Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TV is not enough.........

....I always have to have something to occupy my hands while watching/listening also in the summer we had the long journey north and I wanted something to do to pass the time.  I found this pattern on Ravelry, a Drops yarn design, here and it was perfect.
Each element is quick to finish and the whole blanket/throw grew quickly.




A closer look
My other TV companion is a hexagon patchwork,.  I have no idea what it is going to be and having started out as a stash buster I am now happily collecting small pieces of cottons from friends. the hexies are an inch and a half.  I wanted it to be as varied as possible as I am not a fan of the traditional "hexagon flower". This is a scan of part, those aren't clever half hexagons it is just a bit scrumpled on the scanner.
My daughter said the wrong side looked more interesting, I am inclined to agree.






Monday, October 27, 2014

How on earth......

......did I ever find the time to go to work?  This month has flown by with visits to The Knit and Stitch, a visit from my sister-in-law, a couple of theatre trips and yesterday a work shop with Cas Holmes at the lovely Sew Not Strawberry Jam. Not to mention my own knitting and stitching while feeding my two addictions American Football and Strictly Come Dancing.

For the first time ever I didn't take my camera to Ally Pally but if I had I would have taken photographs of the work of the wonderfully imaginative work of   Ann Small. and the delightful whimsy of Catherine von Isenburg

While my SIL was visiting we took a trip to Scotney Castle which hadn't quite donned all it's autumn glory but still looked beautiful.

 The theatre trips were to see two local amateur societies excellent productions of "Half a Sixpence" and "Hairspray". 
Yesterday was a real treat, a workshop with Cas Holmes. The lovely Sam welcomed us with coffee and I could see her wonderful ginger lemon cake so I was happy. Sew Not Strawberry Jam is becoming one of my favourite places, I just wish it was a little nearer..  I love the workroom
As does Sam's cat.

 Out side there are geese and hens and sheep and a lovely little garden, Didn't have time to take many photographs as the workshop was full on, took this through the window,

The first thing we had to do was go outside and draw, scary, I do not do drawing from real.  First surprise of the day, I managed something that looked like something. This is it after adding another element of the lesson and a serendipity meeting with my wet work on the way home.
We went on the compile the pages of a book based on our original drawing.  Because of the time constraint of the day I will have to finish my book here at home but I really enjoyed the day and found some of the techniques and ideas exciting. This was part of my work in progress.
Cas brought some of her own beautiful books,

You can see more of her work here

I'll get round to talking about the knitting and stitching later in the week (I hope).


Sunday, October 05, 2014

More excitement.......

.....a surprise invitation to watch Strictly Come Dancing live.  Talk about excitement.  I dug out my sequin jacket and went and had a great time. Just fascinating to see how it all comes together. the dresses are even more sparkly than on TV.   Much pausing of the recording at home to peer at little glimpses of us. My thanks to the dear people who made it possible.

My workroom is still tidy...but that doesn't mean no production.  Today I tried out a Christmas decoration....yes I know... but there is a reason.  More of that some other time. I did have a lovely play.  I have decided to start a new book to hold whatever happens to come off the desk.  The book is called

   
(in response to the question "Why has she done that?)
Made with a Gelli print (must have a session as stock getting low) and letters from Memory Box Alphabet dies this will be the cover.
The first page is called "Autumn"
I love the way the crackle paste worked through a stencil of the leaves. Which was really what I was trying out and then it just grew.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Contrast..........

Yeserday I took the train to London with a very firm objective but as this month has disappeared  and  because I had time to spare I decided to squeeze in a visit to the Remembrance Poppies at the Tower of London.I love walking through the City, especially at the weekend, time to look around. At the old and the new, cheek by jowl.
as expected the vista of the poppies was amazing and very moving, especially where they fell from the ancient walls .

A variation on roses round the door
They are still adding poppies and there was large number of people assembling and "planting ".
Just a couple more shots, closer
and closer.
As I was leaving i caught site of these metal beast, I suppose representing the wild animals that were kept here at one time. I didn't have time to investigate fully but for some reason I found them very disturbing.
I searched and found they were made by Kendra Haste, wonderful but they are very ghostly.
And now, as they say, for something completely different.

