Friday, 29 April 2011

Thursday, 28 April 2011

to do list update

(not including Kingdom of Adventure or The Woolly Brew)

finish the sleeve of Four Year Olds cardigan - FINISHED - photos here
knit my other handwarmer since my chunky ones are looking a bit manky
finish the no stripe baby jumper- BINNED, I don't like the pattern (knitting in bits) or the yarn.
knit more stuff for Sea Queen! - URGENT!
do more with my hexagons  - er... now spawned some new projects...
crochet hexagons
teeny tiny hexagons
make up a photo frame for Four Year Olds 5th year photos!
knit one doll for a 3rd birthday... like this one... and this one -  overdue
make something special... now very overdue....
have a look at this... a free online professional photography course at HP
do more on my cardigan...
start planting up my petunias (and giving them away!)

crochet hexagons


using the tutorial found here on Attic24...

very pleased, FANTASTIC instructions.  A little bit wonky...  but very pleased

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

garden 2011 - flowers update

climbing sweet pea, sown 14th April

zinnias, getting bigger

fuchsia

compact sweet pea, sown 14th April

garden 2011 - veggies

red and yellow tomatoes, cucumber and basil, sown 14th April
peas, beans and lettuce, sown 14th April


courgette, sown 28th March

squash, sown 28th March


garden 2011 - petunias update


getting bigger

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

blogoversary

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Hopefully I won't miss by blogoversary this year...

knitting - cardigan

After missing an arm for over a month I have now finished Four Year Old's cardigan!

the back - check out the cable rib!

lovely shape
And we both like it!

I did Little Miss Greenjeans.  Knitted top down and seamless and it was my first time cabling.  I really enjoyed knitting it and would highly recommend the pattern. Its not endless stocking stitch, you feel like you are knitting a garment and not bits of a garment. It also has lots of measurements and schematic to help you to adjust the size.  I added length to the back and the arms (despite doing the 6 year old size...)

button

Monday, 25 April 2011

Spring in The Loft @ Ardross Farm Shop

It was great!  Really good event and venue.  And to celebrate here is a photo of me!

(I've been writing this blog for nearly 5 years and this is the first photo of me - and as a bonus Karen is included too!)
Karen and Me and all our wares!


Other makers in The Loft included
Capercaillie Kilts, Tartan Teuchters, Glass by Kathryn, Lindsay Kilpatrick Jewellery, The Ochil Soap Company, Pewtermill, Roche Designs, Corsbie Furniture, Jennifer Pink Designs, Lorna's Chocolates

Thursday, 21 April 2011

busy busy

so The Woolly Brew is doing a 2 day craft event at Ardross Farm this weekend.

its been a bit hectic but the deadline has forced me and newly wed Karen to get organised and get our new products done!  The ones we've been planning and working on for... months.

all the details at The Woolly Brew site.


start to crochet kit  
bangle bag kit

5 products now!



Tuesday, 19 April 2011

crochet hexagons

after the triumph of my crochet flowers on the wedding cake

 the most basic of flower patterns and most were wonky (just look at that purple one!)

my head has been turned by another project... found here on Attic24...

oh dear...

stuff

my laptop is still acting up.  It switches itself off if I look at it the wrong way...

I have over 270 unread posts in Google reader
posts to write and schedule for The Woolly Brew
and end of tax year stuff to do

I think I need to make the desktop PC more pleasant to use...

Saturday, 16 April 2011

cake!

using a tweaked  Alan Dart Wedding Cake pattern

Happy Wedding Day Karen & Dougie (and James & Lucy!)

Despite starting this cake way back on 21st January it was only finished this week, in fact 2 days before the wedding!

But as expected the finishing took a long time.  Especially as I was unhappy with the original cake decoration... too formal.  One word that Karen used repeatedly to describe the wedding was cheery, so with some experiments and some new found skills (I CAN crochet flowers!) the cake is (I think) cheery but not childish (which was my concern)

I am VERY happy with  it.  It has been a lot of work but totally worth it for a lovely bride (and bald groom).

the bride looking chuffed and the groom looking proud


I love how the flowers and hair  turned out!


a sporran!


The flowers are simply a crochet chain joined in a ring with wire (and few beads)  looped through it.  The wire is then wrapped in green wool for a stem.

The sporran is cardboard wrapped in grey wool with beads and small 'tassle' of wool.  I did start to make a miniature chain belt but felt that was probably going too far...

