Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stuff

Oh wow - I couldn't believe it yesterday morning when I logged in at work and saw 31 comments on my last post! It think that must be a record for me. Thank you all for your lovely, kind comments - I'm so glad you liked my biscornu and found the tutorial useful. For those who've asked and others who may be interested - feel free to pass around the tutorial to anyone who's interested. I hope it all makes sense and I'd be happy to try and help anyone struggling with it.

I've seen on a few blogs recently that we're all eyeing up the new releases coming out at Nashville this year. As Karen says, ABC Stitch Therapy has a really good list (over several pages) of what’s coming up. I'm trying hard to resist as I already have far too much stash, but of course, this caught my eye - how's that for timing?


Just Nan's Floral Fifteen
This is Just Nan's Floral Fifteen and isn't it gorgeous? I'm not completely sure about the Charm Garden Pins, but I'd love to stitch the biscornu. I think the stitching will be a bit more drawn out than my snowflakes as each square is more densely stitched and there are a number of colour changes. I'll have to get hold of that one!

Now that I've finished my snowflake biscornu, I've made some more progress on my SB Family Sampler, but forgot at the weekend to try and get a decent photo.

I've also been doing a little crochet, initially as a birthday gift for a friend.

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A crochet flower brooch - as I rather liked what I came up with, I made another for myself!

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I think I'm going to have to make some more - I rather like them! The pattern is adapted from one in Crochet Bouquet and I crocheted the inner rounds using a varigated Debbie Bliss yarn with the final round in a finer mohair.

Finally, the recipients of my PIF will be SGVChicago and geeky Heather - I'll be in touch soon to get myself organised!

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I've also been spending far too much time recently setting myself up in iGoogle having too much geeky fun! I'm constantly struggling to find a good way to manage my favourites and the blogs I want to follow. Bloglines and Google Reader just aren't spontaneous enough for me and I keep loosing track of things I want to keep up with!

Oh, and I'm starting to pick up a few stitchy friends in Facebook, so anyone else who'd like to be my friend, let me know - you never know, I might become a Facebook convert!

15 comments:

Sally said...

Yep that's about the only thing that caught my eye too and it's gone on my wish list!

Annie said...

That is one gorgeous biscornu and I love those pin charms as well.

Very pretty crocheted flowers. The yarn selection really makes a big difference.

Julie said...

I was eyeing up that biscornu too and thought of your snowflake when i saw it.

Autumn said...

I ended up ordering that Floral 15 biscornu. I figured that would be a good pattern for me to try it out on.

Yoyo said...

That Just Nan piece was THE one that caught my eye too. I do have enough stash, I do have enough stash, I do.....

Lesley, what you need is called an RSS Reader. You see that little blue icon at the top of the blogs that says RSS? Well if you have an RSS Reader, you just click on that icon and a 'subscription' to that blog goes into the Reader. Each day you open the Reader and there is the long list of blogs you like and any blog with a post you have not read is clearly marked. I use NetNewsWire LIte a free Reader and have over 100 blogs in it. But I am on a MacIntosh computer and I don't know if NetNewsWire works on the PC. I'm sorry I don't know the names of the free programs for the PC, but I'm sure if you google FREE RSS READER you will find one.

Kitty said...

Those crocheted flowers are wonderful - so clever. I don't know how you make your stitching so neat and tidy - I really admire it. x

PS I use Google Reader and find it tells me straightaway if someone has posted a new blog.

CraftyT said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your stitching and other crafts are just GREAT!

I will continue to read your blog whenever I can :)
Natasha

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Hi, Lesley, Thanks for your note about the other author. I'll have to try one of his books, since I haven't read him. The JN biscornu is gorgeous! And, we are officially Facebook friends...:] I'm just learning with that so I'm very boring at the moment! Your crochet pieces are darling. The knitting and crochet bug has to hit me before I will pick up my hooks and needles. I'm a binge stitcher, quilter and hooker! LOL
Hugs, Deb

Kathy A. said...

Love that biscornu. No wonder it is on your list. I have printed your instructions for the biscornu and plan to try that one day soon.

Wendy said...

I've never tried an ordinary biscornu but I have to say your 15 sided one is awesome! I love the new Just Nan one too....so tempting!

Von said...

Love your little biscornu tutorial - I'm going to bookmark it. :D

I use Newsgator to read most of my blogs. It's also a free rss service. Works great for me.

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