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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Catching up.

It seems like ages since i did a proper post! It was nice to have a break though and just read everybody elses' blogs and find some new ones.

I decided this year not to bother with resolutions - i very rarely keep them anyway! There are some things i would like to do this year though - making bread is one of them - although i use my breadmaker a lot i would love to make bread 'properly'! Also i want to do some quilting courses - being self taught i could do with some advice!!!

I have kicked off the new year with some knitting - a lovely soft, snuggly scarf - i made one for Tom's girlfriend and liked it so much i thought i'd knit one for myself! This pattern is really easy - well you know me - why make life difficult !!! You end up with a different pattern on each side -

The pattern comes from this book and is for a man's scarf, but i just love it!

I have also tidied up my sewing space - about time as it was a tip!!! So am ready to get sewing.

Talking of sewing i had the most beautiful gifts made for me by a lovely lady called Nicolette - this was the Chookyblue SSCS swap. I certainly was very lucky with my swap partner who was incredibly generous and i can't thank her enough!As you can see Nicolette sent me two lovely candle holders, scissors, tape measure, bag charm, quilt pattern and some gorgeous yarn. The best i have kept till last - a beautifully made wallhanging
Thank you Nicolette for such scrumptious gifts - this hanging will be pride of place every christmas!

My swap partner was Jo in Tas and this is part of my gift for her -

I really enjoyed this swap and must say a mahoosive thank you to Chookyblue for all her hard work!

Well that's all for now, back to the housework!!!



Chookyblue...... said...

esp love the Christmas will look great on the wall for Christmas........
love the hearts wall hanging you made for you too............thanks for being part of the SSCS 2010.

Annie said...

Love the expression of what your sewing space was . . . a tip . . . mine too. I think I will clean up today! LOVE your christmas swap.

Joy said...

Love your gifties from Nicolette - she really did her homework ;o) ... and the wallhanging you made is fabulous!!!
That's such a pretty scarf you're knitting ... we don't get to wear them here for very long but I do love them - especially my lovely pink one from YOU ;o)!!!!
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

Kitty said...

What lovely swappy bits, Maria! Happy New Year to you - I hope you manage to achieve your 'aims' this year (NOT resolutions). I really like the pattern of that scarf - my mum always told me it was called 'fisherman's rib' but I have no idea if that's right or not. :) x

Moogsmum said...

Happy New Year, Maria!

Your sewing space looks very spick and span and ready for action. What a great way to start the new year.

I love those walll hangings - both totally gorgeous!


Kerri said...

Im a bit the same on resolutions. Never seem to work for me. Hoping to change a bit. Like the idea of quilting course. Im book in in April. You never stop learning.
Good to have a go at knitting every now and again. Now you have cleaned your tip do you want to do mine now.
Love your Xmas gifts. You were spoilt. Lucky girl