Posts Tagged ‘gifts

05
Nov
09

Splash of colour.

A few days ago I finished a project that was really enjoyable. I decided to make a cat blanket, using scraps of yarn left over from other projects. The result was amazing. A rainbow of colours. Are cats colourblind, I wonder?  If that is the case, it may be a blessing, otherwise they might be dazzled.

I made approximately 100 little 2.5 x 2.5 granny squares, with a well known pattern (I see it all over Ravelry and other crochet sites), and double crocheted them together. The yarn I used was one of my favourites, Patons Sorbet. I think I have mentioned it before. It’s a cotton blend, aran weight (worsted weight for those who are in the States and Canada), and its good for things like bags or something that needs to be fairly thickish  or rugged, like a bathmat. So should be good for a pet blanket 🙂

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I enjoyed making this so much, that I am now making something similar, though not for a cat. It’s so easy to pick up, do a few squares and put down again and makes my 50,000 stitch target for NaKnitMo, a breeze, (at least I think it will). I’m so proud of the girls who are doing this challenge, (actually, I think there is a male in there someone as well), but the totals some are racking up every day are incredible. For the rest of us, it’s just a chance to pick up unfinished projects and get them finished, make presents ready for christmas, and generally have a lot of fun. It’s surprising how quickly the stitch totals increase and several people have upped their targets already. I don’t think I will be doing that yet. I am managing to keep up with this blog for the NaBloPoMo, but haven’t done much for NaNoWriMo. I have been planning my plot, but not writing the book! Ah well, tomorrows another day.

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27
May
09

Dribble dribble, toil and bibble!

Remember the lovely swap parcel I received from my new friend in Australia last week? Well I decided that I would use some of the yarn today. A friend’s daughter has just given birth to a baby girl and I thought it would be useful to make some pretty bibs. My swap partner had told me that she uses the bamboo for dishcloths, so I though it might work well for a baby’s bib. When I knitted it up I found it to be so soft that it will be lovely for wiping baby Libby’s mouth. Less harsh than cotton. I hope the bamboo stays soft. I’m sure it will. The colours are very modern and bright, but very pretty and cheerful. I hope the new Mum likes them. The yarn, by the way is the Moda Vera bamboo/cotton (70% bamboo and 30% cotton). The second bib turned out a bit better than the first, but I think Ted models them well!

 

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Bib 2

 

 

                              

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23
May
09

Swap from down under

I received a swap from my Australian swap partner a couple of days ago. This was a yarn swap, organised by one of the groups on Ravelry. I am thrilled with the contents. I asked for Australian wool, since J is in Australia and she sent me some gorgeous Cleckheaton Country Naturals, which is 8ply (DK) and 100% wool. She also sent me two skeins of Moda Vera, bamboo / cotton, which is 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, which I am also dying to try. Having read my blog, J remembered that I prefer knitting with shorter lighter needles, (unless I have 200 sts ) and sent some adorable little duckie needles. Obviously they are for children, but I am not proud. I frequently knit with children’s needles. There was a really pretty postcard of a little Kaola to remind me of Australia, along with a keyring, and also some pretty papers and adhesives to do some papertole work.
I loved everything, and just hope J enjoys what I have sent her too. Thank you for a wonderful swap.

Yarn swap

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of what I had put together for J. So I hope she takes a photo and posts it on the relevant thread to remind me.

06
Dec
08

ONE WORLD ONE HEART

 

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It’s time to be thinking about the One World One Heart Giveaway again. I say thinking, because it does not kick off until the middle of January, but if you are thinking of taking part again, as I am, now is the time to do the preparation. In my case that means think about, prepare and make some gifts to give away on here.

So what is One World One Heart?  The event was started in 2007 by Lisa (oceandreamer) and this is her description of it (original here)…

“I created this event in 2007. The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way. 2007 had roughly 85-90 participants and many connections were made because of it……friendships that are still going strong.
We had a strong showing the first year for sure, and then in 2008 we had just about tripled that number.
This is more than wanting to win something…….that is only the means…….in the end it’s about finding kindred spirits. Someone who may be fairly new to blogging, not sure how to navigate, find others and have others find them….Some are long time bloggers and in some cases well known in the art community. Whatever the case it brings all of them together. This is an INTERNATIONAL event that has and had participants from the US, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, Brazil, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, England,Wales, Slovenia and more. It transcends geographical location, socio economics, political affiliation, religious beliefs……it’s a coming together like the giant community we are on this planet. If only it took a simple giveaway to create PEACE everywhere, in the mean time here we give from our hearts. We are not solving the worlds problems nor are we curing anything nor are we changing the world. We are merely generating a closer community between humans through blogging. What more could I ask for, my little idea has surpassed my wildest dreams of what it could become.
I don’t like rules but sometimes there needs to be at least guidelines to keeping things cohesive and fair for everyone.
You don’t need to be an artist to participate each year, this is open to everyone. What it’s not meant for is self promotion. Meaning that the mission of this event is to meet new people and them meet you, rather than be a commercial for each persons specific endeavors. Many people have links to their websites, Etsy sites etc. already on their blog therefore the “visitor” can click on those to find out more about what a person does. The aim is for the event post itself to be about welcoming and showing what each visitor has a chance to win by stopping by…..AND giving the visitor a chance to read and learn more about each person along the way.
It is almost like being in a huge convention room where you meet and mingle – only the “hello my name is” badge is each persons blog.”

