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Buttons!!

At the weekend I went to a button embroidery class at Loop run by Cecile: http://www.facilececile.com/ I hadn’t seen her work before but when I saw the picture Loop posted on Facebook of the buttons (the ones in the header in her website).  I really wanted to give it ago! (Aren’t they cute & amazing?!) And so even though it was a gloriously sunny day, I spent the majority of it inside, but I had a great time.

These are the two that I made:

It was very therapeutic doing all the stitches even if by the end of the day my back was killing me and my fingers hurt. (Its quite hard to sew properly when your fingers are sweating from the heat.)  I also met some other very lovely ladies and had a great time.

I also know I had more that I wanted to say on Saturday after the class, when I utterly exhausted and just collapsed watching Eurovision and didn’t write a blog post. (Why yes I do watch Eurovision, its cheesy fun.)

I do however now have a few ideas of how to ‘geek’ up such techniques,  just have to figure out quite what I’d do and what I’d use the things for. I mean further buttons? Christmas decorations? Embellishments on a wallet? (Although that would involve me sewing the thing first…) Its not like I don’t have enough things to do as is. Still we shall see. Perhaps I should finish some warhammer models first…

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Whats that? Knitting?

Oh would you look at that I’ve finally a) finished some knitting and b) taken photos of things I have knitted

First up:

que sera1

Project: Que Sera

Needles: 5mm

YarnRowan Milk Cotton DK

I’ve had most of this knitted for ages, I did have to re-do the sleeves twice as the first time I made them they weren’t wide enough. The reason it’s sat around for so long is that I had to sew the sleeves together and attach to the body. I did one and then for some reason put it aside and then forgot all about it. Until I finally went and got some buttons and finished the sewing. Think it came out quite well, I’m looking forward to being able to wear it once the weather again gets a bit warmer. 🙂
Veyla

Project: Veyla

Needles: 3.5mm

Yarn: JC Rennie

Not the best of pictures because you can’t see the buttons, but it’ll do. I haven’t actually blocked these (naughty) but I love them, I feel quite elegant in them.
Ishbel1

Project: Ishbel

Needles: 4mm

Yarn: Ripples Crafts BFL 4ply

Er I won’t lie I totally finished this LAST JANUARY. I just haven’t taken a photo of it until now. >_<

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A thoughtful Xmas gift

So I got quite a nice haul for Christmas, some DVD’s; the complete series of The Mysterious Cities of Gold ( I wonder how this bears up with what I remember from childhood, which to be honest isn’t very much), Season 5 of Doctor Who (still missing season 4 though, not quite sure how that happened). Nigel Slater Kitchen Diary’s, which on the one hand the layout seems somewhat awkward, but it should prove an interesting read, I do like his fairly straight forward recipes. Plus a few other bits and pieces, no knitting stuff but I did finally get a rotary cutter and cutting mat. So no excuses for me to not make that quilt set I got last year!!

Hubby, being the clever man that he is, also bought me the following book.

I must say I was a little dubious when I opened it and saw the cover. We’re both quite practice people we don’t believe in any of this stuff.  But when I had a flick through I realised what it was, a reference guide to what things mean, be they symbol, plant, animal etc.

As someone who tends to write fantasy based stories this is incredibly useful, especially if I want to have a play about with particular tropes!  So it should help me with my stories.

Hubby is clearly hoping that I will now no longer pester him with question like. ‘What plans represent protection?’ or ‘what does x creature represent?’ I can now simply pick up the book and have a look through it. (Which er may take a while there’s over 500 pages).  (I’ll probably still ask though 😉 )

I’m looking forward to finding the time to have a flick through it! Now I simply need to find shelf space for it.

 

 

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Knitting: Trousseau

Shawl - Trousseau

Pattern Trousseau 

Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk

I can finally blog about this seeing as the person I made it for has been given it. 🙂 This was a really fun knit, I was a little nervous about it when I started because the pattern was so simple (its a very simple repeat) I was sure I would end up missing yarn overs or something, and I did initially at the start, though I managed to find out where I’d missed them. Once I got going though it was much easier. Very fun to knit. 🙂
Blocking was a bit of an issue – there wasn’t the floor space to spread it out properly so I had to fold it in half, this also made it easier to make sure I’d matched the edges together on both sides, so that its somewhat symmetrical. Its funny this makes it look even smaller than it actually is.

