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Craft with friends

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Last night was a lot of fun. There were eight of us around the table (although it took more than half an hour of chatting in the kitchen to even reach the table!) We enjoyed some lovely, chocolatey nibbles, generously supplied by those who came. We drank tea, chatted and laughed our way through the evening.

Books were flicked through in search for inspiration.

Templates were made.

Fabric was rummaged through.

We had a range of crafts around the table – three sewers, making Mother’s day gifts, two knitters making blanket squares and a cardigan, a card maker and a cross stitcher. 

And I did….well, really very little! I was not feeling inspired at all. My mind flitted from one idea to the next without being satisfied by any of them. So I had a little rummage through my rather messy fabric box, hoping that something would just jump out at me. It didn’t. But I did find an abandoned project!

 I started making this as a cover for my journal sometime last year. I don’t know if something went wrong and I got frustrated, if I lost interest in it, or if I just put it down and forgot about it, but there it’s been, crumpled up in amongst all my fabric for all this time.

I didn’t do anything with it (too much talking and not enough concentration!) but at least it’s out of the box and may have a chance of being finished at some point 🙂

And talking of unfinished work, I still haven’t made any more progress with the jumper back of the cushion cover. Maybe tomorrow?

 

Anyway, today has been quite productive – I’ve made a curry and a cake for a birthday meal tomorrow and started making a present for a friend who’s expecting a baby. I’ve not got very far with it so far, but will post pictures soon.

And just to finish, one of the plants that was looking very sorry for itself at the beginning of the week is thriving by the garden doors, and even has some new leaves growing! (The other one is still looking pretty dead, poor thing)

 

 

 

A Cardiffy Weekend

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Mum and I have been treating ourselves again, and spent some time in Cardiff this weekend. We stayed with another cousin and his family and had a great time with them. I was especially excited to see his nearly 7 year old daughter doing her knitting! Such a look of concentration on her face, and so proud of her work.

Then last night we went to see Straight No Chaser and they were amazing! If you’ve never heard of them you’re not alone – most people have a very blank look when I mention them, but you need to listen to them (here is a good place to start. And here. And maybe here too.) Just brilliant! And so very funny too – it must be hard to act so goofy and sing amazingly at the same time, but they do it so well!

So after a great evening yesterday and a slightly damp walk to school this morning, we decided to take a detour to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway on the way home. I enjoyed browsing through the shops and flicking through books and magazines, but the things that really caught my attention were the balls of wool! John Lewis and Hobbycraft both have a selection of colours and textures that make me drool a little bit just looking at them. And of course I wasn’t content with just looking, and ended up coming home with 4 more to add to my ever growing collection.

This Norse wool is just beautifully soft and snuggly, and is destined to become a snood or scarf. I’m not sure yet whether to knit or crochet… it needs serious thought!

And this kid classic is just gorgeous – and was half price (I love a good bargain!) I can see this becoming gloves, or possibly a lacy, elegant scarf.

Last week, when I got back from the oh so exciting craft fair, I was so excited to get using some of my beautiful new wool. But so far I haven’t touched it! But there is a good reason for this, I assure you. I knitted a cushion cover for my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas, and they liked it so much they’ve asked for another one. This did throw me into a slight panic at first, as I made up the pattern and had it scribbled out on a piece of paper, which for all I knew could have been thrown away weeks ago! But, thanks to my compulsion to keep everything, I managed to find it screwed up in the bottom of my knitting bag. Hurrah for not throwing things away! So I’ve been busily knitting away and have nearly finised the first flap of the back (I’ll knit it all in one long piece – half of the back, the front and the other half of the back). And here it is so far, looking all lovely and snuggly and warm 🙂

Finishing off and sewing up

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 I was having a bit of a sort out this morning. With all my new wool (and all the many balls I already had) it needed a bit of organisation. And as I was working my way through a carrier bag with some cottons I’ve had for a couple of years I found a nearly finished hat! No idea why it was in that bag in the first place, or why it was still unfinished – it must have been in the bag for at least a year. But obviously I was distracted from the sewing up process (never my favourite thing to do) by something far more interesting.

