Tuesday, October 30

Happy Halloween!

Well now, it's been a busy week, incorporating the arrival of a new sink (!), a meeting with an architect, one with the Forestry Commission, a Body Shop party, a wedding and a Wool Gathering - what a social whirl we country folks enjoy....
The Wool Gathering was a lovely informal day incorporating only modest cake consumption but lots of work by all parties including the two junior members who made jewellery happily all day. I stitched some kantha work, Anne prepared squares for a quilt, Alison stitched, Anke knitted, Janet knitted and Lorraine fretted over a part knitted sock. Helen came to the rescue and got her back on track (even though the sock was quite a lot shorter when she left than when she'd arrived...) Anke brought honey from her first ever harvest and talked about selling pork from her next year's pigs. We also pondered the possibility of running a Textile Fair or Exhibition in the Borders next year - I am sure you'll be hearing more of this from me.

The Autumn Fairy timed it beautifully for Halloween - I'm all kitted out now courtesy of the lovely Miskellaneous - I've received my very own felt Crump, and badges and a handstitched pumpkin pin and beautifully illustrated recipe cards, and stickers and a delicious chocolate skeleton (I know coz I ate it) all liberally sprinkled with mini Halloween sequiny things (technically correct description, I think you'll find). Great fun and altogether mood enhancing!

Saturday, October 20

Rainbow's End

Been gazing rather wistfully at the talents of others online tonight - always a sucker for signs, I am pleased to have found the Keep Calm Gallery, where you can purchase the above, among other delights.

And wonder knitter Maureen has been busy stocking up for the Christmas rush at Monkey & Sofia - these penguins and crocs are lovely but check out the kangaroo and giraffe too!

Dottie is a limited edition print from Thing of Beauty - an online shop whose home is also in the Scottish Borders.

This wonderful painting which I covet is from the talented artist Sue Hoppe, also known as Arty Farty

Thursday, October 11

Woolly Thoughts

Creativity presently extends to moving furniture round and winding myself up to make some curtains, though there have been forays into jelly making with this year's feeble apple crop, and seeing how much brandy one mixing bowl of mincemeat can absorb...
The spinning wheel was dusted off for the Crafternoon Tea and is back in easy reach - so why have I not sat down at it since? I think I need to schedule in a whole day of 'making things'. With that in mind, I am pleased to say there is another Woolgathering on the way - I reckon 28th October is near enough the actual date to give it a Halloween theme, and Anne has suggested we bring UFOs along. Of course that presents another dilemma - do I take the unfinished kantha work, the unfinished baby sock or the wheel with the beautiful dyed tops I bought at Woolfest?
The invitations have gone out to all previous participants but if you want to know more and would like to come along just shout - I can guarantee that the only level of skill to be publicly judged at such an event is your capacity for coffee and cake.

Monday, October 1

Woolly Wallpaper and more

Isn't this a delicious image? You need to check out the lovely work of Mrs Hello Yarn. She even offers this and other yarn shots for you to use as wallpaper - check out the skulls! And her Blog is full of great knits and useful information too. Oh, and while I am at it - do you know about Marilyn at the Toy Workshop? Another great site, with delightful free downloads, wonderful for kids of all ages....
My life is destructive rather than creative again at the moment - barrowfuls of prunings in the garden, stripping glue off a laminate floor, pulling off wallpaper, so I may just shout about others' blogs for a while. Have had a plea from 'tricia at Teddies for Tragedies, though - 500 teddies are going off to Roumania but they don't have anywhere near enough bags for them - have a look at the site if you can and stitch a few simple bags.