Monthly Archives: October 2006

Yippee!

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Here is my scarf to follow on from the post below! My first knitted finish!!

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Hot off my needles!

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Picture will have to be added later, as having trouble tonight downloading!

Just finished my first scarf! It has taken a little over 10 days to do and I am really proud of myself. The tension is not good and I know that but as my first attempt I am chuffed!

I have now started my second scarf, which I am using Rooster Almerino Aran and I am finding it alot different to use! I have cast on 30 stitches and am already wondering if it wide enough!?!?! My plan for this is for me to try different stitches as I work through it as well as different colours!

Stash Enriched eXperience (S.E.X)

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Here is my next lot of yarn for my second scarf!Purchased from Laughing Hens, the lady was so helpful, thank you!

She recommended the yarn, the needles and the size needed. As I wanted to try crochet as well, she also recommended the yarn and hook for that! So it arrived Saturday morning, all packaged lovely. The thing I love about getting parcels from Laughing Hen, they have the normal outside envelope and then inside each item is wrapped in tissue paper, hence the yellow background. It is almost like pass the parcel when it arrives, love it!

The magazines were from Dream Yarns and a great read, love that magazine! Must arrange a subscription!

So the purple, pink and red yarns are for my second scarf, each colour will be a different type of stitch so I can learn, and the second ball of purple is for me to try and crochet!

Looking forward to starting now, but I musn’t till I have finished my current cream scarf which is coming along great!

Check back for updates!

Ipswich Stitch ‘n Bitch

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Went to my first S ‘n B meeting last night and really enjoyed it. We met in a local cafe, from 8 -10pm and just knitted and chatted and it was lovely! I will certainly be going back.

The one thing that really struck me, was the age difference between my cross stitch club and the knitting group. My cross stitch club has far more mature ladies, where as the knitting club, are all around my age, which is great!

Each lady brought her current project, and there was even a man there! Shock, horror but great to see, well done him! and his knitting was fantastic, so good!

One lady has offered to teach me to crochet, so will take my stuff with me next time. I bought some more yarn and needles yesterday to make another scarf, looking forward to its arrival!

So next meeting, 9th Nov and I will be there!!!!

My new camera!!!

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I am so excited, finally bit the bullet and bought my camera. I have upgraded from my trusty Nikon 4300 to this Panasonic TZ1.

It has so many more features and my Nikon has now seen better days, as trusty as it was! So I am going to be spending the weekend learning how to use it and all its new features!

Bought a case yesterday for it which hopefully will arrive soon.

Need to load all the software etc as well. So a photography weekend, I can see I will be having!

Knitting

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After my trip to the Knitting and Stitching show I came home and decided that actually I would like to try knitting again. Madness as I went to the show and never bought a thing, when I could of done!

So I bought a kit online for a scarf, and have been knitting away at it. When I was down in Peterborough I borrowed some yarn and needles from my mom to just get used to casting on and knitting again, which was fine. My kit arrived on Thurs (19th) and I have not been able to put it down! Terrible as I am meant to be cross stitching but there you go.

I bought some great knitting magazines and have joint some fantastic online communities and downloaded some great American and UK podcasts. So I am getting well into it.

My scarf is on its second ball of wool, and I am about to buy some more wool to start number 2. But on the second scarf I want to mix colours and each colour block to be different type of stitch to learn! It may look horrific but it will be my learning piece.

So why the urge to knit? Well I like all crafts and as I am going away in Dec I thought what craft can I take with me to do? Beading and cross stitch not really appropriate, but knitting I can chuck in my bag and off I go. I also thought if I could learn to crochet then I could take that.

Crochet, is like a rude word to me, I just can not get it, but I think it is because I am left handed and my Mom is right and so teaching me was impossible, but I will learn, I am determined!

I am off to join a knitting group on Thursday night and can’t wait, it should be great fun. I am hoping I can find someone to teach me crochet and also about my tension, and being able to read a pattern and shaping of pieces. Then I can start to make jumpers etc.My next knitting projects are, my second scarf, some bags then hopefully a jumper.

So watch this space for my knitting creations!

Tiara making course…….

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As I remember my course on Saturday in order to type about it, one word comes to mind to describe it! OUCH!!!! My fingers were bleeding by the end of the day!

So tiara making, not something I may do on a regular basis! The course was great and I had a wonderful time, but sometimes in life you realise you can’t always do what you learn! Or at least it is a challenge to do!

I undid my tiara 2 times and still could not find a design I liked. So let me start at the beginning and explain my day.

The course was in Bury St Edmunds which was about 50mins drive from me, so no lie in on Saturday! It started with us going over the tools and materials needed, the different types of wires and beads etc. We then moved onto design and construction. The tiara is made with a metal base and wire and involves loads of twisting and shaping.

So my problem is that the twisting alters all the time, because each time you put a new piece on it moves and so you have to try and reshape all the time. So for me it is a control issue and I think if I used stronger wire that did not flex as much and had more strength to it I would get on better with it.

I am still aiming to make my bridesmaids tiaras, but I want a more structured, sturdy design. If it does not work then I will buy them but I will be annoyed if I don’t give it another go first!

Also, because there were no drinking facilities at the college I got very dehydrated and ended up with a really bad migraine which did not help when you are trying to learn stuff, so I will give it another go and fingers crossed I can master it!

Even thought I have struggled with the design I would recommend the course as it is a good skill to have!