Sunday, May 24, 2009

A new hobby

On Thursday evening, I went to Socktopus to take crochet beaded bracelet class with the very talented Zsuzsana. We had to thread the beads and then crochet a spiral tube with teeny, tiny 1mm crochet hook. After about 3 hours, this is my pathetic effort. But I have to say, I am totally hooked!! I loved it and I'm looking forward to devleoping this new hobby of mine.

New hobbies aside, I'm making great progress on Keira's birthdy present. I actually knit about 8 blocks of colour (80 rows in total) before I decided that I didn't like the colour combination. So I ripped it out and reknit it. I like this much better!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Projects galore

I can't believe how time flies! Keira will be turning 5 in 10 days time. She obviously thinks that Mum is knitter extraordinaire and has asked for Snakey for her birthday, like the one I knitted for Aidan, except with more pink. Can I say No - obviously not. Dig around the stash and I suddenly realise I have a lot of DK cotton. Cast on last night and this is what I got. Can't be long on the interwebs tonight, must keep knitting......

I also resurrected the sewing machine and have been making stuff. Some's not so good, some better than others and the one thing they have in common, the sewing is sooooo bad. I'll show you a somewhat good one, pillowcase dress made for Keira.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Museum of Childhood

The girls and I had some time to kill this morning, so we made a visit to the Museum of Childhood in East London. It's a very sweet, little museum and just perfect for the children. They had a dressing up corner, sandpit, rocking horses, dolls houses, train sets all for the kids to play with. What was amazing was the Roald Dahl exhibition - lots of illustrations, books, the BFG. We had a brilliant time!

1. VA 17, 2. VA 16, 3. VA 15, 4. VA 14, 5. VA 13, 6. VA 6, 7. VA 11, 8. VA 10, 9. VA 9, 10. VA 8, 11. VA 7, 12. VA 5, 13. VA 4, 14. VA 3, 15. VA 2B, 16. VA 2A, 17. VA 2, 18. VA 1

My next post will have some knitting/craft content. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Race for life - Battersea

I had a great evening last night. I joined Team IKnit London in the Race for Life at Battersea Park. Race for Life is a women's only race in aid of Cancer Research UK. There were about 15 of us all knitting and walking. I walked it in about 1 hour and managed to knit about 8" - we're knitting pink scarves for the Jenny Chant appeal to knit the longest scarf for the record books.

This is me at the finish line.This is some of us before the race.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

New hobbies

I'm been a bit unfaithful to my knitting at the moment. I am knitting but I seem to be stuck in a bit of a rut. Hopefully, I'll revive my knitting mojo soon.

But in the meantime, I'm learning a few new things. I bought a loom recently and I'm learning how to use it. Here's my first project. I'm being taught by a good friend who is an amazing textile artist. I'll show you some of her work. My sister, from Singapore, came over for a visit last week. She was on her way to Tuscany for a holiday with some friends. And like me, she is quite crafty too. She makes paper from recycled materials like used envelopes, paper and threads. So I had a quick tutorial with her about making paper. This is our first batch. the stripes were an accident - I had used some fabric quarters to couch the paper, but I forgot that I had not washed them yet. Oops. Luckily, it had a nice effect.Finally, I'm really enjoying my cooking and baking. I made banoffee pie which has caramel, biscuit base, bananas and cream - what's not to like!!! Yum!