Diamond Paintings

This is a hobby that’s new to me and when I saw it the first time I really wanted to try it out. There was a woman in my group on Facebook many years ago who did these things so I asked where she bought it and ordered one for myself. Then things happened and other things got in my way and I only managed to start it and that’s where it ended for some time, but I really wanted to finish it, so the 20th of July this year I finished it. This one has the rhinestones so it’s very difficult to photograph it.

My first Diamond Painting.

After making this I wanted to try another one and I have seen that they now also make them in resin beads, rounded and then later squared one. I looked around and found a group on Facebook and there the majority thought that the square beads where their favourite ones, so I thought that I should test a small painting first to see what I thought of that and ordered this one.

My first painting with square beads

This one was also just lying in storage waiting to be made because I was ordering a big one with David Bowie for my husband as a Christmas present and it did arrived earlier that I was expecting and my husband was supposed to travel to England so I could work on it whilst he was away, but it all got cancelled and I was now panicking to get it ready in time without him seeing it. I did finishing it in time and frame it, ready for Christmas. This one was done with rounded beads and I took this photo before I framed it because of the reflections of the glass. I finished it on the 22nd of December 2018 so it was very close to Christmas, 2 days before, because here in Sweden we celebrate it the 24th.

David Bowie made with rounded beads.

After this one was made I really needed a rest from it because of the stress making this in time for Christmas my back was broken from leaning over the table whilst putting the beads in so that’s why the one with the daffodils was still waiting to be made. So In January 2019 I ordered another big painting that I just couldn’t resist buying, because I love Bullfinches. This one is also with square beads and I am so looking forward to make this one.

My favourite small bird.

Over a year later a another woman on my Facebook group shows a diamond painting she’s working on and I just dropped my jaw to the floor. It’s a stunning Native American motive that I already have on a long sleeved t-shirt, so I just had to order it in 60x80cm. I ordered it the 26th of April 2020 and I knew I had to wait a bit for it.

Squared beads, 60×80 cm picture.

Finally, 5th of June was the date I picked it up from the post. I’m very happy!

So the next thing I do is not doing anything to this until 20th of July 2020, when I finally picked up the small one with the daffodils.

Finally time to make this one 20x25cm with square beads.

The 2nd of August 2020 was the day it was finished. I have seen that some people varnish it over to keep the beads in place, so I will test that on this one later before I frame it. As you can see on this one, it’s not so detailed as the David Bowie one, so you really need to make as big as possible for the best results. This one was just a test one for using square beads so I’m OK with the outcome.

So now the big one with the bullfinches are ready to be made and here it is, on my table in my hobby room upstairs.

Ready to be worked on.

Stay safe!

/Diana

Short and Sweet Socks

I have for some time now, years actually, wanted to learn to use magic loop and when my favourite pod caster woman Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears Pod-cast started a knitting university series, I jumped on it. I finally could learn this and I made a pair of socks with magic loop. After I had finished this I didn’t hate Magic Loop as much as before but still prefer my DPNs.

Short and Sweet by Kay F Jones

Yarn used: Mayflower 1 Class
Needle: 2.25 mm
Started: 1st May, 2020
Finished: 4th, June 2020
Pattern: n/a
Designer: Kay F Jones

Stitch I Time Blanket Finished!

This project has been so much fun to make that I couldn’t stop working on it, and my husband really wanted it on his spare bed where he sleeps when he’s working nights. Thing is that this one is just a lap blanket, and to fit the bed, I need to make it 4 x 7 blocks. So now I know what to make later on and I think I will try to use up some of my acrylic yarns for that instead of sock yarn.

The blocks on the blanket are;

January: Snow and Ice
February: Valentine
March: Spring
April: Easter
May: Valborg (Swedish Bonfire night) Bonfire and Fireworks
June: Midsummer (Swedish Midsummer celebration)
July: High Summer
August: End of summer
September: Harvest
October: Halloween
November: Stormy weather
December: Christmas

Yarn used: Fingering sock yarn
Needle: 3.00 mm
Started: 1st March, 2020
Finished: 18th May, 2020
Pattern: Stitch In Time
Designer: Kay F Jones

Stitch In Time cont.

