Monday, 31 January 2011

calendar challenge - January 2011

Overall I'm happy!  Its very messy and there were a few times when I did want to bin it and start again.  Like at this point...

I couldn't find a snowflake stamp, so used a doily edge as a stencil.  Which looked ok but not great.  I then foolish started stippling/stamping the white paint on the page and then using my fingers and before I knew it I was splattering paint and it all got a bit messy.

I like the splatter effect (I will use that again) and I like the doily more (compared to the blotchy bits!)

I looked through Four Year Olds sticker collection and added some to the page... and then some glitter.  I think the whole page would benefit from some kind of 'wash' to make it 'blend' a bit better... and keep the stickers stuck down!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

new kiddie craft website discovery!

Serving Pink Lemonade as suggested by the lovely Pam.

It has reminded me that I really need to get this finished and presented to Dora (aka Four Year Old)

Knit a Poem

Stanza is Scotland's International Poetry Festival held in St Andrews, Fife.  March 16 - 20th, 2011.

This year they are doing a knitted poem inspired by this huge project by The Poetry Society in London 2009...  It measure 13 x 9 metres!

a LARGE knitted poem

Anne-Marijke from The Woolly Brew knitting group is co-ordinating the knitters and has also written a haiku to celebrate the craft.

Colours, yarn and strands
Unified in a texture -
Pins in busy hands

I have been assigned the letters A and N.

I've never done any colour work, other than stripes so this is nice challenge for me.  The squares are to measure approximately 15cm x 15cm and given my loose tension and the need to keep the stitches firm to get  good letter definition I may have to practice a bit!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

knitting - Sea Queen Day

My previous post about knitting more boy things needs to be amended....

cable tank top (ravelry link) by Debbie Bliss (Simply Baby) using the beige DK
striped sweater (ravelry link) by Debbie Bliss (Simply Baby) using the blue fair isle effect DK
very pretty hat (ravelry link) with the white DK, for a girl!

Friday, 28 January 2011

new banner

Did you notice my new banner? Created using this photo...

And did you notice The Woolly Brew logo that clicks through to The Woolly Brew website on the right?

And on The Woolly Brew facebook page there is a tab that links to a sign up form for our newsletter!

I think I may be getting the hang of this html thingy... or at least copy and pasting other peoples code...)

I would like to remove the outline around my photos though... 

I have worked it out!  It was very very easy.... not sure why I missed the option within Template Designer...

Thursday, 27 January 2011

knitting - penelope

Can you tell what it is yet?

It is for Sea Queen Day 2011.  A gala day held annually in St Monans.  Our Stitching Group has a stall each year to sell handmade stuff in aid of a local charity.

This Penelope is so far coming out better than her sister!  The bottom isn't wonky and I managed the eye this time.  I knitted the body on straight needles as I didn't have 2.75mm circulars, so I need to sew up the top of her head.

Quite fancy an orange or yellow polka dot ribbon...

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

knitting - handwarmers

New handwarmers for me. A very quick knit using this pattern.

I used King Cole Big Value Chunky which was Big Value but it looks it...  I think they will do well for this winter but I may invest in some Rowan Cocoon (nearly four times the price) for next winter...

I will also knit them longer....

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


My post about my Calendar Challenge (and the challenge of writing in it) reminded me about all the great free fonts I've seen on How About Orange.  You can see them here

There is also a link to this free font list too...

Sunday, 23 January 2011

knitting - cloths

I have finally knitted some cloths.  As a member of Ravelry I've come across many many patterns.  Its not something I have seen my own family and friends do or use, and perhaps its just a Ravelry bias, but it does seem to be BIG in America.

I am toying with the idea of doing a set as a wedding gift for my fellow Woolly Brewer Karen.  For many reasons - its knitted, it can be a keepsake and as a wee joke, "its a dishcloth!"

I bought a ball of unbleached cotton and tried out some patterns here...


I only cast on 30/31 stitches and I think they are too loose (my tension again).  But they look really nice...  I think as a gift for someone who has a guest bathroom or downstairs loo or indeed who cares about the aesthetics of any of their bathrooms...  or indeed their kitchen sink.

Add a little bar of soap and tie with twill tape or raffia...

I need to knit another one and try it out on some pots (and spots).

These ones are destined for Burntisland and someone who does have a deserving bathroom.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

calendar challenge

Finally some calender like pages (I decided to go for a 4cm square)...



Further embellishment will be added...  I would really like a little snowflake stamp for the January page..

HOWEVER I think I may have hit a snag.  I like painting papers. sticking stuff down and doodling but I'm not so keen on the writing* bit....that bit may take a little more discipline...

Ideas to overcome this include:-

  • Stick to facts.  For example recording the weather (cue weather symbols).
  • Have a theme for the month.  For example in March I imagine seed planting will be a priority.
  • Keep it simply decorative.  For example try out different fonts.
  • Make it a proper scrapbook and stick down an item used each day or something new discovered.
  • Photo challenge - take a photo each day, print, cut out an interesting square and stick it down.

