Monday, 30 April 2012

Another 5 minutes!

Been buzzing around today doing Parent Council/PTA stuff today , then shopping ( and oops where did that nice new linen blouse come from?) and cooking and housework ......
So , it was time to take 5 minutes , and show off what I have been doing in between everything else .
This is the Kidsilk Haze Shrug out of the Sarah Hatton Book , Vintage Inspired Knitting Projects - its for a friend to wear with her outfit to a Wedding in May. Which is soon. So I had better hurry up! I love the wee beads on it , the go so well , and sparkle in the light .

And this is my first attempt at weaving , thankfully the knitters loom had already been "warped up" , so all I had to do was weave! I have read the instructions though and will be warping up once I have finished weaving this piece . The warp is a cotton yarn in silver and purple shades , and the weft is purple merino, blue/green cashmerino and a tweedy blue shade so far . Having a rummage to see what else I can use . Not sure what it will be , if anything , but it is a first attempt so I don't suppose it needs to be anything .

And now I have an orderly queue waiting for MY computer - off to have a cup of tea!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Shhh , sneaking onto my own computer

My boys are getting bigger and their entertainment consists of mainly electrical gadgets - one of which is MY computer . They film lego video shorts and upload them , then spend the next 3 hours watching other peoples videos via Youtube!
I booked an hour this evening to go on my own computer - I am negotiating for a new one ALL FOR ME!
Here are a few things I have been doing inbetween knitting socks and cardi's , and doing the usual parenting stuff .

Making small knitting project bags for family and friends .

Spinning some of my friend Innes' amazing hand-dyed drum carded fibre , with some navajo plying too!

Stove top dye-ing with food colouring , this is some mohair I bought from Scottish fibres. Had to recard it to spin it .

Also dyed some Falkland roving I had spun into singles with food dye , came up a  lovely tea rose shade .

Other projects on the go :- Kidsilk Haze Shrug from Vintage Knitting booklet by Sarah Hattton (for a friend). Sparkly socks from OMA KAL from ages ago . A little spinning AND some Weaving .

Yes weaving! All those expert weavers in the Clydecoast Guild have finally won me over,  however,  it is a Knitting loom , I am still a bit scared of the big ones . Pictures to follow once I book another hour on my own computer .

They had better make their fortune from computing when they are older!