Shawl Reveal and Wips

Hi again.  Life seems so busy these days and I feel as though I’ve neglected this little space recently.  I’ve spent the last few weeks with at least one coffee date a week trying to catch up with all my friends.  Also Abi has had a lot of 12 hour shifts lately which means that she only works three days in the week.  It’s meant a lot more time together and I’ve been making the most of it!

A couple of weeks ago on the way to an appointment we called in at Ashburham Place for a photoshoot of my Shawl.  Yes they’re both finished and I’ve worn one or other of them nearly every day since.  Although we live fairly near to Ashburnham Place I had never there before and we’re definitely hoping to go back for a longer visit.  This time we just admired the house from the front and used the beautiful gardens for the photos.

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It’s crocheted in 4ply yarn in 2 or 3 colours.  The purple one is made  using yarn that I’ve dyed myself and the Blue version is using the yarn I received in the Knitting Expat yarn swap.

The pattern is being tested at the moment and I’m to release it soon.

I have finally finished the socks I started for Abi in January!  She likes them scrunched down!  The previous two pairs were a mock fairisle pattern, these were just plain stripes in a self striping yarn and I’m not so keen on how much the jogs show in them.

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These were my appointment waiting time knitting but all appointments were on time so it was slow going at first,  but then…WARNING, don’t wish for more time to knit when waiting for appointments. I waited 3 hours at the hospital to see my Lupus consultant in London on Friday then another 2 hours waiting for blood tests and an xray!  I signed in fine and had the initial tests done by the nurse and then I waited and waited and waited.  They were warning that they were running very behind but after 3 hours I decided that I had been patient enough and went to ask how much longer I would be waiting.  I had got lost on the computer, somewhere between seeing the nurse and my appointment!!  Still, it gave me plenty of knitting/crochet/reading time and Abi had a lovely wander around London where she was asked for money, saw various sights, came across of a massive queue and realised that she was outside the immigration centre and took some beautiful photos!

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Other bits I’ve been working on are Josh’s blanket,

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slow progress there, I haven’t stuck to the 1 row a day rule I set myself.

I’ve also now started a bag with the yarn that Abi’s boyfriend gave me for Christmas having ripped out the shawl I had started (and finished)!

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And  I have some new socks started but this time they are crochet.

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I have just started on the rib and I love how the rib is working out.  I’m using Drops Delight.  I bought several balls of it recently but being a singles it’s not very forgiving of mistakes.  Frogging is not easy at all, in fact, I started the rib and made a mistake and ended up having to throw away what I had done as it was determined NOT to be undone!!

I’ve also made several new bits for my shop

including stitch markers and basket bags.

basket bag animals, letters

I’ve also been working on a new design for something for my shop, I’ll hopefully be able to show you that soon  🙂

So here I am with several wips once again but that’s the way I like it, lots of variety :-).

I hope that you’re all having a lovely and creative week!!

Sharon xx

Birthday Makes Revealed!!

Well, the big day has come and gone and I can now show you what I have been frantically making the last couple of weeks!

Our gift to Abi was a sewing machine.  I had a sewing machine for my 18th and I wanted to be able to do the same for her, it will probably have to be instead of a family holiday but it will be worth it as it is a really useful gift that will hopefully last for many years.

So of course I had to make something to go with it, well two things actually.  A pretty cover for it and a quilted mat to go under it.

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I got the mat idea from one that a friend had made for my Mother-in-law.  It is basically a rectangle a little wider than the machine and about four times the depth.  The front hangs down and has a pocket for scissors, pen etc and also a pin cushion.

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Not the best image but it gives you the general idea.  I used my extra large yoyo maker for the pincushion.  I also put little yoyos on the machine cover to add a little something.   I hand quilted round some of the paisley on both the machine cover and the mat.

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I also wanted to do something a bit more special as it was her 18th so I printed onto fabric a photo Abi had taken of herself and added some stitching to the grasses and the boat and then added a verse at the top.

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Sorry, I forgot to take a photo before putting it into the frame and could only get this angle without reflections but the bible verse reads

‘For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.’

I always try to make the children’s cards and this year for Abi I decided to use some of my dear Dad’s bits he used to use in his watch making.

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An owl made with small watch movements, little screws and washers, a couple of some sort of dial for the eyes and a tiny watch for the necklace.

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Oh, and if you were wondering, the ‘bits sticking out of his head’ as Abi so eloquently put it when she asked, are actually supposed to be the numbers one and eight but they are rather close to the top of his head!

Abi loved her ‘Grandy’ so much that it was lovely to be able to use something of his to make her card.

The last make was this owl basket.

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I had seen a couple of owl baskets on Pinterest but they both had the ears as part of the eyes which I didn’t like, also one looked too tall to fit on Abi’s bedroom shelf and the other was only the head and would have been quite shallow. Quite a lot of frogging went on, especially with the ears but I eventually got it how I wanted it to look and I have jotted the pattern down.  For the yarn I made my own out of t-shirt following this great tutorial by Sheila at Sewchet.  Her tutorial is so much better than one I have used before and has plenty of pics to help. I think the pattern would work with any yarn as long as you worked on a smaller hook than recommended to make it work up firm.

Well, Abi loved all her makes and I am really glad that I took the time to do them. If anyone would like the pattern for either the owl or the sewing mat I can post it up here.

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!!

Sharon x

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A Time of Change!

Abi had her final photography exam this week.  After two years of photo shoots, editing, evaluating and artist studies, I have a job to believe her course is finished!  But as this is something she wishes to continue, I am sure this won’t be the end of it!

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She has had great fun, exploring derelict buildings, walking the downs, climbing trees with her camera to get the best angle, hanging lanterns from branches in the dark and causing a few raised eyebrows and puzzled or amused glances from dog walkers!  The Fantasy theme encouraged a lot of interesting shoots.

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There was one project in which she studied hands.  The shoot where she used her Grandad is now very precious to her since he passed away.

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Dad’s hands – he was a watch maker by trade.

Abi has a lot more photographs over on her Flickr site here but I wanted to share a few more of favourites here. (Just click on any picture to enlarge it).

Firstly my absolute favourite is Josh crawling through the waves!

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Abi, spice fusion

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Jess, trees mirror image

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Josh swinging mirror

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Josh tree double

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I hope you enjoyed them,

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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