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The Book of Haps

Recently I’ve been getting my knit on thanks the Kate Davies’ Book of Haps.    A Hap is a shawl traditionally worn by women working on the Scottish Islands. The book is fascinating and as well as the 13 modern … Continue reading

February Fun

The days are getting longing and lighter which always makes me smile and awakens my creativity which has been hibernating over winter.

As I mentioned in my last post 2016 is all about fun and this month I ignored the fact I lost my voice (nasty chest infection), sucked on yucky cough sweets and got out there.   

 No your eyes do not device you, that is Richard Gere in Glasgow for an event I attended. He was talking after showing his latest film Time Out Of Mind which is an honest portrayal of a homeless man in New York.

I got lucky and every film I chose during Glasgow Film Festival ticked all the boxes for me from strong characters, beautiful cinematography and great scores it was one of the best film festivals I’ve attended. Some personal highlights were

 
Remember I mentioned fun didn’t have to be expensive? Well, in February BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra put on two free concerts which I was lucky to be able to attend. Both concerts featured contemporary composers and pieces I’d never heard before so demanded my full attention which in turn has sparked ideas for embroidery designs.

I know some of you might be turning your nose up at this, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. If you’ve never experienced a full orchestra live put it on your bucket list. The trick is to find a piece of music you like in their season brochure, go to that concert (watch the Proms or do some digging on (*)YouTube to see the different pieces) and take it from there. 

I think there is something magical about this orchestra. They have a way of stimulating all your senses at once and even at the back of the hall you can feel their passion for the music they play. Go & see them (other orchestras are available in your local area 😀).  It’s been a while since I was able to attend a Knit For Unity session so it was wonderful to get back and catch up with everyone over the clack of the needles.

You should see how many lovely pieces have been knitted or crocheted for those who need them. People have been so generous and I know the hats, scarves, blankets etc will be gratefully received.

If you’re free and fancy knitting (novices are warmly welcomed) pop along to Maryhill Integration Network’s offices, Mondays between 12 & 3pm. As it’s a leap year I managed to squeeze in an extra day of fun. This time I went to the opening of Glasgow School of Art’s Y2 Fine Art Potography exhibition which runs until 4th March.

Having friends on the course I’ve been watching their progress with interest. It was fun to see who’s been influenced by more established artists and refreshing to note that they have maintained their individuality.

Hope your February was as much fun. Now, let’s see what March holds…

(*) yup, this is the piece of music Siouxsie and the Banshees used to come on stage to.

Knit For Unity

 
There’s a new knitting group in Glasgow which aims to bring together women from across the globe to make practical items whilst having a good old banter.   

   
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to attend the first two meetings and had such a fun time. As winter had set in – thanks Storm Abigail – we’re currently making scarves, cowls and hats with the recipients still to be decided. Ashley has created a beanie style hat she’s called the Hope Hat. It’s easy to knit so even if you can’t make the meetings I’ll pop a link into this post and if you make one for yourself why not make a second and send it to us? I’ll ask Ashley for an address to send it to.
  Knit For Unity meets every Monday between 12pm and 3pm at Maryhill Integration Network’s office within Maryhill Community Cenue on Avenuepark Street, Glasgow. Currently they have no funding for a crèche but as you can see from the photos the children attending enjoyed learning how to knit. 

The pattern for the Hope Hat can be found here on Ravelry  or on Ashley’s blog Make It Glasgow.

Knitting to keep warm

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December and someone’s switched off the lighting and hear ting 😦 After a crisp autumn it always comes as a shock.

Luckily I popped into Gold Thimble on Monday and bought some lovely wool mix and knitted up some fingerless mitts. Perfect for my commute but also to wear while continuing with my never ending crocheted granny square.

Talking of which it’s now the width of a double bed so I think I’ll start making it longer after I finish a lovely band of bright pink.

