Best Laid Plans …

Go to waste!

So much for the Oh Yes! I’m making a tunic top next…… ha ha! Life has an uncanny way of getting in the way don ‘t you find? In a bid to avoid a non creative day, what with my post flu lethargy being pushed aside with some mojo for the creatives i found a simple crochet pattern on the internet for a beenie hat. DD2 fancied one as she is really feeling the cold having only recently returned from Aruba after an 8 week adventure, making interesting and fun international friends ….. My little loon even did a sky dive with Aruba Sky Dive!

Surprise I digress AGAIN!

Crochet beenie, had the right size hook, there’s one better than the knitting aye? Wool, mmmmm a bit too chunky but how much difference can that make? I know ….. A LOT. Undeterred, with gusto I threw myself at the task. Never hving done a hat before it was all a bit perplexing and a little exciting 🙂

The baby blue yarn (looks grey in pictures) took shape very quickly on such a large hook and before I knew it I had a hat. HOORAH. The chunky wool however gave me a somewhat baggier beenie so some rapid creative thought processing, I added in a couple of extra rows for length, threaded fine elastic around the base and made a bobble. Attached bobble so it dangles a bit, whipped my hair brush through said bobble to make it fluffy and hey presto a hat that DD2 is delighted with.

At this point I would like to say if you think her varied ways of wearing one hat and unique modelling is funny or cute then she is my daughter. If however you think she is a few sandwiches short of a picnic then she is my Husbands !!!!

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I Will Stick To Sewing But …..

Egg head

Egg head

Its a blue wabbit!

Its a blue wabbit!

Rachel can do the knitting! A non knitter she as you may know from my previous blog had the right size needles BUT as they say a bad workman (that would be me moaning) blames his tools…. Rachel used standard sewing thread for the face and it is soooooo much better then my winking wabbit!  Way to go Rachel, see there is a craft for everyone. 🙂

I make an apron for R yesterday. She admired the fabric a while ago. I had bought it as genuine vintage but on its arrival it so WASN’T….. Initially a bit cross but when R admired it I made a mental note. mojo on the rise I got stuck in yesterday. Hope to have a picture of said item on it ‘s new owner soon but for now here’s the unmodelled apron.

R will be hostess with mostess at Christmas

R will be hostess with mostess at Christmas

Apron in genuine NOT fabric

Apron in genuine NOT fabric

With the rising mojo I have been meaning to make a simple winter maxi skirt for ages now, finally did it today. A jaw dropping 45 minutes beginning to end I immediately put it on with a super warm woolie as it’s turned pretty darned nips here in Blighty. Although a very basic design this will get worn loads. Just love a comfy, stretchy maxi for lolling around the house in.

Tomorrow, cutting out a pattern for a tunic top, a more challenging pattern. By that I mean more time consuming. Will share here with you first of course my dear reader ! X

Back of comfy 45 minute maxi skirt

Back of comfy 45 minute maxi skirt

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Knit Whit, Twit ……..

Here's the real deal

Here’s the real deal

And other rhyming derivatives.

Do you recall my advising just a few days ago that I can’t really knit?

Well for you delight and delectation here is the living proof!!!!!  Dear one Rachel and I spent the day together yesterday, amongst the many topics of the day was knitting. Among my stash of all things creative was a wee pattern for egg cosy in the form of rabbits.

The pattern seemed so simple we both agreed to give it a go. Generous to a fault I gave R a pair of needles….. Correct size, for her to use when she finds time. This morning I lunged at my wool stash, none quite the right size but hey how much difference can that make? Now needles….. Mmmmm none the right size but a pair only 0.75 too big…. That wont matter…. Off I go, 7 rows in I had 2 more stitches than I had started with but soon rectified the matter losing them in the next row..  HaHa! On a roll now.

Head complete and onto the ears. Loved the ears ALL knit no purl/pearl/pirl it only took 2 hours to knit. UhHa not bad.  I feel you nod approvingly, now to construct and put face on.

So why does mine look like an owl/funky bat????

