Tuesday, 7 December 2010
The first is a lovely hand knitted and then hand felted bag in mohair. All the instructions on how to make your own are in the magazine.http://www.makinggiftsmagazine.com/
I have developed this design as a small project you can knit up quickly on circular needles and then felt by hand, so is ideal to make as a very special gift for someone this Christmas.
Also in the magazine are my Hand Knitted Mini Christmas Stockings!
UPDATE INFO FROM SEPTEMBER 2013-
YOU CAN NOW PURCHASE THE INSTUCTIONS TO KNIT THESE MINI CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS
FROM MY ONLINE SHOP AT;
OR GET IN TOUCH IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO KNIT SOME FOR YOU IN TIME FOR THE FESTIVE SESASON.
Mini Christmas Stockings
A Special Festive Treat
These Mini Christmas Stockings are knitted in festive colours and trimmed with a fluffy white cuff. So cute for Christmas!
Quick to make and ideal to use as tree decorations, gift pouches for money and rather nice to fill with chocolate too!
This design is a great evening project to enjoy making and giving at Christmas. But don’t forget to make a few extra for yourself too!
I WILL HAVE a few Handwoven Mini Christmas Stockings available to buy in my online shop in the festive season
These will be a limited edition 2013, as each year I will be weaving them in a different colourway.
AND if I don't get time to "blog before Christmas" I would just like to say a big Thank you to all my customers and readers of my blog for all your support. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
It has come around far to quickly, but it is already time to get all our little boats tucked up for the winter months.
With the weather so awful; gale force winds and heavy rain, it is a relief to have them all safely stored.
We were very fortunate to have a beautiful calm, cold and sunny morning last Saturday to motor our yacht up to Newport Quay. Moored up for the night and "Lifted out" by crane on the Sunday morning. It's always unnerving to see her "flying in the air" and a huge relief when she is safely on her blocks!
Skipper is then tasked with scrubbing her down and I trip back and forth with the car emptying her of all equipment and furnishings to be stored for winter.
This weekend it is the turn of the dinghies to come home from the dinghy park.
It had rained so much that even with their covers on they were full of water! So with a break in the weather again today. Skipper made two trips; loading them on the road trailer (thankfully my son is home to help) and bought them home.
Next Saturday we attend the Annual Dinner of our sailing association (MMA) and the dinghy racing awards are presented. We will find out the final results, we know it's not us this year!
Other Craft; of the Knitting and Weaving Kind
If you are on the Island next week, do pop in and visit Quarr Abbey where a group of us have got together to present "Christmas Crafts at Quarr Abbey"
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Just wanted to tell you about my next event;
18th- 23rd Nov open 10.30- 4.30 daily.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
Casting on a new project is always exciting, I tend to have quite a few on the go at any one time!
Monday, 6 September 2010
The sun peeped out now and again, nice easy sailing with a cup of coffee and a few "ship's biscuits" to hand as we go.
A ship is loading
Friday, 27 August 2010
We started the month of August thoroughly enjoying the spectacle of Cowes Week, spending our time down on the seafront from the Parade to Gurnard watching the yachts enjoy the racing in the breezy conditions.
As our little yacht is not a "racer" we keep out of the Solent that week!
However it is still Dinghy racing evening every Wednesday in the River Medina, so we get our thrills and spills racing our Mirror against a competitive little group of Mirror dinghies.
Like all mirror dinghies of a certain age they all have their characters and plenty of leaks and creaks. These little old boats don't like to go out in more than a F4 or they will remind you of all their leaks and creaks in a very unnerving way!
But when there is Silverware to win, it is worth trying to get a few more points on the board and attempt the conditions.
Let's just say there has been a well earned drink or two in the pub afterwards with salty tales of bruised and broken bits on boats and crew and one particular evening some very muddy feet!!
Skipper and I are currently in 3rd position due to the fact that we missed two weeks racing while on holiday sailing the Greek Isles (well that what we say in the pub at the end of the evening, having a cider and banter with our fellow competitors!)
But the last two weeks racing has been cancelled due to awful weather conditions, so we haven't got many more races to try and make up the points.
That same weather has meant we haven't even been out on our little yacht for a while so we are hoping September will be a month of sunshine, sailing and silverware.
Photo of Skipper
sailing our Mirror Dinghy.
Friday, 13 August 2010
I always believe the best way to learn any craft is to have a go; be "hands on"and with the skills, experience and knowledge generously shared by the dyers in the group, I learnt so much.
I used some sample skeins of my own handspun Jacob fleece along with some grey fleece I spun earlier in the year and some Angora kid yarn.
The whole process was done outside on a charcoal and wood fire.
The natural material was various plant materials of bark, leaves eg. rosemary (which smelt wonderful while boiling!)
