Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
How are you granny squares people going on ? Mine have been sat in envelopes for over a week now waiting for me to remember to stick them in the post. I am just far to dilitery (sp) but it's on my 'do it now' list..
Now i've finished them Connor has treated me to a new book and I've found loads of other things I could have made instead - always the way isn't it :) the book is a dream of ideas
201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Patterns and Ideas Debi told me about it and i'm thrilled with it.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Or may be not.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
(I know butterflies come a bit later, but up here waiting for spring is taking forever, let alone summer butterflies, so artistic licence employed)
I saw this type of kinetic card in a magazine, so here's my step by step:
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
and ruth darling it is really ok xx, It's just like me to have made the same mistake my self anyway xx
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
If you find anything missing in the sidebar or if you'd like to suggest any template colour or font changes or any changes at all just yell up :)
there's also plenty of room that isn't being used in the lower bars, any ideas for what to put in them just feel free let me know or even better pop it in there yourself.
If anyone prefers minima i might be persuaded lol , goodness knows how that happened, the template isn't just a cutest blog widget one , it's a css template, which means we can add more sidebars and stuff if we decide we want them.
Monday, 16 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
If you homeschool, please stick with me on this post..it is not just knitting related :)
I recently listened to a really inspiring knitting podcast by Kelley Petkun. In the podcast, Kelley talks about compiling an inspiration book. An inspiration book! That is just my thing!
My 'knitterly' goals are Lace & Fair Isle, so I began to compile my own inspiration book.
To give you an idea, so far I have included:
Lace & Fair Isle charts found on-line
Photographs from nature
scraps of wrapping paper & ribbon
anything that speaks to me of colour & texture & beauty.
For example, the following photo has really inspired me to want to knit a pair of striped socks in shades of orange & grey:
The main point for me to remember, when collecting things for my book is the following:
This is my book, designated just for me to keep all the things that I find to be inspiring..
As I have been putting together my Inspiration book, I came across this wonderful post all about keeping a Knitting Notebook.
Now, I already keep a knitting journal, in which I make notes about patterns, items I would like to knit & I also keep photos of projects I have completed, modeled by the owner of the garment,plus notes on the prayers that I prayed for the recipients, as I knit those items.
Something about this format really resonated with me, though. The graph paper, the simplicity, just the whole little package. I dug out some mountboard we had & three book rings. My graph paper I downloaded here. I tore out the pages from my old knitting journal & added them to the new notebook & I love it! I feel much more free with it - free to make mistakes, free to be imperfect. Perfectionism kills creativity dead faster than anything else I know!
Are any homeschoolers still with me? I'm nearly there ;)
This week I picked up Inspired to Knit by Michele Rose Orne
This is a fabulous book! This is worth hunting down in the library, even if you do not knit, just for the authors handling of the creative process.
She has 'workshops' tucked in throughout the knitting patterns that are so inspiring & I plan to follow them with the girls.
We began today with the first workshop: Finding inspiration.
"Every design begins with a spark of inspiration. For me, inspiration can come from just about anywhere. You too can find inspiration in your everyday surroundings. All you have to do is train your eye to look closely at the world around you & to think in terms of individual design elements. You'll soon find ideas everywhere you look."
This workshop deals with sparking creativity & the putting together of a 'mood board'
'For this workshop, you'll create your own mood board. It has nothing to do with knitting in particular, but playing with a handful of things to reveal a common theme is a fun & easy way to excercise your creativity'
And so we come around to homeschooling...I intend to follow the workshops in this book with my girls. I intend to use the excerices to help me create a knitted item. What my girls will create - who knows!
We began this morning- browsing through past issues of Country Living. we ripped out images that we liked & I was surprised at how the girls grasped the idea that we were looking for colours, textures, any beautiful images that appealed to us. Our ripped pages are stored away in our own folders...we will be collecting nature finds & going through my collections of fabrics, ribbons & buttons, before making up our own mood boards.
I am very excited about this project...who knows what we can create?
Here is a great interview on Lori's blog with Amanda Soule about her own mood board. Be inspired!
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Saturday, 7 March 2009
and decided I'd make a "Bunny Surprises" out of a unwanted cardigan and some fluffy wool! The little apron should really be a little larger, but it certainly could hold a couple of tiny Easter eggs.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Unfortunately you cant see the top of the scythe but Marcus made it out of cardboard. He also made a business card and a scroll with a list of his next victims. We already had a skeleton mask made out of cardboard left over from Halloween.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Bridget, Claire, Debi, Eden, Eleanor, Kara, Patricia, Sam, Dawny, Hippy Mama, Lesley and latest is Ruth - welcome to a crafty blog Ruth :-)
Sunday, 1 March 2009
It's just two panels of double crochet, one longer than the other so it can fold over to make a flap, and a long strip of double crochet for the gusset/strap. I crocheted the seams together, another first for me, and found that worked really well, and was much more enjoyable than sewing. I hate sewing! ;) The big brown button is off an old cardigan, and there is just a crocheted chain that loops around it to fasten it. I didn't sew the chain to the flap, just knotted it through one of the crochet loops and tied it in a bow, as you can see.
The whole thing is a bit wonky, unfortunately. I think it's something to do with the different yarn used for the gusset and the panels. The panels are lovely smooth new yarn, and the gusset/strap is reclaimed jumper yarn that is quite course in comparison - anyway, something happened when I was crocheting all the seams together that meant the panels didn't quite fit how I thought they would - I had problems getting the corners to match up properly. I think if I'd used all the same kind of yarn it would have worked better, but anyway.
Marcus has to wear a book character costumne on Thursday for World Book Day. He has chosen Death from the Terry Pratchett Colour of Money. Now how to make the costume?.... We've been up the woods and got a nice big stick to make a scythe. I have an old black duvet cover which we can use for material. Im thinking of making a tunic which ends mid calf length (rectangle shape with a head hole) and then making long drapey arms and sewing them on and then sewing on a big drapey hood. Not sure yet if Im going to have enough material. He is 5'5". Does anyone have any other ideas about how to make a costume that will not mean hours and hours of work?!!