Sunday, 30 November 2008
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
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.
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
Sunday, 16 November 2008
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.
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.
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
Friday, 14 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
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
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
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
You will need
Needle and Thread
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.
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
Sunday, 9 November 2008
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.
A jumper that I knitted for Eden, my daughter.
Beware lots of scarf pictures coming up in the next post, we've been doing quite a lot of them.
My three eldest 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.