Thank you for joining me this week, which has been a lovely week filled with family and friends but not as much crafting time as I would have liked.
I have no finished objects to share with you this week (slacker!) and only three active WIPS, two of which are Christmas gift socks, one in Opal and one in Regia.
I have a new cast on this week which is the Maize Mitts from Tincanknits and for this I am using the leftover DK BFL yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners
I have some lovely acquisitions to share with you from www.fondantfibre.com which includes some fibre which Deb kindly sent for a podcast prize and I will keep this as there are discussion behind the scene which will see a joint KAL in the New Year.
I have also purchased the Kind Cole Merino Blend Dk in Royal for the Rudolph Jumper and hope to get this on the needles this coming week.
Have a fantastic week crafting!
Its been a few weeks and a few more days than I was intending to get Episode 2 out to you.
I have set up a you tube channel as there is a delay with uploading the video to podcast garden. Hopefully this will be sorted which will then push the video to itunes and people that watch through a downcast service or something similar....
I have been keeping my hands very busy these past few weeks as you saw in the last post. Today I began another project and this time crochet.
I have crocheted toys and blankets in the past and enjoyed it a great deal but I was always fascinated by the small delicate crochet seen in doilies. This has been encouraged with my recent tatting practice and also the vintage tablecloths I have been gradually buying up over the past couple of months for a very special use in the future ...
So today I finally took the plunge and after sourcing some No 20 crochet cotton thread and a 1.3mm crochet hook ( well, in actual fact I bought a set that run from 0.6mm through to 6.5mm but who is counting eh? ) I favourited a few patterns on Ravelry and opted for one that looked to be fairly straight forward and repetitive and not too intricate .. this is my progress so far ...
I think that my tension is not quite right and could probably do with being a bit tighter and I suspect that this will need to be pinned out to even out the crochet stitches but I have to say I am really enjoying this project and am pleased with my progress so far.
I am drawn to most things retro and vintage and there is something very calming but also utterly inspiring in making something that has been done by generations that have gone before and makes me feel somehow connected to my heritage as a crafter. I am as keen as the next person to learn new things and new ways of doing things but it makes it extra special when although it may be a new challenge for me personally it is also a time honoured craft and I hope by my learning and rekindling this I can continue the legacy of beautiful handmade items filling our homes and hearts with joy ....
So it's been a while since I last blogged and as you can see I have decided to have an overhaul of the blog to follow my recent userrname change and also to broaden out the content as I am finding myself partaking in a number of different crafts and not just knitting. I previously felt a little restricted with the former title but I wanted to allow myself the freedom to write and share with you what was current whether it be knitting or any other craft. So the new title I feel gives me the freedom to share everything I am crafting without the fear that I am not doing what it says on the tin!!
I have had a fair amount of time recently to indulge in various crafts as I have been recovery from surgery and therefore have been forced to spend most of the time, sitting and resting and allowing my body to recover in peace and quiet without me expecting too much of it... I have found this surprisingly hard as the choice has been taken away from me although I have tried to embrace the time and have been putting it to good use in finishing some older projects and spending time re-learning things I have not done for a while.
One of these has been cross-stitch. This is not something I have done a great deal of and I have a couple of kits that I have yet to start but when I saw the 2014 Once Upon A Time Sample from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery on Instagram I was more than tempted. Now, I was late purchasing the pattern and then waiting for the materials to arrive that I managed to source in the UK I knew I was going to be behind on this from the outset, and after years of watching my mother complete large cross-stitch projects I was also well aware of the patience and time that this project would take. My aim is to complete within 2014 but my attention will easily be distracted and so I am more likely to work on this in concentrated spurts rather than gradually throughout the year.
This is my progress so far .....
So back to some of the projects I have been working on finishing... there have been socks ....
None of these socks were for me!! They were all gifts and for different people, they were all a basic vanilla sock however with either afterthought heels or the Fish Lips Kiss Heel which I can highly recommend and a fantastic short row heel that fits really well.
There have also been sweaters finished ....
The one on the left is Hana Hou by Mel Ski knit in Debbie Bliss, Baby Cashmerino in Mallard which knits up as a sport weight and the one on the right is the Goodale by Cecily Glowik Macdonald for which I used very old stash DK weight Patons yarn which has long since been discontinued.
I have also been spindle spinning and tried punis for the first time, there were a lovely mix of baby camel and silk from EllysKnitInSanity on Etsy...
The finished yarn is roughly a laceweight and measures around 187 yards which I was delighted with from a total of 40g of fibre.
There has also a been some tatting ..... although I will not show the project as that is part of Camp Aloha Friends which I am excited to be a part of with Mel. Check out her website for all of the details and how you can be a part of it.
