Friday, February 27, 2009

A busy weekend

Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to get much sorting out done this weekend.

Tonight I will be moving on to phase 2 of engagement cake baking - baking 2 more cakes and icing layer one. Then heading out to watch Wales V France.

Tomorrow I'll be finishing off the cake and going to an engagement party. (With cake!)

Sunday is St David's Day, which will probably become all day in the pub and a quiz. I do have Monday morning off though, so hopefully will get some done then.

I am considering moving my studio up to the attic though, so my mess is always likely to be out of sight. Also means I can set up a decent workbench and not have to worry about putting everything away mid-project. This does mean that the sorting out will be much more involved and will take longer, but should be great in the end.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Crafty Afternoon

I have 6 hours this afternoon to make a bit of headway in my studio, hand-felt a very small flower I knit yesterday (as I haven't tried hand felting before) and get ready for a charity dinner.

Plus do a bit more blogging (this post is just to get me in the right mind set!) as I swatched a piece yesterday that is made up of a binary representation of 'rhi' based on an idea found here:

Photos later.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Studio-to-be

I have taken the first step and started tidying my studio aka The Little Room. :)

I wish I had taken a before photo just so you could see how much I have done. Anyway, this is my progress so far...

This is my favourite storage at the moment, and I have another 2 to put up. a great way to keep your stash on show, safe and away from the cats!

Leafcutter Designs

I spend most of my days sitting behind a desk working on a computer, thinking about doing something a little bit more crafty. Making something tangible rather than websites or reports or marketing leaflets.

I came across Leafcutter Designs and love the random little items that have been made like these recipe dice.

A new years resolution was to dedicate some time to being crafty and setting up my studio, we're two months in and I have done, tell a lie...I have made a bag. :( More effort required!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Needle Felting

Having just seen this post on I really fancy trying Needle Felting.

So I have found this video on YourTube, which makes it look pretty easy, and this web page that helped to explain it a bit more.

Just need to get some needles....

EDIT: Just found this shop, that looks great and seems to have everything I'll need to get started,

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Knitting Patterns - Just do it!

This is just a little word of advice really. I am really crap at deciding what I want to knit. I even have a degree in graphic design and do web design for a living, and still I can't sit down and design something I want to knit. I think the big difference is not having a brief. Not having a specific problem to solve, so at the moment I am spending my time knitting patterns from books and magazines to improve my techniques, see how things are made, trying stitch patterns and different yarns for texture and finish.

I guess what I want to say is that knitting is only ever made up of two stitches really. Sometimes there's a little bit more to it, but generally if you've mastered the knit and purl you can follow any pattern. I know this won't work for many people, and I have to say I don't consider myself an advanced knitter, but I am pretty determined.

I don't read through a pattern before I start. I look at the end product and if I like it, I'll find the yarn and needles and cast on. Then knit row 1 (which is more often than not either a knit row, purl row or maybe k a few-p a few rib), then row 2 and so one. If I come across an abbreviation i don't understand I look it up. if I come across a techique I haven't done before I look through my books, or (my new favourite way) look for a video online. There are so many wonderful, kind people who have taken the time out to video themselves doing a aprticular technique and putting it online. If it looks really tough I'll find some scrap yarn and do a little practice. But by the time you have finished the knitting you have learnt something new.

I have quite often been put off knitting something because the pattern looks complicated or fiddly, and that quite often meant I wouldn't knit anything from one month to the next. With my new....knitting philosophy I now tend to start a new project as I am coming to the end of one just so there's no gap. I enjoy it and it definitely works for me. I'm hear to say (if Nike don't mind me borrowing their strap line for a minute) JUST DO IT!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Cassette TapeToy

My retro 80's Cassette Dude admiring himself in his slightly updated counter part. If only he knew what the shiny disc was really for....

Monday, February 02, 2009

Felting Swatches

Meet the new additions to my stash. I thought I had plans for them all when I bought them, though now I have them home i can't seem to remember... :) I do have the light brown DK yarn in the first photo on the go, making a bag if I can just work out the pattern, and I have swatched both the brown/green in the second photo and the pink/purple in the third photo. I'm sure I'll find a use for them!
p.s. here's a post about the swatch i was talking about in my last post (if that makes sense!)