Thursday, 29 November 2012

Monday, 26 November 2012

Have you Forgotten?

I have moved, so if you want to see what I've finished this weekend, come on over to
Loopy's Place and have a look.  Kettle is on.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Preparations

Preparations for what you may ask.  To see the answer and what's on my table go over to here-
 
Regular readers, please change the links in your blog roll and readers, I'd be really happy for you to follow me in my new home.


Friday, 23 November 2012

I'm Moving

I'm a person that enjoys moving, and coming up to five years in this house, it's time to move.  Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to move to a new bricks and mortar house, so I'll have to do it another way.
 
I'm not moving house this time, but I'm moving in cyber space.
 
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been building my own website, Loopy's Place.  Over in my new home, I have a new blog, a place to de-stash, and my own shop.
 
As you know, moving takes time, so over the next couple of weeks things will be added to the new website almost every day.
 
The first blog post is already there, so please come and visit.  I'm hoping that all my friends will come and still visit, it's not that far away.
 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Safe Places

I had great plans for sewing garments this week, all the pieces of the jigsaw were dropping into place.
 
You will all remember me buying the patterns, then lovely Evie sent me some fabric.  Yesterday the sewing machines were serviced and repaired, I was all set to go.
 
Trouble is, the patterns were put in a safe place.  However, that safe place is nowhere to be found and I'm blaming Sue.  I think my safe place has gone to hide with her safe place, it's just taking a long time to come out of hiding.
 
In the meantime, I went to a quilting shop, and have bought what I need to finish two more projects.  Maybe I'll come across the patterns while I'm doing that instead.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Keeping the needles busy

This is the first pair of adult slipper/boots off the needle, just waiting for some buttons.

These turned out a lot larger than they were looking during the knitting process.  With the wide legs, these will be perfect for winter nights, fitting over jeans and trousers.
 
Now I've done these, I think I prefer the rib versions.  I'll try a pair in the adult size to compare.  At the moment, I'm back to doing small ones.  I'm going to a craft fair on Sunday, wonder how many pairs I can get done before I go.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Last One

My fingers are happy to be getting a break from attaching purses to frames.
This is the last of the frames I bought, so now it's time to move on to new projects, or in some cases, to finish old ones.

Not sure yet what will be next in the sewing corner, but the knitted slippers are still in progress.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Another Crumb Purse

Another purse today, using up more crumb blocks and charm squares cut from leftovers.
This time, the main colour is purple.

I have one more frame to use, and that will be the end of purses for a little while.  I haven't chosen the fabrics yet, so it's  going to be a surprise.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Crumb Block Purse

I'm slowly getting to the end of the purses.  This time, the purse is truly made of scraps and leftovers.
The front and back are from crumb some 41/2" crumb blocks I had, 

the sides, and the lining are from  leftover fabric cut into charm squares.
 
The crumb blocks presented a new challenge to sewing these purse up.  As there are no straight lines to focus the eye, it made it difficult to see if they body was lined up straight with the frame.  It was worth persevering though, I like having a unique back and front.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Young Talent

One of the things I enjoy, and would like to do more, is to help younger ones develop their talents.  It was with great pleasure that I spent an afternoon with 14 year old Minnie earlier this week.
 
I first met Minnie five years ago when we moved up here to Sheffield.  She is the same age as my youngest son, and part of the home education group here.  She would attend most of the art sessions I organised over the years, and is now at college studying art.  Throughout this time, one of her passions was origami.
Minnie is now making earrings with origami pendants.

The papers she uses are so pretty, with delicate colouring and patterns.

She makes all sorts of shapes and sometime combines beads too.

These are only a couple of the ones she's made, I forgot to take photos of all the ones she bought with her.  I was amazed at the patience she must have, the folds are tiny.
 
Minnie is doing her first craft fair next week, and I shall be going with her, but she has one pair for sale here - http://en.dawanda.com/product/37817041-Modular-Origami-Earrings
 
I am looking forward to seeing what else Minnie makes in the future, you  may even see her visiting here again sometime in the near future.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Button Variety

I'm back to knitting the slipper socks.
This time, they have longer legs and buttons,

only, I need to go and buy some.
 
I've got some more wool so I can knit a variety of sizes and styles.  The adult ones take a lot longer to knit than the baby ones.  Hopefully, the first adult pair will be off the needles this week.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

UR Priceless Giveaway Winner

I must say a big thank you to all who visited during the blog hop, there were over one hundred visitors.  Unfortunately, there can only be one winner.  If it wasn't you, you can blame Jonathan, he picked out the winner!
 
