Sunday, August 19, 2012

More fusion blocks done.

Last night while watching the rugby...Our All Blacks  'winning'  against the  wallybys( australia) for Bledisloe cup,...I managed to get a couple more of these squares done.  I now have 10 completed.  I have worked out I get four out of a ball of the cotton and have a few grammes left over which I put aside. I'll use this to join them around then I should know if I am going to need to buy more cotton or not.  Last week I went to spotlite store and they had a 30% sale of everything so I saved a bit buying the rest of the cotton I am using. It is by 'moda vera' called 'gelato'...50% acrylic  50% cotton  so I  think it will wash up quite well when it needs to be washed. It is nice and soft, not to stiff when crocheted up.

Today I am meant to be making 5 coat samples for "Paula Ryan' , very trendy but not my cup-of-tea really, they have lots of inverted  pleats  (7) all around on the panels near the hem.....I  Suppose they will look much better when properly pressed and finished fully.

close up of the crochet round the edge.

the pile is growing slowly.

fat Norbitt having a lounge!
Last night after the game I found a circle granny to make that is really easy to do.  I will make some of these in between doing everything else. Maybe just a cushion could turn into a blanket...not sure  , I'll see how it goes.I found a tutorial over  HERE  at wisecrafts blog,   It's really clear and straight forward. .No pic of mine  yet sorry. but one on her blog of course.
And this ''Norbit" he is fatter than ever!  ..he looks like a pregnant female but I know he is not coz he had  the 'chop'!  I think he travels the  neighbor hood and eats every other cats food he finds. bye for rnow. sue.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"At last some of these".

Well I been looking everyday when I go to the chook house to feed my 'girls' to see if they have started to lay us some eggs.......and they have, yay !  been hanging out for some decent eggs and especially fresh ones.  There was  just 1 the first day then none the next but on friday it was dark when i got home so they didn't get feed but there was 3 nice brown eggs sitting  in there box for me.  It is warming up now and winter is nearly gone so they will be busy little girls now.  I only have 4 layers  left and 1 old thing that is just living out it's days.  I am on the look out for a couple of new 'girls' to join them.  This year I might try and keep count of how many they lay seeing as there is only four left. I'm off to eat these for breaky now.
Fresh eggs.
The first four eggs.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A little progress on the fusion blanket

I have done 2 squares on this new project so far.  We were watching the Warriors(league) get thrashed then changed channels to the Olympics and were watching the mens walking race.  Loved seeing the kayak ladies race and winning the 'Gold' !  Good on her.  We will be back to normal viewing tomorrow sometime.

the edge crocheted around

the block rows done.

Doing these squares is fairly straight forward . I don't have to follow a complicated pattern so it should come together quite well....maybe not that fast but fairly easily.  I have crocheted the edge instead of blanket stitching like I said  I would.....changed my mind  again!  I thought it would be to hard on my hands but I just did about 8 at a time then crocheted around them.  They are all crocheted with the chocolate cotton yarn now so just the other colour to do. then join them  and it's done.  I weave in the few ends there are as I go so that pesky job is done also.  I have't got back to the quilt yet, just not been motivated much but must try and do a bit . I've had a cold thing and it is still hanging around a bit.
 The weather was rotten yesterday and poured all night but the sun is trying to come out today and the rain has stopped!  We have to clean out the spouting as it is blocked up with manuka leaves and branches from all the wind. The chook s are nearly on an island in the yard so i have to do something with them and get them out of the mud and slush!  They have't started to lay eggs yet but should start any day now i think as there combs are starting to colour up.(turn a bright red) and it is getting warmer for them.  can't wait for some fresh eggs!
I want to watch the closing ceremony of the games tomorrow too. so hope you have a great weekend.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

My fusion blanket

I have started my fusion blanket . A couple of nights ago I stitched my charms about 11pm!  I turned them out the next night while watching the olyimpics.  I am using 2 packs of the same so it will be reversible . My charms are by Holly Taylor- "Dragonfly Summer''.
I'm blanket stitching around each square with a chocolate cotton  4ply and then crochet around with a mushroom/tan colour. I'm not sure  weather to do a rectangle shape or square shape.  I have more of the same charms so I can always add a few rows if I need too.
It's a very portable project too once you have stitched your charms together. I was going to crochet around and not do the blanket stitching but it is a bit hard to push a hook through the layers of fabric . I have a hand punch that makes a wee hole first but that is hard on your hands after a while so blanket stitch is what i will do after all.

You can check out the progress of everyone in the Flickr Group here.  There are all lovely.  If you want to se the original blanket go here or for the CAL instuctions go here .

the pile is growing.