I wanted to something a bit creative today - but not too hard! So I have made a few cards for the dog show coming up. Those of you that have been with me a while will know that the big highlight of my summer is Sunday at the big agility show where I catch up with all my old mates - William has a ball showing off - Henry spends the day terrified - and Evsie works his socks off!!! This year I am taking The Posh Dog Clothing Company for their feedback - and a few sales we hope.
I am toying with the idea of adding a bit more bling!!! - Just cos' I have to!
So first the layout - I wanted to add a pile of detail in just the middle
I wanted to use a full pattern background and this Graphic 45 is perfect. I cut up the borders page to use as the stripes in the back layer and just kept adding.
Kitten Tip - if you put a strip of double sided tape on BEFORE you cut the strip it saves so much fiddling about
I used some of the matching journaling cards (it's Come Away With Me from last year) and wrote on the labels. This is a favorite picture of mine - it is me and William on top of the hills on Rydal Water - it was a glorious sunny day and I made it up to the top over the caves. The views across the fells are just amazing.
You are going to have to forgive me for a bit chaps - life is getting a bit complicated! I am sure many of you are well aware the problems that the town is having in general this year - and there is no end in sight any time soon. I am working flat out to keep not only my head above water - but to keep my son's business going over the next few months. He is just not coping at all! We have one event room ready to hire for meetings / clubs / functions etc - and I am currently renovating the 2nd floor room of his building to rent out as an office / workshop / studio space on a monthly lease. It's such a character building and would make a fantastic creative space for someone just starting out that wants somewhere at a very reasonable rent, but still town centre. I have had to put all my own plans on hold for the next couple of months while I spend all my energies on this - and as for any art projects - my headspace is a mess and my personal creative juices are non-existent at the moment. Thank goodness I got my corner walls at home finished - at least I am not in a mess at home. Much as I love old buildings and decorating - it really is too much for me and I should not be doing it at all - but needs must and we have the next 3 months to pull it all back together. It's so frustrating - he was coming along fine until the storms hit and wiped out half the town. Now everyone is really struggling. We have lost 6 shops this past couple of months - some newer ones - but some that had been in the town for a good few years. So basically - please be kind and patient - and don't expect too much from me for the next couple of months. I will try to share a couple of simple things every week and my cute kitten picture on Mondays. Love kitten
There is one thing about the town being so quiet - I have been going home and taking it out on my walls!!! I am way ahead of what I thought I would manage - and I am so pleased with it.
The plates were a gift. It was actually these that started off the project - I could not put them up on the wall until it was stripeed and re-painted. I bought the wall paper a couple of years ago and had just not got the bottle to start it.
The dark purple and gold have always been accents in the room - but I have changed the wall colour from light pink to the lilac. I was a bit worried if it would match the colours - but it all tones in very well. I was going to continue along that same big wall - but I think I will work the other way - under the window and behind the sofa. That way I won't see the mess so much!.
I will have to wait a bit before I do anymore - I have to help my son out with his top floor - he's struggling to get it all done. Love kitten
Your first cables explained in very simple language.
You will need;
Double knitting or chunky weight yarn – 20g
6mm knitting needles
·If you are using the double knitting weight of
yarn, then use 2 strands together throughout.
·If you are using the chunky weight of yarn, then
use 1 strand throughout.
·Remember to count all the rows as you work up the
cable 4 back – slip the next 2 stitches onto a cable needle (a large safety pin or
tooth pick works just as well) and take the needle with the stitches on it to
the back of the work, knit the next 2 stitches on the left hand needle as
normal, put the missed stitches back onto the left hand needle and knit
them. You have crossed the stitches over
creating the cable twist.
Cast on 28 stitches.
Row 1: *knit 1, purl 1 – repeat from * to end of
These last 4 rows form the pattern. Repeat 6 times in total.
Row 29: *knit 1, purl 1 – repeat from * to end of
Work row 29: 3 more times.
If you get stuck there is a you tube video to help you HERE
Take a step further – you can work smaller squares
if you use 4mm knitting needles and Double Knitting weight yarns.
I use Robin double knitting 100% acrylic yarn for
all my knitting work. If you are using
pure wool, or a wool mix you will need more as the yarn is heavier.
Disclaimer: This is my own original work. Use it for your own use or for charity
selling. Use it to inspire you, and to
lead you on to other projects. But,
please do not resell the pattern as your own workings. It takes me years of learning, and months of
work to produce a final pattern.
The Kitten and The Goat, 9, New Shambles, Kendal, LA9 4TS
Messing about in my Bible with Rebekah R Jones today. Things have been pretty head on so far this year and I don't think I have done any illustrated faith journaling for 6 months. It has been very quiet in the town this week and I am pretty much well up with my chores. Getting through all those 'going to get around to ' jobs. So Time Out today. Rebekah has such a lovely voice and she is a great leader - so I am letting her take charge. Acrylic paint background - inks and stencils over
Copied from a sketch she provided to guide us
Acrylic paints background - doodled over.
May just sneek in another one - still haven't finished last years!
I have finally finished my knitted sampler blanket. I have been working on this on and off for 2 years. It was supposed to have been a double bed cover - but I changed my mind and have made it up to fit onto the big, long sofa I have in the living room. I am keeping it well away from there \t the moment - until I get the walls decent - I don't want it to get messed up before I even get it on the sofa.
I had put off adding the borders because I knew it would be a logistic nightmare - Henry seemed to enjoy it though!
The patterns have come from this wonderful partworks collection.
I don't often stick with a partworks - gimmie the freebies and I am off! - but this one has been a really useful resource. I have adapted the idea for my monthly knitted squares patterns - changed the dimensions - written my own borders - done my own math - to make an adaptable system for you to make anything from a cushion cover to a lap cozy - right up to a double bed spread. At some point I will tell you how to add a knitted border to keep a big blanket in shape.
My patterns are much simpler then the fancy cabling I have done on some of the squares - but I will include a few of the more simple cables and twists as we go along.
I have finally dated the sewing machine I was given. I knew it was pre 1920 - and was hoping for late 1800's - and it is!!
yeah - 1894 - so chuffed!
It is pretty battered and has obviously been used well. I am in the process or cleaning and re-oiling it. I have found a wonderful lady on Youtube who collects and uses old machines to make patchwork quilts and she has a really good guide on how to take everything to bits and clean it.
I have done all the front needle and tension areas - thank goodness there is a shuttle in it - no idea where I would get one if it had been missing.
Can't wait until I can actually sew something with it1
This month's kit is a super knitted purse. I found these purse frames ages ago and have wanted to use them in a project ever since. Knitted in a gentle neutral colour with a big added motif - the inside is lined with a bright zingy cotton fabric. The numbers of this kit are limited as I only have a few of these clasps.