Congratulations goes to  Thearica who left the following comment
 


 LOVE the orange coin purse!! and the 2nd one matches my purse! I need that one. lol
 
 
Thanks again to all those that took part




Tuesday, 13 November 2012

All bar the button

Plain knitting and large needles, really made the rest of this cardigan quick to knit.
In a very short time, another sleeve was done,

and then the border.  The border only went down the fronts and across the back, so they were quick to do.
 
By the time the borders were complete, the only sewing up was the sleeve seams.  All in all, despite the glitch at the beginning, these was a quick and enjoyable project. It needs one button, but that might be a while in coming.  I need some buttons for other projects, so I might save them up and get them all at the same time.
 
This cardigan was knit using Sirdar Babouska, a brushed chunky. 52% wool, 39% acrylic, 9% nylon

Monday, 12 November 2012

Blue is the colour

Blue is definitely easier to work with than black!
This one has been made from the leftover fabrics used for a small quilt.

The lining was from when the quilt was trimmed.  The batting for all these purses have come from quilt trimmings.  These are so economical to make.
 
The next two are going to be slightly different.  Fabric picking has been done.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

They Keep Coming

I had intended to do one purse a day, until I'd used up my frames.  However, life had other ideas.  There seemed to be a lot of running around going on this week, but the next one is now done.
It's another one to fit in with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for this month, but I liked this fabric and thought it would be perfect for a purse.

Again, the interior is black.  That makes four purses so far, and the fabric has been chosen and is on the table for the next one.  The next one isn't black!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

One By One

The cardigan is growing quickly now.
One sleeve done, one more to go.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Sleeveless

The cardigan is now behaving itself, it's growing quickly and there are no more glitches.
It seems a lot quicker to knit as the bottom is all one piece.  Now, time for two sleeves.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

This month, the colour chosen for the rainbow scrap challenge was grey to black.
I didn't have many scraps, but I did get one block made.  There isn't a colour for next month, so I've managed to get at least one block of every colour throughout the year.  Now I have to decide what to do with them.

I've also got another crumb block to add to my collection.  Once I've got some other quilts finished, I shall have to think about settings to use these up.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

For Dog Lovers

After the first two purses, I thought it would be a good idea to make some more.  I ordered six more frames. I shall enjoy picking out fabrics for each one.
The fabric for this one was chosen in line with this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  The colour is grey to black.  In amongst the scraps was a small piece of the Cute Dog fabric.

I just love the shape of these purses on the bottom.

The inside is fabric is black to co ordinate all the fabrics used.  This would make a lovely present for someone who loves dogs, definitely not one for me!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Confetti of Hardanger-Part 7

This was a stress free installment.
I've done woven bars before, so this was an enjoyable interlude on a busy day.  Next part is out on Saturday

Monday, 5 November 2012

U R Priceless Blog Hop Starts Today

A big thank you to Madame Samm for such a lovely pattern and clear instructions, and to Katherine for all her time to get us all organised.
 
When I've made purses before, I used the frames for gluing, so I was a bit nervous about the stitched in method.  I needn't have worried, it was all plain sailing.
I made the orange version first, then was straight on the lookout for the next one. 

I used the fabric leftover from the Lynette Anderson quilt. 
This pattern is perfect for using up small pieces of fabric and batting, and you end up with something perfect for gifts.  I have bought some more frames, and have the fabric chosen for two more purses.  I have two more to choose fabric for.

 
If you would like to make some yourself, Madame Samm is very kindly offering the pattern for sale, just contact her at madamesamm@me.com, with coin purse as the subject.
 
To see what the others have been doing, here is today's list of participants
 
Katherine has the full schedule on the side bar of her blog - http://www.sewmesomethinggood.blogspot.ca/
 
 
I will be having a giveaway, you can choose from one of my completed purses.  I will pick a winner on Tuesday 13th, November.  If  you would like to take part, please let me know in your comments.
 
 
 


Sunday, 4 November 2012

I can do it

After the false starts, I am pleased to say the rest was plain sailing.
This is the pattern section for the back and fronts all done, the rest is stocking stitch, so no more problems are anticipated.
 
It has grown since this photo was taken.  The fronts and backs have now been divided, and I'm about to work on the first front.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

November Stars

The first week of November hasn't passed, and I have my star blocks done.
If  you nip over to Terry's, you can see all the participants in this QAL, and see what they've been making.  We might all be following the same pattern, but everyone's blocks are so unique.  There will be some lovely quilts at the end of this.
 

Friday, 2 November 2012

Better Late Than Never

If I don't do anything else, I do like to get at least one block done in the colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  October seemed to be taken up with illness, and it's taken a while to get back into a routine.
 
I know October is over, but I've done my brown blocks.
I just made enough blocks to use up some of the 21/2" squares I have in my scrap bag.  Now  I can eagerly await the new colour for November.