Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm

Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm
This hanging from Annie Downs' Hatched and Patched book should be in every caravan as a cushion or decoration!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The monday evening Knitting class is clicking away happily - people can still join if they want - because the class is so small Amanda can keep her eye on what everyone's doing and bring late starters up to speed.  I love knitting but am still not able to talk and knit at the same, which is obviously quite a hardship for me!

Pitch and Stitch yesterday was very busy.  We had a celebratory cake because Beverley has had her first book (nothing to do with crafts) accepted by a publisher which is very exciting!  There was quite a variety of activities going on - knitting, sewing, felting and, of course, a lot of chat.  Pauline wanted tips on hanging quilts and Sandra gave her detailed instructions on how to attach a hanging sleeve.  Even though Pauline hadn't asked me I recommended my favourite method of pinning them to the wall with drawing pins....
I am working on the Trip Around the World quilt we are doing a workshop on soon.  Sandra recoiled in horror at the colours I've selected - bright, bold and brash - but I thought they showed the method clearly.  Sandra said it would be a good quilt to take with you if you were running away to join the circus!

Meanwhile things are pretty quiet on the farm - not least because Victoria is away at college and George has started weekly boarding at Sparsholt Agricultural College.  When I picked him up on Friday he apologised for smelling like a pig - literally - they'd spent the afternoon weighing them.  Jonathan said those pigs could probably do it themselves with their eyes shut - every time a tutor runs out of things to do he probably says "go and weigh the pigs"!

Our grey goose is busy laying eggs - a bit of a surprise because she usually lays in spring.  If we get goslings we'll be faced with the usual problem of what to do with them. We had a bit of a scare on Sunday because Pepper the pig didn't want dinner but she's ok now - either a caravanner had already fed her or maybe she got an apple stuck in her throat.

Right, better sign off now and get some sewing done!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


The monday evening knitting class started with great enthusiasm and Amanda was so impressed with Jane, Helene and Sheri that rather than simply work on sample pieces, they are going to work on a pattern and learn as they go along!
Pitch and Stitch was quieter than usual because Sandra is away in her camper!

Love the pink pjs!!!  When I spoke to her this morning she was busy making campervan porridge!
I am working on making a quilt of a picture Victoria drew when she was eight - it's for the children's drawings workshop we are doing later this term.
 Both children are away at college now - but back this weekend for the Agricultural Show which is one of the highlights of the year for us.
I am STILL a harvest widow and am chained to the house awaiting delivery of a new dishwasher..... better do some housework!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Autumn Schedule

Here are the dates/workshops on our new schedule: more information will be put up on the website in the very near future:
Monday 12th September, and every following Monday till Monday 17th October:
Beginner's Knitting course.  6.30-8.00pm.  Learn how to cast on, knit and cast off garter stitch.
Then stocking stitch - the one most used in patterns and ribbing, knit and purl stitch used to begin most garments.  Then shaping - increasing and decreasing and finally stripes - introducing some colour! 
Wednesday 14th September, Wednesday 12th October and Wednesday 9th November: My First Sampler Quilt.
Wednesday 21st September - Hatched and Patched and Art to Heart Group
Wednesday 28th September - Medallion Quilt
Saturday 1st October - Clare Kingslake Redwork
Wednesday 5th October - Trip Around the World quilt
Saturday 15th October - Smocking with Sandra Robbs
Wednesday 19th October - Hatched and Patched group
Saturday 22nd October - Jelly Roll Quilt day with Helene Burgess
Wednesday 26th October - Medallion Quilt
Saturday 29th October - Beginner's crochet with Amanda Bond
Wednesday 2nd November - Little masterpieces
Wednesday 16th November - Bags of Fun day with Sandra
Saturday 19th November - Pictorial Applique
Wednesday 23rd November - Hatched and Patched group
Wednesday 30th November - Medallion Quilt
Wednesday 7th December - Vintage Christmas Angel
Saturday 10th December - morning or afternoon - Christmas evergreen wreath
Wednesday 14th December - Christmas Pitch and Stitch
Lots to choose from!!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Autumn workshop schedule

Sandra and I have finally come up with the Autumn Schedule of workshops - lots of good stuff including quilting, knitting, crochet, smocking Christmas wreath making.  If you haven't got a copy, let me know and I'll send you one through!