So, I have put in the last hand stitch on this piece. It still needs to be blocked and then made up, so another weeks work still to go before it is complete.  My challenge was using a running stitch (pattern darning) and Kogin Hishisashi patterns from the Nambu region of Japan  (even count), stitch a piece where every pattern is different.

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There are 95 different designs in this piece, (and a number of small counting errors, which you really have to look for to find. )   I started by selecting the count of the diamonds then I choose patterns that would fit into that count.  The fact that there are some small errors is a positive when it comes to teaching.  It shows that although it is technically not completely correct, and you would never enter it into a competition, you can wing it, sometimes.  

You know, it is going to drive me crazy that there are a couple of small mistakes.  I might have to stitch another one?


A little knitting is all I have achieved this week all my efforts have gone into teaching and finishing children's work.  (And write an assignment that was overdue.)

Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 6.12.53 pmIt took a number of attempts to get the knitting to this point due to the fact  that I am using a different wool to the one recommended but I think I have got the tension right now.  Also we are coming to the pointy end of the Australian Open Tennis and it is so exciting that I will probably knit even quicker.


Not much to report this week except that I am teaching every day and that doesn't leave much time for anything else.

But I do try to do a few lines of the Kogin each day.  I still have quite a bit to go.

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Frustration still reigns supreme with getting my computer to work properly.  Part of the problem is that my computer connection is so slow (Telstra) that nothing will work.  (We pay top dollar for a very poor service.  Even standing on the roof I can only get 2 bars on my phone.)  So I apologise if I haven't replied to your comment,  The emails are just not getting out.

I also apologise of the quality of these images  I took them on my phone and again they are just not up to standard.  After that little vent, I have finished Peace Embroidery No 10.

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Nearly finished No 11, just a couple of flowers to go.

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And I'm half way through my Kogin piece.  The reason for the step on the side is because I started the piece a few stitches too big.  This will disappear when I make up the bag.

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There is a delay in the start of stitching on my SAL as I have to wait for the thread to arrive but I still have plenty to keep me busy.



 As my new mantra is "to accept what is',  I have to honestly say, not much progress has been made at all.

One small rabbit. A gift for a new baby.

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A knitted Arran jumper and hat for a bear.  (This will be a prize for the Children's Class.)  I couldn't find a pattern so I made some major adjustments to Julie Williams pattern for her knitted animals seasonal sweaters.

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and then designed the hat.  I think I need to make a pom pom.  That tassel looks weird.

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I have started the body of a cat.  I hate this yarn.  Just horrible to crochet, but it looks good.

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The padding for the satin stitch for the re stitching of Peace Embroidery 10.

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Actually I have done more than I thought!!!

I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I will do for the TAST '18 Challenge.  It is all still floating around in my head.  I will let your know what I decide.  I have made a new folder for it so I am going to have to do something!


I am not unpicking it.  I know there is a mistake but I will use that as a learning experience for the students.  Now I just have to work out how I can correct it?  Just one counting mistake in one row and I should pull out more than half this piece!

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 6.55.34 amAnd this small bear needs a new sweater which I have begun.  He is destined to be a raffle prize for the Children's Classes in January.  Knitting makes a nice 'wind down' at night after these busy days.

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Typepad has been off line so I am a bit late this morning.

Two pieces on the go and a whole lot more in my head.

A little bit of progress on the Peace Embroidery.  I decided to change the colour scheme to make it a bit more like Xmas.

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And I have started on the Kogin piece. 

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Now all I need is time to sit and stitch.




I have started to restitch the October Peace embroidery.  Hopefully the stitching will be straightforward with no problems.  This photo isn't the best I'm afraid.  I took it on my phone.  It is just too much trouble to get the big camera unpacked.

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 8.54.05 pmI am stitching this in one strand of DMC stranded cotton.  I must say that I am really enjoying stitching it and am not sure why.  With this finished I still have another 2 to designs to stitch before the end of the year to reach my goal.  Hope I make it.

And if you don't subscribe to Jacob over at "Modern Folk Embroidery"  he is putting up some free cross stitch patterns and other tips to celebrate Xmas.

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I'm still trying to get my feet back on planet earth.  The state my brain is in, still, is a disgrace.  But  that isn't entirely my fault.  Today I looked at the packet that my medication comes in.  Turns out I should have put it in the bin a couple of weeks ago because it is supposed to be kept under refrigeration.  There were no refrigerators where  I went so my medication hasn't been working.  No wonder I've been walking around like a zombie.  I've been taking those tablets for well over 30 years and missed that notice on the packet.

  Actually, I have quite a bit of work in progress.  Problem is, there hasn't been a lot of the 'progress' bit.  When I got on the barge this afternoon I see that the oyster catchers are back, in force.

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I have been thinking about doing a small series about sea birds that I see around the island.  I haven't finished this but it is a beginning.

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Problem is, it's been a work in progress since 2012!!!!

I  promise, I will finish it.





I am going to have to treat this as a trial, it needs to be restitched.  For the first time I have had a problem with the transfer pens.  It must be this fabric , which they have discoloured.  Plus in my haste I didn't transfer the pattern quite straight.  The edges were straight but the print was off a bit.  I knew this could happen, people have been telling me about it for ages and now I know from personal experience.

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So I have re-transferred it to another piece of fabric, this time making sure it was square on the print of the fabric and used a .1 brown pen.  (This fabric is printed like newsprint with lots of place names in Australia and is by a young local designer.)  I have no hope of finishing this before I leave so will take it with me to stitch in my down time.

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