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Money, money, money

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Last year I bought a kit from Scheepjes to make a “crochet along shawl”. The kit, when it arrived, was a delight of yarn squishiness. It contained delightful jewel colours and small extras. It was like receiving a lovely gift ( even though I’d paid for it)

Well I missed the crochet along (CAL) by months so Darling Daughter printed the patterns off for me.

I decided to take the kit away with me and start. No crochet hook ( I have dozens at home) OK, I found a local knitting shop and treated myself to a hook with a lovely handle ( not cheap). I started the shawl very half heartedly as I couldn’t work out when I would wear it! So I thought I’d use the kit to knit a jumper which I am more likely to wear.

I found the perfect sweater on line. Sadly it was published in a book and together with postage was unreasonably expensive. So I resisted the purchase and found a nice, free, pattern in a magazine which I had.

Guess what? No Knitting needles! Dozens at home so I went to the local charity shops which all appeared shut for the royal wedding. Next day I found anther yarn shop and “treated” myself to some high end bamboo needles. I can always justify spending by telling myself that I deserve this treat!

Trying hard, I knit a tension square which suggested that I needed larger needles. Oh no! I think I will wait until I get home.

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Crafts on Board

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Many of you are aware that I occasionally work on cruise ships teaching crafts. I average about three “craft” cruises a year. It is not as simple as it sounds as an awful lot of work goes into the preparation for the cruises both financially and time wise. Trying to remain current and popular with the crafts I teach is a challenge. Deciding which crafts to offer is a major consideration and knowing how to do them is handy!!

This involves watching which crafts are fashionable or even revisiting vintage crafts for ideas. Which brings me to…

IMG_0519Do you remember French Knitting? We used a knitting dolly. This seemed like a possibility for a cruise so I ordered 40 Knitting dollys. (see what I mean about expense?) Then I needed to organise the yarn – more cost! Most importantly I needed to remember how to use it. Guess what? I took the kit on a holiday cruise! I practiced and practiced.

IMG_0607I also thought about Textile printing which I’ve done before. I already have the printing blocks so I bought 30 Textile tote bags and tea towels – more expense! I took a tote bag on the cruise with me so that I could embellish it to demonstrate the possibilities.

IMG_0518On this last cruise Sis also took along a craft. She was teaching herself needle felting. Now there’s an idea!!

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Cruise News Two

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On the recent cruise with my Sis we explored a few of the Caribbean Islands  including Barbados, St Lucia and St KittsimageWe visited a Batik workshop where we saw the Batik process in action followed by the inevitable shopping opportunities IMG_0453IMG_0447don’t you just love the colours?IMG_0487l tasted quite a few Rum punches including this one in a coconut on the beach. We paddled and swam in the beautiful turquoise sea and found shells on the beach.

Welcome to my Craft Room

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Its done! It’s finished! It’s fab!

IMG_1091This was a year ago and it’s not stayed this tidy. I need the House Elves to visit and the Dust Bunnies to work hard! Still off to my craft room to make Bunting for Step Granddaughters birthday. According to her she’s ” turning the big one zero!”. More about Bunting later.

Tie Craft

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I recently went to a meeting of the Embroiders Guild. I love this meeting and find the other members inspiring and oh so creative! It is not just embroidery but all types of needle crafts. I often take my knitting but today I took the neck ties that I’ve been collecting to make a silk make up purse.

I spent time folding, re folding and pining into place until I was happy with the result. When you have worked out how it is quite easy to finally hand sew and insert a zip. I’m pleased with my first effort and will make more until I can make the silk purses with ease and neatly.

 

 

 

Ties

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As you know my friends, I occasionally work on cruise ships teaching crafts. I am always on the look out for interesting, new crafty ideas, and as such have come up with a project using silk ties. I could use polyester but silk would be much nicer. I therefore started to search charity shops and quite frankly can’t believe the price of second hand ties! Polyester are generally around £2 but silk ones are about £4.50 Why on earth are they charging so much more for silk ties? There are dozens of them in the shops and are obviously not selling. I don’t want to pay too much as I need at least 30!

That took me to eBay where the plot thickens. I found great silk ties at a cheap rate (£1) so I decided to order three as samples to see if they will work. OK they are coming from China and won’t arrive until May! But hey! I can wait. I placed the order and then realised that they might be clip on or elasticated! I contacted seller who seemed very sweet but there was a language problem Chinese v English.

A short search later I found a private seller with one silk tie for sale. Well it was a start! A lovely silk tie in girly colours and great condition.

IMG_0176The tie arrived promptly this morning and it is very nice. I then turned it over and Amazingly Naked ladies! Tasteful but naked.

IMG_0178This is an interesting craft project indeed.

Powerless

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Today we had a day without electricity whilst planned maintenance was carried out In the village.We knew about this in advance but it still came as a shock to the system. We carefully filled a flask with hot water before the outage began. Three minutes after it started we decided to have a cup of tea. Obvious result no more hot water.

Then I had a bright idea .I could use my iPad as I’d duty fully charged the battery. But hold on no WIFI as hub switched off. OK I thought I will go and play in my craft room. Hand sewing seemed a good plan but I needed to iron the creased fabric. How quiet everywhere was no radio playing no hum of the fridge no noise. All I could hear was bird song and the odd vehicle in the distance.

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I did some cutting out, gluing and playing with paper. Oh and I actually read a couple of magazines a very pleasant change from reading blogs but still no cup of tea! So this is a taste of “living off grid”.

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Another UFO Finished!

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First published on Woolymoss.comIMG_1481IMG_1366IMG_1484This “Heart of Hearts” felt appliqué cushion has joined the ranks as a finished project. I first purchased this kit by Michaela Smith during my visit to Yarndale last year. The kit was of good quality English Felt. I hand stitched the whole cushion cover using mainly blanket stitch. Most of the individual squares were made whilst I was on a cruise in December. It was an ideal travel project as it was broken down into small manageable pieces.

I wasn’t too pleased with how I worked the Felt squares together at the corners. This is where the buttons come in as I used them to disguise the untidy corners. So onwards we go! Bring on the next project! Maybe I should continue to work through my pile of un finished objects.

Finished!

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I stareted this throw in January 2017 and I made a supreme effort to complete it for January 2018. I didn’t buy any new yarn but used my stash of multi coloured wool. I chose random colours and used random crochet stitches, just following my creativity.

There is nothing cosier than making a blanket ( or afghan)  in the winter months. Fire lit, crochet over the lap and dog by my side. Bliss.

Giddy

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I’ve just got to tell you that I am giddy with excitement! Why? I’m on the brink, nay cusp of finishing not one but TWO works in progress! How exciting is that? Such a rare event.

Im savouring the moment so will show you pics when work complete! I have put myself under pressure ( I work better under pressure)  as I am off to a craft show with Sis on Friday. I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy/start any more project until I had finished at least two. Mind you I don’t NEED to buy more as I still have multiple PHDs (projects half done) filling up my tiny cottage. But you know the score…

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