Sunday, 31 January 2010

Knitting - random list

I have started another pair of socks, but I'm not happy.  The pattern effect is not what I would like..

I am also annoyed at how difficult it is to get knitting needles for socks locally!

I was also tempted by Sirdar Crofter and this pattern.

 But I'm tempted by this outfit from Vertbaudet (for Little Squirrel)

But I am not paying £21 for a cardigan!  It is 80% Cotton and 20% Linen...  I need to have a look for a suitable pattern and yarn...

I really like the green colour.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Knitting - Socks

Finished them this morning whilst watching the tennis...

The second one is slightly shorter on the foot and I didn't match the wool up properly so they don't completely match.  BUT I'm very happy with them.

I used Silvers Socks Class.  Its a great tutorial for anyone new to knitting socks and double pin needles and I would highly recommend it.

I would not recommend leaving a year between socks...

I think I will investigate other sock knitting methods...

*knitting on 2 circular needles
*magic loop
*toe up
*knit 2 socks at the same time

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Knitting - Socks

I am FINALLY finishing my pair of socks!

I started knitting them in January 2009  and finished the first one in a week.

It has taken me a year to get this far with the second one!

I have to finish it ASAP as I need to knit another pair in two weeks as I ony have one set of needles....

oh dear.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Friday, 22 January 2010

Knitting Sampler

I have an (insane) idea to create a sample of knitting stitches...

(I'm ever optimistic...  I also had a fleeting idea to knit a doughnut a week until the Sea Queen 2010 day to sell on our stitching group stall...)

I'm thinking a long long long scarf type sampler. 

I think this would be good challenge... especially as I'm unlikely to use anything other than garter, stockinette, moss and rib stitch in a garment or accessory so this may be my only chance to try out curving lattice lace or gull cable...

Monday, 18 January 2010

Cardboard House - part 5

Ongoing project

We added some 'flowers' cut from a plant catalogue.

we still need to paint the 'trees' and add some windowsills, and then its on to the interior...

I have a vision of little button and bead flowers in window boxes...

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Cardboard House - part 4

ongoing project...

Little Reindeer said she would paint it grey (she loves black paint).  I said, "Really?  Do you not want to use another colour?"  Thinking that grey was a rather depressing colour to paint a cardboard dollshouse...

She then decided to use all her colours...  I tried to impose a pattern and let each colour dry before adding another as she can often end up with brown... and she seemed quite taken with the idea of stripes (although she has never kept within the lines)

So the house is looking a little psychedelic... maybe grey would have been a better option (or brown).

I also cut out some tree shapes on the back flaps.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Cardboard House - part 3

Ongoing cardboard dolls house project...

Windows and doors cut and the box covered in gummed tape.

Which rather than making it stronger and tidier has made it rather shambolic looking...

sewing machine stuff

I'm starting a resources list...

Sew It Up by Ruth Singer
Described as "A much-needed modern guide to the secrets of sewing, this book has something for everyone. Whether you are a novice stitcher who can't sew on a button or a keen seamstress looking for inspiration, this bible of practical and decorative sewing techniques is for you. Written by accomplished textile designer-maker and tutor, Ruth Singer, 'Sew It Up' is a stylish, easy-to-use book packed with professional techniques and tips that guide you step-by-step through the mysteries of all aspects of machine and hand sewing. A treasure trove of over 200 techniques and tips, with 20 professional masterclasses and 20 contemporary projects and brimming with illustrations, let this book inspire your creativity!"
Reviewed at here.

The Sewing Book by Alison Smith
Described as "The ultimate sewing bible for beginners, students and seasoned stitchers wanting to perfect their skills Whether you want to make soft furnishings, clothing or just do alterations this is the book that everyone interested in sewing needs. Follow step-by-steps and master every technique you'll ever need; from machine-stitching a buttonhole and attaching a collar, to altering patterns and building a basic sewing kit. Every hand and machine stitch and technique is clearly shown and easy to follow, guiding you through every move. Follow 25 stylish projects, for the home and to wear, which will enable you to take your sewing skills to perfection. Plus, get properly kitted out; close up photographs of hand and machine tools show you the best equipment for the job and guarantee you know exactly how to use it. Tucks, pleats, hems, darts, edges, pockets, buttonholes, zips – whatever you want to sew find out how."

Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes
described as "Christine Haynes clear and encouraging instructions on sewing basics will guide any novice seamstress through the preliminaries with ease. But the main purpose of this book is to teach readers how to make modern, stylish and fun clothes they'll want to wear every day, without spending a fortune in the process. Including a classic shift, an A-line skirt and a slinky wrap dress, Haynes's full-sized patterns are designed to flatter any figure and each - of over 20 - stylish projects has endless variations, so crafters can create their own personalized clothes and feel proud wearing them."

One Yard Wonders by  Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins
Described as ""One Yard Wonders" will delight anyone who has ever fallen for fabric - from the novice sewing enthusiast to the lifelong seamstress. The book presents a delightful array of simple, stylish projects that can be made with just a single yard of fabric - from apparel to accessories, from plush toys to pet beds, from baby items to bags, and from home decor to 'Happy Birthday' banners. Projects have a hip, contemporary flair, and most can be completed in a few hours. For each project, the book provides a full-color photograph, easy step-by-step instructions, and simple illustrations. Templates and pattern pieces are also included wherever needed, making this collection of 101 projects the best sewing deal ever. Great fabric demands to be purchased, even if it's just a yard or two at a time. But such tantalizing textiles should never hide in a closet; "One Yard Wonders" promises gift-worthy solutions for that stash of irresistible fabric-store buys. At last, it's time to stop storing and start sewing."
Reviewed at Craftzine here and lots of pictures here.

The Art of Manipulating of Fabric by Collette Wolff
Described as "This volume demonstrates the techniques for the three-dimensional manipulation of fabric. It categorizes the techniques showing how they are related, giving examples of both modern and traditional variations. The techniques show how to reconstruct a flat piece of cloth using only a threaded needle."

all except One Yard Wonders & Chic & Simple ordered at the Library.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Cardboard House - part 2

the basic design is over two floors, with two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs and kitchen/diner/lounge dowsnstairs.

back windows and back door cut out, side windows and 'front' windows still to be cut.

Little Reindeer checked out who would fit through the back door...

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Cardboard House - part 1

Little Reindeer (aka Big Girl) would like 3 dolls houses.  I'm not sure why...

She has a wooden one, and a small shelving unit that she uses as a playgroup.  Since she doesn't actually need a dolls house I'm loathe to buy one, but these ones did catch me eye...

Recycled cardboard dollhouse which uses magazine and catalogue cuttings for decor

This from Oxfam (now half price!!!)

This one has a downloadable pattern.

These from Vertbaudet

I of course couldn't resist the challenge to create one with her...

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

footprints - printing

inspired by my shoe prints in the snow I made some prints using a shoe and black paint.

I did try to do mono printing using a (small) sheet of glass and some black paint, but the paint was too runny and the bumps on the shoes too rounded.  My brayer also left marks on the glass too.  I was most successful using paper rather than fabric but overall I'm quite pleased.  Especially as the whole experiment took 15 minutes from start to clear up!

For the last one I used a rubber to draw circles on the glass before printing.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Knitting - a hat

My hat is too big, it fell off as I bent over to zip up my boots.

Unless I have big curly hair when I wear it, I need to modify it or rip it out.

The hat. Not my hair.

To modify it, I could add a button to pull it in...

But I would prefer to rip it out and start again...

The good news is I think I might suit berets!

And so the hunt is on to find a free beret pattern for aran weight yarn...

Monday, 11 January 2010

knitting - fingerless mitts

spurred on by the success of these mitts I am on a half hearted quest to knit my own pair of fingerless mitts. 

I have a ball of Sirdar Denim Aran in a lovely shade of deep dark pink and a pile of patterns.

the mitt on the left is Alice's Fingerless Gloves by Nonsuch Mitts (free Ravelry download) and the mitt on the right is Easy Peasy Mitts by Jennifer Casa.

I have since decided that I don't like thumbless fingerless mitts.

the Easy Peasy Mitts are ok but I'm not loving them...

I think this may be a long and difficult quest...

why do I knit so many items that come in pairs!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Saturday, 2 January 2010

2010 Resolutions - sewing machine

I would like one...

preferably less than £100, nothing fancy but nothing too basic/awkward/complicated that it puts me off...

I mostly want it for little softies, some free machine embroidery, maybe try some little quilts, maybe even some accessories or something for Little Dinosaur (aka Big Girl).

loads of ideas, free tutorials etc

lavender houses
dress up crown
patchwork stars
Wild Things Tote
free motion quilting
school bags
a grown up bag
another grown up bag
a ragged squares quilt
huge list of bag tutorials...

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