October 2, 2011

Three Months of Knitting!

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet,Uncategorized — sarah @ 8:55 pm

This is my last check in I think until six months other than writing up specific projects!

I have joined a community forum thingy called ravelry it is a knitting, crotchet, weaving and spinning community and I found it by trying to find Harry Potter knitting patterns! And then it got suggested by several friends. I’m Saffy on there but spelt with a 5 instead of an S at the beginning – so 5affy.

In joining I discovered just how many things I have knitted and how many things I want to knit!

I have knitted in the last month – a rainbow snake which still needs to be sewn together and have eyes etc… added, a pastel variagated scarf which is in the unraviel pile as the baby pulled it off the needles and I muffed putting it back on etc… a red rose and LEAF! yes I managed a leaf 🙂 And more importantly I sewed the thing together. I also managed a moss stitch coral and off course worked endlessly on the Berry Bear Blanket. I also have two petals of a christmas rose knitted.

Equipement added: I now have a crotchet hook to help with dropped stitches and like a giant safety pin to put knitting on whilst you knit the piece it needs to be attached too. My mother unfortunatly took back her double ended needles :/

August 28, 2011

Two Months of Knitting!

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet,Uncategorized — sarah @ 8:47 pm

I have a shoe box of wool off cuts to use for flowers

I have knitted another scarf in garter stitch this time in varigated reds, yellows, browns and oranges for my mother in laws birthday!

I have knitted several flowers and due to a piece of art work I am working on have bought another book which I can barely understand at the moment:

75 Birds, Butterflies and Beautiful Beasties to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.

I have also started a blanket for my baby for when she is about three and going into a proper bed – it is multicoloured and strippy and known as the Berry Bear Blanket – it will probably take me all the intermediate time to knit the thing!

For the flowers I had to manage rib, and this involved me discovering that moss stitch is the result when you get it wrong! And stocking stitch. So I can now do three stitches – yay! go me!

June 26, 2011

Knitting: The Challenge Begins

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet,Uncategorized — sarah @ 12:45 pm

Me and my husband have been married for seven year this year and the theme for this anniversary is wool. So I am taking up knitting and he is taking up crochet. Our first challenges are I am to knit him a scarf and he is crocheting me a coral tea cosy.

I cast of the huge piece of gone wrong fluffy knitting I started like nine years ago now – it was origionally supposed to be a shawl but I lost the use of my hands and stuff and then lost the wool and then was just knitting for the sake of knitting etc.. So it is being turned into a record bag (if I ever get around to it!). Around the time this project was started my husband (then boyfriend) picked out some black fluffy wendy jazz wool for me to knit him a scarf in so that is what I am attempting this challenge in!

I have selected a varigated sock yarn for his project. We also got two books:

Really Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior


The Knitter’s Handbook by Hamlyn

I personally plan to be knitting scarfs in the short term – mastering the different stitches in the handbook 🙂 I am starting with garter stitch, 60 stitches for Alaric’s scarf.

January 2, 2011

Craft New Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 9:37 am

Happy New Year

Now I’m having a baby at the end of this month so am not sure there will be much art and craft happening – I hope to be running craft workshops and to do more papier mache possibly learn book binding but mainly I want to finish projects I have already started and find places to sell things as my house is filling up.

I hope your crafty new years are productive 🙂

December 19, 2010

Christmas Paleo-Art

Filed under: Christmas,My Drawings/Paintings,Palaeo-Art,Uncategorized — sarah @ 12:19 am

Helga Mammoths Lucky Christmas

I sat down to take part in the next Time Capsule for Art Evolved – an on line paleo-art community (ie people who draw dinosaurs etc) – the next capsule is basically elephants, so mammoths and mastodons etc… I sat down to draw one but with christmas music and decorations around I found that I couldn’t get rid of a specific image… a mammoth in a Santa’s hat.

So I drew her! Ever Hopeful Helgar may just get her Christmas wish is the tag line. Anyway I suppose I should get one with drawing a non-christmas one 🙂 The drawing was done by sketching an outline in pencil and then inking it in using Stabilo fine liners. I have quiet a few coulors now – though still not quiet enough!

Anyway Happy Christmas 🙂

October 3, 2010

The Little Book of Spoogy Poetry

The Little Book of Spoogy Poetry

Last year I decided to write a poetry book with my little girl – it was halloween themed and unfortunatly did not survive the half term holiday! She gave me poem ideas and I wrote the poems and then drew pictures on folded card which we stapled together.

Folded blank spoogy book

I drew the pictures with felt tip and went for a child like style.

Mummy eating cherry pie Pumpkins and bats Ghosts Spoogy writing Skeleton Spoogy rat hat more little black cat A little black cat Spoogy Spoogy book cat under the bed Back of the book

You can see the poems here I am hoping to produce it as an actual book to buy etc… for news on that go to Orange Monster which is my illustration and childrens books blog. This year I did something else for her using the same book concept 🙂

March 28, 2010

The Sorrowful Eye

Filed under: My Drawings/Paintings,Uncategorized — sarah @ 8:32 pm

The Sorrowful eye

This eye was part of the Three Types of Mourning picture I drew but I feel this came out the best.

Three ways to Morn

If you want to see larger versions of the images – just click on them.

December 27, 2009

Three Snowflake Card

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 9:19 am

three blue snow flakes

I took some pale lilic A4 mounting card and folded it in four to make the ‘card blank’. I then used a snowflake stamp and light blue ink pad to print the snowflakes on the bottom of the card in a diagonal. I did several off these – it makes a nice start to a card that you can then make specific for each person with glitter or metallic gel pens.

December 13, 2009

Holly Border Card

Filed under: Christmas,Paper Craft,Uncategorized — sarah @ 8:42 am

green holly card

I made this border by folding a piece of slightly bigger than A4 card in four to make the greetings card.

I then took a foam holly stamp foam stamp from a set I found in the pound shop and pressed it into an ink pad of the more yellowy green I have.

Because of the red of the card I needed to make sure the stamp was well covered in ink and then only stamp on holly leaf at a time – this was to get a more solid green and not dingy looking leaf.

I created the border pattern on quiet a few cards as it then allowed me to personalise the cards with glitter pens and the like for each person who was going to receive one!

November 28, 2009

A Letter From Santa

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 9:15 pm

For Christmas my aunt helps santa send out letters to the children. She says it always seems sad that we expect the children to write to santa but he never writes back – so she went and badgered him and as she has secretarial training he aagreed to let her help.

letter from santa the envolope rudolfs notice to stop

The letters can be done using a standard colour printer and the sign needs a laminating machine – but it does make it water proof so it can go outside!

The envelope is a nice touch too 🙂

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