Shawl - Trousseau Blocking

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5k and knitting class

So last weekend I ran my first ever 5k (adidas 5k), I was a little nervous about running it because I didn’t think I’d really done enough training.  I do a lap around my local park which I think may be just over 3k and I can’t actually jog all the way around, I have to pause and walk for short stints, I blame the hills, so I hadn’t even done a 5k in training. Although when I looked at the information I’d been sent, that suggested that in the last week before the run you should run non-stop for just 15 minutes, and my lap around the park took longer.  So I was unsure how it would go.

Because there were so many people running, they had a staggered start, with those who were going to run the slowest started at the back. I placed myself in the 30-35 section, as I figured I wasn’t going to go faster than 30, but I didn’t really want to start any further back, even if I thought it might take me longer. The race was due to start at 11am, but I didn’t actually start till 11.15am, and then, the first 2k in particular it was a matter of trying to navigate my way through people, lots of people, and even though anyone walking was supposed to be on the right, to allow runners to pass on the left, it didn’t really work that way.

Still I managed to jog the first 2k fine, and then 3k (it was about 21mins by this point) then I reached 4k and I still felt pretty ok, and then the finish! I didn’t quite manage a sprint finish, but I did pick up pace. 😀

34 minutes and 20 seconds. ^_^ jogging all the way around

I am pretty damn happy with that, I’d hoped I could do it in that sort of time, but I’d thought it would perhaps take me more than 40 mins! I actually enjoyed it somewhat, I just hated training for it. But I think the reason I made it all the way around? Hills. Hyde park is pretty flat and as I said my local park has hills.

Still next time I’ll have to train harder and try and beat my time!

 

This weekend I also had a knitting class at Loop, given by the very lovely Ysolda Teague, who is one of my fave knitting designers. She has recently had a book published called Little Red in the City, which not only has some very lovely knitting patters, but has quite a lot of information about how to make sure that the jumpers and cardigans that you knit actually FIT. So her class was basically covering a lot of this.

There was one amusing point where, while we (there were 8 of us in the class) were trying the tops from the book on to see what suited and what we need to do to get them fit, where she asked me where I was from. Now I’ve become accustomed recently to people asking this because they can’t place my accent and seem to assume I’m Australian*. So I’ve started to tell people to guess when they ask where I’m from, because I find it amusing to see what they’ll say. But she, to my surprise asked me if I had family from the North of England, and that she didn’t ask due to my accent, but because she’d found, while doing talks/classes up there that woman in those parts tended to have smaller shoulders, and did I find that straps for things fall of my shoulders a lot. To which I replied yes my dad was from Sheffield, and that yes straps are always falling off my shoulders. And actually there’s a few things I’ve knitted where I’ve had to crochet around the edges to reinforce them so that they don’t constantly fall of my shoulders.  My lyttelton is a prime example of this.

This may well be due to me having to knit larger sizes for my bust, but hopefully I can knit a smaller size and then put in darts to make it fit. I shall see how it goes. But at least I have a slightly better idea of the alterations I will need to make for my garments now.. perhaps I can have a few more tops that will fit.

It was a very enjoyable class, which included tea, cake and biscuits. 🙂  I also bought some very nice yarn in order to make one of the cardigans from the book, but I completely forgot to take a photo, it was a nice day too! Maybe next time. It’s a very lovely purpleish colour, I was originally intending to get a more grey/brown colour but there a) weren’t enough skeins and b) I think this may be a much nicer colour anyway. I haven’t even wound a skein yet though, got one cardigan I must finish (annoyingly have to re-knit one of the arms because it is too long and too tight) and a jumper that I’ve been meaning to start for ages.

*I’m not Australian, I’ve lived my entire life in London, but having lived with a Kiwi for 3 years I think something has rubbed off, giving my accent a bit of a lilt at times. But it has been hysterical telling people I’m English and having them go ‘no, no you can’t be, you sound Australian, its simply not possible for you to be English.’

Side note: I’ve yet to have anyone say I sound Kiwi.. I don’t know if that’s because Australia is simply the first place they think of (probably) or if mixing a London accent with Kiwi makes something more Oz sounding?!? Who knows!

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Knitting!!!!!

Wow it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually done a knitting update! In fact I’ve just been doing a mass update on Ravelry, because I haven’t really been paying attention to it for.. a year now? Quite a few projects that I had listed as in progress are actually finished. (In fact I had updated some as 100% but not as finished yet, because I hadn’t gotten around to taking photo’s, I have FINALLY done that!)

Now let me just say ahead that I’m not happy with some of these photos. 1) I need to find a new pose when doing tops. maybe just have my arms straight, I don’t think hands on hips work. and 2) need to get hubby to not have the camera so zoomed in, I mean its not awful just means I don’t have much to work with when I’m editing the picture….

