Friday, 31 August 2012

Better knitting but dismal photography

I am not one to be beaten by yarn and needles so I started my gloves project again. As there was very little wrong with the beautiful peacock vintage mohair yarn, I picked out some size 7 needles (see conversion chart below) and cast on a few extra stitches.

Courtesy of Simply Knitting

This time the gloves were far more successful due to simple things like counting the rows and the stitches and making both the gloves exactly the same. I know that they are better because I have finished them and already lost them to Josie who was my model for the disastrous but rather hilarious photo shoot.
 

It was getting a bit dark so we went outside


Herbie kept getting in the way


And then Josie really get the giggles


I'm just pleased she likes them.
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Thursday, 30 August 2012

How to knit gloves... badly


As if my knitting wasn't bad enough already, I decided to have a go at my own free style pattern and although creativity is fabulous, when making gloves, I feel that there does need to be a bit of consistency. I am not the type of person who can bear to wear odd gloves, irregular patterns are fine as long as the irregular patterns are the same on both gloves. 
I had no doubt that I was likely to stray on to another project between gloves so made a few notes as I went. I was completely confident that I would forget which needles I used, number of stitches cast on and crazy deviation from an actual stitch that would manifest itself in my project.  I veered away from the cheaters lace stitch pattern I found on the Internet after just two rows. (You can find the original pattern here)





I used 3.5mm needles

Cast on 32 stitches
K2, P2 to make a rib however long it happens to be ( I was hoping that I could measure this as I certainly did not count the rows)

Then I did a few rows of what I think is called stocking stitch, once again I was hoping that measuring would work

And next I did the fancy stitch -  *P3tog, leaving all 3 sts on left needle. Purl first st on left needle again (still leaving all sts on left needle). P first two sts on left needle together. Slip all 3 sts off left needle. 
K one row
P one row
And then repeat from *

It wasn't long until I realised what a complete disaster the gloves were as they were far too small and more the size of an iPhone cover which is what I turned the glove into. I added a lovely vintage brass button and am rather pleased with it.





Catch a Glimpse Button

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Monday, 27 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 37

I have loved every day of the summer holidays this year but my favourite thing was the Vintage Mobile Cinema at Ramsgate Summer Squall today. I was so excited about the Vintage Mobile Cinema which was originally commissioned by the Ministry of Technology in the 1960s. Just the idea of there being a Ministry of Technology is a delight to me, the whole thing is just so "Made in England" that I spent rather a long time researching the complete fabulous affair last night in preparation for our Bank Holiday adventure to Ramsgate.

 The children were quite taken with the red carpet treatment

I completely fell in love with the perspex, chrome and classic Bedford design. It really was so brilliant it deserves a post of its own.
There were benches adorned with knitted flowers
And comfortable pom poms.
Even a spot of crochet
Charlie made a junk shark with black polystyrene teeth
Josie made a junk robot
It was the perfect end to the holidays.





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Friday, 24 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 35

As the end of the summer holidays approaches for me, I am feeling just a touch of fun making fatigue. I am of course hugely grateful to have two adorable children to share the summer with but just as we sometimes need a break from work to recharge our batteries, I do think that I might need a rest from the boy who is showing signs of spoilt brat syndrome and the girl who keeps getting rashes of boredom. Not wishing to complain, but doing it anyway, there is nothing more irritating than taking children out for the afternoon, like yesterday and them not being one tiny bit grateful, pestering for plastic junk from the shop and moaning about not being bought an ice-cream. So for anyone who has also noticed that their purse is much lighter and is secretly looking forward to doing housework without help, here are my dahlias.








Ahh that's better already



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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 33

It is very easy to get out of the habit of getting up early even if like me, you are more generally an early bird. Until a couple of years ago, I woke and got up, just like that and with very little effort. I used to enjoy spending time at the allotment shortly after day break. I can't remember the last time I got up and didn't want to go back to bed but this morning, I had the urge to go to the allotment and it was just perfect. Already warm and sunny, at a little after 7am, there was nowhere I would have rather been.


 It is now the fabulous time of year when I have more raspberries than I can pick in the time I get to spend at the allotment. Raspberries are truly so easy going, they only thing they need is a good weed every now and again to prevent them being smothered by bind weed or strangled by brambles.



I never really feel able to eat the raspberries as I pick them without feeling guilty. I just think that they are so incredibly delicious and nutritious that I should be saving each and every one for the children.
This is all I had time to pick this morning but there are plenty left for another day and even more growing. I wish that I was able to parcel them up and send them to my sister in Australia as she told me that a small punnet cost $10 and she couldn't justify paying that price for such a piddly amount.
I wasn't entirely sure what to do with the raspberries and left them in the kitchen for a short while during which time Charlie got his fingers on them and ate quite a few. I am sure that he could probably have eaten the whole lot but I made the rest into jam which will be perfect with croissants for breakfast tomorrow (Josie has a friend for a sleepover tonight).

