Spoke too soon

Back in my bed again.  Two steps forward one backwards.  Still that is one step in the right direction.

I finished the little applique bird and those pieces are a bit too small to get a perfect finish on the piece.

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But I don't want to discard this design so I have re-scaled it and mucked around with it a bit to make it fit a cushion cover.

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I will stitch this out and see if it works.  (I think I need to make those tail feathers a bit longer.)

I must be getting better

I have managed to start stitching again.  That is a relief, I thought I had lost the knack. I take that as a sign that I am getting better.  I think it will take a little longer and I am not going to rush into doing lots of things but it is certainly an improvement.

The other thing that has happened is that I have got carried away with designing  my 'bird bags'.  I sat and came up with another 5 designs so that I could make 6 different versions.  The next thing has been to refine the pattern for the actual bag and after a test run I think that pattern needs to be 1cm longer.

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The width and curve of the top for the clip frame is perfect but if I put a phone and credit cards inside it is a tight fit.

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So another 1cm will make all the difference.  And my husband needs a new cover for his phone.  It is his birthday this month so I have solved the present problem that has been nagging at me as well.

Free embroidery patterns

I was checking out some DMC threads online and came across their free embroidery design pages.  There are over 300 designs and some of them are very tempting to start stitching.


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I have been looking for some Mexican designs and there are a number here.

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Yet another bird.

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And then there are the cross stitch patterns.  I have some ideas for the Children's Classes and this budgie.

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A great resource.

Talking of birds

My husband is in the process of trying to get a 'community project' established on the island.  But they have hit a problem with noise.  The natural background noise of the birds here takes the noise level over the limit allowable under the environmental guidelines.  I don't think those birds have read the guidelines.  Who would have thought birds could do that?

Maybe it is all those noisey lorikeets?  They are everywhere here, along with lots of other birds who call to each other all day long and then the kerlews call all night long.  They are cute though when you spy a breeding pair in their hollow.

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Wednesday has come around again.  It keeps doing that.

So what of my progress this week?  Well the knitting has grown, nearly up to the armhole.

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I have started work on my little bird purse.  I decided to applique the design and then found that parts of it are just too small.

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I will try to applique the tail but those leaves will be just too fidderly.  I want to embroidery some details onto the applique.  It might work and then again it may not.

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I put this design into my 'bird file' on my computer where I found some more designs I have done nothing with, so this may be the first of a run of bird purses.


I just broke the arm off my reading glasses.  Oh Dear! 

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But  I am not stressing about it one little bit.

I have worn glasses for most of my life.  So when I had the cataracts removed from my eyes I immediately got another pair of prescription glasses.  These cost me over $800.00.

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Problem is I only need them for reading and I kept taking them off and misplacing them.  Then I was really stressed.  At one point I lost them for 2 weeks.  Solution?  Well I went out to the dollar shop and bought multiple pairs of magnifiers at $5.00 to $10.00 each.  I have them in every room and I don't stress if they fall apart like those green ones.  I will just buy another pair.

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You know, I will probably be able to find a little screw and fix the broken ones, but I think I will find another pair to add to my collection.

Hiding from the vacume cleaner

I am still in my sick bed or rather I have progressed to the chair beside the bed.  Charlie is still my constant companion and can now go up and down the stairs on her own.  It is so good to see her improving.

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This last virus is continuing to  give me grief and my husband is doing the vacuming.  The noise of that machine just goes straight through my head.  So Charlie and I have retreated to my sewing room so that I can shut the door.  I am now on super strong antibiotics, ear drops and pain killers, all of which leave me tired.  But at least the pain is under control and I have begun to think about sewing again.  I can't remember what I was doing last time so I have decided on a new project.

I decided on a clip purse.  Why?   Well that is a bit of a wander of the mind.  The government here is bringing in a tax on all purchases from overseas and making the persons selling the goods collect the tax for them.  Which just blows the mind.  I don't mind paying my taxes but I hate being ripped off.  I can buy rat tail cord on line for 5cents a metre but have to pay $1.00 a metre in the shops here.  They would buy in bulk and get that cord even cheaper than me.  The same can be said of my purse frames that sell for about $10 to $15 each in the shops or $2 or less on line.  So I looked in my bag of purse frames and found I was down to 3 only.  One I really liked so decided to make a clip purse and I also put an order in on line for some more frames.

He was still vacuming so I did a little vector drawing for an applique.  Just a silly little bird but it is about all I can handle at the moment.  I have found the fabrics, drafted a pattern and got everything ready.

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I have no idea what I am going to do with it when I am finished.  It will probably go into the Xmas gift draw.


So, not a lot of progress on anything.

I did undo my knitting and knitted it again, so that now I am slightly ahead of where I was before I undid it.

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I am experimenting with shopping bags.  All plastic bags are being withdrawn from supermarkets here in July.  I found that the patchwork fabric wasn't robust enough and that soft furnishing fabric was too robust and expensive.  I settled on some fabric from Ikea.   At the rate I am going I think I might be better off just buying them from the supermarket!

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Still here

This virus is sure a problem.  Now I have had an allergic reaction to the drugs they gave me for the ear infection and am still in bed. But I have good company.  Charlie had her next operation to restore her sight and she and I lay around just sleeping and getting better.  However, she is not allowed to go up and down the stairs.  She has got used to being carried and now insists on being picked up when she wants to go outside.  But the good news is that she can see and even bark at people passing by.  She is not allowed on the stairs for another 2 weeks so she could end up totally spoilt.

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It is quite wintery here and my daughter has given the seal of approval to the Carbeth sweater that I knitted for her.  ( I see on Ravery that there are 1060 projects for this sweater.)

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I adjusted the pattern to make it longer in the arms and body than stated in the pattern.  It took 3 balls of a  wool/bamboo blended wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills  called Stella  which is a 12ply yarn,  this was on special when I bought it at $12.00 per ball, so the cost of materials was $36.00.    (Now $14.50 per ball).  My children have sensitive skin and that bamboo content makes this garment perfect for them, no itching.  This was one of the quickest and easiest sweaters I have ever knitted so I think I will knit the cardigan version for myself.

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image Kate Davies Designs

 I am not young and slender, although I have lost quite a bit of weight (20Kilos), so I think I will make the body longer.