Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I've Been Quilting

And this is what I produced:

Tempest in a Teacup
It is 60' x 80' and is destined for my sons bed. It is a modified storm at sea pattern which I designed myself. The central panel is not original, but the borders panels are.
I also made some more hexagon blocks for my Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt. Only 5 more blocks to go and I have finished the hexagon bit : )

Monday, July 21, 2008

My New Baby

Folowing on from the surprise niddy-noddy of earlier this month, DH has done it again but with a baby-sized version!!!

Cue the Chrissy-noddy: It is 11" long and the cross bars are 5" long. It weighs only 85g and fits nicely into my spindle bag for spinning on the go. This one is in Olive Ash. Just like his big sister, the cross bar holes are tapered to stop them slipping or working loose over time.

I like it so much that DH has agreed to add them to the shop at the end of August. They will be £17.50 each including 1st class postage in the UK. They are available in Ash, Beech, Cherry or Mahogany
If you would like to pre-order one, please email us at: Moorec648@aolDOTcom replacing the DOT with a full stop. I will be away for a week so please dont worry if you dont hear from us straight away.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Tension to Detail

This week life has been really busy. I have had an energy surge -I don't know why, and have done lots of the 'detail' things I have been meaning to do for ages. Below there is an example of this. A tension square - but not just a tension square:

It is one of 6 tension squares I have done: 2 in DK on size 3.75mm and 4mm needles. 2 in 4Ply on 3.25mm and 3mm needles and 2 in Peaches & Cream aran weight cotton on 4.5mm and 5mm needles.
This will hopefully give me a starting point for my knitting calculations, on straight needles anyway. I have weird tension as I am left handed and prone to meditate on the meaning of life etc instead of concentrating whilst knitting - the glove with a neatly turned heel in it is a prime example of that LOL, so this, at least, will solve the tension problem.....the meditating is another matter : )
More about Peaches & Cream later.............

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Skips, Surprises & A Swop


'What is a scruffy looking piece of wood doing on my Blog?' I hear you ask. Well, this isn't just a scruffy bit of wood, this is 1 of 3 scruffy bits of wood which DH liberated from a skip last night.....

And these 3 scruffy bits of wood happen to be seasoned 70 year old Mahogany. After all the layers of paint have been removed we have a large amount of 1 1/2" thick fantastic wood to make more Sublime Spindles and Nostepinnes from. Hows that for reclaimed wood??? Move over Steptoe & Son, DH is on the case.


On Monday DH emerged from his workshop and plonked this down on my desk.

DH isn't given to many words so I had to go after him to ask for more details. It is a special niddy-noddy for me made in the last of his original bit of English Antique Oak reclaimed from his Uncle's barn. A unique niddy-noddy which I will treasure : )

A Swop:

And last but not least - a wonderful swop with Babylonglegs. I saw her fantastic handspun called Peru at Woolfest. She has donated it as a prize for the Mirasol raffle which the Alpacabuyer is organising . I loved it so much she has spun a similar skein for me. It is in 2 skeins called Peru II and is 3 ply BFL 250 metres long. She is having a Sublime Spindle in return which DH is making on Friday.