Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Another vegan crafter

My good friend Cathy, who is a Vegan Society local contact, Bookcrosser, Freecycler and generally wonderful person now has her own blog which I would like to share with you all.

I will probably try to add it to the links on the right at some point but this new Blogger scarily says that I will lose my template if I customise my page using the new tool.

And as it took me several weeks to get all the buttons interactive and in more or less the right place, I'm not going through all that again!

So here is the link to her blog, full of handy hints on how to make cards from recycled materials.

Personally, I am impressed with anyone who has the patience to make cards - I could do a blog on making a gluey mess which is all I ever manage but I don't think many people would be interested in it.

So swing on by and leave her a comment, why don't you...

Not all quiet on the knitting front...

I've had a busy couple of weeks on the knitting front, mainly due to have the luxury of a full week off work due to college half term.

I was busy doing other things too, the main activity being sorting out 26 boxes of old books from a Sixth Form College in Bury. It took 2 trips in 2 hatchbacks to pick them up and there are still 8 boxes in my backroom but at least I know what most of them are now and are sorted thematically.

I do need help though as I bought another 8 books during half term; 3 of which I had already (they were nicer editions though).

Having given my lurex mobile phone cover to a friend while drunk (it looks good on her phone though), I have made a lovely bright pink one for myself - still to be sewn up...

I also made 2 pink corsages for my good friend Linsay; they came out quite well. I used some bright pink DK from a bargain kit I bought, some pink Whisper-like stuff and some R2 pink lurex tape (bought off eBay I think). I just need to sew some pins on the back which will probably take me several weeks to get round to doing.

I am currently working on a retro style tea cosy in some linen drape from my stash. This is the one from the latest issue of Knitting - there is a mistake in the pattern but I think I've worked it out properly now.

It was a bit of an emergency project as I didn't have anything to take with me to the Bolton Knitting Noras meeting on Sunday. In my traditional style, I knitted most of it at the Knit Out and then unpicked it all when I got home.

The Bolton Knitting Noras group is going fantastically; there were 10 of us at the last meeting, including charming new member Jennifer.

Monday, February 12, 2007

New Rowan Magazine joy!

The other day I received my new Rowan magazine but have been unable to post about it due to a disgusting amount of gadding about and my inability to post photos and words together on this new supposedly improved Blogger.

I love the new magazine anyway and was filled with nostalgia for 1970s family hols by the Southwold fashion story - I recognised the location just by the beach huts.

We rented a beach hut every year for the full fortnight and my dad always insisted on us going to the beach every day even if it was raining so we could get our moneysworth.

Suffolk in the 1970s was far from the yuppie playground it is these days but we loved it just the same.

My friend Fran lives in Snape and there is no greengrocers or fishmongers on Aldeburgh high street now but you can buy a Cath Kidston cushion.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Arrrgh! So much to say...

and not able to say due to a problem with pesky new Blogger.

However, it all seems OK now - but I've forgotten what I was going to say now...

Oh yes, Rowan have a new yarn coming out (maybe it is out now) - Bamboo Tape.

I can't wait to get my hands on some and am awaiting delivery of the new Rowan magazine with baited breath.

I always appreciate the summer Rowan magazines more than the winter ones - all those lovely cottons rather than horrid itchy bulky wool.

I also got sent this link as a super Knitty fan: very amusing article on how a yarn stash should be viewed as a collection - now I know I can be proud of my random piles of acylics and cottons.