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The first ever block swap I’ve ever participated in, called F2F, is well underway and, as it is my turn this month, I have received my first package from Kate who is one of the organisers and also the farthest away – Australia!
I will receive 10 other packages – one from each of the other participants – which, together with three blocks I have made myself will give me 36 blocks in my chosen colours to join together to make a quilt.
I was going to wait until they all arrived until opening but, when Kate’s arrived on Thursday, I couldn’t possibly contain myself so I opened it.
I was chuffed to bits with the contents, three gorgeous blocks with some little extras thrown in like the little tin above which is a handy reminder and even goes with my colour scheme .
I am so impressed with the quality of Kate’s work. Even the back is super neat. I have taken photos of the backs too but I thought she might kill me if I published them for the eagle eyed to zoom in on 😉
It’s so exciting to receive such beautiful blocks and they make me want to up my game and be a bit more adventurous (and skilful!) with my own blocks. I think I am good with colour but my points matching and general finishing tend to be a bit ‘under par’ so I apologise to everybody sending me their lovely work for the fact that the ones you receive from me will almost certainly not be as well executed as yours.
The above block is a postage stamp block and Kate has linked to a very good tutorial over on her blog. I thought it looked a bit fiddly for my liking but now that I’ve seen how gorgeous it is I want to give it a try myself. I know this one is a block she found hard to part with.
Some spare fabrics in my colours, a little zippy handmade purse and another cute one in the form of a postcard made opening this package a bit like Christmas.
The colours are perfect and I’ve hung the postage stamp block up next to one I’ve made just to show how well they go together.
Just to add even more ‘excitement’ and anticipation to the block swap, there has been a mix up with my post (zip) code and I am hoping that the French postal service will be clever enough to realise that – as they already have with the package from Kate – and deliver the other ten safely. I’ll let everybody know once their blocks have arrived as I know those of you that sent them out before the 22nd will be concerned.
I love waiting for the postman!
If it sounds like I’m swearing in the title I’m not, although I certainly felt like it. For those non-knitters amongst you, ‘frogging’ basically means undoing what you’ve spent hours doing because you got wrapped up in an episode of something on the T.V. and let your concentration slip. As you can see below, that happened to me during a binge watching session of ‘Silk’ and I didn’t do a twist where I should have done. As I have explained before, these big, bouncy, beautiful blankets are knit with six strands of wool so undoing it when you’ve made a mistake is a bit of a nightmare. To my shame, I did consider leaving it as it was because it’s going to be my Mum’s Christmas pressie and I thought she won’t notice or, if she does, she won’t mind but, when it came to it, I just couldn’t do it – what sort of knitter (or daughter) would I be?
This photograph shows where I had got to with my frogging before I decided to take a photograph, the error was much further down than that originally – 26 rows further down actually, if you must know. I did this with one of my previous blankets and started frogging lots of rows at a time which resulted in the strands of wool getting so tangled up I had to cut them and rejoin the yarn which meant, instead of having tail ends to weave in only at the beginning and end of the blanket, I had some in the middle too. I didn’t want that happening again so, after about 2 hours of carefully undoing one row at a time, I got into a system of having the strands going round the back of my neck and rewinding one ball at a time at the end of each row. Nightmare!
Having got myself back on track my trusty 20mm circular needle – the conqueror of 3 and a half of these blankets so far – broke and I have lent my spare one to somebody who has only just completed the first 8 rows of her blanket and I haven’t got the heart to ask for it back. I am about to continue with my needle held together with superglue, smooth duck tape and a prayer.
I made some of these to cheer myself up.
They are Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate and Banana muffins and they are meant to be chocolate coloured but when I opened a tin of what I thought was luxury chocolate powder, it was a tin of chocolate chips which you add milk to in order to make posh hot chocolate. Still, I added them anyway and it worked because how could luxury chocolate chips not work?
Anyway, all has not been a complete cock up. I have mentioned before the F2F patchwork block swap I’m participating in. I’m so excited as it’s my turn this month and, by the end of it, I should have received 11 packages from all over the world, each containing 3 blocks for me to join together with the 3 that I have made, to make a lovely big quilt. Last month was Sue’s turn – she is one of the organisers and had requested black and white with a hot colour of our choice. You could use more than one hot colour but once I’d settled on this hot pink I couldn’t get enough of it. Also, I’m getting better at these Anvil blocks (a bit better anyway) so played it a bit safe, stuck with those and just alternated the colours.
The black fabric is covered in tiny text which is a quote from George Eliot.
I love this musical score print.
A reminder for Sue that these blocks came from France – albeit nowhere near Paris!!
I don’t know why this one goes in the opposite direction to the others but I’m sure it won’t matter
Off to order another 20mm circular needle – just in case.
Have you ever had to undo something you’ve made which was such a pain it has lingered long in your memory?