Monday, 6 December 2010
The Hemlock is quite impressive. I have now passed the 400 stitches. Yes, 400 in the round, me who tends to do two needles, quick projects... To be honest I am hoping to finish it off soon. Ahahah the famous last words! Anyway check out the bed, the flowers are cut out of leather. I like the combination leather and wool...
Friday, 3 December 2010
Was knitting happily a headband for the coming skiing season but it looks like I will be using it before. It was a very easy knit, based on the fact that I could knit a few rows in the morning before catching my train (and we are rushed in the morning usually). And you know what, I am using it now! My ears would be suffering otherwise.
I used the Blue Leaf headband pattern available on ravelry for free, my beloved mirasol sulka yarn ( I nearly have none left, argghhh) and 5mm needles.
As you can see, our current house is very tidy (or not) and we are clearly very minimalist...
Whilst in France, I came across a really good book about FIMO paste. I always looked at it, but just did not know what to do with it... But the book came up with a brilliant idea, to make your own buttons with FIMO. You can choose your colour, form and print on the buttons.I tried different forms. the biggest one has been made with a stamp, then a square (gone round) and then the round button I used for the headband. This is really quick, 5 mns to do it (should have spent a bit more time to be fair), half an hour in the oven, wait for it to cool down and varnish. I am really impressed with the result, and will definitely used it again. I may need a bit of practice before doing all the fancy thing you can see on youtube, but it is really worth a try.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Thomas Stanley is a young designer with a lot of potential, well I think he does. He has made this desk light out of... beer cans. I don't drink beer, but I can easily have someone else a home to drink them for me... below is the black/Guiness version, but he can do a white version (Stella Artois). Very funky and very green! And I am sure someone will enjoy drinking them - especially if it is for the sake of design.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
And here it was, what i knew was true for a long time, all over the magazines - wool (that is knitted wool) is totally in!
the upholstered 'dressed-up stool' has a storage that can be closed with three buttons - much like closing a shirt or jacket. the door can also be fixed by rolling it up using a magnet that is built within.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
This is really exciting today, but not sure how long I will last... I hope I will be able to post progress soon...
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Here is the patchwork pattern version (which in fact I prefer to the original picture):
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I knew I did not have enough yarn, probably from the start, but add a left over skein from M's scarf. It adds a bit of drama I think... right up my Grandma's street.
I have made a fw changes, made the budding lace repeat longer (17 repeats), made te lily of the valley border smaller (6 rows of nupps instead of 5 and 5), and made the lace border one row longer. You may be able to see what I mean below. I love the colours!
Thursday, 11 November 2010
All the interior design magazines I read (and believe me I read many) featured the prints. Can you have too much of a good thing? Well I am ashamed that the novely worn off a bit. It is still great, but it felt that everyone had the print..
However I found out a very cool way to have my unique word cloud. Wordle explains that it is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends
Here are some of display on the website
All I need now is to find my favourite text (I am considering the song my parents wrote for my wedding - yes, they decided to sing in front of all the guests, and boy did I cry!). What text would you choose?
Monday, 8 November 2010
I bought some handspun, hand-dye yarn on Folksy (the UK equivalent of Etsy) a month or so ago. I have trying to find the right project and decided to finally get on with the Swallowtail and join the other 7778 knitters out there. I am currently struggling a bit with the nupps, and my progess has slowed down a bit. This is a Xmas present for my grandma, so plenty of time still... It is a great pattern though, very interesting, and quite rewarding (all that lace pattern forming under your fingers). Here is a (really poor quality - must stop taking picture with my blackberry) picture of the pattern and yarn.
You will see on the picture my best homemade soup (as in the only one I did this year).. pumkin soup. It is really tasty, and very very easy to do (again apologies for bad picture).
The recipe is from the BBC Food website (it is one of the few pumkin soup recipes without curry powder). I used organic vegetable stock cube and it is all worth it, as a lot of the flavour comes from the stock. It is really filling. I added the coutrons the first time, but honestly it was too much (even for M, and we are talking about my 6'2 husband who is constantly hungry!). Do try it!
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Designer Katie Thompson is the brains behind RECreate. Even though she is not the first person to take a crack at the art of recycling, Katie Thompson definitely has a knack for turning so-called “junk” into household gems.
I cannot wait to go to my nearest boot sale...
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
So here we are my Tuesday evenings will not be the same again, Kirstie's Homemade Home is back!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Meet Aidan a 5-year old who loves monsters. On September 13, 2010 he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He pulled through his first round of chemo . Unfortunately, he must go through 2 to 3 more years of chemo treatments and everything that goes along with that.
While in chemo and resting at home Aidan has been spending quite a bit of time drawing.
In order to help his family out they started selling prints of his works as well as a few originals on Etsy. All proceeds will go directly to Aidan’s medical bills.
I have been really moved by this story, and a monster from Aidan should really make it into my home, as a personal reminder that it could happen to everyone. And also hoping that Aidan will get better soon.
Monday, 25 October 2010
In the end I chose the Mirasol Sulka yarn in Thyme (212), and I wanted a pattern/stitch that was both simple but quite effective visually. I tried a couple of stitches and ended with the herringbone stitch. This tutorial is really useful. Once you know it is easy but requires a lot of work for your elbows though. Beware this stitch eats yarn, but the effect is really worth it.
My big issue was to make the cushion reversible. Once I decided that there was too much yarn going into this I decided to go for a geometric pattern at the back. Here is the back (already quilted) on its own. It is my first attempt at this design, so it is not my best effort but you have a good idea of the effect.
And here is the corner of the cushion! it is actually not as bad as other parts of the patchwork. I love the butterflies fabric (I think it is a Michael Miller fabric). The colours are a bit richer than shown on the picture.
I will definitely used that pattern again, I am hoping to make a big wall hanging patchwork for the new house, with a mix of light and dark colours of the same tone.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
She says that she simply turns the roller to move the sheet of paper, and uses different characters to create the shapes she wants. It might sound easy enough, but creating detailed artworks from simple letters, numbers and punctuation is definitely not the easiest thing to do.
Monday, 4 October 2010
What have I learnt?
1. My taste in colours changed, and I am over little flowers print... I am even surprised that my teenage self was into that (clearly showing signs of the countryside girl in me).
2. The purchase of a sewing machine makes my life SO much better. I did everything by hand (all these squares are stitched by hand... that is dedication, and clearly the reason why I gave up). But I finished with the machine within an hour...
3. Buy enough fabric - I need more prep work.. Here is the 'dark' corner. I like it obviously because it accounts for the time that it took to complete, but I can see that it is not ideal if I were to give it to someone (outside my family that is).All in all, I am impressed with the design I came up all these years ago, and very happy to see it finshed and sitting on my armchair.
Well, once the quilt was finished it was time to move to another project. This is a present for one of my friends. She was very specific about the colour... I am knitting with my favourite yarn, mirasol sulka, with 12mm needles using the herringbone stitch (a real pain, but so worth it). What do you think it will be? She has just bought a new flat...