Either way I am pretty pleased with my first effort in probably 20+ years. Wrong wool, wrong needles, wrong face BUT ITS PINK!

Do hope you get as much of a laugh as HH, R and I did, not promising to stick to what I know best as I can’t possibly let the egg cozy get the better of me…… Next a cable knit woolie, what do you think.

Owl, Bat or Wabbit .... For you delight and delectation

Owl, Bat or Wabbit …. For you delight and delectation

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Plus Sized Pattern Pyramid – the Giveaway Post

Love a good old swap, pyramid whatever you want to call it. How about you? Pass it on lovely readers of the creative nature x

Béa's Sewing Adventures

Where to start?

OK, first of all, I have to say a huge huge thank you to Fiona at Seams Straightforward– she made some serious additions to the patterns being offered. There are NINETEEN patterns for me to choose from. Not only that, she had split the original pyramid that she received into two, so Alison from Sewing With Cats has got the same sort of awesome decision making to do, when she receives her parcel (I think hers had a lot further to go than mine!).

Here are the patterns that were in the package I received. In two goes, because I couldn’t photograph all of them together and still make it look clear:

Those two Hot Patterns were rather tempting, especially the drapey blouse one. And I had to struggle to leave the Very Easy Vogue V8825 wrap dress pattern in the To Be Sent On pile…

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Brits Knit Their Way Through A War…..

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.. personally I am not so good at knitting being a needle woman and crochet fan, that said I can knit, just at a glacial pace!

Having one of those creative, insomniac nights in the week that I am sure you are all familiar with, I got bored pf pacing about with a head full of ideas so flicked the tv on at stupid o’clock just as company really.

As soon as I switched on, the tv was set to BBC Four and a programme was just starting called Fabric of Britain, Knittings Golden Age.

From the outset I found it so very interesting I knew immediately this would be my Sunday blog. Yes! Rather a wander away from my usual sewing and vintage fabric ravings but just really wanted to share it with you. I have set a link for you and I soooooo hope that international readers can access the programme as I am sure you too will find it fascinating.

A host of interesting and highly knowledgable crafts people interjected with some totally cool older folk talking about the importance of knitting. How for 60 years it dominated the UK and then fizzled away in the 1980’s only to now be reborn HOORAH!

The thoughts of the commentators were that in our highly wasteful and consumable age there are the beginnings of a fight back… why waste? why be a consumer sheep, following the crowd? why not try to make it myself?

I can attest to the fact there has been a rise in knitting, almost every High Street has a knitting shop or department again. We even get news of Urban (it’s not urban darnit, just can’t think of the word right now)  Knitters who rather like a flash mob but for knitting. The population go to bed at night, wake up in the morning to find wonderful little knitted critters tieds to lamp posts, bridges, door handles and the likes.  How wonderful and generous of these people to use their wool and TIME to then leave their creations for the population…. bringing a smile and colour into otherwise very mundane lives (probably).

Anyway, I digress (what’s new I hear you mutter), I was fascinated to see big burly guys knitting away through WW2 years, how families sat and unpicked old jumpers and rolled them up for use again. We think we are getting a handle on recycling! We have a long way to go.

Of course for the Brits it was an absolute necessity as we were rationed within an inch of our lives so the Make Do And Mend campaign was essential.

The documentary tells of how the ladies of the 1920’s were quite frankly sick of being trussed up in corsets and rigid clothing so when Coco Chanel favoured jersey knits she started an absolute revolution that from that day to this changes fashion forever. GO Coco!

I have put together a little slideshow that I hope translates as I sat in front of my little kitchen tv, ipad clutched taking screen shots….. it only occurred to me part way through hence the slideshow is not the best representation of the programme SORRY!

Very poigniently there is a section in the documentary where a lady from the V&A museum show pullovers made by POW’s and how they had make shift knitting needles made from Red Cross boxes. Not only did these men have the inginuity but the skill to do this. I felt rather humbled if I’m honest.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, even more I hope you are able to view the programme as I simply cannot do it justice here. If however, you are not able to access it I will make an effort to document as fully as possible the show should you want me to.

