when purchasing a handmade craft…..

Yesterday a lovely student of mine gave me an even lovelier note. We do not know who the author is, however it is so lovely I will have to share it with you.

Should you happen to know who the original author is, please do let me know.

 

When buying from a HAND MAKER,

you are buying more than just an OBJECT

You are buying hundreds of hours 

of failures and experimentation.

You are buying days, weeks and months

of frustration and moments of PURE JOY.

You aren’t buying a THING

you are buying a piece of heart,

part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life.

Most importantly, you’re buying

the artist more time to do something 

the artist is passionate about.

Thus enabling the artist 

to create more beautiful things.

 

Need I say more?

 

Happy crafting

E x

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A chill in the air……

There is a chill in the air………….

The only solution might be a cosy fire with a warm drink and my knitting of course.

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My lovely  wrap is almost complete,  much needed with the cold weather forecast for the next few  days. I really enjoyed knitting this. At first I had to concentrate to get the pattern correct, but within no time the rhythm appeared and I managed to create another lovely garment. I do get asked, how many shawls do you need? Well,  you never know, one of these lovely shawls might just be for you 🙂

 

The shawl is called Tycho by Natasja Hornby and is available on Ravelry. 

I knitted it in a lovely wool from Manos del Uruguay, Manos Silk Blend a beautifully soft merino and silk blend.

Here we go, this is what happens when I don’t complete my blog post…….. I keep knitting and voila! My wrap is complete. I have worn it already, it is so toasty. The blocking will have to wait this time.

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Hope you are all  nice and toasty too

 

love E x

Here we go……..

Well what do I say? Not going to make excuses, but just so you know I’m back 🙂

I have (finally) managed to create my very own website and am lucky enough to keep it very plain and simple www.elaklein.com

It is still very much in its infancy, I will be working on getting it better as I go along.

For this I would like to have your help please. Please be honest with your critique, I’m happy to hear all your recommendations.

Other than that I have been very busy knitting, sewing, cooking and eating…. The ladies I teach are all so creative a wonderful inspiration to me.

 

It is this time of the year again Unravel at the Farnham Maltings is taking place on Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February

 

unravelIf you are lucky enough to get to it, I highly recommend it. Workshops, talks, exhibitions and so many lovely suppliers, you will love every minute of it. It is not only about knitting, but also about crochet and other bits and pieces to do with yarns.

 

Please let me know what you have been doing.

 

lots of love

 

Ela x

 

 

 

 

 

It might have been a while, but this was worth it……

Yes, it has been far to long since I have written an update on my blog. It has been a very busy few months, with a family wedding, some home alterations and of course the summer holidays.

My love to craft ladies have been most creative, but I will blog about that a little later.

Right now I would like to write about the most wonderful day I had yesterday.

I was very lucky to nab the last space on an embroidery workshop with Caroline Zoob.

Siobhan, a dear friend and fellow crafter, has been to a few workshops and always comes back with the most beautiful creations. I had bought Caroline’s book (Hand Stitched home) a while back (also on Siobhan’s recommendation), but there is just nothing like “the real thing” isn’t there?

So off we went to Oxfordshire where we were welcomed by sunshine, a lovely cup of coffee and the most wonderful selection of vintage fabrics, embroidery threads and an abundance of inspiration and expertise by Caroline.

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Our workshop was called flowers in a jug and we started designing and making a patchwork table cloth, followed by window frame and a jug of flowers. Some machine appliqué and lots of hand embroidery.

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As  you can see on the photograph, my project is nowhere near finished, but I’m so proud of the result so far. The dark lines are drawn with a  Frixion pen (another new find for me). The magical thing is, that you can draw directly on the fabric and when you want to get rid of the lines you just iron them away….magic….

 

 

Here you see us with  our projects. Please have a look at Caroline’s website where you will find out all about her other workshops and lots of other information too.

Jane was the most wonderful host and spoilt us with a home cooked lunch, fresh ingredients form her garden ( another beautiful oasis of calm), and more.

