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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

I'm in 'Let's Knit' Magazine!

On the teabreak page, November Issue, 2012 - in the corner, but I'm really pleased about it.  I sent in a photo of 'Herman'.  I made him from a pattern in a previous issue - you can see him in a bit more detail in an earlier post ...



Monday, 15 October 2012

Vintage Cottage Teacosy

I made all the bits for this ages ago, but held off sewing them up as there was a lot of work involved.  The motivation to finish was provided by the gift of a pile of vintage knitting patterns and a new book!  So I gave this away as a present ... but it was very difficult ...



Monday, 8 October 2012

Orange Aid

OK, it's a bit startling, I'll admit, but the instructions for this bobble hat said to use the brightest orange that could be found.  This is fluorescent!  It's for the charity St Mungo's, which represents homeless people in the UK.  You can find instructions for making a hat at the charity website.  Their bobble hat day is 23 October and they hope to collect as many hats as there are homeless people, which is over 5,000.  It's really easy to make - I'd done mine in a couple of evenings.  The collection point for the finished article is Loop Knitting in London and I was lucky enough to be able to drop mine off there last Friday.  The lady in the shop said it had, 'a mighty fine bobble'!  It did come out a bit big ... but then I think it adds to it's charm ...


 

Monday, 1 October 2012

The Hidden Colour of Manchester

When I was a student, years ago at the Polytechnic (as it was known then), our first project on the printed textiles course was, 'The Hidden Colour of Manchester'.  That was quite a challenge in those days, (the mid 80's).  Now, since the rejuvenation of the city, I can spot stuff all over the place ...


Lovely old city brickwork
Jewelled umbrellas outside Oklahoma - cafe and quirky gift shop

Memories of The Hacienda days ...

Some legendary Coronation Street stars
Fred Aldous arts and crafts shop window - this store has been here since the 1800's but is now enjoying huge popularity since the crafting revolution, hence 'make something'

The Pop Cafe