Sunday, September 26, 2010

Knitting, above and below the waves.

In the week I went to a localish craft show with a couple of friends. I didn't intend spending anything at this show as I am going to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally, in two weeks time and saving my pocket money for that. I had lots of time to look at the stands run by the Guilds and groups. This one was particularly stunning. 'Above and Below the Waves'.

This is a project organised by Alison and Ann Murray, in aid of the RNLI and their "Train One Save Many" campaign. 

As you can see it is a knitted seashore, above and below the waterline. Over 2000 knitter help create this master piece. It took 5 months to sew together and I moan about sewing up one jumper. 

The Project will be on show at venues next year, including:

The Brighton Centre  11th - 13th Feb 2011.

SECC Glasgow          3rd - 6th March 2011

NEC Birmingham      24th - 27th March 2011

Anintree Racecourse Liverpool  20th - 22nd May

Well worth a look.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Well I had a busy weekend, so much so I forgot to take any photos. We have cleared a large ornamental border at the front of the house. Over the last two years it has given a marvellous show of flowering shrubs and perennials but it had become over grown and desperately needed a tidy. Pampa is very willing in the garden but I would never let him out their on his own as I'd just have bare earth. Shrubs, roses, climbers and border perennials have all had a good hair cut, feed and mulch. I have a little room for a few new bulbs and a reasonable area cleared for the divided perennials. All good and it cost us nothing at all. Oh yes,  a little petrol to go to the green re-cycling centre.

No work on the allotment but I am still picking. We have had sweetcorn, butternut squash and my pride and joy, a watermelon.

I grew this from a plant I was given by 'Old Pete' as a thank you for watering his greenhouse while he was away for a few days. I just love the way our allotmenteers share with each other. Passing the kindness around.

More Jam, this time plum. I did make so much mess making this, Pampa was very kind and cleaned the hob for me and the work top and the wall. 

Last but not least this is the present my daughter was given at her work baby shower. She is a lecturer at a TAFE in Sydney. All her work colleagues made a square each and put them together into this beautiful quilt. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Noodlehead's clutch bag.

A little clutch bag for Dee. It turned out much better than I expected as after I cut it out it sat on my craft table for two weeks while I worked out which end was which. The pattern is from   I like Noodlehead's blog she has such good ideas.

It has three little pockets for cards and just enough room for mobile, keys and a little cash. I think I just may whip one up for myself.
Being Grandma.
This cheery monkey is being me. Note the Grandma lap rug.