Saturday, October 10, 2015

Waiting for ships

I thought I'd show you what our home in NZ is like. We've been here just under 2 months now and we have a few things, but we're still waiting for the ship with most of our stuff (it still seems to be on an extended cruise round China!)

It's a nice-looking house that gets the sun in the living room all day long. It's got a lawn and a small deck. It's clean and neat, but we're not sure how long we'll be here, as the rent is high and the road is noisy.

This is the living area. It's small but the floors are gorgeous. We have a sofa bed to sit on and a table that the landlady let us borrow.

The sofa bed is fine but after 6 weeks it was getting really uncomfortable, so we're now sleeping on the mattress bit on the bedroom floor. Still not great, but better! Getting up off the floor first thing on a cold morning with stiff limbs is a bit slow, but Sarah is happy with it as you can see!

And we have an office. We bought two desks and chairs and a Mac so we can do some work. Here's Martin gaming and I've been on Ravelry. Some things don't change!

The other ship in this story is the one on my stitching - and I'm happy to say this one's arrived!

I'm really pleased with my progress.

Friday, October 02, 2015

No stitching today

Sarah has declared otherwise...

Who me?

I'm far more important than stitching!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stitching again

A few months ago I started cross stitching again. I finished a Teresa Wentzler kit that I'd had for years (I can't show you the finished piece as it's in a box on the sea!), and started another.

This is Tradewinds. It was another kit that I got ages ago and I have no idea where it came from - ebay I suspect.

It's the only stitching I have with me, which is a bit of a shame as my stitching mojo is back full force for the first time in about 5 years!

Because it's a Teresa Wentzler there are a lot of blended colours and some over one bits too, so hopefully it'll keep me quiet until the rest of my craft stash arrives.

I'm working on the sails in the daytime when the light is good, and I'm doing back stitching at night (the lights in our living area are a bit dim for stitching).

It's looking a bit creased - the iron is also on the sea in a box! I hope you like it as I'm going to be showing you a lot of it over the next month...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Rainy days

Well, we're all settling in here slowly. We're still waiting for our belongings (currently sailing round China and due in about another month), so it's still a bit weird. We have a sofa bed, two desks, a chair, and kitchen basics. This often means taking it in turns to eat breakfast if one bowl is full of leftovers from dinner the night before, and I had to eat soup from the saucepan the other day!

Days are fairly quiet. We're setting up our websites and I have some studying to do. The last week has been especially quiet as it's rained, and rained, and rained.... After a month of sunshine we needed the rain, but not quite that much all at once!

We wondered why there was a drain in the lawn and we found out!

Sarah was happy to sit on the windowsill and watch the weather (she LOVES the windows and windowsills in this house!)

And I almost finished my crochet blanket. Just the edging to go...

This means I've almost used all the yarn I brought with me. Just a sock and a bit left to knit and leftovers to use up. I'm stretching out the sock knitting as long as I can!

Once that's done all I have left to do craft-wise is the cross stitch I brought along. I'll share that another day.

Monday, September 07, 2015

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Saturday, September 05, 2015

A new beginning

It's been a very long time since I felt like blogging, but things have changed dramatically for the Plush household and I felt now was the time to restart.

First - we moved. And not just any move. Once again we packed everything up (well, the shippers packed everything to be exact), and departed for the opposite side of the world. We are now living in Napier, New Zealand.

4 weeks ago I left my job, waved Sarah off on her trip (she went first and had 10 days in quarantine), threw a farewell party for close friends and neighbours, sat in a corner while the house was packed around me, and then got on a plane.

So far, it's definitely been a good move. Things feel familiar and there's absolutely no sign of any homesickness. Napier is great and apart from missing friends it looks as if it might all go well.

Accompanying me on the trip was Martin and a large bag of yarn (only one suitcase each but who needs that many clothes...)

The yarn has steadily grown from its humble beginnings. It's the Attic 24 Cosy Stripe Blanket, which I've been wanting to do for a while (in fact, having started this I now want to make all of Lucy's blankets!)

It was started while I sat on a wrapped chair while the house was being packed.

It got worked on when we arrived in Auckland, and then when we arrived in Napier and were staying in a hotel for a couple of nights.

It's grown steadily ever since...

And it's now two-thirds done.

It was a good thing to choose to bring because although today is lovely the rental house we've got gets really cold at night at the moment and our furniture (with extra bedding and blankets!) is still 6-7 weeks away.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Squares and flowers

Well, I did do some quilting, but I didn't get round to working on the older projects I dragged out of the cupboard because I worked a bit on newer ones instead. I actually finished a block from the Farmer's Wife quilt, so that's two new ones and a total of 21 so far.

I have got another block almost done, but I've lost a piece of fabric and need to replace it or unpick. And another two blocks I want to redo completely as I don't like one of the fabrics at all.

And I stitched a little more on my Teresa Wentzler. It's slow but effective.

Friday, May 03, 2013

What shall I do this weekend?

There's a long weekend coming up, and it looks as if it's going to be nice, which is a pretty unusual event in Britain! I thought I might dig out some old projects and see what I could get done.

This is my Antique Flower Garden quilt. I couldn't remember when I last worked on it, so I checked and it was summer 2009! In fact, looking at my old blog posts reminded me that the last time I did anything on this was the day Lulu came back after she went missing. I was sitting in the garden stitching when she reappeared. It's hard to believe that was almost 4 years ago and it's 9 months since she died. We miss her still.

I need to get this done - I think I only have a couple of flower blocks to do.

The plain blocks are machine stitched and this was back when I didn't know what I was doing. Some of the blocks aren't so great but I do love the fabrics and I'm sure it'll look passable when it's all together. I even have the wadding and backing, so there's no excuse!

And I also found my Leanne's House quilt. I got this in NZ, so it's even older. I started it on the machine, switched to hand piecing and then went back to the machine. I need to measure the blocks I've done and see if anything needs picking apart - I really didn't have a clue on this one and some stuff definitely isn't lining up properly!

Nic - I know I should be working on Farmer's Wife too. I've done a little. Will hopefully post a photo later this weekend :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

A restart

Once upon a time, in a far away land (New Zealand), I got a kit of Teresa Wentzler's first Fruit and Floral Wreath and started stitching. I got about a quarter of the way through the wreath before I decided that I really, really didn't like the plain evenweave that had come in the kit. So in the bin it went. In the meantime I had also got hold of the booklet with both Floral Wreaths and I realised I wanted both to be on the same fabric.

Fast forward several years and I feel the need to start this over again. I dug through the stash and found some Lakeside Linens 32ct in Exemplar. Luckily, a fat quarter seems plenty to do both wreaths, so I cut it in half and here we go again...

Nic and Anne - this is mainly your faults for digging out your TWs!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fragile hearts and tools

So, what else was I doing over the last month or so? Well, I got some other knitting and quilting done as well. I'll be taking my quilting to my Tuesday afternoon craft group today, so I'll do an updated photo later this week, but here's the latest knitting finish.

It's called Fragile Heart and it's knitted in Old Maiden Aunt merino in the colourway Greige.

And speaking of fragile things, I decided to widen the flower bed last week and dig up and divide the hardy geraniums that were taking over. And the garden spade that has barely been used and is only a year old decided to snap right in two!

It wasn't until later that I realised how lucky I'd been. I obviously was putting a lot of pressure on it when it snapped and I fell into the flower bed. If I'd fallen onto the broken end I could have impaled myself. Thankfully no damage was done!