Tag Archive | Crafts

A Playstation for …

So instead of getting on with all the projects I currently have on the go at the moment, yesterday I disappeared into the garage in search of chip board, wood, old carpet and string.  I had an idea that I could make a Playstation.  At lunch time I finally emerged, triumphant, with a Playstation fit for … a kitten!

The kitten hasn’t arrived yet, but she has been reserved and will be coming home soon.

Meanwhile her Playstation has pride of place, awaiting her arrival. But somebody’s nose is slightly out of joint!

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Kettlethorpe Village Hall Craft Stalls

handmadebysoo will be joining local crafters tomorrow (Saturday) for the Kettlethorpe Craft Fair and Tea Party at the village hall from 1pm to 5pm.  On the handmadebysoo stall you will find lots of vintage haberdashery goodies, crafting books, knitting needles, DPNs, buttons and bits and bobs as well as homewares hand made from vintage fabrics and knitted novelties.  There will also be an opportunity to find out all about the Fenton Knitting Group.  So please join us for a slice of cake and a cuppa and lots of fabulous crafty browsing.

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Are you joining Kirstie and me at the Handmade Fair?

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As a lifelong crafter and huge fan of La Allsopp, handmadebysoo has been given an exclusive preview of the Handmade Fair 2015.  Here are the details:

The Handmade Fair is back! Following on from an incredible first show at Hampton Court Palace in 2014, Kirstie Allsopp will be returning this September once again to run the country’s most exciting craft event.

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This isn’t your average craft market – it’s a long weekend of hands-on workshops, entertaining interviews, ‘make and takes’, and all the shopping and fabulous food you can manage! Plus Kirstie will be there every day to host some of the sessions and, of course, craft!

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Take a look at the full line up over at www.thehandmadefair.com

PS. Did you know they’re also running a Christmas Fair this year?

handmadebysoo will be there!  Join me!  I have a free ticket going spare!

Taking place at Manchester Central from 20-22 November, The Handmade Christmas Fair will include all things crafty as well as all things Christmassy! Find out more at www.thehandmadechristmasfair.com

Farewell, January

January

Being a summer type of person, I have never really liked January.  All those cold dark nights and the flat feeling that Christmas is over for another year, with spring still a long way off.  It’s even worse that in January  I get to be another year older, although inside my head I am still 27!

So this year I stitched this little celebration to mark the passing of the winter months and gave it to M whose birthday also falls in January.  DeeDee and Ailbe feature along with some seasonal flowers, a snowflake and some champagne to cheer us all.

During our snowy walk this morning, on this last day of January, Ailbe decided that, unlike Julie Andrews, snowflakes on his eye-lashes are definitely not one of his favourite things.

Happy Friday, Fenton Knitting Group!

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Black Forest Gateau handmadebysoo

Yet another week has simply flown by and we are almost into February already.  My days are very busy, planning lessons and teaching, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My Friday smile this week came as I reflected on the week gone by, the knitting project I have finally finished and the next piece of sewing I am itching to start and my thoughts turned to my little knitting group.  On Tuesday evenings everything stops for just an hour and a half and my ‘knitting ladies’ arrive.  I started the Fenton Knitting Group soon after we relocated to Lincolnshire.  We are only a very small band at present but hope to grow as the word gets round.  We are not all knitters, but all needle crafters are welcome and what a laugh we have.  My poor, long suffering husband can hear us from his ‘office’ and is convinced we are fuelled by something stronger than tea and cake.  But no, it is simply the pleasure of sharing our ups and downs, not always craft-related, with like-minded people.  I make the cakes, though I am most definitely not the best baker and certainly not very good at decorating them, but years of whipping up sponges to feed hungry children coming home from school means that I can manage a Victoria sandwich.  Occasionally I become a little more adventurous and bake a Black Forest Gateau and this week it was my personal favourite, Flapplejacks.

Thank you for your company, ladies and Happy Friday!

 

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Secret Santa knitting

It’s the same every year.  I spend my whole time knitting this and that and then suddenly it’s December and all those lovely things I’ve thought of knitting for people as Christmas gifts suddenly come to mind.  Then it’s one mad knitting dash till Christmas eve.  I have been known to be sitting up late on Christmas eve, still finishing off a knitted jumper or scarf.  The sensible thing would be to START EARLIER!  But who wants to be sensible?  And who wants to be knitting Christmas jumpers in February?!

This year my Christmas knitting has consisted mainly of lovely soft chunky beanie hats.  They were quick and easy to do and made great use of some amazing wool remnants I had in my stash.  Just about everyone I know will be finding one in their Christmas stocking.  Let’s hope we get some nice frosty weather so the hats get a good road testing.

Here’s one I made for myself!  Great for dog walking.  Happy Christmas x

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