has been on (and off) my knitting needles since the middle of 2010. I’m knitting Esther a blanket; originally with the intention of it being finished for when she moved out of her cot and into the big bed, but she’s spent the last few nights and naps in the big bed this week, and I’m only 2/3 of the way through the knitting. Read More »

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Project: A-Line Skirt

Sew What Skirts Book Cover imageThis post is something of a combination – a book review and a craft project post. Read More »

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My Sewing Machine Table

Since I’m hoping to do a bit more sewing this year (following on from a great sew a Christmas stocking workshop I did last month at the Makery). However, one of the big problems I’ve always had is that my sewing machine is a wonderful vintage Husqvana Viking 6430 which I inherited from my grandmother and it weighs a tonne. This means it needs a seriously strong table underneath it, and there are only 2 of those in the house: the dining table, and the computer desk. Neither of these is very convenient, as the dining table is two floors below my crafting stash, and the computer desk is usually not visible! Read More »

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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House KitThe weekend before Christmas, we were supposed to go and visit Granny B and Grandad so Paul and Grandad could go to “Sports Personality of the Year” and Granny B, Esther and I could have some fun time. However, Paul went down with a really horrible lurgy the week before, and we didn’t go at all. Granny B had bought a “Make a Gingerbread House” kit for us to have a go at while we were there, and we therefore received an extra family Christmas present.

Since we had family for Christmas Day and again on the 27th, we thought making the gingerbread house would be a fun project for Boxing day – and it really was! Read More »

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