Tuesday, 29 November 2016

nearly December

Last week was busy, two trips out.
On Thursday John and went to the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate. There was some amazing work on display.

I have chosen a couple where I credited the artist. I didn't always manage to do this.
This was one of my favourite pieces.
I was very good and did not go over budget with my purchases
These included a crocket kit that I shall be working towards making. The vendor assured me that it is easy! The fabric is from a local firm Bombay Stores and was £1 50 a metre. I should have bought more. But as it is a Bradford store then I could just pop along.

Saturday saw us in Manchester at the Velodrome for the cycling.

It was very exciting to watch it in real life instead of just on tv and the pace of the whole event was fast with no hanging around between races.

The crochet is progressing

I can't believe I am doing so well. The starting chain is a bit tight but I think with a bit of practise it will be OK.

I have seen several Christmas trees up already I have started to get the stuff out of storage but it will be awhile before its all up. I think you have to wait until December.

Thank you if you leave a comment I haven't always managed to reply.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

It's mid November already!

The month seems to be rushing by. Only a few more to make Christmas goodies.
I seem to have got carried away with knitting trees.

I think this is because they are easy to do and knit up really quickly. There are three more but they have gone to Teesside.

Last year at the Knitting and Stitching Show I bought Luna Lapin to make  and at Yarndale this year  I bought a kit to make her a winter cloak  and another to make her some knee ( do rabbits have knees?) boots.  while in the queue to pay I noticed there was also a book so I bought that as well. I does mean I have a couple of patterns twice but the author was signing tcopies so how could  I not get it?
The cloak was no problem to make but the lining fabric was prone to fraying which was a bit of a nuisance. The boots were fiddly and if I had followed the instructions to put said boot on rabbits foot before doing the laces it would have been fine. But I was upstairs and Luna was downstairs so I tried without inserted foot. It would have been quicker to go and get her ,make a cup of tea and do several other jobs than the time it took to do just one. So I went down for her before lacing the second. Yes it was much easier! One of the times when pattern designer knows best ( they don't always)

So of course Luna has looked through the book and the Christmas fabric and now there is a half made dress on the sewing table.

The crochet has been going well. I can now make flowers without needing the instructions
and I am all set for the second course. The trouble is, one more craft means trying to fit it in. I still have weaving on the loom from the beginning of the year that has got neglected and I have yarn from Yarndale to knit. Then of course next week it is the Knitting and Stitching show once more. It comes around quicker each year.

This time last week we had snow

 not the best day to be up the telegraph pole.

This week is much warmer but getting colder by the end of the week.

Monday, 24 October 2016

A little bit of success

I am a retired 65 year old and one of the benefits is having much more time to sew, knit and do all those other things I did not have time as a teacher. I have been sewing and knitting since I was very small. However I never learnt to crochet, initially this was probably because my mum didn't and my crocheting nana died when I was seven. In my 20s a neighbour tried but I could not come to grips with it and as I could do other things it was no great loss. Over the last few years crochet has become more fashionable and a main part of Yarndale. A couple of years ago I bought a book that was easy to follow but the fear of failure was too great so I could always find an excuse. This knitting needs finishing, these bits need sewing etc.

So I set myself a challenge I would learn one crochet stitch before Yarndale  out came my book Rowan Crochet workshop  and I gave it a go. The photographs were a great help and by the time Yarndale Saturday arrived I could just about manage a couple of rows of double crochet. My breakthrough came at Yarndale where I came across the Beautiful Things stall. After a good chat to Claire I treated myself to a semi virtual course. This was the best thing I have done for a long time.
At first I was all fingers and thumbs and I could not hold the hook or yarn quite how Claire suggests in the video but practise as they say makes perfect or in my case helps a great deal.

So here we are this is how far I have got

My long practice chain which helped me get used to holding the yarn and hook.
 My first attempt at dc. The first few rows had been done as part of the course kit
 My first attempts at chaining 10 and doing the foundation row
 Three samples of dc
 and now I have a sample of half treble which did cause me some hassle to start with. This was because I was not starting in the correct place. I think I am almost ready to learn the treble stitch.
Claire's video is really clear and easy to understand. I have already ordered the next course.

Now I just have to stop myself from stressing about not learning years ago

Saturday, 15 October 2016

A long absence

I cannot quite imagine where all the time has gone since my last post. we had a lovely holiday as usual in Dumfries and Galloway with only one wet day. That meant we were able to explore the town of Dumfries. We usually only see the station and then the ride through town on the bus to Gatehouse.

We learnt a lot about Robert Burns. But my favourite museum was The Old Bridge Museum which had a dental surgery with equipment not too dissimilar to a modern one. We spent two of our days walking. Cairnsmoor was a bit of a challenge and sadly I didn't accomplish it, gave up before the top.

This is as far as we got. There was a bit of a time factor as we had to get back to the main road for the bus. I think Biddle and John might have carried on if I had not been there!
The second week we visited Morecambe for the day, Lytham St Anne's and Skipton.