My son finished his A level exams today, so went out to celebrate with his cohort this evening. It's the first time I've seen him a little worse for drink!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
I was bowled over by the lovely comments and support of my fellow fibre fans. I was encouraged to cut the work off the loom and knot a fringe - do you want to see how it looked? If not - too late!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I did a tiny, decent thing the other week. The smallest act of kindness, but something that anyone could have, would have, should have done. The only reason I'm talking about it is because of the huge reward it precipitated - the most divinely dyed sock yarn from Verity of TrulyHooked.
She offered me the choice of any yarn in her Etsy, but I had to leave the choice to her as every yarn I looked at I thought 'yes, this is the one', only to look at the next and think 'wait, no, this one'. The only one I rejected was a chartreuse - so not my colour. I was thrilled to receive the above in her Antique colourway. I think it is the shades of fading rose petals - so lovely!
I blame Sally. And my husband.
|My first weave since making a tiny purse at school 40 years ago!|
I did try very hard to leave the loom alone for someone else to have a go, but when I noticed that no one else had done so, I went back. I wove all day. Then Sally did something incredibly kind - she lent me her knitters loom for a month! (It's not her only one I hasten to add).
I took it home, I sat in the kitchen and wove all evening. When I was madly into papercrafts, I did lots of swaps of yarn and thread samples - I ended up with boxes of small amounts of novelty yarns all wound onto embroidery floss bobbins. They were ideal for this. So the weaving went on.
The next day a friend came to visit. I showed her the loom and she had a go. For two hours. Not the only one hooked then. When she went, I must confess I took her work out so I could say that the whole thing was woven by me. And I started again. And did a bit more in the evening. And the following two evenings because while I was at work all I could think about was the weaving waiting for me at home. Oh, and how my shoulders and upper arms were a bit achey.
|A riot of colour and textures|
|I am looking forward to seeing the whole thing unfurled|
So, if you've been paying attention, you might be wondering why I'm blaming my husband for this sudden interest. It's not that I'm looking for interests to take me out of the house and away from housework (never had that problem). The short answer is that he knows me too well. When I started knitting he predicted I'd end up spinning, despite my protestations. When I took up spinning, he told me I'd want a loom next. Maybe I'm a good wife who doesn't want to confound his expectations?!
Monday, June 08, 2015
I was really pleased that Facebook reminded me of the shawl I knitted for my friend today as I've never got a picture of it being worn before. I had a beauty shot of it here, but here's Sarah modelling it - doesn't the blue look great against her hair? If you didn't know, Sarah is the creative talent behind Babylonglegs, where you can find lovely yarns and fibres that she dyes in her studio. Sadly for everyone else, she no longer stocks this yarn base, so I'm very privileged to have had the joy of knitting with it
Friday, June 05, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
So, fired with enthusiasm, I spent some time on Sunday experimenting. Here are the fibres I used that were in my bit bag - yellow with a streak of purple that had clung to it, lime milkshake harshness, deep navy blue, natural that somehow looks pink, and grey drier lint (not really, but it was peculiar stuff)
Action! (very hard to take all of these pictures with one pair of hands and one crappy, very crappy camera phone) Look how the awful short grey stuff was clumping at this point.
Monday, May 18, 2015
So, here's the improved beret, beautifully modelled by my lovely daughter. I'm not so enamoured of all the pink appearing at the centre where the bobble is as it makes it a bit nippley. It has led me to save it in my Ravelry projects as the Tit-fer Hat though!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Friday, May 08, 2015
I have unwittingly found a crafty alternative and it's all due to my friend Brenda. We've never met and I'm not at all sure how we ended up as online friends - a combination of common interests and admiration for her photography I think. (Correct me if I'm wrong/ if you have a better memory than me Brenda!) A month or so ago she invited me to take part in a project called the Embroidered Digital Commons which involved embroidering phrases ready to be combined into a definition of the word liminal, which in turn will combine into a larger lexicon. The link gives a far more in depth explanation.
Here's what I produced (everything was pressed before it went, but excuse my enthusiasm in these hot off the needle pictures)
The action of embroidering turns out to be absorbing and meditative as well as creative, plus at the end there's the possibility of having art you can do something with - what could be better?!
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Three days later and he decided he wanted to go to work. On the train. To Birmingham. Without any medical aids. Wearing walking shoes............. Men! Anyhow, I did what I could and offered to take him to the station, and pick up if required. At this point I realised that his train leaves our station before 6.45. Hence I had a lot of time to enjoy the morning before going to work myself. I had a leisurely breakfast, hung out the washing, looked at our sleeping rats and still had time to enjoy the morning sunlight with a bit of spinning - total bliss!
Friday, March 27, 2015
Finally I was healed enough to open the box and spin! I had a jumbo flyer and maiden for my Sonata for Christmas, so I decided that I'd try it out and attempt to wean myself away from the fine spinning that is my default. (I attribute this to parsimony - so many more hours of pleasure from fluff if you spin it small!). I realised half way through that I hadn't taken pictures of the poonags in their glory, so here you can see a few with the singles that flowed from them/
I didn't know what to ply it with at first. Then I remembered that years ago I was gifted a wrap with permission to unravel it. This proved to be a game in itself until I realised the cunning way in which the wrap had been put together. As the unravelling breakthrough happened so late at night, there were no pictures and I would feel mean about revealing too much about the wrap - both who it came from and what pattern it was. Suffice to say, the two ends of colourmart silk matched beautifully with my singles
It's not very even throughout the skein - you can definitely see my progress as I learnt what I needed to do. This is before finishing.
Are these glasses ageing?
Caked into 146 grammes, 322 yards of DK squish!
I could pretend that the start of the cake is flat to aid cast on, but it's where I was getting to grips with the technique
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Dried and wound, the cakes of yarn look very different and I thought I would knit them up into a pair of socks