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
101_0097 Ravelry: C is for Cat pattern by Emily Ivey
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!
Creating Time Mega Event
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.