Creativity

I’ve not been very creative over the last few months, other than a cross stitch kit I’m currently working on.

However I was looking through some old photo’s for a particular one and found a few of the things I have made over the years, so I thought I’d share a few with you all.

One of the first things I made, after the basic scarf and squares, was a baby cardigan for my friends new son. It was a simple pattern to follow, although the sleeves seemed quite long and the neckline wasn’t as neat as it could have been, but for a first attempt it was acceptable, and they were happy with it.

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Then Oscar wanted a hoodie making for him, so we went and found some wool he was happy with and I found a pattern that wasn’t to complex but would push my limits and this was the end result.

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He was happy with it, after this I took a little break.

Next time I started knitting again it was for charity, the local hospital neo-natal unit put a message out across social media, they needed baby hats. I had small amounts of double knit wool and a simple pattern to follow, it was easy to knit a few of these each night and the stack soon grew. Most neo-natal units are always after hats, blankets and small squares, if you have spare double-knit wool and a little time.

To try and use up some of my wool, and I had quite a bit, I saw a pom-pom rug on Etsy and thought that looks like a simple idea, and gave it a go. It took over a month of making pom-poms every night and then a few hours to attach them to hessian backing and it looked and felt lovely on the bedroom floor next to the bed.

However these rugs aren’t good for high traffic areas, and are more decorative and after a few weeks the pom-pom’s started to flatten and come apart.

Most recently I made a few baby blankets and hats for friends new arrivals.

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Here’s a few of the other many varied items I have made along the way.

The needles may be away for the time being but these photo’s encourage me not to give up and with time, effort and patience I can make beautiful things that make people smile.

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Crafts and relaxation

After spending days looking for patterns I liked but not having the right wool and/or needles I decided it was stressing me out and have put all the knitting stuff away. Probably not for good but definitely for the time being.

Instead I decided to go back to something I did many years ago, cross stitch. It only took me a few minutes and I found a Bothy Threads counted cross-stitch I wanted to do. Thanks to the power of Amazon prime it was ordered and delivered in less than 24 hours (other retailers are available)

I sorted everything out, found my middle point and made a start. I’ve not done any for a long time and quickly found my hands aching. So I decided to do up to one hour a night and it’s coming along very nicely. It’s not finished, in fact not even half way through but here’s the latest progress.

I will post photo’s of the finished project.

Scrapbooking

I’ve started the year as I have the last few years, looking through the 50 things list and updating what was completed the year before and what I could/should do this year to get closer to achieving as many goals as possible.

One of the goals is to start a scrapbook, it’s not something I’ve ever done before and having had a quick look at scrapbooking it’s terrifying !

All the different books, papers, cutters etc, where to start or even how. It’s easy to understand why people avoid crafting. It’s complicated and all the ‘help and tutorials’ make everything look easy and theirs always turns out perfectly however the reality isn’t always that way. It can be tricky, messy and not always straight, but they will be our memories.

So to start with I’m going to collect everything together in a special tin. All tickets, stubs, photographs, anything from days out, events and holidays. Then I can organise and start to plan how to put them together. Until then I can explore ideas and maybe perfect a few techniques or even just some straight lines.

Bye-Bye knitting needles

Earlier this year I found myself quite stressed with all the job and routine changes happening, so I went back to knitting as a way of ‘relaxing’ but found I couldn’t keep track of a pattern and was getting more and more stressed.

Whilst I was working part-time I had found a local craft group, who were very supportive and most crafted for charity.

I had a sort out of my craft material, which was slightly terrifying, and I donated 3 bin liners full and lots of books to these lovely people, safe in the knowledge that the babies in special care will have tiny hats and cardigans and some local hospices will have blankets, shawls and monetary donations from all the goodies I gave them, so lets think positive, less stress and a good deed done.

I have kept a few balls of wool and the appropriate knitting needles just in case, at some point, I’m tempted to make something but for the time being I’m going to limit my creativity to photography and I’ve still got a huge cross stitch project to finish.

 

 

Trial and error

Today I finished the scarf I was making and have reduced the wool stash by one ball, slow and steady does it. 

So with that finished it was time to decide the next project, I want something different so I had a play with some wool and needles and this is what occurred…. 


It’s a hexagon ! It worked (almost) with a few tweaks something interesting might happen. 

W is for …

wool, lots of wool…..

I decided a few weeks ago to ‘have a sort out’ one of those clear out the cupboards, under the bed etc clear outs, now I’ve discovered exactly how much wool I have ! So I’ve started knitting again, I started small a few weeks back with some prem baby hats, but (due to the amount) need to think bigger so I figured I’d make myself a little something.

I’ve started with a ‘simple’ scarf, well that was what the pattern said, after a little googling I’ve figured out the terminology and made a start. It might be finished by Christmas !

I’ve also downloaded a few patterns for patchwork  type throws, which will eat into the stash and I’m considering a temperature blanket but I might need to buy some extra’s for that as I’m not happy with the colour palette I have.

Eventually I will use up some of it, hopefully before I buy more.