October 14, 2012

The Witch that I Stitched

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

Last year not that many months after starting to knit I decided to try and knit a witch for Halloween. However I was still knitting it two weeks after Halloween so I popped all the bits in a box and this October I got them out and stitched it altogether and stuffed it.

The Witch that I stitched

My little girl has called her Anna and is now inseperable – it did have a hat but that is already missing!

Jean and her knitted witch

She now wants me to knit an entire witch family to go with Anna! I mean while am attempting a pumpkin for her younger sister! I got the pattern from an old how to knit toys book – I will attempt to dig it out and review it/amazon link it at some point.

I am also thinking I might have to write some stories to go with this toy 🙂

August 5, 2012

Week Two of Workshops

The Wild Cherries at Bead Workshop Centre Arts Cheltenham

I had my second and final week of running Centre Arts in Cheltenham – and boy did we pack alot of stuff in! We had crotchet, knitting, weaving in the circle, mini pompom making, a fantastic turn out for my story tree, weaving paper to make bags and baskets, creating cards, bookmarks and hanging plant pots. We learnt two different types of stitch in bead work and my cake baking improved drastically with feedback on what worked and what didn’t 🙂

These ones even got mistaken for being an art display!

Tennis Ball Cake

Recipes and decoration how to for the cakes is here.

Here are some pics of what we got up to 🙂

Alaric working hard on the tea cosy Alaric Crotchetting Jeans upcycled vase Butterfly sparkle Pretty sparkle flower tin can planter Jean's cardboard Olympics Ammonite picture before the rain Ammonite Rain Picture Jean making a rain picture o a dry day Blurred hearts rain picture purple woven flower for head dress Needles galore! Jeans spiral snake card weaved bag Easter Egg Card Spiral snake Asleep snake Jean making a pompom herringbone pattern White toddler cardi Royal Sarah Jean's book mark Blueberry book mark made from a graze box grass bookmark made from a graze box Jean weaving paper weaving card

And of course more cake pics.

English Rose Cakes Rose Cake close up White Flower topped strawberry cake Strawberry and white chocolate sport and GB cupcakes Medal orange cupcake Orange cupcake Orange gold medal cakes

My little girls loved it all too and proved time and again that kids really can make a noise with anything!

Jean and Mary making street music Jean playing a pokimon box Jean and Mary with cake Queen Jean

July 29, 2012

One Week of Running Workshops

I spent the last week doing craft and writing with people at Centre Arts. And boy have we crammed it in!

We made cards, Olympic torches and medals, decorated volcanos, made leaf garlands, sock puppets, upcycled skirts out of old t-shirts, beaded rings, made hair bands, pom poms, created cardboard looms and wove, knitted and crotcheted, plaited/braided, worked on story ideas and comic book sketches, we made pencil pots, templates and phones.

Here are the photos 🙂

Tin can yarn wrap pencil pot Festival Sheep at Centre Arts Cheltenham Alaric making a tin can phone for Jeany Jean on her home made telephone Little wool flowers Landscape tin can Wool covered tin can Weaving still on the cardboard loom Alaric still making the tea cosy :) Jean's tin can pencil pot Jean's wool braid hair bands Olympic rings pom pom hairband Upcycled skirt from t-shirts Jean plaiting lime green crotchet cardigan Jean finger knitting tinsel Skirt segments cut out of t-shirts Sarah Snell-Pym with skirt made from old t-shirts Jean writing her story The Shy Spy Jean thinking Putting leaves on the Story Tree Baby Mary going shopping Ferfer and baby Mary making sock puppets Fun with fabrics The sewing machines

Eating CAKE at Centre Arts Mary eating cake Mary enjoying herself Cardboard medal about to have the silver facing added on Jeany and her cardboard gold medal Jean with her Olympic Torch The torch bit of the cardboard Olympic Torch Jeany cutting out the flames for her torch Mary with the paper punches Jean having fun with glitter Brick Stitch Decorated papier mache volcano Jean colouring her volcano

And of course we had CAKE! The who to of which is on my cooking blog.

Sports cakes Football and flower cakes Citrus burst cupcakes Rugby and Football cupcakes Flowers and Football Cupcakes on the stand Edible Olympic Rings Olympic Coloured Cup Cake Swirl

Jeany has really enjoyed this week and has even been looking after the plant! The baby too has been tiring herself out 🙂 The kids and adults who have come along have all enjoyed themselves 🙂 I shall be running it again next week starting on Tuesday!

