Sharing: My Oldest project

Craft | Tuesday March 1 2011 | 6:59 pm | Comments (18) | Tags: |

I’ve been starting to put all my free time to good use and I have been clearing out my cupboards.  I’m a terrible hoarder and always manage to imagine a future use for what might otherwise be useless.  It is therefore kept unused for far too long.

This week it’s my clothes getting the clear out treatment.  I’ve arranged everything into piles including: charity shop, give to friends / family, keep or use the fabric for something in the future.  I’m not keeping anything in the hope that I’ll fit into it again / wear it again one day / have an event or occasion for which it might be suitable.

So why am I telling you all this?  Well, I opened the drawer which held all my woollies and found the first garment I ever knitted!  And the second as well actually, but the first is a real shocker.  I just had to share.  I think it’s about 6 years ago that I started knitting properly.

Why, oh, why did I think this Sirdar Foxy yarn was a good idea.  From memory the colour was called squirrel!!!

The front is knitted solely in foxy, and the back is plain in a standard dk yarn, in matching colour.  I quite like the back, I like knitted rib.

And just in case you can’t feel that acrylic furriness from a distance, here’s a close up of it:

Would it surprise you to know I never wore it?

So here’s an idea… why don’t you dig out your first or oldest knitted or crochet project, blog about it, then come back here and share the link!  Don’t forget to include a link to this post in yours so that everyone can see everyone else’s projects.  Don’t be shy – my project is not at all cool but I’ve shared.  You can do it too!!  I can’t wait to see what’s in the back of your cupboard!!

I like the idea of this sharingy thing and since it’s 1st March today I may do one on the first of every month!  I’ll keep you posted.

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The making of an amigurumi

Craft | Monday February 28 2011 | 11:25 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

More cute stuff!!!  I can’t resist it!

Source: Betibettin via Craftzine

That darn cat!

Random | Friday February 25 2011 | 5:53 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , |

Source: ICHC

I know I post a lot of these cat and yarn pictures, but they give me such a lot of amusement!  I hope they make you smile too :)

An ‘interesting’ image

Craft | Thursday February 24 2011 | 10:05 pm | Comments (8) | Tags: , |

I’ve discovered something very interesting in the past few days!!!

I started getting a LOT of favourites and comments on one of my images on Flickr, an unusually large amount for me.  Then these messages started saying ‘well done for being in Explore!’  So I explored myself to find out what this was all about!! 

I learned that Flickr select 500 images every day which they promote because of their ‘interestingness’ which they identify using a very secret algorithm.  They publish these under a category called ‘Explore’ and this is very popular with people to browse a wide selection of images.

The lovely image you see here got to number 57 in the interestingness ranks on Flickr last weekend!  This is something that many aspire for and there are lots of websites giving advice on how to achieve it.  I am very proud of having done this without even trying!  I may be more proud of the blanket than the image itself, but that’s just me!!

Taking Granny on holiday

Craft | Saturday February 19 2011 | 11:52 pm | Comments (16) | Tags: , , , |

This past week Caveman and I spent a few days at the little cottage in Yorkshire that we love so much.  It was wonderful to be back there, partly because it’s a gorgeous place to be and partly because it was a much needed change of scenery.

As Caveman took his new laptop (I feel like a laptop widow right now!) I took some crochet and embroidery.  I thought some easy and relaxing crochet was the way to go and my still growing granny stripe blanket was ideal.  During our stay there were some gloriously bright but slightly chilly days, but it was a great opportunity to take some lovely pictures of the blanket:

The blanket is growing nicely and I am still really enjoying working on it, although it does feel like a labour of love.  I also know that at some point I need to stop making rows and start on the border.  Now that WILL be a mammoth task!

I particularly love the picture below of the blanket all neatly folded and sitting in the sunlight:

While we were away I was troubled terribly by an awful breakout of eczema and hardly slept for a few days.  Despite wishing we could stay longer in Yorkshire I was glad to get back home to see my doctor and I am pleased to report that my skin is feeling much better.  My lack of sleep resulted in a snooze on the settee one afternoon and it was the first time I ever actually used the blanket for its final intended purpose.  I am pleased to report it was luscious!

Yarn Temptation

Craft | Friday February 18 2011 | 12:17 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

Source: ICHC

Think what you could make with all that yarn, if the cat doesn’t get to it first!!!

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