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A new term, a new start.

Today I

  • Frogged a hat that was half knitted but I wasn’t hopeful it would fit my head. I did much pulling it and trying to convince myself it was going to fit and kept going. I kept holding it up to my head while it was on the needles 😦 Finally decided it was better to frog half a hat than have a full hat that didn’t fit
  • Baked (and sampled) a big sticky chocolate tray bake.
  • Played more chicken invaders than is good for me.
  • Dreamt of next years holiday.

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I have been a pretty busy girl of late. Although I have been a little more relaxed than before Christmas there has been a fair amount of running around and my crafty Mojo has been at a premium so I’ve been trying out some new things.

The Monthly Make 2011 has focused my mind and I’ve been really going for it in the craft stakes

The makes I wish to declare for January are;

1) A pair of socks. From a pattern by the brilliant sock designer Cookie a these really were a breeze to knit. The first one took me only a couple of days then I had a break cause I couldn’t be arsed was busy with other things!  Anyway here they are being wonderful modelled by the oldest-most-boldest despite protestations that had she known she’d have shaved her legs 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) A batch of up-cycled purses. Made from various, reclaimed from charity shop, fabrics these are some little projects. I haven’t decided what to do with them. I have a mental block about selling things because I haven’t got a lot of faith in my abilities but maybe I’ll have a go with these. The pattern is out of my head and 3 of them have a button pocket on the back so they’ll take cards/notes and coins. Maybe they’ll become Christmas presents. I have put them in my “Idon’tknowwhattodowiththese box” Does everyone have one of those?

3) A peg bag. Based on a pattern from Sew Fabulous fabric. This didn’t run entirely smoothly but I’m happy with the finished item.

 

 

Some of these things were done quite a bit earlier in the month but the light for photographing has been shocking. In addition to the monthly make challenge I am trying to try out some different disciplines this year and restrain myself from buying lots more raw materials. I really do have enough yarn and supplies to last me forever and in the current frugal times I really must try not to amass any more! (ask me about that one in March when my will power has left me and I have succumbed to the John Lewis yarny shelves…..again!

I may have good intentions but my willpower is rubbish

Louise xx

 

My crafty mojo is always at it’s peak in January. The excesses of christmas are over and crafting, that has taken a back seat from November onwards (in favour of shopping and stressing) suddenly holds an appeal again. My corner, the hub of all crafting activity is clear of all the Christmas clutter and I am motivated!
With that in mind I have decided to commit to “A monthly make 2011” kindly hosted by the felt fairy. Hopefully it will encourage me to do a little bit more, get off my backside and get my brain in gear. Make Januarys Mojo last a little longer than usual. In an added twist I don’t want to do the same craft more than twice over the twelve month period.

Would Mrs H please step away from the knitting needles 🙂

Brrrrr it’s been cold in Blackpool today. We have completely avoided the snow up to now but it came today and because the temperatures have been so cold it has stayed and frozen. The garden this morning looked so atmospheric with snow covered trees and freezing fog.

I need to update you all on my advent swap gifts from Becky. Oh my, I have had so much fun opening the gifts she sent. I have to say that we were both a little anxious about swapping, being newbies and all that, but I have really enjoyed the surprises I have received each day and now feel inspired to partake in swaps again, I can really see the attraction!

On Thursday 2nd I opened a lovely fabric heart which now has pride of place over my fireplace. It is hanging from a mirror that belonged to my Grandma and is very special to me. it really fits the bill! I will take a picture of the mirror (complete with heart) when the light here is better. The days have been terribly gloomy of late, not much daylight around just now is there? For now though here’s a shot from work where I seem to spend most of the daylight hours.

3rd December bought me some tissues in cheery polka dot packets. There is something about dotty things isn’t there? They lift the spirits as soon as you see them and make you smile. Had to prise them out of sneaky daughters mitts 🙂

On the 4th day of December, Becky sent to me (I can see a song developing here) an angel bookmark so the angels can be with me too. I’m in need of one or two angels at the moment to be honest. Although Christmas is lovely it can sometimes bring a sense of loss as well. I put the bookmark straight to use on Sunday when I got a super book of patterns for knitted flowers. I love the way it was a Sunday gift because it meant I found a few minutes to get some yarn and have a go at some of the patterns. With coffee and mince pie of course 😉

Todays gift was a book of quotes and messages “Love can change the world”. I love books like this that you can just dip into whenever you need to feel positive and inspired. I am going to keep it in “my corner” and I think that the next few weeks may see me reaching for it quite a lot! Also in the parcel was a beautiful angel poem that I am going to leave you with. I think we all need an angel of peace.

Advent blessings

Louise xxx

As you can see in my blog title, I have a corner. It’s a great corner, it’s my little corner of the lounge, the house, the town, the world. It’s packed with stuff. Scissors, yarn, face cream, books, dr bach flower remedies, sewing box, various gadgets and chargers (tangled) etc etc etc.

I took a photo of my corner especially to share with you.

I know it looks a little out of hand but that’s nothing to how it is sometimes. I have, on occasion had to get a whip and a chair to fight it back. Some girlies out there (I know I read the blogs) are lucky enough to have a studio and believe me I am not proud of the studioenvy I feel. But sadly in present circumstances I am not able to have a fully decked out studio with fancy coloured boxes and tins, a place for everything and everything in it’s place so I have to make do with my corner and its chaotic filing system. I’ve always had a corner, my dad had one before me and I have always been ridiculed widely for it.