We also made a cake using all of my fabulously bright and intense food colouring pastes and I ended up with multi-coloured children.


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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 32

It is amazing how quickly children bounce back. Charlie is back on form again today, making up for all the eating that he hasn't done over the last couple of days. We stayed at home though and took things easy because he wasn't 100% and Josie had an ear ache. I did have ambitions of sitting around in the garden crocheting but my spot was quickly taken up by Herbie.
She looked so comfortable that I didn't have the heart to move her and I had pretty much finished collecting all the lupin seeds.

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Monday, 20 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 31

Today has been my least favourite day of the summer holidays. My husband and I were up for a large amount of the night with Charlie as he has some nasty bug. My boy is usually larger than life, similar to an unstoppable tornado wreaking havoc throughout the house, but when he's poorly I can't help becoming tearful. He is still actually quite tiny and vulnerable. He was burning up and all I could do is watch him anxiously as he drifted in an out of sleep on the settee.


 I managed to get a few jobs done around the house including sewing labels into the new school uniform and a little bit of gardening. The usual noise, laughter and shouting was replaced with hushed whispers so that we could allow Charlie to rest. Josie and I did some yoga in the garden.






I was quite envious of Josie's flexibility and slightly saddened by the decline of mine. I very much hope that Charlie is feeling better tomorrow and that he sleeps well tonight.

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 30

My perfect Sunday is one of simplicity, the beach in the morning and the allotment in the afternoon. Despite leaving for Botany Bay early, the beach was packed with happy people enjoying the beautiful English summer time.


 The children played in the sea with our little boat, it clouded over and then Josie and I swam in the sea in the rain. I haven't swam in the rain since I was a teenager. It was perfectly warm, a touch on the humid side actually but the rain splashing on the sea was rather lovely.



They do look like little angels.

After this mini heat wave. the allotment was in need of a drop of water and I was very grateful to have my little helpers drenching everything.


My sunflowers are also enjoying the warmth of late summer.



And I like nothing more than cycling home in the twilight with a basket full of goodies including my sweet peas which always smell delightful.

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 29

I like the hot weather, it can't really ever be too hot for me and today was perfect. If I woke up tomorrow and it was this morning again forever, I would be delighted. Before Mum left for home, we just did a bit more crafting.


This is Mum's rather fabulous Lego garden hairclip.

There is a little over a week until I have to go back to work so after I dropped Mum at the train station, I had a complete day off, pottering around in the garden. The light, colours and temperature were all glorious and I was truly happy out there with my flowers, plants and crocheted granny squares.




I never tire of the exquisite hot and spicy colouring of nasturtiums.




I love the blue green of the leaves.




I don't believe that there is a hue of hydrangea that I don't like. They have such an old fashioned and refined beauty, their dignity and grace remind of wise old ladies.




And in contrast, dahlias are just such complete show offs with their outrageously bold colours and over-sized bloom, I can't get enough of them.




The most fun of all though was watching Charlie trying to dodge the hosepipe and squealing with laughter each time he got caught in the spray.

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Friday, 17 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 28

Inspired by our trip to Broadstairs Folk Festival yesterday, we had our own festival today at home in the garden. It was another glorious sunny day with proper summer holiday temperatures, blue sky and blazing sun. We set up the teepee and the umbrella for shade and plenty of fun crafty activities for a relaxed day in the garden.

 The children designed their own temporary tattoos.

We made some Lego jewellery.


Shrunk some shrinky dinks


And the caterpillars continue to grow


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Thursday, 16 August 2012

What we did...Summer Holidays 2012 Day 27

 Last night we collected enough raspberries from the allotment to make some jam which was perfect for a sunny breakfast in the garden this morning.


Broadstairs is almost my favourite place in the world and this week is Folk Week so the perfect seaside destination to take my mum to. Broadstairs has such a traditional British seaside feel to it, that you can't help but have a rather lovely time.




Throughout August there is the twice daily Punch and Judy show with Sponge Bob Square Pants joining the more traditional Punch, Judy, Baby, Policeman and crocodile. Both Charlie and Josie felt the need to leave the show to come and tell me that.



We all had a dip in the sea and the waves were a bit rough so several went over the children's heads.



It was a touch chilly with the sea breeze.




And the caterpillars have doubled in size to 6mm



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