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Spring may have sprung!

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So I haven’t been here for a while but there are long and frankly boring reasons and one exciting one. After much deliberation I am leaving my office job to focus on my therapies and creative life. I know there’s not much to show on here but I feel there is a creative aspect to my life that I can make part of my living from. I thought it would be a year or two from now, when all our boys where through university but other things have happened, the boring stuff mentioned, and I seem to being pushed, non too gently, so the time is now, well in a month or two.
Any way not that much creative stuff has happened as a result but here’s what has happened…….

Glove number two has progressed a little

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The lower part is knit as if on straight needles, then the whole thing is joined to knit in the round, I’ll show you that soon.

Then there is the first if what I hope to be many little card ideas……..

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Next, continuing my button obsession, I made this………

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I found these brooch findings that I think are designed to fasten fabric or felt items to a brooch backing but they work so well for stitching buttons too. I used plain sewing thread and then glue gunned over the back of the finished piece to strengthen the thread.

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There are other things on the go at the moment but I wanted to get back into the swing of regular posting and some things are gifts for people who might come here so can’t be shown till they are completed.

Oh and Roxy the cat would like to say

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Up and running again

Hello blog, finally I have myself organised again, pictures are being badly taken and time has returned back to normal, rather than the hyper fast speed up version that happened most of December and January.

Whilst I really struggle with the short days, I love the weather that real Winter brings.  Walking home from the station recently I was greeted by this magical sight

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Not snow, frozen fog.  The tree branches looked magical, so wish I could use the camera better,

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the garden looked like a fairly tale forest

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we’d had no snow at this point

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and then the snow came 🙂

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everything was blanketed, loved the atmosphere and muffled cushioning the thick snow fall gave to my street

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there was much more snow but I forgot to take it’s picture

 

Not forgotten

Hello dear blog, I’ve not forgotten you, just having major camera issues etc.  Life is now returning back to normal after the invasion of the adult children at Christmas.  Blog will return to normal as soon as I can find the lead to join the camera to the computer grr.

Christmas post

Sorry I’m late with this but with boys arriving home from the far corners of the country and the count down to Christmas starting in our house there has been little time to find the computer.  Christmas making has still been happening, I’m not the worlds most creative card maker but had fun running these up for some friends.

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Then there was the secret Santa pressie for a great friend at one of my jobs.  There’s a bit of a tradition that I always make at least part of my gift.  However this year my recipient was male and therefore a little harder knit for.  I knew he’d been given knitted gifts recently for his birthday so I decided to branch out a little and created this star for a Star guy!

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It’s done with ceramic pen on a standard mug, doesn’t need baking at all and reasonably permanent.  I’ve done this style of doodling before and was pleased with how it turned out.  It’s not as smooth as I’d like in places as the pen kept blocking but it was fun to do.

Of course no week would be complete without some knitting so the first of one of a pair of fingerless gloves was completed.

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 The colours are thanks to a wonderful sock yarn.  I love the colours in some of these yarns and often think it’s a shame that it so often goes unseen inside shoes.  I’m having a lot of fun recently knitting small accessory items rather than full garments, odd as I often used to think they were too much faff and love the rhythmic nature of knitting a large piece.  As I’ve said before I’m a real butterfly trying to be true to my nature and learning to embrace it.  I love how creativity helps me to keep growing and learning about myself.  When I was younger I thought I’d have all that settled by now but now I’m here I’m so glad I am still evolving.  

Wishing you a blessed, peaceful, busy, relaxed Christmas/Solstice/Holiday time however you want to think of this magical time of year 🙂 

 

Christmas arrives

I love Christmas, but not the cutesy side of things, little kittens in Santa hats are not my thing.  A few years ago my mum decided to change the colour theme of her Christmas tree, she’s an everything has to match type of girl, so she gave me a good few of these,

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I admit I’ve used them as they are for a year or two just to fill my tree up but as you can see they are a little battered and have a nasty weld seam on them so they have always been buried deep in the tree foliage.  Well following the Rowan workshop I went to in November I decided knitted  covers for these baubles was the way forward.  I used three different yarn types and only remember to photo one before it became a bauble

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This is Rowan Tapestry, a wool and Soybean fibre blend that has a really soft natural sheen to it.  I also used these gorgeous threads to add sparkle

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The pattern was really straight forward, cast on a few stitches increase like mad for a row or two then knit straight for while till the cover is long enough.Image

rapid decreasing at the top gave me a spherical cover and here is the result

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A few happy hours later and my old red baubles look like this

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Tree bunting via bunting central, very lovely bunting for sale or hire.

