Oh dear, I'm not finding time to blog as often as I'd like. Being at home most of the day there always seems to be something else to get done first, and blogging comes bottom of the list. Still, never mind, I'm here now so I'll get on and tell you what I've been up to.
I mentioned last time that my crafting over Christmas consisted of fiddling and experimenting - which means mostly handwork since the machine was put away for the holiday.
this yarn, made from the bark of banana trees, a while ago just to see what it was like. I couldn't decide what to do with it so just got out some needles and knitted it up into a square to see what it looked like. It was quite difficult to work with because it was so tightly twisted (I presume to keep it together) that it kept curling around itself, and the thickness varied so much in places that it was difficult to keep any kind of tension. I couldn't think of anything to make with it in a square so undid it and......
...after seeing and idea (somewhere I can't remember - I really should make a note) found a loose, open stitch pattern to knit it into a sort of cowl/scarf. This I am really pleased with and have worn it quite a lot already. I'm now considering getting some of this in different colours to make some more.
I know that many, if not all, of you patchworkers will, like me, have piles of scraps left over from projects that you can't throw away. The problem is, what to do with them. While I was doing some sewing before Christmas I got some scraps out and just sewed them together randomly with very little thought of colour or design or what I was going to do with them. (Do you see a theme emerging here?) Looking at them the other day I remembered that DD said she liked the crazy patchwork place mats that they used when visiting her fiance's parents. As her birthday is coming up soon..................do you see where this is going?
Another thing I had a brief (shambolic) go at was free-motion machine quilting. I've been too afraid to try before in case it was completely beyond me but decided to plunge in and go for it (a bit like the tap dancing last night!). Not a complete disaster by any means but I didn't have too high expectations anyway. I am glad I didn't use a contrasting thread though because that would have been a little too revealing.
What's that? You want to know more about the tap dancing? Well, for our next show, we've been asked to give it a go. "Anything Goes" is well known for it's tap-dancing so we've got to try and include at least a little. We've got a teacher and about 16 of us had our first lesson last night. How did it go? Well, let's just say, we've got plenty of time so we can only hope we get the hang of it soon!!
Bye for now