Mordants and assistants were used.
The colours are so lovely and as they are all natural they always sit well together - just as in nature, I can't wait to get my knitting needles clicking up a new design.
Monday, 26 July 2010
Well it's about time I brought you up to date on my spinning work.
Previous posts (Jacob Fleece 1,2,3) showed how I prepared the fleece,carded and then spun it on my Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel.
The next stage is to Ply the yarn, so as it is suitable for use as a knitting yarn.
Using two bobbins on the "lazy kate" and turning my wheel in the opposite direction I twist the two single yarns together. Plying the yarn gives it strength and produces a lovely balanced knitting wool.
The yarn is then wound into a skein and is ready for finishing.
If you remember I spun the fleece "in the grease".
It is now time to wash the skeins.
It is washed by soaking in very hot water with a mild detergent (good old Fairy Original washing up liquid is ideal for this). The skeins are submerged with enough water for them to move freely, but I take care not to stir or agitate as I don't want tangled skeins or felted yarn at this point! Rinsing and repeating until the water is clear.
JACOB KNITTING YARN
Finishing the yarn softens, develops it's loft and brings out the real character of the wool.
I store my handspun yarn in skeins until I'm ready to use it, so as it keeps it's bounce. As well as it looking simply gorgeous.
My Jacob Fleece has given me 800grms of knitting yarn of which 450grms is black/browns and 350 grms of cream/white/grey yarn.
I have various projects in mind to use my lovely new stash. I will be knitting,weaving and even natural dyeing with it in the coming weeks.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed our Open Studio.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Our Open Studio event is happening right now. (16th-19th July 2010).
We are halfway through our four day event at Freshwater Parish Hall, where we are having an amazing busy and enjoyable time.
Please see link at the bottom of the page for more details and how to find us.
You will find us listed as Osmosis.
Textiles and Pottery designed and handmade by Osmosis
My sister and I have been working closely to design and make unique homeware gifts and accessories.
Osmosis just happened, a natural process.
We started doing craft fairs together as it was more economical as well as a lot more fun to share a pitch!
Displaying our work for sale in sets or groups showed the use and beauty of the natural elements of clay and wool.
Soon we were making items for "gift sets" to include both our crafts such as the hand-thrown mugs with their little knitted warmers.
We will be adding more creations as soon as we can, so do check out our Folksy shop from time to time when you are looking for a special gift or treat, just click on the Mugs and Warmers photo. You can also link to our individual shops at Folksy on the profile page.
Thursday, 1 July 2010
It is always good to enjoy a day on board our little yacht in the sunshine.
I'm now preparing for my summer shows here on the Island, so things are pretty busy!
I make little Knitted Brooches and Dorset Wheel buttons to sell at craft fairs, my customers buy little treats for themselves or family and friends; brooches for the keen knitters and traditionally handmade buttons always make an outfit or accessory very special.
The great thing about my craft is that it is so portable. On a lovely sunny day I can pack up my yarn and needles and literally
Cast On and Cast Off.
Sitting on my boat watching the ebb and flow of the river is soothing and relaxing. The buzzards circle skyward, the little Egrets, Curlews and other waders feed along the exposing Saltings and mudflats as the tide goes out.
Boats of all shapes and sizes pass up and down from Cowes to Newport.
Skipper sails our little dinghy back and forth on the small breeze he can always seem to find over to the SE of our mooring.
Using the colours and textures of the yarn it's great to just create!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Monday, 24 May 2010
As the sun started to set we headed back on the water and rowed up and down the river taking photos of the sunset. A beautiful evening, the river became still; turning turquoise with the sun reflecting it's warm hues and filling the sky with colour. The fish were jumping, I tried to catch this on camera but they were too quick for me.
Saturday morning dawned hazy with clear skies a light breeze developing from the East. We had a bacon omelette for our breakfast washed down with fresh orange juice.
Monday, 17 May 2010
On Saturday we sailed our mirror dinghy up to Newport Quay to
The River Fest http://www.islandpulse.co.uk/b2/riverfest-2010/
We followed the little Brigs up the river on a light north westerly breeze. We moored up at the pontoon, stepped ashore and had
a lovely time, pottering around, viewing the stalls and couldn't resist buying some homemade fudge!
We ate our picnic before returning on the falling tide. The wind had kindly swung round to a southerly so we were able to make easy passage down river with the wind and tide.
If you want to find out more about the Little Brig Sailing Trust
Mirror dinghy Racing has started and I will let you know how we get on in the Season. I intent to do some helming this year, (as I usually only crew when racing) so there may well be some interesting manoeuvres around the buoys! My skipper is expecting great things, but under race conditions my nerve added to my competitive streak may well get in a tangle or two!