Monday, 14 July 2014

Multiple threads!

When I have plenty of time, one of my favourite parts of a project is the selection of materials...
I love searching through my eclectic stash, 
reminding myself of purchases, donors, 
past projects, new possibilities; 
going off at a tangent, 
feeling the 'precious' yarns (and thinking 'I will use that one day!')....

Being fairly new to crochet the learning curve of how patterns vary according to yarn selection is quite steep, and although I am prepared to experiment, sometimes things just miss the 'giddy excitement upon finishing' stage!
However this heart surpassed all expectations!

As it is my own pattern, I know there is a discrepancy, some yarns make this glaringly obvious, however this combination seems to hide it well!

I found some beautiful mohair in a charity shop, jewel like colours but very fine...put with other yarns it has added extra texture and a dash of colour!

The shiny sparkles are part of some shimmery ribbon yarn, a present, a while ago, from my fabulous friend Tracey...

The whole heart has a sturdiness to it thanks to the combination of threads, and to remind me of the ones I used I have saved this tiny bundle!

 20gs of sumptuousness given to friends!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Round the World Blog Hop!

The wonderfully creative and talented Jacqui over at Living with Ethel has invited me to take part in the Round the World Blog Hop...
Part of the process is to let you know about how I work, and to signpost you to three other talented creators.

What am I working on?
I make presents or cards for most of my family and there is always something to be working on...
In my blogger profile I describe myself as a bit of a flitter...similar to Jacqui's thought of herself as a butterfly! the moment there's..

...some felty notebook activity..
my thumb has met the hammer a couple of times!

..some tiny flowers to embellish this felty piece...

..the net below is ready and waiting for the ideas in my head to flow..

and there's some familiar therapeutic hooking in the form of winter goodies on the go too!
At times when the concentration is not the sharpest its good to have a safe option!

How does my work differ from others in this genre?
As the internet is such a vast resource I can find others with like minds.
Most of what I make is small, no large blankets or garments...yet!
I am particularly enjoying designing my own bits and pieces...
 and being more freefrom in nature...
I have difficulty disciplining myself to count, so geometric designs are taking a break!

How does my writing/creative process work?
Well, the writing part of this question is easy - I write mostly about what I make! I first started blogging to have a record of my creations!
I think my creative process starts with either a person, event or thing...(that safely covers most possibilities)
People and events are self explanatory, although random gifts do appear from time to time!
At quieter times (eg after the Christmas rush) a joint project has given me a focus - like the Crazy Randomness with Ali.
After Linda's stashbusting inspiration I began to look at my materials in a different way,
 I have been trying to use what I have,
 whatever I buy, is for a particular project and at the moment is from charity shops or in the sale!
 I enjoy the challenge of finding a use for beautiful colours and texture.
For particular projects I have an idea, then love the process of taking the time to sort, feel and select the colours and textures, putting them into a project bag and musing over them before getting started.
I think I have always been a muller-overer of ideas!

Some random stashbusted bracelets!

 Why do I write or create what I do?
The creating is mostly to pass on to others,
it keeps my fingers and mind occupied,
soothing rhythm makes me calm,
wet felting works off some energy and encourages my messy side,
everything gives me a colour boost...
and the writing: to record and hang out with like minded inspirational people!

I have already mentioned a few of the many inspirational people I enjoy...

The following three people I pop in and visit too, if they would like to pick up the baton and take part in the blog hop, that would be great, however as busy makers I'll understand if its tricky!

Una at Great Balls of Wool is a member of Loving Hands and makes lots of woolly items for charity
As its an international hop here are two stateside bloggers:
Kate of  Stitches Scraps and Sparkles in the Sun  is a prolific crocheter and has just had a baby girl...I'm so  impressed at her ability to multi-task!
Jacqui, Una and Kate I have found through Linda's blog, however Melody I met quite early in my blogging life, I love her illustrations and her visual images are stunning.

Hope you enjoy the hopping...
I love the way the internet can bring the world closer!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Candy Floss!

A while ago an idea began to stew, 
for a friend, who had given me one of her beautiful stained glass owls...
she has a liking for Day of the Dead skulls aka sugar skulls.
Whilst having fun with my cotton stash and with spirals on my mind the idea began to take shape and crystallise!

