Wednesday, 17 March 2010
I have promised Zoe my eight year old neice a portrait for a while, but I have to be in the right frame of mind to paint and for some reason I have just not felt like it. This is why I dont do portraits for commission. However I did feel bad and started it last week. Then became ill! It will be the first project I finish when I am better. Sorry Zoe
I did manage to do some crocheting whilst ill though. This is my first attempt at freeform crocheting. I wanted to try and make something a bit more modern and appealling to youngsters other than a hat or scarf. As it was my first go at freeform its not quite the shape I wanted and will do it a bit differently next time. Also I need to get used to the fact that anything made from yarn will stretch especially when you squeeze it onto a tube of paint lol. The buttons are from my treasure chest of vintage buttons and I think they are upholstery buttons but the do the job!
I have been ill for a while with a higher tract respirotory virus. In other words a bad chest lol. However, it has knocked me for five. Put me in bed for three days and seems to be taking forever to show any signs of letting up. Hence, not much blogging going on. Also my son and first born is moving out tomorrow which I am really not very happy about. On top of that my cat who is supposed to be my Constant companion got a scare yesterday whilst on my lap and has put a gouge about 1.5" across my right palm, really quite deep and a couple of sore but not a severe scratches on the left which is making crocheting difficult for me :(
Monday, 1 March 2010
This cat really does like to feel part of the creative process. "What do you think of this colour on me?" she purrs "make me a hat out of it". Your wish is my command your majesty. One Rasta cat coming up! Thats her modelling face. Tongue stuck out to look like she has lips lol. Judging by her eyes she was not that amused haha
I crocheted this scarf for Kelly for Christmas. I retaught myself how to make and join granny squares whilst making it. To me it is the epitome of an 'Art Student' scarf. I purposedly used the boldest, brightest most clashing colours and made it extra, extra long. Kelly loves it. She informed me that all her fellow students love it and even her Knit lecturer commented on it. I am so glad she liked it because to be honest I was not sure of it once finished.
I get a lot of stick from my offspring for turning into a granny with all the crafting I do. This picture is of my unofficial daughter in law Kelly and I working on our Gedifra scarfs. Kelly is a 20 year old University Student studying Textiles at Manchester. I am currently showing her how to crochet and the scarf was a good starting point as by the end of it she will definately have the hang of how to hold her hook and wool lol. She thinks my crafting is amazing and apparently this blog features in her University Work log. So there someone thinks I am cool haha
I recently purchased a Gedifra Scarf Net. 1.5M long. The idea of this netting is that you simply weave thick wool through it to create a scarf. Ideal project if you want to get kids involved in crafting. However I didnt like the effect with the wool I was using, and ever the happy hooker I decided to crochet into it instead. I simply chained 40 for the fringe, and then chained four in the gap, did a chain under the netting and repeated till the end. Then chained forty at the other end. I am having loads of fun using all my different yarns. Great leftover stash buster. This is the result so far!
These nets are a great idea. If you want to know where to buy them comment me and I will post a link.