Monday, 26 April 2010

A Crafty Individual Indeed.............!

Its been a while - I've been has thrown some unexpected events at me and mine!
On a crafty note I have just spent the weekend in the company of Jean Hardy of Crafty Individuals, her business partner Malcolm and 10 other crafty ladies!
What a brill time! Very relaxed pace, great food and wonderful company.
On the Saturday we made a framed display box and on the Sunday we made this - not sure what to call it!
I loved looking at everyone elses' creations - we all had a different take on the tasks. Very inspiring!
(confession - I have a new stash of stamps to play with ;-) )
Saturday was such a beautiful day and we spent the evening in a local pubs' beer garden in Yarm - ahhhhh the bliss of the English Sun!

On another note the Crochet is coming along - I have decided to make a blanket  - I figured it  would give me the experience I need to feel comfortable with all things crochet!

It goes everywhere with me - that's the great thing about it!  I have had some funny looks though LOL.
Its slowly coming along and I picked the brightest colour of yarn I could find! My son says "it'll take you years Mum to finish that!! ".  Lets hope he's wrong!

Keep well everyone

PS if you are the ********* that stole our car off our drive then I hope you ******** in hell!
(apologies to the innocent - but I needed to get that off my chest!)

Sunday, 11 April 2010

On A Quest!

I’m on a mission – a personal one!

I’m exercising the left handside of my brain by learning new tricks!!

Well, that's what I’m telling myself!  Some (most) people think I’m crazy – but then I won't go into how they spend their spare time…………

Yesterday I booked onto a workshop to learn how to crochet at Baa Ram Ewe in Leeds. Now this is a beautiful shop and I was amazed at all the creations people had made, both on display in the shop and those brought in by my fellow learners!  If you’re ever in the area check it out – or book onto one of their workshops!

I have to say I really am a total novice and after a very slow start (I have to admit I nearly gave up) and a very patient teacher (thanks Sarah) I now “get it!”

Can’t say its perfect, tension is my enemy now but I’m sure that will come with practice.  My fingers have been well exercised and I am very manually dexterous by nature of my work!

My first attempts were so “tight” – we were supposed to be making coasters – mine is for a sherry glass! Others made what I can only describe as blankets – I wanted to be that loose!!!


After lunch at the noodle bar next door (bottomless boxes btw!) we started on granny squares! I didn't hold out much hope but by jolly  - I got it!!  It was slow, I kept having to check back at the stitch instructions but hey – I made it! 

A Happy Hooker indeed!

Today I’ve had a go at  crocheted flowers – ummmmmmm, well they aren't very even – but I read a pattern and had a stab at it, realising that the Americans use slightly different names for their stitches!!!  The joy of the internet!

So, I now need more yarn – we used Rowans hand knit cotton – it really is a lovely yarn but I need more colours – so whoops – shopping is called for! OH sighs once more!

Next quest – perfect the knitting!     And then the sewing!   And then the……………well we’ll see!

Happy Crafting everyone!


Friday, 2 April 2010

Happy Good Friday!

Thank goodness its the Easter break!


A few days off work and then back to my normal work routine! Yeah!

This afternoon we have been baking – I have been wanting to make cupcakes for ages after having discovered edible glitter!!! Its amazing! {my OH shakes his head in dismay!} I got mine at Hobbycraft – they have so many colours it was hard to choose but in the end I bought holographic!

I might add I am wearing quite a bit of it too!

I am also rediscovering knitting and trying my hand at crochet – now this I have never done before and its taken me most of the afternoon to learn the basic stitch!!!!! Simple when you know how!!! LOL. 

Well, back to the hook!

Have a great Good Friday everyone!



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