24 September 2016

A Glasgow Rose

Earlier this year, my husband and I drove the 550 miles North to visit my family in Scotland. We decided to stop in The Trossachs National Park on the way, and then drive the slow way to Aberdeen across the Cairngorm mountains. We stayed for a few days in a small apartment at the top of one of these towers

The views were amazing! The scenery is simply stunning and although I was born and spent the first 29 years of my life in Scotland it never fails to take my breath away.

I knew we planned to visit The Hill House, the home Charles Rennie MacIntosh designed for Glasgow publisher Walter Mackie.

I had some Macintosh themed reading with me, I really enjoyed Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud. It is set in 1914 and told through the eyes of 12 year old Thomas, who lives in a quiet Suffolk Village. The numbers swell each year with the girls who come down from the Highlands to gut and pack the herring. One year a mysterious Scotsman arrives, it is the arcitect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and together with his red-haired artist wife, they soon become a source of fascination and wonder to Thomas.

I also searched Ravelry for the perfect knitting project to cast on and came across the pattern 'Glasgow Rose' by Lucy Hague

Charles was famous for his various different Glasgow Rose designs, which still appear on everything from Stained Glass to Jewellery.

I had one skein of a gorgeous Dark Red Silk/Cashmere 2-ply yarn by Jade Sapphire; Lace / 2 ply
55% Silk, 45% Cashmere goat

It was gorgeous to knit with! I cast on before we left and finally blocked it today.

The weather has already turned colder, so I should get plenty of wear out of it soon


27 July 2016

An Hour a Day at Least

I have made great progress this week on my Liberty Sampler, by following Meredith's challenge to stitch for at least an hour a day, I have turned this pile of blocks
into these...

 I love the parrot!

They all need pressing and squaring up, but it turns out I can sew and talk/listen at the same time!
We celebrated my mum's 70th birthday while she was visiting and I managed to get a rare photo of the two of us together, it's a complete coincidence that we are wearing matching colours!
I am off on holiday for a couple of weeks, I still have some blocks prepped
my little scarecrow project bag is packed and ready to go!

15 July 2016

An hour a day?

Apart from attending weekly embroidery class (and I missed one of those) I have not stitched at all for several weeks. A combination of illness and visiting family have taken their toll. Last class before the summer break is on Monday and I would really like to finish my canvas work piece.

My mother arrives on Tuesday for a week, my embroidery is not very portable at the moment, so what to do?
Meredith has issued a challenge starting on Sunday to stitch for an hour a day, I think I might be able to manage some applique I have my basket ready...

and a whole lot of Liberty Sampler blocks prepared ...

 I think I can do it!