Those of us who took part last year had enormous fun. We met new people who we would never have met ordinarily (on the net, of course), and we were able to read their blogs. Because most of the folk were crafters or artists , but not all of them, those aspiring artists (like me on this blog) were able to pick up tips, learn about new crafts and hone our skills with advice from our new friends. It has been impossible to keep up with the 200 odd blogs that I visited last year, but I have managed to keep up with a few. I’m really looking forward to ‘meeting up’ with everyone again and being introduced to lots of new folk.

If you would like to take part, please follow this link and read Lisa’s instructions. As she says, they look exhaustive, but they aren’t…its all just commonsense. If you sign up, give me a shout, as I think I might add my odd participants list here too…I’ll think about it.

To see my blog entries for last years event, look here. 

08
Nov
08

Did I show you…?

UPDATE  

KATHY WON HER COMPETITION. WOW! WELL DONE KATHY! ENJOY YOUR PRIZE!

…the lovely gifts I received from my Swap-bot partner for the Gingham sewing swap I hosted? I was over the moon with them and never expected to get as many items. My favourites are the tote bag and apron, shown below, but my partner kathy also made me a wrist pin cushion, a needle book (both of which I have been using) and a beautiful photo album with a pink gingham cover. I am still deciding what I will use it for – travelling teddies is one option. The tote bag is delicious. I am using it to store my knitting and crochet projects just now, as I don’t want to spoil it by using it outside. I’ll use it in the spring and summer when it is less likely to get wet and dirty, though it is easily washable. The apron is an unusual pattern, with a flared section at the bottom and the fabric is gorgeous. All in all I did well out of that swap and I’m very gratful to Kathy for spending so much time making and sending me these lovely things.

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Kathy has her own blog spot http://www.kathymomofmany.blogspot.com, which is well worth a visit. The banner at the top is wonderful as it shows Kathy’s beautiful family. How lovely to see such a happy and healthy family, when so many images these days leave us feeling miserable, disappointed or dispirited. They do you credit Kathy. At the moment Kathy has entered a competition to win aprons for four family members, and I know she would love to win, so please, help me to thank her for her delightful gifts and vote for her, (put a vote in every day if possible) at

http://apronqueensreviews.blogspot.com:80/

I think she truely deserves to win, but even if you don’t Kathy, you are a winner in my book!

Please vote folks!

Good luck Kathy…I’m away to cast todays vote! 🙂

01
Nov
08

Now look what I’ve got myself into!!

I never learn. I cannot resist a challenge. As if one wasn’t enough for November, I am now taking on another! A group has been set up in Ravelry which challenges us to work (knit or crochet) 30,000 stitches during the month of November. Luckily I knit quickly, so if the worst comes to the worst I will knit squares for a blanket or something, but I worked out that I need to knit or crochet for about an hour a day to reach the target. Or, 1000 stitches , of course.

The good thing about it is that I might be able to get a lot of Xmas pressies made, bags and socks, teddy bear clothes etc, and whilst I love writing it will be good to relax with some yarn. The other plus is that it is not crucial to reach and fulfil the challenge. We are doing it for fun, testing ourselves, but realising that its more fun to enjoy the journey, than to reach the end. Well, that’s how I view it anyway. I’m looking forward to it. I think it will be fun, and it will be good to see what everyone is doing and give encouragement to each other.

And the name of the challenge…what else could it be, but…  NaknitNo, (National Knitting Month) !!

 

28
Aug
08

Little blue beaded bag

I decided to use some beads to decorate my next creation. It’s a little blue crochet bag, draw-string, with ribbon and beads. I used complimentary coloured seed beads around the top to trim it and added some bigger filigree beads to the ribbon, to make it look slightly more eligant. It was made with crochet cotton…not sure what brand, as I lost the label, but it was a lovely 2ply worsted cotton to work with. I am thinking of making some more of these in christmas colours to stuff full of goodies, for gifts.




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