Sunday, 28 October 2007

a finished scarf, a torn afghan and some canine bedding...


it's been a week, and what a week. I've been in Glasgow for part of it doing some work. Was lucky enough to get along to private views at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Glasgow Museum of Modern Art. Kelvingrove had some fabulous bits and pieces of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (and co) design work but I especially loved the small gallery featuring 18thC costumes
At GoMA I was inspired and enthralled by the Cutting Edge exhibition of contemporary Scottish crafts, there were some interesting and innovative pieces of jewellery and textiles, shame there are no pictures on their website...
Anyway, back at the ranch I managed to finish the scarf yesterday. I put a slit in it as I found myself running out of yarn sooner than I thought so the slit was designed to enable it to wrap without having to
really wrap, iykwim. Unfortunately it was a bit TOO close to the end so I had to frog it (ribbit, ribbit - geddit?) and then add a bit more on after the slit. Think I am happy with it now. It is gloriously warm and once I have it around my neck I feel like I can never part with it. Haven't worn it to bed though, yet...
(this is my new hairdo, supposed to work with my natural curls once I wash it - I withold judgement until tomorrow)

Spent today at home with two sick children. Awwwh. They are very poorly. The littlest one is clinging like a limpet while the eldest one is mostly prone before the telly. I did manage to engage them in some crafting though and I have photographic evidence to prove it...

I made this afghan (my first ever crochet "on the buses" project) for Elijah who was born last February. Unfortunately, it being my first ever crochet project, I had no idea how to bind in the ends and so it has suffered a bit of toe damage (he is a strong boy that Eli!) which I have undertaken to mend. No idea how and have a horrible feeling it will involve some crazy backwards crocheting technique not yet invented but I will give it a whirl.


Esther initially decided to help (the lure of some shiny, pointy needles obviously strong enough to combat her ailment) but shortly after returned to limpet mode...


Meanwhile Eva has been nagging me to make a quilt for her favourite soft doggie for some time now. Today I got her to do a design for it and choose the fabric and we cut it out (she turns out to be a whizz on the rotary cutter and a demon with a measuring tape) and pieced it (she lifted and lowered the running foot, and guided the fabric) together. The real excitement came when she got her foot to the motor pedal thing and the machine went off at 120mph, or so it felt to this old dear (I normally sew well below the official speed limit!). Here is the finished article...with the batik fabric looking very fetching on the marbled table (ahem! ...wouldn't have been my choice of fabric but the girlie and her doggie appear to love it)

the flowers Eva made while she was feeling a bit bored as I tried to remember how to change a needle are at the top of this entry...

and here is a "bag" she made when we were testing out her fabric guiding skills...







I think Eva enjoyed her afternoon even though she was feeling a bit miserable

Now, back to that reverse engineering crochet job...

2 comments:

Katy said...

wow, clever little girly!!! Can she come to my house and help me get over my irrational fear of the sewing machine?
Ooh, your hair looks lovely too btw!

lucykate crafts... said...

love the new hair do, really suits you, love that scarf too!