Sunday, 27 May 2012

Stitchcraft - October 1969

Whilst browsing in a charity shop for beads - I do this a lot, it's so much cheaper - I came across a fantastic magazine that I just had to have.

Come and have a look through it with me:)

The front cover - at the bottom in pencil is an address - 18 Lew Pr - so this must have been delivered in October 1969. The instructions are on pages 2 and 3. 

Page 4 and 5 gives instructions for a knitted dress - I love the mannequins behind!

Pages 6 and 7 contain some Autumn wear - I like the white jumper best:)

Pages 8 and 9 - don't forget the man in your life. 

Pages 10 and 11 - the matching jumper and bobble hat are sweet - but I'm not sold on the knitted trousers. I would have been 3 myself in 1969 and I have photos of me in similar outfits - and I had those white shoes!

Pages 12 and 13 - a rug and a tallboy runner. My mum used to make rugs at this time - she made me a tiger rug which I loved my entire childhood. (It is from her that I got my passion for crafting). 

Pages 14 and 15 - embroidery and crocheted doilies. 

Pages 16 and 17 - a crocheted sailor dress - I had a similar one when I was about 7 - made by my mum of course!

Pages 18 and 19 - a cross stitch table set. 

Pages 20 and 21 matching mother and daughter jackets - sweet!

Pages 22 and 23 - more Autumn jumpers - the stripy one is on the back page in glorious techni-colour.

Pages 24 and 25 - tapestry cushions - I'm not into doing tapestry but I like the designs - puts me in mind of Cath Kidston. 

Pages 26 - has cushion instructions.
Page 27 has a fab pram blanket for a big old pram. I have friend due in August, I was thinking of making this leaf blanket for her little one in autumnal colours - hmmmm....

Pages 28 and 29 - A bag that looks like a hot water bottle cover. A cartoon for the kids. And a brilliant draught excluder caterpillar, for a window ledge. Despite double glazing, I still think he is fab for a kids room. 

Pages 30 and 31 - an advert for a knitting machine - which reminds me to get my two on ebay.

Pages 32 to 37 are just instructions for all the patterns. 

Page 38 and 39 - Jumper and cardie - but not my style really.

The back page - I love this outfit and would happily wear it this Autumn - I also love the caption;)

Friday, 25 May 2012

Garden Diary - 25th May 2012

The Cool Bed - from left to right!



This is the unloved section by the pond - with a Buddleia growing randomly after sowing itself there. 

Slightly more loved here - some Penstemons and a Hydrangea, with a Hosta that I thought was dead appearing once more. 

The woodland glade area, ferns, Pulmonarias, Geraniums and Nigellas. 

Still under the tree - Phlox, Lavendar, Campanulas, Rose Campion and some Wallflowers. 

Moving out of the shade - Salvia, Penstemon and Lupins. 

Penstemons, Astrantia, Aqualigia, Delphiniums and an Allium tucked away at the back. 

Here come the Daisies, blending lovely with the Aqualigia. 

Loving this bit of the garden at the moment. 

The end of the bed now - Alliums, Nigellas, and some mystery plants that have just grown. 

 The Hot Bed! 

No blooms looming yet. 

 The Wendy House

Courgettes with eggshells to keep slugs and snails at bay!

My dinner!

Tomatoes and Salad:)


Monday, 21 May 2012

WIP Report 11

How many WIPs? 3
Minty Squares, Pearl Drops, Soliloquy Sox

How many WIPs started since last report? 3
Minty Squares, Flower Picture, Birthday Necklace

How many WIPs completed since last report? 3
Rainbow Sox, Flower Picture, Birthday Necklace

Photo Gallery

Completed WIPs

Rainbow Sox

Yarn: Rico Design Superba Poems
Equipment: 5 x 2.5mm dpns



I love the colours in this yarn but it was really difficult to match sock 2 to sock 1 - as you can see in the right hand sock there are stripes not blends. Sadly I couldn't avoid this as the yarns didn't run in the same order and I ran out of orange and pink.

The photo makes it look like I have massive feet - they are 6 and a half - the rib/cable pattern makes the leg look thinner - but they fit like a glove - or a sock!


Flower Picture

I have already blogged about this in detail here. Just to say it was my first attempt at artwork and I am quite pleased with the result. 

Birthday Necklace

I made a little threaded necklace for my friend for her birthday. 


New WIP

Minty Squares

Continuing my 80s revival - I am knitting another summer top from the decade of power dressing and shoulder pads!

This time it isn't a pattern from the stash I found in my attic (Memory Lane) it is a pattern I found in a charity shop whilst I was looking for vintage patterns. 


The pattern is from the Sirdar Sunseeker Collection - it was originally knitted in Sirdar's Linen Touch, so I have chosen Patons Linen Shadow for my twenty first-century version.












Continuing WIPs

Soliloquy Sox

No progress - this WIP is now my travelling WIP and will only be completed on long journeys. 

Pearl Drops


I found 11 large pearls and a box of little ones, so I'm just sewing this together as and when I feel like it!




Sunday, 20 May 2012

Out and About - Danbury, Essex

This weekend I was fortunate to spend it with 22 fourteen and fifteen year olds as they did their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition.

For obvious reasons I can't post pictures of the kids but I took lots of pictures along the route that I can post. Hopefully this might dispel the myth that Essex is all fake tan and false eyelashes (neither of which I have ever worn!)

Danbury village centre

Which way next?


How heavy are those backpacks?


Proof it has been raining!


The Paper Mill Lock


Footpath to the church


Shady path

More proof of rain in the UK

Our homes for the night





No getting away from the mud here



















Wild flowers and plants































Crochet Notes - Vera

I was asked by my friend to use up the yarn that her nan (Vera) had been knitting before she passed, to make something for her mum. Quite a...