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The pattern for the fingerless gloves can be found on Creativeyarn’s blog

Granny Squares for a special #yarnbomb

Finally getting all my granny squares and knitting together for Scattercraft’s yarn bombing around Hampden Park, Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games. If you’d like to donate some knitting or crochet please contact scattercraft@gmail.com.

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Knitted Lace Christening Shawl

Words fail me at how beautiful this shawl is. A wonderful family heirloom.

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Knitted Lace Christening Shawl

This took two months to knit and it was a total pleasure to make. It was made for a baby’s christening and his grandmother wanted the shawl to include a traditional ‘oak leaf’ lace motif. She sent me an image of the motif, so all I had to do was draft it out on graph paper as it didn’t quite match any of the designs in my pattern library, then get knitting! It’s surprisingly hard to find lace motifs based on deciduous trees, possibly because of the popularity of Shetland knitting (not many oaks on Shetland!). I was thrilled to discover a new design called ‘Boscobel’ by Michaela Moores (published by knitty.com) and adapted it for this shawl

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Operation #Craftbomb Glasgow

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Plans for the Craftbomb Glasgow at the Botanic Gardens are coming along very nicely.

I’ll give you a list of the crafty sessions we’re running on the 14th April and 11th May soon – I know I’m being a tease. However, if you fancy getting crafty I know Iona is running two crafty workshops as part of Say It Ain’t Sew! @ Hillhead Bookclub on the 2nd and 9th April starting at 6.30pm. All materials will be given.

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If you want to involve your children why not pop over to West Kilbride on 10th April and get involved with Rebecca’s workshop. Lots of messy fun to help create for the final craftbomb.

I’m busy creating a flock of birds & planning some fun pieces. As for the rest of the gang…well you’ll just have to come along to find out. 😉

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A Day in the Life: 8th December 2012

Brrr! I know it’s winter but I seem to forget every year! This has been added to by my new-ish job which involved me working in a marquee in Glasgow over December. I must be mad but am enjoying it even though I have so many layers on I look more like a market trader in Eastenders than anything else (spot me all wrapped up in one of my photos).

Well Mooosh let us all know that the newest Dayinthelife date was Saturday 8th December and here’s my entry. As I was working into the evening I thought you might prefer a photoslide of the majority of the day rather than hour by hour.

I had a lazy morning before dragging my camera out to take some shots round town. I’d promised a friend photos of some of the latest streetart in the city centre and although it was a drizzly day it was quite bright. It was then into work where I was able to take a quick break and get some shots of the fair. Home after 11pm and just some time to cross-stitch. I was quite tired so gave up on that and knitted for a bit.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics. I’m not the best photographer in the world but hopefully practice will make perfect…or at least a bit better.

Don’t forget to check with Marceline & Mooosh to read all the other entries.

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A Day in the Life: 15 October 2012

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Last week I started a new job (yea) which has meant I’ve taken my eye off a few things. This included checking when the next Day in the Life would be. Luckily I happened to be looking at Mooosh’s blog … Continue reading

Bird Yarns fly into Glasgow

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NB: please note this event now starts at noon and although free book a place is recommended.

Remember ages ago I got all excited about a knitting project with an ecological edge to it called Bird Yarns? Well approximately 90 knitted terns including my Jack and Victor fly into Glasgow to roost in the Lighthouse during October.

They are in Glasgow as part of the Luminate Festival and you can go along any time between 5th and 28th October to find them all over The Lighthouse. However Deirdre Nelson the textile artist behind their design has a wonderful FREE (yes free) event on the 20th which is going to be fun.

Starting at 12noon Deirdre’s going to talk about the project and give you a chance to hear the listening post created for Tobermory before we all settle down with our own knitting or crochet projects while watching a movie with knitting in it. I don’t know what the movie will be but I’ll be bringing my needles and stash along for some fun.

I’m looking forward to seeing Jack & Victor again & seeing how they’ve coped with their travels round Scotland.

Thanks to Deirdre Nelson for allowing me to use the photographs.

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