Technically, I am on holiday from work with the schools being closed for summer. However, I still have lots of work to be getting on with.
As well as the above, I have been spending a great deal of my time knitting something very complicated for the animation involving beads and buttons and a lot of sewing. I've also been designing another scarf for Dunlop McCandless, which is still in the prototype stages - I shan't know if it has been successful until it is all sewn together.
Some of us are finding the summer harder going than others......
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
I've also been catching up (or trying to) with some of my outstanding commissions - knitting little shoes, hats and tables; designing a knitted wolverine, knitting more pebbles. It's also been an opportunity to go through my big box of jewellery that I cart to various local craft fairs with less and less enthusiasm. I've photographed some pieces that have been tucked away for far too long, and they will be in my Etsy shop over the next few days. I don't get time to make jewellery any more, and it is a shame that what I have is hidden away - here's a chance for some necklaces and earrings to go to good homes.
Monday, 23 July 2012
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Monday, 16 July 2012
I can't be the only one counting down until the end of term - only four more days but it feels like an eternity. At least Sports Day has been cancelled due to a saturated field - very sad for the children, but I must admit to giving a small cheer at the thought of having the afternoon free to get those knitting needles flying!
Saturday, 14 July 2012
He is going to be a small gift for someone who is leaving who I know collects teddies.
Friday, 13 July 2012
See more of Helz's beautiful work here.
And my garden is looking more and more like the outside of Sleeping Beauty's castle, with the shrubs going berserk, the vines taking over and the grass unkempt. It's not through lack of enthusiasm, I just can't catch a break inbetween being at work and torrential rain. I hope I can get out there with the lawnmower and some secateurs before I need someone with a machete to hack us out of here!
Thursday, 12 July 2012
The scarves I have been designing for Dunlop McCandless in the USA will be in production come September. I was asked to give an interview about my knitting history and the design process used when coming up with these scarves. Here's a link:
Monday, 9 July 2012
I've been knitting the main part of the scarves first this time in an attempt to get the boring bit out of the way before making the heads. I don't think it makes the work any faster, but psychologically it feels better with the 'carrot' of the heads dangling in front of me.
Knitted rocks....so far I have a pebble - still thinking about how to make yarn look angular and hard. I have a few tricks up my sleeve, don't worry...
The bathing beauty will be going all the way to the Seychelles - I should really keep a record of all the far flung places my work has found it's way to! If anyone else is thinking painting on a hammock is a good idea, I strongly advise against it....the fabric is incredibly difficult to work on as it soaks up paint and the first layer comes out rather blotchy. What would have taken me an afternoon if it was on a wall has stretched to far too long. On the other hand, it has been quite a fun project - I do enjoy painting life-size occasionally. This has been painted in acrylics - it needs to be durable and waterproof.
I've also been emboidering something on something else for the animated film, but that's all cloak and dagger for now. Wish I could show and tell, it's hilarious!
Sunday, 8 July 2012
It's quite effective and pretty but certainly took a long time to make.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Happy Birthday, Monkey-Boy....
Thursday, 5 July 2012
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Monday, 2 July 2012
I'm knitting a table at the moment...as you do...
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Cheeky Cherub Designs last week, and when it came yesterday I was overjoyed. The photo really doesn't do it justice, it is so beautiful. Now I have to think about how I am going to make a necklace with it - I am thinking on natural thread with a few shells maybe. It's been such a long time since I made jewellery, I feel a little rusty.