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!
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.
As a lifelong crafter and huge fan of La Allsopp, handmadebysoohas 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.
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!
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.
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!
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
There will be mulled wine and mince pies this evening – real ones you can actually eat, rather than the knitted variety! – at the Fenton Knitting Group Christmas Party. Everyone is welcome to come along, on Tuesday 16th December between 6pm and 7.30pm, to see what we’ve been making and maybe think about joining us for crafty fun, gossip and cake in 2015.
Knitted mince pies
For details of the Fenton Knitting Group, please contact us by email: email@example.com
So far at the Fenton Knitting Group there has been some heavy-duty cable knitting, a lot of hand sewing and a bit of crochet, and a great deal of nattering! The cakes we have enjoyed to date have included Victoria sponge, apple cake and raspberry and white chocolate brownie. If this sounds like a great way to spend a Tuesday evening, why not join us? Everyone welcome. You might even get to meet the knitted imp!
With thanks and full acknowledgement to Georgina Manvell and Suzannah Holwell from The Old Toy Knitting Shop for their incredible pattern, the mystery knitting project is now revealed in all ‘his’ glory.
‘He’ is, of course, the Lincoln Imp, rascally resident of Lincoln Cathedral, where copies of the pattern can also be purchased.
Turned to stone by an angel for his cheeky behaviour, the imp has now been turned into wool.
Here the Lincoln imp sits on guard in my garden, brandishing knitted tulips, a reminder of my school days in Spalding.
But who knew the imp could knit?!
His knitting style is very relaxed and he seems to enjoy brights and pastels.
Maybe the imp will join the Fenton Knitting Group?