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Never Ever Again!

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It seemed like a good idea at the time. I would buy some fabric and make a throw for the seats in my caravan. You know the score make it more up to date, more on trend, more now! I found some light grey fabric at Abakhan and set to work. Change the plan! Throws didn’t work. They slipped, rucked and creased. So more fitted covers were required. One whole weekend and disaster not enough fabric. Back to Abakhan I went and found a toning dark grey. Another weekend and more cutting and stitching. In the middle of all this I burned my fingers, luckily on my left hand. I certainly couldn’t have managed without my sister whose input and advise was much appreciated. We continued to stitch cut and tuck. I hemmed, drew round plates ( for arm covers) and discovered upholstery pins. Result- not bad. Maybe more modern, certainly protecting the upholstery, and I learned a lot. Most importantly never ever to do this again!

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Crafty Salvage

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I’ve been fortunate to be given a couple of fabric sample books which were being thrown out. I have great plans for using the fabric and wallpaper samples once I have worked out how to dismantle them!

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The fabrics are fabulous and the wallpaper luxurious. If anyone has any ideas how to use them I would love to hear from you.

Here are some of the thoughts flitting around my head:

fabric: patchwork, tote bags, covered note books and/or files, rag doll, bunting, make up purse, stuffed hearts, appliqué, cushion, pin cushion ??

wallpaper: pages for books, covering for writing books, pockets for inside files, envelopes, bunting, appliquedécoupage??

It’s all good fun and I will let you know what wonderful creations are turned out.

Knits andNepal

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We had an extended craft group meeting today with a ” bring and share” lunch. It was good fun, good company and good food. I took the opportunity to finish the UFOs that I had started on holiday. This group of lovely (and talented) ladies are knitting up a storm for the people of Nepal following their recent tragic earthquake.

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I have completed a scarf, hat and wrist warmers and started a child’s sweater. These lovely craft group ladies are knitting hats, sweaters, scarves and blankets. I have decided to do what I can do until the proposed cut off date of 1st August and then send it all out.

 
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I propose to send our donations out to the area of Ghandruk, possibly the hospital there. This was chosen purely because I treked there for my 60th birthday and was so impressed with the people, landscape and country.
This year, on top of the catastophic earthquake, the monsoon has come early. Not only have these people got no proper roofs over their heads but they are ankle deep in water. How unfair is that?
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Victorian Nursing Chair

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imageHi there! Here is the nursing chair that lives in my bedroom. It is a typical Victorian nursing chair with no arms and sat quite low. They were designed for nursing mothers ( or Nannys ) when holding an infant. This particular one is still in its original fabric as it has been protected with a loose cover for many years. Nursing chairs were usually found in more wealthy homes and have traditional cabriole legs with brass castors. This chair  is padded with horse hair and quite comfortable especially if you were feeding a baby.

imageHere is the same chair complete with its loose covers. My Mum made these particular covers in the 1970s complete with piping and pleating. The cover fits perfectly and is fastened on with hidden Velcro. I removed the cover today as I am Spring cleaning! Yes REALLY! One day I will make a new cover for this much loved chair. I’m not sure if I could do as good a job as my Mum did. All that piping and fitting. Anyway maybe one day! For now I will just wash and refit.

Grassington gifts

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Greetings from Grassington all you gorgeous people! Today was a bus ride through the Yorkshire Dales to Grassington, well worth the £4.20 return fair. How the driver squeezed through the lanes, past numerous vehicles is beyond me. I would have had to shut my eyes!

In Grassington there is an Age concern charity shop tucked away up a side street. In this shop I “nearly bought” a cut glass butter dish, bag (another) and 7 yes 7 balls of unused black wool for £6.99-bargains galore. However guess what I did buy? Nothing! I might go back tomorrow…….

On this trip I have bought some Christmas gift knitting. I am trying to bust my stash which is why I haven’t bought the wool in Grassington, yet. I hope that you are all duly impressed with my organisation skills as I did say CHRISTMAS. However I do know that I will be rushing to finish the previously mentioned gift in the weeks before Christmas but hey ho! The thought is there!

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Finished Fingerless Mittens

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Finished Fingerless Mittens

At last I have managed to complete a project! My fingerless mittens are just fab! They were relatively simple,very snug and just that little bit different which I like. I purchased the kit just over a year ago. As I had never knit gloves before I thought that a kit was the way to start. knitting in the contrasting fleece was simple and funky.The kit was from Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop in North Yorkshire,England http://www.wensleydalesheepshop.co.uk
I think I can feel some knitting projects as gifts for NEXT Christmas starting soon.