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My Altered Bag for Knitting Projects

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Never being able to find a bag of the right size to cart my knitting around in, I decided to make one. I spotted this fabric shopping tote and a light went on!
I started with the pockets on the outside: 2 pairs of knitting needles, a ruler, tape measure, scissors, pencil, notebook, glasses, tissues (space for chocolate actually), a strip for row counters and stitch holders, 2 sizes of row counters attached with large and medium safety pins. Plus a couple of extra pockets. I also added a knit ruffle here and there. :-)
Inside I divided into 2 sections with a partition, and added a large pocket for the pattern.
I’m very happy with it. I’ve made another smaller one for crochet, which also holds a pouch for my hooks plus the other accessories. Perfect!

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My Sewing Caddy

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I have a recliner in the TV Room

This is where I crochet, knit and do whatever by hand.

But I was always getting up to fetch something from my Craft Room.

Now, I just reach over to the special table at my side

and everything is neatly contained.

I knitted the Pincushion Hedgehog from fuzzy wool.

I also made the little Needle case.

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Baby Stacy makes

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The Owl and The Pussycat Pram Toy With bells
Sock Monkeys – the 2 brothers and uncle demanded I make for them too:-)
Owl Storage Baskets

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Du-du’s or Burpies for Baba’s

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Essential over-the-shouler protection and comfort for mom and baby.
In South Africa they are known as a Du-du :-)

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Diaper or Nappy Cakes

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I make to order for a local florist – Owl cake, Goodie Baby, Bear on A Bike, Cuddle Baby

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Onesie Bouquet for the Baby Shower

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I made a bouquet for the Baby Shower.

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Baby Shower makes for Stacy, from Granny

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All made with love for my long-awaited granddaughter :-)

 

 

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Recycled Tshirt into a dress for Stacy

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A Onesie Dress for Stacy

This skirt is pleated around the waist, with a velvet ribbon and bow to finish it off.

I am loving this, I am so happy to have a little girl to make things for! :-) :-) :-)

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A Puffy-Skirted Dress for my granddaughter

A bright T-shirt made into a petticoated and puffy skirted dress with a ribboned belt, and pretty heart-shaped buttons on front.

The petticoat is made using my wedding dress fabric again :-)

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A T-shirt to Tiered skirted dress for our baby girl

The T-shirt is a recycled one from a cousin, and just a little tired, so I added a tiered skirt to give it new life!

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More baby makes

The yellow dress has flowers I made using fabric from my wedding dress (again) :-).

A pale pink romper.

The owl Taggie I made with crinkly wings, the back is super soft towelling.

 

We are so excited!

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Look what I made for my Granddaughter :-)

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The villages of Bagni di Lucca

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The most beautiful places in the world!

Originally posted on Bella Bagni di Lucca:

It is 2 years since I began Bella Bagni di Lucca. In that time I have tried to visit all the villages that make up Bagni di Lucca. They are scattered along the Lima River and in the mountains on either side.

Here are the villages I have visited so far, in alphabetical order. Click on the name to see more of the village.

Benabbio.

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Brandeglio.

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Bugnano.

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Cappella.

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Casabasciana.

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Casoli.

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Cocciglia.

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Colle.

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Fornoli.

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Granaiola.

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Guzzano.

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La Villa.

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Limano.

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Livizzano.

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Longoio.

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Lucchio.

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Lugliano.

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Montefegatesi.

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Monti di Villa.

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Pallegio.

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Pieve di Monti di Villa.

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Ponte a Serraglio.

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Riolo.

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San Cassiano.

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Vetteglia.

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Vico Pancellorum.

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I hope to make my way to the villages I have missed over the next few months. I know I must see Crasciano, Mobiano, and San Gemignano. Let me know of any more you want to see.

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Dinner with the huntsmen of Casabasciana

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This is the village I stayed in

Originally posted on Bella Bagni di Lucca:

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The name Casabasciana probably comes from the Roman settler called Bassius, who built his house here. The town is perched on the side of the hill about 4 kilometres up from Fabbriche di Casabasciana on the SS12.
My friend and I were invited by Heather Jarman from Sapori e Saperi to join the dinner put on by the Squadra di Cacciatori , the hunting team from Casabasciana, an offer too good to refuse, especially since the proceeds of the evening are to be used to renovate a building in town to provide help for some of the older residents.
We went up to the village in the late afternoon to discover the delights of Casabasciana.
The streets of the village are narrow, winding and steep.

