Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Between Projects

I hope you had a lovely Easter break - I am not quite where the past week went?

We have had the most beautiful autumn and I have spent quite a bit of time scratching around in the garden. It is a funny time of year, it is cooling down but it is still ever so dry. I think I have lost more plants in autumn than in summer because I forget I still need to water.
I did quite a bit of writing and drawing for projects and patterns, and also managed to pick up my knitting needles. I haven't knitted much in years and it was really nice to get into the clickety-clack of the needles again. To me knitting is a little like starting a good book, once I pick it up I find it hard to put it down. I managed to finish a pair of socks (love knitted socks in winter) and have started a long jumper / vest kind of thing. It is based on this pattern but I am using wool and partially changing it as I go - time will tell...

I also picked up my long time 'in-between' project. This one has been on the go for years (literally) - picking it up every time I am 'in between' other projects. At one point is was halfway finished but in much darker and more muted tones. I didn't like it so I pulled it out and started again.
One thing I have become really, really good at over the years is 'reverse stitching'. I no longer hesitate in ripping stitches out and starting again. Embroidery simply takes too long and involves too much effort to end up with something you are not happy with.

I love my new colours and am really enjoying working on it again. Who knows, I might even finish it this time. It is funny when you don't work from an existing pattern - some times choosing stitches is easy and at other times it can take me forever to find just the right stitch for what I am working on.

I had no idea how to work the wing feathers. I didn't want to fill them all together, but the stitches that first came to mind - fly stitch and feather stitch, didn't quite seem right either. Somehow I decided to give wheat-ear stitch a try - not at all sure where the idea came from - but I am really, really glad I did. Do you like them?
It is one of those stitches you look at and wonder how and where you would ever use it but it
is such a great stitch. It is really quite easy and fun to work and the result is this amazing textured / patterned line of stitches. I haven't put a stitch how-to up for a while, so perhaps this is a good one for tomorrow...?

Happy Stitching,
Anna x

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's official

We went to an event last night. While waiting in the foyer, I was watching the people around me. They came from all over the world - the only place not obviously represented, was central and southern Africa. Isn't it amazing just how small the world has become? We travel and meet and connect with each other across borders like never before.

The other thing that caught my eye was how differently they all dressed. This was an official event, not necessarily super formal but rather important all the same. The attendees were dressed in anything from suits and evening dresses to neat casual. One or two people made me smile as they had truly adopted the Australian national dress code consisting of t-shirt, shorts and thongs (known also as 'flip-flops' in most other parts of the world - I fortunately have no idea of what anyone's underwear looked like!)
That last observation is important because the event was a citizenship ceremony. I was there to finalise my Australian citizenship - yep, I am finally an officially an Aussie.

Apart from a few years in Denmark in the later 90s, I have lived here for more than 20 years, so you could say it was about time. (I did meet a chap by the name of Clive last night who has been here since '76)
Other than the fact I really, really, really don't like filling out forms and paperwork, it wasn't because I didn't want to take up citizenship that it took me so long - I have been wanting to do so for quite a long time. What I was waiting and hoping for was for Denmark to allow dual citizenship - they still don't, but a girl can only wait for so long you know. It is not because I anticipate heading back there to live but it is after all where I was born and grew up. The idea of no longer being regarded as a citizen in your country of birth, takes a lot longer to get used to than it does adopting a new place to call home. It did for me anyway.

So, here I am - happy to be Aussie number 36 253 118ish (loosely based on a statistic quoting approximately 36,25 million Australians mid-March 2014 + a few thousand since + 119 of us last night and I was second to last)

Next step is to get a passport so that I can leave the country - rather ironic really. Not for good of course. I am heading to Bangkok to teach (very exciting) then Copenhagen in August-September and still working on a possible 'dash' to the UK while I am in the neighbourhood.

...but right this minute, I think I better get back to more urgent things, such as patterns and kit and stitching... I might have finished my Brother Rabbit before Easter but I did promise I would also try and get the kits ready. I am very close to finishing the instructions, but unfortunately it doesn't look as if I will get all the threads I ordered this side of the Easter break - most disappointing!
Never the less I shall keep at it and you will be the first to know when it is all ready.

Have a fabulous week,
Anna x

Monday, April 14, 2014

Not here today

There is no stitching or writing today because, today I'm have gone blog visiting over here

Thank you to Christine for inviting me to be part of their monthly 'In the Hoop' feature. It was great fun to write for another space and I am so excited to be part of it.

Tomorrow on the other hand - I will have a bit of news to share with you.

Until then,
Anna x