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Hand knits – pink stripy socks and a cardigan

Miss Minx has a style all her own! I love it and totally encourage her to experiment. If you can’t have fun with your clothes when you’re 11, you’ve no hope of enjoying them when you get older. Today she is rocking two hand knits. One from me, one from Grandma.

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Christmas socks for Grandad

I had a spare half hour recently so I took the opportunity to update my Ravelry page and noticed that I’ve several knits that are unblogged at the moment.

This is mainly because I’ve not taken pictures! It’s a common theme on this blog. I really must get better at it!

One of these projects was a pair of Christmas socks for Grandad, and when I asked if I could borrow the socks for photographing, I was met with a resounding no! I think he suspects Dave will hold them hostage, never to be seen again.

So he kindly took some photos and here they are!

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Noodlehead Petal Pouches

Hello there!  I do hope that the Christmas holidays, however you celebrate, or if you don’t, have been peaceful for you.

We’ve had the most wonderful time.  Christmas Eve was spent at The Lowry theatre watching the marvellous production of Doctor Dolittle.

Christmas Day we went out for Christmas lunch to a local restaurant with the in-laws, and it was stress free and just delightful.  The children even waited until late afternoon to open their gifts. (more…)


Candy Print Socks

Goodness, it’s nearly October!!!  We survived that summer holidays alive.   It wasn’t elegant, but we made it.  The last 3 weeks have been dominated by a renegade molar and regular dentist visits, but I’m hopefully the right side of it now.  I’m also hoping that October can be a little more relaxed than the past few months.

Autumn has arrived here in Lancashire, and we are being blessed with chill mornings followed by warm, sunny days filled with that glorious golden light you get at this time of year.

Basically, I couldn’t be happier with the weather.  It’s my favourite time of year.

And to herald the new season, new socks for Dave are in order.  So here they are.

I’ll admit that whilst I was knitting them, I wasn’t enthused by the colourway.  But now they’re finished I’m finding them delightful.

I’m particularly fond of the magenta pink stripe.  And the green.

And, of course, they’re perfectly matched!  Joy!

I have a very happy husband.  And a small girl demanding the next pair of socks to be put on the needles is hers.  Pink socks it is, then!

Project notes

Pattern: Regia 4ply sock pattern
Pattern cost: Free
Yarn:    Drops Fabel
Colourway:  Candy Print
Purchased at: Wool Warehouse
Yarn cost:  £4.60 (for 2 balls)

 


Handmade Acorn Bird Feeder

We are so lucky to have many birds living in the woods at the bottom of our garden (including some very noisy woodpeckers, who are some of my favourites).  At the moment they are happily feeding their beaky faces with the fruits of a very hot summer.  But, for once, I’m ahead of the game and ready for winter with an adorable little bird feeder that I made at The Clay House at Cedar Farm a few weeks ago.

This was another new challenge for me, as whereas previous projects have been made from slabs of clay, this was made from balls pinched into shape.

It’s not terribly easy as the natural inclination of the clay is to do it’s own thing and completely ignore everything you’re asking it to do.  And then it just laughs at you and collapses in on itself!

But a bit of perseverance (and the odd Anglo Saxon expletive under my breath) and I had two different sized bowls ready to join together to make my acorn shape.

The large hole above was cut out with a knife…the smaller one made with a piece of wooden dowling.  The decoration to the “hat” of the acorn was also made with a knife.  It started off very neatly and quite precise, and rapidly descended into boredom and random stabbing!

Which kinda worked in the end!

Coats of glazy stuff were applied.  One matt, so the birds don’t slip on it, one shiny and pretty.

A bit of baking in the kiln, and voila!

Now all I need is for my resident handyman to hang it for me and we’re ready for the winter.  Just not yet, thank you very much.  I’m enjoying the sun too much.


More Dad socks

It seems so long since Father’s Day, and I’d completely forgotten to share these socks with you.

As you all know the drill by now….it’s all about the yarn with these vanilla socks from Regia….and the sun is shining….I’m just going to let the pictures do all the work.

Hope the sun is shining with you…..have a great weekend.

Project notes

Pattern: Regia 4ply sock pattern
Pattern cost: Free
Yarn:    Drops Fabel
Colourway:  Ocean View
Purchased at: Wool Warehouse
Yarn cost:  £4.60 (for 2 balls)

Basket weaving

Continuing our intermittent day dates, where Dave and I do something creative together, we recently did a basket weaving course with the lovely Joe of Creative with Nature, whom you may remember from my willow hare escapades.

This time we were making baskets, and they are a completely different process.  Which made for a really interesting day for me, learning something new again.

We started off making the base.

This simple cross was opened out so you could weave between the sticks to form a circle.

I swear it’s not as easy as it looks.   Apparently, traditionally apprentices would spend a year just learning how to make bases of different shapes, ensuring that each of the “spokes” are evenly spaced.  I can understand why.  Getting that even separation was impossible for me.

Once the base is completed you slip in some longer stems to form the frame of the basket.

And then you weave.

We did two different types of weave.  They do have specific names, but I’ve completely forgotten what they are.

What I do remember is that the fancy weave that makes the top of the basket completely flummoxed me, and, as we were rapidly running out of time, Joe stepped in and helped me out with the finishing touches.

That beautiful finish is all down to Joe.  The slightly wonky shape of the basket is all my own work!  😉

Dave’s a natural at basketry.  His is so beautiful, with a perfect shape and lovely tight weaving.  But, despite the flaws in mine, these are a gorgeous pair of baskets, and I’m inordinately proud of them.

