Serendipitous Canvaswork II

Apologies for the unexpected blog holiday for the last two weeks… I promise at least some of it has been for nice, crafty things but unfortunately the rest was more the inevitable pile-up of deadlines and work-related fires that even the most serene levels of organisation can’t keep under control.

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As I’ve been getting annoying with my supposedly easy Slouchy Sockhead Hat project (I think this project is cursed, it’s the only way I can explain the inexplicable number of unlucky things that have happened to it), I thought it would be nice to go back to my lovely Sue Hawkins’s canvaswork piece. This one has been on the backburner for a while as I tend to work on projects that need a frame/hoop when I’m at home but seemed like a nice, cheery choice.

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As an aside, dear fellow knitters, if you’ve somehow seemingly lost a stitch in miles of stockinette, but can’t find where, is there a good way to add a stitch in without ruining the ribbing or will it be not that noticeable anyway? I’m just doing the ribbed brim at the moment and I swear my total stitch count is down by one but can’t seem to find a set of k k p p that doesn’t look complete…

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Another motivation to get on with this piece is that I may have rather overindulged myself in Sue Hawkin’s recent sale… Whoops. Well, hopefully this will be the motivation to try some stumpwork soon, which is one of the techniques that I still have on the ‘to try’ list! I don’t know what it is about Sue Hawkins’s kits but they just ooze fun. I think the bright colour schemes and well-written patterns help.

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I’ve managed to finish the first repeat of the pattern so it should all smooth sailing from here. It’s an immensely therapeutic piece – the only tricky parts I’m finding are some of the counting for the swirl shaped section when getting the first set of shapes in. There have been a few bits of unpicking for that. I think I am gradually getting the hang of securing the beads tightly. I expect they will still prove a liability when the piece is finished but hopefully at least a smaller one!

There have been a few thread casualties on the way, particularly on the long-legged cross stitch which has a raised texture. When snipping thread ends I’ve managed to catch a few strands of the floss from time to time which is irritating when it’s mid-section. The good thing is I can remove a few stitches, finish the existing bit of thread, work in the new piece and it’s like nothing ever happened. Sometimes embroidery can be forgiving.

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But for now, on with the stitching!

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