Monday, 30 January 2012

knit and roll

I finished my friends birthday present last weekend (a week or two early) I have to say I'm quite chuffed with it. Because I'd made the crochet hook version a few weeks ago the second roll was less fiddly and more enjoyable. I even added some buttons to this one to give it a vintage look. I did make the pocket a bit shorter than the pattern suggested and the overall size bigger to accomodate different needle lenghts. I plan to make one for mothers day for my mum with a couple of pairs of needles.

I'm collecting vintage Laura Ashley at the moment to make a couple more cushions for my sofa or maybe attempt my first quilt. The first two cushions have had a lot of wear over the past couple of months but haven't come apart yet (which is good news!) for a while Moss kept taking one off the sofa but thankfully he's grown out of that phase!

So here are a couple of photos of the knitting needle wrap/roll for my friends birthday ..... I don't think she reads my blog!

my logo

enough room for many sizes

button detail

all wrapped up

Thursday, 26 January 2012

coffee break

Hometown fabric shop in Rochester
I took the day off today as my husband's car went into the garage for a minor repair. Nothing major just something he's been meaning to get done for ages. I could have taken him there then home and made my way to work, but the idea of having a day off was too hard to resist. We took ourselves off to Rochester after breakfast; I work nearby all week but I wanted to go to my favourite fabric shop Hometown, Francis Iles shop and stop for  coffee and cake in the Cathedral tea room. I didn't spend as much time as I wanted to in the fabric shop or view the sale fabrics, probably a good job because I would have spent too much! I just stuck to my small list of essentials plus one fat quarter. But I did enquire again about quilting and crochet classes which start in the Spring, so I plan to enrole on both.

The gardens at the cathedral tea rooms are lovely in the summer/autumn months (and packed) but too cold and wet to sit out there today. It was sunny when we left the house, rained hard whilst we stopped for coffee, then turned grey again so we headed home to walk the dog. So here are a couple of not very brilliant photos to share my morning with you. I'm now off to my sewing room to get on with my friends birthday present started and some more pin cushions (here's some I made last week, some sold on eBay).

window inside the cathedral tea room Rochester
entrance to cathedral & tea room

pin cushions

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Saturday, 14 January 2012

A space of my own

About a week before Christmas Ian finished the new room at the back of the kitchen.  It used to be his fish house for his marine tank; the tank showing through the kitchen wall like a huge living picture. Beautiful as it was it was the running costs we too high so in 2010 it was dismantled and sold.  The space was left empty for some time before we decided to turn it into a useable room; question was what we could use it for. That’s where I come in! Having taken over the dining room with my craft supplies, spilling onto the floor and generally being disorganised, I suggested we use it for a small sewing room. So here it is a little space of my own (well shared with the new fridge that sounds like a pair of pigeons cooing!)

Here are some of the lovely presents I received; these are from my sister Danielle (also a crafter) she made the heart out of galvenised wire + buttons, hanging in my new room.

metal heart + buttons
my lovely new sewing basket

I’ve also been busy making a crochet roll as a test because a friend’s birthday is approaching (she hinted she would love a knitting needle roll). I’m pretty pleased with it and decided to use it for crochet hooks and circular needles.  Just need to press it again and sew the top down to keep the flap in place. I found the pattern at today we made it was fiddly and I’ve never used interfacing before but after reading the instructions about 50 times I got there in the end.
crochet hook roll
wrapped up safe


Have a great weekend. Amanda x

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year and a leap into 2012

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for stopping by to read my blog entries during 2011. It does make it worthwhile when you all leave little messages and I promise to do the same back this year.

I spent the morning clearing the veg patch and generally tidying up the garden a bit. I did neglect the garden last year as my time was taken up with so many different committees. Thankfully towards the end of 2011 I decided to give all that up and what a difference it’s made; I now have more spare time to do things I want to do! So this morning’s priority was to clear the garden, small it may be but it took about four hours to make it look a bit more respectable. I was far too ashamed to show you the before photo, last year’s tomato plants still stuck in their grow bags! Now it’s looking better although the photo taken in the rain at 3:30pm it looks rather bleak.

The T&M seed catalogue arrived yesterday which gave me a push to get out there. It was great digging in the New Year with thoughts of what could be grown differently this year.  The earth is dark and was so easy to dig almost no digging required. So now from the comfort of a warm kitchen I can look forward to another year of growing a small amount of veg (my fifth year).  Amanda x