Crafting, sharing, beach huts and bunting

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Crafting can be a solitary past time.  To sit and craft (knit/crochet/sew/other) may be therapeutic, peaceful, often perfect ‘me time”. Occasionally it’s a good thing, especially if something’s not working out and one might curse and grumble a little! (Or is that just me? …)

However, sometimes sharing crafting time can be so much fun. I belong to a creative group which meets regularly.  Sometimes I meet with individual friends and craft too, perhaps try out something new.  That’s what I’ve done already this week – tried something new to me.  I am not an artist or painter.  I’ve had a creative date with a good friend.  It was a giggle,  it was inspirational, it was a wonderful afternoon.


I painted a mini canvas, stamped patterns on the yellow sand, stamped beach huts and bunting on card, coloured those in,  designed a fishing pole (cocktail stick, so you can imagine this canvas is about 6″ square).  I attached a fish trinket as if just line caught.  A tiny shell gave more 3D seaside detail.  This will be finding a special place in my home to always give me a little bit of beach. I love a beach!

I hope to make more canvas art in future.  It was so difficult to choose just one design. What inspires you to try a new craft?


Chocks-away! Good friends and a craft fair

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I forgot to post a picture of the finished knitted baby hat made in in Sirdar DK speckle a couple of weeks ago.  To me it looks like a old fashioned pilot’s hat, thus the ‘chocks away’.  The pattern called for i-cords but I left them off as it’s a first size and I worry about ties tangling on new babies.  Not modelled on a baby makes the hat look a little lifeless so I hope you have vision!


cardiI was having a little panic with the amount of knitting and crafting projects outstanding and a VERY good friend has sent me a pile of hand knitted items to gift as I wish.  What a FRIEND!  You know who you are xxx  Here’s just one, first size baby cardigan that is going to a very good home.  Knitted in self patterning Deramores Studio yarn.








Yesterday, Saturday,  my weekly craft group took part in a Craft Fair in South London.  I wasn’t able to attend but some of my creations made it to the table courtesy of my fellow crafters.  (Last time I was there and helped promote our group on others’ behalfs.) A little snippet of what was of offer – ipad stands, vintage cotton reel keyrings, freehand embroidery pictures, felt mice, zentangle cards.  Creative Loops is our group name and there is such a variety of skills amongst us.  A couple of members are professionals and use their skills for their career, others are just hobbyists.


Today is a day of rest for me, apart from making a huge pot of vege soup and taking a stroll in the autumn sunshine I have done little.  There is still a pile of WIPs…