Three more blocks are now made on this lovely Stitch In Time blanket by Kay F Jones and I have only three more to make and they seem to be the hardest to find colours fore but I’m waiting for an order to arrive any day now so I really hope that I can finish this one off.

Here are the three last ones just waiting to be finished.

Stitch In Time Blanket

Photo ©Kay F Jones

At the moment I’m knitting on a blanket and the pattern is called Stitch In Time by Kay F Jones, and you can buy it on Ravelry.

Each block representing a month of the year and it’s harder than you think to find all the colours you need for each block but it’s a fantastic way to get all those leftover yarns from different projects.

I have managed to make 6 blocks and it’s now down to the last 6 but I now need colours I don’t have and it looks like its very hard to find as well, but I have a friend in my Facebook group who will be looking through her stash this weekend and try to help me out with the missing colours.

These are the ones I have made so far.

The Longbourn Shawl

Longbourn by Kay F Jones.

When I saw this shawl for the first time I just fell in love with it on the spot and just had to knit it, it’s the Longbourn by Kay F Jones.

Kay also dyed up the three sets of colours for this shawl for her Etsy shop, but they went in seconds, so she dyed up another batch that went just as fast so I had to find my yarn somewhere else.

The three colours where Blue, Pink and purple and I wanted the purple with the silvery grey border. The blue one is pictured above.

Longbourn (Purple)
Longbourn (Pink)
These were the colours that I brought for mine
Here they are caked up .

I really wanted a lighter purple but couldn’t find any, so I also bought a darker silver/grey.

My Longbourn Shawl off the needles.

All I now need to do is to wash it and block it and I’m very pleased with it.

Yarn used: Cauldron of Colours “Betty Blue” & Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light “Moonstone”
Needled: 3.75 mm
Started: 22nd June 2018
Finished: 15 February 2020
Pattern: Longbourn
Designer: Kay F Jones

Twinkle & Dance Socks

Pattern by Kay F Jones

Another pair of socks by Kay F Jones and they were part of a collection she made inspired by Harry Potter, and the collection is called “The Swish and Flick Collective“. This collection holds 8 patterns and not all were socks.

The inspiration for these socks is from The Yule Ball and she wanted to capture the feeling of being stood in the Great Hall and the lace pattern depicts the windows that surround the Great Hall. The twinkly stitch pattern that flows down from the windows and over the foot represents the magically frosted walls, and it was That! that made me use the silver thread in it.

Very pleased with them and a perfect fit.
The yarn was held with this thin tinsel silver thread by Gütermann.

Yarn used: Hobbii Happy Feet Solid Colourway: 15 Gris
Mayflower 1 Class Colourway: 2026
Needled: 2.5 mm
Started: 4 September 2019
Finished: 2 February 2020
Pattern: Twinkle & Dance
Designer: Kay F Jones

Clementine Socks

By Kay F Jones

A new year and hopefully a good one and time to knit new things, and I started with a pair of socks. I really wanted to use the yellow and lilac/purple heel as in the pattern but I couldn’t find the perfect purple to match the yellow I had, so I decided to leave them out and knit everything in the main colour that was almost the same as in the pattern.

Most of my socks are all by Kay F Jones because her patterns are so well written that you just can’t do wrong and this is perfect for a new knitter who’s learning to knit socks. I also like her style and patterns plus that I’m a big fan of their (Dan & Kay Jones) Pod cast The Bakery Bears and I’m a patreon of it as well. If you want to know more about them then check out their Home Page.

Clementine Socks
Very nice pattern that you only see when you wear it.

Yarn used: FIBERRO Sock Colourway: Fire
Needled: 2.5 mm
Started: 9 December 2019
Finished: 13 January 2020
Pattern: Clementine

Happy New Year!! 2020

I really hope this year will be a better one than the last one because I think my husband and I have had enough of bad things happening in our lives . I will not go into it all in any depths, but it started with my 27 year old niece suddenly died September 21st 2018, and then me losing my memory for a day September 29th 2018 and then the sudden death of my dear father February 1st 2019 and everything that comes with that.

So be kind to each other because you never know when they will be gone forever.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Graphic made by me, Diana Lovatt