Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Crafting and sorting


Hi everyone, I hope you all had a fab half-term week last week.  Ours was a lovely chill out week (well once the older Sweetpeas got used to being with each other all the time again :-)).  I really must make sure we enjoy the next break too as Eldest Sweetpea is getting to the age where he wants to go out with friends so we may not see so much of him in the Summer term :-(  He is then off to College in September and I am hoping I don't lose him completely then :-(

During the last couple of weeks I have had a little play with knitting, my work mate decided I should learn knitting before teaching me any more crochet - not sure why but it has been fun.  This form of knitting is different from the UK knitting technique, I had thought it was Russian knitting but then talking to another work friend who is Lithuanian I now think that it must be a wide-spread version of knitting and maybe the UK uses a different technique to everyone else?   Basically you have the loop on your knitting needle and hook through the wool from the back and pop your new loop on your other needle.  I will have to try and blog some piccies of how you do it.  It is quick to do but I am not sure if the knitting is more loose with this style , it may however be due to my lack of skill :-)


I got going and made little Sweetpea a scarf - she picked out the colours she liked and away I went :-)  As you can see it is not fantastic but she seems to love it.  It looks a bit like Bagpuss wrapped round her neck lol.  On finishing it I realised I didn't know how to get it off the hook so my Mother-in-Law taught me along with the help of You Tube :-)


I have stalled slightly on my Crochet.  This little square was created with a lot of help from Bears Footprints the other Friday.  I really must try another one as I am sure I have forgotten it all already :-(


Middle and eldest Sweetpea joined in with some felt fun during half term.  They made their own little brooches and hairclip designs.


We have also been painting.  I got the watercolours out, lots of lovely vibrant colours and this is what little Sweetpea above created - hhhhhmm a lot of black!


Eldest Sweetpea then bought the above painting home from school, should I worry about my children and their fascination with black lol :-)  They reminded me of the comedy Spaced where Brian the artist is inspired by black and of the comedy below:



Spring Cleaning

I have been in a real de-clutter mood lately, most cupboards have been pulled out and most things put back in again.  I do think I have a bit of a problem with saving too many things - just take a look below at some of the things I have saved from things I have been posted over the years !



That is just some of it :-o  I just can't bring myself the throw things away if I think I can re-use them, the problem is where to store it all???  Any ideas?  

18 comments:

  1. Great colours for a scarf ~ I loved the bit about it looking like Bagpuss being wrapped around a small neck ~ LOL! :O)

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  2. Oh sorting and decluttering - yes I need to start in earnest now!

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  3. I know just the problem you are faced with re the de-cluttering. i can't bring myself to throw things out as I'm sure I will be able to use it for something, insrtead of using it I seem to just accumulate more hehee xxx

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  4. intreeged by the 'russian' knitting. it looks like garter stitch to me! or was it just with the casting on? i know 3 ways to do that (its on;y cos i looked in a book, it took me about 20 years to get the hang of just 1 technique!)

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  5. you need mary poppins or nanny mcfee x x

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  6. I sometimes knit that way - think it's generally known as the continental method.
    In need of some decluttering here, if only I could find the time :-) or better still someone else to do it for me!

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  7. lots of lovely things! I loved Spaced. our fave comedy at the time. Well done on the crochet! Jacs x

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  8. Sounds like you had lots of craft stuff going on over half term, perfect. I really need to do some decluttering myself, I dread to think what I've shoved in the loft over the years.

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  9. The scarf looks great, I can see what you mean by the bagpuss colours though! Maybe black was the closest paint when the sweetpeas were painting? I can't throw things away either, much to Chris's dismay! :) x

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  10. I love the gorgeous bagpuss scarf, well done. As for the crochet square ~ thats gorgeous, I love the colour which is just right for spring x

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  11. I loved Bagpuss when I was little. I hoard so much stuff here too, just like you thinking it'll come in useful one day but every so often I start swimming in it and have to get ruthless. Very nice knitting! x

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  12. What crafter does,nt hoard its the way we work.Love the knitted scarf and your crochet square.Glad you and the kids had a nice half term.

    Hugs Pat.

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  13. Black has always (from very young) been my favourite colour (although my A level art teacher used to shout at me "its not a colour, its absence of light"!!) so really love the pics!

    Helenxx

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  14. I'm almost as bad with saving tissue paper. It's just too pretty and colourful to throw away x

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  15. Made me laugh with the black painting. I never could understand why my girls always went for the dark colours when all is bright and cheery here. Early rebellion or would a Montessori teacher say it meant something positive in their development I wonder?

    So sorry to read about your recent loss. It is so painful each and everytime you have to make a decision you know is giving the dignity and peace needed.

    X

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  16. Oh, that Youtube clip was SO funny! I remember my Graduate going through a black phase when he was young... so glad he didn't throw easels about though! LOL

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  17. Its good to see young ones crafting, I like the concentration on there face
    I like the scarf.
    Well I have done some de-cluttering but like you I always think I might need this or that. I have sorted some items for the charity shop, then i go and buy something else.
    Have a lovely week. Julie.C

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  18. i purged all my wrapping paper bits - fact is i DIDN'T use them or they wouldn't be there! plus, there is always plain newspaper or markers and paint! ; ) spring cleaning hit me hard this year too, so i've been drastic. generally i have the same earth-friendly and holy purpose to save all i can!

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