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I blame Amazon, all you are doing is checking if they have a book and putting it on your wishlist for future reference, a sewing book recommended by one of my new favourite blogs, Did You Make That?
Then when you are updating your wishlist there is a little message that says, ‘get yourself a little something’ , and you think, ‘no Amazon I am being good’, as I have 27 books in the, ‘to be read pile’ , already.
But then you see that something you have had on your wishlist for ages has gone down to a ridiculously low price AND it is being sold by one of the charity book sellers and it is Easter and you don’t really like chocolate so no-one has bought you any so it is really an Easter present to yourself :-)
Anyway it is done and it is on its way and I could have worse vices than a small book addiction I suppose.
I have bought Flower Power Patchwork which was reviewed in one of my quilt mags a while ago, looks like it will be really good for using some of my beautiful Liberty fabric.
It is a gorgeous weekend here and I am very much enjoying the sunshine, I replanted my hanging baskets yesterday and they are looking very pretty.
I have also made very good progress with the re-knitting of the cuff for the #knit for winter mittens that I first blogged about a couple of days ago.
It worked much better with the Debbie Bliss yarn and I have now picked up all of the stitches and am ready for the knitting in the round stuff.
It doesn’t seem to fit very well on the circular needles, seems to be a bit too small for me to actually knit with – maybe I am doing something wrong but think I need to use the DPNs instead, shall wait until knitting group on Tuesday for more advice.
Well must go now as the bin men have just been which means I can put the washing out for the first time this year – very exciting, my life is so rock and roll ;-)
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your sunshine if you are lucky enough to have some.
Hope that you are all having a great Easter weekend, I am very much enjoying myself pottering around the house, the weather has been kind so done a little garden tidying and lots of knitting while catching up on some of my recorded TV. Have finally finished game of Thrones (just in time for Season 5) and Wolf Hall.
I have had guests for the last few weekends which has been very nice but I am also very much enjoying quiet time alone (Jake is still here for the holidays but is happily amusing himself with the joys of online entertainment).
I was talking to him last night about blogs etc and was surprised that he had never used Pinterest, I was explaining the pleasure I get from being able to look up sewing, knitting and quilting inspiration and then later on in the evening while doing a bit of catching up of my favourite blogs I came across this amazing board which I though I would share with you.
She has lots of lovely boards with her quilting on but this Quilts, Quilts, Quilts Pinterest board she has linked to set up by Maryland Quilter has no fewer than 170,865 pins on it, enough to keep you amused for a while! There is some amazing stuff out there and I am in awe at the skill levels of people.
Meanwhile on the actually productive front I have finished the fairly tricky lace pattern for the first cuff of my #knit for winter mittens but unfortunately it is not working with the wool.
It is beautiful wool but is variegated with a lot of different colours and is just not going to work on this small an item.
I should have realised before but sometimes it takes a while for things to sink in and it was only when I finished I realised that I am not happy with the fact that the seam for the cuffs is going to have such a drastic colour change.
Am starting again with some Debbie Bliss Rialto four ply that I got as part of another de-stash, re-stash from knitting group and will save the other wool for a larger scale project, I think it would make a lovely hat for the #knit for winter campaign as the colours are beautiful but it needs a larger scale to show it off.
I also think that this smoother wool will work better with the lace pattern as well as I am not happy about the untidiness of the top of the pattern here.
Also cast on for a simple knitting group project (one that I can drink wine with!) This is a moss stitch cowl from a Let’s Knit freebie booklet from a few years ago with some Rowan wool cotton, again from the de-stash, re-stash and this will be donated to the #knit for winter campaign as well.
I am really looking forward to the week ahead as my lovely Mum arrives on Weds and we are off to Copenhagen on Friday for a few days, will post lots of Scandinavian historical stuff when I get back!
Take care and thanks for visiting.
I know that the post title may be a bit confusing as it is Easter but the way the weather is here in Yorkshire today it might as well be November, we had a beautiful warm Spring day here yesterday and I was getting all excited but now it is all ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ again.
Not that this is a problem as my Easter weekend is full of indoor knitting and stitching plans anyway.
Although I am not doing as much knitting this year I was very excited to be asked to participate in a project to raise awareness of the campaign #knit for winter being run by Sunrise Senior Living.
Myself and several other bloggers have been asked to knit items which will be donated to charities who help older people to raise money and awareness of the effects of the cold weather for older people.
This is a quote from the campaign blog post showing how big a problem this can be.
“Age UK report than an average of 25,000 “excess winter deaths” occur each year during the winter months (December – March). One elderly person dies needlessly every 7 minutes from the cold. That is around 206 deaths each day which could be prevented.”
If you would like to get involved then you can post a comment with contact details on the Knit for Winter blog post or if you use Twitter search #knitforwinter
I know that there are lots of knitters with spare wool and time who would love to get involved in this very good cause – use up your stash and not only will you get a warm feeling, someone else will as well ;-)
To start the campaign they have very kindly given me some gorgeous wool and a pattern, look at this lovely stuff.
