Monday, 6 February 2012

Two posts in two days! WIPocalypse update 2

Finally got round to taking some up-to-date photos of my projects! First of all though here's one more photo of our snowy landscape; slowly disappearing now as the sun shines - even if it is weak!

This is my wizard who sits guard over my rock fountain. He sits on a pile of magic books - but they can't be seen! 

On to the work I've been putting into my crafts. For the last few weeks I've been reading a lot of travel guides, so my embroidery took a bit of a back seat. Anyway - here's Egypt. This is the hieroglyph panel on the top left of the main design. (Not a particularly good photo - sorry!)

Now for my Rose fairy. Considering the light has not been too brilliant, and it's quite small work I'm pleased with the progress on this one. It's actually beginning to look like Cecily Mary Barker's fairy!

And for a finale - the knitting I've been doing - I don't profess to be a wonderful knitter, but I bought some specialist yarn and made some scarves - 

Three with a ruffled effect, and the fourth with an eyelash yarn. Think they'll be enough for this cold snap? I bought another ball of a pink mix. Not knitted that one yet; I'm going to save that for a present for my daughter. Hopefully she'll like mine and be delighted to get one of her own!

I've also sat down and made an anniversary card for my DH. We celebrate 37 years together on Feb 18th this year. And of course I can't show the card as he might see it on here!

So I'm using all of the above towards my WIPocalypse thread too! I simply won't have too much time to add another post in a few days for it, so I've updated this post to include it all. The other bits haven't even had a stitch put in them! But I have found another piece I want to add - a square flower pattern I got from Sparkles 'n' Stitching Louise has a few patterns free in her artfire shop. You request it, and she emails it to you separately. I'm thinking of doing it in a variegated thread on white - but I'm also thinking of making a series in various colours which I can use as cushion covers?
Floral pattern cross stitch chart

Today I went back to the library and returned a pile of travel guides. Why? Well in two weeks time we're off on a cruise in South East Asia! We are travelling with another couple who we have been away with before. We travel to Beijing, spending a few days there and in Xian. Then we get on board the Diamond Princess. First stop is Busan (South Korea), next sailing to Nagasaki (Japan). Then it's back to China for Shanghai and Hong Kong before sailing to Nha Trang and Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam. Bangkok (Thailand) and Singapore finish it all off before we fly home. Not really sure now if February is the right time to travel there? Temperatures will range from -11C to 34C, so we've got a lot of planning to decide what we should pack! I think it will have to be mainly natural fibres, worn in layers which we can take off as we get warmer! So the travel guides have been used extensively looking where the excursions go to from the ship, and planning what is the "must-see" places for each stop. (I've put some reviews and thoughts on my Book Page.) I think I'll be taking the square pattern with me to sew on the cruise as I won't have to worry too much about colours etc and it will be easy to pack!

I'll try and post more before we leave, but who knows where the time goes these days?

Hope you're all keeping well and if you have snow I do hope you're all safe and warm
'Til next time


Mouse said...

oooo happy anniversary :)well done on the many years :)
lovely updates on you stitching ... the fairy looks cute .... and ooooo love the turquoise colour of that scarf...
have a lovely holiday with your friends and enjoy everything you do :)
love mouse xxxxx

Sparkles 'n' Stitching said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary. I love your new scarves, very pretty

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh your cruise sounds fantastic! The scarves look wonderful! That's a very nice freebie pattern!

hancock said...

Hi there Sandie. Thanks for visiting Hancock's House of Happy and thank you for your comment. If you want to save the chart to print: right click on the picture, choose save as, and then save to your computer. The colours you need are three tones of brown for the chocolate and seeds, two tones of red, and two tones of green. They all have different symbols on the chart. Thanks again for stopping by!

Ziggyeor said...

Happy Anniversary. Good progress on the stitching and the knitting.
Enjoy your trip.

Beth Pearce said...

I like your stitched pieces, and I think your knitted scarves are really cool! Enjoy your cruise - it sounds absolutely astounding!

Shelley said...

Your stitching and knitting look lovely. Have fun on your upcoming travels!!