Sunday, May 1, 2011

Three little pillows and a few other bits

Hi Everyone,
Just a few bits and pieces to show you this time starting with Miss Mary Mac's Pins & Needles Pincushion by M Designs stitched on 40 ct linen with my own choice of threads. It is backed using the fabric you see in the picture.

Another little pillow finish. This one was a freebie design by The Sampler Girl a long time ago. These days I think it is included along with several other designs in Tanya's Valentine Booklet.

Still with Sampler Girl designs this is Dash Away All
It's my Christmas ornament a month challenge finish for April.
Stitched on 36 ct evenweave using DMC threads.

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway over on Carol's blog
This gorgeous little ornament stitched from a feebie design by The Drawn Thread is so very pretty and finished to perfection. Thank you Carol. I love my gift!

I managed to keep up with my assignment for the Hedgerow Birds Project Bag SAL on Miss Zelania's blog

I finally finished the afghan I started to crochet last November.

The tutorial I used is the ripple blanket on this blog and the yarn used is Stylecraft Special double knitting.

the weather is hotting up here now so the blanket won't be used now until next winter but I'm looking forward to snuggling under it in front of the TV.

Lastly a little bit of dishcloth knitting. Knitting was the first craft I ever learned when I was about 7 yrs old. I don't knit much these days but I had some dishcloth cotton and when the fancy to knit something came over me this was instant gratification as it took no time at all to do.
Once I'd finished it looked as though I could squeeze a second one out of the same ball of yarn and I did - just!

The pattern is free on Ravelry

The yarn is Peaches & Creme Painted Desert but the colours look quite Christmassy to me


I'm off to UK on Friday. I think they've been having more sun than we've had here in Spain but it can't last and I bet I am going to need my umbrella!
Thanks for visiting my blog today and, as always, a big thank you for your encouraging comments.



KarenV said...

Beautiful finishes Margaret. I love the hanger and bow on Dash Away All. Nice progress on HB too.

Mouse said...

oooo lovely finishes :) great work on your wips :) and yes we have got sunshine hehehe love mouse xxxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Hi Margaret,
You are always so productive with lots of beautiful craftwork to show.
Your cross stitch is lovely and the little pincushion is so sweet. :)I really love the crochet ripple blanket, beautiful!! Love the colour of your dishcloth yarn, they look almost to pretty to use. :)
Vivienne x

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Beautiful work as always. Your crocheted blanket is lovely. What a wonderful accomplishment. Love you beautiful dish cloths. Always love to see that you have posted!

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely feast of things again Margaret, I have been looking everyday at your blog and today was rewarded. Love the crochet blanket and the colours are beautiful. The dishcloths are pretty to, wish we could get that make of cotton here, I joined the monthly dishcloth club and have been stitching them in wool to make into a blanket for my DGD. Love all the other photos and your stitching is perfect as usual, I did noticed no bags this time but then you have been very busy I know on Max's quilt.
Have a good holiday here in the UK and do hope the sunshine lasts for you.
Travel safe,
Love, hugs and crosses,

Julia said...

Lovely work as always Margaret and your Hedgerow Birds Project Bag is coming along very nicely. And that lovely afghan will keep you nice and toastie warm in the winter.

Enjoy your time back over here - I hope as much for your sake as my own that this lovely weather keeps going!!

Julia x

Nancy said...

Your little pillows/ornaments are stitched and finished just beautifully Margaret! And the afghan and dishcloths - Wow! Your work is gorgeous, and I love the colors in the afghan. Lucky you to win something from Carol!

I hope you have a fantastic time in UK!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely finishes. Love the backing fabric for needles and pins. Great progress on your wips. I am going to have a go at knitting a dishcloth sometime lol. Have a great time in the UK.

Sheila said...

What - no bags - LOL :)
Love everything... and the dishclothes look too beautiful to use.
See you tomorrow - looking forward to the cheese scones. What a lot of you don´t know is that Margaret is also a FABULOUS cook/baker :)

Anonymous said...

lovely finishes Margaret ,beautiful projects,well done

Margaret said...

What lovely finishes! Love the pillows! Love all. Have a great time in the UK.

staci said...