*I'm sure writing isn't compulsory

Friday, 21 January 2011

cake update

The wool has arrived for the cake...

calendar challenge

more papers for this challenge...

They were painted as part of my design work for my Green Fields throw for City & Guilds Craft & Design (Embroidery) course in 2006.

looking fresh!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


Karen my fellow Woolly Brewer is getting married in April... cue knitted wedding cake!

Alan Dart Wedding Cake

There will be modifications (e.g. a kilt).

Stay tuned for regular updates although the bride will remain a secret until the big day... wouldn't want to give away the dress... (although that assumes my knitting will give a fair representation...)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

calendar challenge

I have started to prepare some pages for this challenge... you can see watercolour and clingfilm remains my favourite technique...

I have more to do (bubble wrap!), I'm also going to look through my paper drawers for more cuttings...  I can then get my glue stick and felt tip pens out...

So the challenge is to create a calendar page for January (& February) - I need background pages and 59 squares...

Monday, 17 January 2011

calendar challenge

I'm waiting for my new sketchbook to arrive so I can crack on with this challenge.  Amazingly I don't have any decent paper at home.  By decent I mean able to take watercolour without disintegrating...

In the meantime I'm planning my techniques.  I have also acquired these grids when we opened up Four Year Olds Christmas game

They may prove too small for my calendar pages (they're 3.5cm x 3.5cm) but still a good find!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

adventures in cardboard

My previous cardboard creations are here.  My newest one is based on this schematic at What I Made.  This blog is amazingly illustrated and NOT cute (in a good way!)


I made some modifications - I removed the gun turret, added more windows and some hinges so Four Year Old could play inside it too, she also requested stairs.  The secret slide exit is a triumphant - held in place with a paper fastener. 

I love it!  Four Year Old seems to like it too  - especially the flat roof and slide.  But its not a fort... "its a farmhouse Mummy!"

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011

knitting fog

I'm in a knitting fog. 

In the past month I have knitted a hat (not slouchy enough and too blue) and cowl (horizontal ribbing around my face is not a good look).  I've started mitts but they looked like they would be too small and I was bored after 4".  I started a baby boy cardigan using some stashed wool (for Sea Queen Day) but messed up the pattern, carried on regardless then ran into problems with the button band and collar and couldn't be bothered recalculating the rib as I didn't like the stripe pattern I had done and the whole thing just looked yuck anyway...

Oh bother

I have knitted another Woolly Brew felted shoulder bag in a new colour - it's waiting for its button...

Although this too was nearly a disaster as it shrunk a little more than previous bags.  But it was thankfully ok once pulled into shape...

My laptop is also acting up and I have a spotty chin.

Oh bother indeed

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

calendar challenge

I am not going to participate in the sketchbook challenge.  Its too big a challenge...  I have to be realistic about my time and my creative goals for this year.

(oh I haven't actually listed these goals yet....)

This idea at Third Age Musings (found via Anna Nowicki) does appeal and seems much more achievable.  I also hope to get Four Year Old involved.  She has her own calendar which we made with a whiteboard and magnetic paper.  And she loves to 'do' work and write the year ("whats the one with the new numbers?) so a little diary/journal may suit her...

I was immediately attracted to these pages because of the background and the grid layout. It also doesn't take too much commitment to fill the daily square so I won't find it getting on top of me...

I could quite easily spend an afternoon decorating the pages...

The challenge appears to have started in Dec 2009 with Jill (Third Age Musing) and Kate (The Kathryn Wheel).  There is also a Flickr group too.  They have both posted a step by step of a page construction on their blogs here and here.

oh quite excited!

Monday, 10 January 2011

new year = seed order

I really (really) enjoyed growing from seed last Spring.  And Four Year Old loved watching them grow.

Nasturtium Summer Carousel (sown 10th April 2010)

Tomato - Gardeners Delight (Sown 27th March)
Radish (Sown 5th May)
Courgette - Black Beauty (sown 27th March)
French bean - Blue Lake  (sown 27th March)
Sweet Pea Old Fashioned Mix (sown 10th April)
carrots (sown - not recorded)
spring onion (sown - not recorded)

this year I am 'doing'...

Carrot - Royal Chantenay Red

oh exciting!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

lovely photo

My brother has become a very good photographer and he posts his work here and here

This recent photo really struck a cord with me.

I love the contrasts in it - the colours, light, line and texture.

It sent me scurrying to re read my posts on Sharon B's Sumptuous Surfaces class and has left me doodling some stitching ideas...

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

creative collective

another interesting challenge for 2011 seen at 74 Lime Lane - Creative Collective

I especially like January's theme New Year = New Beginnings = New Craft

may finally inspire me to do some crochet...

Monday, 3 January 2011

sketchbook challenge

I just 'found' this via Smockery.

(Although I may have come across it before but 'ignored' it as I really don't need another challenge.)

I am tempted now though...

The first theme is Highly Prized.


making some changes to the layout of the blog....

primarily taking advantage of pages which I've put along the top.

If I could work out how to put the cloud tag and archive into these pages then I would be a happy bunny.
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