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An experiment…

…well two actually. The first experiment was trying out a new yarn, New to me at any rate. I thought I’d give some microfibre a try. Called ‘Smooth DK’ and made by King Cole, it promised to be soft and I had seen some colours that suited a project I had in mind. So I bought some, and yes, it is soft and very nice to work with. Not quite what I expected, but I think that is more me than a fault with the product. I don’t know if I am the only one who has thought about this, but I wonder if others hae also concluded that DK nowadays is more akin to 4ply. Or to put it another way, 25 years ago, I am sure I remember double knitting being thicker than it is these days. Frequently I pick something up thinking it will be 4ply, only to find that it is Double Knitting. Perhaps it is me, suffering memory loss, but I have to say that given the quantity of knitting I did throughout the time my children were growing up, you’d think I’d have remembered. It would be interesting to find out if gauges have changed. Needle sizing changed, just to confuse everyone, or rather the needles stayed the same but were described differently, now in mm which is mercifully much easier to understand when reading patterns from across the pond.


I’ve started to use King Cole Yarns more often in recent months and like them. I love the feel of this one, and the nice stitch definition.

The other experimental part of this tale, is the pattern I was working on. I decided to try and do a woven design, just for the fun of it, and I was really pleased with the way it turned out, although I have to say that I think I should have done another ribbon or two each way to make the weave tighter, but you live and learn through such experiences. This was the result, a little fragranced pillow  (lavender scented) made with the King Cole Smoothie. It’s a bit of a fiddle, but I really like the result so will undoubtedly do it again in the future.





Random cards

I have been holed up today crafting, making cards and ATcs. Two of the cards were for family, and all the ATCs are for swaps. The first set is flower themed. The swap was for one flower ATC, but I always do an extra, and then, thinking I had finished, I checked for my partners address and realised that I had not read her profile. Reading her profile meant that I learned that she particularly likes violets, so I made another ATC with violets and then a card to accompany the swap package. I quite like these. People always seem to add text, but I think it’s often nicer just to let the images do the talking. Anyway, here are the ATCs.




Having finished these, I then turned to a card for my neice who celebrates her first birthday shortly. I decided to stick with easy images, ladybird and butterfiles, and some toadstools and leaves, and made them brightly coloured. I used my cuttlebug for all the images except the butterflies. I hope it is stimulating enough,or at least colourful enough to capture her interest.


Next was a card for my daughter. I am sending her the bag I crocheted for her (previous post) and made the card to accompany it, and explain the surprise. This card is in colours I wouldn’t normally use. I love my purples and pinks, blues and greens…but yellows, oranges, peachy pink?!! Well I quite like the colour combination in this and I think it’s refreshingly different for me.


And lastly, I made some ATc’s for a swap called ‘The colour Purple’.  Self explanatory really. Of course, being this colour, I was in my element. I had the drawer of flowers out after making the flower ATC’s so I ended up using more flowers. I did try to vary the theme a bit in one of them…the stripy ribbon one, but even then the desire to add a flower got the better of me. My favourite is the one with the crochet diamond. I really like these, and make no apologies for lushness or overcrowding. They are sumptuous and purple. Brilliant! Gosh…I really hope my swap partners love purple as much as I do, and flowers! 🙂




Quite a day for crafting, and at least three cards to make tomorrow!.

Best get some sleep!


Pear No.2

I had another go at using my new pear rubber stamp. After several more attempts and a flat surface, I managed what I thought was a better print. I have made it (well two versions of the make it 3D) into a copy of yesterday’s card. This is the result, though I am not sure that it is much better. I think I need some more practice.


I then decided to do a challenge , set by Daring Cardmakers, to make a card incorporating a teabag. This was my effort… 


and I finished off with another stamp, this time of flowers (Hero Arts), in my favourite colour – purple 🙂


I will start writing soon!





I opened up my blog today and found that I’d been tagged!
Not one, but two of my dear friends, were keen I should take part
As I scanned the page and read the rules, my enthusiasm sagged
I’d done this once before I thought and for a repeat I had no heart.

Six unimportant things about me, is what I have to blog.
Last time it was weird and wonderful, what will it be the next?
Oh well, here goes, number one is safe, my love of cats I’ll log.
If I had to live without my cats , I’d be very sorely vexed.

Number two is how I miss my dog, she was a dependable friend.
She’s been gone five years, but none of us will ever forget her face.
Unimportant it may be but both my little pinkies bend,
My mother worried, no pianist me, but this was not the case.

That’s half my quota, oh come on …think! There must be more than this.
I know…my love of purple, lavender, or mauve, violet and pink.
Which leads on to my bag obsession. Kiplings I never miss!
And most of my bags are purple of course! Well what other colour did you think?

One more to go…gosh, what will it be. Perhaps it’s my poetry.
I try to write, with some success, and published soon will be.
So that’s it folks. Please no more games. A party pooper me!
Oh alright…perhaps. When the next time comes. You’ll have to wait and see!

So thank you Sarah and Kell76  –  I think!

 Now, these are the rules .

1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post these rules on your blog.
3. Share six unimportant things about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your blog entry.
5. Let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs.

I now have to nominate six people. Help! Change that to four!

(For some reason none of the hyperlinks are not working, but you know who you are)






I think that will do!

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