Posts Tagged ‘beads’


May 8, 2010

Since my week off I’ve started back at college on Tuesday evenings doing my sketching and drawing – this term focussing on my mark making and possibly doing some linocuts.  I’ve started a course on Thursday evenings at the local arts centre learning to make silver jewellery and have made a simple silver ring already.  I’ve had a stinking cold and felt completely crap. 

I’ve just finished reading Beads, Boys And Bangles by Sophia Bennett, which is the sequel to Threads. Two books about Nonie and her friends and how they discover Crow a young fashion genius. I loved the first book when I read it last year and I’ve just read the second one today and love it just as much. Nonie’s best friends are Edie who wants to save the world and join the UN, and Jenny who has just become a famous teen actress. But what is great about them is they are normal teenagers who have to go to school, do their GSCEs, have boy trouble and mum’s who say they can’t stay out late. I love Sophia’s descriptions of Crow’s designs and all the fashion. I wish I had read these books when I was at school!



November 7, 2009

Goodies I got at the knitting and stitching show in October at Ally Pally. Sdc10358
From L to R: bead necklace kit in peacock colours, grey glass pearls, summery pink beads, millifiori beads, teal glass beads, needle size gauge for Emily (she’s just moved her from the US so I thought it would help her convert needle sizes), 2 copies of Selvedge magazine (underneath), Zauberball sock yarn, vintage looking findings to go with grey beads, 3 rolls of ribbon and an addi turbo circular needle. 
This is a close up of the Zauberball sock yarn,  I couldn’t resist it.  I’ve cast on a toe so far in the orange stripe you can see at the top and it looks wonderful.  I took it to knitting group last week and asked everyone’s opinion on whether I should knit a plain stocking stitch sock  or if I should use a stitch pattern.  Most people went for plain so you get the benefit of the colours without a pattern interfering – so that is what I shall do.  But I’m restraining myself as I have 4 other projects I should be knitting.

I couldn’t believe how many beads stalls there were and how cheap the beads were.  The string of teal glass ones was only £1.50 and I think it’s 20 beads.  Brilliant!! I got a lovely cardigan in a really similar colour a couple of days later and they will work really well together. 

This week I’ve cast on the sleeves for mum’s cardigan on two circulars and am knitting them simultaneously which was quite difficult to get started but is now working really well. Both are 7 inches long so far. 

I’ve just started reading The End Of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas, I was reading it in bed last night with a cat on my chest, as I’m cat sitting for Sparkleknits this week!! I’ll let you know how I get on, with the book I mean – the cat and I get on like a house on fire.

* and by goodies I mean great crafting things not the 3 comedians from british television.


July 18, 2009

This is the necklace I made for Sparkleknit’s birthday in June. I couldn’t resist the green and pink beads as they are her favourite colours!

This is the necklace I made using the beads I showed you last week. It was made to go with my blue shoes of happiness and it does match really well. The silver flower bead in the centre is perfect as a weight so that I don’t have the “bead problem” (ladies with a larger bust will know what I mean!!).


And these are the On Hold socks from Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe Up book. I used the rest of the second skein of Wild Cherry – Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn that I made my Wild Cherry Demeter from.  I did a Judy’s magic cast on, a slip stitch gusset heel, a twisted rib and finished off with a Russian bind off which is lovely and elastic. They fit me perfectly!!

Going to Handm@de the other week has inspired me to create so I’m attempting to produce something I can sell.  Work is completely awful at the moment so I need something else to keep me sane!! I’ve done some sketches and made a prototype which needs some tweaking so it may be quite a while before you see it. 

Having completed my On Hold socks last night I think I need to do some finishing before I cast on anything else.  I have got the Lacy Tea Top and Honeycomb Tank Top both stuck at the armhole point so I think I’ll work on one of those.  I also need to block my Aeolian shawl as I finished it in June!!

Knitting Group and Beads

July 4, 2009

Knitting group was a success last Sunday. Nic and I went along to the Poultry Cross in Salisbury at the designated time where Bexx and Goldfishgirl were waiting for us, then Apricotqueen arrived with her daughter and we took ourselves to the nearest coffee shop. Safely ensconced in a corner with beverages and cake we began to knit and get to know each other. The other 3 ladies already knew each other and as Nic and I did too it wasn’t too awkward. 2 of the others spin aswell so I was able to ask questions about the difference between roving and silk hankies and other terms that I hadn’t quite got the hang of when listening to podcasts. I knitted my On Hold socks while Nic carried on with her blanket which she is knitting in a myriad of pinks for her craft/study room. We’re hoping to have another knitting session on 26 July when Daintykitty has moved to Salisbury from the US and hopefully Ebolajez and Shazspun will be able to make it too. Nic has just got an iPod for her birthday and is discovering the joy of podcasts so I’ve recommended Sticks & String and Cast On and I’m will be trying the two she suggested for me (I’ve forgotten the names right at this minute…) when I’ve sorted out my laptop’s memory issues.

I’ve not knitted a great deal this week as the weather has been ridiculously hot for the UK. But I have made myself a long necklace, bracelet and earrings from some green chinese beads I bought in London at The Bead Shop on Tower Street. I was given some gift vouchers for the local bead shop so I bought extra beads, charms and the chain to make the jewellry with my voucher. I had some credit on the voucher left over so today I bought these wonderful blue beads which I plan to make into a long necklace to match my blue shoes of happiness.

Tomorrow mum and I are heading to Winchester by train to the Handm@de craft fair in the guildhall and the craft exhibition in the Cathedral. Should be a good day out especially as it’s the Winchester Hat Fair too.