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Friday, 29 November 2013

Highs and Lows!

We've come to the end of the week again.
It's a very blustery day here, hence the slightly
blurry photo from my workroom window.

November will soon be a memory.
December is almost upon us and we will be able to 
open the first door of the Advent Calendar.
So exciting! I love Christmas.
My post today, mainly concerns, the highs and lows of
my first, Craft Stall experience.
To be honest, it was mainly lows, unfortunately.
With hindsight, I think my expectations were too high.
We are living life on the edge at the moment. I had pinned
all my hopes on earning some much needed cash
to help pay for Christmas.
At the end of the day, I only just covered my costs, with
a tiny, tiny profit, which was probably gobbled up,
by the cost of the petrol I used, getting there.
I had lots of questions ......
Were my 'goodies', just not good enough!

 [ Collaged Yorkshire Landscape ]       

 but that couldn't be right as I got lots
               of great feedback, from the other stall holders.     

 [Rag Rug Kit]

The truth was, we just didn't get the footfall.
It was a bit dispiriting. 
All that hard work for very little return.
On the plus side ......... 
I met lots of lovely people with the same interests as me
 and I did cover the cost of my pitch.
One lovely stall holder, who's things I lusted after,
took nothing at all. Poor girl!
Anyway, that's enough of that......
I'm putting that experience behind me and
getting straight 'back on the horse'.
I've booked another stall for 7th Dec,
at our local Christmas Fair.
It's cheaper, no petrol expenses and
I already have the stock!!
Must go now, need to get to the post.
 More Christmas Pudding Hats will be 
winging their way onwards.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

As I Was Walking

It seemed appropriate to name this post
'As I Was Walking', which also happens to be the
title of one of my textile pieces.

It's been a lovely week, here in North Yorkshire.
It's true it's rained but mostly, at night. 
I have been out and about taking photos of where
we live, decked out, in all it's Autumnal finery.

This is a view of the village, where we live.
You can see the church spire in the distance, among the trees.
I love hearing the clock in the distance, chiming the hour.

lots of 'hips and haws'.

All the photos where taken on my usual dog walking route,
through the fields surrounding our cottage.
The trees are amazing this year.
Almost unreal.

This is of necessity, a short post , as my friend, Sally, 
is still here and my first Craft Stall date, is almost upon me.
It's this Sunday, in fact.
Am I ready ?
I think so.....
Am I nervous ?
Definitely .....
Looking forward to the challenge though!
Here are the last few items, waiting to be packed.


Wish me luck !
Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, 15 November 2013

The Story of The Christmas Pudding Hat

We've arrived at the end of another week and I've,
'Reasons to be Cheerful, 1,2, 3'
(there's a song in there somewhere).
Reason 1: The boiler is fixed. We have heat !!
I am so thankful. Not a minute too soon, as if the forecast
is to be believed, next week we are in for an Arctic blast !
My partner gets the star prize.
He managed to fix it, after I downloaded a troubleshooting
guide for our boiler and sourced the part on the net.
What a team.
A happy dog, snoozing in the warmth, while I write this post.

Reason 2: My 'bestest' friend, Sally, is coming for a visit next week.
We've known each other since we were eighteen and that's
a very long time indeed.
She is travelling up from the deepest South. 
Not seen her since last November, when we went to 
The Knitting and Stitch Exhibition, in Harrogate. 
Sadly, funds won't allow a visit this year.
Instead, there will be lots of gossip and giggling in my,
now cosy, workroom, while we catch up on a years worth of news.
There'll be work and swapping of ideas going on as well. 
Bring it on !

Reason 3: Last but not least, my Christmas Pudding Hat, has arrived at
it's destination. Have heard that it's new owner is delighted.
Great news.

This is it's story.
Once upon a time.......
In a county, far, far away............
 I had an enquiry, via the 'Worldwide Web'.
A lovely lady from, Nottinghamshire, asked if I could knit her a hat.
Not just any hat! a Christmas Pudding Hat.
This meant adapting my pattern, as it was for a 'babe in arms'.
I love a challenge and agreed.
I immediately went to eBay to see if I could find the materials.
It was meant to be, as I found the chocolate and cream wool
in one pack..... done deal !
The pattern was for two needles but I didn't want a seam,
 so I decided to use, the Magic Loop. 

 This is just a fancy name for knitting on a circular needle.
Great for all tubular knitting i.e. sleeves,gloves, hats. No seam.
It's easier than you might think and it's well worth the effort, just
takes a bit of practise.
This is a great little tutorial, on You Tube, for those of you, who fancy
giving it a go. Just follow this link.Magic Loop
After finding out Esther's (who pointed out that her name is very like Ethel)
head measurements, I cast on, what I thought would be the right amount of stitches.
I must point out here, that I never knit a tension square.
I should, I hear you say but I don't.
I should have because after I'd knitted the brim, I realised that 
it was going to be too small. Nothing for it but to
start again..... That'll teach you !!
Began again with more stitches and we were off and running.

The next challenge was adding the cream topping and shaping.
Took a few goes to get that right. It was off the needles
more that it was on but eventually, it was done.

Prudence, Ethel's friend, tried it on, so that I could check 
the measurements.
Then on to the holly leaves and berries.

I crocheted these from my 'stash'.
 More confident about 
making these, as I had made them before.

Placed the leaves and attached them to the hat
and ..........

Here is Ethel, modelling it for me.
She loved it, 'cause it was so warm.
 I had a job getting her to take it off.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

'Lest We Forget'

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday
The Weather Man has forcast a beautiful day,
which will be great for all those who will be taking part in 
commemoration parades.

We will remember them.
The weather has definitely slipped into Autumn.
Most days, here in Yorkshire, have been much
colder, with frosty nights and dank and dreary days.
Although, there was a brief respite on Thursday.

View from my workroom
This week has been challenging in so many ways.
By far the worst, is that our boiler has broken, which means
 NO heating.
I don't do cold!!
 Ever since I was a child, being cold, reduces  me to tears.
This necessitated a text to our friendly plumber, only to find he was
in the Caribbean. Oh No.......
Thank goodness for the fire and warm clothing is all I can say.
I keep telling myself it's character building.
Anyway he's back and on the case.
So here's hoping it won't go on much longer.
The next challenge came via the Internet, which was to
make an adult size Christmas Pudding Hat.

Infant size
This deserves it's own post...... more next week.
I'm on with it, in fact it will be finished today.
On Wednesday, I went for my first day as a volunteer
at my local Charity Shop. Lots of challanges there.
There's much more too it than you might think but I loved 
every moment of it, especially being with people again.
On Thursday, I was asked by my lovely neighbour, Ann,
if I could make her a Poppy brooch.
Short notice but I thought that I could rise to the challange.
This was the result.

It was worth all the effort. She was delighted.
Before I go. Just time to show you the finished
bag that I blogged about last week.

Hope you like it .
Wonder what next week will bring!!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Vintage Sheet Addict: Yummy Yarn Giveaway!

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