Christmas decos are underway chez moi and inspired by Lucy over at Attic 24 who in turn was inspired by The Royal Sisters I decided to have ago at making my own Dancing Stars garland to add to this year’s house decorations.
I haven’t finished yet – but here is the story so far:
Greetings all you lovely people! Sorry I haven’t popped in recently, but I haven’t stopped making stuff. My most recent task came from the arrival of my next year’s diary. I have had the same type of diary for the past few years as it’s insides are just what I look for – page a day, (including a full page for Sunday – which you don’t get in most diaries); spaces that separate morning/afternoon and evening and the lectionary for every day – very handy. The only problem is, the outside is a bit boring:
See what I mean?
Well, this year I used some handmade paper to make a cover and covered that with plastic laminate to strengthen it and came up with this:
It’s a bit quirky and bit me but a bit scruffy too – so I didn’t particularly want to do the same for next year. I decided instead to cover next year’s with some IKEA fabric I’ve had in the stash for several years, (seriously, since 2003)! and came up with this:
Ta-Dah! I also chose to tidy up the insides so that none of the rough edges show:
See? Nice and tidy. I used double sided sticky tape for this project but you could use a good fabric glue. The wonderful Kate over at Eaglemum has a tutorial on how to cover a book with fabric; if you’d like to see it click here.
Just popping in with a quick photo of my latest messing abouts. To be fair, it is NOT all my own unaided work, since I bought the stickers from Hippy Motors – and, oh my, if I only had the time, my little Fiat would be plastered with their fabulous designs. For now though, my new laptop has been on the receiving end of their bounty.
Hello you lovely people!
I read a great quote about knitting earlier in the week. It went something like this: “Knitting is a lot like wizardry; you wave pointed sticks about, mutter to yourself and then something amazing happens.”
Well, this is the latest ‘something’ from my pointed sticks:
Hello all you lovely people! The knitting needles don’t get much of a rest in this house and so the latest, (in a long line), of cushions has just come to reside in a chair near me…
The mitred square pattern comes from this book where they show up as part of a beautiful blanket pattern. The squares are very satisfying to make and much, much easier to make than they look. I wouldn’t normally have chosen these colours, but because I was using the left overs from other projects this is what happened.
I like the way that, from a distance, the pattern looks a bit like a square spiral. I am completely hopeless at maths, but I can appreciate geometry.
Hope you are well and happy – see you again soon.
What to do with all those scraps of yarn left over…
Hello all you lovely people! The latest of my ‘makings’ turned out to be a very quick knit and has me well and truly in thrall to the art of knitting on double-pointed/circular needles. From time to time I have experimented with circular knitting, but have always made a right pigs ears of it. Recently though, my lovely and talented friend, S gave me a quick tutorial and voila! I can do it! (Turns out I was attempting to knit upside down). Anyway, I have been enjoying the circles so much I made a beret. Here it is, modelled by the lovely Pooh Bear:
and the back view
The yarn is Sirdar Crofter, Double Knit and this, (adult size hat) took less than 1 ball. Crofter goes a long way and I love the way it looks like fairisle. I took the photos with my new phone, (Samusung Galaxy Siii) and I’m enjoying the results.
Hope the Spring reaches you soon, x
Hello lovely people! This is the latest finished piece – another jumper for the special man in my life, (my grandson; just in case you thought the scale was wrong). I used Sirdar Snuggly and it goes for miles. It’s also lovely and soft.
We had some much longed-for sun today so I made the most of it and ventured into the garden to take the picture. The weather forcast is promising rising temperatures and the beginning of spring any day now. Can’t wait! Hope you’re warm and cozy where you are,
bye for now
I hope the world is treatng you well and, if you’re in the Northern hemisphere, it’s not too cold where you are. I have been knitting and crocheting away all over Christmas and into the new year and have two items to show. Here’s the first:
This a jumper for my grandson and it’s knitted in sirdar crofter, which is a self-patterning yarn, so this pattern just made itself and all I had to do was knit in stocking stitch – great stuff.
The second project is a prayer shawl for one of my lovely daughter’s friends. The stripes were of my choosing in several shades of blue, using Stylecraft yarn:
Hello, you lovely people! Hope you’re having a good time out here in blogland.
Here’s the sort of thing I get up to on my day off:
I make paper snowflakes! Actually paper snowflakes are the only kind of snowflakes I wish to see – the real thing causes a considerable nuisance in our neck of the woods. This was easy-peasy, squeese the lemons, Jill, to make and if you’d like to make your own, go here but first, if you want to make as you watch, you’ll need 6 pieces of square, white paper, (I just squared off some A4 copier paper – it comes out about 8 and a quarter inches or 10cms for you modern folk); a pair of scissors, some clear, sticky tape and a stapler. I reckon you could make them any size you want, but very small would call for tiny fingers and lots of patience,(neither of which are personal attributes). You don’t need to use white paper either – although, that would probably preclude you calling them snowflakes, under some trade-description ruling I expect.
I just sticky-taped some thread to the top of my one to hang it.