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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sewing Project

Hi Everyone
I have a new sewing project underway today. It's a hand crafted, fabric case for my DPNs (double pointed knitting needles).


I have seen many of these lovely cases but found this tutorial on Pinterest. I had already worked out a plan of my own but having found this tutorial, I think I will stick with it.
I've found some fabric (from my own stash) and will cut out the sections for the case today. I especially like the numbered little pockets for the DPNs, which should make life easier when I'm searching for just the right size. Hopefully, this sort of case will also stop me buying duplicate sized needles in the future.

I'll share my 'make' as soon as I finish. My aim is to complete by the end the week and have my DPNs secured in the case, ready for use.

Thanks for calling in today.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

An old idea

Hi Everyone
I'm reviving an old idea this week. This design goes back about threee years and came from using plant material to make moulds for beads.I'd like to change the beads from the original design but use the old moulds. I'm going for a deep red colour this time, same mix as the last Everyday Collection (read back on Mondays episode for more on the last Collection).
I've been inspired by another bike ride yesterday, in the same woods as last time. As I was riding along, all I could see was 'seed pods' all over the tracks. Everywhere I looked the different seed heads seemed to appear. The shapes reminded me of my previously mentioned project. 
I had developed the original plant moulds with dried seed pods from my garden.When I got home from the bike ride, I searched for the moulds and my ideas starting forming.


The original beads used two of the moulded pieces to form a 'shell like' bead. I'm thinking of using one of the moulded parts and developing a flat back to form a smaller and easier to wear series of beads, these smaller beads will then form a stretchy bracelet, that's the plan. Let's wait and see what comes out. I'll share my progress next Monday.

Thanks for calling in today.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday Fibre Update

Hi Everyone
My Fibre Friday Update is almost the same as last week ! I have been working away on my projects (honestly) but not so much to show for it. Generally, I've made decisions about some projects and have almost completed two projects .


The Azurite Mittens have caused me most grief ! I'm finished the knitting part (eventually) and have struggled, mainly with the sizing ; although I have been going wrong with the colour pattern while watching TV (quite a few times)! I must have knitted parts of both Mittens 3 or 4 times. I've yet to sew in all the ends but I'm almost there. I do like the finished items and I've learned lots about Fair Isle colour management. I'm almost at home with holding my yarn colours in either hand - which is great. So all is well.

The Moussaillon cardigan is definitely 'going' and I will be casting on another Nuuk as soon as today. Hopefully, I will have something to share on the new Nuuk next week. Look back a few months for more on my first Nuuk.

The Amelia Ruffle scarf needs the ends to be sewn in. The scarf is a lovely colour and now the weather has turned a little cooler, I'm hoping I can wear it. The knitted part of the project has featured on Fridays for a while, so it's time to get it finally finished. I'm hoping I can do that over the weekend.

My last update is the Garland sweater. I talked about this last week and wanted to chat to a friend about the sizing choices she made for her Garland knit. I've swatched and I'm ok for gauge, so I'm hoping I can cast on today. I love the look of this sweater and can't wait to get going.

Thanks for calling in today. Have a lovely weekend.I'll be back on Monday.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Silver Day Work

Hi Everyone
Thursday, is (usually) Silver Day. Some Thursday's need to be given to other stuff but today, it's definitely going to involve making silver rings. I've started shaping some of the latest batch of rings. 


Most of my rings will end up as part of stacking ring designs, possibly three to five rings combined. I'm also prototyping a new design - I'll share the design when I have my first sample - not sure if it will happen today but I'm hoping. This new design will combine silver clay with sterling silver wire and Swarovski gems.
I also have a new earring range - using silver clay. I'm going for a simple range of designs - three in total. The earrings will have a shaped, textured silver element with a shaped wire, soldered to the shape. I'm starting with a square as my shape for the first pair of earrings, again I'll share my initial sample when I have something.

Thanks for calling in today.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Snowman Developments

Hi Everyone
I'm sharing the developments of the crochet Snowman gift bag story from yesterday (read back for details of the project). I've made two sets of eyes, nose and buttons. The red/white version also has a mouth.


The features for the Snowmen have been mounded from polymer clay. Each little button has some form of hole to sew the features in place onto the crochet bag and I've tried to make the features proportional to the size of the Snowmen. 
As described yesterday, there are two crochet Snowmen bags, a red/white version and a green version - the yarn used for each bag is a slightly different weight and the green bag is smaller because the yarn is finer. I've used a 4.5mm hook for both versions.I'm hoping the features will instantly turn the little crochet bags into Snowman characters.
I'm also planning to add a draw string closure at the top of each bag and the 'extras' elements in my photo will thread onto the string - I may need to develop more extras ? I'm thinking, I will go further and make some candy canes or other festive items ? I'm happy to go with the basic elements at the moment, until all the buttons are in place. This will give me a good idea of what else needs to happen.

Keep watching over the next few days to see how the Snowmen grow.

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