Sunday, 23 June 2013

It's Been A While

For one reason and another I have not been blogging as often as I should have done. The main reason is work and being too tired. However, I found myself with a free weekend this weekend and got busy with the sewing machine. My friend Kate at our knitting lock in asked for a cosy for her interchangeable needles. I managed to find this lovely piece of Liberty print lawn and the first one was born.

I was on a bit of a roll then and thought that mine was getting a little tired and I made it out of fabric I didn't really like in case it didn't work. So the red one just happened.

Then, thinking that maybe I should think about putting one in my Etsy shop, The yellow one happened too. Item details:- These babies take 13 sets of needles, 9 of the slots are for the smaller ones and the rest for the larger ones. There are three large pockets for the cables. small scissors, needle gauge and a tape measure, and then three small pockets for the round stoppers that go on the ends of the cables, for row markers, safety pins etc. Have you noticed there is also a slot for the key for doing and undoing the needles from the cables, there on the left hand side of the picture. Clever eh!
A good weekends work I think. I have also been asked for crochet needle cosies, I'll work on that next weekend.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Bluebell Bliss

Introducing my new toy. I'm thrilled to bits with it. It does exactly what it says on the tin and the more I spin the better it gets.

The service from Louet was excellent. Ordered on Monday, delivered on Friday and spinning on Saturday. Took me a little while to get going..

This is my first bobbin, plyed, 2 shades of shetland fluff, now yarn for knitting.

This is the second bobbin. Not yet plyed in dark blue. I'm much happier with this one. I think I'll Navaho ply this. I've also spun some cream shetland. But it isn't as good as this one. All in all I'm really pleased. Happy dance!

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Learning to Take Photographs

This is one of my favourite photos that I took on the photography course that we went to on Saturday. The theme for all of the pictures was curves and lines. I hope you can see the line of the wall behind the flowers, maybe a little blurred but it is there.  

Lovely lines and curves on this one, a different photo altogether, the first one I used macro and a low f stop to get close to the flowers and the background blurred but on the one of the estuary at low tide I used a bigger f stop. Tricks taught by Rachel and Phil from Photography Made Simple. This is the second course we have done with them, both have been just fab.

I tried hard to balance this one and get the view central to the doorway, curves at the top.

No curves or lines on this one except the bubbles of water, just me playing with the shutter speed and motion. I definitely want to take more photos of fountains or waterfalls. It was a great day.