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New Blog – In progress

Not a great amount to blog this week. The Lucky Cat earrings aren’t yet finished.

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That’s them residing inside one of my jewellery finding drawers. I’ve capped them with little silver beads and am considering adding a clear crystal on top before I attach them to the ear hooks.

Knittingwise I’ve got a few more rows on She’s Electric done this week. I still want to finish it before the end of the month so that I can brace myself for when the madness that is Nanowrimo begins.

To make up for the lack of crafty pix here’s a cute picture of Emma. I don’t get to take many photos of her since she’s usually so busy but here she is paused on the bed after a tummy tickle. ūüôā

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New Blog – Lucky Cats

I went to a craft supplies fair on Saturday with my friends Karen and Hannah. Sadly there were no stalls selling yarn but plenty were selling beads and I found a couple with fabric.

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The red is what feels like a poly cotton mix. It was £3 a meter and I picked up 3m for a dress.

You can also see in this photo that I got a concealed zip for 50p, 3 meters of polka dot ribbon for ¬£1, some green glass crystals for ¬£2.50 which will make a bracelet and possibly some earrings,¬†ballerina¬†charms to make into stitch markers, some little “hand made” charms to add to things that I make and two little lucky cat beads.

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A close up of the ribbon and ballerina. I don’t tend to be¬†attracted¬†to¬†ballerina¬†things really but they were quite big charms and looked like they’d make some sturdy stitch markers.

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Bit of a blurred close-up of the¬†maneki neko, lucky cat, beads. They’re going to became a very happy pair of earrings. I just adore¬†maneki neko and have a small¬†collection¬†of them in my house.

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And this is rather over exposed close up of the colour work in She’s Electric. It’s going rather slowly but steadily as I only ever seem to knit one or two rows an evening. I’d like to finish it this month but although I love the colour it doesn’t seem to inspire me. Too much startitus I think!

Making Monday – Earrings and The Spice Boys

The weather has been far too hot for much making but I’ve made some progress on my Lotus Tunic dress

 

Lotus Tunic front folded

That’s the front view and it looks a bit strange because I’ve had to fold the middle panel a little to take the picture.¬†¬†I still have to cut, sew and attach the lining. Then attach the sleeves and hem.

I organised a bit of making last week by having my friends Karen and Hannah over for a crafty evening. I let them loose on my bead collection and they each made a pair of earrings.

 

Hannah’s zuni bear earrings

 

Hannah fell for the turquoise loveliness of my zuni bears while Karen was enchanted by some of my Czech glass beads.

Karen’s double heart drop earrings

I think we’ll be doing this again but maybe it’ll be another craft next time. Sewing maybe?

With the weather veering between tropical showers and¬†sweltering¬†heat I’ve barely touched my garden but I have got some seedlings.

The Spice Boys

As you can see the seedlings are different colours. This seed mixture is called The Spice Boys mix and it took me far longer to get that joke than it should have!

I love basil but I never have any success growing it. The last time I tried slugs munched their way¬†through it all. But my love of fresh pesto keeps me persevering.¬† This time I’m keeping the seedlings on the kitchen window sill. They still face the threat of white fly but I’m hoping that my venus fly traps and other carnivorous plant will help fend that off. I can but hope!