Thursday, 26 February 2015
It is a vintage pattern, I couldn't find a date on it but it cost 25 cents new. Judging by the design of fighter planes (they are, aren't they?) I would put it at from the 1940's. It's also knitted in chunky wool, so knits up really quick - the back took me under a week of evening knitting to complete. I am enjoying this, and even the prospect of making pockets and fitting a zipper doesn't put me off.
However, there is a certain gentleman in the house who thinks he'd like one of these as well...I might not be quite so enthusiastic second time around!
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Saturday, 21 February 2015
On the needles this week - a very big sweater!
Also sewing bushes and plants as scenery for a new animation.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Very excited today - we are going toUnravel at Farnham Maltings, showing the knitted animation Tickled Pink by Nudinits and giving a talk afterwards. Not only that, there will be rooms and rooms of yarn.....
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
I've been knitting this scarf for what seems like an eternity! The yarn is quite fine, the stitch to ages to learn and I kept getting sidetracked with other projects and having to put this to one side.
Very busy at the moment - but not necessarily with what I want to be busy with. I wonder why when you have extra time there are always things that crowd to fill it?
Thursday, 12 February 2015
Working from home is proving to be a good decision - I have bits and pieces coming in that are enough to keep me going. Next on the needles is a fabulous vintage men's cardigan - I cannot wait to get started, it is the coolest design I've seen for ages.
Next weekend is the Unravel knitting show at Farnham Maltings. If you are planning a visit, try and make it on the Saturday as we will be there as 'nudinits', showing the film at 1.30p.m. and fielding your questions! I have a feeling it might get raucous...
Monday, 9 February 2015
Spending my days mostly sewing at the moment - tiny fiddly little things for a new animation. Certainly makes a change from dealing with recalcitrant five year olds - I feel a whole lot calmer these days!
I'm looking forward to Unravel at Farnham Maltings next week - as part of the Nudinits team, we're showing the film and giving a Q&A afterwards on the 21st February, 1.30 p.m. If you are in the area, come along and say hello! (There will be yarn too, oh yes, there will be yarn...)
Saturday, 7 February 2015
We've also had a lot of noise from the builders next door - it's been nearly a year with no let up. If you see in the papers a story about some woman beating the operator of an angle grinder round the head with a baseball bat, it might well be me...
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
First, I made the cushion cover from unbleached calico - how I did that is another subject! Before painting on any fabric, first wash it to remove any coating that may have been put on it during production. This will help with the surface you are painting on, it removes any 'waxiness' that might prevent the paint sinking in to the fabric.
Here I have painted on calico, but I have previously painted on cotton, t-shirts and silk - each fabric is different in absorbency and it is wise to have a trial piece before you go in for your main project. Calico is robust and like painting on canvas; t-shirts are slightly more absorbant and need drier paint mixes and silk is extremely absorbant and needs patience and caution!
Cover the top of your painting with muslin or another teatowel, just to prevent any mishaps. Occasionally my iron decides to spew out some brown water due to limescale - you do not want this spoiling all your hard work!
Have fun - it's great to have your work of art on something different for a change!