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March 29, 2014

Vacation Florida style part 1. Knitting and the seaside.

I have only been to Florida  once before so this trip was to be a sightseeing and trying new things visit. My son has lived here for a while so he knows his way around and is patient with me wanting my daily brew (coffee) and as many yarn stores as we can find. Between us we compiled a list of places and restaurants to visit, where the best yarn shops are and what we’d both enjoy doing, sometimes with my grandson too. We are almost there. I’ve eaten many different foods, drunk different beers, seen new places and made new friends. We’ve been on a ferry, a boat tour to see dolphins, eaten great sea food, fried green tomatoes and fried chicken. Spring rolls, the best biscuits I’ve ever had, (not cookies), shrimp, crab and possibly the best French fries. I’ve cooked for my son too, tonight it’s shepherds pie. Still have to eat some kind of pie though! 

One yarn shop was like an Alladins cave with very helpful staff, we’re patient with me and didn’t mind how long I browsed the floor to ceiling shelves. The other was the complete opposite, with no prices on shelves or yarn bands so when I asked she had to look on computer. There was a workshop going on and I was obviously in the way. I think that is the only time I’ve left a yarn shop empty handed!

I’ve experienced torrential rain, scorching heat, cold, humidity and high winds all in a two week period.

when you go to the beach in England you drive to the coast, park, carry your bucket n spade to the (mostly) pebbly beach, hire a deck chair and wind break and hobble down to the sea. Eat your sandwich and warm lemonade. If you’re lucky you may need to apply a sun hat and lotion. 

We cooked a dozen or so hot dogs, stuffed them in the buns, wrapped them in foil and put them in a thermos bag, wrapped ham in tortillas, grabbed a few bottles of water, cartons of juice, hats, sun cream (factor 60) towels and toys and off we went. Stopped at gas station to buy ice, filled cooler with ice and off we went again. Arriving at the beach we paid our entry fee and drove on, and on….. To the beach. Tide was out, we parked in zone 10, stripped off, and ran over sand to the ocean. Again and again. The only trouble was you had to watch out for the other cars and trucks that kept arriving (then leaving) throughout the day. Part of the beach is a nature reserve and is roped off, much farther along the beach was accessible to 4wheel drive vehicles only due to soft sand. I did fret rather when it was high tide and the car was only a foot away from the waters edge but my son assured me we’d be ok.and we were. 

At home I don’t do the whole sitting on the beach thing, I can’t sit anywhere doing nothing so I had to keep paddling and wandering off. I was very brave too and went in the sea up to my hips all the while wishing I was enjoying it. My son was slightly braver but not much! 

Thankfully much of the afternoon was overcast so it made the walking in the surf a bit more comfortable.ImageImage

 

January 12, 2013

My first knitting pattern!

For years I have been designing and knitting my own patterns so this is about time. It was one of my resolutions and I think I have actually fulfilled it!
The Bandana Scarflette is easy for a beginner but satisfying for any level. It can be knitted in most any yarn as well as leftovers of the same weight.
Here is a picture and a link to ravelry for the pattern.
Bandana Scarflette
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December 12, 2012

Meet the Octokids

After knitting 2 rather large and time consuming octopi I thought I should knit a few baby ones, so here they are! Knitted in one piece with no seams, just lots of ends to sew in, they are completely washable and safe for little ones. The yarn is a bamboo mix so quite shiny & very soft.
They will be appearing in the etsy shop later.
Mini Octokid family

December 10, 2012

Tasty hats for the holidays!

Super cute and completely unique these delightful hats will bring smiles all round. Each one is different, hand crafted with love. Just like our edible British Christmas puddings these come complete with brandy butter on top and a sprig of holly.
In 3 different sizes
For the little one
hat no 1
For mum or big sister
Hat no 2
For Dad or big brother
Hat no 3

October 31, 2012

Needlefelt workshops Winter 2012

Places still available at Made in Lewes, at the Needlemakers, on the following workshops

NEEDLE FELTED CHRISTMAS GARLAND
Wednesday 21st November from 7-9.30- £25.00 per person (2 places for £40.00)

Create your own eco friendly and unbreakable felt garland to decorate your tree or your door.
No previous experience required, suitable for all ages.
I will supply all the necessary ingredients, you bring imagination and enthusiasm!
We will be using Christmas shaped cookie cutters so if you have a special one please bring that too!

BUILD YOUR OWN SNOWMAN
Sunday 25th November 10am-3pm £48.00

Some experience beneficial but not essential! We will build a snowman/person using clean sheep wool. Use as a table decoration or place in the window. Knitting or crochet skills useful to make hat and scarf for snowman but not necessary.
All ingredients supplied but feel free to bring favourite yarn/needles.
There is a cafe on site but feel free to bring packed lunch.
Please email me knitwit95@gmail.com to book you place on any of the workshops. Or phone 07845143664.
Needlefelt decorations

October 1, 2012

SOCK YARN SALE

To help aliviate the lack of space I am having a sale on sock yarn in the shop. Just quote Soctober for a 10% discount.
Some of these colourways may not currently be available!
New batch yarns with labels

September 13, 2012

Hand painted cushion

After painting the sock blanks I imagined painting onto other knitted fabric so here is the first painted, knitted cushion! Based on one of Dunan Grants paintings this bowl of flowers has been painted onto a machine knitted fabric. The fabric was first dyed with ‘slate’, the reverse side being slightly darker.The image was then hand painted freestyle before steaming to set the dye. It has a zip and a polyester cushion pad inside which makes it washable.
What next?
Hand painted cushion

August 24, 2012

‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Seascape’ New sock blanks added to etsy shop!

Always popular these unique sock blanks will produce a pair of picture socks, as you unravel so the picture appears! Quite magical.
The first one is based on a photograph of sunflowers in Italy, taken by my old mate Maureen. The second is an impression of a seascape.
These sock blanks can take up to 2 1/2 hours to paint but are really amazing. Why be satisfied with stripey socks when you can have picture socks?
Sunflowers-Sock blank
'Seascape'

August 9, 2012

Mini octopus Alice

My brilliant copywriting son Leif suggested I make little baby octopi suitable for babies so I did! Here is the first in the series-Alice. No buttons to pull off and swallow and washable. Once I have a few they will available from my etsy shop
Stumpy & Alice
Stumpy & Alice

August 5, 2012

Introducing Stumpy the octopus

As a special favour to my eldest son I created this second octopus for someone he knows in Florida. It will be part of a nautical inspired and themed nursery for a special little boy.
Over 80 buttons are sewn on to him so he’s not a ‘toy’ suitable for a little one but future mini octopi will be.
I called him stumpy because one of his legs is shorter and fatter than the others. He is sitting on my handmade rug/chair cover woven with Cheviot fleece.
Stumpy

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