Monthly Archives: March 2017

Travel and Felting

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Another busy busy week. Not that I’m complaining as, fortunately, all is good.

I took Damnvan1 out of winter storage this week. I am very fortunate in that friends let the camper van live in their barn, so it has been warm and sheltered all winter. This year she did however need a new battery and a minor repair- all down to age I’m afraid. She’s not too old and low mileage but I keep thinking about changing/upgrading her. Shshsh! Don’t tell her! I might keep her forever!

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This week I’ve also been on a felting course which was free! I like free! It was a two hour introduction course, very relaxed and very informative. We were supposed to make an egg, which I did and then got bored. I went onto make a small piece of felted Textile which is destined to become a Wild Woman! More about that at a later date!20170330_111953

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Thats all folk see you soon!

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Spring, Crafting and countryside.

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I finally looked inside the box that my new sewing machine came in and WOW there WAS a sewing machine in there! I’ve still not tried it out as I have been busy turning our spare room into a craft room. As I mentioned in a previous post Hubs did not want to do this but I used all my feminine wiles and we’re on the way to a craft room. Whey Hey! I have to say I did compromise proving negotiation and discussion do work.( Well I did most of the so called discussion)

I have nearly dismantled the hated futon and an urgent trip to the tip will sort the rest out. I have also been keenly scanning the Ikea web site for a suitable desk and even a chair.This room is going to become a hive of creativity and I might even use my new sewing machine.20170325_074141Early this morning I took Benji for a walk in our beautiful countryside. It was incredibly noisy with the dawn chorus of birds whipping up a tune and sheep and their lambs being moved to another field. Who ever said that the countryside was peaceful?How has your week been?

Another Project

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The best thing about completing a project is that you can start another one! Having completed Darling daughters shrug I have now started a scarf! Not too difficult. This scarf is a little different and goes under the name of “Hitchhiker”. It is a pattern by Martina Behm and can be found and bought from Ravelry.com I am working it in a Superwash Marino 4ply yarn called Vivacious by Fyberpates

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Cushions Galore

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I have mentioned my Monday craft group many times. The wonderful thing about it is the people ( of course) and the diversity of crafts that we have. There are spinners, knitters, crocheters, knitters, lace makers, knitters, embroiderers, sewers, knitters,and weavers. When we meet there is also a huge amount of chatter and laughter.

I recently commissioned one of the weavers, who happens to be the only guy, to make cushions. I wanted one for myself and one for my daughter. I must confess that he was very patient as I wanted mine to be woven in red. But not too red. With white but not too white. He was spot on with my request!

imageI also asked him to make a “purplish” cushion for my daughter. Again it was perfect.

20170221_090712Trevor also weaves the most beautiful scarfs which are soft and warm.

It didnt occur to me until I purchased these cushions that there is no need for a zip or fasten. Just use a polyester filled cushion pad and carefully wash cover and pad in one go when necessary! Easy!

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Christmas Gift Finished!

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OK I confess it should have been finished for last Christmas but hey ho the thought was there! I finally gave this shrug to Darling Daughter. It fit and dare I say it, looked good! Amazing after the catalogue of disasters that it had become. I must emphasise in no way the fault of the yarn but the fault of the knitter. Me!

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I purchased the yarn from Woolfest nearly a year ago. I fell in love with this beautiful fibre and bought Darling Daughter’s favourite colour. I checked the yarn thickness and yardage against the pattern and away I went. First mistake. When I came to knit the yarn I realised it was knit with double yarn so I quickly ordered more to be sure of the same dye lot. This yarn was very expensive so the garment felt as if it should be gold plated!(I would never have payed the full amount had I realised, but mistakes happen!)

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I now found the double yarn difficult to work with as I kept spitting the two and creating holes. Second Mistake.

Third Mistake. I knitted happily away until the second front. For some reason known to no one  I knit this front much too long and had to unpick the hard work.

I picked up over 400 stitches around the front and back using a circular needle as instructed. Fourth Mistake. When knitting this welt the circular needle broke. Disaster!

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In fact it’s something of a miracle that I completed it at all! But I did so Whoo Hoo another WIP done.

 

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Cushions Galore

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Eldest child turns up and says”Can you make some cushions for my new house Mum?”

“Of course I can son – no problem” I reply.

And the result is:

Eldest son arrived clutching a bag containing off cuts of Harris Tweed. Irregular shapes with some from a sample book as they had appropriate holes in them. I put them together in a random patchwork pattern and stitched them ktogether. I chose a lush silver grey velvet from my stash ( Hoorah more stash used up) and inserted a zip along one long side. There were some Harris Tweed labels which I stitched onto the cushions and whoo hoo! Two really nice cushions. They look great in son’s new house and coordinate nicely with the decor.

B is for…….

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I love this monogram…

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B Is for : Better get on with it! I am still trying to complete some of my UFOs! I have completed a Christmas present this week. Last year’s not this! I can’t show it to you as  I haven’t had chance to give it to Darling Daughter and she is the intended recipient! Watch this space……

B is for Blanket ( or Afghan or throw depending on where you live!). I have tried hard to get ahead with this Blanket this week. Today I spent my time at craft group Darning in ends. I hate that job so try to keep up as I crochet. This is a “use up stash sort of project”

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B is for Beach -I love the beach!

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Sneaky Weekend

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Last weekend Hubs and I had a sneaky weekend away in the Lake District. As you know dear reader we love the Lake District, Cumbria. We snook away without Benji dog ( he had a holiday with Grand Children) and went without Damnvan1 who is awaiting a service and minor surgery.

We stayed in a pub which served great food and a fine pint of real ale!

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The weather was unexpectedly kind to us especially on the Sunday morning which was cool, crisp, misty and perfect walking weather. We walked across the fields to Hawkeshead village and enjoyed the delights of a good coffee shop (and bakery, but don’t tell anyone about the pastries!)

20170305_122502On the way home we crossed Derwentwater on the very old chain car ferry. It’s a slow but efficient ferry that saves miles of road driving. It’s always exciting driving onto a ferry, requiring breath holding as I head down the “gang plank”

We waited for the ferry to return to us as it appeared from the other side of Derwentwater through the mist.

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We returned home to warm up our lovely stone cottage. This property loves to be lived in! It gets really cold when empty but the stone retains heat when warmed up. Log burner lit, dog collected, wine poured, bliss!

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School knitters meet the Craft Group

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Sorry that I wasn’t there!

Cilcain Village Hall /Neuadd y Pentre Cilcain

Mrs O’Neill and the Ysgol y Foel school knitters visited the Craft Group in Cilcain Village Hall last Monday, 6th March.  They saw spinning, weaving and quilting in action – and some very fancy knitting, as well! As always, these wonderful photographs are courtesy of Gwen Hardman – thank you, Gwen!

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