Thursday, 25 August 2011

6 years and counting...

In a bright, bright box lurks a secret.
A project started 6 years ago, when we lived in a cold, cold flat.
Now I've found out this work in progress - shall I finish it by this winter? Is 6 years a record for finishing a crochet project?

Friday, 19 August 2011

What is the colour of...

Colour is such an emotive interesting thing. We all know the colour of a russet apple...
But what is the colour of freedom?
I saw the link for the color of program on iHanna's blog. It is such an enjoyable site and it is fascinating to see the colour build. Maybe this is what synaethesia feels like?

Monday, 15 August 2011

Magic Feather project...

My aim yesterday was to take part in a day in the life, organised by the lovely Frayed at the Edges. However, I overindulged on Saturday night, which meant that I spent the majority of Sunday snoozing in bed. My craft mojo took until Match of the Day 2 to appear, when I read about the Magic Feather project.
The project is organised by Spirit Cloth, with the aim to collect 1000 stitched feathers from around the world. She asks that the cloth is recycled, luckily I have lots of fabrics that I just can't bear to throw away. I picked this kitsch fabric, it was a top that I wore until it fell apart, beyond repair.I like the bright 70s inspired pattern. For my feather, I picked a plain brown embroidery thread to match the print. My feather can now fly away to New York.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Silver Darlings!

Another call from the fish exchange - this time for the Isle of Skye Bonnie Boat event for the year of the Scottish Islands.
This time the fish need to be sparkly, to welcome the Celeste into Portree harbour. In my yarn stash I found some white acrylic with a silver thread running through - perfect!
I used the same pattern as before, but only 20 rows of 40 stitches in the middle, to make it the required size.
For full details of the project see here and here. Now to send the fish to Skye!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Guinea pig wash cloths...

I have been knitting away creating more baby washcloths for gifts using this pattern from Kris Knits. And then I wondered, could I make a different picture? What to do, what to do, I wondered. And then a brainwave, being a cavy slave - a guinea pig!
I made a chart of the even rows, and got to it. The green dots indicate to knit, purl on the blanks and purl on the red dots (I just put the eyes and ears as red to highlight them).
And the result... It is not perfect, but trying to pixelate a guinea pig is quite difficult, what with them being essentially furry potatoes.
I should point out that this guinea pig wash cloth - is not for washing the guinea pigs! As they really wouldn't appreciate that!
This week I am mostly attempting to get organised. So far I have only managed to get my sewing threads in order... Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

My ode to Kapp'n

The lovely Heart & Lungs zine had a request for stories from the sea for issue 2. After a wee thought, kapp'n came to mind.
Kapp'n is a turtle who appears in the Nintendo game Animal Crossing. In the Game Cube version, when you attached your GameBoy Advance, you got access to an extra island, and kapp'n would gladly take you over on his little boat. He would sing sea shanties as you made your way across, about love or cucumbers (or ocassionally both). This morning Heart & Lungs issue 2 landed on my doorstep, and amongst the beautiful illustrations, interviews and stories, there inside is my ode to kapp'n.
You can purchase Heart & Lungs here, and even have a sneaky peak inside here. Go on.