Moving onto some new colours….

Here is my finished stack of Christmas coloured birdie bodies! I used only red, white and green for these as they will serve as Christmas ornaments for trees or to hang off shelves or off of a little hook in the kitchen to bring some Christmas cheer!

I made 14 altogether! I am very pleased with that. This weekend I shall be sewing, stuffing and accessorising these like crazy.

Here are a few of my favourites….

When I started making these multi coloured ones, all I could think was “MORE COLOUR MORE COLOUR!”

So now onto my Psychedelic Flyers (my little name for my multi coloured birds.)

These are just a few of the colours I will use as at the moment it looks like quite a dark palette and I would prefer them to be a little brighter! So I think a yellows and a light blue will do just nicely.

Do you love it when you get to the end of a ball of yarn ? I do!

Dominique

Project Update!

This coming Sunday my two younger sisters, my housemate  and I will be taking part in a little Christmas Fair. It is promoting homemade gifts and crafts from local artists in my area. My younger sister has been making lots of friendship bracelets so when I suggested the idea of selling them at a craft fair she was very excited! In preparation we have made some salt dough decorations!

They were fun to make and we got flour everywhere! The idea of the stall is not to make money its all about spending some time together and teaching my younger sisters some new skills!  We also have an urge to share our lovingly made homemade goods with others. I dare say we will even break even, but as I said it’s not about money.

Today I have made my 9th Christmas Birdie body! I plan to make as many as I can this week and then use Friday and Saturday as the time to sew them up and add all the extra features like buttons, beads and wings! Thank you Attic24 for this lovely, simple yet very effective pattern!

The pile at the moment look like this….. Quite an achievement I think!

They are so cute and I am going to give each one a little name like “ Jeffrey” or“George”.  I would like to make a few extra as presents! My lecturer saw me showing one to my friend and offered to buy one but I said “no way!” he can have it as a little Christmas gift. I was flattered! My other half wants one as well, but he wants it unstuffed and to leave a little hole at the back so he can use it as a little birdie bank! ( I shall post a picture of this). It will be like he is putting money in the birds bum, which made me giggle.

I have also made 5 hats!

Although as you can tell they are missing one crucial thing – POMPOMS!!  I still have them to make and sew on. I have seen that you can buy a little gadget that is an easy peasy pompom maker but i know i can make them just using a little bit of card so I am reluctant to shell out!

I’m not quite sure what to do with them yet though! Either as another part of my stall and sell them at the very reasonable price of 4/5 pounds. Or just give them as gifts for Christmas!

Dominique

 

Harrogate Knit and Stitch 2012

On Sunday I, along with the Knitting Society headed up North for 2012’s Knit and Stitch show. It was a cold morning and we had to be up at a horrendous 7 am! It was a quick journey up  on the coach though (the driver of which used to work in various Knitting factories around Nottingham! We left around half 8 arriving in Harrogate at around 11 am. The city was very quaint and beautiful. Though you could see the effects the floods had, mini swimming pools everywhere!

I didn’t buy any yarn as not only was it mega expensive but I have quite a lot to use up at home! I enjoyed looking around at all the different types – I think alpaca was my favourite. Especially baby Alpaca – oh it was so soft! What did catch my eye however, was a hand spinner – my mind was overwhelmed with the possibilities! I shall learn to spin my own yarn! It’s called a Bogway and they were made by sweet couple from Holland. I received around 50 grams of unspun wool free to practice with and I am already loving it – although I haven’t quite mastered the skill. 

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The red piece of yarn you can see is called the Leader yarn. You spin that with a piece of the wool until it is tightly intertwined – from here spinning the yarn is much easier! 

Ill post pictures of a finished ball soon.

Another little toy that caught my eye was a Lucet. I thought the pretty braids and different kinds of patterns that the Lucet create would be perfect finishing touches to cushions, borders, bunting and more!

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Unfortunately I didn’t get to take any pictures of the beautiful city of Harrogate because we were so busy exploring the show, the Christmas market and eating pork scratchings! I vow to go back next year and have a better look around, may even treat ourselves to a weekend stay with a day in the spa!

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A Crochet Beginning

I only learned to crochet this year – but I love it. I find it so relaxing and such an achievement when I finish a project.

My knowledge of yarn, hooks, tension, gauge and ply is very thin on the ground but as i crochet more and explore i hope to learn a lot.

I have trouble with picking a pattern and sticking to it because everything looks so good, colourful and fun. However, writing this blog (i am hoping) will help me to focus and become more productive as it will be a document of my progress.

Here are some of the projects I have finished. Each one has taught me something new, whether its a new stitch or learning about another type of yarn.

 

so far so good!  I have many, many ideas that I would like to begin though!

What I am really desperate to make is a quilt! And after stumbling on the Tiny Owls Knits  I foundthe Beekeeper’s quilt – and fell in love. However I struggled to find a pattern for the little hexipuffs in crochet. There is only one I have found on Raverly called the Apiary Puff. So I am working on my first hexipuff and I am very excited! I think once I have mastered the pattern, I shall make a few a week in between other projects I am working on. I reckon it will, all in all take me around a year to complete!

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