Monday, 14 February 2011

Work in Progress and Vintage Knits

My sunflower design has ground to a halt as I have run out of thread. It is my own fault because I changed the stitch to one that I thought covered the canvas better. It is the first time I have used stranded cotton on canvas and worked with 6 strands, each skein does not go far. I won't be able to get to the shop until Friday so in the meantime I am working some small kits in my stash.

This Snatch the Dog design came with an issue of Cross Stitcher ages ago and I have made it up into a card.

I got an email advertising this knitting book, Vintage Modern Knits the other day and remembered that I had knitted a similar sweater to the cover design a while back. After rummaging around on top of the wardrobes last night I found it, tried it on and it fits and looks o.k. I cannot remember if I have ever worn it and if so, only once or twice, so I may start to wear it now while the weather is still chilly.

Before you think I knitted that lovely fair isle yoke, I have to fess up - it came from a vintage knitting "instant fair isle" kit. I think it is from the 50's or 60's and still in it's original packaging when I bought it for 3.00 GB pounds at a car boot sale. It just goes to show, if you keep things long enough they will come back in style, LOL.

I don't make many cards these days unless they are stitched ones but made an effort for my other half today. The image was a free download from the Create: website and I found an appropriate verse online too:
Roses are red, violets are blue
I made this card just for you
It's not the neatest, it wouldn't pass a test
But it's made with love - that makes it best.

Happy Valentines Day all,


  1. Hello darling......big hugs for all your dogs too back from my girls !!!!....Happy Valentine lieverd !! love love Ria................... ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ...... ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ... .... ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ .....

  2. What a stunning jumper - I'd never have guessed it was in "kit form" - lol...
    Your card and verse are great - did your Hubby appriciate it???
    Jo. xx

  3. Just found your blog. So interesting will be back.

    Left you a comment on 4th Nov 2010 post as well..

    Molly, Taffy and Monty

  4. Mom has always loved the fAire Isle sweaters.
    Happy Valentine's day to all of you!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. I just found your blog & I like it very much. Love your cushion.
    Greetings from Italy,

  6. Hi Shirley! Your post of your Fair Isle sweater sure brought back a lot of memories for me. I used to love those things and had several (no, not knit by me!). I wonder what ever happened to mine? Probably long given away to a charity.

    Very sweet dog card and dog stitching. I do hope you can match up the thread needed to finish your sunflower piece...

  7. I laughed when I read the bit about keeping stuff till it comes back onto fashion. I was thinking the very same thing while looking at some leggings with the elastic under the foot (I think they may be called jeggings this time around lol). I had some lovely pairs that went off to the charity shop back in the day. Loving your jumper, kit or not! ... :0)

    Shirl xxx

  8. No Shirley, I didn't get your reply email. I just checked Stitcher's Showcase again and it's not there.

    I love your sunflowers and your cards are so cute. It's neat that your in style again with your sweater.

  9. You have done great proggres with The Sunflower canvas-work it will be stunning when finished.

    Stiched -card is very cute I like the happy face of the dog!1

    The knitted sweater is fabulous all about knittig is a mystery to me -I can not stop admiring people who CAN knit!! :)

  10. Shirley!!

    I love your blog! So you have won the Stylish Blogger Award.
    Hope you enjoy it!

    Hugs and Kisses