As I did when I made the hare, we had a lovely day with Joe and came home feeling quite accomplished.   I have my eye on her Stag Head course….maybe in the autumn!


Monroe and Marilyn

For quite some time now,  Summer’s Grandad has been telling her stories about a small mouse named Monroe and his wife, Marilyn, who live in their home and have fabulous adventures.

As a girl with a wide creative streak, she is entranced by these tales.

Whilst I was making Spencer the Pug for Dylan (who’s now called Robertson, for reasons that escape me), it seemed a fine opportunity to make Monroe and Marilyn for Summer.

Obviously, for a project such as this, there is only one designer you need…Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits.  I’ve waxed lyrical about her delightful family of woodland creatures before, so this was a complete no-brainer.

Julie’s patterns are not a quick make.  They are beautiful heirloom knits and as such need a little work.  But neither are they a difficult knit.

You just need to pay attention to her scrupulously written pattern and all will work out.  She holds your hand all the way, not just with the knitting but with the sewing up and stuffing too!

And at the end of it you get these magical little animals to delight someone special in your life.

Project notes:

Pattern: Boy mouse with a cabled sweater

Mouse girl in a flowered dress

Pattern cost: £6.75
Yarn:    Bergere De France Calinou
Colourway:  Bleu Nuit & Lac
Purchased at: John Lewis
Yarn cost:  £7.00

Kim socks

Who ate all my time!  I can’t believe it’s over a month since I last posted.

Life here is super busy.  Isn’t everyone’s?

After many years of battling we finally have some support in place for the children, so have social workers, family support workers, and conferences and workshops coming out of our ears!  Funnily enough it’s also led to a friend (also an adoptive mum of a chap with additional needs) and I to realise that there is a huge hole in the market for a one-stop-website for parents and guardians like us.

Over coffee one day, lamenting the lack of such a resource, and wondering why somebody didn’t do it….we realised that we were just the people to fill that gap.  Now we are working hard for an Autumn launch.   Its exhilarating and exhausting in equal parts, and the steepest of learning curves, but we’re only a month in and getting great feedback, so watch this space.

With all this going on, you can imagine that crafting time is limited….I haven’t looked at a tapestry sheep in weeks, and my sewing plans are gathering dust.  I’m slowly working on a waistcoat for Dave, but I’m awfully glad he’s patient!

Thankfully, I have been knitting.  Most recently finished are these beauties.

Look at those colours!

Look at those perfectly matched stripes!

Sock perfection!  And a happy husband.  I’ll take that win!

Of course I have another pair of socks on the needles, for conversational knitting occasions.  But I also have Galaxie from Quince & Co. for evenings in front of the TV.

Image copyright Quince & Co.

I’m knitting it in Finch in the colourway Stream.

Image copyright Quince & Co.

Both the pattern and the yarn are sublime.  I’m happily doing a few rounds a night and enjoying the making.  I’m usually a product driven knitter, so this is a lovely change for me.  And it’s nice to be knitting a garment other than socks!

It’ll be ready for Autumn too.

Project notes

Pattern: Regia 4ply sock pattern
Pattern cost: Free
Yarn:    Zwerger Garn Opal
Colourway:  Kim
Purchased at: Black Sheep Wools
Yarn cost:  £7.99

Newlook 6217 – my first TNT

This post is so overdue it’s ridiculous.  And it’s all been hanging on photographs!  Yesterday Summer agreed to take a couple of quick snaps as I was wearing my favourite of these tops, so here we go, at last.

I’ve already covered the fitting changes I made to this pattern here and, I’ll be honest, I’m still wearing that top on a regular basis, despite it’s imperfections.  It fits better than pretty much anything I’ve bought from a shop and is great to throw on when I’m running around the house with a pair of jeans doing chores.

I have, however, since then made 4 other versions, with varying degrees of success.  The success or failure of the finished garment has been purely down to fabric choice.

First up my favourite. This is a lovely sheer, lightweight cotton that has almost a cheesecloth texture to it.  The print is delicious, and it’s cool and lovely to wear as we head into warmer weather, but also a great layering piece with a cardigan for us women-of-a-certain-age!

The fabric is from deep stash and was gifted to me by my friend Christian, who is a seamstress with impeccable taste!  I’m glad I’ve finally got this one in my wardrobe and its in heavy rotation.

Second favourite is another fabric from deep stash, which I purchased yonks ago from Abakhan.  it’s a printed cotton jersey, and it’s my favourite for when I just need something comfy for dog walking or housework.  Love this top and it proves that this pattern is great for knits as well as wovens.

The first of the unsuccessful tops is this one.

The fabric is from the wonderful Stone Fabrics in Devon.  I bought this on holiday a couple of years ago, so again it’s good to get it out of the stash.  I’ve checked their site and the don’t seem to have any of it left.  Which is a shame because the fabric is beautiful, and the print is lovely.

Unfortunately I look like an extra from the Walking Dead in it.  It’s a really bad colour on me.

And finally is this lovely blue print.

Which is all the colours that look amazing on me.  But the fabric (a bargain bin purchase from Abakhan for very little money) is awful.  And clingy.  And just plan old nasty.

So I can happily say I’ve now got my first TNT pattern.  It’s such a useful little top I’m sure to make more.  However, on the sewing table at the moment is a Harris Tweed waistcoat for Dave, and the Imogen top in its second iteration with an FBA.  As the kids are back at school next week, I’m hoping to get some sewing done on both of them.