Wednesday, 16 January 2008
She was telling me the story (again) of how she began to knit socks, so here goes.
It was during the War (world war 2) - she and my Grandfather had been married and I think my oldest uncle had been born, perhaps my mum as well.
My Grandad had been sent off to to man the barrage balloons near the big chemical factories in a neighboring town, and Grandma was scrimping and saving and living on rations.
She had gone to the wool shop, where like everything else wool was rationed - the woman who owned the shop had 4oz of wool for each of her customers, so Grandma bought her 4oz. The woman then informed her this was sock wool - grandma explained she had never knit socks before, and was expecting a refund, when the woman place 5 needles down on the counter, and asked grandma for nine pence, grandma handed over the money, and the woman finished the conversation with "there you go, you never had a better Chance to learn"
Grandma went home with the wool and needles - and after a lot of struggling and pulling everything back over and again, finally made socks.
From that day to the day he died at 87 years old, my Grandad never again wore a pair of sock bought socks.
I love how most of the crafts we do today came about through necesity. And grandma is in her 90's now, and if it wasn't for poor eyesight and arthritic hands would still be knitting socks today if she could!
Saturday, 12 January 2008
so, it was inevitable that I would end up with a sewing machine in front of me. I would make all sorts of strange a bizare items to wear or use.I started a city and guilds in patchwork, but due to work commitments never finished it - never stopped me making quilts though.My favorite quilt artist has to be Kaffe Fassett - I love what he does with a simple pattern and the most amazing colours and fabrics, and more recently Amy Butlers patterns and Fabrics have really inspired me - if only I could do nothing but crafting!
the squishy pigs - there ranks are growing all the time!
I found the pattern in an old Austrailian HandMade magazine in my mag stash - and have a huge pile of fabric samples that I couldn't for the life of me think what to do with. I love these little guys! (or are they girls? perhaps I need to start naming them)
I love the optical effect with this cot quilt - and yes for all you kaffe fassett fans out there, it is clear who my strongest influence is!
the effect of 3d is produced by using both the right and the wrong side of the fabric, which at the time felt like a real waste of fabric, but I do like the end result!
Friday, 11 January 2008
so, my plan is to get me and my projects round to our allotment on Saturday - take some photos outside in a pretty setting, and perhaps even start to turn over a patch or two of the plot ready for planting.
Really didn't grow anything last year, and I am determined to grow something this year, especially as we invested in a polly tunnel a couple of years ago that has yet to pay for itself!
I think some unusual squash, peppers, aubergines and potatoes will be my priority. there, now it is written down, it shall be so! (sew?)
Have I just completly jinxed the weather? perhaps we will now get the snow that was rightfully ours at the beggining of this week, but arrived as rain?
oh well, so long as I am not at work - who cares!
Thursday, 10 January 2008
Got home in the dark last night, and went to take some photo's to put up here - but they all came out looking like they were taken down a coal mine with the lights off, so have checked the weather forcast, sunny on Saturday, and have decided to get out and about in the lovely countryside round here and snap stuff au natural.
my latest project is 'squishy pigs' - found a lovely pattern in an old austrailian hand made magazine, and have been producing these lovely patchwork squishy pigs from it - photo's comming soon.
My Daughter is into her charity shops at the moment, and has started coming home with some real bargains - loads of sewing and pattern books from the 60's and 70's - it is not surprising to find that so many of the styles in them are back in fashion, (with a little modification, and up to date fabric!) but they were really into their clasic tailoring and dressmaking skills back then, so just been photocopying a couple of the kids patters from 'golden hands' to make my own up to date versions.
Another project on the horizon is to request wool jumpers on my local 'freecycle' group and have a go at felting - might make a wooly squishy pig then...
All I need now is lots of time to myself! a comodity worth more than gold!
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
first I discovered 'blogs' - I know, where have I been for the past ....years? I am afraid I am one of those technophobes, and until now e-mailing and the odd news group have been as adventurous as I have got, but one of those sequence of events happened that have got me all fired up and almost up to date with the rest of the multiverse!
First, it was my birthday last November - as always I asked for book vouchers. I love books and always wish I could buy more of them!
I didn't however spend them streight away, wanting to savour the spending process.
Just after Christmas I went into a local independant book shop, and discovered 'the Crafters Companion'
It took me 3 days to read from cover to cover - 2 days to totally revamp my workspace, another week to get round to looking into this blog thingy - and every second inbetween in the sewing room sewing!
I don't think I have gone through such a productive period for quite some time, and it has gone massivly towards saving my sanity, so next project is to get some photo's taken of my work, and get them posted up here - is there no stopping me? I hope not!