Tuesday, 29 March 2016
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show. It was a fab day out and I saw many things to inspire me, one of which was a bear making kit from Amazing Craft. I love bears, as you'll know if you've seen any of my knitted bears, so the chance to make an old style mohair bear was too much to miss out on and I bought the kit.
A wet windy Easter weekend was the perfect time to put him together. The kit comes with everything you'll need to make a bear, including a body part sheet which I had already photocopied onto card and cut out, and a really detailed instruction booklet, which went through everything including how to cut mohair.
Then it was just a case of carefully stitching all the bits together by hand, before putting together and stuffing.
I now have stiff, sore fingers, full of holes where I stabbed myself while stitching, and a new appreciation of the doctor who stitched my head back together after a car accident a couple of years ago - sewing round long hair is really hard!
But I am also the owner of a new little bear, called Cyril, who looks too good to have been made by me! I love him, he has come out so well and he is totally worth the sore fingers, although I might now go back to the safer knitting and crochet for a bit to let them recover.
I'm not sure I can really explain how pleased I am with how Cyril came out. I've dabbled with (hand) sewing since I was a little girl when I accidentally sewed things to my skirt (and bed covers)! But I've never been really good, just good enough to sew on buttons etc. So to manage to put together a whole bear that looks this good is pretty amazing. Don't ask me to do it again, I'm not sure I can!
Sunday, 20 March 2016
I love the simplicity of a beady necklace and had one I loved, but the elastic went and I hadn't found the time to replace it until now.
The hardest part is finding beads you like. I found these gorgeous African glass beads in The Bead Chest on Etsy. Then all I had to do was string them up. Exactly what I was looking for.
Sunday, 13 March 2016
I found some wool online that I liked the look of and bought myself 13 balls - Sirdar Supersoft Aran, Scrummy Plum. It didn't hurt that it was reduced too.
On 1 Jan 2016 I started knitting and from then on I spent most of my spare time adding to it. Two and a half months later and I have a finished cardy. It's been crazy to watch it grow. It's my biggest project so far, and when I joined the front pieces and back together to make the hood, I did start to wonder what I was creating.
The idea is to leave this in the office to be used any time I need it, without needing to carry this heavy monster around with me. I am so pleased with how it turned out. I might have made it a bit longer, but actually it's perfect for sitting on an office chair. My next challenge is to make something more fitted. But for now a little break from knitting I think...
NOTE: I just spent all day wearing this and I loved it! And I got some lovely feedback from the guys I work with. My only problem now is what to do with my cold feet!
Sunday, 6 March 2016
|All the wool!|
On Friday I took the day off work to visit the Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was hopeful of seeing some nice things. I was not disappointed!
|One of Edward's Menagerie from TOFT|
It was great to see so many different suppliers, many of which I already knew from the web. Companies like Tilly and the Buttons, TOFT, and Black Sheep Wools, while meeting some great new companies too.
|Animal heads from Sincerely Louise|
|Frida's Flowers Blanket by Janie Crow|
|A Crochet scarf kit by Janie Crow|
|Floss & Mischief's vending machine|
|Cyril the mohair bear from Amazing Craft|
|Latvian mittens by Hobbywool|
|City map needlepoint kits by Hannah Bass|
|Crochet necklace of mice from Pretty Sisters|
I had a grand day and think I'll be going back next year, but this time I will have a very long list of things I want!
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Last year we visited River Cottage HQ to learn how to cook gluten free. It was a great day, I had so much fun and learnt so much! So when we heard that Naomi Devlin, who ran the course, was hosting a gluten free evening at our local River Cottage Canteen, we booked our seats. We were not disappointed.
|Sea salt crackers & roast carrot dip|
|Buckwheat blinis with smoked beetroot & pickled ewes cheese|
|Persian spiced lamb with green tabbouleh, winter slaw & yoghurt|
|Honey poached pear, rose ice cream & wafer|
It was a great evening, with really good food, but the best bit was not having to worry about if it was safe to eat or not.