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 😉

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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 😉