 Onto the main event, the NFL Fan Rally in Regent Street.  What a good day.  I saw Raiders' fans
Dolphins' fans
We took photographs of the cheerleaders
and then the players took photographs of us.
No 71, Menelik Watson  comes from Manchester.
I met a really fun group of people who made the day very special,
 Thanks for the laughs. 
The appearance of legend Dan Marino made their day (and mine)
It was a great family day out with lots of activities for children, it was fun jersey spotting trying to see all 32 teams, oh you get the message it was fun. 
Can you spot me? 
From the NFL UK web site no copyright breach intended.
My biggest smile of the day though was the three ladies of indeterminate age who had obviously come, in their killer heels, to shop in Regent Street and looked a bit bemused. Unfortunately camera was off at the time.
Right now to watch the Ryder Cup.  It's all go but at least I can sew while I am watching.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Humungous catch up.......

Sitting in my very tidy(still) workroom I decided to catch up on the Documented life for the last couple of weeks.  When I started to scan them in I found I had not "documented" since Wk 26. So here are the rest.
Wk 27 - Add a crossword puzzle
Wk 28 - Add an Instagram or any other tiny photo to your page.
Wk 29 - Make a wish list, draw pictures or cutout images from a magazine. (old collage of me)
Wk 30 - Add recipes, business cards - a mash book page.  (I made cards that flip in alll directiosn)
Wk 31 - create a pocket - fill it with treasures from your week.(this flips too)
Wk 32 - Incorporate a fortune cookie fortune.(not available so looked some up)
Wk 33- Use you under paper in a creative way.(No under paper, used gelli..not very creatively)
Wk 34 - Fill page with numbers related to your week.(Hope it adds up!)
Wk 35 - Draw sketch or doodle a face or cut out and alter one from a magazine.
Wk 36 - Black and White
Wk 37 -  Use a white pen predominately on your page. (This was fortuitous because I have only just noticed that I completely missed out Wk 36.)
Wk 38 - Draw, paint, doodle a feather onto your page.

Sorry Susanne, won't be there Saturday- NFL Fan Day in London.  Shoulder pads and helmets call.  Hope the Raiders fans will be there in all their glory.
Raiders fans will have 11,000 less seats to fill in 2013. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Absence note.......

Please Miss, I have been a bit busy. Turning this
into this
 
 The intention was to be able to show my desk as it usually is, with work in progress,  so that I could take part in Seth Apter's challenge.
The spur to have this humungous tidy was the super chest of drawers I had from DH for my birthday but
you will notice that the tidy version has nothing going on.  This is the story of my life, as soon as I have it tidy I sit wondering what to do.  Hopefully over the next weeks I will ruffle it up a bit and produce something.

Since I last posted I have visited the Weald of Kent Craft and Design Show at Penshurst Place which was a very good day out.
This gentleman works in London, moving on pigeons.  He doesn't kill them, just says "Move along please"
and he is just gorgeous.
I have also has a birthday which I celebrated with friend watching the Tall Ships leave London.
Some very tall
and some not so tall but great to see.

I have been doing quite a bit of gardening, bulb planting as we seem to have lost a lot.    Now, to try and get back on track with everything else......looking forward to a visit to Hampton Court  to visit The Handmade Fair on Saturday, hoping that this wonderful weather hangs on just a little longer.

Monday, August 25, 2014

All over the place.......

I've been away, to my hometown.  View of Piel Island from Roe Island. Glorious sea breezes.

We went to Kendal
and walked down memory lane in the Museum of Lakeland Life, a bit disconcerting to see so many things you remember, in a museum. We also loved the Quaker Tapestry.and this quilt.

Made of knitted squares and embroidered panels, I think the square were knitted by a lady (forgot the name, sorry) and the embroidered pieces were worked by her friends. Sorry about the photo quality. There are some better photographs here
We visited Sisergh Castle  I must have passed it a thousand times on journeys back and forth but it is a lovely house to visit.  Fascinating history, Jacobites and all that,wonderful wooden paneling and carved fireplaces  and the portraits, for me, are particularly fine.




In the gardens we found these treasures.

The owls were part of Woollen Woodlands.  A copse of trees had been decorated with literally hundreds of animals and flowers by local groups and schools. Brilliant idea, such fun,We (72 and 82) were running around shouting "Look at this one" "Come and look at this".


 

and 
I actually took loads more but as this was supposed to be a quick catch up post I better move on, there are some more photographs on this blog
Another beautiful day and a beach combing walk on Walney Island
I didn't wan't to trespass here

The sea made art
Iconic Black Combe
 See how it has inspired other people here
Another view with Walney Channel

Our last trip was to see the tree that has been planted for my brother,on a grassy bank, over looking the town so he can keep it in order.
Hopefully in the spring it will have snowdrops round it and then white blossom.
So that took longer than I thought, if you stuck with it to here can you help me identify this shrub?.  I have searched but had no luck so far.
Right better get to the catching up, seem to have been doing that this whole year which is flying by.