Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Photo album

I made this photo album for my son as he misses his wife so much, so now he can't stop looking at it when he is home!

It's made out of thick cardboard and joined with some thick beading wire.

I didn't have many photos of her, only the one where she is about 16, and about the time they met.

Any way, he is happy now, at least for a while :)

Sunday, 28 December 2008


Well, I feel totally unqualified for posting on here, but here goes...I needed a scarf for the winter so decided to get knitting, something which I haven't done for years and years. I got the chunkiest wool I could find, and some really fat needles (15mm I think). First attempt I did 30 stitches but it was way too wide, so I unravelled it and started again with 20 stitches, which is just right for me although others might prefer it a bit narrower still. The pattern is knit a row, then knit 1 purl 1 the next row, and just carry on alternating like that. It turns out looking vaguely like a stocking stitch on one side and a moss stitch on the other. I used 3 balls of wool, just knitting until I'd used one ball up, and then starting a new one - turned out just the right length.

Saturday, 27 December 2008


Remember this?  I knitted a rectangle and just folded it over and sewed it up.  Handle made with a knitting fork.


Christmas tree decorations... again just leftovers :0)  These are presents for my Aunties :0)

Friday, 26 December 2008


Felt leaf and gold thread.  Made from leftovers ;0)

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Crochet candles

Three crochet candles which nana knocked out before her breakfast yesterday for some visiting children. She's an absolute whizz with the crochet hook! I've a long long way to go before I catch up with her *grin*.
Incidentally, I had a phone call yesterday from the lady who commissioned the brooch I posted about a week or so ago. She loves it and assured me she will be wearing it Christmas day. I'm so relieved she likes it.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Some cosy goodies

Hiya ladies, because I've finished my first arm warmer and I'm half way down my second one, I tried knitting both on the needle together row by row but just got in a tangle. So anyway I thought I'd look us up some free patterns seeing as we like arm warmers here's a few.

arm warmers at Cider Moon 

Here are some Arctic grade armwarmers from Miss Allen Knitting that are designed to wear over gloves.
Pretty wrist warmers at learn to knit dot com
At Black Purl Magazine some beaded wrist warmers - could be very nice I think, I'll have to work on this one , purple wool and purple beads I reckon ;-)
and here are some with buttons at Crystal Pattern Yarns.
there are a lot more free patterns here at knitting pattern central gloves and mittens

managed to take a pic of mine ,  a bit blurry - I'm struggling with our new camera, well we've had it a good while now but I'm still bodging it.
Finished the left one and nearly there on the right one, Naomi wants a pair next.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

omg look at the christmas countdown - eek ten days and counting - how come i feel less ready with every day?

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Feeling blue...

very quickly made these this evening, not perfect, stitching very ropey, made form what was around.

old jeans, red craft felt, sequins/beads (spares from an embroidered blouse) bits of embroidery thread.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Clay baby

My first time at trying clay. I wanted to buy some polymer clay which you are supposed to use but couln't find it so i had to use some normal clay.
Now i realise that the baby has a dot on its head :) my children said it looks indian!It was a girl at first but then i decided to put a lump down there to see how it looks and left it as it is, not sure if it is right :-*)
Don't look too close, you will see many mistakes and after all i am not a professional! :))
The pictures are all blurry and anyway the pictures don't do it justice.

Arm warmers

This is my second completed knitting project, very simple but I'm quite pleased with them (as is my daughter). I'm now working on some red and black ones for me.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

What do you think?

This is a brooch that someone has specially commissioned but I'm just not happy with it...wondering whether to pull it all out and start over. What do you crafty ladies of impeccable taste think?

It is essential that it is bright with dangles and some (minimal) beading - that's part of the brief *grin*. Wondering if two dangles is a dangle too much. Or perhaps it needs some other kind of additional dangle so that it doesn't look quite so much like a pair of eyes hanging down?

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Hand Warmers

I was looking for a pattern for hand warmers and I happened on another lovely blog creativeyarn the owner kindly is sharing lots of free simple patterns, I really like her work.

Recycling cardigans

Here is my try at recycling cardigans :) I found out about recycling wool on Sam's blog there are instructions for it here On Purple goldfish . I undid the seams and got unravelling, it takes longer to undo the seams than I imagined but I'm really pleased with how it's gone. There are 9 balls of dark pink and so far 2 balls of lighter pink.
The wool has turned out thinker than I thought it would, almost like aran . . . . if anyone has any idea what size needle I should use I'd appreciate some advice. SO out of two of Naomi's cardigans that are too small I'm hoping to knit one that will fit.
It remindedme of winding wool with my nanna when i was a young girl (longer ago than I care to remember )
Oh and this next pic here is a square from the quilt I'm making. It's a square I did in brioche stitch, after much time battling with it I don't like the feel of it so I've already undone it and gone back to k2, p2.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Salt dough

I have just finished these two yesterday.

So here is my first project on salt dough. I have never done this in my life so i must say that i am quite proud of myself :)For ladies who don't quite see what it is, it is supposed to be a man and a ladies hat! And no the hat doesn't fit on the little man's head, that's what my son thought ;-)
I had to buy some varnish for acrylic paint which was really expensive! but i suppose i'll have it next time for some more dough.The man lost his nose after i got it out of the oven and i dont know why i made such big holes for the mouth and the eyes as well.... oh well!
I was thinking of sticking some beads for the eyes and may be make a smoking pipe to cover his mouth, but i'll do that later may be.A college friend from France sent me the details how to do it and voila!

webby thing

The kids and I made this in the Autumn. Sticks, wool, twine and beads

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

winter scarves

Just a little something I found:

Might even do one or two myself, though I must admit we do have scarves aplenty already.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


Hi again, was just searching for this dalek pattern for a friend (its way beyond my talents) and thought it might be of interest here. My brother's partner made one for my nephew and he was seriously impressed (big Dr Who fan). You can download the pattern from here . I have to say - I find the idea of a cuddly dalek very weird!

Monday, 1 December 2008

Free Knitting patterns

Just found a good website page full of free knitting patterns HERE

and a blog ring full of knitters :-) Knitting blogs