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

lovely September

I’m really sad that our Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end, however I’m loving our September. The days start and end crisp and chilly and are so sunny and warm during the day.

We are all enjoying getting back into our various routines, being school, work or taking Tiger for longer walks, (she is allowed a 20 minute walk now 🙂 ).

 

It also means that we are back at our craft classes, with news ideas, new members and tons of creativity. Ann has wasted no time and has already completed her first project.

 

She bought the waxed fabric while on holiday in France and Voila, an apron is made! See, it really is that simple.IMG_5828

There are many things to look forward to in the next few weeks, longer nights do mean more time to knit, right?

Lots of talk going on about The Handmade Fair being held at Hampton Court next week (19th – 21st September)

the handmade fair
I have not decided yet if I will be going, then again I really ought to, don’t  you think? It would give me loads of new blog material and some creative ideas and finding new suppliers and,  and,  and…………
It is also the time to start thinking about seasonal gifts, yes we do need time to prepare. I will be offering several workshops in felting, wet and needle and also knitting the continental way and in the round while using different wools at the same time.
I hope that you have all had a great summer and look forward to hearing about your projects
love E x

To be inspired

As I mentioned in my last post, Farnham Maltings hosted the Unravel Fair. It was all about yarns, wools and what to do with them all. I’m so glad I went with a budget as it would have been so easy to buy the lot.Farnham Maltings dove

All the stalls and the stall holders were absolutely delightful, however one stood out for me, and there were a few, a lady called Jenny Barnett. She is a Master felter par excellence! Send her a photograph of your pet and she will felt it.jenny barnettShe also creates the most beautiful little dresses, fit for any fairy. Please do let me know if you have anything made by her I would love to see it.

I got to meet the lovely lady from Artisan Yarns who dies seaweed and silk wool. Yes seaweed and silk. I could not help myself but had to buy just one skein and am itching to get started.

I had a try at spinning wool, it takes great skill, which I’m sure will come with practice. Will this be the next step?  Oh dear Lord give me more hours in the day 🙂

 

We have been busy here at our classes too. Siobham has finished  making the beautiful cushion cover, her first project on the sewing machine, the napkin rings don’t count she tells me.Siobhan cushion

Thank goodness it is almost the weekend, so there will be more time to knit.

Hope you are happy crafting too!

 

love, E X

 

PS: I found this in the Simple Things magazine: Next time you have a spill go to www.woolsafe.org/uk the award winning Stain Guide app

workshops, birthdays, Christmas……….

Yes, I did manage to get to the Renegade fair in London last weekend. My friend and I braved the torrential rains and headed off. When we finally found the entrance to the fair (took a few trips round the building) we were faced with many enthusiastic crafters, some who were really great and others who were not so great. If I’m totally honest (which I usually am) I was a little disappointed. I expected there to me greater diversity and also more exhibitors. Never the less we had a great time and a most delicious meal at a Thai Restaurant called Rosa’s Thai Cafe.

I have had such a lovely week, thank you to all the ladies who have attended craft classes and workshops this week. I’m learning so much about crafting, but also about many other topics too.
Have you heard about Harry Eastwood? She writes the most interesting and amazing cookery books. Thank you Sarah for telling me about her and to Rachel for bring along her book for me to have a look at. I cannot wait to try the first recipe, just having great difficulty to decide which one?

There has been great progress with our projects and we have started to seriously look at Christmas decorations. All the ladies are so creative, just look at these lovely pictures.angis hearts 2 These adorable hearts have been created by Angi and have Hans Christian Andersen Christmas illustrations. What a fantastic idea.

Kate K has completed her first apron yeah!! it looks so good!kates apron

Charlotte is making slippers, they are beautiful charlotte slippers

Kate G has made a felting bunting, I love the colours it looks so beautiful hung up! Kates Stars

I had my first adult beading workshop which was a great success with all ladies going home with a really lovely piece of jewellery bead workshop cakesbeading workshop table……….
……….and I have decided to knit a pair of socks 🙂ela socks1……..

………I haven’t knitted socks for over 10 years so about time I start. Thanks to German engineering at it’s best I will end up with some lovely stripes without having to change thread at all. Have a look at their website, they have all kind of free patterns to download and off you go. As I added the link I read that I was supposed to knit the wool from the outside of the ball and not the inside ggggrrrrrr. I will have to start again, although it does not look too bad don’t you think?

Now off to start another lovely week with even some snow predicted?

Have a great week

x

Oh so good to be back…….

Oh it’s so good to be back and crafting again.
We had a fantastic break doing very little, but reading and eating even more. I had all good intentions to practice my heart crochets and even managed 2,but ended up giving one to a new friend.
I did manage to crochet on the plane, a great way to pass the time, they did not take my lethal weapon away from me (my crochet hook is wooden) and I could crochet away.crochet plane

Yesterday and today showed a hive of activity with so many new ideas and projects too.group pic

Don’t you just love it when a project comes together? I get so excited when I see ladies trying something new and succeeding!serviette ring These beautiful serviette rings are hand embroidered.
stripey hat
Wouldn’t you like to own such a colourful hat? Rainbow colours to brighten up our rather grey days.

