Well I've been so slack with my blogging lately and I just don't know why. But I do know that I've been crafting and stash busting like mad. I'm knitting a fluffy rabbit and a pom-pom scarf and finally took the plunge and started making a dress for Lucy. But more on that another day.
With the beautiful fabric that I bought from Ada over at Vintage Sheet Addict, I finally decided to begin the hexagon cushion cover that I've been dreaming/talking about for ages. Now I've never done paper piece work before and I was so very nervous starting. My hands were shaking as I began to cut into the beautiful material. I cut about 40 hexies in total, about 5 in each colour. I was going to do a hexie flower pattern but Lucy begged me to sew it in a "mish mash pattern".
I must say that as I sat down to start sewing the hexies together, I was in heaven! It was so long since I did some hand sewing and I had forgotten how much I really loved it. It is so relaxing sitting there with just a small needle and some thread, making the tiniest of stitches I possibly could.
But as more hexies were joined on to the cushion cover, I realised that it did not look right at all. The pieces are not sitting flat and the pattern (or non-pattern) is just not working. I am so disappointed and feel like pulling my, already scarce, hair out over it. Can I even take a stitch ripper to it without even destroying the material?? I've watched You Tube tutorials and read lots about paper piecing and they always make it look so easy. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong here. Any hints??
Anyway, onto the Special Baby Unit knitting that I mentioned last time. I found a great page that has all the patterns needed. Knitting Pattern Central has some fantastic patterns for free and I'm going to be testing lots out. I hope that if anybody has a bit of spare time and a little spare wool in their stash, that maybe you might help me with this. It does not matter if it's a cardi, a hat or even just a tiny pair of mittens,I would be ever so grateful, as I'm sure the Unit and babies would be too.
That's the end of my babble for tonight. I'm hoping to pick up on my posting again soon. I aim to hit the 100 post mark before my blogs 1st birthday in May.