Monday, 22 November 2010

Username malfunction!

This may be the best book that I have ever owned, we have never eaten so well.

The masters is coming along slowly, I keep returning to Richard Sennett's idea of 10,000 hours to be an expert, need to put a few more in on the guitar!

This is my Bottom Drawer quilt, and it is finally a real quilt, it's so big that I couldn't handle the weight through my machine which is why I am quilting by hand. It will take many more hours than a machine but it means that I have the time to appreciate the hours of workmanship put in by all the women who created the separate tablecloths that went in to it, where are they now? I did manage to sneak some of my own work in so I think I know where I am.

The charity shopping continues, these are a few cushions I made from old tablecloths.

I have always wanted a proper wooden yarn swift but they are very expensive, I spotted this one at a market a while back needing some TLC, with a bit of tape and a paint brush for a peg it's as good as new.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Back to it!

Shetland seems like a long time ago.

The autumn term is in full swing, all labels are sewn in, and so to keep myself busy - apart from housework - I gave a talk to my WI...

and continued with my back-to-school project of a quilt made up from embroidered linen tablecloths.

A frost means visitors, but William Duke of Normandy has been on patrol, I discovered the head when I slid across the kitchen floor!

We at last tracked down the perfect Brioche moulds when in London, the dough takes an hour at room temperature, 14-24 hours in the fridge, 2-3 hours to rise again, about 7 minutes in the oven and they are gone in no time.

Even managed to stuff in a square of chocolate, though you can't tell from looking.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Have you met Peat?

I am fascinated by Peat?

For years women had the back-breaking task of walking to collect peat in a Kishie, at the same time knitting to make ends meet.

The sliced landscape is amazing.

Cutting peat is a precision job.

It is left to dry out for about 6 weeks.

Shetland has layer upon layer of peat scars.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


In The Loop 2 was a four day Knitting Conference in Shetland, and so...

Shetland was our summer holiday destination, and what a holiday.

The 12 hour ferry ride was fun, we learned to play Patience and roll out of a bunk.

In Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Lerwick we spotted turrets but not a single princess.

We didn't fly, would have been over the weight limit with knitwear.

Didn't see a Viking but lots of Seals and Whales...

and sheep!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

End of the School Holiday

The holiday has flown by, must remember not to book so much in next year, toward the end of August we jammed...

I discovered paint pens.

Watched 'Coco', fabulous knitwear and costume throughout, this is Chanel's ragdoll in the opening scene, on a cart to the orphanage, must make one.

We saw the Mickey Mouse CamperVan Tour at the Bullring, had a go in the Camper but didn't bother with the queue...

Fortunately Miss Belle has been to Disneyland a couple of times already and so we didn't need the photo with a man in a character suit. Couldn't understand why there were parents with tiny babies and no other children waiting hours in line for a photo, assuming the mum wanted the photo and not the baby!

Walking back through Birmingham we passed a round building that we had never seen open before or paid much attention to, so we went in and looked round the War Memorial.

Monday, 23 August 2010

The Big Smoke

We managed to squeeze in a weekend in London, Hakasan was a big hit with the chopstick novices...

We saw the Joana Vasconcelos exhibition - smashing dogs were a big hit - and Polly Morgan, 'Psychopomps' at Haunch of Venison.

Lots of Tree House ideas at the V&A '1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces'.

The Japanese house has a little stove and is for drinking tea, exactly what we need.

We round off the trip at the Imperial War Museum, fabulous exhibitions, appalling cake.

Monday, 16 August 2010


We are now in week 6 of 8 weeks school holidays and we have been busy, busy, busy...

I have been cracking on with the Masters, the above is not in fact a large hat?

Miss 'Flamingo' Belle has been to Stagecoach - everything is so dramatic in her little world...

...this is what happens when you find a pair of footless tight purchased in error by your mother!
The big brother has done guitar, self defence, tennis, archery, a week's cricket and of course the best activity of all a trip to the library.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Glasgow via Woolfest

Several weeks ago we paid a flying visit to Glasgow via Woolfest...

'The Doctor' was out.

We went to The Burrell Collection - brilliant playground - and saw some performance drawing...

and wildlife carved from a tree trunk.

Louis enjoying the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, these little alcove seats were for knitting or reading according to the audio guide.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Quilt Symposium

A trip to London is always exciting!

The washing facilities in the V&A.

Rude obese Americans.

The Milestone.

The wildlife.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Friday Play

Not many more girlie days at home before full time school for Miss Belle, so when we saw this on Treefall Design we were forced to have an afternoon in Ikea and a full-on making session, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Miss Belle did the painting and I got busy with bondaweb and embroidery silks.

The Totes were the perfect present for our Gappers at school.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A Little Stroll

Such a lovely evening, we thought we would make the effort...

First home gets the biggest ice cream...