Even my son has been doing some crafting and he made me this delightfully fun band loom bracelet
I still have plenty on the needles and the following show you a hint of some of these although I will cover these in later posts :)
I have a little recovery time before I return to work and I intend to make the most of it in immersing myself in my favourite crafts...
Catch up with you soon :)
ps if you have any questions on anything I have covered please left a comment here or PM me on Ravelry .. I am littleyellowuke over there too :)
Well it's been a while, in fact I can't quite believe how long it is has been... time seems to be speeding up at the moment, although that could just be a symptom of me trying to fit as much as I can in to each day.
So in order to still get in my crafting fix I have been snatching moments here and there where I wouldn't usually, to try to get maybe an extra row on a pair of socks done.
One of these times is when I am having my breakfast before leaving for work, the lighter mornings always give me more energy and I have discovered that spending 10 minutes in a morning knitting on something simple like a sock somehow centres me and prepares me for the day ahead and is a much better way to start the day than rushing out of the door, breakfast half eaten and no time for coffee.
I have a few long term projects on the go and have been on a bit of a garment knitting spree since Christmas, which may be the reason why I have been feeling short of time as it is more difficult to see progress on a larger sweater / blanket that a pair of socks, but I have found that knitting a pieced garment can help with that as there are steps along the way that feel like semi finished objects. This is one of the reasons I enjoyed knitting Halele'a by Mel Ski so much as it was pieced but with a clever and fun stitch detail added which made it interesting to knit.
My Halele'a was knit in some now discontinued Patons 4 ply yarn in a baby blue colour that is a little lighter than the photo shows. I love the vintage look of the yarn and think that this fits very well with this tailored cardigan that reminded me of some of the patterns I remember my mom and grandma looking through when I was a very young girl!
The buttons were from my local yarn store - Sitting Knitting which is literally a 5 minute walk away from my house, they are shell type with a pretty daisy design and I love them!! It is a comfort knowing I have such a lovely yarn store so close that I can nip to in those emergency situations when all my needles are taken up with projects and I just have to cast on something new :)
On a personal level my knee has mostly recovered from the surgery in mid January, although at the moment it is no better than before, but I am hoping to see some improvement over the next couple of months. In the past couple of weeks, I have also learnt that I need a hip operation which is scheduled for early April (thankfully not the 1st!). This operation will see me out of action for a few weeks on crutches, unable to drive and get to work ... thank goodness I have will plenty to keep my mind and hands occupied whilst I recuperate!!!
Until next time, I hope you are finding those precious minutes, sometimes only seconds, in which to indulge in your passions.
It's Sunday evening and I have spent too many hours today recording and then trying to upload a video to restart the podcast (Season 2 no less!) with a different hosting site.... needless to say it didn't work as well as I thought it would and so I started the process of looking into other alternatives (again!) and came up with the same result, if I want to continue podcasting it is going to cost ....... alot.........
I always wanted the podcast to be my way of sharing with you my projects and thoughts on my crafting life and it was meant to be fun and enjoyable.... the past couple of months, with losing the ability to host my podcast on blip and trying now three different alternatives, I admit have not been fun and enjoyable, and while I am willing to fund the podcast to some extent I will only do that for a seamless and hassle free solution.... it's fair to say I haven't yet found that and so today I have finally listened to whatever the Universe is trying to tell me and decided to stop spending hours, getting more and more frustrated and feeling more and more technically incompetent in trying to do something that right now I am clearly not meant to be focusing my energies on.
Then I had a thought (dangerous I know) which is refreshing in it's simplicity and exciting in that it will enable me to continue to share with you whilst also enabling me to do more of what I enjoy (less hours tearing my hair out in front of the PC) and also enable me to develop one of my other loves more - WRITING!!!
I was never a blogger, the blog was set up as a means to host the podcast and show notes etc, so in a way I missed out on my right of passage with blogging and I guess I went straight to the destination (without passing Go!), but the more I think about it the more I like the idea of pouring out my thoughts and projects in words and pictures through this medium, and so from this day forward I will consider myself as a blogger, no more saving things until I record, gathering all of my weekly progress, acquisitions and future projects to cram them into a 30 minute recording and then remembering something I really wanted to say once the podcast was live!!
I am not setting any guidelines for the blog, in terms of how frequently I will write, other than to say it will be when I have something to share, that may be a finished project, it may be a new purchase or it may be simply because I want to connect with the keyboard and formalise or organise my sometimes hectic thoughts and plans.
I hope that you will continue to follow the blog and if you do not already, please do so to ensure you do not miss out on any of my musings.
The blog will be a work in progress and there maybe some changes to its appearance and layout but the content will always be me, I'm just sitting here typing and talking to you through the keyboard rather than at a camera.....