The pattern is by Lesley Jones and is called the Eirin cowl and fingerless mitts and I have put a link to her Etsy site in case you love the pattern as much as I do. She also has more shawls as well as the Eirin pattern on her Ravelry page.
I chose this pattern from all the ones I was offered as it is similar to some wristwarmers that I knitted a few years ago in the picture below and wanted to have a practise with lace again.
It is in the round which will be a challenge as I have never done that before but I have my lovely friends at knitting group if I get stuck!
I have also just finished this little hat out of some de-stash, re-stash wool that I got when we had a swap session at knitting group, going to add some tassels to it and that can be donated as well.
Have got enough wool for a few more of these in different colours so will be casting on for those over the next few weeks, these are great knitting group projects as you don’t have to concentrate too hard on them when you have had wine!
How I love Saturdays :-) back to back cups of tea and a bit of blogging to share with you the joy that was Harrogate Knitting and Stitching, followed by more actual stitching.
And tomorrow will be more of the same! Ellie and Kerry have gone to Harrogate today and I am sure they will have a fab time as well.
I have not visited for a few years, partly due to not actually needing any more fabric (probably ever) but definitely being good in the run up to moving house and trying to use up what I have got in the last two years.
However this year Sharon and Helen from knitting group also wanted to go.We had a lovely day and also helped with restraining each other’s spending which was soooo hard.
It was fun to shop with people who have very different tastes.I am so drawn to anything medieval whereas Helen loves flowery prints and Sharon bought bright solids for her latest art gallery bunting.
The exhibition halls were full and there was much more gorgeous fabric than in previous years, as well as the lovely wool and stitching stalls and the exhibitions itself.
Our first purchases were actually from Simply Solids (got to support our local business) where I bought some mini charm packs similar to those I got from them on their opening day.
Then I found some fat quarters of the Moda Printemps that I had used from one of those mini charms packs for the hexagons so bought a couple of these to use as backing.
They are going to become toilet bags this afternoon for Christmas presents and will look lovely with some co-ordinating solids – such pretty designs!
As always Sue from Springwood House Designs had some beautiful Robert Kaufman Christmas fabrics so I bought these to add to the stash plus the sliver one for flower brooch making.
I was also very tempted by a wonderful Robert Kaufman tree panel and after seeing it on a few stalls finally gave in and bought one.
Apologies for the creases but you can see from the detail photos what a wonderful piece it is – more like a work of art than just fabric.
This will not be finished for this year, it needs lots of time lavished on it – hand quilting and maybe some seed beads as well.
I also picked up some bargain back issues of a few magazines, I do love reading craft mags even if I will never have time to make any of the things in them!
Also came across a bargain bin for fabric on one of the stalls – most of these were £1 each :-) I am trying to break away from just medieval and could not resist the bright elephant print second from right.
The exhibitions are always a delight – these pictures were from the graduate showcases – the first knitter is a Huddersfield student which is very nice to see.
I loved this Hobbit themed set – look at Smaug the dragon!
And these would make amazing gifts for dog owners.
I have some more work to show you but will do that in another post as this one is getting a bit long!
Hope you have enjoyed your virtual tour and thanks for visiting. Now off to use up some of this stuff lol!
Yesterday my friend Sarah from knitting and I went to Yarndale, a festival of all things woolly, in the pretty little town of Skipton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Here is the front cover of the show guide – how cute is that sheep!
Sarah is a very talented knitter, crocheter and designer and she has some beautiful patterns here on her blog Wessenden Woollies and on Ravelry. She is working on some new designs and wanted to source wool for these.
I am being very good at the moment and not buying anything else (until the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show) so just went for the chance to see some woolly loveliness.
And it was there in abundance! This is Yarndale’s second year and it is held in the animal auctions sheds in Skipton so the whole place smells of sheep and the pens are ready to welcome new visitors such as these cute alpacas who had come to model their gorgeous fleeces.
There were some old favourites there such as Oliver Twists who do such beautiful threads and some lovely new things.
One of my favourites was Susan Crawford Vintage who designs garments based on patterns from the 1920s to 1950s, published as A Stitch in Time , I do like that name :-).
As well as wool there were textile artists. Two that I particularly liked were Marmalade Rose with gorgeous felted pictures (and some fab vintage linens re-used on her blog) and Anne Brooke with stunning stitched textile pieces.
There were also very original display ideas on the stalls and this was one of my favourites.
I think it is an old printer’s drawer but thought something like this would be an excellent decoration for my craft room, loved all the little balls of wool and buttons!
The hall was decorated with strings of bunting made for last year’s Yarndale and over 1000 mandalas made for this year’s event by readers of Lucy’s Attic 24 blog. They had been sent from 48 different countries after she asked for help from her bloggy friends – don’t you just love the power of the internet!
These were a few of the ones laid out on the table for closer inspection, love the sheep buttons on that top one and the bike charms (you may remember Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France earlier this summer).
There was also a display of crochet flowers.
Speaking of buttons I was very good and all I bought at the event were these few buttons. I am using them for more of my flower brooches and made this denim one last night.
