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

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!