Sunday, 30 November 2008

Hello!

I'm Kara and a new member - I'm definately not as talented as some others here, so please don't laugh!! My daughter is very into art and craft stuff, and is very creative, so I'm learning a lot through her, but I'm enjoying it all too.

Every year before Christmas we have a simple craft project on the go to produce little gifts to send to friends and family, as we cant afford to buy presents for everyone we'd like to (and I think hand-made gifts are nicer anyway). This is what we're doing this year: hanging felt bells, with a chocolate coin in each.


I have just learnt to knit (hooray!!) and this is my first finished piece - a dishcloth (how much more exciting can life get?!). I'm now working on some stripy armwarmers, a bit more interesting it has to be said, but I have to call on my Mum everytime something goes wrong, which gets a bit frustrating. Anyone know of any troubleshooting manuals/websites for rubbish knitters?



Friday, 28 November 2008

Fleece hoodie

Remember I wanted to make a soft hoodie for my youngest? Well, I bought a fleece throw for £5, from Home Bargains


drew around a zip up one he has, cut out the pattern pieces and went for it.

Here he was trying it on so that I could get the sleeve length right, which I have now done, and it needs a quick wash and tumble to get the creases out (should have done that before I started but I was keen to get cracking, and it shouldn't shrink, being acrylic).

I offered him a front pocket, but he didn't want one.

It was so easy to sew, as it doesn't need the seams finishing off, and is incredibly soft and light. I'm really pleased with it, and will be looking out for more fabric. And I think I fancy one for me. (not a matching one, I'm not that cruel, lol)

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Another knitting blog

I had and interested look at Knit Stitch Click another knitting blog, it's interesting to have a look about the knitting blogs there are so many nice ones. The colour of this one caught my eye you know I love purple.

As to my knitting how am I getting on? Well I've mastered the art of brioche stitch, it's really quite easy when you get the hang of it, it does however make a lightweight sort of a feel fabric when it's knitted and its a bit too lofty for my quilt I think, so having made three quarters of a square I am going to undo it again and return to my knit 2 purl 2 squares . . . . . I've rather missed the rhythm of it as i'm watching the tv or surfing.

I will put some more pics on when i can find the lead that links my camera to my laptop - i'm so good at losing things *doh frown.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Heres one I made earlier....



This is my first knitting project - I know its sideways, not sure how that happened! - its a very small bag knitted on wooden needles, handle made with wooden knitting fork, wooden beads just because I like them! Its my going out without children bag ;0)

Erm....




Hello, thought I'd better post something, just been shopping at a lovley local textile shop and came back with the above... chunky wooden needles, soft grafetti wool and at the back sort ribbon-y stuff. I'm thinking about knitting a scarf (ribbon-y stuff) and bag with the wool. Now its in text I'll have to do it ;0)

Brioche Stitch

I'm kind of worn out now doing K2, P2 squares for my quilt so now I've decided to do some squares in Brioche Stitch - watching Nigella's yummy recipies it seemed rather apt.

After much mulling and head scratching I think I now have it - but i'll let you know.

Here's the HOW of plain Brioche (not as tasty as the chocolate chip version)

and this is a dandy you tube clip of it.



I'll let you know how it gets on :)

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Bauble



A bauble i made with some left over papers.

You have to cut 20, 2 in. circles. Score a triangle in the centre of each then glue the raised semi-circles together. If you mix papers it looks effective.

The paper i used has glitter on it but because the camera is not good, you can't see it, but it's really pretty.

You are supposed to put a bell on the ribbon and on top but as i didn't have any, i've just placed a big bead and smaller ones over it.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

If you'd like to link to our crafty blog

If you'd like a button to link to our 'A Crafty Blog' then just copy this code



and paste it where you'd like your link button to be ;-)

This is what your button link will look like :



hey and i'm amazed I got the text box thingy to work - took me ages lol

New mirror





And here it is, the mirror for one pound from the charity shop!

When i opened it ( because it was still wrapped) i realised it was from IKEA.

It was lovely working with wood, the lovely smell....

We started quite well and then towards the end where the papers meet, we realised we didn't plan properly as we had to put the same colour next to each other, but it doesn't show much.

And then Sarah wanted to write with a black pen around every piece of papers , so i said why not!

I am not sure i like it this way, but it's hanging in her room now, so i won't see it :)

We had our hands full of glue and spent quite a while to scrub it :)

I even stucked some sort of jewellery on the top left side, it's not very clear on the picture.

A bit of knitting

have been knitting, honest! Here are a couple of pics (I’ve also finished some mittens and felted a horse’s head, but I’ll get to that later).