It has not been helped by the arrival of DAVE a very mixed blessing indeed……

We have a love and hate relationship

:: Me and Dave :: Dave and Me ::

He stands around collecting rubbish and neglecting his duty as a laptop table because you can barely fit a mobile phone on him never mind a laptop! But oh like any bad boy he has that way of making you just lurve him xxxxx

The final brightly sparkling jewel in the tarnished crown is this;

Made by my beautiful daughter (middle child without the syndrome) in woodwork club after school. I love love love it cause she made it specially for my corner, you may say it is bespoke 🙂

So this convoluted post is basically saying my favourite place to knit, to read to sew to do anything is this corner. I knit and crochet round the world, in planes, trains and automobiles. In shops, cafes, waiting rooms, hospitals and (shhhhh) even work sometimes. But 95% of the time it’s here in a corner at home – the best place in the world.

Louise xxx


Imagination……..

I love to see all the clever things that others design and make but I sometimes feel that if I’m not working from a pattern I feel that I am flailing about a little. I wish that I could use the inspiration I gain from others work to design my own things. I know that imagination is like many skills, it needs tending to grow and develop. It needs time and peace and warmth and nourishment. It needs encouraging and bolstering when things go awry and heaps of praise when flying 🙂

I know that I am able to give my imagination these things and I know that the wonderful Mr H will help me along, but right now all the aforementioned things are needed far more by the 3 blossoming teenagers in the house. I know that there will, in time, be opportunities for experimentation, trials, errors and growth. Until that time I’ll keep perfecting techniques and when my imagination can take flight, I’ll be able to keep up with it!

Louise xx

Day 3

“Write about a knitter whose work (whether because of project choice, photography, styling, scale of projects, stash, etc) you enjoy.”

I absolutely love the work of little cotton rabbits for all the reasons listed above! Who can fail to love the animals that Julie creates with what must be endless patience and imagination.

If you look to the gallery you can see what a prolific knitter she is and despite the animals having loosely the same feel to them each one is a complete individual, made in beautiful candy colours. All photographed so stylishly.

I wish that I had half the imagination shown in these wonderful creatures and I think they are an absolute work of art.

Louise

xx

……crochet a babette blanket

Since my crochet days finally began I have had the babette blanket in mind to complete. I suppose I like the idea of a bigger project and I love the way the colours can be varied and played with to completely change the result. Check this out for some amazing examples of the variety possible. I also like the fact that it is not too difficult or taxing, sometimes you just want to pick something easy up to do a few squares and not have to give it too much brain time. With 3 children I think that’s crucial.

Now Louise I hear you cry, what the devil is stopping you?

Well I have to say the reason is purely financial. I would love to make a start but if you read the list of yarn requirements it is quite scary. I am a bit of a yarn snob I admit and I think if you are putting time and love into a project it really has to be with nice yarn and nice yarn = expensive yarn. I am also a worrier and I like to have the full amount of yarn at my side when I set out on a project. I worry you see. What if they discontinue it when I’m half way through? What if the colour shades change? What if all the yarn I’ve decided to use disappears off the planet and I’m left with a half blanket, a random selection of squares with no purpose? As if! I know it’s irrational and ridiculous but that’s me :0) Slightly cooky  but that’s what you get from knitters!

So in essence if I win the lottery I’ll be off to the yarn shop as fast as my legs can carry me and the babette blanket will be born……

Louise

xx

The first time I can remember knitting was when I was about 6 years old. My mum taught me and I really persevered with it, undoing, asking for help to sort out, getting in a tangle but ultimately getting the knack of it and feeling very pleased with myself. Mum taught me the basics but I have to say all the rest, decreasing, shaping, increasing and reading patterns I don’t really remember “learning” as such I think I just worked it out by repeatedly going wrong and starting again till it looked right. Some of my methods I am still not sure are strictly speaking correct, but hey they work for me 🙂

I got back into knitting as a teenager when some friends got knitting at school and then spent a few years making quite a few things. A did a really laborious fairisle jumper with a very decorative yolk which I didn’t like on me, was itchy and as a result I never wore. Nowadays I stick with smaller accessories and house things mainly for the reason that I am never quite happy with clothes I knit for myself. Before I married the wonderful Mr H I made him a jumper and my word did he love it! Eventually I had to pull it from his fists as it was threadbare and I was sick of the sight of him in it :-/ Maybe that sweater has been the key to 17 years of happy marriage!

Crochet was a different story altogether. It was a black art to me for many many years. Periodically I would get a book have a try and fail. Until last year when suddenly the mist lifted and I was able to teach myself with the inspiration of blog attic24. I knew that if i wanted to do it I needed to decide I was going to, so that is what I did and on a romantic weekend to stockholm I packed a hook, basic instructions and some yarn and wahey I finally cracked it.

Have phases of knitting and crochet now and a few projects on the go at any one time. I have tried to get my 2 daughters, 15 and 14 into it over the years but they can’t seem to persevere like I did when I was 6. I think everyone’s different and if they don’t enjoy it why strive for it. It looks like it will be down to me to knit the pullies every christmas in this family 🙂

Here’s a few odds and ends of my work.

Oh my giddy Aunt!

I’m so happy.

So absolutely relaxed, happy and in heaven!

After working lots and lots of extra hours just lately I today find myself here in my corner, on my own for the day, nowhere to go and nothing to do (except housework which I am ignoring today!)

Although I only work 16 hours each week over 3 days I really feel that I don’t have enough days like this.

I keep peering into my corner wondering which WIP I should indulge in today. Maybe a little crochet, or some of the half knitted paraphernalia socks.

What about something new using the felt I got from paper and string? Or a whole new sewing project, dusting off the sewing machine.

Hmmmm so many choices. What I am determined not to do is sit in my corner like a lemon all day, surfing and catching up with blogs. Today is definitely a “doing” day.

Not sure what but I’m going to enjoy finding out!

L

XX

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