So here goes:

Vivian3 Vivian1

Pattern: Vivian by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Louet Riverstone Chunky

Took me a long time to sew the zip on once I’d actually finished knitting it, I finally did that back in December, only now taking photos! For the most part I really love how this came out. I just wish I’d read someones note about how they added more stitches to the arms to make them a bit wider, as their actually quite tight. So can’t easily wear this over other clothes.

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Pattern: Backward Cable Pullover by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Rowan RYC Silk Wool DK

I don’t like how this came out, ok so the back looks great, but the front? I don’t think the cabling at the front works, I wonder if I put a belt with it that might make it look a little better?   Not quite sure about the neckline either…

LIlly2 LIlly1

Pattern: Lilly by Marnie MacLean
Yarn: Colourmart 100% Extra Fine Merino

  I’m pretty sure I did post that I’d finished this, I just never got around to taking photo’s of this with me wearing it. I actually really like this top, and it’s light weight.  I’m quite a fan of this yarn!

Rick1

Pattern: Rick by Cookie A
Yarn: Fire Lizard Studios Sock Yarn

Quite fun to knit! Not sure the pattern quite goes with the yarn, but I still like them. 🙂 The colour is fab. My only issue is that on one of them I didn’t caste on loose enough so it’s actually tight around the leg and I can’t quite pull it up properly.

laminaria6 laminaria5 laminaria4

Pattern: Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Yarn: Don’t remember what I used!

I think this came out much better than the one I made for myself (this one is for my mum) the yarn is no where near as busy so you can actually see the stitch pattern.

And now I think I’m going to go and do some more knitting!

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Knitted Video

Saw this on someone else’s blog and I had to share, is it not awesome and very cute? It’s all knitted and its won an award. Enjoy.

 

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Christmas Decorations Done!!

Yes I know it’s Feb… but I’ve finally finished those Xmas decorations I was working on! I actually finished them last week but I completely forgot to take a picture and blog about it.

So here is Mr Polar Bear who I’ve blogged about before:
Finished Polar Bear

Glove Front

Glove

Glove Back

Glove2

Coat

Coat

So if you look carefully the sewing isn’t perfect, but this was my first real sewing project so I don’t think it’s that bad. 🙂  Least now I have the start of my own Xmas decoration box.

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Mysterious Present & Warhammer 40K

So I got my Mysterious Extra Christmas Present today. I’m quite excited:

Luckily it’s just for wall decoration so it’s not HUGE, but this will potentially (when I get around to it) be my first ever quilt. 🙂 Although I might need to get some more sewing stuff like an embroidery hoop, and some quilters thread.. (I have no idea what that means, hows is that different to normal thread) and a quilting needle (again… how is this different to a normal needle?). Of course before I need those things I need to cut out and put everything together, which means I need rotary cutter.

Also in other Warhammer 40k related news, our local GW is doing their own take of a tale of 4 gamers. If no one has ever read a Games Workshop magazine, this is where 4 people choose an army and paint it all up in a specific time frame. Our local shop is doing this to try and motivate people into getting their army’s painted. Which is what I sorely need as I have pretty much a usable Blood Angles army (almost just need to finish building 1 or two honour guard) that are not painted. (I also have some Warhammer Chaos that need to be finished too, but the challenge is for 40k armies.) So the challenge for this first month is to paint a HQ and 2 troop choices in at least 3 different colours, handily for Space Marines troops come with a min of 5 models. Now while I do actually almost have 10 troop models painted from two different squads (thus mostly filling what I need to do.). Hopefully I will be able to paint a few more than that which would be good. (Also not like normal space marines aren’t hard to paint!)  Although what is making me nervous is painting the shading on the camo I’ve got on my scouts. Thats going to be fiddly! Anyway once I’ve got some more painted there shall be pictures. 🙂

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Polar Bear!

So… ages ago I believe I posted that I’d bought and received an Xmas decoration kit, I finally got around to getting at least one of the 3 decorations done last weekend. (I made a start on the 2nd.. but it’s taking much longer than I anticipated so I guess I’ll have all 3 by next year.)

I decided to go for Mr Polar Bear first as he seemed the simplest.

Polar Bear

Polar Bear 1

Polar Bear 2

I think he’s looking a bit confused here!

Polar Bear 3

Almost done!

Polar Bear 4

The finished bear!

Finished Polar Bear

This took me a quite a few hours, and I will confess that there was a point where I thought I’d finished, I popped him on the tree and then the next day I was like ‘hang on where is his scarf! he will get cold without it! oh noes!’ and thus down he had to come till I’d done his scarf.

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