Archive for December, 2007

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YAY!

December 10, 2007

My sister just popped over on Saturday with her kids and husband. It was lovely, Ewan and Bethan played on the wii and Louise tried the socks on. I made her shut her eyes because hopefully they will be her Christmas socks. There is just the ribbing to complete so there will be no further update on the socks until Christmas because they are now designated as a present and therefore will not be seen before giving.

Also made some more felt on Saturday, still trying to get it right and getting annoyed with the fibers limitations. I need some other fibers and some strengthening ideas. Its all a matter of time, energy and parts. I’ve got none of those right now.

Sunday was Mum and Dad’s wedding anniversary party. They have had a lot done to their new house and it looks great. It was lovely to see everyone and it will be even better over there when we can all go and sit in their new conservatory. Its there now but with no heating or flooring. The twins were there but poor little Tommy was a brave soldier but mighty ill. He had chicken pox and the slightest thing said to him meant he broke down completely. A sad sight for such a happy little chap. He pulled it together most of the time. Izzy was wonderful around him and understanding at his illness.

I started knitting a new lacy scarf. I’m not quite sure who it is for. It all depends closer to the finish time. The pattern is from VLT (Victorian lace today), the yarn is posh yarn. Eva 4ply. I only have one skein so its only one bramble leaf lace repeat with a small border. the width is around 20cm and I’ll knit until I run out. I must admit the yarn is so super soft and squishy and beautiful to work with. Half cashmere, half silk, it is to DIE for. Please get yourself over to posh yarn and go and buy some NOW. Its an order, mainly so I don’t have to buy any more, I want more, believe me. I just cant afford it.

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well that was exciting.

December 7, 2007

Wednesday afternoon at short notice the tax department invited me to their Christmas dinner because someone was ill and pulled out. Well I’m not one to turn down a free dinner with booze and entertainment.

I left scotty at home and went out to the football ground for a 3 course meal and a comedy club night. It was fantastic fun and I had my fair share of red wine but I’m sure it was not too much. Our tables were right in front of the comedy which meant we were easily picked on but one of the tax team is a star. They picked on Johan and he’s a great sport. They asked what he did for a job, and the entire two work tables hushed, all with a startled look on their faces. I could see what was going through their minds. PLEASE for GODS sake do not say you’re a tax accountant, its easy fodder. Amazingly Johan made the evening with his wit and repartee and over shadowed the comedian himself by saying he was a dolphin trainer. Mass hilarity ensued and the comedian even confirmed that it was the funniest part of the evening, using the employment to make dolphin noises and improve the joke.

Over all a great time was had by all and I’d do it again. They are a great bunch to work with. Now the bad news is that I suffered greatly after the event. I swear I did not drink that much but after getting in at 12.30 and waking up at 3am I was mighty sick. Then when Scotty’s alarm went off at 6am I was sick again, and again at 8am. Now that to me says its not just the booze. Or it could have been an off bottle of wine I was supping from. Well not directly from the bottle, I’m not that uncouth.

Anyway, I made it to work and did what I had to. then as soon as I got home, had a nap and some food. Last night I slept very well and I’m just about fixed again. no knitting done, no christmas shopping done yet, which is starting to worry me a little. No felting done and this weekend is my parents wedding aniversary. I must get them something…

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felt the learning…

December 3, 2007

I’m a create and learn type. I just keep trying things until I get the results I want.

To that end I have been making felt and trying to construct flowers I’ve not seen done before. I know it must be possible its just how.

On this first piece I have needle felted on to home made felt. Its shabby and terrible colours but it was learning how things layer up and how to apply felt to felt. It works well and now from this I can see how to create layers to build up shapes and styles.

I’ve made lots of different sheets of felt. The green was meant to integrate both colours a bit more but it failed. I had trouble with the fulling process but after using my bamboo rolling mat for sushi, it fixes that problem. The best two sheets here are the off white and the dark blue. The blue and white looks terrible on the blue side. Its not worked at all. This blue and the peach/white sheet both contain silk hankies which are small fine layers of silk placed in during the felting process.

I tried a flower by gathering one small length of fabric. The flower here is made up of two sheets of silk with some light blue merino sandwiched in between. Its cute but not all that.

The biggest flower I made. I love this one although when I put it together the outer layer is on the wrong way round. The purple layer also has a silk layer inside between dark and light purple merino.

Finally I relented and used some of the shop bought white felt to create this flower. By far this is the most successful and I think it may be the way forward. I would need to cut the correct shapes, needle felt the correct colour shadings on the petals and then form. Also it needs tying together, it wont hold on its own like hand made felt. I’m thinking I’m going to need some glue and also some florist wire to be able to stand these on their own stems. The green is home made and hand felted to the petals to hide any ties.

All in all, lots learned and I’m loving the process. Any suggestions on this would be gratefully accepted. I’m all up for a team effort on these.