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Friday, 27 January 2012

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over here spring officially begins on the first of february. and for a week or so it looked like it might already be in the air! unfortunately it didn't really stay sunny and nice - we had several days of drizzle and rain again and then we had snow over night! not too much and most of it was gone by the next day, but still - that put a damper on my "spring spirit"! it feels as if our winter was mostly grey and wet (not sure if that actually shows in the official data, maybe it's just me?) and I am fed up with grey. I want colour! maybe that's the reason why I chose some colourful yarns for a few small projects? I finished the black shrug (no photos yet, because I can't wear it and without anybody "in" it, it looks rather odd), though I am not sure about the size; it looks rather small. if it is too small - I'll just have to make another one, I have enough of the black merino anyway. but not now - black is too close to grey to be enjoyable just now:))

I am making piggies... woolly piggies that is:))
I use odds and ends of handspun - maybe not ideal for grubby kiddie fingers, but I wanted them to be colourful, so here they come. the yarn is a leftover of a batch I dyed for another project (colibri), but it's not enough for a scarf or hat. the pattern is easy enough, just two larger circles and a smaller one for the face. two ears, two legs (yes, I know - it's a two-legged pig:)) and a tail. a zip and a few buttons, that's it. the knitting is done really fast, the putting together takes much more time! 
 this is the base material for the second piggie, just needs putting together. I finished knitting the third batch late last night, but didn't take a photo yet... the "herd" will be shown, when all is finished:) I hope the three little boys like their piggie purses....
this is only the base material for one block of my quilt - I don't want to show more yet; but the upper layer is nearly done, just needs a border. the back will be fleece, that's easy to put together. all the blocks were done by hand, but the rest I'll do with the machine, or I'll never get those long seams done....






tomorrow we are going to have our spinner's meeting - this time the demo topic will be wet felting. not really my thing - I prefer drier techniques:)) I won't take my wheel this time, because it's our "AGM" meeting and we talk a lot at those. it's not worth dragging the lendrum all the way to and from the car - when all I manage to do is to spin 10 yards of yarn! I'll take my knitting instead and a few small patches, to make two small fabric balls with rattle. one new baby in the family and one not quite so new (but I think a 1 year old still likes a ball with bell inside....) - I think a few more baby things are called for! this time it's a girl - finally a "victim" for something frillier maybe?

off to finish some blueberry muffins ....

8 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

The piggie purses are adorable! Very clever. Have fun tomorrow at the spinning /felting demo!

Sprotte said...

Die Schweine sind genial!
Sind die Schweine gefüttert und den Verschluss am Futter angenäht - oder hast du den Reißverschluss direkt an das Gestrick gefummelt?

Ich suche immer noch nach dem ultimativen Trick, um Reißverschlüsse in Taschen einzunähen!

Leigh said...

The piggies are so cute! Will have to remember this for when granddaughter gets older. Love the quilt fabrics too!

Nina said...

I love the piggy purse. It's very cute. Are you using paper piecing for the quilt? With the pieces shown with the seam allowance turned under, I wondered about it. I did one quilt that way and every point was perfect! The colours work together nicely. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Ahhh... spring. It won't get here until late April or May. February spring sounds delightful.

Woolly Bits said...

Cindy - thanks, it was a bit chaotic this time, but fun, too...

Sprotte - nein, die schweine sind nicht abgefuettert, sie sind ja nicht sehr gross. ich habe die rv so sauber wie moeglich eingenaeht, man sieht zwar eine naht, aber nicht unordentlich. den ultimativen tip - magnetverschluesse nehmen:)) ich mag rv einnaehen auch nicht unbedingt gern, aber bei so einem kleinen teil gings besser per hand als mit maschine....

Leigh - the piggies are super simple, you just need patience when putting them together. the easiest handmade toy I know are fabric balls made from 12 pentagons, you can make different sizes or different fabrics like velvet or terry - and you can put a bell or rattle into the stuffing. I made two, in one afternoon!

Nina - yes, I prefer paper piecing. for one I don't have to put up the sewing machine, it's very portable - and you're right, the corners are nicer!
the spring - I think I was being premature - there is a massive high over central europe, that might well spread out to us = extremely low temperatures! winter is back:((

Elke said...

Ein süßes Schweinchen!
Ich bin auf den fertigen Quilt gespannt.
Auch bei uns hatte es schon sehr nach Frühling ausgesehen, und jetzt ist es eisig kalt geworden.
Hoffentlich überleben das die voreiligen Pflänzchen!
VG
Elke

Woolly Bits said...

Elke - ich bin fertig, aber ich kann ihn noch nicht zeigen - man weiss ja nie, wer so mitliest:) bisher ist es noch nicht zu frostig hier - ich habe schnell noch einiges in den dome getragen, in der hoffnung, dass es nicht so kalt wird hier, dass es da drinnen (ungeheizt) kaputtfriert! gerade hatten sich einige angeschlagene sachen etwas regeneriert... naja, mal abwarten, bisher sieht es noch nicht so ganz arg aus in der vorhersage fuer hier!

Elke said...

Das freut mich, dass der Likör so gut ankommt!! Der ist aber auch lecker, ich freu mich schon auf meinen nächsten Versuch im Herbst, dann mache ich mehr!
VG
Elke