Thursday, 29 September 2011

Checking in...

Currently a long way from home on an impromptu trip but returning very soon, meet our neighbours, early morning alarm call, friends to chase and resident crumb eaters ...

Back soon x


Monday, 19 September 2011

Self Indulgence...

Money, ah - oh to have it in abundance or failing that enough not to feel exceedingly guilty when spending it on oneself rather than the weekly food shop or the wee ones...
(we do play the lottery so when I say abundance enough to pay off the mortgage would be bliss)

we're not in a bad way at all so this isn't a complaining post but just me admitting to a gorgeous spur of the moment had to have it post.

A friend of mine who can be found here produces the most lovely handpainted yarn and sells at my local wool shop; into which I popped today with the purpose of a needle purchase to help in my sock making, alas none available but I did find this...
Suri Silk Lace mmmmmmm, squishy, sooo soft and my favourite shade of green! Now, what to make?

Apologies for a really poor photo but every time I crop it Windows Picture thingamajiggy bins it somewhere so after 7 re-shoots at twilight I've decided to leave the windowsill in shot!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Useful stitchery...

I ran into one of my senior school teachers the other day and it made me reminisce about some of the other inspirational teachers I had the privilege of learning from.

One lady jumps to mind every time as she taught me the basics and the not so basic of many things textile based (Mrs Davis). I also still have the first knitting sample I followed in her class in my files of paperwork and spot it regularly, it's quite probably the worst bit of knitting I had ever done but then I did go on to teach myself more techniques and perhaps most importantly how to spot my mistakes!
 Anyway, all my plastic peg baskets have suffered in the recent windy weather - falling off their hooks and being dropped on countless occasions so I set to last night and using the skills taught me (for strengthened seams), I put together this little peg bag. Very little chance of this smashing to smithereens and with the double stitched seams of ripping either, the only design flaw so far is that it could do with having been made a little bigger.

I think Mrs Davis would be proud - especially seeing as I stitched my finger to the old viking husquavrna machine during my sewing machine driving license test all those years ago. I even had a play around with some scraps of fabric and remembered how to make flat, denim and hemmed seams without too much trouble.Thank you Mrs Davis...
Is there a skill that you remember being taught and have used recently?

Monday, 12 September 2011

Fiaell pattern arrived!

Do you remember this scarf...

Time has marched on and I had completely forgotten about making the scarf and that when I won the magazine competition along with other keen designers that it would be added to a compilation book.

On Saturday this dropped on my doormat and is now officially available to buy. I hopped, I skipped and I sang around the living room for a good 20 minutes then of course rang my mum to tell her my pattern had been published!
Scarves - published by the Guild of Master Craftsman Publications.

The scarfs name has been changed but other than that look at that gorgeous model showing it off so well...

Can't express how pleased I am with the book and how lovely it was to see something I had created in print officially (they even attributed it to me, which was a lovely touch). It's a fabulous value book with 30 patterns in total and a good chunk I've never ever seen before in one guise or another which is refreshing. Well done to all who have had their work included - I'm never parting with my copy so expect to be making lots of the patterns as soon as I can!

Thank you Knitting magazine for a great competition and for my copy of the book x