Knitting with Kat

Today, was Kat’s day @ the Cooper Locke Gallery/Cafe in Hither Green.

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The lovely Kat was knitting a pair of teal coloured socks, with a cable stitch pattern, for a Hollywood actor!  I’m not sure if i’m allowed to reveal his name, but he was in the American sci-fi series, ‘X Files’!  How cool is that!? Well done, Kat.  Hopefully she’ll i’ll get a pick of it before it’s shipped to him.

I was ravenous, & decided to curb my hunger by getting a cup pot of mint tea (£1.50) & one of these beauties for £2.00:

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a slice of carob & walnut cake with Camp coffee icing.  Yum, yum!

The owner, Carre, was preparing to change the jewellery display case, & inside, will be my hand made jewellery, which is now selling there!  Yay!

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I can’t remember the prices of them, but feel free to go & take a look @ Cooper Locke Gallery/Cafe, 132 Hither Green Lane, Hither Green, SE13 6QA or email Carre at: carre@cooperlocke.com for more details.

I’m pleased to see them displayed, & Carre has more of my work to put out, so feel free to ask her to show them to you.  I gave her a bag full!

There’s also a Chinese Jade donut pendant with Swarovski glass, a hand woven & bead loomed belts, also a hand woven, glass cuff, made with 2-cut glass, square beads with adjustable glass bead fasteners!  How cool is that!?

Thanks, Carre for taking in my work, i’m looking forward to hearing that they’ve sold out!

The majority of my jewellery is made with materials which are: no longer in existence, end of run stock or from small runs, which makes most of them one-offs, & I especially like to use items which are: recycled, found objects or upcycled.     If bought from a trade show or exhibition, they are always from suppliers who can ethically source their items & or do not add chemicals during the making process.

Please note, when wearing the jewellery, make sure that all perfumes, oils, moisturisers etc, are used before you wear any item, as some beads/stones can react to the chemicals/oils we use on our bodies.

Anyway, that’s enough for now, i’m about to teach a crochet lesson!

So, until the next time, keep crafting, keep creating.

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma x0x0

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Week 5 & fingerloop braiding

NU FUNKY FIBRE

The blue painted fingernails, belong to the lovely new Funky Fibre member, Erva. Below she’s learning to crochet, for the first time.

Welcome, Erva, & keep practicing holding the yarn for crocheting & not as knitting!

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FINGERLOOP BRAIDING

Kaiya showed us an old, (but new to us), craft called Fingerloop braiding.

She used garden string, any strong yarn will do, wrap 5 loops around a solid base, have 3 loops on 3 fingers of one hand, & 2 loops on two fingers of the other hand.

After slipping loops between fingers, a plaited fabric is made.

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Of course, Kaiya made it look easy, but I suppose with practice (& You Tube), great things can be achieved.

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Such as this ‘split’ braid.

Take a look @ the link for the You Tube tutorial:      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

History & details of Fingerloop braiding @: http://fingerloop.org

SASQUATCH BOOTS

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Kaiya’s an avid camper, and as not to mess up the inside of the tent, the family wear these warm & cosy boots.

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The whole of the boot, is made with natural yarn, with acrylic ‘eye lash’ yarn to give it some fun.  It’s knitted in mainly garter stitch (knit all rows), then stocking stitch, (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), for the upper foot.

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To finish, she sews a seam up the centre back.  These boots are nice ‘n’ sturday & would be great to polish the wooden floors with, whilst wearing them!

To make these, go to:http://www.eviesyarn.com/Free%20patterns.htm

SOCKS

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Kat’s making ANOTHER pair of socks!

She’s using that gorgeous self-patterning yarn, which she gets from Drops with green yarn, I think is from Lidl.  Not sure if this is the 1st or 2nd foot.  I’ll find out more, on Wednesday, as she’s running her knitting club @ the Cooper Locke Gallery/Cafe, Hither Green Lane, Hither Green, 3pm.

HOT CHILE

Claire’s away in Chile, but she’s been updating her blog page.  She uploaded this glorious picture, below:

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Street art, Santiago

Unfortunately, Mary didn’t make it tonight, so with only 10 minutes before Club ended, we got out the rose wine, & toasted Mrs G, & off home we went.   (Besides, I wanted to get home pretty sharpish, as the new series of The Hotel Inspector starts @ 9pm!

