crafts (not knitting)

New stuff on Etsy!

Posted on Monday, 24th November, 2008. Filed under: crafts (not knitting) |

I have been very very bad to be sooo long since I last put stuff up on there, but finally, a new batch! And this time it includes some knitting accessories – row counters and stitch markers (OK, not many as yet, but it’s a start) so check it out 🙂

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I’ve been so lazy

Posted on Sunday, 20th January, 2008. Filed under: crafts (not knitting), knitting, yarn |

When it comes to updating this blog. Well, I have been ill, and then busy, and then ill again, but mostly it’s just down to laziness.

I have been knitting in the meantime, though! There are many, many projects on the go. I’ve finished some, too. I made a pair of socks for mum, which I’m quite proud of, as they were different sizes for her different-sized feet. Just plain stocking stitch to make it easy to get the size absolutely right, with a little shell insert down the outside of each leg to show which is left and right.

I hit the jackpot in the Liberty sale when I was down in London over Christmas and New Year, I got about a dozen balls (50g each) of Jaeger Merino, some 4-ply and some DK, at £1.60 each! I would’ve come away with even more if I could’ve. I also picked up some 3mm bamboo dpns so I could start on a nice thick pair of socks while I was there, and this is the result:

Jaeger Baby Merino socks

Jaeger Baby Merino DK, I think the colour is called Petal? 7sts/9rows/inch, 48 stitches. They’re so thick and cushy and snuggly! I didn’t do anything fancy with them because my feet had been cold lately so I just wanted some warm socks as quickly as possible.

Last autumn I was pleased to find Crystal Palace bamboo dpns available in the UK at Socktopus, as I’ve heard so many good things about them. I’m currently in the last stretch of foot of of the second of a pair of socks I’m knitting on them (Regia on 2mm) and I’m afraid I have to say I’m not that impressed. I can’t really tell any difference between them and Clover, except that the Crystal Palace are a lot bendier, which is not something I like at all. Clover remain my favourite bamboo, definitely in the smaller sizes up to 2.5mm anyway, which is all I’ve used.

I was, however, more than impressed with Socktopus. When the package arrived it was like getting a gift!

Socktopus package

There was even a Socktopus stitch marker with it, as you can see in the picture. What a treat! I’m definitely planning to buy from them again, I’ve got my eye on some of the unbelievably gorgeous yarns, once my bank balance recovers somewhat from my trip to London.

More recently, I’ve been putting together some phone charms and stuff again:

Pretty, sparkly!

And this time there are row counters! Mine is attached to my Chibi, which I find incredibly handy

Row counter & Chibi

except not so much right now as I’ve somehow managed to mislay the pair of them. Gah! I’m really hoping they have to turn up sometime when I’m well enough to clear up this pigsty (I’ve been so ill with a virus that turned into an infection that I haven’t even got my Christmas tree down yet) as I’m sure I can’t have lost them while I was out without noticing. This row-counter arrangement is incredibly useful when knitting away from home, actually, as I take it off and it hangs nicely out of the way yet accessible on the little finger of my left hand. Anyway, this little lot of goodies in the photos will be up in my Etsy shop soon, I hope. The only thing delaying me is that I haven’t had enough light to get some decent photos, so cross your fingers for some sunshine soon! I have tried it with lots of lights on in here and the flash, but that’s just not suited to crystals.

I think that’s most of the major catching-up done. Next up: a pattern!

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More eggs

Posted on Monday, 23rd April, 2007. Filed under: crafts (not knitting) |

It’s a good job I took the photo of that one before, because I broke it the next day, gah!! I was having one of those clumsy days where everything goes wrong, by the evening I hardly dared touch anything. It broke cleanly enough that it fits back together almost invisibly, but I have to figure out how I’m going to glue it without getting an oozy gluey ridge. I’m not sure it’s even possible. At least it wasn’t one of my favourites, like these two:

Swirl/spiral egg Flower band egg

This is an older photo of when I’d just got the designs laid out on them:

Eggs in progress

Obviously the more complex ones are taking a while. I find it works best to give the eggs a few coats of acrylic paint before I start drawing on them (especially with the Best Before and everything printed on them these days, which I hate – yes, it’s handy if all you want to do is eat them, but for decorating it’s extremely annoying!) but the pencil marks show up very strongly on it, don’t like to be rubbed off, instead just smearing around, and it takes several layers of the coloured paints to obscure them. Once again, I’m sure there has to be any easier way, I just need to find it!

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Spring has sprung

Posted on Friday, 20th April, 2007. Filed under: crafts (not knitting), knitting |

Two suitably fresh and breezy creations, first off some straightforward socks in a cotton Regia – they feel absolutely wonderful on my feet!

Blue stripey cotton socks

And an egg with spring flowers:Painted flower egg

Apologies for the blurriness of the shot of the daffodil side. I don’t like the hard lines between the blocks of colour, but by the time I’d realised it was a bad idea it was too late. I’m pretty pleased with it overall, though. I started on about half a dozen eggs before Easter and I’m still not finished with them all… I finished painting another two today and was delighted with them, but now I’m a bit upset because when I varnished them this evening I got too much on there and it’s dripped. I don’t know what happened, it’s a spray varnish and I was sure I did everything the same as before, when it worked perfectly! I hope they don’t turn out to be ruined, I’ve spent hours and hours building up layers of paint on them.

Now to have another fiddle around with settings in here, I was also sure I’d got rid of the requirement to moderate comments that I didn’t even know was there to start with, but apparently not…

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