Friday, 15 April 2011

garden 2011 - flowers update

41 Zinnias potted on
lots of Sweet Pea Statesman Mixed and Sweet Pea Pink Cupid
3 climbing fuchsia (as requested by Four Year Old)
81 petunias getting bigger and bigger
Nasturtium 'Tom Thumb Mixed' doing ok (but not great...)

Zinnias (and some sweet pea seeds....)

Thursday, 14 April 2011

garden 2011 - veggies update

sadly the peas and beans didn't make it.  I think it was too hot inside the propagator (non heated just a clear lid in a conservatory) and they got scorched....

The courgettes and squash did ok and I have potted them on (we did lose 2 squash as the stem was growing downwards (seed in wrong way?)

Courgette sown 29th March

Squash sown 29th March
So I've resown some pea and bean seeds but I've not put them inside a propagator...

peas, beans and lettuce sown 14th April
I added some lettuce seeds as a wee experiment.  The lettuce is miniature iceberg hearts.

Our tomato and cucumber seeds arrived and are now in the propagator...

red and yellow tomato, cucumber, pepper, basil sown 14th April

along with some pepper.

to do list update

I'm here but my laptop is too temperamental to use! 

(not including Kingdom of Adventure or The Woolly Brew)

knit a bride, a cake and cake board and assemble.  The groom is done... also need to do some piping too...  photos will be posted on Saturday!
finish the sleeve of Four Year Olds cardigan - almost done 
knit my other handwarmer since my chunky ones are looking a bit manky
finish the no stripe baby jumper
knit more stuff for Sea Queen!
do more with my hexagons
make up a photo frame for Four Year Olds 5th year photos!
knit one doll for a 3rd birthday... like this one... and this one
make something special...
have a look at this... a free online professional photography course at HP
knit a gauge swatch for this
pot on 42 Zinnias

dream about knitting with this

Friday, 8 April 2011

fairy garden

Four Year Old and I started our fairy garden in a large pot today.

No photos yet as its just dirt with a saucer (pond) and upturned terracotta pot (house).  We've sown some chive seeds to make big 'grass' and cress (for little grass).

Ideas include painting some large pebbles, adding a courgette plant (will give a thick 'trunk' and big shady leaves), a bean plant (beanstalk), paint the terracotta pot and add a flowering plant (not sure which one... how big do petunias grow?).

A little wooden bench would be good too.... and some bunting...

to do list update

(not including Kingdom of Adventure or The Woolly Brew)

knit a bride, a cake and cake board and assemble.  The groom is done... also need to do some piping too...
finish the sleeve of Four Year Olds cardigan
knit my other handwarmer since my chunky ones are looking a bit manky
finish the no stripe baby jumper
knit more stuff for Sea Queen!
do more with my hexagons
start planting seeds and potting on 84 baby petunia plants...
make up a photo frame for Four Year Olds 4th year and start sorting through her 5th year photos too!
knit two one doll for a two 3rd birthday... like this one... and this one
make something special...
have a look at this... a free online professional photography course at HP
knit a gauge swatch for this
pot on 42 Zinnias
dream about knitting with this




Tuesday, 5 April 2011

knitting - cardigan

The ongoing saga of a cardigan for ME continues...

Peggy Sue by Woolly Mammoth




My Mother in Law kindly gifted me 400g of black Double knitting yarn (yardage unknown!)

Despite previous ideas (detailed here) I'm very (very) drawn to Peggy Sue on Woolly Mammoth.  As long as I make sure the body was long enough and made the arms three quarter length...

This is actually a very similar idea to Four Year Olds cardigan except it is in double knitting and isn't a V neck.  But like Little Miss Greenjeans, it is knit top down and seamless....  and if I follow a fellow Raveller's tip I won't need to pick up any stitches either!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Friday, 1 April 2011

calendar challenge - April 2011


My April page for Calendar Challenge

Mmmmm this page is NOT how I expected it to be.  Which is strange given that I did it...

I started using this page which I created last year for another project.



I then added my squares and started doodling in and around the pebble shapes... I used Four Year Olds stamps to stamp around the shapes (I like the washed out effect on top of the handmade paper) . 

But then I added a red love heart for Karen's wedding and felt compelled to add some more colour including around the edges... before adding a large APRIL rectangle which will no doubt be doodled on during the month. 

The band of blue squares mark the Easter holidays. 

This was all done over a month with no plan or end vision.  I'm not sure how it will look at the end of April...

A linky to pages by other participants will appear at The Kathryn Wheel.
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