So, until the next time, Happy Easter.

Keep crafting, keep creating.

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma 😉

Knitting with Kat

COOPER LOCK GALLERY/CAFE. 132 HITHER GREEN LANE, HITHER GREEN, LONDON.  SE13 6QA.  07919 192 724

A few weeks afo, my friend & fellow Pins ‘N’ Needles & Funky Fibres member, started a knitting/crochet group @ the lovely Cooper Locke Gallery/Cafe in Hither Green Lane, Hither Green.

Hither Green, is improving for the better, with The Cafe of Good Hope, which was set up in memory of Jimmy Mizen, and the very tempting, Gallery 136 (great furniture), I was excited about Kat’s group & exploring another part of South London.

I was stuck in traffic on the bus, & was hit by the school run, but was pleased to see that the (181) bus stopped just past the gallery/cafe, as I didn’t feel like walking anywhere, because I was already hot n bothered, due to the bus’ heating being on, despite the blazing, hot sun outside!

I was about 30 minutes late, (club starts from 3pm), but was greeted by Kat, who was wearing a vintage scarf on her head, & the lovely owner/manager Carre.

Kat was lengthening a pair of ‘funeral’ trousers, by crocheting rows of treble crochets, with some cotton yarn.  What Kat was doing is a good way of up-cycling an existing garment.  This saves un-wanted items ending up in land fill, and of course, saving the pennies.

The interior of Cooper Locke is worth a visit.  I liked the mix of old/vintage furniture & soft furnishing, which set off the artwork, jewellery & craft, which are available for sale:

The Gallery, also offer a professional, picture framing service .

Of course, another reason for my excitement, was the fab cakes, which are handmade, which is great for me, as i’m dairy intollerant.  Carre also offers vegan cakes, made to order.

The dairy free, chocolate muffin with an oozy centre, has REAL cherries, & @ £1.50 each, I had 2!  I’ll try out the drinks, next time, or have another muffin – choices, choices!

The work available for sale, is reasonably priced.  I was looking forward to seeing Julia Gemie’s pencil drawings, but they were not there, but I did see 2 nice woven wall hangings, but I can’t remember her name – next time.

In the window are some beautiful brass hares, plus in the glass display case, were some gorgeous jewellery, using semi-precious stones, which led me to ask Carre if I could send her some ino/pics of my jewellery, with the possibility of selling them there.  Wish me luck.

The gallery/cafe, has a warm, friendly atmosphere, which makes it a place to sit n relax or have a meeting, with good food & drink, whilst listening to Nina Simone amongst the crocheted, table doilys!

I may not make it every week, so go & join Kat, every Wednesday from 3pm, (& try the chocolate muffin)!  Just bring your knitting/crochet or craft project with you.  Beginners & expereinced crafters will enjoy it, as much as I did.  Tell Carre & nKat, I sent you.

Other info: The Cafe of Good Hope: http://www.jimmymizen.org                     Gallery 136: http://www.gallery136.com/contact.shtml

So, until the next time.  Keep crafting, keep creating.

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma 😡

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Week 4 with the Funky Fibres Craft Club

NEW FUNKY FIBRE

On a sunny, Saturday, a young lady came into my workplace, carrying a paper parasol, to shade her from the sun.  She’d not knitted before, and didn’t know what to do, or where to start.

After helping her select yarns and needles, I showed her how to cast on for her first project – a scarf, and she was still there at closing time!  She was hooked on her first garter stitch scarf!

So, with rose wine in hand, we toasted the welcome of Danielle (the ‘Paper Knitter’, as i’ll call her, because of her paper parasol), to Funky Fibres Craft Group.

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Tonight, Danielle finished her scarf!  Well done, girl, you did it!  Bring on the next one.

Oh, & Happy Birthday, for Friday!

MARY, MARY

Mary’s flower’s grown since last week.

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Last week

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Tonite

All that’s left to do, is a circle of eye-lash yarn around the centre, a black ‘eye’, with a button in the middle.  Can’t wait to see it next week.

