Friday, 30 November 2012

FO Friday #4 Socks!


 

I finished the aubergine socks. This wool is beautiful to knit with. It is Artesano Superwash Merino, and it is dreamy. I shall be using this again.

The pattern base is Vanilla Latte Socks, although I have adapted it to the yarn gauge, and removed some of the toe decrease. They knitted up nice and quick.

The bayleef is also finished, but I took a photo with my camera, and then lost my camera! Hopefully it will turn up soon and I can just edit it in!

More lovely finishes at Tami's Amis blog

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.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

WIP Wednesday #1


Lots of work done this week on Christmas orders! Next year I’m going to start planning for Christmas in August, then I might have time to complete some projects of my own!

1. Socks – on Aubergine Artesano Merino. This yarn is lovely, the pattern is excellent, I shall be knitting these again ;)



2. Bayleef Pokemon for my friends daughter. Not my favourite project ever, but I need the crochet experience.

3. My daughters Christmas present – Carpathian pullover in Drops Vivaldi. No picture because I haven’t had time, not because she reads my blog! It’s been a loooooong time since I knitted anything in mohair. I beginning to remember why. It is very frustrating trying to count rows, see the pattern etc. This is a nice yarn though.
I’m already planning projects for the New Year. Crochet bootees are currently occupying my mind, along with hand-painted sock yarn. Just need to finish this never-ending Christmas to-do list first!
Find more lovely WIP’s at Tami’s Amis blog!!
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, 12 October 2012

FO Friday #3


I’ve been very naughty and procrastinated a lot these last couple of weeks. In my defence I did have a cold for several days. However, all excuses aside I have made a few finishes. Even more foamies have appeared (I think they are breeding in the wool bag) and I finished my first orange hat for the St Mungo’s woolly hat day appeal. There is still a little time left to join in, you just need to knit a lovely orange hat and send it to St Mungo’s for woolly hat day on 26th October. I pledged 5 hats, and have finished 1. I’m really gonna need to pull something out of the hat (hahahaha) to get them finished in time!
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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, 14 September 2012

FO Friday #2


Last week we went on a lovely sunny beach break with our friends, and after suffering severe yarn withdrawal I found a LYS in Hastings and purchased yarn and a new crochet hook (which turned out to be a nasty thing that split the wool). Since I returned home with new yarn, I’ve been crocheting some little Foamie wash friends for the bathroom. I asked youngest DD to take some photos for me as she recently did a photography workshop and I thought she might enjoy putting her new skills to use. This is what the result was!
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I am now inundated with requests to make these as Christmas presents for lots of children, so off to the LYS this afternoon to purchase more supplies!
More lovely finishes here: Tami's Amis blog
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, 24 August 2012

My 1st FO Friday


This week I’m very excited to join in my first FO Friday hosted by the inspiring  Tami's Amis blog! I had a couple of small crochet finishes over the weekend which I’m pleased with and thought I’d share.
I finally finished Jackie the Cow from the CAL I joined ages ago over on the Fresh Stitches Ravelry board. The deadline came and went ages ago while I attempted to locate my toy stuffing.
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While I’d got the crochet hook and the brown yarn to hand I decided to finally give my owl a beak and some feet. This is the first EVER thing I crocheted last year, and it has since languished in the craft room awaiting freedom.
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She now flies free on the corner of the bookshelf. More finishes next Friday!
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.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Weekend wip's


I've spent the last couple of days working on my summer sweater, dubiously nicknamed 'The Seaside Sweater' because the colour reminds me of the ocean, and so a vintage shell lace pattern instantly sprung to mind. I'm writing the pattern as I go.



Today I'm having a little break in an attempt to finish the crochet cow I started for a CAL last month and missed the deadline for because I couldn't find where i'd put the toy stuffing! Hopefully I'll post a finished pic tomorrow.




In other news, I now have a facebook page! I hope you'll come and have a look and give my page a 'like'.

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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, 16 July 2012

New on the needles


I found some lovely aqua 2 ply at the scrapstore which for £3 I had to buy. The colour really made me think of the seaside, so I thought that a summer sweater in Shetland shell lace pattern would be super. I managed to cast on over the weekend, and done 10cm of rib (which seemed to take FOREVER) when I realised I had miscalculated my tension AND counted the wrong amount of stitches in the pattern repeat. So I had to start again. Today I've double double checked the math and cast on again. And ribbed one row. Sigh.
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, 29 June 2012

Nefarious web KAL


Guess what happened to me? I caught the shawl knitting bug! Something I thought would never happen as I usually don't have the patience for lace knitting, but these things seem to knit up surprisingly quick. In less than a fortnight I've nearly finished this one.




This is the Nefarious Web mystery KAL on the Criminal Knits Ravelry board. Suffice to say all other knitting has understandably been put aside for this endevour.

I have managed to get some crochet done too though. I'm making this little amugarumi cow for dd. I'm still a bit of a noob at crochet, so I'm pleased with myself about this.



I've also been intermittently playing with the Time Box and managed to make the front more pleasing to my eyes, just by adding another coat of orange and reprinting the clocks on thicker paper, and finishing off with some embellishments. Haven't spent as much time on it as I would have liked for the aforementioned reason. School hols will be upon us soon though, which should give me some more hours.
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, 12 June 2012

Time box progress


I've made a little progress on the time box today. I had an idea to use some pictures of tranquil scenes from holiday brochures as a background. I love looking through travel brochures and planning holidays that I can't afford to take and often manage to lose myself in this activity for an hour over a cup of coffee. I thought I could then overlay this with some clock pictures. It turned out like this:



This was not pleasing. I actually prefered the back which I just overlayed in some paper with clocks on.




