Tuesday, 9 December 2008

a robot...an oversized urchin...and some frogs

oops, that was a bit of a long and unintentional break. Real life seems to be interrupting my crafting'n'blogging existence more than I would like of late. It's the day job, and the kids, and the need to sometimes go out and do other stuff...it all mounts up and gets in the way. Apologies to everyone whose blog I haven't visited in a while. I miss you all! Am hoping to get back into blogger/crafter mode properly again soon. Or maybe it just has to be like this for a while. Hmm, anyway, I'll be popping by again as soon as I possibly can.

I've been reading a bit more than usual of late, and so knitting less on the bus. I seem to bring myself to kind of crisis point with too many knitting projects on the go at one time and then need to take a break and read myself back to some semblance of sanity. I have completed two knits recently though, one of which I'll show you here and one which has yet to be received by its recipient and so won't be unveiled just yet. I've also just ordered some rather lovely Noro Silk Garden Chunky for my next project (never mind the 4 WIPs that are currently hugging various sets of needles, just ignore those)

But before all that...feast your eyes on this...

incredible isn't it?

my swap received from Jan in the DQS5 swap. I mentioned that I liked robots and Jan is obviously psychic and just knew I love stars and put them all together to create this stunning mini quilt

it has gorgeous hand quilting too, which I hope you can make out

I LOVE it. Thanks so much Jan. I now have to tidy my craft room so it can look beautiful on the wall.

Other news...I visited my new nephew Isaac in Geneva recently

we (well, me'n'my sis, not the babe, obviously) drank lots of hot drinks by the lake, and did those sisterly things (like wandering around looking in craft shops and at christmas ornaments and interesting teabags for hours on end) that I miss so much (oh come to London Kate, you'd love it!)

I brought lil Isaac along a froggy baby quilt - this was a lot of fun to make, such joyful fabrics.

My two girls got involved in fabric and pattern choices and Isaac's mum seemed to like it.


Baby quilts really are lovely to make, especially when you get to work with frogs and polkadots!

(forgive the awful colours in this photo - not sure what happened)

However on the way to Gatwick airport I managed to leave my Le Slouch from last year on the train (my sister says I must never travel on trains with anything connected with handknitting again, as I always suffer a loss. I say I should just start taking a bit more responsibility for my belongings and stop daydreaming so much!)

Anyway, this latest knitting/train fiasco lead me to make this little number

it's an urchin, intentionally oversized (so as to slouch) in Rowan Cocoon Bilberry.

It is soft and warm and I love the colour. I just need to make a felted corsage with which to adorn it next. I may even make a non-oversized urchin too, just for the heck of it!

Hope you are all well and enjoying the lead up to the festive season. Take it easy and have plenty of cups of tea. It's cold out there


Katy said...

oh...you..cow...bag. That was quite obviously supposed to be MY robot quilt and somehow got lost in the post and ended up at yours. So unfair, really, it is. Karma then decided you should lose your le slouch in punishment for stealing it from me. HA!

However, fab quilt, fab baby Issac, and fab new hat!

Anonymous said...

Annie, I will enjoy a cup of tea, in the swealtering heat for you. Cold? Is this supposed to be winter?? Ha. It reached a cool 25 degrees celcius today with a pleasant breeze! Shock.

I checked the stash, no you haven't stolen my frog fabric nor my green and white polka dots. I must say that I am loving that quilt you made for your nephew and your girls have STYLE and TASTE!! I need to find a spare 1 hr or so to go the post office. I have taken the swap parcels to the post office a few times but the line up has had me panicked and I've turned around mission abandoned. Too hard with Miss CT in tow.

The robot and stars is also fab. What a great quilt swap you participated in. :D And the knitting?? You are amazing, you know that don't you??

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous robot quilt. I am never brave enough to knit on the bus, always choosing to read a book instead. Love the slouch hat!

Jennie said...

I love that hat, I love it!!! Thats the kind of hat I would really really love!
I got given a hand felted corsage but do you know what I bloomin did, I washed it in the machine! Gutted!
Those quilts and lovely and that baby is gorgeous!

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

ooh love the robot swap quilt and the frog quilt you made very cute x

nice hat too - i can't wear hats i just feel silly in them! you loook lovely in 'em! x

Jen said...

Oh my, what a lovely post! I do that too--reach a maximum saturation point with the knitting and them just read for a while on the bus. The reading is always refreshing.

And your robot quilt is amazing. You lucky thing! I'm almost tempted to make one, but the truth is that I'm lousy at the quilting arts...

P.S. What a handsome baby!

P.P.S. Darling hat!

Jodie said...

Love that quilt - love it love it ....kinda wanna steal it....

Cait ni Clic et al said...

She is so talented eh! And so good to her newest little nephew....we think the quilt will double as wall art chez nous! Love your new urchin hat, attach it on to yourself with string now won't you! That robot quilt is gorgeous too! Such a talented bunch! As for me, yearning for another croissant claw with my sis...and a little ski run to a certain creperie.....x cait

Diane said...

I found you through your comment at Bemused Jan's blog. You see, I've been anxious to find out who received her fabulous robot quilt. Lucky you. I got something good out of the deal as well ~ a lovely new blog to visit ~ yours!

Chloe said...

I thought you had abandoned blogger forever!
Lovely quilts and a lovely hat. The colour is gorgeous.

Helen said...

Fab quilt! And your urchin is lovely - am adding that one to my ravelry queue!

juanitatortilla said...

Yes it is cold, and I hope you're helping yourself to many cups of warm tea (I have been, naturally).

Take a break! But I'll check in on you soon, for sure.

Have a great December.

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