Archive | September 2015

Happy Anniversary Fenton Knitting Group

It’s now a whole year since we first got together around the big table in The Barn to share our love of crafts.  That’s got to be worth celebrating!  So tomorrow evening we will be setting off for a celebration dinner.  But before we go, ladies, let’s all meet up at The Barn at 7pm for a glass of something fizzy and refreshing!  Don’t be late!


Wot? No knitting?!

Just a reminder that the Fenton Knitting Group will not be meeting this evening, as previously notified to members, as Soo has to attend a tutor training session elsewhere.

So, sorry, ladies no cake and no gossip this evening, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get on with your crafting!  Meanwhile, Ailbe will be enjoying a little snooze!

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And don’t forget, ladies, it’s our one year anniversary dinner next week!

Sew me a skirt

I bought this remnant of printed cotton fabric years ago in a charity shop (Cats Protection League in Maidstone, since you ask!).  It’s been languishing in my stash ever since.  At the beginning of the summer I decided I would finally make myself a new summery skirt.  But then other things, like starting a new job (!) got in the way.  But now I’ve finally finished my skirt and, although it’s not quite summer any more, I wore it for the first time yesterday.  Luckily the rain stayed away and it was quite sunny.  I also got lots of very kind compliments!  The pattern?  Well, I borrowed a waistband from a vintage Simplicity pattern, also in my stash and the rest I’m afraid I just made up as I went along!

Full cotton skirt, gathered at the waist.  Side pockets.  Concealed opening at one pocket.  Button closing waistband.IMGP8633

A very special pomegranate

My sister currently lives in Baku, Azerbaijan, but she pops in to handmadebysoo towers quite often, considering the distance involved.  You might almost say it’s her second home in the UK.  On her last visit she brought a very special gift, a china pomegranate, symbol of Baku.  This now has pride of place in my kitchen.


The other thing she revealed is that she has finally (re)discovered her creative side by joining the Baku ladies’ craft group, which is the cause of much rejoicing here!  The Baku ladies work all year creating wonderful crafty things to sell at their Christmas bazaar to raise funds for underprivileged children in Azerbaijan, like these gorgeous felt gingerbread houses.


handmadebysoo visits The Wool Loft

I can’t believe I left it so long before I visited The Wool Loft in Gainsborough.  But I’m so glad I’ve finally been.  The shop is an Aladdin’s cave of wool.  I went along with a specific project in mind ( a cardigan in a neutral colour) and, with lots of help from Liz, found the perfect yarn and pattern.  I couldn’t resist getting started straight away.  It’s so rare I buy myself new wool as I’m always trying to think up new projects to work through my stash of yarns.  How’s the project going?  It’s knitting up a treat.   I started it a couple of weeks ago now.  Then I did a little bit more on the train down to London yesterday.  The back is complete and I’ve started knitting the two fronts together – it saves thinking about all the shaping twice, plus you have the impression that your project is nearing completion that much quicker.  I also knit both sleeves at the same time.


So, thank you, Liz and your lovely shop!