Saturday, June 20, 2009

More King and I

Apologies for the lack of craft content, but please indulge a very proud mummy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The King and I

My recent exciting news - Aidan is in the production of The King and I, showing at the Royal Albert Hall (from now until 28 June) with Daniel Dae Kim (very hot and sexy) and Maria Friedman. It's been quite a nightmare, in terms of the logistics and timings. But it's been worth it. He loves the whole experience.

here's 2 shots from the show :

Here he is with Daniel:

ETA: Mummy likes Daniel a lot, especially since he is soo lovely to the kids. He knows them by name and chats to them and the mummies. Plus he is hot and shexy!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Crochet Crazy

I'm being unfaithful to my knitting. It's been all about crochet recently. I've been a blah about my knitting, so I thought I would pick up something else and have fun with it. Boy, was it a welcome distraction. And look what I managed to achieve in about a week or 10 days.

I was teaching a friend to make granny squares for a blanket and I was inspired to make a few squares as well. While making the squares, Keira requested that I make her a bag. As it was her birthday, how could I refuse. 2 days later - voila! Bag - completed. Child - happy. Result!!
I've always loved the hexagon blankets on Ravelry. So I thought, why not start one of my own. I had bought on ebay 750g of DK cotton in 5 colours (pink, light burgundy, pale yellow, gold and cream) and I'll be using that for my blanket. I need 99 hexagons for my blanket and I've done about 25 so far. Watch this space.
Finally, I've finished my beaded crochet bracelet. I may have mentioned it before, it was Keira's birthday. I had another request by the Princess herself, that she needed the bracelet. So I made it for her. (DH is always telling me off that I spoil the children - I know!!) And because I enjoyed making it so much, I decided to start another one for me. I'll show that another day.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Natural Dyeing

or look at what I did this weekend....... Yay!! Yay!! Yay!! I went on a Natural Dye workshop at West Dean College and had a lovely, fascinating and educational time. I think it was great fun also because this is the first time in 2.5 years that I've managed to have some time to myself without hubby and children. 2 nights and almost 3 whole days - it was good.

I had fun learning about indigo dyeing, using different natural dye stuffs - madder, brazilwood, weld, golden rod, persian berries, logwood, marigold, using mordants and finding stuff from the garden to dye up - like using mint leaves, solomon's seal and dandelion root. Here's some of my samples.