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Leibster Blog Award

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I am very honoured to accept this award – don’t worry no long speeches!

 

 

 

I was recently kindly nominated for a Leibster Blog Award by Eleonora from Coastal Crochet. It’s a lovely idea to nominate blogs you enjoy that have a small readership as they may have only been blogging a short time (me!) or have a niche topic.

The idea is to answer between 5 and 10 questions about yourself so others can get to know you and to nominate 5 or more other blogs that you enjoy

My questions

1 What is you favourite crafting tool?

I was tempted to say my brain ha ha but I think it is my sewing machine although I do love to sew by hand too. I have two machines; a Pfaff Ambition 1.0 and a Britannia Instyle16

2 What is your favourite craft book?

Difficult to answer but Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke inspired me to challenge myself to make a quilt or a dolly quilt from each chapter in her book, which is why this blog started – to chart my progress and keep a record. It’s a lovely book and teaches a different technique each chapter. I only have three left to make

3 Do you have a project you have made time and time again?

No as I have too many ideas in my head to repeat things, although lap quilts are probably the size I make most. I like to crochet which I learnt about a year ago; knit which I learnt from my Mum about 40+ years ago, she also taught me embroidery. Plus I paint and draw too. In the past I have made jewellery and I would like to learn etching or lino print making but not in this room as they are too messy!

4 Where do you get your best ideas?

Anywhere really, which is why I always try to remember to take a notebook out with me. I should keep one next to the bed as I often wake up at night with ideas – which can be a bit inconvenient to say the least!

5 Where do you sit to do your creating? Is it possible to share a photo?

I have a sewing cupboard room upstairs. It is about a eighth of the size I had in Australia but at least I still have one. I have taken over an Ikea bookcase in the hall to use as a cutting table as there isn’t enough room in here and the light is better too. I am thinking of getting locking castors to make it a bit higher.

Britannia sewing machine

The three dolly quilts on the wall are all from Sarah’s book, the cats are a present from my youngest from a school trip to China, the dog and purple pot are from charity shops, the wizard and dragon bookends are a present from my best friend Julie who sadly passed away from a brain tumour last year (I still think about her everyday as she was such a big part of my life for more than thirty years)

I have two projects on the table. The small squares are for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge by Angela from So Scrappy and the tumblers are  for Bonnie’s Leader and Enders Challenge 2015. They are great projects to do and both are about cutting down on waste but also having fun

I have squeezed in various drawers and little shelves to keep track of the many WIPS I have

I have actually finished the star and the purse – it pays to be organised! That partly answers the next question

6 How do you store your WIPs and what do you take projects out in?

I also have a bigger set of plastic drawers for bigger projects in my (mainly) sewing room and I take EPP projects out in an old iPad cover in zip lock bags. My crochet and knitting live downstairs in a free bag that came with a magazine and an old wicker picnic basket from a bootsale.

Now for some blogs I have discovered recently;

My Great quilting Expedition

Piecing it All Together

Hand made by Ann Marie

Sew Cook and Travel

Live Grow Nourish Create

Don’t forget to visit Coastal Crochet  too! Thank you for nominating me and happy blog hopping to you all.

Questions and instructions for nominees

  1.  What is your favourite crafting tool?
  2.  What is your favourite craft book
  3.  What is your all time favourite yarn, thread or silks.
  4.  Do you have a project that you have made time and time again?
  5.  Are you hoping to make gifts for Christmas this year and if so approximately how many?
  6.  What is your favourite handmade gift that you have received from somebody else?
  7.  Where do you get your best ideas?
  8.  Where do you sit to do your creating?  If possible could you share a photo?
  9.  Have your creative hobbies changed over the years or do you stick to the same ones?
  10. How do you store your WIPs and what do you take out projects in?

As an award winner you must:

  1. Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award medal (logo) onto your own blog.
  3. Link back to the blogger who awarded you and give thanks.
  4. Answer the questions put to you by the person who nominated you. This is a great way to get to know the people behind the blogs. The number of questions have vary from 5 to 11 depending on who is asking.
  5. On your blog nominate and link to your 5 favourite blogs (or more) that you enjoy but have a small readership (the rules have varied from less than 200 to less than 3000 readers). It could be that they have only been blogging for a short time or have a niche interest but are worthy of gaining more attention in the wider blogging world.  That means the blogs of large, commercial enterprises are not eligible for nomination; nor are blogs that are well publicised in a variety of media and established with tens of thousands of followers.
  6. List your questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
  7. Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blogs.

 

Crochet

Crucial Crochet Cover-up

Sounds dramatic but my little stool will soon have a new cover for the seat and once I can get some spray paint, a new paint job. It is small and fiddly and folds up so spray will be better than brushing.

I dithered over whether to do two rounds of yellow when the yarn decided for me by producing a knot as I got to the end of square round.  Teal it is then.

A large granny square from yarn I already had, a stool from a boot sale and hopefully some spray paint in the garage is making this a cheap project – just as well as quilting is proving to be expensive at the moment with my Pfaff still in for repair and new fabric purchased for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL. Good job the RSC15, which I am also doing, only calls for scraps that I already have!

 

Crochet

A Blanket is Just a Big Scarf

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….is what I told myself when I started this blanket – you wrap them around you to keep warm right? A blanket can seem to be a large and rather daunting project when you haven’t been crocheting  very long. It is the craft I have learnt most recently, I have wanted to learn for ages and now there are so many great patterns out there that I couldn’t wait any more.

What is your craft history?

My mum taught my sister and I to embroider when we were 7 and 9 using cotton with a crinoline lady printed on it. I kept it up but my sister wasn’t interested. I also learnt to knit, sew and do English paper piecing before I was 10. My mum couldn’t crochet and it wasn’t until I was a student and working part-time in an art shop that I encountered crochet again. I went with my friend Nina on a ‘teaching adults art and craft course’. We all had to teach a 20 minute class in our chosen subject to our classmates and one of those we were taught was crochet. Alas both Nina and I were rubbish while Ray the radio ham took to it like a duck to water. I nearly gave up my dream of learning crochet asit seemed I would never master it.

Many years later, while I was back in the UK, another friend persuaded me to take her learn crochet at Violet’s, a wool shop that ran informal classes twice a week – this time I got it! I only went once as that class was in the UK but when I returned to Brisbane another friend showed me photos of her first crochet blanket and recommended the course at Knitch in Paddington. Three classes later I had made my first nine granny squares and backing for a cushion. A giant granny square cushion followed (purloined by the borrowed cat) and now for the blanket!

It is also the chance to practice new stitches using the excellent book by Sarah Hazell: 200 Crochet Stitches, a practical guide to swatches, charts and step-by-step instructions. the number of stitches on my hook mysteriously waxes and wanes but I am managing to keep it reasonably under control and also am learning why this is happening. A garment might be next!