Socks, scarves and exercise

I have been working on my creative side this past couple of weeks and have hit my woolly straps by using up some leftover wool to begin making a scarf for Master Oh Waily, and even went out on a limb by purchasing needles and wool to make socks for both my little monsters beloved children.

Please find below, for your amusement and amazement, pictures of the woolly works in progress.  The photos are not the best as the only large flat place to lay things out at the moment is in a dark part of the house and I just had to make do today.

Scarf 1
The Scarf - about half way done.

For those who may be interested, the pattern is by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and is called One Row Handspun Scarf. Nice and simple, but not boring to look at.

Sock 1
The Sock - just starting on the foot

The sock is knitted in self-patterning Opal wool. While I love the colour, the wool is incredibly twisty – as you can see in the photograph. The pattern is from Ashfords, but frankly I think it may fit me better than my nearly four year old. Not quite what I was expecting it to do. But that’s fine. If it is way too large, then she can grow into them and I will start again for a pair that will fit her now.

I’m feeling brave now, can you tell? The sock is not quite as hard as I thought, and when I have some more time I will point you to a great YouTube video or two that helps take the scariness out of it. A big thanks to Gran Oh Waily for her help in starting me off and fixing my initial stuff-ups, as well as taking me shopping for more ideas. Specifically, this one:

Next Idea
The Next Idea - the mitts and the top.

Oh, and while I have your knitty attention, perhaps I could introduce you to Ravelry? Or should I say, enable you? A very useful, but addictive community of knitters and crochet enthusiasts.

Sewing 1
Miss Oh Waily's Sewing Practice

The last image is of Miss Oh Waily’s work.  Some scrap wool, a plastic canvas designed for making door hanging signs and a large needle.  Bob’s your uncle.  A home made, mostly, sewing practice.  Great for little fingers, concentration and new skill development.  An all around winner, really.

And finally there is a glimmer of hope on the exercise front.  I have revamped the look of Active Mum and have actually posted a small update today.
Will miracles never cease.
What with all this creativity and exercise I think I may need to go lie down.  Happy knitting everyone.

The Resurrection of a Hobby

It has been a very long time since I last posted anything about my cross stitch hobby.  Sadly there is very little change since that posting, as a direct result of not actually doing any stitching.  Funny that.  These things don’t create themselves.

Anyway, as part of the settling in process here at the new house I reconstructed my floor stand and came to the decision that I really should redirect some of my energy to this lovely, creative act of meditation.
So the floor stand is now set up and contains Fantasy Triptych.  Now all I need to do is get my threads, needles and pattern out and ready for action.  Hopefully I will be able to share an update on this work in the near future.  Wish me luck.

Oh, and here’s a gratuitous photograph of the work in question as last seen.
Fantasy Triptych - 1 November 2006

Easter Crafts & Similar Madness

Okay, it is almost Easter so I thought I would share some of the best picks from the craft section of my feed reader.  Seriously, if you are even vaguely crafty* then there should be something here to make you smile.
Most of the links lead you to How-To posts so if you’re game enough to try one or more, don’t forget to pingback here so I can see your art.

* knit, sew, bake or have kids.

Whew, what a scorcher…

This morning I took another trip to the National Library.
It’s turning out to be my default exercise regime.  It’s a tad over 2 kilometres of walking each way.  This morning was beautiful, warm and crisp.  A lovely stroll was had.

The return trip was three hours later and considerably warmer.  I found myself stuck in my winter/spring clothing choices and therefore melting away in the supposed 23 degree heat.  Yeah right!  If it was only 23 degrees then I’m Cinderella.

Anyway, it looks like summer is finally here with a vengeance.  Sorry about that those of you currently searching for your cars under the latest snowfall in the Northern Hemisphere.  It may look Christmas card perfect, but it’s not so much fun when the water freezes in your pipes and they burst ruining the whole house.  Just ask some rellies currently holidaying in Australia.

So anyway, the Oh Waily household is pretty quiet at the moment.  Other than the usual daily routine there is very little in the way of stories to regale you with, so I thought I would go to my old fallback – recommendations – and since the C word is nearly upon us I thought I would start off with this rather good post for those short on ideas, but big on craft skills.   It is from one of my many regular blog reads – Craftynest.  This post is from a few months ago, and was bookmarked in anticipation of the season ahead.  It is called 137 inexpensive, handmade holiday gift ideas, Part 6. This part is dedicated to ideas for kids.  My personal favourites are the soap globes and the felt monster.
Part 7 was also quite interesting, but mostly for a link to this book.  Once upon a time there was a rather nifty Japanese store in Auckland that would wrap your splendid purchases in furoshiki.   There is even an online store dedicated to it.  I love small bits of beautiful fabric, so both the book and this website holds great appeal.  And frankly using fabric couldn’t be anywhere near as ugly as my gift wrapping skills.

Carrying on the Christmas and craft theme, have you visited CraftyPod?
I know it’s a bit after the fact, but maybe you’d like to make a magnetic Advent calendar?  Not sure how – take a look here for inspiration.  I quite like this idea.  Maybe next year.

Okay, I think that’s enough Christmas craft themes for tonight.  I hope it gives you some ideas if you’re stuck coming into the last remaining 20 days.

Ho Ho Ho….