Monday, 6 July 2009

Slower Pace of Life

Life has taken on a much slower pace now that the wedding is over. The day was glorious and my new Daughter-in-Law looked wonderful. A few last minute panics such as Mel having lost weight and 'The Dress' now being too large were dealt with superbly by a wonderful friend of mine, Janet, who came to the rescue and altered the dress with only one week to go. There is little better in life than having great friends and Alastair and Melanie have many who came together to toast them on their wedding day.

Then came Wimbledon which gave me the perfect excuse to sit and watch the matches whilst finishing my remaining projects without feeling guilty. I've been trying to get these finished for some time now and here they are.

The first piece is by Ellen Chester of With my Needle and is called 'Friends in Stitches' I have had the kit for this for some time and actually stitched it at the beginning of 2009.

The second piece here is called 'Ackworth Variations' by 'Needlemade Designs' and is stitched on 40ct Lakeside Green Slate linen with Silk 'N Colors shade Wind Whistle Cottage. I have to admit that it was hard going for me. I don't often stitch on high count dark linen and this project showed me exactly why not. The chart has a small thible shoe to stitch also but by that time I had finished the needle pocket I was ready to give up.

Finally I completed a new cardigan for my DIL using 'Dream in Color' Smoochy double knitting yarn. This is a free pattern from the on-line knitting magazine 'Knotions'
There are several such magazines available on the net and I think they are marvellous. When you consider how much we pay for patterns and magazines now days they are a wonderful find.


Sandra said...

Love your new finishes Sandra, and yet more beautiful scrims, you've almost got a piano's worth.

Bertie said...

Bride & Groom look very happy, congratulations.

You have been busy stitching, absolutely wonderful, love the EC needlecase and scrimshaws.
The Ackworth pocket is lovely.

Margaret said...

Congratulations on the wedding! I love both your finishes -- as usual, they're perfect! The sweater is gorgeous too.

angelasweby said...

Sandra, What a feast for the eyes your pictures are. I love the photo of Alastair and Melanie - what a beautiful couple they make. So glad the day went so well.
Your stitching is wonderful, as always. I love the Ellen Chester piece and the Ackworth pocket is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing both stitching and more wedding photos tomorrow.
Warm wishes Angela

Deb said...

I just love your finishes - both the stitching and the knitting. Beautiful! And congratulations on the new member of the family! She looks beautiful!

hazel said...

Thank you for sharing such a lovely photo of the bride and groom. Your Ackworth Vairations is beautiful I wish I could stitch on such a high count.
Hazel (UK)
p.s. We are almost neighbours for I live in Harlington, Hayes and am also a friend of Angela S. Hope you had a good day together.

Françoise said...

Beautifull couple!!!

Lovely new stitching pieces!!!

SGVChicago said...

Hello Sandra....
We share our love of Jackie and many of the same color choices! I think I will also be seeing you in Williamsburg....when you come this way and are headed to Modesto, you are welcome to spend some time with me here in Chicago! It is on the way across the US. Then Connie will take over until you head back East!

Thanks for the warm welcome.

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on the wedding.
Sandra, your newly finished pieces are just breathtaking. So beautifully stithced and finished. Very special.

Sandra said...

Love Love Love your finishes and the photos of the wedding are just lovely. Love Patti xxx