Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Weekend crafty project . . .

Slowly getting back into some regular blogging at last . . . . and even more slowly back to 'tweedie' business!  Onwards and, em . . . . sideways??!* (better than backwards, eh? LOL)

Anyway, at the weekend I continued my little Scandinavian knitting project and yesterday I finished it off - I'm only showing a little peek as I'm thinking of hatching a plan - Muaahahahah!  Here's a little piece of it . . . .

I might make another one to hone my colour-stranding technique - there are longer floats with this kind of knitting so I've been scouring YouTube videos to get to grips with 'tying them in' on the reverse.  I 'developed' my own method from reading books but a You Tube video I found has made me want to try a different way.

I think I'm becoming a knitting/Fair Isle geek, hehe :) :) 

Eldest son installed a new operating system on my laptop at the weekend and I've no idea where all my photos are going/gone half of the time - if my posts seem a little disorientated, that's why!

Another book I got over the summer was this one . . . 

I've made a few 'tweedie' versions of sea creatures myself over the years (jelly fish, seahorses, fishies, etc) -  so I was magnetically drawn to this book - I'm dying to try some of these as a relaxing weekend project.  Crochet seaweed - don't you just love it!

I would hope to start making more 'tweedie' items for sale soon - for adding to Etsy and to re-open for taking orders on my own website.  I haven't gone completely 'knitty' on you - it's just a nice distracting hobby for the time being until I can get the sewing machine out again - I'm sure it will all come together in due course, bear with me :) :)

By the way, the Scandinavian knitting project may well end up in a Giveaway if I get my act together!  Watch this space :D

Alison x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Back to 'tweedie-land' . . . and a bit of knitting too :)

Well, hellllooooo :)  Still here - honest!!  I've been lurking in the shadows of blogland all summer long, hehe :)  We did manage a lovely city break during the hols - perhaps more on that later though!

Back to the business in hand - one of the girls at work was looking for a sleeve for her lovely new mobile phone so I felt it was time to come out of tweedie-hibernation and do the decent thing.  I used  some of my nice new Kaffe Fasset fabric to line it and my current fave tweed - it's a very lovely pink/purple plaid - most delicious!

In the background is my new knitting book (acquired on my recent birthday).  It's called 150 Scandinavian Knitting Designs by Mary Jane Mucklestone.  I think it will be a life-long favourite - a whole heap of lovely Scandinavian  knitting block patterns to use - fantastic stuff!

I've started a little experimental piece just to practice with . . . 

Might just make a little purse or something . . . who knows :)  Aren't the wee figures cute though!  There are lots of great blocks to choose from - I'm really interested in trying out the figurative designs - owls, deer, birds - so many to choose from.  Really inspiring selection - I can't recommend this book enough!

I have been a little (understatement!) absent from my blog this summer hols - with teenage son heading off to Uni and 'Little S' starting secondary school within weeks of each other, I've been finding it a little difficult to settle down to any crafting, 'tweedie' or otherwise.   Hope I will be back  in the loop though, now that things are beginning to settle . . . . just a  little.

Hope you have had (or are having) good summer hols - it's all back to homework and school uniforms here!

Alison xx