Sunday, 1 November 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
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Shelter by Stepahnie Imbeau
Using lost and found umbrellas, lighting attached & a steel frame
1600cm x 1200cm
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Outcasts! 8ft long bunting-style banner. If you'd like to personalise one of your own a link to our pdf instructions and chart can be found here.
The first KIP event was Iknit Weekender, London - we knitted little hats for Innocent Smoothies Big Knit 2009 and presented our knitted letters for the Poetry Society's centenary Knit a Poem event. We had also hosted a 'stitch together' event in Reading and stitched together almost a fifth of randomly selected words from this secret poem, the unveiling of which is scheduled for October. Exciting!
The next event was Iknit Weekender - the first knitting show I've attended and I really enjoyed the relaxed shopping, chatting with other knitters and exhibitors, and also ... meeting the enchanting Ysolda. (Smith also met her too! a bit crumpled from his journey I think but still obilged her request for a photo).
Finally, whilst the Outcasts were running Let me Ease Your Day (LMEYD) in Reading Town Centre, making knitted items for the public, I was at a community BBQ near Caversham doing "a little knitting activity with the locals". They had seen me at the Children's Festival and were really keen to have a similar event at their bbq with a familiar face. It was quite exciting to be asked but I felt strangely responsible for honouring this craft and passing on my enthusiasm and skills to others. I think it went okay - I took along a basket of yarns, needles, a few cosy knits from home (blankets, cushions, hats, shawls) and printed off a few simple patterns for Innocent hats to get them started. It was truly lovely to see how much unrequited interest there is in knitting from all ages and the patterns were perfect. Everyone at the stand was soon chatting and reminiscing about grandmothers' cosies and childhood sweaters that their mothers made. They are now asking about how to set up a knitting group! - great I said, you'll need tea, cake, friends and of course needles and yarn.
That kind of brings me up to date - I'll leave Wemake Christmas Fayre, and the projects for that, for a future post.
Friday, 14 August 2009
What with a now condemned car and a depleted bank balance, the past couple of days have been all about seeing how much fun we can have on our doorstep for a few pennies. Yesterday the 4 of us all bought an Explorer ticket on Reading Buses for a bargainous £12 and had a grand day out around Wargrave and Henley. We could have gone on again to Marlow but we were too happy lolling around by the river in Henley reading (and knitting!) and DD2 was in her elements when she found her own private roller blading track - she'd been carrying them in a back-pack all day waiting for the perfect moment and place to let whiz!
This morning, we set out to have lunch with friends at Deans Farm and stopped off en route at Reading Cattle Market & Auction to see the horse sale. I love the buzz of an auction and I've been frequently taking the children there since they were born to see animals, carriages, cars and antiques being bought and sold. I've even been known to bid on an item or two there myself, but only raised my hand to take aim with my camera today ...
When we eventually arrived at Karen's she greeted us with her usual gorgeous, uplifting, home-baked goodness ... she's an ace baker as well as a great friend. I managed to get photo evidence before it was demolished by 4 ladies and 7 children!!
Blackberries and Plums picked from nearby lake.
Monday, 27 July 2009
After the pleasant shock dispelled we made tea, looked at photos and chatted for hours mostly listening to her tales of the fun evenings spent on the beach with good friends and 'cool' teachers, who for once were letting their hair down to reveal very 'human and likeable personalities'.
Also, on a more serious note, she spoke about how moved she was on her visit to the war cemetries and the on-going gratitude shown towards British visitors for the friendship extended to France during WWII. I'm very grateful too - very grateful that I have such a mature and compassionate teenage daughter.
Whilst clearing away the tea things I put the teapot back on the shelf and realised what I'd make with her yarn ...
Friendship Tea Cosy
Size: for a 2pt tea pot
Materials: British Breeds Yarns Guernsey 5 ply as the main colour. Phildar Oxygène, shades 102 and 106, as the 2 contrast colours. Used just over half of each ball.
Pattern: Tea by the Sea by Keren Smith