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The Trouble with Moving House

We’re supposed to be moving house soon(er or later) and the trouble with not knowing when we’re leaving is that I have packed my “stuff” and I get bored.
When I am bored I watch videos about things I wish I was doing on Youtube 🙂
To celebrate my wishing I was carding art batts and spinning fun things, I present you with a playlist I have made about various carding and spinning techniques. At the time of posting this it had 16 videos in it so you’ll need a cuppa. Or you could watch it while you’re spinning something…

(Changed to a link because embedding isn’t working)
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DE3F96C603F50007

Now if I can just find which box I packed my knitting projects in I could start that jacket I wanted to make for Miss Brittany. I should be able to get it done just in time for Summer…

How to Make a Peg Bucket from a Drink Container

I have been planning on sewing a pretty peg holder for months, but my sewing machine broke and I haven’t been able to get it fixed yet. With a baby running around there wouldn’t be much sewing going on anyway…

I decided to chop up a milk container instead. It takes 5 minutes and all you need are an old milk or juice container with a handle, a pair of scissors and a marker pen.
Firstly, draw a semicircle across the top of the bottle to create an opening for holding the pegs. Draw another line at the base of the handle.

Milk bottle with cutting lines for making a peg bucket

Cut out the semicircle to create the opening. Cut a small wedge from the base of the handle so you can hang it on the washing line.

Peck bucket made from a milk container

Finished!

If you’re like me and you always forget to bring the pegs indoors, poke a couple of holes in the bottom to let the water out when it rains.

Now I just have to make another one. We have a lot of pegs 🙂

I Hate Networks

I really, really hate networks.

A couple of weeks ago Mr Knittingand moved my computer four feet to the left and the network hasn’t worked reliably since.

Our home network arbitrarily dismisses people from it’s clique, the internet connection only connects sometimes and when it does connect it has decided it doesn’t like gmail, Ravelry or the Yarn Harlot.
:-/

At least I had a cup of tea and got to read Mr Stephen Fry this morning or there’d be hell to pay.

If I didn’t earn my entire living with them I’d say I hate computers but the bills need paying and the kids need clothing so I suppose I’ll have to keep fighting them.
Maybe I should move my computer four feet to the right and see if that fixes it…

Playing with a Few Ideas

I’m currently working on getting everything I have already started on Knitting-and.com finished (Singercraft, spiritualist scrapbook, hairpin lace, home work book, get the wiki working as a wiki should etc) but I thought I’d throw around a few ideas for new techniques I would like to cover in the future.

What do you think of these ideas?

Macrame Lace

When we think of macrame these days it’s more likely to be thoughts of dodgy plant hangers, chunky wall hangings in the shape of owls (I love those owls, but that’s beside the point) and tragic disco era handbags. However, in the late 1800’s (and possibly before) macrame was used as a style of lace-making. Using the same knots as the dodgy plant hangers and strange metallic handbags, they created everything from gorgeous shawl edgings to insertions to fancy fringes for furnishing (try saying that three times fast). These types of edgings are still going strong in some countries, I have seen some lovely work in a Portuguese language magazine and some references in a recent issue of Keito Dama from Japan.

I wouldn’t go as far as attempting to make a Victorian era macrame lace desk (hi Dad!), but I thought it might be nice to try and revive this old lace craft and give it back the level of respect that it deserves all over the world.

Netting

Another lace making craft, netting is incredibly simple and takes only a few tools. I’m thinking of investigating the technique and it’s versatility. When we think of netting, if at all, we tend to think of cotton, string bags, fishing nets, and wartime era hair snoods. But what about yarn scarves, decorative laces, embroidered netting, doilies and other uses it was put to? I think that would be a fun technique to explore.

The Sure-Fit Designs System and Pattern Drafting

This one is just a maybe.

I was thinking that I could document when I use the Sure-Fit Designs system to draft different types of sewing patterns.

Since I’m only what I would term an adventurous novice when it comes to sewing, this idea may or may not pan out. It would also mean that anyone using the tutorials would have to own the Sure-Fit system or Winifred Aldritch’s drafting books since these are what I use, so I’m not sure whether or not this is a good idea? These ideas could be used with any self-drafted patterns though, so we’ll see. I certainly wouldn’t be giving any instruction on drafting basic blocks. This would be more of an investigation into how I’ve changed basic Sure-Fit blocks to make different garments or solved fitting problems.

So what do you think?

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