So that’s been my Christmas preparations so far, guess I should think about presents really, oops!

shopping again!

Sorry I’ve been away so long, November has been a strange month for me. I’ve had three sore throats, a week and a half of coughing, lost my voice most of the time and flu symptoms on and off most of the month. Consequently not much craft has happened, but shopping did 🙂 Fortunately for me one of my better days fell on the day a great friend and me were going to the Harrogate knit and Stitch show and merry shopping was had by all 🙂

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included in the above haul are some wonderful bits and bobs such as

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Hand dyed mulberry silk with micro sequins 🙂

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You use your hand to finger knit this crazy stuff, same concept just use your whole hand in place of your finger, make these froopy loopy scarves.

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we also went on a fun weekend workshop at Rowan Mills and knitted some lovely Christmas gloves and baubles but the pictures are on my little camera which the computer refuses to recognise today so I’m sorry those pics will have to wait till computer tech guy gets  home from work 😉  Whilst there I treated myself to this

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Rowan kidsilk haze Glamour

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Kid mohair, silk and micro sequins, gonna bling me a knitted garment some time soon.

Wonderful 🙂

Hopefully by next week I’ll have some photos of on going and finished stuff, if the computer plays fair

 

different type of butterfly

Sorry if you were thinking there’d be yet more knitted flutterbys, this week it’s my mind that’s been flitting from flower to flower. I really do have a butterfly brain and for many years felt bad about the number of ongoing projects I had. I thought I should settle down to one “passion” and concentrate on that but with 49 years under my belt I have finally come to terms with having many projects on the go and feeling happy about it. Obviously some things are faster to the finish than others, small projects are faster to do than the large ones, which I pick up and put down, but that is the beauty of being me, no matter my mood there is always something creative I want to be doing and probably have on the go. so this week I’ve ………

…done a bit of crotchet, our bed is a little over 6ft square so there’s a long way to go yet,

…bought a new toy, I love my lap (fanny) frame but for bigger pieces it just can’t take the weight of the frame, so when some free cash came into my purse this beauty was bought. It still sits on my lap, the case has a bean bag thingie in it so it stays still, but it lets me work on larger pieces without having to disappear to the kitchen to use the dining table as a place to stand my frame on,

…did some work on a cross stitch design I’ve had for ages. When I first bought this the whole mock tribal thing hadn’t really started. I guess it looks a bit cliche now but I like it and working such a sparse design is fun,

….looked out of the window. With one son, probably, left home for good I now finally have a room to dedicate to my creative loves and for treatments (I’m an aromatherapist and do occasional treatments from home). This is the view from the room I have claimed, shame I didn’t have the camera when I first looked out as there was a breeze blowing and it lifted all the fallen leaves into the air, for just a second it looked like golden snow. I love all the seasons but really love the change over times so I guess Spring and Autumn are my happiest times.

Mum’s holiday

Every year Mum and me go to the Knitting and Stitch show at Alexandra Palace, Mum calls it her holiday. Here’s the my haul for this year 🙂

Anyone noticed my button addiction, these beauties are destined for knitted necklaces I think.


Okay so I was impatient, this was 3 balls of the softest feel, gentlest marl grey alpaca yarn which just had to be knitted first, it told me to buy it and knit it straight away honest.

Kit for a beautiful flat spiral, knitted in wire with antique looking crystal beads, yum

I am determined to find a use for these beautiful threads, faerie hair or some such I think

and finally bought the chart for this beautiful design to be done in these threads

Someone else’s needlework

Okay so something some of you may not know is that I love tattoos, there are some amazing artists out there doing some amazing work. Yes there are ones that I think are rubbish too but it’s each to their own. I have a few tattoos myself and all mine have very deep meanings to me not just a fancied thing. I’ve been planning this arm piece for about two years now and finally got round to getting it done, wonderful hubby got me it for my birthday present.

I realise there are people who know me who might think tattoos are a bad thing in general.I would appreciate it if they would trust me that I thought and prayed long and hard before I every had a tattoo done and if you want to discuss it with me please do, face to face.

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