ROUND ROBIN

Kiya’s going great guns with her crochet throw. 

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She’s making a ton of these, then they’ll be joined together.  I wonder how many she’s done, so far.

POI

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Excuse the fuzzy photo, I took it whilst the Poi was in full flow!

Kaiya made these beautiful Poi, they’re great fun & are well made.  The ones she showed us, are lighter in weight, (I suppose for health & safety reasons), but all the same, she was a real pro showing us how the’re used.  She can even do the fire twirling!  I’ll post another blog with a video of Kaiya & her Poi, in action.   However, here’s a link to vidoeos about the Poi: www.homeofpoi.com www.playpoi.com/about_poi

BLING!                                                                                                                                      Kat’s been jewellery making, to sell at Hither Green Week, and boy, has she been busy!

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She’s been recycling ‘junk’ jewellery & making it ‘new’.  Take a look @ these:

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Many of these earrings are made with glass beads.

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This one’s my favourite.  The letterk ‘K’ is an old typewriter letter key.

PAT

Pat sid she’d not done much with her scarf, but it’s still looking good.  Keep going, Pat, it’ll be great.

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HOT SOCKS

Ive finished my ORASH (Operation Replace All Socks with Handmade)socks, & i’m planning to sell them @ Hither Green Week.  Kat gave me the self-striping blue yarn, which she bought from Lidl!

The socks are knitted from the toe-up, that way I can try them on as I go.      The toe is knitted with alpaca yarn.

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The heel’s made with alpaca, too.

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The cuff is also in alpace, with a picot edge.  You probably can’t see it, but i’ve crocheted some ties with the self-striping yarn, & wove it into the cuff.

I’ve started another pair of sock, using the same blue alpaca yarn for the toe, heel & cuffs.

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I got this yarn from Avicraft Wool Shop in Bromley.  It’s 75% Virgin wool superwash & 25% Polyamide.  I can highly recommend superwash yarn, as it won’t felt like 100% wool.

This yarn is self-striping, which I like, as there’s no need to do a pattern.  I’ll upload a pic, as i’m already past the heel!  These & the blue socks, are calf length, I was getting bored of socks, because i was making them knee length, but doing calf or ankle length is quciker, & the blue pair took 3 days! 

EASTER BREAK

Next week, is the last Funky Fibres Craft Club meeting, then we’ll be back after Easter break.

So, unti the next time.  Keep crafting, keep creating.

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma 😉

Week 3 for the Funky Fibres Pt2

NO DROPPED STITCHES HERE!

Patricia, was back with us, this week, and she said that she’d pulled back her drop stitch scarf, due to some mistakes.  I took a look at it, and it looked fine to me.     Keep going Patricia, it’s looking great, especially, with the glorious varigated yarn, you’re using.

MARY, QUEEN OF FLOWERS!

Mary remebered her knitting, this week, and is working on a beautiful flower, from the book: 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet.  I must try something from this book, the patterns look fun to do.

She’s increased to 10 stitches, by kniting in the front & back of the 1st stitch, then on the next row, knitting stitches together.  The end result is she made 2 petals!

Mary was so excited, she couldn’t believe she actually did it!  Keep going, Mary, I/we want to see how your garden grows!

COOPER LOCKE GALLERY/CAFE

I’ll be joining Kat, for the start of her new knitting group @ the Cooper Locke Gallery/Cafe, this Thursday, @ 3pm.  Here are the details if you wanna join us:

132 Hither Green Lane, Lewisham, London SE13 6QA.

Nearby stations:* Ladywell Station (0.8 km) * Lewisham DLR Station (1.3 km)
*Lewisham Station (1.3 km).  http://www.cooperlocke.com (new website coming soon)

Open 10-6pm Wed-Sat, 12-4pm Sun FREE parking at weekends.

Vegan cakes, decaf coffee, picture framing & art.  Julia Gemie, who runs the Lee Gate knitting & crochet group on Wednesdays, has her pencil drawing art work, for sale there.

