My yarns (and hooks) are getting smaller. I really need an eye test and new specs!
The weather has been torrential here in the UK. So, as I keep the brick mountain in the yard, it'll be days before I can dry another one out sufficiently to work with. Jewellery it is then.
Like I said, I've bought a fair bit of yarn recently and most of it is unlabelled. This beautiful green yarn is so smooth to work with I couldn't decide if it was silk or just mercerised to perfection!
Thankfully, there's lots of it Only one ball but enough to keep me happy until the next great find. The work above is the latest brick cover in progress.
If you've read my 'about' page you'd know that I studied design (back in the 90's). My friend Polly, who actually chose to sit next to me in the studio for 2 whole years (thank you), turns 40 this weekend.
I broke into the coral stash I have to find a piece that had an inspiring shape. And so, a little ring for her was created using some vintage, black yarn.
This shot shows you why it reminds me of one of Miro's bird sculptures so much.
I could tell you that this is a representation of some virus but actually, it's a detail of a free form necklace I made a few years ago.
But the 'lurgy' reference is true enough as I've been poorly for a few days so haven't photographed anything yet. I have found time to crochet a little more though. There's always an upside, right?
The beaches here are, generally, quite grey. Then a little thing like this turns up. My photography doesn't do it justice but it's actually rather small so I'm just impressed that it's in focus!
I have been crafting but dealing with a poorly child has taken up most of the last 2 days. Amigurumi's nearly finished though (during naps) and the sapphire necklace is all done (photos required).
With the amigurumi put to one side (for fear of going into diabetic shock with all the sweetness) I quickly snapped this almost finished project up.
All it really needs now is a decision about a fastener and a pretty neck to hang it around to photograph. I do love that sapphire so I may well be keeping this one.
Not one of my nicknames for nothing, as you can see. There were also similar hauls of small brick pebbles and slate. Which reminds me that I must get my little pendant drill out soon!
There's a little personal crochet project going on as my oldest friend has just had her first baby. It'll be a kawaii overload but I still might upload a shot once it's finished :-)
I've been shopping. And not only because it's quicker than crafting. There are 3 of these massive glitter bugs (about 50mm at the tip) which are way back on the 'to do' list but, as they were in the sale, I had to snap them up whilst they were available. But come Christmas I'm sure they'll have found their way into something.
As I'm pimping a fascinator for a friend (in my spare time!) I found my way to the infamous Abakhan over the weekend for more feathers/crystals/random green stuff. Of course, I was seduced by some bargain yarn plus this rather expensive little skein:
Doesn't look much but as you can see, it has a special quality that I'm looking forward to exploring :-)
I still don't like this yarn but at least this brick is now finished. And, as I could finally cut the yarn, I checked to see how I could unravel it. Thankfully, it's a simple and silky 4 strands that will make some beautifully fine work.
Two down, one to go before I start anything new!
These were made about 5 years ago and have even moved house with me. They came about in a hurry when I had half a bucket of bonding left over (what you use to fill big gaps before applying finishing plaster to a wall). Seriously, I lead a glamorous life, right?
The intention was they'd be a base for papier mache but they might now be dressed in crochet before further additions. No yarn for a few days as I have real work to catch up on unfortunately!
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