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 😉

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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

Week 2 @ Lee Green Knitting & Crochet Club

2nite was the 2nd week of the knitting/crochet/craft club @ the Lee Gate Community Cente.

Mary splashed out on 2 bottles of rose wine, & we happily polished of one of the bottles, in no time at all!

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Mary forgot her knitting, but she learnt how to crochet, instead.  We were talking so much, that se only managed a foundation row & single crochet!  Hang tight, gir, we’ll get back on track, next week!

Kat, minus her hand knitted shrug, was knitting socks.  She was using a fabulous self-striped yarn, which, when knitted, looked like she did an intricate Fairisle pattern design!  (Note 2 self-GET THAT YARN)!

Claire brought her peg loom weaving again, and boy, it’s grown since last week!     It’s a gift for a friend, and I KNOW the receiver will be beyond pleased to receive them!  It’s looking great, C, especially with the ‘eyelash’ yarn, it adds a great definition to it.

Kat’s doing a knitting group on Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm at the Cooper Locke Gallery/Cafe on Hither Green Lane, Hither Green.  Work committments permitting, we hope to get there this week.

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Also, Kat gave us the juice about the Hither Green Week 21st – 29th May  http://www.tumblr.com/edit/4166807785?redirect_to=%2Fdraftsheck out the link for more info, as i’m sure you’ll want to get involved: http://www.learnerdrivers.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2531

I’ll post more info about the Hither Green Week & The Cooper Locke Gallery Cafe, soon.

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

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma 😉

My bargain buy @ Olympia 2

I was working @ The Stitch & Craft Show @ Olympia 2, and bought these beauties from KnitPro.  I already bought the metal versions, last year at the Knitting & Stitching Show @ Alexander Palace (Ally Pally), but adored a fellow knit club member’s birch woods, & wanted a set for myself.

So, after agreeing a price, I was the proud owner of these glorious babies:

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Even the outer box it came in, made me think of luxury chocolates – I was salivating!

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This is the presentation box, which has a clasp closure (not pictured)

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After, thoroughly washing my hands, & tentatively opened the clasp. Inside the box are the following:

8 pairs of knitting needles in sizes: 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm 6mm, 7mm & 8mm, in Laminated Birch Wood with brass connectors @ the ends.

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Accessories in zip lock bag: 4 nylon cables: 60cm, 80cm, 100cm & 120cm.       These cables also have brass connectors @ the ends, which screw into the needle size of your choice.

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Also included: 8 cable ends.  These screw into the end of the nylon cables to stop the work from falling off, so you can use the needles for something else.  4 cable keys to tighten the screw-in ends.

But that’s not all:  A free gift of a shawl pin (far right).

I had to knit some socks for work, on the way home, so I didn’t take them out of my bag on the train!  So, when I got home, I washed my hands, and cast on some stitches to do a log cabin throw, and boy, these babies are a joy to use!

The KnitPro Nova metal needles are nice and slippery to use, but these birch needles are not as slippery, especially with my 2/4 chunky lambswool.  The yarn grips the needles more, and they feel great in my hands.

I’ll be taking them to tonight’s new knitting group and my Wednesday knitting group, but people can only look but not touch, after all they are a work of art!

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

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma x 😉

New knitting group

Hi all,

Every Monday from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.  Here are the details:

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Mondays.  6.30pm – 8.30pm.  Lee Green Community Centre,             3 Leegate, London SE12 8SS.  (Opposite Sainsbury’s)  An optional donation would be very much appreciated, which will go towards refreshments & the running of the centre, etc.

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I’ll bring some yarns & needles for those who don’t have any, but feel free to bring your own.  I will be on hand to assist, especially beginners, but i’m sure, experienced knitters will help others on the night.

For the future, I was thinking of doing a mass knit-a-throw-a-thon, knitted squares for a patchwork throw, then it could be sold/auctioned to raise funds for the Community Centre/Charity etc.  All ideas welcome!

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 days, 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