Sunday, 21 November 2010

Craftiness


has been afoot. Gloves and socks and tea cosies have been knitted. Cardigans have been started for the winter.  I shall update asap with some photos. Meanwhile, I’m off to read my book and drink hot chocolate.

A Song for Nero
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Altered books


I recently discovered this phenomenom after catching a friend making one at the swimming pool (best not to ask). I'm now having a go at making my first altered book. I had a brainwave that I would tea dye some paper, which seems great. But where exactly are you supposed to put this stuff while it dries. Its raining today so outdoors is out of the question. Currently my kitchen is full of wet paper. Looks good though!
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Wristwarmers


 

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From way back in February.

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

What great fun!


It appears that i can post to my blog from my lovely new phone. So now there is no excuses. Although i'm sure this could be more mobile friendly. I can't even see half the words i'm typing where they've vanished off screen. I wonder if i can upload photos?
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Here's our new friend Truffle



Now I've settled into the new house and unpacked all my stash I've finally started the first round of the new rotation. Here it is:


Round 1
HAED Queen of Annwyn01/02/10

Fleur-de-lis Heart Warming Dance



TW Lady of Shallot14/02/10
LaDeDa Mares and Oats07/02/10
Knitting

I'm not sure what to put in the knitting slot cos I keep changing my mind. I may stick to some small finishes for now, sock, gloves and the like. I've also joined the challenge over on theWagon to only stitch from my stash this year. This shouldn't be to difficult as I have rather a lot of it!


I'm cramming quite a lot in lately as I've also just started my degree again after a 10 year hiatus. This is really exciting, especially as I've switched from classical history to music. I'm now two weeks in and I'm loving it. I can't make it to tutorials though as they are on a Saturday in Leicester, which i about 2 hours from here and I have band practice. Also the veg garden is planned, seeds have been catalogued and garden has been dug. Its gonna need a couple more sessions of digging first though as the clay soil here is really clumpy.


I've also been reading. First there was Scar Tissue which I thoroughly enjoyed eventually. You can read my review if you click on the linky bit.


Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Rotating rotation




I’ve decided to work a rotation again this year. I need a coherent plan to reduce some stash AND get these bloody baby jumpers finished. I’ve listed my rotation on the Rotation Stitchers BB, but here it is again.


So the plan is to work on each of these for at least 2 hrs before moving on to the next.


1. HAED Queen of Annwyn


2. LaDeDa Mares & Oats


3. Chatelaine Pompeji Garden


4. Fleur De Lis Heart Warming Dance


5. TW Lady of Shallot 

6. Knitting project (currently a DROPS norwegian jumper)


I may not necessarily work on them in this order, but shall only work each of them once every round. I may work on them for longer than 2 hours if the fancy takes me. I will also not make any new starts this year until I am down to 5 WIP’s, but I may be tempted to stash as I feel some needlepoint may be in order ’










There’s been lots of snow fun here recently, it has cleared in the last couple of days we are forecast a fresh load before the end of the week. I’m waiting to dig a vegetable garden but the soil is just too hard right now. Kira is waiting for ants for her ant farm, and needs worms for her wormery but neither are happening till the weather warms up a little.






The poor birds at Barnwell Country Park only had a little bit of water left to swim in at New Year!









The norwegian sweater that I had started had to be unpicked as the tension was working out way too big, despite doing a tension square before hand. So now I have cast on a size smaller and hope that should work out ok.
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Picture missing from previous post



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Originally uploaded by berkanafairy

I'm having some real headaches uploading pics to my blog tonight, nothing I'm trying is working, so I'm just gonna bung it up here and go to bed.

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

New Year, new starts, old finishes




I’ve made a new knitting start for the new year. Its from the DROPS website and I’m using some stash wool I got from the charity shop several months ago. I’ve been meaning to knit something from this site for ages, so I’m quite pleased with my choice.






I’ve done no x stitch now for about 10 months, nor been on any forums. This is
mainly because I packed most of my sewing ready to move house. Yes, we finally
moved house! It is wonderful here, peaceful and quite and I just have to trip
out the front door to be in the countryside. Now the unpacking is done I shall
endevour to get back into the stitching again. I’m especially missing my HAED
Queen of Annwyn. This year I need to get some finishes, knitting, cross stitch
and otherwise as my new house is slightly smaller than the old one and the stash
is taking over. I may have to get rid of some books too :(
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.