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Preparing for Christmas...already.

I love crafting for Christmas, but we always seem to run out of time. So this year, we decided to get going a little bit earlier. Well, OK, a lot earlier, lol.
So far, it seems to involve lots of glitter *shriek* Everything sparkles now, and we've only just begun.
I bought a cheap pack of plain plastic baubles, and the boys have been painting, gluing and glittering. They look great, hung up to dry on the back of a chair, so we're going to get more to decorate the house, as well as the tree.
Buzz (eldest) has also been glittering some sticks, to make a glitter tree decoration. We'll need some oasis to stand the sticks in. He was also busy cutting snowflakes, while Squirt (youngest) was busy making firework pictures.
Meanwhile, I have been working on presents for friends and family. I finally finished some knitted booties for a tiny newborn baby, I've finished another crochet curly wurly scarf and I've started on another crochet shrug.
Unfortunately, my camera is out of action, so I have no pictures to share. Hopefully soon.

Spinning mostly.


Here are two skeins of wool that I've spun recently. One is a Leicester (spun in the grease) plied with a dark lime green hemp thread ... and I've spun it for Bexi because they are the colours she uses a lot in her work (Which you can see at Sawdust and Diamonds linked at my blog: Happy at Home) and she gets through a lot of wool in her everyday creative stuff. She is studying creative arts/textiles at Bath Spa right now. I'm going to leave the top skein undyed.
The second is plied with a darker green cotton thread and I may well dye it, but haven't decided whether to dye it rainbow style, a plain colour or stripy.

I crocheted some hats for the littles (they are in the wardrobe for Xmas and the kiddies are asleep in there ... photos to follow). They have a nice sort of 1920s style cut to them. Lani's is made from some wool I spun, plied with that green hemp again. The fleece I spun was a beautiful petrol blue. At some point I ran out of petrol blue and had a lovely purple roving that went really well with the petrol blue. So the hat suddenly begins to turn purple near the bottom back edge.
Freya's is red by request. I took some red wool that I already had and plied it to make it more interesting (that green hemp again ... Bexi got it in Harrogate at a textiles fair and it has come in very handy! I'd been wondering what to do with such thin stuff.)
Miyuki's is multicoloured greens and blues, knit from some wool I bought at the Threshing Barn in Staffs. Cool place and they do mail order. I also bought my recent fleece in the grease there for £5 but it is a bit inclined to break part way down the staple so may be they sheered after lambing rather than before? Anyway, it seems to be doing the job. I've also improved my carding technique recently, by reading a bit. Just before that I'd been laughing quietly that I'd seen a whole book dedicated to carding wool! I'm not scoffing so loudly now.

Here are some things Lani has been up to: she has learned to crochet this month and is busy constructing a trouser suit for one of her dolls to match the hat she already made for it. She has worked out how to increase and decrease and use them to get round corners like over the top of feet. She is happily crocheting tubes and connecting them all up. She is actually working with the work on the doll so that she gets it shaped perfectly to fit. Ingenious.

She has also been trying some basic weaving again ... I'm going to get some old metal knitting needles and use them as side struts for the warp so that she weaves around the struts too. This helps (I'm told) to keep the weaving from taking on that hour glass figure! It is looking very neat otherwise. This is a little loom we got really cheaply on Ebay. It has a clever little heddle system.

I also made Mialani a drop spindle for xmas. For the whorl I used a circular piece of wood scavenged from the broken wooden toy bag that I found in the basement. I then used a nice wooden knitting needle for the spindle part. Glued together ... heh presto. It looks beautiful!
Not so beautiful is the one that I made out of a bamboo cane and two free CDs advertising something from Sainsbury! However, Lani is finding it very functional.
(Pictures to follow again).

Then there are "woollies" and corn dollies, felt balls, felt pictures and felt animals on pipe cleaner skeletons, ongoing knitting projects, and dying experiments.

We have a great discount store over the road where they sell blank cards and envelopes at very silly prices, so maybe tomorrow's crafty stuff will be to begin the xmas cards we always make. This year I'm going to get round to sending them too! No really

Monday, 17 November 2008

Necklaces







The wooden one was made a few weeks ago and i forgot about it until yesterday when i decided to make the blue one!
The wooden one is made with some beads i bought a long time ago, i cant even remember their name otherwise the rest come from other necklaces that i pulled apart.
The blue one is more expensive, they are turquoise that my niece gave me a while back but didn't have the courage to make until now.
The heart is one of several i bought on ebay quite a while ago.
I've passed a metal thread in the hole and twisted it around to make it secure.
I started it yesterday and finished it this morning.