This was the prototype, one strand of variegated cotton and a cream cotton with variegated sewing thread....sweet!

After poking, pulling and prodding,
 musing and meditating, 
cogitating and consulting,
 Mr RW commented on the stitches...
and I thought about spaces!

 Second holey spiral!
...and the backside view with some stitching to form the skull shape - a little asymmetric but I'm sure that's not unusual!

The final piece with crochet flowers, and a needle felted  middle (nose!)

My friend was thrilled with a freeform flavour of an iconic image...
and is hoping to frame it in a box frame!
Its great to see things from another artists view...reminded me to search out some frames....

Its  a tiny spoonful of a  stash bust at 8g!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Cottoning On!

A while ago I followed a link on twitter and came across a project I thought I would share....
Knitted Knockers UK
provide 100% soft cotton breast prostheses, knitted or crocheted by volunteers, free of charge to all women who request them.
They weigh a fraction of the silicone prostheses, and are more comfortable .

As I know a few ladies who have had mastectomy operations, I'm going to have a go at hooking  a knocker and passing it onto the organisation, where it may be used either by an individual or may be sent to a hospital as a sample.
I have tried out the pattern in acrylic and am waiting to splash out on some soft cotton to hook the real thing!
The knitting and crochet patterns, are easily accessible on the website and on the facebook group page, where you can also find a list of the 100% cotton yarns recommended for use.
The facebook group is a very friendly, active and supportive community....any question can be asked!
There is also a pattern for flowers that some knocker makers are using for publicity or fundraising...

The photos in this post are examples of these!
As I'm finding that particular area of the knocker pattern most challenging (counting, as you know is not my forte!)  I have tried  a couple, just to practise the technique.

 Knockering may be a way to use up some of your 100% cotton stash 
(cotton not on the recommended list, that may be a little less soft, can be used for the fronts!)
I know some of you are speedy stitchers and great at following patterns!

Alternatively the organisation might be something you may be able to publicise, at work, a local hospital or pass on information to friends....
there are flyers and information sheets available on the facebook group page.

Whilst waiting for my new cotton I have been  reacquainted with my existing cotton stash ....
expect some cottony posts in the near future!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014


When I first bought this ball of beautiful 4ply it reminded me of the tulips I had been given by a friend, rich purple, bright yellow and vibrant red flowers with lush green leaves...

...after a long's a six petalled..



...hooked with two strands of fabulously fizzy 4ply...

... the backside stitches were richer,
more texture and colour variations...

...three narrow and three wider petals...

...from the plarn snowdrop petal pattern...

with .....

.....stamens of knotted wool ends...

...and a needlefelted middle...

A blooming bright 17g busted!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Daisy Mandala

May is definitely Mandala month there are magnificent mandalas everywhere!
They must have been on my mind when I began to design the present
for a special young lady who has had a significant celebration!

Her middle name is Daisy!

..each colour has a significance too...

...I just made it up as I went along...
but I knew the red was destined for a particular pattern...

....which was revealed with the blue layer!

Unfortunately, with the addition of a second round of blue, the stitch count became a bit the planned picot edge had to be modified!!

The Daisy Mandala was made with cotton, wool and acrylic from my stash
and to account for the variety of widths and tension, a number of different sized hooks were employed!
It was fairly floppy...

so I sewed it, stretched, onto a vintage hoop
(very kindly sent by the creatively resourceful  Jacqui - one of her fab charity shop finds!),
sprayed it with starch, and pinned the outer ring to block.

Only 31g busted but  hooked with love!!

We had a fabulous day celebrating with all her family yesterday!

Hope the sun has been shining with you and there are daisies blooming aplenty!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Bits and Pieces!

There have been lots of family events recently,
so a few granny pocket hearts have been hooked for...

...a wedding with Bridesmaids in purple....

....a couple of birthdays....

...tiny cards can fit in the pocket pouch...

A new home card also found its was to a family currently surrounded by boxes!

The door, lawn and roof are pieces of wet felted felt!

All contain stashbusted wool or cotton...
30g in total!

Thinking of all the recipients!