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All in all a wonderful day for mind, body and soul.

 

Thank you

 

Hope you are having a blissful time too

 

love E x

knitting, wool, crochet and more

Oh what to do with an ill daughter who needs to stay in bed? As a sign of solidarity stay in bed too, that was my thought this morning.

Finally I had time to peruse my latest Landscape magazine which I did, almost cover to cover, until I reached the article about Amanda Perkins who crochets the most beautiful blankets.Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 11.11.53.png

I just love, love,love the colours! The best is still to come – Amanda’s blankets will be exhibited at the Unravel Fair at the Farnham Maltings this weekend! Oh yes, I have planned to visit.

The fair is on all weekend (Friday – Sunday) I have visited the last two years and can thoroughly recommend you do too. It is small enough to manage and big enough to maintain the interest, the most lovely wools and inspiration galore.

 

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Well what is left to say, but to see you there (thank goodness husband can look after ill daughter)

 

love E x

…and so we begin another year a month or so later…..

Is it just me or is there seriously a shortage of hours in the day? How I try to satisfy the family, including the dog, the house and how I wish for a little bit of time for myself? I don’t want too much, just a little time to knit or sew or crochet? Thank goodness I enjoy cooking as I’m required to this every day, without fail. Oh yes, thank goodness for my daughters swimming lessons twice a week, I do get time to knit while I wait for the lesson to proceed and indeed run over, every week.

As I’m sitting on a hard bench, without back support, I engage my core muscles (no yoga or pilates required on these days) and while I’m knitting away I can pass the time with some idle chatter with some other mums as well as a nod at the end of a lane of breast stoke and an occasional thumbs up for a good stroke or glide.

Knitting would be far more difficult standing in the rain watching a football or rugby game – I’m not complaining! (It is very hot in the pool hall, I mean sauna temperatures, just saying)

 

Anyway……

I have missed sharing my lovely creations, and there have been a few, with you.

My last post was all about the surprise package of wool I had received. I used the blue wool and knitted a short shawl for my mother, and completed it just in time for her birthday. My mother looks so good in this blue, it was a match without having to think about it too much.

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My craft ladies have been so busy too. Have a look at these lovely creations.

As it is winter in the UK at the moment and we have had a few chilly days, although rather more windy than chilly, I have made myself some toasty chunky socks and I love them!IMG_8631

love Ex

 

arm knitting

Oh yes, craft classes have started again and the girls are back!!!

A very big welcome to our new members, so happy to have you with us.

We wasted no time at all and started our first session of arm knitting.

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Two balls of chunky wool and off you go IMG_20150917_104416894_TOP

before you know it you have thisIMG_8141

There you go, a blog post with very little words ( never enough time to type) and a snood made in under one hour.

So happy to have all back ladies.

See you next week

love Ex

nothing like planing ahead…….

Yes, I should take note of planing ahead a little more often!

My children are having fun with friends and I was told to leave them to it. What an invitation to do something I should do far more often…writing a note on my blog!

Our summer term has come to an end, with our children finally staying home for the summer holidays. I have managed to complete some projects , a snood michelle snoodfor a friend on the other side of the world and a summer jersey for me 🙂 It is made out the beautiful bamboo wool my mum brought over from South Africa. Such lovely vibrant colours.bamaboo jersey elaI need to block it and will be ready to go.

I have also tried my hand at baking sourdough bread and would like to thank my craft ladies for their help and patience. My endless questions must have been very tiering. This is my first one, rather good, well I think so anyway.sourdough bread

 

The lovely Kate has definitely planned ahead and knitted this most beautiful blanket for a Christmas gift. Such a lovely pattern, I love the pompoms.

 

Kate blanket

 

 

 

Kate blanket pompom

 

 

 

 

I will be playing with several craft ideas this summer and hopefully will be able to share some of these with you rather sooner than later.

We resume our classes in September, cannot wait to see what my lovely ladies will have in store for me.

 

Wishing you all a very happy and sunny (even if it is only internal sunshine) summer.

 

with love 

E x