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I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break  and I'm LOVING IT!  Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com ) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.
  

Friday, 29 July 2016

Yarn Therapy

Whilst I have been away from my blog, coping with my bereavements, I have found great solace in my knitting and crochet. 

I have completed several projects and enjoyed making things for charity, including Twiddlemuffs and bags and knitted babies for dementia patients. More information HERE


It has certainly kept me sane, giving me something positive on which to focus and goals to achieve; such as
icord bind off and Estonian patterned mitts with Kihnu Troi cast on and Vits braid.



Thursday, 28 January 2016

Knit and Natter

Ivybridge Knitting group meets Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:30pm 
in the Library
Knit and Natter with the Nattering Knits
is friendly and free and we have excellent coffee
served by the coffee shop.

The Watermark 
Erme Court,
Leonards Road,
Ivybridge nr Plymouth,
South Devon PL21 0SZ

01752 892220
Some of the photos taken of the group were sadly was deleted from the person's camera 
before it was distributed. Here's some others taken January 2012. Noelle (pictured here with Ruth), sadly died this January. 
A lovely lady who we shall miss and have some warm, memories of her to cherish. 
 

Do you go to a local knitting group?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Do you enjoy the journey?

When I started out crafting I was always impatient to see the end result and rushed through the making to get to the completed project. Sometimes it went well though often times it ended in a poorly made item or me having to redo bits. 

Over the years I have learned to enjoy the journey, the process of making the item as much as the end result. By taking my time my brain can problem solve and tackle the various elements and stages with increasing success so that the end result is more rewarding and the process satisfying.



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

In the round spiral crochet

It took me a while to understand how to know where the crochet spiral round ended and the next row began. So when I made a mistake with my increases/ decreases I wasn't sure where exactly I had gone wrong. It may sound daft, but I kept getting confused and my rounds gradually moved by one or more stitches to the right, as a consequence.

Then I purchased 
   Amigurume by Alison Hoffman 
                 and the light bulb came on and the problems                    disappeared.

She says:
'Insert a stitch marker into the loop on your hook. Each time you come back around to the stitch marker, move it up to the loop on your hook to begin the next round'.


If you have been confused, like me, it means that as you work any increases/decreases; if they don't fit between the positioning this marker and the chain/stitch to the right of it, you must unpick that round and try again. 

The chain/stitch that holds the marker is the first stitch of each round and the chain/stitch to the right of it is the last stitch/chain of the round.

Thank you Alison for your clear, instructions and tips and a wonderful book. I love it!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Freedom to Fail

Hi all. While I have been silent, lots has been happening, including the funeral of my wonderful father, Stuart. 

During the weeks leading up to this moment I found solace in my knitting and crochet. While complicated projects were put on hold, I managed to knit a couple of Alan Dart  gnomes to take my mind off things, a little.



'Great creativity comes from freedom to fail' Peter Gabriel

I hope you give yourselves freedom to fail...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Arm Knitting ~ no needles required

Heavens I have seen it all now! Quick and effective, I've been told.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Frogging!

The first time I came across the term Frogging was when I joined the web forum Ravelry.com  
It is meant to be derived from the idea that a frog says "rip it rip it" so fogging refers to unraveling rows of knitting or crochet work, and has thus come to mean  discarding a project or starting it over.

I regularly visit my Dad's nursing home where various members of staff are learning to knit alongside the residents. It is lovely to see. However, one confided that she was frustrated by her attempts and decided that knitting wasn't for her. She had made such good progress that I commented that it was a shame. I added that she was never going to get any better unless she kept going. After talking about it she decided she would practice at home so she could join in at the nursing home, which seems a lovely, empowering compromise.


I learnt to knit at the age of 11 years and then did not pick up a set of needles again until I was 21 years, when I made a whole jumper in
 <stocking stitch! 

By then I figured that as I knew the basic stitches and Mum could knit, then I must be able to do it myself and I did! Over the years I learned to write things down to remind myself where I've left off; use stitch markers and row counters (for both counting rows and decreases) 
and 

generally take charge of the project, rather than letting it take charge of me!


Thirty years on I am still loving knitting and crochet and learning new stitches and techniques.

I am finding my own challenges along the way, such as vine lace which requires no TV or other distractions and lots of concentration. 

As they say Practice makes Perfect...that's not to say I haven't frogged projects because I need to rethink the wool I'm using, for example.


Do you ever Frog projects that are particularly frustrating or work in them until they are done?