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The end of the rainbow and a quilt or two too

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I’d like to think there’s always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My ‘gold’ or my ‘reward’ is that I now have more time to work on other WIPs. Fellow crafters with mountains (or hillocks at least) of projects on the go may understand just that.

It took a few weeks but at last my mega kingsize crochet blanket is finished. The first photo was taken one morning, sun streaming in, the second one is not the best I admit, but this was taken in the twilight of the same evening and my cats had already dived onto the bed and ruffled it up. Now here’s a question – how do you stop cats padding and pulling on a woollen blanket??? This is not to be a precious blanket, after all it was a project to use up lots of my stash and is to be used, but it might be nice if it wasn’t snagged too much too quickly.

Due to other commitments and a winter cold too, I’ve not been here for a little while. I have had a few trips out enjoying others’ crafts, amongst which was one lovely little Quilting Show in Detling, Kent. There were a smattering of stalls and fabric jumped into my basket (more about that another day, one of my own quilt projects is already nine years in the making ..) but the exhibition showed some amazing skill. If I could have bottled a lot of it I would have, but here is just a little to share.

The Scandi Star was just amazing, enhanced by the simplicity of fabric colour, and the quilting was spectacular,

The more colourful quilts or panels hung as quilts were amazing. The creator made them as memories of places she’d been. You might recognise somewhere yourself, just like I did! My favourite over all was ‘Portugal’ – the tins of sardines! And I hate myself for not taking more details of the person who made these – I cannot scan in nearer and read her name, I obviously was just blinded by her style, I stood admiring for ages before the friend I was with dragged me off to see more. One day, I could be as talented as this (she says, maybe never).

Off to sew now for a little bit. I hope somewhere out there there are other crafters stitching or playing with knitting sticks or crochet hooks or felting needles or glueing with guns or pegging with nails (and so on and so forth) and they share their creations with us.

Crafting Q & A

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It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I have the blues.  Having returned from holiday I can’t get on with anything – even crafting!

I am joining in a Crafting Q&A by Nothing But Knit!  to try and inspire me.

1.Do you have a favorite crafting tool?

Currently slightly in love with my new tape measure – it’s pistachio green, lives in a clear circular pot with a lid, purchased in a French market.

2. Which do you prefer when you craft: listening to a podcast or music, watching something on tv or silence?

When knitting something simple, I like the tv on.  When sewing with my machine, I love to go through my cd collection and often find myself having a sing song along.

3. Do you have a favorite designer that you’d like to recommend?

Not really.  Sorry!  I would love to have one but choose designs by pattern rather than designer.

4. Most people have a favorite color, do you find you use it more than other colors? Is there a color you avoid? Why?

I use a lot of green when knitting and sewing – usually bold and vibrant, though not neon and definitely not sludge green.

I usually avoid black as it is harder to work with if the light isn’t good.  I recently tried knitting with black with silver glitter running through it and I still struggled to find dropped stitches and count rows!  It became an abandonned project!

5. Have you experienced a crafting injury? If yes, what.

As most knitters, RSI wrist injury from ‘just doing one more row’.  We all know how to sit properly and to take breaks but sometimes you’ve just gotta keep knitting!

Can I add a different craft style ‘injury’ ?  My poor car had a hole in it’s upholstery from a knitting needle – my craft bag got squashed into the back of a seat and punctured the leather.

Nothing much going on otherwise.  Next to me sits two craft bags of knitting projects.  One pattern has stumped me and I can’t face tackling it again today.  The other I am just fed up with and I am not sure I will like it when it’s finished.  I feel at least one of these will be frogged .. and the quilting project started before my holiday sits idling in another room – none of these are urgent, luckily!  Perhaps I need to choose more projects with a time frame planned.  I know I need to finish more rather than start new ones.  Mind you last week a niece confirmed she was having her second baby early in the new year, a little girl, so I can feel a pink or lilac project looming …

Bye for now.  Happy crafting!

 

Scraps of Liberty Lawn

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A friend’s birthday.

She is a sewist/knitter too.

It wasn’t easy to decide what to make for her.  I filtered ideas, I poured over a few craft books, I searched through my wool and fabric stashes.

I wanted the gift to be useful rather than just decorative.

Look what I decided to make!

Liberty lawn fabric pieced together to make a beautiful needle case, then wrapped in a spare piece of lawn instead of gift wrap.

She liked it too! I love gifting a home crafted present to someone who understands the effort you put into making it, don’t you?