Thursday, 28 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Saturday, 16 June 2007
We bumped into Shaun the sheep and some Picknitters. C and E were both desperate to have their pictures taken with Shaun, both being beginner knitters themselves. There was lots of lovely food being knitted, not to mention some real brownies and cakes that were offered to those who showed an interest.
Inside the tent were some fantastic ideas for recycling fabrics and yarns to create some lovely items. There were a group of ladies cutting up strips of fabric to then create into balls of yarn to knit up into bags and rugs. There was also weaving and redesigning and embelishing of clothing go on. Plenty to keep the children occupied and give the adults something to think about. I can see us experimenting with cutting up old t-shirts in the summer to make balls of yarn.
Shaun the Sheep's Picknit Challenge
You can find out more about Shaun the sheep's Picknit challenge at www.shaunthesheep.com .
The challenge is to create a life sized picnic out of wool. This is so that money can be raised for the Wallace & Grommit Children's Foundation. They are asking people to have a sponsored knit to create items. The finished picnic will be exhibited at the ICHF Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft shows that tour around the country in the autumn of 2007 and spring of 2008. You should send your completed items to:
Shaun the Sheep's Picknit Challenge
You can find out more information from the following organisation;
www.ukhandknitting.com and www.simplyknitting.co.uk
I now need to think about what I am going to knit. I did knit a sausage once as a Brownie when we knitted a cooked breakfast!
This is the Kool aid colour chart I used to help me.
In my earlier blog I showed some rather lurid, neon green hand dyed wool created using my kit purchased from D and T craft. But that was not the only dyeing that I did that Eurovision evening. I have now downloaded the photos of what was actually my very first attempt. I have to say I am rather pleased with the result and the colours are more 'me' than the neon green. The only problem now is what to knit with it now I have got it.
There is 50g of lovely double knitting wool to be made into something special - oh and not a hat! Nothing against hats but I want something a bit more exclusive. I want something that will show off the blends of the colours.
Friday, 15 June 2007
4 jobs I have had in my Life:
- Silver service waitress from the age of 15 right through my student days - good fun and I never had to worry about what to wear on a Saturdy night as it was always black and white
- Sales assistant on the perfume counter in Gatwick airport in the old Duty free lounge. I spent a whole summer working there while waiting for my A level results to come out
- Packaging operative - working for Smith Kleine Beechams as it was then. Again another source of gainful employment for a student holiday job. I went to America with the money that I saved and bought myself a bike.
- Teacher - I always wanted to be so I am and always will be.
4 films I can watch again and again:
- The breakfast club - I love those 80's brat pack movies as they were known then
- Dirty Dancing - no-one sits baby in the corner. I even got my hair permed to look like hers.
- Educating Rita - my favourite line is when Julie Walters is talking to Michael Cain about Macbeth and she says "Wasn't his wife a cow!"
- The Jazz Singer - the Neil Diamond film from the 70's - I still cry every time I watch it. I also know all the songs by heart. That is entirely my fathers fault of course but I was brought up on it.
4 places I have lived:
This one is a little harder as I haven't really ventured too far or anywhere exciting
- Portland Bill - well close to, when I was born my father was in the Navy and stationed at the Navy base there.
- Crawley - New town of the 50's and 60's. I grew up and went to school here.
- Exeter - definately my favourite of all the places I have lived and where I would like to go back to live. I spent four fantastic years there while I completed my degree. I love to go back and visit whenever I can
- West London - where I live now - I have done from close proximity of one airport to another. I have lived here for the last 15 years. I only intended to stay two years before moving back down to Devon, funny how things work out really
This is easy except there may be more than four
- Dr Who and Torchwood - can they count as one as there are similar characters and one is a spin off.
- The apprentice - love it, love it, love it.
- Desperate Housewives - the writers are really talented and how they get all those twists going is really amazing
- Big Brother - well usually I do but I haven't had 5 seconds this year to watch
- Graham Norton - anything he is presenting at anytime I just find him so funny.
I don't actually watch a lot of telly and it tends to be after 9pm in the evening when I finally get to sit down. I am looking forward to the new series of Rome though.
4 places I have been on holiday:
- Devon - many holidays spent here camping or at a very lovely little hotel which has since closed and been converted to flats
- America - Seattle to be precise which did include a visit to the famous Church Mouse knitting supplies shop on Bainbridge Island, just a ferry ride away
- Turkey - where I have been for the last two holidays - my first ever experience of all inclusive. It was just great and I spent my evenings knitting in the bar.
- Centre parcs - both Uk and France - both were excellent but not at all cheap. I love the Aqua Sana.
4 things I do everytime I am on the net:
- Check my mail
- go onto ebay - almost every time
- look at yarn stores - see the list of places to stash
- look at my blog - as you can see I haven't actually got into routine of updating it yet but the summer holidays will soon be upon us
4 places I would love to be right now:
- At a spa having a luxurious treatment and a French manicure - I have never had one and each time I even dare to think my nails might have grown long enough they break.
- In Italy eating my favourite icecream - not that I have ever been to Italy it is just an image I have
- India, in a yoga ashram learning to find my inner peace and calm
- Japan sharing one of those hot natural pools with those monkeys - know the ones I mean?
I hope someone finds this interesting. It is interesting how some things were easier to list than others.
Ok so here is the first view of the hand dyed yarn I mentioned earlier actually being knitted up.
This is the start of the first sock. I'm actually quite pleased with the way that the colours have come out. Not bad for a first attempt really. I have used a well tested and simple sock pattern that comes free from Regia yarns with their self striping sock yarn. A simple rib for the cuff and then straight for the rest of the sock.
Ok so I've finished the first sock already and I have already now turbned the heel of the second. I am hoping to get them finished this weekend if at all possible. Maybe a little knitting on the sofa while watching Doctor Who!
Anyway now I have got the camera up and running I am hoping to start up a little gallery of my recent finished projects. I have nearly finshed the child's hoodie too. I did knit up the two sleeves together and that did relieve a bit of the boredom and that dread of knowing once you have knitted the first one you've still got another one to go. (Pictures to follow shortly.)