Monday, 29 November 2010

new camera

I've been cutting felt flowers for the The Woolly Brew Felt Flower Kits.  I took a photo to post on The Woolly Brew website and used my camera.

on the view screen all the colours looked very blue - not surprising as the sky was snowy grey and the conservatory roof (my photographic 'studio') was partly covered in snow.

the camera battery died quite quickly (too many photos of Four Year Old's snowman) and then I remembered...

I have a new camera!!!

old camera, not as blue as seen on its view screen

new camera copes better with clashing colours?

both taken in auto mode and no photoshopping (not even an auto correct).

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Pigeon's Pop Up Christmas Shop

shameless self promotion for my other job....

The Woolly Brew will be on sale at The Pigeon Pop Up Christmas shop.

The shop is in Murray Library, Shore Street, Anstruther and opens on Saturday 27th November and will be open every day from 10am to 6pm  right up until the 24th December.  

It  features more than 40 artists and makers, vintage, homewares, stocking fillers, hand-made Christmas workshops for all ages (and abilities), music and The Woolly Brew!

knitting - ear flap hat

for Four Year Old.  A one night knit using this Lion Brand pattern and some Cygnet Seriously Chunky from Sue Ryder charity shop.

just in time for the snow!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

garden playmat update 4


magical woodland

apple trees (without the apples!)

original post here and then here and here and here.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

garden playmat update 2

original post here and drawing here.

used a cotton pillowcase as the background and felt on top (and rejigged the layout).

Saturday, 13 November 2010

new camera

courtesy of brother.

I WILL learn how to use this camera to its full capacity!

Friday, 12 November 2010

knitting - doughnut

another Christmas present - doughnut using this pattern from CakesKnitsandCosies on Etsy.

with its partners...
gingerbread and cupcake

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Knitting - felted shoulder bag

this is what you get in the The Woolly Brew felted shoulder bag kit...

Once knitted up this is what it looks like... unfelted...

This time I knitted a green tweed one (the last one I did was black tweed).

This is what it looks like felted...

This is the embellishment pack that came with the kit...

This is the embellished bag...

This is it with a different button, just for a change!

I'm having trouble taking photos that give a true colour representation..... the felted one is the best one.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Cambo Christmas Fair - Sunday 14th November

The Woolly Brew will be at Cambo Christmas Fair on Sunday 14th November. 

11am - 4pm

We've put together a felt flower kit to compliment our felted shoulder bag and sundae scarf kits.

Check out more photos here.

I've also knitted another felted shoulder bag which will feature in its own photo spread tomorrow!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

garden playmat update 1

original post here.

15" wide and 20" long
I've noted some felt colours and sizes.  i think I would like to add some printed cotton fabric too...
I've planned 4 gardens - simple grass, pond, vegetable and woodland.
I imagine lots of colourful (sparkly) flowers around the woodland and bushes around the pond.  Maybe a fence around the veg plot.

I think it will need some 3D items for hide and seek (bush, tree and toadstool) and I'll have some loose fish, vegetables, butterflies and ladybirds that can be moved about.

I like the idea of a movable X for treasure hunts!

too ambitious?

more bag stuff

bag tutorials and bag pattern at Sew Mama Sew

LOADS of stuff at U-handbag

knitting - Steggie


dinosaur (Ravelry link) for my Nephew from Zoe Mellor book Knitted Toys.

Monday, 8 November 2010

garden playmat...

I've had an idea to create a garden play mat for Four Year Old to use with her (many) dolls houses.

She's showing no interest in a crayon/writing folder so maybe this would be a winner...

I'll have to do some sketching... I'm thinking felt, lots of sparkly sequin flowers, butterflies, a pond with fishes, toadstools and apple trees...  vegetable plot? Maybe some flaps with 'rabbit holes' and buried treasure...


bags, purses, wallets and pouches....

given my last post I've been looking through lots of lists of bag patterns (Whipup, Meet Me at Mikes, How About Orange.)

maybe I should start small with this... mind you I did handsew this so maybe i should aim a little higher with this...

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Knitting - Cosy

hot water bottle cover for a Christmas present using a free pattern on Ravelry by Kaity Von Rader.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Digital Detox

Susannah Conway is having a Digital Detox.  She posted her plan of action on Wednesday. 

I think I too need to cull and reorganise some of my digital reading... must remember not to procrastinate or get distracted rediscovering my forgotten bookmarks...

Sewing - Bag

I'm looking for a new bag.  Previous everyday bags have been messenger style - across the body straps.  Its handy having my hands free. But I've not found one that suits - good colour, sturdy and doesn't cost alot!  It also needs to be winter proof... or at least not look silly with my coat.

I am considering another attempt at a felted messenger bag - my first attempt turned out abit different than anticipated (given that I my wool was too big and then I ran out before the end!)

But then I saw this Lickety Split bag on Made by Rae (there is also a Flickr pool here) which looks really good but not at all what I was looking for! Am I mad to think I could handsew a (large) bag?  I could get access to a sewing machine but I would have to relearn how to use it which isn't something that interests me...


I would need 2 fabrics (the bag is reversible - although maybe not with my handsewing!)  I've seen these lovely (colourful) fabrics at Backstitch by Erin McMorris and here and Valori Wells.

I daren't look anymore... so much choice...

Monday, 1 November 2010

Sewing - Hexagons

This weekend I looked out my Hexagons and did some stitching...

I decided on 6 colours of stranded cotton and used a stab stitch, backstitch and blanket stitch around the printed flowers.

Think I'll pick out the flower centres next.

Knitting - to do

  1. snow shoe scarf
  2. not mobius cowl
  3. finish my handwarmers
  4. pink hat for Four Year Old
  5. I would like to do something with this yarn and this pattern book OR
  6. Knit this for Four Year Old with this yarn.
  7. AND my new obsession... Balustrade
  8. vest, dress, cardigan, socks and shoes for Rosie
  9. hair and new face for Rosie too!
  10. knit a robot (red, pink and green) for Four Year Old's Christmas
  11. knit (at least) 6 doughnuts for Christmas presents
  12. knit a baby hat for a Christmas present
  13. try out my new cupcake pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits.
  14. knit another felted shoulder bag for sale
  15. knit a 'woven' effect bag with Louisa Harding Willow Tweed for sale
  16. knit some flowers for Four Year Old
I love a strikethrough font!
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