You might remember me talking about the Renegade Fair London Well it is on this weekend and even more exciting I will be going to visit it! My dear friend will be joining me and I soooo look forward to it. If you manage to be close to London make sure you pop by. I have no doubt that it will be very exciting and inspiring too.

My needle felting workshops are taking place this month, this will be so exciting too. There are so many ideas on what to do. If you would like to attend the dates are as follows (booking is essential)
Saturday 16th November – 2.30 – 5pm (how about some mother and daughters craft together?)
Friday 22nd November 10 – 12.30pm
Thursday 28th November 7.30 – 10pm

Have a fantastic weekend

Happy crafting

x

Exciting news, blogs, shows and much more.

Hello

what a great week I’ve had. Have I mentioned that I like to craft? Well, love to craft actually.
I have been surrounded by so many lovely ladies ( and a few, really few men) which have inspired every creative part of me.
Where do I start?
As mentioned in my last post, I visited the Artisan Market in Tweseldown last Saturday. Thank you for joining and being the driver too Kate.
We had a great morning, with so many very creative projects to view and buy. Anything from furniture to cakes, knits to jewellery and more.
The market takes place once a month, so do make sure you get to pop in at some time. You can see all the details on facebook.

As promised my summer project is finally complete and even if I have to say so myself, I like it, actually…… I like it a lot!
ela cardigan

Now that the cooler weather is upon us I will be able to snuggle into it.ela cardigan back

Have a look at the latest completed project tooLisa quilt 2

all made from beautiful table clothsLisa quiltThe detail is stunning and the biggest compliment is that we all want to copy this idea. My table cloths are starting to pile up.

I would also like to thank Kate 1 ( don’t ask about the 1, it changes every week :-)) for introducing me to the Molly Makes Magazine. I have mentioned it before. As I now subscribe to it, it arrives in the post, great fun. Lots of interesting bits this time.

Dates for your diary:

14-20 October
Wool Week

There will be great projects and more held all over the land. Make sure you are part of the fun. www.thecampaignforwool.org

9-10 November
Renegade London
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Bricklane, London E1 6QL

This fair (RFC) launched ten years ago and was founded in Chicago’s Wicker Park. It now is held in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin. It will be its third year in London.
Recent RCF alumni include crafters working with textiles, jewellery, wood and ceramics. This November the organisers are aiming to have 80 -100 stalls with over a hundred artists from the UK, Europe and the States. Oh my goodness where do we begin?

I know where – I have promised my daughter to make her a ballet bag, so this is will have to start right now!

However before I say good bye for today, I need to share the following news with you.
I will be hosting one off needle felting workshops in November. Enjoy a few hours of fun and take home some adorable Christmas (or other gift) decorations. Have a look at this little chap.felt teddy
There will be a Saturday afternoon workshop designed for mums and daughters (aged 8 and older) as well as a morning and an evening workshop.
I’m in the process of working out the finer details and will keep you posted.

Until then happy crafting

x

Oh so good to be back

Hello happy crafters and other lovely people.
We have had a long summer break filled with sunshine and memories. Delighted to have had a break, but even more delighted to be back and crafting with friends.
Our Thursday class has proven to be so popular that we now have a Wednesday morning and a Wednesday evening class. We have all been really busy in the holidays too ( not only crafting 😉 )
I have almost completed my summer cardigan – now that we are on our way to cooler days……… I will show a picture once it is complete.
Kate ( or should I say Kate 1) has completed her lovely crochet blanket, she has made it so beautifully.
Kate K crochet blanket
Kate 2 has started to knit for the first time in 20 years and has made fantastic progress with a scarf, all ready for colder days.
KateG scarf
Looking for a quick project? Look no further: The wool is from Katia and called Onsas

ondas scarf

This can be found online at various stores and is available in lots of beautiful colours. The instuctions are simple and you will have it done in no time at all. No need to let anybody know how quick it is to complete, this is only for us to know 🙂

I have also been given a challenge from Kate 1 – I need to perfect how to knit basket weave. Well I’ve been practising hard and I’m please to say that I now know how to do it 🙂 🙂 ( very proud)
If you would like to follow me on pinterest you will find a gorgeous scarf in this design. Now we need Kate 1 to knit it.

I would also like to tell you about a fair which will be held next Saturday 21 September. It is the Tweseldown Artisan Market and it looks like the place to be. It has been created to support local and independent designer makers, artisan food producers and vintage and antique sellers. I cannot wait to get there.

So this is all for now – have a happy weekend

lots of love

xx