Many people ask me what I do. Well, apart from being very happily retired, I do crafts! Multiple crafts, some old, up-cyclingn, some new and some for fun. This love of crafts has led me to teach my art on board cruise ships! Simply put I am cruising the oceans sharing my love of crafts. I do not profess to being a qualified teacher but what I am good at is creating a group of people bonded by craft projects. I like to think that I inspire people to “have a go”
I cater for around 30 people per project and have to take all materials with me. There’s little opportunity to shop for glue or yarn off the coast of Africa! (Where I am at the moment) This is an onerous task and involves lots of “arguments ” with suit cases.
The really hard work is in the prep. Deciding what projects to offer and how much fabric will be need to be bought. The reward is seeing someone struggle with a project and being delighted with the result.
I arrived at my Happy place today, driving through heavy rain and mist into the sunshine. My happy place is also known as my Craft Caravan!
Today I hit the knitting! This is another UFO ( unfinished object) from my Supersized stash! It started out as a sweater project but was too big so is being reincarnated as a throw or Afghan. Well it was BIG!
I love this yarn and it is so soft. Hopefully it will be good to snuggle under when eventually finished. I will keep you posted!
Also I was not in a happy place when I first arrived as my Peace Lily was very sad. I’m guilty of neglect as I have not been here for a few weeks due to global travelling. The Peace Lily is now in intensive care and hopefully recovering. I must admit to running more of a Hospice for plants than a nursery as my fingers are definitely not green.
Busy, busy days but happy, happy times! Recently I went with Darling Daughter to a craft exhibition. The show was located in a beautiful village, encompassing the lovely 15th Century church, village hall and community centre. We have visited Gresford Festival of Crafts many times and never been disappointed. See http://www.gresford-craft-group.co.uk
The amazingly good crafts are displayed in the church, draped across the pews and decorating the nave. We wandered around happy to soak up the inspiration, colour, textiles and peace!
A beautiful display of Daisies hiding in the graveyard
The church is surrounded by a grove of yews, some of which are equal in size and age to those of Overton listed in the Seven Wonders of Wales. Twenty-five of these were planted in 1726, but one growing near the south gate is older. It was already an ancient tree at the time of Richard II‘s proclamation that ordered the general planting of yews to support the army and the use of yew in the Longbow.
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:
As seems to be a frequent occurrence I had the idea that 2019 will be the year of project completion. Then I remembered that I have this idea every year!
WIP= Work in progress
PhD = Projects half done
Current WIP ( that I can recall)
- Bee Keepers Quilt
- Knitted squares Afghan-all one colour
- Patchwork Quilt (three quarters done)
- Skirt-nearly done for Christmas
- Hitchhiker scarf
- Beaded bracelet ( nearly complete cruise project)
- Zippered pouch ( years old)
- Crochet shawl kit (never started)
- Two tunic tops (not started but required for trip in February
And the list goes on………
When I am brave enough to adventure towards the bottom of my stash I am sure that there are many more projects jut waiting to be finished.
I’m also thinking of starting a one woman campaign for sustainability
“A jumper is for ever not just for Christmas”
Apparently Charity (thrift) shops are swamped with old/ nearly new Christmas sweaters. Come on guys get off this bandwagon. Refined reuse recycle and more importantly don’t waste your money!
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?
No I’m sailing out of Heraklion Greece on a wonderful cruise ship Fred Olsen Boudicca.
Where are you?
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.