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There are lots of lovely old buildings to see.

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I spotted a small statue of the Madonna in an alcove opposite the main church.

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Mass Murder in May

This site is terrifying to read. But it is real and happening in South Africa.

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Craft Mania

The trip to UK and Italy has lit a fire in me!

I haven’t stopped crafting since getting home 22 May.

I’m having a ball!!

I’ve made 6 hats

4 pairs of fingerless gloves

2 scarves

made 2 diaper cakes

2 pairs of booties

a faux-fur throw

a baby receiving blanket

a Taggie Teether

a Bear Cumfie Blankie

2 stuffed toy rattles: a car and a train

4 Altered Bags

a Cable knit bag

produced a 30 page photo-book on my travels

knitted baby clothes

crocheted baby clothes

made toys and baby accessories

made Christmas presents and decorations

and I’m still busy :-)!
I’ll be posting photos soon


Venetian Masks

While in Italy, I fell in love with the Venetian Masks used in Old Theatre Productions and Masquerade Balls.

I bought a few.

I HAD to try my hand at making my own.  There WILL be more!


Crochet Hook case with Tutorial

Materials:

Variegated Ribbon Thread

3mm Hook

25cm x 20cm piece of complementary fabric

80cm x 1cm wide ribbon

80cm x 2cm wide ribbon

Method:

Chain 52.

1. Treble into 2nd ch from end. Treble into each st. Chain 1, turn

2. Dc into each st. Chain 2, turn.

3. Continue to alternate treble and dc rows until work measures 30cm long. FO and sew in ends.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 25cm x 10cm. Sew across either width end of crochet work, this will prevent crochet hooks from poking through the crochet case.

Fold up bottom, fabric-edged width in half, to form a 5cm pocket fold. Sew outer edges closed.

inside roll

inside roll

Cut a length of 1cm ribbon to fit across width of case. Sew ribbon edge to case edge about 15cm down from top edge. Weave ribbon back and forth through 2 treble stitches at a time, from the one side to the other. Secure the end of the ribbon at the side of the case.

Weave the balance of the 1cm ribbon, loosely, through every 2nd treble stitch along the same line, leaving an equal length (about 15cm) of ribbon at either end, starting and stopping about 3cm from the edge on the outside of the case.. This is to tie the rolled case closed.

At about 2cm above top of the flap pocket, secure the 2cm wide ribbon to the edge of the case, and weave through every 2nd treble starting at the same side as 1st ribbon, so that the loops made match up. Secure the ribbon on the other edge.

Weave the balance of the 2cm ribbon, loosely, through every 2nd treble stitch along the same line, matching the ribbon loops to the 1cm ribbon loops. Start and stop the weaving about 3 cm from edge, as with the 1cm ribbon, leaving the loose lengths on outside of case to tie the rolled case closed.

close-up of ribbon

close-up of ribbon

Finishing:

Do a scalloped edge around the whole case. Join thread at the top right edge of the flap pocket [Sl st, dc, treble, dc, sl st] all the way across the top of the flap, down the left side to the bottom, continue along the bottom, up the side, across the top, and down the left side, FO at the top of the flap pocket.

Finally, secure your flap pocket to the crochet case every 4 trebles keeping your pockets even with your ribbon loops. Decide where your sewing needles will be placed and make sure there is a pocket wide enough to fit.

Slip your embroidery scissors behind the 2cm ribbon and then into the flap pocket. Tie a length of ribbon thread about 1cm above the 2cm ribbon loop long enough to tie through the finger holes of your embroidery scissors to secure them to the case.

Then place your crochet hooks into place, 1st behind the 1cm ribbon loop, then the 2cm ribbon loop and into the flap pocket. You can fit 2-3 thin hooks into the same loops if you have a lot of hooks. Cut an eraser in half to be used over the very thin tips of your thinnest hooks for protection. Use the other half to push the sharp ends of 3 large-eyed needles into it, and push the eraser into the pocket too.  

Attach a wound-up measuring tape to the top flap with a safety pin, and pin all your stitch/row counters (or tiny safety pins) along the front of the flap too.

Keep a pen or pencil in your case, through the loops. I also keep Amigurumi stuffers (the green ‘forks’) through my loops.