Knitting needles at the ready …… bet some of you are clever enough to knit and watch tv at the same time, not a skill I have but have seen it in action with my Nan who clicked her way through many a conversation, radio airing or tv show without dropping a stitch  WOW!  Happy Sunday everyone 😉

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Armistice Day …. Lest We Forget

By John McCrea

By John McCrea

I wanted to gush on with thanks to all those who liked yesterdays blog but wish to edit myself given that today in the UK is Rememberance Sunday…. so THANK YOU!

TOMORROW is Armistice Day, a wonderfully observed tradition in the UK. You may have your own in your part of the world but I wanted to share with you a little of the British tradition and what it means to me.

Neither of my Grandfathers faught in WW2 as both were in ‘essential’ jobs. My Husband however had both his fight and survive.

GG as we called him was in one of the liberating groups at Belsen, the memory of fighting his way across France and the life long friendship he made with a young French boy were all but a secret. Only in very latter years did he share a few memories with and only then because I asked. What he witnessed as such a young man had marked him for life and he kept all that tucked away in his head until he left this plain. My memory of GG is one of such a kind, loving and caring man. Hugely devoted to family. Especially his wife and 3 daughters and then of course he beloved grandchildren. A truly great man in my eyes.

Bill, I never got to meet sadly as he passed when my gorgeous man was just 13. Bill managed to escape capture by the Japanese (Thank You Lord). He had been in campaigns all over the place but found himself near Burma I believe. A very fortuatous journey in a jeep with his ‘mate’ meant he was not at his base when the rest were taken. He and his mate skipped from one place to another evading capture for many weeks until they found their way to allied forces. Again, by all accounts he never spoke of it.

What these men and boys went through to allow us the rights and delights we have now is so very humbling to me. This was the second time our tiny Island Nation had to muster up forces against a then enemy….. the men and boys of the day did not disappoint. Those way too young to fight went to extreme lengths to become enlisted. I do wonder if such steel runs through so many veins today?

I bow my head to those brave young people who today join the forces, bury their politics and go to fight battles many of us may say are not ours to fight. They do it with honour, pride and dignity. For Queen and Country.

THANK YOU

Tribute at Trafalgar Square

Tribute at Trafalgar Square

Also thank you to the parents, spouse, children etc who hand them to us for our protection.

Here are links to the resources I have used today and another thank you to them for seeing to it that this information was available to me at the press of a button. LEST WE FORGET.

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Recover(y)… get it …. cushions, covers???

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Don’t worry if you don’t…. think I am still a bit silly in the head following the ‘flu’ from hell!

SPITALFIELDS did go ahead last week despite the dreaded lurgie and it was a fantastic day. The hours flew by, so many interesting people to chat to. As a launch pad for our Ultimate Vintage Upcycle business, now on facebook…. it really was a great place.

The market was teeming with tourists who simply loved what we are doing with the sourcing genuine vintage fabrics and then upcycling them into cushions, tote bags, bunting, ornaments and the likes. Many business cards were taken and we even gathered some VERY useful emails. All very exciting. We even made some sales to boot!

We now know that the Sunday market would have better suited our stall as it has a very large foot fall of Londoners who are out to shop rather than peruse. Not that I am grumbling, the whole day was fun and we learned so much and we feel even more able to move our little venture forward. This would have started on 4th November had I not been totally struck down but as we so often say, everything happens for a reason. My reason was a definate need to draw breath and re-focus, which I have done and now with renewed vigour am prepping for next week and a big push.

I do hope you will swing by my facebook page to see what I have for sale. I would be especially grateful if you could point your friends and colleagues to the site as well…. the more the merrier!

Shipping will be international, I don’t intend to limit myself to these shores.

The pictures of the day, well we hope you like them. In for a penny, in for a pound we decided to go the whole hog and dress in a vintage inspired way. Think you will agree that DD1 victory roll is AWESOME!

Please do share the new facebook page with your friends….. the more the merrier 😉

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