Your stitching and finishes are always so elegant...I can never get mine to look that lovely.

I learned how to knit by making those dishcloths, and I still make them...they're the best!

Karen said...

What pretty finishes and goodies!

Ellen said...

Love your beautiful pillows! What a gorgeous blanket, I would love to snuggle under it!

Enjoy your trip to London!


Michelle said...

Lovely photos Margaret and wonderful stitching (and knitting) as usual. Enjoy your time in the UK - its quite warm here at the moment x

Sandra said...

Your Hedgerow Birds is coming along a treat, it will be finished before your know it. I think you are right about needing your umbrella, the forecasters say we are due for rain on Thursday, and then it won't know when to stop.

Dovilė said...

I like your little pillows, the first one is my favorite:)
realy beautiful crochet pieces:)
hugs Dovile

Sally said...

Gorgeous finishes Margaret. Love your progress on Hedgerow Birds.

Carol said...

So happy that you've enjoyed my little giveaway gift, Margaret... And what beautiful creations you've been working on this month. I love each pillow and the afghan is amazing--such lovely colors.

Enjoy your visit to the U.K. and I do hope their beautiful weather holds up for you :)

Elisa said...

Some beautiful finishes to share...that blanket is so cheery.

jane said...

Lovely finishes Margaret. I really like your ripple blanket, the colours are beautiful. Enjoy your trip to the UK, I hope our weather stays good for you.

Anonymous said...

lovely finishes!!!
Enjoy your trip to UK

Lapplisor said...

Hi Margaret
Your works are once again a dream ..
the embroidery perfectly in the final ..
the Afgahn has such wonderful colors ... I love him!
Have a nice time in UK ~
I hope for you that the weather in Spain shows better soon.
Happy stitching

symiote said...

Beautiful little pillows!! Congratulations!!Greta work for all !

reinaknitsbythefire said...

Margaret my dear friend~~I love your sweet pillows, finish is so nice too.
I love the afghan it is gorgious~colors are wonderful! So happy to hear you are off to the UK..hi to Dee and the family!
Have a wonderful time. Bring back alot of stash and fat quarters and yarn!
Talk soon, hugz :)
reina (reinaknits)

Karoline said...

Lovely finishes, congratulations

Anonymous said...

Catching you just before you go. Have a safe trip to the UK, and enjoy your stay in your homeland
I have the same fears about the weather, as we have had almost uninterrupted sunshine for 6 weeks, and now we are off to Britanny for a week and bound to have rain
Love you pin pillow.
Hasta pronto, V

Unknown said...

fantastic ornaments!

Carolien said...

Hello Margaret,

What a lovely finishes and many thanks for the dishcloth-link, great!

Bye, Carolien

Kathy Ellen said...

My goodness, Margaret, but you have been very busy with needle in hand! Very nice finishes and all so lovely! I also love hand crocheted dishcloths...I have several in a bottom drawer of a chest that are so pretty that I am almost afraid to use them for the purpose for which they are intended! Silly me...

Happy Stitching!

Peg said...

Beautiful stitching as always Margaret,I love your dishclothes I remember well my mother teaching me to knit my first one she told me it was now ready to cast off. I took her literally, the look on her face when I just pulled the knitting off the needle, 'what are you doing'. LOL, I thought that was how to cast off! I love the rainbow design of the wool. Have a great time here in the UK the weather this last week has been great but now it's a little colder. Take care

Peg x

Jeanne said...

Everything looks lovely Margaret - I think it's time for me to knit some more dishcloths -they are fun and stress-free :).

reinaknitsbythefire said...

I love this Margaret~~your work is amazing and finishing is perfecto!!!
Hugz dear friend.
Just a few bits and pieces to show you this time starting with Miss Mary Mac's Pins & Needles Pincushion by M Designs stitched on 40 ct linen with my own choice of threads. It is backed using the fabric you see in the picture.

John'aLee said...

Oh I just love all you do!

cross stitch kits said...

beautiful works, love the cushion!

Donna said...

Oh you make me want to crochet again. I always keep thinking of it but never have the time. To much cross stitching to do

Millie en Miles said...

What a beautiful blog... hope you don;t mind but I put you on my favorite bloglist, very lovely projects and colours !! said...