Sunday, 16 November 2008

hoodie

Hello everyone
V's lovely cardi reminded me to take a photo of my knitting in progress; I really want to finish this before Christmas, it's been on the go for nearly 3 years. I've just the sleeves to finish and the hood to do, and then there'll be the frightful task of putting in a zip.



While I'm here, I wanted to share a site I found today, it didn't have what I was looking for but it has a ton of other great projects.

Handcraft in a hectic world

What I was really looking for, and I think I'm going to have to make it up, lol, is a pattern for a hooded sweatshirt for R (12). The boys clothes out there are all so drab, and he really likes his bright colours. Plus, the ones he has had passed down from his older brother are so heavy and hard to wash and dry, being made from such heavy cotton. Didn't bother me 10 yrs ago, but now I'm trying not to use the dryer if I can help it, and they smell musty before they ever get properly dry. So... I thought I'd make some bright light acrylic fleecy ones. I think I'll just have to draw round one and wing it. Even if I can't get the bright fabric by the metre, I've seen some lovely fleece blankies which should be big enough. Bonus is that you don't have to finish the seams, as it doesn't fray.
Will let you know how I get on.
E
x

A card for my old boss









This card is for my old boss who is in france and who i haven't seen for over 22 years but we keep in contact.
As i didn't have any big cards, i decided to join two A5 cards; the front of the second card stuck to the back of the first one, then i placed my picture in the middle.
Decoration was made with different papers, like gypsies and funkitz and some papers i downloaded from the net.
The flower is made with some music sheet from the net that i printed on card and then stuck with a brad.
The music toppers are from Designatopper by Michele and Nancy.
The greeting topper comes free from a magazine.
The ribbons and buttons are mine.
And the picture is mine! :)
I didn't want to leave the second card blank so i decorated it as well with buttons and sticky ribbon and put some sort of greeting on it.
There is enough place inside for me to write something.

Cardi

I am trying to knit a cardi at the moment using a really nice blue denim/white mix wool which I bought from ebay (job lot of 10 balls For £9.99). This is a pic of the back.
It should end up like this> I am doing the left side collar atm, which sort of folds over the back. I was a bit worried I would have to pick up stitches to do it (I really hate doing that) but you decrease at the armpit edge and increase at the collar edge and begin a ribbed pattern.
Its lovely to look at everyone's work, thanks Dawniy for starting the blog.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Taken up knitting




I have decided to take up knitting but i haven't done it for over 30 years, so i have forgotten most of the things. I know the basic but i dont remember the rest.
I bought some needdles which i think were too small for the wool i had, so today my fingers hurt by pushing the needdles too much! This morning i tried a different wool and it was better ( the green and blue wool).
Apart from that i love it!
I'd like to know where i could go to learn to knit better with pictures as well, so i can follow it.
And where it is explained which needdle for which wool, etc...
Any one knows?

Friday, 14 November 2008

Tuffy Tree

Hi,

Junior and I made a Tuffy Tree. Don't know how to link a solitary post to here so I've just linked it to the blog. Sorry

We're going to make a few for little Christmas pressies.



These were for some friends of a dear friend. I was supposed to make one but i decided to make two because i had two ideas :))
Even now i can't decide which one is best!

Thursday, 13 November 2008






















As requested by karen here is the template for the box.

I'll probably make some more and prettier :)
Sorry about the blurry pictures and i am still new about blogging so i am not to sure how it works ;-)
I hope you can understand my explanation!






Another box!




I have a thing for boxes.
Whenever i go out and if i find a box that i like, i have to buy it, unless it's too expensive. I normally go in charity shop.
But we made this one with Sarah yesterday.
With some A4 card.
I can't find the template but if anyone is interested i can find it. It's very easy.
I have just made a little modification in the way it is folded to make it stronger.
I think it's quite cute to offer as a present with sweets inside or anything.
I've put some toiletries inside with some lavender.
As usual the pictures don't make it clear! but believe me, it is cute :))
I want to keep it on my shelf but Sarah wants it for her so we agreed to keep it on the shelf and Sarah will use it when she needs it, so everyone is happy.





Wednesday, 12 November 2008

A new box!



A box i bought in the charity shop for 25 pence.
I didn't like the colours so i decided to change it.
I've used some christmas wrapping paper from poundland. The petals on top are from a bunch of flowers from poundland as well that i have been cutting to be able to stick.
The stickers all around are from stickers i had for my cards. The goldish rings in front are curtain rings.
And i have lined the inside drawers with some nice card.
I thought it was gonna be hard to cover it but in fact it was like wrapping a present, except may be for the edges :)
The box became heavier after it was finished!
Sorry about the blurry pictures!







