amore's mansion

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Completed Projects!!

Hi there again,

My camera is recharged and bursting with pics...

First up is a pair of crochet socks with a folded cuff and button detail.
I used town and country sock yarn, but as the pattern required 150g I did the inside of the cuff in plain burgundy 4ply. Unfortunately my photography skills are very limited, I am only able to point and click and download, so the colours are not brilliant.
The buttons are tiny cats, from a pack designed for card making!

Next up is something I am very excited about. I even stood up at the knitting group I go to and made sure everyone was aware of it!!

The main colour yarn is 1kg of Rowan big wool, which was crocheted and felted. Then the embelishments are made of wool collected from charity shops, again crocheted and felted then cut out and appliqued on the base. The backing is black cotton "recycled" from a dress I knew I'd never wear again, which I secured with bondaweb. I bound the edge with cotton braid from "Che Boyes". I was planning to use it as a bedside rug, ie in the "Cat free zone!". However, it might be too precious and be displayed on the wall for all to see. hehehe

Next up are some toys I've made for some children in Nigeria. Two crocheted dogs and a knitted monkey.

Finally I've taken some pics of purchases from the harrogate show a few months ago. I want to make a needle felted wall hanging with a sea theme with them.

Ive bought 2 pieces of merino needle punch felt,

Spaced Dyed Merino Wool Roving - Herb Garden,

Space Dyed Tussah Silk, Stormy Skies

Space Dyed Roving, Seascape

Nylon Sparkle

Space Dyed Tussah Silk- Sea Green

Phew, what a marathon. I hope you've not got too bored of my show and tell.
Hopefully It wont take me so long to post next time.

Friday, February 23, 2007

I confess, I am a tardy blogger! Sorry :O(

I am doing to dust down my camera and get some pics of my recent projects....

Just as an appetiser I'll let you know some of the things to be shown, a felted crochet bedside rug, crochet socks with button detail cuffs, a knitted toy monkey.....

Just watch this space!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

crochet socks

Hi there

I cant believe how long it has been since I last posted.

I have completed my first pair of crochet socks, on my third attempt. I am so happy, and am proudly flaunting them to anyone who might be vaguely interested.

The true colour of them is on the top photo, as you can see my photo taking/editing skills are poor but I'm sure you can get an idea of how they look.
I have also booked to go to Skip North, in Haworth, next march. I'm really looking forward to meeting up with other creative people, and spending lots of money on yummy yarns. hehehe

But before that I will be going to the knit&stitch in Harrogate, I will most probably be very giddy that day - I wont know where to start.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I've decided I quite like doing crochet.

I have finished the stole, without the tassles. I thought they would look too cowboy-like.

Having completed my first crochet project I was spurred on to try another. I looked through my patterns and chose a small shoulder bag in cotton.
I altered the pattern slightly and embelished the strap with ribbons and beads, and made a closure also with ribbon and beads.
It's lined with a pink,blue + lilac squared cotton fabric.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hi there
It's been ages since I posted as I've been gadding about.
Here's some pictures of a bag I made out of charity shop finds.

On one side its textured with purl stitches, the other side is the same colours but in stocking stitch. The yarns used are all 100% wool, collected from my trawls of charity shops. Some of them were very fine so I used three strands when needed. The lining material was from a 3m piece of the most gorgeously patterned fabric which was extortionately priced at 50p!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I've finished the plastic handbag.

I made it with one handle and a crocheted toggle 'n loop as a closure.

I am pleased with it, but I'm not sure if I will use it.

It doesn't feel as strong as I would like it to when I put a couple of things in it.

I need to see if there is any way of strenthening it.

Usually when I knit a bag I always line it and strengthen the strap/handle with fabric as knitting can be stretchy.

I thought I'd also show you another couple of pics of my gorgeous cat. :O)

Monday, August 28, 2006

I decided I needed a short break from the stole, so I have started a project I've been thinking about for quite a while.

Its knitting with carrier bags!

I usually dont reuse carrier bags because I forget to take them with me when I go shopping. Although I sometimes use them for lining waste paper bins, many end up being thrown away.

One day I read in a book a suggestion of cutting a carrier bag into one long strip, and then knotting several strips together to make a ball of "yarn", for knitting. I thought this would be something I'd like to try sometime, and the idea was filed away in the recesses of my memory for several months.

I am using 8mm needles and about 1" thick strips. Initially I tried 1 row knit 1 row purl, but it seemed a bit gappy. So I tried all knit, which gives a nice even texture.

Can you guess which supermarkets bags I've used?

Im really please with the way it's knitting up. I am going to make a bag, with small handles.

Yesterday I went to Bridlington...

The weather was gorgeous, and I had a great time. I got the train and then walked to Sewerby Hall to see the Roman re-enactment and a classic car rally. Apparently there was going to be a jazz band aswell, but I never saw them.

I love going to Brid, I find it relaxing. Maybe because I've been there so many times it feels familiar and comforting.