O!RASH

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Another  O!RASH Sock in progress, hopefully 2 sell.

Alpaca wool on toe & heel.  Self striping, blue mix colour yarn, for main part of the socks. Crocheted ties, woven into the cuffs.

*UPDATE:  Finished!  Waiting 2 sell.

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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 😉

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 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 😉