Saturday, 18 August 2012


The other pattern Tracey has in Craftseller 13 is for pretty hair clips:

These three were made for a special little lady celebrating a family event last week...

there are two clips and an elastic

each made from 2 strands of rainbow sock wool.

A couple of shadow shots as it is nearly Sunday!

A peek at my TUSAL jar...

..filling up slowly!

...and finally - another of the hair clip patterns (slightly tweaked) used as a feature on a card

sent to wish our friends Eid Mubarak!


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Birthday Rainbows Revealed!

I have just had a lovely morning catching up with my friend and her family during which she opened her birthday present and immediately put it on.

She certainly wore it well

The Boho scarf pattern is by my very talented friend Tracey  - and can be found in Craftseller magazine issue 13.
The (Sombrero 315)  Sirdar Summer Stripes yarn made a beautiful pastel rainbow..

....I think my novice skills enabled more of a curve than there should have been.... but it straightened well after a soaking and pinning to the carpet!

Due to the self striping I could see that the end of the first ball of yarn was the same colour as the beginning so I made fewer rows than the pattern suggested and had coral borders....

....added some fringes...

..and a matching flower brooch...

The yarn was a little tricky to work with at times - I only realised when I moved on to my next project and the hook moved smoothly - but I think it was worth the extra work just for the colours!
The pattern was easy to follow and the open stitches were fun to hook.

Tracey had 2crochet  patterns in issue 13 ( I have made the other pattern too but that's for another post!) and has 2 in this months magazine (one featured on the front cover)..I gather there are more to come in future issues! Some of her knitting patterns are featured in other publications and she is currently working with one of her woolly friends on a book! I am so proud to have such a creative and talented friend and wish her all the best in her pattern producing and publishing.  
Whilst sharing the pattern love Emma has some amazing designs in the Debbie Bliss Fall magazine.
I am finding it great fun to search and try new patterns mostly with colourful variegated wools and cottons....(Becky I will write up the owl one is really simple)!
Isn't the internet fab..for finding friends and beautiful things to create?!
Yesterday I had a great afternoon playing with wet wool making pieces for this collaboration....
.hope to tell you all about it soon..

Monday, 13 August 2012

Out of this world...episode two!

I have so much to show you all..but blogging time is tricky in the hols...most of my makes have been crochet as it is more portable and can be picked up or left at random moments...

.I'll start with some more monsters...

these have all found their way to new homes as birthday presents...

each made especially for the recipient.

I like the option to have head decor or...

a frilly bottom...or should that be frilly foot feature?
Each new item teaches me more tricks and patterns and I much prefer playing to counting stitches!
The first TARDIS has been hung on a wall. During a recent clearout Mr RW spotted this paper lightshade innard gubbins as a perfect frame 
to strengthen the floppy woppy, wibbly wobbly, timey wimey machine. 
I had used spray starch but it was still a bit unstable! 
I must say I had to broggle in my TUSAL jar to find some left over ends to attach the frame.
Although its Monday I thought I'd share some shadow shots with you, as Anne commented  - it is an addictive occupation. 
I have lost count of the number of times I have aggravated RW Jnr by exclaiming 'I wish I had my camera!'  There are some pretty stunning shadows in our urban environment, if I (remembered my camera and) had the courage to snap them with so many people around!
(Downloading from my very old mobile has been possible - but those pics come out very small.)
After one such camera-less excursion, on returning home we were greeted by these:

Later that day this (amazingly dusty, please don't look too closely!) candle holder

created this amazing shadow.....

....I really can't imagine the angles required to re-create the revolution of the flower head!

Happy Monday everyone...I'm a bit lost without the outstanding  Olympic coverage but the footie season starts this weekend and the Paralympics are not far away....

Monday, 6 August 2012

Birthday Rainbows

A very special friend has her birthday today....

... I can't show you too much as the present has not been given yet...but at least one of you will recognise some things in the picture!

A full write up will follow...I just wanted to wish the lovely lady a Happy Birthday.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Happy Birdy!

Happy Birdy to a special Harry Potter fan...
a swooping shetland Hedwig with needlefelted features!