Happy half birthday

I have been seeing loads of designs with cats on lately and wanted to make a card for my friend.  However her birthday is in December, so I decided to make her a “half birthday” card!

I used a TiddlyInks digital stamp, coloured it with Copics and cut it out.  I then used a dotty stencil and distress ink for the background.  I made another stencil by cutting out paw shapes and using the holes as the stencil.  The sentiment is stamped in Stazon black ink.

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I am entering this card in … TiddlyInks Challenge #183 Happy Birthday

 

A couple of sewn things

I joined a sewing class.  Well it’s not exactly a class.  You take along what you would like to work on and then if there are bits of the process you aren’t sure of or haven’t done you ask the teacher, Rachel, for help.  To be honest there hasn’t really been anything I couldn’t have done by myself but it is reassuring to have someone watch what you do and say that you are doing it right.  I only have one more week left so I want to get zips right and tackle a buttonhole.

At the moment I am working on a simple A-line skirt but over the last few weeks I have made some other things.  I made a Dottie Angel dress (Simplicity 1080), using this pattern.

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It is possibly a bit “Little House on the Prairie” but I like it.  At this time pf year I am wearing it as above, with jeans, boots and a long sleeved top, but in the summer I will wear it as a dress.  All the fabrics came from Abakhan and it cost me less than £20 to make.  I need to get some better photos though (where I don’t look so grumpy!!).

I also made some knitting project bags.  These have a square bottom, and I made 6 from 12 fat quarters.

They are going to be on sale at Yarn O’Clock.  I’m very excited to tell you that my friend Anne has opened a brand new yarn shop in Mold, Flintshire.  She has a Facebook page and blog so far and is carrying mostly British yarns.  I went over to help her fill shelves and also to help on her first day of opening.  This is the shop…

She has some Rowan, West Yorkshire Spinners, Jamieson & Smith, John Arbon, Fyberspates, Chester Wool Company, Patons, and KnitPro needles and hooks and other accessories.  She is hoping to get an online shop up too but at the moment is just getting the bricks and mortar shop up and running.  I’m sure she would take a telephone order though.  Please support her, I really want her to be successful.

 

My knitting mojo is back!

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Last Tuesday I went into hospital and had a micro discectomy on my back.  This was because of the prolapsed disc I had, which started last November.  Anyway I finally got to have the op and things appear to be going very well.  I am not allowed to drive or go to work for 4-6 weeks, so I am taking the time to do stuff I like doing.

And one of those things is knitting.  I had had sore hands for a while and knitting just made it worse so I decided to have a break.  However a few weeks ago I discovered a pattern at work from Juniper Moon Farm called Merrimack, and fell in love with it.  I had made a major mistake on my previous project and was not friends with it – I threw it in the naughty corner – so I decided to have a go at the Merrimack instead.  I remembered some John Arbon Knit by Numbers that I had in my stash, bought at last year’s Yarndale, and made a start.

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I’d only done a few rows when I knew I was going to love this cardigan.  The yarn is sooooooo soft and warm, I’m excited!  And it doesn’t seem to be affecting my hands.  Maybe it is the soft yarn or maybe it is the needles.  I have been using my Chiagoo Interchangeables, needles that I have not used before. They are smooth, pointy for the cabling without a needle, but also slightly grippy – the combination with the yarn just seems to work.

However I was catching up on other blogs when I came across a review for the new KnitPro Zing needles. I didn’t know about these, so being a KnitPro fan I ordered a couple.  They only come in DPNS and fixed circulars at the moment, hopefully in the future they will do needle tips to fit the current cables.  Anyway I got a 2.5mm for socks, and a 3.75mm which is the size I’m using for the Merrimack from Meadow Yarn.  Each size is a different colour, which would make them easy to find in your knitting bag, with silver tips.  There is no join between the shaft and tip so that is super smooth.  Like the Chiagoos they are smooth with some grippiness.  Not as pointy though.  I have knit a couple of rows with them but haven’t got to a cable row yet, so can’t say how easy they will be to cable without a cable needle.

KnitPro Zing (left), Chicago interchangeables (right).

KnitPro Zing (left), Chicago interchangeables (right).

I suspect that I would use the KnitPros for quite plain projects and the Chiagoos or HiyaHiyas for anything with lace or cables.  Hmmmmm, that’s a job I could do while I’m recuperating – sort out all my needles!!

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep

So I am going to enter the TiddlyIinks challenge with this card.  I loved Janine’s card using the digistamp image For The Birds and immediately thought of the song Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.

I used 300gsm card and coloured the birds with Copic markers.  I then cut them out and arranged them on hand drawn branches and used gems for the circular part of the musical notes.  I coloured some silver peel offs with a blue Copic and used them as a border

I haven’t stopped singing the song in my head since I thought of it!!

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Baarmygirls go “live”!!!

Over the past few days I have learned quite a bit of technical stuff.  Not completely intentionally but in order to achieve something I wanted to do, I have had to learn a few steps in between.  This applied to knitting too.  If you want a nice cabled jumper but have never cabled before, you have to learn how to do that first.

My end point was to start a podcast.  I had no idea how to do it, so I had to learn.  I thought you could just record something and it would miraculously appear on iTunes!!  Well maybe my thinking wasn’t THAT simplistic, I knew there was more to it, but I’ve now got more tech savvie-ness (I’ve probably just made up that word!) than I had before.

Anyway, I have wanted to make a podcast for a few years.  I listen to Hoxton Handmade’s Electric Sheep and various others and was dying to have a go myself.  But I didn’t want to do it on my own.  Sitting in a room talking to myself didn’t really appeal.  One day at knit group I mentioned this and no-one was interested really.  Until the lovely Jane spoke up and said “go on, I’ll give it a go.”

About three weeks ago we tried our first attempt, but giggled and messed about so much that after three hours we’d got nowhere!  A bit of recording of us chatting randomly with her husband about TV shows resulted.  Then last week we organised ourselves with a loose script of topics and we got on with it.  I then had to learn how to edit it.  I got it into GarageBand, that was a start.  Then figured out how to cut bits out and rearrange stuff.

You need somewhere to host a podcast so I chose BuzzSprout which is easy to use and has a free option while you get started. I hit another snag when the file wouldn’t upload but then discovered I had to convert the GarageBand file to an mp3 file, something else I have learned in the process.

But to cut a long story short, we now have a podcast episode, whoohoo!!  You can have a listen if you want……….

www.baarmygirls.blogspot.co.uk

The sound isn’t great, it’s a learning curve, but please have a listen and leave a comment there, or on Twitter @baarmygirls or email us on baarmygirls@gmail.com

Enjoy!!