But it seemed a shame to leave the poor hat in its unfinished state, so I got out my big fat plastic needle and had it finished off in 5 minutes! And it’s now in my Operation Christmas Child bag, waiting to be sorted into shoeboxes later in the year.

But the hat wasn’t the only thing I finished this morning – I also completed my wrist warmers! And they turned out so much better than I expected! Halfway through making the first one I really wasn’t sure (especially as I was making it up as I was going along), but when the first one was finished it looked quite good. Now they are a pair they look even better! 

I just love the little flowers, and my new buttons give the perfect finishing touch. Beautiful!

So, what do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know – it’s always good to have feedback!

P.S If you really like them, you can go and buy them here 🙂

A Londony Weekend

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I have spent this weekend in London. Even though it was only for 3 nights, I knew that I would need to take something crafty with me to keep me going! There were many options, but decided that knitting would be easiest – a few balls of wool, a couple of pairs of needles and my faithful hats, gloves and scarves pattern book would provide the crafting fix I need without taking up too much space. Plus, knitting is fairly easy to do on the train without completely taking over an entire carriage. (Whenever I craft I tend to fill all available space around me – given the opportunity I’m sure I could fill an entire train carriage with just one project!)

So, I merrily started knitting some child sized mittens for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. (Please notice how that’s linked – I’ve just worked out how to do it!) These mitten, along with the scarves I started making a few days ago, will be bundled up and given to my friend’s Mum, who is one of our area organisers. Thanks to an army of Old Ladies in our town they always have thousands of hats to include in the shoeboxes, but don’t often have many scarves and gloves given to them. So I thought that while I’m not working full time I should put my time to good use (and use up some of my wool stash) and knit mittens. These are very satisfying, as they don’t take long to make – which means I stand some chance of finishing them before being distracted by another project!

On arrival at D and M’s house (my cousin and his lovely wife) M and I quickly got into a knitting discussion. I started to teach her to knit a couple of Christmases ago, and she’s been going from strength to strength ever since! This Christmas D and M visited M’s family in the US, and whilst there M’s Gran gave her a stack of old knitting patterns, probably from the 60s and 70s. There were some fab pics (our favourite was the knitted bikini!) and even though a lot of these were quite dated there were some great ideas.

One pattern was for a pair of slippers made from granny squares – so cute! I made one as soon as I got back yesterday, but it’s too small. Apart from that I really love it! So will try again with a bigger hook. Will post pics of the finished product when I’m happy with them 🙂

But of course, now I have a new project on the go, I have a half finished mitten in my knitting bag. Oops.

New year, new projects

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So it’s only 12 days into the new year, and already I’ve started multiple projects that have come to a halt! My problem is that I’m very easily distracted. I’ll start on a project with great enthusiasm and before I’m even halfway through will find something in a book, magazine or online and be completely in love with something else that I just have to try!

So for Christmas I asked for a sock pattern book. This may not sound very exciting to a lot of people, but I’ve never knitted socks before, and wanted to try something new. So I struggled to get to grips with using double pointed needles and eventually finished a sock. But the trouble with socks is that even if you’ve finished one, you’re only halfway through. So I knitted about 10 rows of the next sock before I found some old wool stashed away that would make a cute cosy scarf.

So I made a scarf. Then started another. It’s still not finished.

And also for Christmas a lovely friend of mine gave me a fabulous book full of knitting and crochet patterns. Her thinking was that once I was confident with crochet I could teach her.  So I thought that I’d better start learning. And in the process I found an amazing blog, Attic24 (and as soon as I can figure out how, I’ll include a link!). So yet again I was inspired to do something new. And ended up creating another scarf, this time in circles of crochet. At least I’ve finished something.

But now I’m hooked on crochet (pardon the pun) and I still have an unfinished pair of socks and half a scarf. Well, maybe they’ll get finished. One day.