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.  

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Joy Of Socks

My christmas knitting projects have just arrived from Midwinter Yarns.
Socks all around.

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Bunnies Are Back In Town

Cashmere cuties are back in the Etsy shop.