Monday, 20 October 2014

Latest Knitting Attempt

I'm having a go at knitting an Ola Beanie...

... I really like the wave pattern, but I have never tried knitting with two different colours, so it's been an interesting experience.

I didn't have circular needles, so I have been using double pointed - another first (although, if I had used circular needles, it still would have been a first for me). The needle size is too small, and the yarn is quite thin, so it's turned more into a baby's hat, but I don't mind. It is really just to gain experience. When I finish this one, I think I will get the right tools for the job and make an adult sized beanie.

linking up to :
'Slow Blog Linky' at Poppy and Poochie
'New to Me in October' at Celtic Thistle Stitches

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Still Here

Just a quick note to say I'm still alive :) I've got about 3 weeks worth of blog reading to catch up, but I'll get there.

I still haven't got myself organised, but I'll get there, too.

I've been spending the last couple of weeks enjoying a relatively relaxed school holidays. We didn't do much at all, which is fine by me.

I have been doing a little bit of beeswax candle making, though. Here are a few I need to trim and tidy up...

... They look much cooler in real life :)

And here's one for all the knitters out there...

 ... also cooler in real life :)

linking up to :
'Wool On Sundays' at Rainbow Hare

Monday, 1 September 2014

10 Quilty Little Secrets

I'm taking a break from taking a break, so that I can join in the fun of sharing my top 10 quilty secrets, along with everyone else over at 13 Spools...

13 Spools

I think I'm pretty open with my quilting process, and have made no secret of my thoughts on the matter...

Example #1...

... OK, so that's a joke, but, as with all good jokes, it has a touch of truth to it :)

So perhaps these are not so much quilty secrets as they are my own personal quiltisms...

1. I don't love, LOVE, LURRRRRRRRVE!!! fabric (I'm much more interested in the finished look of the quilt than the look of the individual fabrics).

2. I have no desire to build a stash. I mostly buy just the fabric I need for a project. I do buy a touch too much, though, so my stash is building slowly. I imagine that if my stash gets too big, I will feel the urge to make something out of what I have before I move onto to something that I was already planning to do.

3. I save scraps because I can't handle the idea of wasting them, but I can't imagine ever using them.

4. I love the maths/art involved with coming up with an idea for a quilt, but don't particularly enjoy the process of turning that idea into a reality, especially measuring and cutting the fabric. I find the whole quilting process equally relaxing and stressful (although I guess it must be a little more relaxing, or, at least, rewarding, for me to continue doing it).

5. As you may have guessed from my little picture, above, I am not a big fan of pinning or pressing, and only do it when I deem it necessary (which is probably not as often as most others deem it necessary). And, yes, my "pressing" is a lot more like ironing with steam than the pressing that I have seen in video clips on youtube.

6. This may be clear by now, but I tend to do things in such a lazy way as to make things harder for myself. I also simultaneously crave chaos and order, and struggle to keep the balance.

7. I would be happy to make just quilt tops and never quilt them or bind them (if they were of any practical use in and of themselves), but I would really, REALLY dislike someone else turning my quilt top into a finished quilt. I'm not sure if this means I have control issues, or I just don't work well as part of a team, but I'm sure it says something about my personality (and it ain't good).

8. Generally speaking, I hate ironing (my ironing board cover says IRONING BORED all over it), yet I really enjoy making and ironing my own binding. Go figure.

9. Machine binding all the way! I love the look, the sturdiness, and the ease.

10. I've only finished three quilts, so I haven't had a chance to build up 10 quilty secrets, and I imagine the ones above may change over time anyway, but it has been fun to join in :)

linking up to: 
'10 Quilty Little Secrets' at 13 Spools