I decided to play around with some waterclours to try and reproduce the colours from the paper on the back and ended up with something much more appealing, but didn't get a chance to take a photo, so you'll have to wait to see it.

In other news, I have joined a amigurumi cow CAL on the Fresh Stitches ravelry group/blog. I'm making a pink and white cow with the horrid candy pink yarn that I hate. It will only have small pink blotches so I should be able to cope with that. And it is a really cute cow! I spent half an hour trying to find my 5mm hook so I could cast it on tonight, then finally gave up and decided I would just have to pop to the shops tomorrow and get another, only to stand up and find I was sitting on it! So I'm off now to get it started. Wish me luck, my crochet skills are quite basic.

I'll leave you with a pic of a book protector I made a couple of months back and forgot to post. I used two strands of Dk for this. The hand dyed blue wool came from a lovely little shop in Great Missenden that I visited with a friend and I can't remember the name of. If anyone knows what it is called I'd be grateful as they also have a website and I'd like to buy some more of this yarn. It was only £3 a skein and it is wonderful to knit with.




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.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Art therapy


Sad times here at the moment. My Mum passed away on the 20th May, and I seem to have lost all my knitting mojo. I think in part that this is because she taught me to knit when I was just 5 years old, and even when her MS developed to a point where she could no longer knit, she was always curious about my projects. Also nothing feels 'normal' right now and my days have lost their natural rhythm and routine. So for now I am focusing on some mixed media projects and journaling and I'm finding this very theraputic.

A month or two ago I purchased Marney Makredakis' Creating Time book for my Kindle (I'll post a link in the sidebar - also available in hard copy).I'm a big fan of her website and have joined some of the free teleclasses and workshops in the past, so I know how good her materials are. I'm now starting on my first ARTsignment from the book, which is to produce a box of Time to fill with interesting observations about my concept of time.



I had a chocolate box which I had been saving because it hinged open and looked like a book. For the first layer I just covered it in PVA and stuck white tissue paper all over it. I intend to add a couple more layers of papers on top so it doesn't matter too much that the words are visible underneath. Not much of a start, but a start nonetheless. I already feel more productive. I also had a big tidy up in the workroom which previously looked like this:




Now I actually have room to work and relax in!
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.

Money I don’t have…


…is what I have been spending recently. But not on yarn, so that’s ok. First I bought a pattern for this
tortoiseandhare1Ravelry: Tortoise and Hare sweater pattern by Kate Davies
which I can’t afford to buy the yarn for :(
Then I bought a pattern for this
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which cost 99p and I knitted three cats in different yarn (two shown above). One for my daughter and two for her friends’ birthdays. As I used stash wool I saved some money on presents. Pat on the back for me.
Until I bought this Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life
To be fair, I did get $125 of free stuff for purchasing on the release date. I do covert anything to do with Artella. Their creativity courses are fab and great value for money. So I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get a lot out of it. I’ve been participating in the Time Expansion Moments leading up to the book release and its helped me rediscover my passion for journaling, and helped me prioritise a little better. It’s not too late to join in!
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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, 12 May 2012

Things I finished last week


Last week I finally got around to finishing some projects I’ve had around since Christmas. Hopefully I’ll manage to get these to the Folksy store before the end of the week. Here’s a bit of a round up:
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Scarf and mittens to fit teenager or woman with small hands. Knitted in King Cole Baby Comfort, which is a lovely chenille-like wool. Very warm (and girly).



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A random soaker adapted from a vintage pattern. Knitted in King Cole Spot On. Haven’t quite decided what size these are yet, I’m thinking maybe 6-9 months with terry nappy, or maybe 18 months as knickers. I need a small child to measure them against.


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Child’s Cardigan knitted in King Cole Spot On and Baby DK. I found some adorable cupcake buttons at my local Wool Shop for this. This is about an 16” chest. I still need to calculate the maximum size I could knit with the wool I already have. I’m trying to get rid of my existing supplies so I can restock with ethically produced yarn.


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Finally, a boy’s hoodie, still needing a zip. This is a one off piece as I have none of this yarn left. This is an 16” chest. I still have lots of King Cole Melody in Strawberry for the girls version 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, 10 April 2012

What I made yesterday


 

I started making rabbit coats. Yes, it seems a little wacky. My ds’s girlfriend asked if I could make two for her cold bunnies. I thought this might be a good way to brush up on my crochet. I’m okay with the basics but need some practice with intermediate patterns. So I’m working my way through the squares in this book:

Crochet to Go!: 50 mix-and-match motifs and 10 stunning crochet projects

So far I have made these from some DK oddments I had lying around, and a huge ball of pink that I dislike and have been trying to get rid of:

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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.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

What I made yesterday


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Socks for Kira. These socks have been a pain in the bum. I subbed the yarn in the pattern for something chunkier, which was fine until I came to the heel and found some weird heel decrease going on that I couldn’t fathom, which made the foot end up tiny. After frogging the heel 4 times I gave up and made it up myself. Here’s a close up:
101_0085The pattern is from the Garn Studio website. Get a copy here.
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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.