Recipe Book
















I wasn't sure if i should post it here as it's already on my blog but i've decided to put it here as well.





I made this recipe book using a template from a magazine.





You take 5 white A6 sized card blanks and envelopes, you can add more if you want more recipes.


Open the envelopes flaps and place face down with the flaps all facing the same way. Add glue to the triangular opening ( the piece with the sticky edge) and stick to the bottom front of another envelope. Repeat until you have enough pockets for all the recipe cards. Accordion fold and flatten the edges for easy movement.

Covering the Book:
Turn your line of envelopes so the pockets are on the table and the plain side with the flaps is facing up. The top of the book is the last envelope not adhered to anothe one.
That's when you start to decorate the back of the book.

Once done turn the book over so that the pockets are visible. You decorate the bottom of the envelopes then each card like you are doing a greeting card.
When printing your recipes, centre the lettering. If the recipe is long attach two pieces together.
I am not using it as a book, i've threaded a ribbon on the top envelope and it's hanging in my kitchen. It's too nice to be put on a shelf :)

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Crochet Chess Set

This is a crochet chess set which my mum has made. Fully functional and rather stylish in an odd retro fashion I think *grin*.






The board turns into a draw string bag which holds all of the pieces.

Very time consuming and fiddly. The pieces have wooden dowel and weighting in to keep them upright and sturdy.

The picture doesn't really do it justice. The detailing on the pieces is excellent.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Friendship Bracelets

Hi everyone, I'm Eden, Bridget's daughter, and Christmas is coming up so I've been making some cool presents, this is for my best friend, Abi, our new friendship braclets.

You will need
Scissors
Beads
Sequins
Needle and Thread
Ribbon

braclets

1. Get three different colour pieces of ribbon and cut three of each all the same length.

2. Equal the ends and tie a knot.

3. Seperate the nine bits of ribbon into colours and plait all the ribbon at once together.

4. knot the end when you have finished plaiting.

5. Measure or estimate how long you need it to be and tie where you need to.

6. Left over ribbon unplait so they hang loose, cut the same length

7. Thead the needle (tip: same colour thread as the sequins looks better) and pull so both ends of threads are equal. Tie a french knot.

8.Thread on a sequin, bead , sequin, bead, so on, 6 and under. Start with a sequin and end with one too, so you will always have an extra sequin.

9.Push the needle though the big knot. Twist the thread around the beads and sequins three times

10. Knot the thread by pushing the needle though the knot and putting the thread over the needle and pulling tight. Do that three times. Cut carefully.


Enjoy!

Anyone near Sheffield?

Any knitters out there near Sheffield?

If so you might want to check out this.
hi folks
i look forward to reading this blog as crafts are my "thing".
knitting is my no.1, i,ve always got at least 4 projects on the go.been doing it over 30 years now so am quick and dont have to think much so its my way of relaxing (as well as the fact that i love it) it,s also led to me becoming a woolaholic lol so my stash is rather large, good job my other half is easy going, if i could buy and run a wool shop i would be sooooo happy or would i knit up all the profits hmmm.
i taught myself to crochet a couple of years ago so dabble there a bit and i sew a little on a fab old hand operated machine.i make jewellry and i love to bake as well (is that a craft ?)
on my wanttolearntodo list is woodwork and i,d love to have a go at spinning.
thats all for now
hopefully i,ll get to post some pictures
lesley :-)

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Hi all

finally got a minute to say Hi. I do knit but not prolifically, I enjoy it when I get round to it. I crochet a little bit but not well. I also do cross stitch and other needlework, but don't get the time as much as I used to, pesky kids get in the way;-)

Hello from us

Evening All, my name's Bridget, I have been knitting since I was about five years old. I have five children, the oldest three knit, although Clark, child No. 3 prefers to crochet, something I'm not very good at, I can't seem to keep the sides straight.
Lately I've been knitting scarves for Christmas, I'm going to post some pictures in a bit. I'm not sure if you would like patterns on here. I won't put the pattern up of the jumper, far too long winded but the scarf is 28 sts and stockingstitch to the required length. I can't remember what wool it is as I knitted it a couple of weeks ago, but now I'll pay more attention and post it when I do future pictures.
jumper
A jumper that I knitted for Eden, my daughter.
scarf
Beware lots of scarf pictures coming up in the next post, we've been doing quite a lot of them.
My three eldest knitting!
eden knitting
Cal knitting
clark knitting
Last picture isn't that good, luckily I'm better at knitting than I am at taking photos!
Looking forward to getting lots of ideas and seeing some beautiful things here.