TO CLOSE

Fold top flap over your hooks. Roll each side piece in once, then the two sides again to meet in the middle and tie your ribbons in a bow.

hooks, stuffers (Amigutumi) and pen

hooks, stuffers (Amigutumi) and pen

Crochet Hook Roll

Crochet Hook Roll


Bagging it: Altered Needlework Bags

I have been crocheting and knitting non-stop for months, with a Baby Shower, winter and all sorts!  I decided that I needed a small bag to carry my “latest” project around in. So I altered a great little fabric bag from Highgrove, bought in Tetbury, on my travels. It is the perfect size. I added internal pockets to contain my pattern, wool and work, Crochet Hook Roll Case, that also contained my scissors, tape measure, pencil, stitch/row markers and sewing needles.

I have since altered another large fabric shopping bad for my stash of 25+ knitting needles, also with pockets for the scissors, etc. It is so large, though, that I again needed a project bag!

So, I bought another small fabric shopping bag, and altered that to hold an extra pair of knitting needles, scissors etc, and pockets for notebook, pattern, specs, etc. This time with the pockets on the outside, in beautifully coordinated fabric and knitted ruffles. Each bag is getting better as I realise what I need most. The two bags are basically the same, but tailor-made for crochet hooks or knitting needles. But, in fact, I am going to re-make the crochet bag, with the pockets outside.
I am thrilled with the results!

Here’s a “sorta” tutorial, but without measurements, as bags differ in size.

Use a deeper bag for knitting needles to stand upright in their individual pair-pockets. If you only have a few pairs of needles, make enough pockets for them all on the wide side of your bag, alternatively, make only 3 pockets, one for your needle without stitches, 1 for your ribbing needles, and another for double-pointed needles. I have also added another short pocket, for cabling needles.

You need a wide and high pocket for your pattern, so use the other wide side of the bag for this.. Make a row of shorter pockets on one narrow side, to contain your scissors, with a tie to keep them from falling out. Another for a tape measure, looped and tied as well. Another for a pen/pencil, and lastly a notebook to keep track of stitches, rows, ideas, etc!

On the other narrow side, make two pockets, for specs, tissues, chocolate, etc :-).

I prefer the pockets on the outside of the bag, so there is plenty of room inside, for your work, and your wool. You could make a separation between them with a fabric enclosed partition of card if you prefer, or expandable pockets on either wide side. It is your choice. I chose to partition them and attached my partition top and bottom to the narrow sides.

Have fun!


Babies and Ellies

My friend Mandy is about to be a Granny!
Like me, she adores Elephants
and she lives in Nellie!
So, of course this is what I made.
If baby is a girl, it belongs to her.
Otherwise, Mandy can keep this one!

Update:
It’s a BOY!

I’m gonna make another one in blue!!!!


Bath, Somerset

Tuesday 18th September 2012 BATH: Jax and I headed off to Bath by car, passing through some gorgeous scenery. The problem with taking photos from a moving vehicle is that just as you get your photo composed and focussed, there is a Bloody Tree! Or Bloody Car, or Bloody Bus. It became, somewhat, my “Mantra”! You get the picture … er, or DON’T, in this case! Leading to lots more laughs! My photographic journey was thus interrupted and hijacked very often! Ah well! I still managed some great memories.

We were COLD! So our day started off with us buying something warm! Thankfully at 40% off a gorgeous jersey. The wind blew mightily, and it rained, but while we ate a very yummy lunch, very contentedly in the cosy Patisserie Valerie. The Hop on Hop off tour was just great, and I love Bath and all it has to offer too. I couldn’t get over the extent of the allotments. These are tracts of land given over to individuals for rent, to plant their own veggies and flowers. They’re astounding! Bath has a HUGE area in the middle of the city for this. Amazing! Once again the buildings were gorgeous and fascinating. The sense of history pervades everything. It was wonderful.

The queue to get into the Roman Baths was very long, and we gave it a miss. Opting instead, to check out some specialist shops and the cathedral. We went into a little bakery for some bread to take home and I spotted the biggest meringues I’ve EVER seen! I bought 3 for us to have as pavlova with our figs etc. The foot was again a problem, and we elected to make our way home a little earlier. But we were utterly content, and very pleased with our purchases too.