Earlier on in the week I ordered some very similar buttons from a supplier I found on Ebay (was looking for holly buttons but got distracted!). They are from Bluebell Craft Supplies and were very good value as there are 80 small 15mm buttons in a packet for £1.69 plus postage.
Also bought some Christmas ones – these have got some very cute vintage designs on them.
Have found a supplier of the larger ones on Ebay at Willow Tree Mill as well so might be tempted to go back for more (only once I have used all these up though!)
I also signed up for a subscription to Simply Crochet, as well as improving my quilting this year I would like to learn to crochet as keep seeing wonderful things that I want to make (got to have something to keep me busy over the off-season apart from work and kit making!)
Since I have had a very busy first week of term and it is a dull day I am going to stay snuggled under my fleecy blanket and make more brooches and Xmas ornaments today.
Don’t forget to like my last post for the giveaway to celebrate 400 posts (thanks to all of you who have already done so) I will be choosing the winner next Sunday. Hope you have had a nice week whatever you have been doing and thanks for visiting.
I am getting ready for the last event of the season at Hampton Court Castle (not the palace!). This will be the battle of Mortimer’s Cross and is a War of the Roses event that I have not done before. It looks like a beautiful venue so have camera at the ready!
I have knitted some booties this week for my friend’s baby as I thought it might be a little chilly camping. Maria has been re-enacting with her parents all season and been a brilliant baby. She has a little linen outfit to wear so I thought the colour would be good with that.
They are knitted with Sublime wool using a pattern that is 24 years old! When I was pregnant with Ellie I knitted some bootie and hat sets to go with her outfits. I really like the pattern as it is very straightforward to knit and the wool is very soft.
Teaching starts again next week, can’t believe summer has gone so fast, have had a brilliant time. Looking forward to all my autumn crafting though. Have lots of lovely things planned both on my own and with friends.
Take care and thanks for visiting.
Well it looks like summer is over here in Yorkshire but that is ok.
There is nothing quite as delicious as the prospect of a weekend where you have nothing to do except create so I will watch the rain from the comfort of my sofa and make Christmas ornaments while watching DVDs … it is a hard life sometimes ;-)
I have been doing some research on patchwork ornaments as I need a new design for this year’s friends and family gifts and came across this very useful web site last night with links to all sorts of lovely stuff – the site is called Pinwheel Ponder .
I also wanted to show you my latest creation, I am temporarily moving away from knitted animals to make some more Xmas stockings but this is one that I have just made for a friend from re-enactment.
I have called him Hannibal after the famous story of Hannibal and his elephants as their route took them just past where my Mum lives in Spain!
I knitted a jumper out of wool that is meant to look like maille and gave him maille legs as well and made a little linen surcoat with my friend’s heraldry on. I also did some laces on his boots.
I like the way his legs are shiny in this photo :-)
It was the first jumper and boy’s feet I have knitted and as always Julie’s pattern was very easy to follow.
Hope that you have a lovely weekend and week ahead and thanks for visiting.
Just a quick post to show you the second of my Little Cotton Rabbits knitted elephants.
Meet Bonnie – short for Bonita as she was completed in Spain which is why she is posing among the bougainvilleas at my house. She has been sent to live with Becky, Ellie’s best friend from University, who loves elephants.
Am now on with the third elephant – have done 9 bunnies so far – I love knitting these just as much as people like receiving them!
Thanks for visiting.
I am very excited to have just finished the first of many of Julie’s fabulous elephants, available from her web site along with all the bunnies and the fox pattern (will have to knit one of those next).
She is a very lucky girl as she has 3 pretty dresses and the cutest little tail.
Eva has gone to live with my cousin’s daughter where she will meet up with my first ever bunny Florence who is very much loved by her elder sister so hopefully they can play together.
Now on to my second elephant – one day I might knit something else but these are too cute to stop!
Thanks for visiting.
Hope you are all well and happy. I am having a lovely time, having just got back from our week away of National Trust properties. More of that to come, saw some fab stuff as always and had a great time with my very brilliant friend Kerry.
I am very lucky to have someone who I have so much in common with, we have had a wonderful week of camping, mini pyjama parties in the Travelodges and seeing some beautiful stuff.
We started our trip with the Templecombe Medieval Pageant – way down South in a very lovely little village in Somerset. The eight hour journey was worth it as the event was excellent. I have not been to this one for 10 years but will be going again.
The sun shone all weekend (a miracle) and our water and cold flannels were much appreciated by the boys on the field.
For this event there is a mini fort that the boys attack and defend, we were inside on Saturday and outside on Sunday and it was great fun hiding behind the walls listening to the guys with the battering ram trying to get in.
Cooling the boys down before the battle.
Waiting inside the fort.
The battering ram.
At the end of the battle – me in the blue dress looking for survivors!
All these photos are courtesy of the brilliant Pat Patrick who comes along to events and takes so many lovely shots. It is great to have a record of the events like this and we all really appreciate it.
I also got to meet Maria, my friend Kat from re-enactment’s, beautiful new baby and give her this bunny – who I have named Lavender.
I did some finishing while I was away and am very excited to have made my first elephant – again from Little Cotton Rabbits. Photos of her to follow.
Thanks for visiting and see you soon.