Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More new books

I am still struggling with the work/home life balance at the minute. I am thoroughly enjoying my new job in a craft store and still have to pinch myself, but at the same time, three days a week sees me having to reorganise how i do other things on my days off, ie, housework, groceries, catching up with friends, keeping in touch with my email friends.  I am hoping that next week when the kids go back to school I will have a better ability to begin to restructure how and when i do things.

In the meantime, I have been sewing and knitting madly away this last week. Nothing finished yet to show though so you will have to wait another day or two.  I am almost finished sewing a smocked dress that will hopefully go in the window of the shop where I work. I made it out of material from the shop so it should be a good advertisement.  Not much left to do on it so I hope to have it done tonight so i can take it in tomorrow.  Then i want to make a petticaot to go under it but that wont be done today; too much running around with other things today to fit both finishes in.
I have also been knitting a little cardigan with some variegated wool i got from the shop before I started work there.  I saw the pattern in the hsop last week and it is so cute so I thought it would be a good chance to try out this wool. It is not bad, I m not sure about the colour of the wool now it is knitted up; it looks darker to me. But I will let you all decide when it is done.
now for show and tell:
I bought this book from the shop the other day. It has so many great ideas for embroidery on borders, I just had to have it. Especially as I am madly dreaming of embroidering the sashing on my quilt that I am half way through. I am not sure why as i really wanted to get it finished but I think with the embroidered blocks already on it, embroidering the sashing would really set it off.  Oh the things we do!!!
Anyway, here is the book, I have already picked which border i will use (with some changes to it).
It has so many borders for so mnay occasions. Very sweet.
This is the other thing I brought home with me on Monday. It was given to me by my boss who got it out of a magazine.  How cute is this!!!!!
To be perfectly honest, it will go into the pile of things I really really want to do, but I wont start it until I have some other things out of the way.  They are just too too cute I think. I mean, check out this guy:
What a great little knight he is!!  And the bishop looks like this:  (It is okay, I wont bore you with the whole lot!!)
My eldest son and I play chess on occasion (should i say he regularly beats me, and i very rarely scrape up a surprise win).  I dont know if I would use these to actually play, although that is what they  are for.

As I sit here typing this I have found out that a little girl in our family has been rushed to hospital over night with severe diabetes (this is a new thing for her). My thoughts will be with her today, I hope she recovers and they can get her onto a plan to get it under control.
Have a good day everyone. I am off to plan a first communion dress with a friend's daughter so that should be good.


  1. ooooh you do have some nice finds - that book looks great and while I like the chess set I'd never knit it myself. I find that creating (whatever it is) does make you feel better after a hectic day, but know how you feel trying to fit everything in. Looking forward to pics of your recently created items. Cheers Karen

  2. Hiya Karyn, it does take some adjustment when you take on something new. I am sure you will be able to sort it. Looking forward to seeing what you are making.

  3. I think the Bareroots books will be of great benefit to you Karyn, good luck. Also love those little knitted chess pieces. Who has time to think up some of these things!!!

    I do hope the doctors will find the balance to stabilize the little girl. Wouldn't it be lovely if someone actually found a cure for the jolly thing. My thoughts are with her and the family.