I recently visited Chester Cathedral with the intention of seeing a knitting exhibition. There was a display of knitted Bible stories, Hand crafted and lovely.
There was a “side” show of knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. Very admirable and kind idea.
The cathedral is a beautiful, large church, warm and cosy. What I couldn’t understand was why ?
Why Heat the lovely space to such an extent when all the visitors are warmly wrapped up in scarves and good coats?
Why have such a large attractive space open to the public when some of the public are homeless ( for whatever reason) and sleeping rough in doorways?
Why close the doors at night to keep the Church warm when some are shivering with no bed to sleep in?
I know that the homeless is a complex issue. Many people do help and do their best. Maybe I’m doing Churches in the UK a disservice . Maybe they do open their doors at night. Just maybe a little more could be done?
I must give full credit to the Chester shareshop and all their hard work for the homeless people of Chester and elsewhere. When I shop in Chester I always buy myself a coffee. It costs me only a little to buy another coffee for someone out there.
I’ve Finally finished my current project!
It’s scarf called Hitchhiker and can be found on http://www.Ravelry.com and is by Martina Behm This is the third time I’ve made this cosy knit. It is easy to do and attractive when finished.
First I made this one:
Then I made one for my daughter last Christmas, which I forgot to photograph, but that time I sewed purls to each point.
And now I’ve made this one:
This scarf is currently on my needles. It is the Hitchiker scarf by Martina Behm and this will be the third time that I’ve knit this asymmetrical scarf.
This is the current project-
The yarn is a 4ply which is hand dyed and hand spun by a friend from my Craft Group and is coming together very well.
Here is The original attempt-
I did knit another one for my daughter last Christmas but forgot to take a picture! For Darling Daughter I used a soft white yarn and sewed a pearl a each point. It worked out very well.
What are you Knitting?
Hi Guys where are you crafting today? I’m knitting on a coach on my way to Dover.
Yes I’m off on Another crafty cruise. I am so lucky to be seeing the World from a cruise ship. Sure I have to work but it’s such a pleasure when you love what you do . The greatest pleasure of all is “coaching ” someone and sharing the crafty knowledge.
This cruise is Island hopping from Dover UK through the Suez Canal and home from Jordan. The great promise at the end is a trip to Petra. I can’t wait but do have some work to do before then.
This explains why I’ve not been blogging recently as in the five weeks since my last cruise I’ve been prepping the crafts for this cruise! It’s so nice to sit on the transfer coach and knit my own project!!
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.
I’ve also been sorting my yarn stash. Probably a place that no one has dared to go before! Actually the amount of yarn has been greatly reduced as I used quite a lot on my last teaching cruise. The ladies made “twiddle muffs” for donation to care homes.
I have also used quite a lot of my yarn stash making a throw (afghan) which is very colourful and on the brink of completion. Yippee!
Just when I thought all yarn was sorted I stumbled across another bag of yarn! I am not allowing myself to start this project until two of my WIPs (works in progress) are finished. So maybe soon.
OK long time no blog! I’ve been very busy, excuses excuses! I’ve been very busy cruising in the Caribbean and I’ve been Very busy having Christmas. I know! I know! I’m spoiled but I love it.
One thing I did was to actually finish something. This was a scarf for Darling Daughter as a gift for Christmas. I used ” Hitchhiker” pattern from http://www.ravelry.com
I am pleased with the out come and nearly kept it for myself. It’s always a good gift when you don’t want to give it away isn’t it? But it did go to a good home!
I used a fine un dyed Merino wool which was good to work with. I do think that this scarf would be good in many yarns as it’s so adaptable.
As you can see I added pearl beads to the points and blocked it when completed.
Here is my original Hitchhiker scarf which is much bigger as I just knit until I’d used up all the yarn! I hate waste!
I promise to blog more often and I promise to work harder and complete more projects. ( In my dreams)
Whilst rushing to complete a knitted Christmas hat I dropped stitches and couldn’t see to pick them up. Black on black is a nightmare in artificial light. Solution= Head torch!!
I’m not going down a mine but this torch really works. The actual light is directional so just wear and aim at the work in progress. It doesn’t do much for your hair and it’s not a good look. But hey do I care? It works!
Hat completed, hair flat, job done!
I have decided to focus and not have such a scattered approach to everything. One change will be to write a Weekly blog. It may not be the same day every week but blog on a weekly basis I will!
I don’t know about you but I find that I spend so much time thinking, planning, dreaming. I waste time surfing the net, reading blogs and deciding what to do, but not actually doing it! From now on I’m going to adopt a JFDI policy. (Just *ing Do It)
I have so many UFO’S (unfinished objects) that I am afraid to list them! So complete “some” I will. One urgent WIP(work in progress) is a must. Hopefully in next weeks blog this will be on display.
At the Hobbycraft show in Manchester last week I purchased some Sirdar Firefly yarn destined to become an evening shawl, using the simple enclosed pattern. There was also a beautiful length of fabric which will make a great skirt. A selection of decoupage papers to put in my Cruise craft project bag. And a much emptier purse! I had a great day and saw many ideas for future projects. Or am I just creating more PHD’s? ( Projects Half Done)
A super popular craft that we worked on whilst on our recent cruise to Canada, was Twiddlemuffs. I donated the yarn from my personal stash, with the intention of “making space” at home. Ha ha! Should have known better. We used loads of yarn but the stuff must grow in the dark as we certainly brought a lot more home. Honestly? I confess we actually bought more in Canada. I can’t resist!
This was a great project to bring a group together and was extremely popular. The ladies discussed and chatted, swapped yarn and helped each other. The finished muffs were put into the final cruise exhibition. Some were taken home for elderly family or friends suffering from dementia and we brought the remaining ones home. We intend to donate the remaining muffs to a home for the elderly where, hopefully they will be put to good use. A TwiddleMuff is a woollen muff, with twiddles attached inside and out, designed to provide a stimulation activity for the restless hands of disoriented or confused patients particularly those with dementia. When distributed at a hospital, they are labelled with the patient’s name to prevent any cross infection and patients will be able to take them home with them so there will always be a need for many more to be made.