Sunday, 22 March 2015

Sorbet Churn Dash Update #4

This week I have had blocks arriving from three lovely people.
First up are these 4 blocks from Jen (The Lilac Cat)

Next to arrive were 2 blocks from Kelly.

And lastly 2 blocks from Melissa all the the way from America!!
Thanks so much ladies, this brings our block total to 60 of the 98 blocks needed. We still have a way to go to get that second quilt made, so I know I keep asking.......but if you have a spare half hour to make a block, it would really make a difference. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Camera Challenge 2 - Understanding Aperture

Now, I love those kind of photos where you can blur some bits and not the others, but to be fair it been more luck than judgement that I have achieved it previously. But thanks to this months Camera Challenge I think I have got it.
So, here are my shots on my Nikon D3200 with my bunch of volunteers.

f 5.3 Not the lowest on my camera, but fairly low!
All are focused on Mr Happychops at the front.

f10
The man in the shoulder pads is now clearer.

f20
R2D2 and even the Tennis man are nearly clear at this stage.

And then lastly at f36
They are perfectly clear here, although for this photo and the f20 I did have to use a kitchen barstool as a tripod, as any movement between the shutters closing ends up with ones like this!
Which make you think you have been drinking and gives you a headache without the alcohol!!
And then I thought I'd see what Auto gave me.
Mr Auto picked f5.3 Aperture.

This was a really good thing to fiddle about with and I think it hopefully give me some tricks to try when taking blog photos. I think writing the blog post and editing the photos has also helped me to see it clearer, all those times the teacher told me writing it out helps was right!
I'm not claiming to know the full scientific reasoning, but Katy's explanation and putting it to use, has certainly made it clearer or blurrier depending on how you look at it!!
Littlest Thistle Camera Challenge 2015

Friday, 13 March 2015

Swap Sewing

It's not just been all collecting blocks around here recently, there has been just the tiniest bit of sewing going on, and by tiny I mean the smallest of paper piecing.
Back in January I signed up (very late) to the UK Mini Swap, now I am not really a swapper and this is my first mini swap and the reason for this is I am petrified of Swapping! I am such a worrier and I'm lethal at procrastinating, the thought of interpreting somebody else loves, like and dislikes sends me into a spin and I do anything but tackle the project. But I decided to put on my big girl pants and do something that pushes me and the win is I get a mini back that I've not had to make or worry over!
So this is where I am up to, I am using this Cotton + Steel Good Fortune Quilt pattern as my inspiration, but as the templates are for a 15" blocks, I scaled down a mockup of the block on Touchdraw. These block are unfinished at 6½" and as the mini must be no smaller than 15" I should be good with 9 of these little fellas.
The next decision is what 3 colours to do next, I'm not sure between the either of the greens......
or a purple.
It's like a Karen Lewis Textiles paint swatch!
So partner, do you have any preference, or a completely different 3 colours??? Also partner the original pattern has the blocks offset, do you like that or how I have laid them out? Answers and advice from all in a comment please.............I'm off to eat cake and drink a glass of wine, this week has been a testing one!!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sorbet Churn Dash Update #3

We have had lots of lovely blocks dropping through the letter box over the last two days, it feels like my birthday!!
First up was 4 from Sue.
Next was 7 from Charlotte
Then we had 4 by Just Sew Sue.
These 6 were from Hannah.
And lastly these pretty from Helen.
That brings us to a grand total 52 blocks, so we have enough for one quilt and are 3 blocks onto the second!! So if you have been thinking about maybe making a few blocks please do! It will really make a difference for a child to have her own quilt to leave Summer Camp with.
Here is the lovely pile of blocks 52 of 98 blocks.
The original begging post is here.
And the tutorial for the right sized block is here.
Thank you so so much lovely ladies, it is going to be an amazing quilt! 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Juicy Pebble Beach Shawl

I've got a knitty finish to share, my Juicy Pebble Beach Shawl is off the needles and around my neck!!
I started this back at the beginning of February and have loved knitting it, the pattern has a stitch count for every row and a percentage noted every 5% knitted, which the OCD bit of me really LOVED! So you knew how much yarn you needed, could quickly see where you had gone wrong and knew how long till you finished......not that I didn't like knitting it, but everyone with startitus is wondering when they can legitimately cast-on the next project!!
Also the bonus for me is that it is a one skein pattern, I had 11grams left from my 100gram skein.
The yarn was a dream to knit with, it's a tweed so in my mind I had the thought of a rough and coarse yarn, but it was so soft, not at all splity and had no trouble being frogged on the row I missed a stitch!! The colour is a really perfectly pastel purple and reminds me of a blackcurrant Fruit-tella, all squidgy and yummy.
The lace pattern is really pretty and the picot edging really finishes it off, I think it will be an ideal spring shawl and thankfully spring has arrived around here over the last few days.

The Details:

Yarn - 100g Skein of Tweed Sock in Juicy by The Wool Barn 

And lastly the wrinkled/frowning face selfie!!!
I know, as I'm completely addicted to shawls I will make another one of these, for knitting and end result its a 10/10 for me! 
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