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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Salt Line Delivery

I found some proper old tarpaulin canvas on my travels and this is what I came up with.

A spot of Valentine hand embroidery.

This was supposed to be a sweater from a vintage knitting pattern but I lost the will and decided that it wouldn't suit me when the hard part was done!
Hand knit by me in pure alpaca and lined with a dark green vintage velvet.
All over at Salt Line Studio.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Embroidered Harris Tweed

At long last, the second one off the production line and the first one for sale at Etsy.


 Vintage Harris Tweed

Hand embroidered

 Gents or ladies?

Friday, 23 January 2015

Needlepoint Treasures

This is a fabulous piece of work and unusually it is labelled, well done Diane, 
all makers should do this but very rarely bother.
 It was stitched from 1965-7 and framed in 1971, older than me!

Another massive piece, no label this time.
They will be back for a new life after a good soak and a stretch.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Felt Tip Heaven

When a 14 year old boy who likes drawing says he doesn't have the right 'Zelda' shade this is what happens.  I have a local shop, the Craft Cave, that is jam packed with all things creative and I do like to support these essential services.  I only went in for three shades but these beauties where on at less than half price so I bought the whole set and the display stand, OMG!  
Should a middle aged woman be so excited about felt tips?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Vintage Needlepoint

I don't think you can beat a good piece of needlepoint, I used love stitching them but I've moved on a bit now, although I know I would only need to do a couple of stitches to be addicted again!  
The sad thing about needlepoint is how many never get completed or get to the finished stage but no further and so I've made it my mission to rescue any I find, hence the burst of cushions. 
 They do need a lot of prep and soaking and stretching but I think the end result is worth it. 
 They've all taken up residence in my Etsy shop.

I love the colour combination of the aquas, greys and yellows
 and the ducks just make me think of Hilda Ogden.

You can't go wrong with a hunting scene and a bit of red moleskin.

This one is a bit more contemporary and makes me think of our last holiday in Cornwall, 
who wouldn't want to live in the little thatched cottage by the sea?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

January Colour

I'm on my fourth pair of Family Christmas socks - the first started just before we went away - and once they are off the needles I'll be getting stuck into this lovely stuff.  Mind The Gap BFL from my Barlaston Santa and the lovely red from my Secret Santa, I'm thinking red heels and toes.

We went to Baked while we were in NY and I was eyeing up their gorgeous book, a bit too heavy so ordered it online and it was there when we arrived home.  I made this for Miss Belle's party, a bit long winded for my liking but I was chuffed with the end result, however it was so difficult to get all of the sparklers going I completely forgot to take a photo.
  Notes I will be adding to my copy - the UK hundreds and thousands that I could find just loose their colour in the actual cake mix so don't bother, maybe we are stricter on food colour than the US?  The best way to get them on to the cake is with a trowel, as if plastering a wall.  The frosting ingredients seem weird - flour - but taste great and not too sweet.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

1970's Velvet

Another make for Salt Line Studio,

fully reversible - even the handles are different.

With Love From 1941

New makes for Salt Line using a 1941 Utility Stamped wool blanket, 
74 years and still going strong - 
good stuff lasts!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Christmas Holidays 2014

I didn't fancy cooking Christmas lunch so we popped out!

The last time Miss Belle went she was this big and now she can eat a rib-eye as big as her head.

Christmas lunch at the best steak house in town,
 apparently this is where KK.

The garment district - obviously.

We like NYC at Christmas but the portion sizes are a killer. 
Louis with a chocolate snowman bigger than him in 2004.

You can't do NYC at christmas without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  
Someone wants to be a Rocket. 

Got some new specs from Fabulous Fanny's because a small person is cramping my style, 
watch this space.

All ready for a brisk march around Central Park.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Little Donkey?

I came across these the other day, they aways used to have matching Boden PJ's, 
how could I forget?

Almost forgotten that I used to be big into felt making, the horse they are riding was my donkey when I was little but I sacrificed him for a City & Guilds project.  I stripped him down to a pink plastic naked donkey and gave him a new felt 'skin' made of what else but Jacob's.  I stitched the pre-felt in place and then used up a lot of elbow grease.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

1940's Barkcloth

1940's Barkcloth - I was recently asked by an unbeliever at a show, "how is it here?"
The answer to that is it's really good stuff,  it was taken care of,  less or no chemicals,  top notch fabric weave and it was probably part of something - a curtain - that has survived unscathed in some areas.  I wonder how much fabric produced in the 2010's will be around in 2080?

I always have a bit of a debate with myself as to which side of a piece of barkcloth to use, the print is on both sides and originally it would have had a right and a wrong side but with a lifetime of use the underside may well be brighter than the 'best' side.   All of the original barkcloth that I have come across is vat dyed which means the colour stays true as opposed to pigment dyed which just sits on top and isn't as durable.   I would always go for the faded side but I know that a lot of people would go for the brighter side and the pouches below show the difference.  The left is the front of the fabric, the right is the the underside.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Mid Century Barkcloth

1950's Hollyhocks, fabulous colour combination and a brushstroke style I seem to be seeing everywhere but this is the original.

1950's David Whitehead, you just can't beat the red, grey and yellow of this iconic print.

Original 1960's print, Moustached Officers, hipster way before their time!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Weston Park Christmas Fair

We managed to come home with a 2.5kg Chicken and Ham pie
and a very good bottle of Cider with ginger, perfect for serving warm with rum and honey.

Excellent entertainment.

Never too big for a little steam train.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Sox Appeal?

I have just realised that I've been a sock knitter for 10 years, I'm sure there must be some award for this.  The above were my very first pair, Christmas 2004, we were on holiday in a log cabin in Scotland.  Knit on 3mm in Opal self stripping with the pattern from the ball band.  These are still going and I think I have only had to darn the once!

I have a little notebook where I do my sock calculations and measurements, it's actually a  pretty good 'timeline' for our family.  I have the feet measurements for Louis and Betsy as they have grown and I usually take socks as my holiday knitting so each pair of socks takes me back to a particular place and time.

The above were knit in Cape Cod May 2007, I knit two pairs in Collinette Jitterbug while we were away - long flight - don't touch Jitterbug with a barge pole, it felts at the sight of water.

The tiny ones now dangle across the mantle piece at Christmas.

There was a time when a small person would have to add her own notes.

I usually write down interesting things I hear while I'm knitting; Flubber - Creative man, Borax-white glue-water, Vogue-dress, Harold and the Purple Crayon.  This was what I picked up in Boston and Cape Cod 2007, obviously important at the time!

Betsy is always happy to model socks.

Elizabeth Zimmerman made me push the sock knitting boundaries with Baby Longies, 
they are possibly the cutest and most useful thing I have ever knit.

I think I have got the sock knitting sussed now, toe-up, short row toe and heel, two circs 
and by doing a different colour toe and heel you can use up every inch of sock yarn you have stashed.

 The Raggersock was swatched last night on 4mm and 3.75, 
notes have been made, calculations done and new sock needles ordered.

Success is in the prep.

Get a little knitting note book and without even noticing you will record life.

I can't rotate this, no idea why, but my 48 stitch thick Raggersocks are on the horizon for
 Christmas 2014.