Jax insisted I lie down with my foot propped up on my pillowed suitcase and an icepack perched on top. I had such a good snooze! Bobby and Betty came over for a lovely Chicken Pie dinner and we had a wonderful time. I fell in love with them, and I am now an honourary daughter. So fantastic!


Nailsworth

 

NAILSWORTH: My train ride from Oxford to Stroud, the nearest station, included one change at Didcot Parkway. So I disembarked happily; and was left standing alone on the platform. Oops! I found a strange object saying HELP. I pressed “dial” and it rang, and rang, and rang. I glanced anxiously at my ticket which told me my train was departing in about 3 minutes. There were 2 trains at platforms other than mine. The HELP object continued ringing as I began to feel somewhat more anxious! The operator was all concern and sweetness when she answered and said, run for it, but I’ll let the conductor know you’re coming. So off I hobbled, with my giant 25kg suitcase, little suitcase and handbag! Down the lift, along the corridor, couldn’t see my WAY OUT at first. But finally went staggering up a very long ramp, regretting every item in the case! The conductor smiled broadly and helped me aboard, wishing me a pleasant journey. It was lovely! The countryside entranced me, especially the quaint villages we went through! We seemed to be travelling through a series of valleys and the views were lovely.

Finally, it was my stop! I approached the train door wondering where I would find Jax with all 8 carriages discharging passengers. Would you believe she was standing at the right spot, right at my door! It was wonderful to finally see her face to face and give her a big hug! We talked non-stop! It was as though I hadn’t seen her for a while and we were catching up like old friends do! Comfortable, natural and wonderful.

We took the scenic route to her home, stopping at Coaley Point to view the countryside all the way to the Severn! The farms and villages looked like miniatures. I couldn’t believe the vibrancy of the green! Or the multitudes of trees!

Arriving in Nailsworth was amazing! There were flags and bunting strung across the streets and from one building to the next. Cheering people lined the streets waving flags. I was told there was to be an open-topped bus with a brass-band oompahing soon. No, not for me, alas, but for Nailsworth’s very own 2 x Olympic Gold Medallist Ian Reed, a rower from Team GB. We decided to walk down and cheer along a little later. Jacky’s parents live over the road from the Town Hall where the Bus ended its tour. We saw the young Olympian close-up and we even made it on to BBC World News later that night! Exciting! Yes, wonderful and simply the best!

The other Minxes, and their hubbies, were invited for a fabulous dinner party that night. Jax pulled out all the stops and served up masses of fabulous food, wine and 2 really excellent puddings. We all laughed, and ate, and laughed, and drank, and laughed some more. I brought out the beautifully sequined, feathered and netted, bright red, mini-hats and the sparkling, jewel encrusted Minx brooches and issued my challenge: To Cardiff and the Minxes Roar Tour! Purple tops, red hats and minx brooches de rigueur! The hats and brooches were promptly donned in all their feathery finery and glittery glory, Then, because the boys felt awfully left-out and rather under-dressed, Jacky produced some wacky wigs which went down a treat! It was a magical, perfect night!

4 month old Miss Binky made us laugh even harder with her kittenish antics. She challenged herself to several circuits of the L-shaped sitting and dining room. Without touching the floor!! She was into everything, smelling the wine, attempting to taste it. Wanting the nibbles before and after dinner, sitting on everyone’s lap, so none were offended. Mandy is her favourite person in the whole world and she disappeared up Mandy’s trademark maxi dress a few times, amidst much squealing and giggling! She and Skye the Westie eventually curled up together in blissful sleep.

It was the most awesome night! I felt completely relaxed and at home. Certainly none of these people were “strangers”. Amazing since it was the first time I’d met any of them!

Sunday 16th September CHEZ BOBBY AND BETTY: NAILSWORTH: Jacky’s mom and dad graciously invited us to lunch at their home on Sunday. They live in a beautiful semi, with a magnificent, colourful garden. Another perfect day. The most excellent food, followed by an amazing Strawberry crumble and 3 kinds of cream! Oh very stuffed and extremely happy was this lady from Africa! How humbling and beautiful to be so readily and embracingly accepted into people’s homes and hearts. They are a very special bunch!


Baby Shower Crafts

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The Family is growing!

Hubby’s cousin is about to be a Granny!
I am thrilled that is a little boy,
and set to work to create two diaper cakes with handmade accessories.
I loved making everything,
and hope little Jason will enjoy them too.


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