Wednesday, 24 November 2010

My Creative Space ....Work in Progress

Not much finished round here....

... but at least there are some things in progress.  After several trips to the chiropractor my neck (and arm) are feeling much better, so the sweater is coming along nicely.  Just the sleeves to go now and I need another ball of wool to complete those.

Then there are two purses waiting for the frames to be attached.  I need another pair of hands to help with the glue, so they'll be sat there until the weekend.

I was trying really hard to get these finished before I started on anything else, but that's just not going to happen!  The postman brought a parcel of new purse patterns from Australia this afternoon and I'm really very tempted to stop crocheting to play with the new stuff - especially as I've bought the one pattern to make a purse just for me ... it's this one!  

For more creative spaces in blogland, take a peek at Kirsty's blog.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

My Creative Space: Kumihimo

My sweater hasn't made much (read: any) progress this week, but I have been trying out my new marudai and doing some sewing.

Setting up the marudai for braiding took absolutely ages - who'd have thought winding some bobbins could be so complicated?!  Getting the traditional japanese knots right proved to be quite tricky.  Got there in the end and made a flat braid ....

Work in progress

Working on the marudai is really different to using the braiding disk I had before...   This braid was just a test to sort out how it all worked using some cheap yarn from my stash.  Lots of learning and things to do differently next time!

The sewing machine has also been set up again and I've got some more purses on the go, but the light has gone now, so no photos!

For more creative spaces, visit Kirsty's blog.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

My Creative Space

I haven't been making much since I got back from holiday.  First there were all those jobs to prepare for winter that really should have been done in October and secondly the weather has been glorious and I wanted to make the most of it.

However, I have started crocheting a very simple sweater for myself and have completed the back so far.  It really is very, very easy to make - single crochet all the way - but I decided simple was good and may help me to keep the right number of stitches per row (so far, so good!).  Whether it actually gets finished while it's still winter is another matter - it has been very slow going due to whatever is up with my right arm (tendonitis I think!), so I can only do a little bit at a time.

On the sewing front, there are several fabrics on my cutting mat waiting for me to get enthusiastic about making some more bags.  Maybe next week....

To see what everyone else is making, head on over to Kirsty's blog.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Loot from my UK trip!!

I haven't been ignoring you all - just away seeing family and friends in the UK for 3 weeks.  Unbelievably, 3 very sunny weeks - I think we got the best of the weather again!  If you would like to see photos, please hop on over to A's blog ... he's beaten me to it and posted some pics already!

Back in Canada now and steeling myself for winter - which means lots of opportunities for staying in and crafting!!  It's got a lot colder in the last few days although I know it's nothing compared to what's coming.  Zero is almost warm in these parts - I'm the wimp wearing hat and gloves already and marvelling at all those walking around in this cold wind with nothing covering their ears!!

I managed to squeeze a few treats into my suitcase on the return trip along with a load of Christmas presents.  At the top of this post is my new marudai for Kumihimo (japanese braiding) plus a book on the subject. You may remember my earlier posts about kumihimo when I tried to improvise a marudai - this will be so much better! These were a present from my in-laws who just happen to live in the same town as the author of the book, Jacqui Carey.

Then I was lucky enough to get a box full of goodies from my very good friend, Ady of Crafty Ady fame.  She very kindly sent me one of her fold-away shopping bags and a stuffy; Ady is enabling my laziness as I had bookmarked her tutorials and was planning to get round to both of these projects some time (OK - the timeline was a bit vague, but I did have them on my mental list!)

Also in the parcel was this dinky iron - it is so small and perfect for getting into the corners of all those small bags - plus some gorgeous Alexander Henry fabric and loads of purse hardware.  I'll be making myself a purse using one or both of these fabrics - they're wonderful and in some of my favourite colours.

Thank you Ady - very much appreciated and you will be getting a parcel from me when I can find what I've been looking for!

On the final leg of our trip I managed to book a hotel right across the road from Liberty's ... coincidence?   Hmm - maybe not!!  I love Liberty fabric - in my stash I have a large off-cut of peacock feather fabric that I bought from their remnants bin about 10 years ago and still haven't used (it was going to cover a seat cushion .. but either laziness prevailed or I was too busy working!).  This time their remnants bin wasn't in evidence, so I limited myself to a couple of metres of these lovely prints - there really wasn't much space in my case for more:

The photo really doesn't do much for them (the light is going) - in real life they're more vibrant.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'm sure they will be made into something soon and I'm going to dig the peacock feather material out too and make something fabulous!

Anyway, the holiday is over and I've caught up on the laundry and other jobs, so now I'm free to get the cutting mat and rotary cutter out again and start work!