Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Wish Upon a Knit

Last week we had great fun at A Good Yarn, Cleethorpes. It was the Wish Upon a Knit events all week. It was to raise money for When You Wish Upon a Star. 

It was very busy with lots of knitting, laughter and cakes. The last being the most important.....we ate a lot of cake. All the cakes were homemade by several of our lovely knitters and were very, very good. Obviously, I found the cakes to be the standout feature of the week! Maybe, I should tell you about the rest and forget about the exceedingly good cakes. Hold on - how about a piccie of ..... cake.


Every session had different cake too and of course, we had to test it all.

Anyway....

Everyone who took part received a kit with materials for four different jewellery projects.


They involved lots of different skills and hopefully, some new ones for people to have a go at.

The room looked very pretty, with fresh flowers, white tablecloths and vintage china.



The Saturday session was that busy that we had to expand into the shop.


Hopefully, everyone had a fabulous time. We certainly did. A big thank you to everyone who took part.





Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Oak

I normally share something to do with what I've been doing, but for a change I'm going to show you some of Mr's work. His current crafty obsession (and has been for awhile now) is woodturning with the odd foray into carpentry.



His latest piece is just stunning. He found a gorgeous plank of naturally edged oak. He has routed and shaped it into two racks and turned some identical oak pegs to make two amazing coat racks. With some polish and elbow grease, we now have two very useful coat racks. One has 4 pegs and the other 5. The 5 peg rack has the pegs put in at an angle for coats and the other we'll use for hats and scarves.


Incidentally, I've found it makes a nice prop for photos.

With my well worn colour affection.


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Incidental lepidoptery

At a quick glance, it's looks like I'm practising lepidoptery, but I'm not pinning out butterflies but lots of swatches. 


I've had that many, that I've had to do them in batches and each time I've started to run out of blocking pins and have been relegated to using dressmaker's pins.


I still have more to go. Wish me luck....

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Puerperium and spots

I've done plenty of knitting lately but for one reason or another they are secret projects, so I've not been able to share them.

I have completed one little project which is a Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker. I bought some gorgeous Adriafil Duo Plus yarn in the "End of Season Sale" at A Good Yarn - plus lots of other yarn too, which I'm not going to talk about because I think I have a stash addiction and I'm going to ignore the problem and hope no-one will notice.

The yarn in question is absolutely gorgeous, stunningly soft and in beautiful muted colours. So even though there are lots of other projects I should be doing, I had to make a little Puerperium ( which is a welcome to the world gift for a friend's grandchild due in a few weeks ).

Puerperium Cardigan in Duo Plus

I decided on making all the buttons different and trying to match the colours in the yarn, not a perfect match but I quite like the effect.

Puerperium Cardigan in Duo Plus


The other project that I can share is currently languishing on my needles, normally I'm pretty good at starting and finishing but I got a little frustrated. The pattern is Pop Spots and is a relatively simple project (most of it is either stocking stitch or garter stitch).


Pop spots detail

I originally used the orange hand dyed yarn below for the lace edge, originally thinking it would work well with the brighter spots. I'd done half of the lace edge before eventually deciding it was far too zingy to work with the other colours. 


So I went and bought another ball of the lace that I'd used for the body. The body is done in a strand of Rialto Lace and a strand of Kidsilk Haze. So for the edge I'm using 2 strands of the Rialto Lace and it's working so far but it just seems to be sitting on my needles at the moment. As you can see I've hardly done any at all, maybe putting it on here will push me into finishing it


Pop spots lace edge