Following the Jean Greenhowe knitted nativity patterns, I created a handmadebysoo version of the ‘knitivity’ scene, which Anne has gifted to her great nieces for Christmas. Anne was kind enough to make a donation for the set to my favourite charity, the Nystagmus Network.
Sorry, ladies, but there will be no meeting of the Fenton Knitting Group this evening. Instead the lovely nurses at Lincoln County Hospital, who are caring for Dad, will be enjoying a handmadebysoo Boston Cream Pie.
Mary will miss seeing you all!
Normal service will be resumed next week.
So far Milly has been a little shy about attending the weekly meetings of the Fenton Knitting Group. This is a bit strange as it is quite clear from her attachment to my yarn and needles when I am trying to knit that she absolutely adores knitting, just like me.
But today we had something of a break through. My crocheted knitting basket was perched on the table where the knitting ladies meet. I was just having five minutes of knitting and Milly decided that she’d take advantage of those moments to take over the basket. It’s the purrfect (sorry!) size for a kitten and the handles make great look out posts for a kitty sniper on the prowl for passing dogs.
I made my basket using yarn from Wilkos from the Diamond Trellis Basket pattern.
I promise I’ll get back to my knitting again soon, but there are so many other projects I wanted to get done first. Here’s just one of them. For ages we’ve had our TV hidden away in a pine media cabinet. The wood was dark and the cupboard loomed when the doors were closed and the TV packed away. So I wondered whether I could remodel the cupboard to make a more up to date TV table which blends rather more seemlessly with the rest of our decor.
Out came the jigsaw. Not my favourite power tool with that scary blade that tends to rip through wood leaving ugly, gnarled edges. But I gritted my teeth and set to, slicing the old cupboard in half.
The next phase was to remove the top from the original cupboard so that it could be replaced on top of the base section.
Then the fun bit – painting with my favourite Rustoelum chalk paint in clotted ceam and sanding back to give that distressed look I love. A final coat of wax, a little wood glue and hey presto our ‘brand new’ TV cabinet was born!
The ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group will be meeting tonight as usual, despite the soaring temperatures. Yes, even in Lincolnshire!
We will be keeping ourselves cool with a glass or two of refreshing handmadebysoo elderflower cordial. There will also be freshly baked scones with handmadebysoo jam (pear from the garden and fruits of the forest gathered during woodland walkies), butter and clotted cream.
And you never know. We may also do a little bit of knitting, sewing, crocheting, chatting …
Why not come along and join us?
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!
But I’m cute, too
handmadebysoo will be attending Friday evening’s performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Doddington Hall. There will be picnics, the odd glass of wine and even a little bit of knitting in public!
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.
It’s been a while since I had time to blog, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy knitting … and sewing … along in the background. There have been quite a few changes here at handmadebysoo towers since Christmas. Our lovely builders have helped us realise our ambition to convert the ‘other’ barn, the former engine shed, into habitable accommodation and make it part of the house. They packed up their tools for the final time at the end of February and since then we’ve been spending every spare moment decorating our new rooms and getting them ready for furniture. There’s still quite a long way to go, but finally this weekend one of those new rooms, my husband’s office, is finally being revealed to the light of day. Whilst Mr handmadebysoo was busy with wiring and cables, I made sure the new curtains were hung. They are sewn from a remnant of Laura Ashley Gosford in paprika which has been languishing in my stash for a while, but is Mr h’s favourite fabric. To make the curtains long enough for the window I have extended the remnant with a length of Laura Ashley linen union in olive and a cheeky border of gingham to finish. There was even enough fabric left over for me to make my first attempt at an applique cushion!
From this month handmadebysoo will be delivering a brand new beginner level knitting course in association with the Lincoln branch of the WEA.
For full details of the course, please follow the link.