Sunday, 15 June 2014

2014 WIPocalypse - June Full Moon

The year seems to be flying by - halfway through the WIPocalypse year already - and I don't seem to be getting anywhere fast with most of my stitching goals.

The important news is that Mum had her hip replacement operation on Friday and, despite a slight setback yesterday when the drugs didn't agree with her, is doing well.  She is up and about on her Zimmer frame, but will need to be confident on her crutches before the hospital will discharge her.  It seems likely that yesterday's setback will mean that she is not home tomorrow as originally hoped, but we are keeping our fingers crossed for Tuesday, which is littlest niece's birthday.

In stitching news, I have progress to report.

 Having finished page 2 of Corgi last week, this week I moved on to page 3.  What you see there is row 10 completed, together with the first block of row 11, and some considerable overlap into the other blocks of row 11.  I'm really quite pleased with this and the finished item should look really good.

Moving on to knitting news:

I'm really pleased with this photo.  For the first time you can get some idea of the different stitch patterns that I have used so far in this scarf.  The last 40 rows have been diagonal moss stitch stripe, but I haven't decided what I am going to do next yet.  And thankfully the scarf itself is widening out a bit after the double ribbing section.

This month's WIPocalypse question asks whether I have ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival.  I think that the closest I can come to this is when the Patchwork Group have a sewing day.  Most of them are retired, so I take a day off work to participate.  We all go to someone's house, generally the same person, and take our sewing and our lunch.  We sit around and sew and chat, and give help and advice if someone has a WIP which needs a fresh eye.  Then we have lunch and the person whose house it is provides a yummy dessert.  Then we go back to sewing and chatting for a couple more hours before going home having had a nice relaxing and hopefully productive day with people of like mind.  I really enjoy these sewing days, such a nice change from going to work.

I went to Slimming World this week for the first time after my holiday and found that I had put on 2lb, so back to 11 stone 8lb.  And after the stressful weekend that I have just had, which is not finished yet, at least not until Mum is safely home, I fully expect to put on a bit more this week :-(  Visiting hours are 2.30pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8.30pm, and we are tending to do the late shift, which means that our evening meals are a bit hit and miss and not particularly waistline friendly.  However the end is in sight, and I refuse to get het up about a few pounds under the circumstances.

Anyway back to work tomorrow, so all the best to you and yours and may the frog stay away from your stitching.


  1. Just focus on looking after yourself and your mum. Waistlines always fluctuate with stress and holidays so don't add that to your list of worries. Your knitting and sewing is coming on lovely ~Summer

  2. Both the scarf and Corgi are coming along lovely. That yellowish line that goes done on the left of Corgi, is that how much bigger page 3 will be?

    All the best for your mom, keeping my toes crossed she can come home soon (fingers still needed for stitching, but toes worked fine for me in the past ^_^)

  3. Considering everything you have on your plate, I think you are making amazing stitch progress! Keep it up!

  4. So glad that mom is doing well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I love your corgi. As for the weight, I totally sympathize with your. When stressful things are happening in our lives it is very difficult to concentrate on our own well-being.

  5. Good to hear your mom is recovering okay. Corgi looks great and the scarf is looking pretty cool, too.

  6. Your Corgi looks wonderful! Your stitching days sound great too. I'm lucky to have a group of stitching friends to meet about once a month too! I found your blog on the WIPocalypse check-in page.