I’ve seen Julia’s work online, but this will be the first time I get to see it up close & personal.  See her work @ the gallery, also @: http://www.juliagemie.co.uk

Good luck Kat, well done for doing this, it deserves to be a success!  I can’t wait, & i’ll blog a review, @ a later date, as I have Pins ‘N’ Needles knitting group @ the Fox & Firkin pub, @ 8pm that night!  Wow!  Can you overdose on knitting!?

So, until the next time.  Keep crafting, keep creating

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma 😮

*Images would not upload, so see them @: glammamamma.tumblr.com

Week 3 for the Funky Fibres Pt1

A  lot happened tonite, so let’s get started.

RE-BRANDING

Tonite was Week 3 @ the Lee Gate Community Centre, & with rose wine in hand, we had a lot to toast, as we decided to re-name the group: Funky Fibres Craft Club.  It was a majority decision, which encabsulates all things fibre, as it’s not just about knitting & crocheting, as we also do peg loom weaving, plus they’ll be other crafts to be introduced, as we go along.  Watch this (blog) space.

NEW STAFF/MEMBER

Also, we met the new Administrator Co-ordinator for the community centre, Kaiya Williams, who started her new position, this week.  Welcome Kaiya.                  She can crochet, too, take a look…

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Kaiya went home to get her crochet, & the above pics are of her current project.  The colours are great, & after she’s added white to all the edges, she’ll join them as she goes.  Can’t wait to see it, as it progresses.

BON VOYAGE

Claire made us jealous, as she’s off to Santiago!  I don’t even want to think about the gorgeous alpaca yarns, she’ll be able to see/buy whilst there.  Did I say i’m sooo jealous!?

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As part of the Jane Thornley Knitalong, (now over), Claire’s hand knitting a River, seriously!

She’s using a mixed texture of yarns, (with a lot of ends @ the back), also she’s woven a gift for a friend called ‘weaving a river’, on her peg loom.               Check out her Ravelry & Tumblr page for more info & pictures, also: http://www.janethornley.com/blog for inspiration & other patterns you can knitalong to.

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Claire’s also started a new peg loom weaving project, I don’t know what it’s called yet, but so far, she’s ‘in-laying’ her weave, with pink yarn.  More, when she get’s back from her trip.  Sooo jealous!

SOCK KNITTING

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Kat’s put my faith back into sock knitting, again.  I decided that although I wanted most of my socks to be over the knee or knee length, they take more time & more yarn, (2 socks un-finished!), and it’s ok to do ankle/calf-length socks.

Above, you can see that Kat started casting on a new pair (1st pic), using the provisional cast on, & by the 2nd pic, she’d knitted ows for the toe.

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By the end of the night, she paused knitting with the pink yarn, and introduced the self-striping yarn, she was using last week.  It’s the one that looks like she’d knitted a fairisle pattern.

Here are some pics of the socks she’s finished & are still in progress for        Hither Green Week.  I love the different colours she’s using for the toe & heel.  I like doing that too.  The leg(middle) section is the self-stripe yarn, that looks like fairisle.

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Pt 2, comin up…

So, until the next time, keep crafting, keep creating.

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma 😉

Monday’s – Lee Green Knitting & Crochet Club

Hi all,Every Monday from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, @ the Lee Green Community Cente, is the place to be, if your a new or existing knitter, crocheter or crafter.  It’s a relaxed atmosphere, where you’ll be welcomed no matter your level.

Here are the details:

Lee Green Community Centre, 3 Leegate, London SE12 8SS.  (Get off bus outside Sainsbury’s)  An optional donation of £2, would be very much appreciated, which will go towards refreshments, heating, the running of the centre, etc.

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I’ll bring some yarn, needles & hooks for those who don’t have any, but feel free to bring your own.  They’ll even be a peg loom weave for you to have a go on, if Claire brings it.

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I will be on hand to assist, especially beginners, but i’m sure other experienced attendees will help on the night.

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There’s a Wednesday afternoon knitting group, run by Julia Gemie, @ the community centre 2pm – 4pm.  She’d love to see you.

If you can’t attend any of those, I go to a fabulous group called Pins N Needles @ The Fox & Firkin pub, Lewisham High St, SE13 – (opposite the Ladywell Leisure Centre).  We meet every Wednesday from 8pm.

So until the next time, keep crafting, keep creating.

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma x