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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Whilst dashing into a supermarket with my sister this week we spied a rail of tops with 25% off. They had some lovely colours, were nice and long with a cute frill at the bottom but they were a bit plain. So I bought a light blue one and decided to spruce it up with a flower.

The fabric I used was my favourite one from my post Christmas sale stash binge and the button was given to me so all in all a cheap top with an embellishment that hopefully looks like I paid more for it! (Ssssh - don't tell anyone.)

Thursday, 24 February 2011

I'm really pleased with the fit of these socks.

I had a little bit of trouble with the pattern but I can't say for definite if there were errors in the instructions - it may just be that I wasn't on the same wavelength as the designer. I think knitting patterns can be slightly open to interpretation even though they are by their very nature formulaic. I did however find that I decided to do things 'another way' which is very unlike me. I do like to follow the rules!

The yarn is absolutely wonderful to work with and smells gorgeous - no bad thing for a pair of socks!

Monday, 21 February 2011

It's half term.

My daughter has decided to customise her clothes and initially she tried using a kit that is supposed to attach sequins and the like to garments. It was worse than useless as I couldn't get it to work at all so we did what we should have done in the first place. I showed her how to sew the sequins on.

She had a great morning sewing sequins and buttons onto anything she could find in her cupboard - luckily the school uniform has survived untouched!

And we made homemade pizza. That's all my ideas used in one day. Oh dear....

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The little pink quilt that I have blogged about previously is now finished.

It is made up entirely from teeny tiny scraps of fabric and is backed and bordered using a curtain purchased from a charity shop ('donation boutique' - I've still not got that into common parlance yet!) It's a petite size and is being donated to my local maternity unit to see if they can find a use for it.

I am pleased with the way it turned out and it has managed to confirm my belief that you can 'make do' with substituting fabric and still have a lovely quilt. Even if I do say so myself!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Sometimes you just need a quick fix. I've got a few larger projects on the go at the moment so on the weekend I just wanted to knit something small. Everyone likes to see the results of their efforts and that's where the easy make can be a blessing in between the epic undertakings in life. (Or maybe I'm just scared to try putting boning into a dress and am putting it off - surely not!)

So I popped into my favourite discount supermarket as it was 'wool' week as I like to call it and got myself some cotton yarn to make dishcloths.

I am dubious about the time it takes making a dishcloth when you can so easily buy them. But it was fun following a pattern I found on the Internet. I'm not so knitting savvy that I can figure out what on earth I am making from K10, P3 alone so it would have been even better if I didn't have a picture. Would have been a very Rolf Harris "can you see what it is yet?" experience.

Actually it is quite hard to see what it is!!! I should have used smaller needles to make a firmer stitch as the picture on the dishcloth is a bit... pardon the pun... wishy washy. A more compact fabric would have given a better relief.

Never mind, they didn't take long to do and only cost about 38 pence and I think I've figured out how to design them. Bit of graph paper and I'm away!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

I'm very lucky to have some super talented friends. They know I like nothing better than a bit of homemade loveliness and I was thrilled to receive these items as birthday gifts. The felted tea light holder is from the very talented Mrs Jones and the cheeky chutney hiding behind it is from the fragrant Mrs Pugh.

Looks like I had better get my thinking cap on for their special days!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Cardmaking isn't my forte but it seems to be the season for birthdays so I thought I would make up a batch.

The good thing about cardmaking is that you can personalise the card, which I think is appreciated - particularly by someone whose name isn't readily available on commercially made items. So these cards have the recipients name stamped on the front. Easy but hopefully effective!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Would I enjoy making things as much if I had to make them?

I knitted these socks for my son using a yarn I found in my discount supermarket and it got me pondering.

If I had been a housewife in earlier generations, and the only way to obtain new clothes were to make them, would I have enjoyed the process as much as I do now? These socks were enjoyable to make but what if I had to make several pairs of them and all in the same grey with no colourful break in between? Would I enjoy knitting a sweater, if I had to firstly unpick an old sweater and try and find a way of making it fit a growing child by incorporating a completely different ball of wool to size it up?

I'm lucky that I don't have to make stuff - I just like making stuff. I have got three more balls of the grey wool to go so there are a few more school socks to come. However, my sister has bought me the most beautiful hand dyed yarn in shades of red and purple so I am going to remember how lucky I indeed am and really enjoy knitting a pair of socks, finally, for myself.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Scrap quilts are my favourite type of quilt. Maybe jointly with wholecloth quilts. Strippy quilts are good too and you can't beat a bit of applique. Ummm.. ok... scrap quilts are one of my favourite type of quilts.

I particularly love old scrap quilts where the quilter has not quite enough fabric to complete all the blocks. I love the substitutions more than the uniform blocks. Sometimes the quilter is lucky and has something remarkably similar in colour and tone and you can only notice the switch when you go up close and sometimes they just have to put in anything that is vaguely the right colour.

I thought it would be interesting to see if I could replicate this style by limiting myself only to small scraps of fabric. If I didn't have enough of one fabric to even cut out four triangles I wouldn't abandon it in favour of a larger piece but 'make do' with a substitution.

The picture above shows my handiwork so far.