Thursday, June 9, 2011

Connie's having a Give Away!

We all love those give aways, and the bloggers & crafters who offer them.

Rush over to where you'll not only find information about how to win these fabulous goodies, but also enjoy the great eye candy on Connie's blog.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Baby blanket

Just when I was establishing a comfort zone, I've broken away from it. The first baby boy our family has expected in 57 years will be born to my eldest niece in August, so as a first-time great-aunt I felt it was my duty and pleasure to make him a baby blanket.

I was inspired by a wonderful Australian needlework magazine aptly named Inspirations. A photo of my hand-traced pattern for the needlework is shown . The instructions call for using long and short stitch on the bears but because I have no experience with those stitches I decided to needle punch the bears. I did manage to do the long and short stitch on the boy bear's t-shirt and I've started the cupcake. The hibiscus flowers are a pinwheel buttonhole stitch. I have a long way to go. Good thing Baby isn't arriving til August!