Jean tending the lavender plant too much make and do, Mary thinks it's time for a snooze

July 22, 2012

Two Weeks of Art, Craft and Writing!

The next two weeks from Tuesday will see me running Centre Arts in Cheltenham. Apart from the wonderful art work which deserves a visit in it’s own right! There is information about the excellent courses they run during term time and drop in craft workshops run by me 🙂

Tuesdays I will be doing paper craft and beading

Wednesdays I will be doing Fun with Fabrics

Thursdays is Story Time for the little ones at 1 and creative writing for adults 3-5 kids are welcome as I have lots of stuff to keep them occupied

Fridays is yarn craft and the knitting doctor

Saturdays is Upcycling and Junk Art

There will also be cake and drinks 🙂

January 15, 2012

Knitting New Year Challenges

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet — sarah @ 9:26 pm

I want to continue knitting scarfs in the different stitches in The Knitter’s Handbook.

I want to continue knitting toys for the baby and Jean – I have a How To Knit Toys Book I shall be working my way through – I want to do a knitted alphabet but need to be able to do a lot more than I can currently!

I want to learn to knit all the creatures (that are knits) in 75 Birds, Butterflies and Beautiful Beasties to Knit and Crochet.

Carry on with Berry Bear Blanket maybe even start knitting the bears.

Be able to knit my muse monsters either as stand alone toys or on items of clothing.

I would love to be knitting all our socks by the end of the year!

Harry Potter knits of various sorts.

Go through and sort all the knitting coolness I got for Christmas and my birthday.

January 8, 2012

2012 The Year of the Sock

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet,Socks — sarah @ 9:09 pm

Only one of my art and craft challenges but a large one that needed a post all of it’s own. I am going to be knitting socks!

Yep you heard me 🙂 I have a large list of books on my amazon wish list – I am cueing patterns on ravelry, I am turning all my husbands existing socks, plus our odd sock pile into sock monsters and pets and glove puppets. He wants knitted socks – he will have knitted socks – my little girl wants knitted socks too but she want lace knitting for her socks so she will have to wait! (I haven’t just spent the last few months trying not to knit wholes only to go and put wholes in on purpose!) And as for friends who want to pay me :/ Well they will have to wait until I’m good at sock knitting!

Specific socks for hubby so far are ones with QR codes (those black and white squares – he has one of his personal url and also I want to turn his Haikus into QR codes too!) and then there are of course chunky hiking type socks which will involve cables (gulp – as if the knitting with two colours for the QR ones isn’t bad enough).

I would also like to knit a bunch of ‘house elf’ socks with Hogwarts/wizard themes on them.

If I manage all that I may then look at lace knitting etc… as a) Jeany wants some and b) I want some funky knee highs.

Wish me luck!

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 :/

September 25, 2011

The Coral of Life

I made a giant papier mache coral for the Exhibition in Braille – here are the creatures, plants, fungus and life forms in general that occupy it. (It was a take on the tree of life concept!)

Knitted coral, mushroom (not by me but by the lady who run the singing groups at Centre Arts), and rose.

knitted coral

Knitted Mushroom

Knitted Rose

Pompom pals made of pompoms, pipe cleaners and crepe paper – a ladybird, butterfly, spider and carrot.

Lady bird Pom pom and pipe cleaner lady bird

Pink pom pom butterfly

purple pom pom spider

pom pom carrot

Wooden carvings out of pine (done by my Leonard Pym – my dad), an egg, fish and hedgehog.

wooden fish

Wooden hedgehog from above Wooden Hedgehog

Turned wooden egg pine

A gypsum sphere I found – it is an evaporite deposite found in desert environments.

gypsum sphere

Fimo/polymer clay models of a shrimp and penguin.

Fimo Shrimp

Fimo Penguin from the front Fimo Penguin

Sugru (this is funky new stuff which air dries to a rubbery plastic)

Sugru critters

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!

July 17, 2011

Fluffy Black Scarf

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet — sarah @ 8:26 pm

It took me two and a half weeks to knit but I have managed one fluffy black scarf in garter stitch. There are wholes in it and I found I was accidently increasing by one each row for a while due to pulling the last stitch round on the end so that two threads are there instead on one!

It took four balls of wool and this was only just enough to make it scarf length!

My little girl is now demanding a rainbow scarf and though it is mid summer my husband will not take this one off!

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