Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sewing

Hello folks.

This week has been lovely, the sun has shone, I've gardened a little, read a book in the sun a little and sewed a little.

I have spent long, long hours on Pinterest looking at bags and sewing projects I might be able to tackle.  I popped into Stroud and the local sewing shop, Sew and So to pick up some zips.  A zip is quite an undertaking for me, it's over 30 years since I put a zip in anything.

I started with a simple make up bag.  There are hundreds of tutorials on line, I used this one from Melly Sews principally.  
I popped in a label.  I really like the blue/beige combination.
 Top stitching, not too bad?
 You can see I had a fight with the zip end.  I'm not too happy with how that turned out...
 ..but in my defence this Cath Kidston one I was given as a present isn't that much better.
 Deciding I hadn't done too badly, did I try another just to hone my skills and new things I had learnt?  Not I did not.  I went straight for a credit card holder.   This time the pattern was from Craft Passion.
I read, and re-read the instructions.   There was a lot of shouting at my machine, "COME ON!" and one or two other things I won't repeat.  Two bits of fabric got binned and I started anew.  One zip was discarded and a longer one used. 
Basically both sides of the zip have the fabric sewn to it and then they are turned through to the right side.  Working on the wrong side and turning it through is sometimes too much for my brain.   Getting the zip around the corner smoothly was pesky, but after a lot of perseverance ~ it was a lot believe me ~ I had something passable.
I used the leftovers of the tea-towel fabric from my Tea-Towel Tote.  There is an internal divider giving three pockets, two for credit cards maybe and a bigger pocket in the middle for some coins.
The original zip I had was too short ~ well that and I sewed the ends to the fabric instead of turning them out of the way, so after I had clipped the corners and turned it through it just didn't work, hence the reason two fabric pieces got binned ~ I used a longer one and shortened it.  I'm a bit worried that this one will just fall apart with use, should I have encased the end and the new sewn stop ~ is that the right word? ~ in the fabric rather than having it on show?  I don't know, please tell me what I should have done. 
Anyhoo, on the whole I'm pleased.
I've learnt loads of things about zips, some I had forgotten and some new stuff.  Working in reverse is taxing for me but I'm hoping I'll get better.  I also worked out that it is easier to have a handy pot next to you for all the threads and bit of fabric instead of dropping them all on the floor to pick up later.
I'm actually quite enjoying this sewing malarkey, I might do more.

Well that's me for now, back to school tomorrow which will be hard after two weeks off!  

See you soon.................Clicky Needles.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Scarecrows



Hi all.

Every Easter, Chalford, a local village has a scarecrow trail.  People make scarecrows and put them in their gardens and lots of others come to visit.  The maps cost £3.00 and there is a quiz to complete as well.  Mr Clicky and me have done it in years gone by with the children, but now Miss Clicky is at her boyfriend's and Master Clicky is still in bed.  We took the dog instead.

We started at the top of the hill and came across Olaf 
and someone from Minecraft.
Chalford clings to the side of the Golden Valley, there are lots of little pathways in between the houses.
I loved this Toy Story collection.
Look at Bulleye's feet! made from plant pots.  The locals must spend lots of time making the scarecrows.
Oooooh! Aliens.
Mr and Mrs Potato Head.
We carried on, looking down on roofs below us.
In the valley bottom we came across three crows.
 Gru and some Minions. 

The fisherman was fishing in the (to be restored) Stroudwater canal.  I don't think he was catching much.



One of the locks which will be restored.  As you can see there's not much water in it but one day....
From the bottom you can see where we're going to walk back up soon.
I liked the simplicity of this little girl.
Harry Potter on his broomstick.
And a lady having rest from gardening.
We need a rest as we walked back up little pathways with lots of steps.  The dog was worn out and slept for the afternoon.   I really enjoy the trail, we don't do it every year, but I am amazed at the inginuity of people.

Right now the sun is shining brightly and is set to stay for the week. 
Happy Days.

See you soon.......Clicky Needles.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Easter Holidays

Hi there!

School had broken up and we have two weeks off.  Easter holidays are the perfect length of time, time to relax and time to get stuff done.  I have a mental list of things I want to do, the usuals, gardening, painting, sorting and of course, knitting, sewing and crochet.

The weather is very spring-like, one day rainy nastiness, one day sunshine.  On the sun shiny days Tipper the dog sits by the door and whines, and when he been let out, finds the sunniest spot outside soaking it up.
Yesterday when Mr Clicky took Tipper for a walk it started to rain, which turned quickly into a hail storm.  The dog turned around and headed for home followed by Mr Clicky.

Miss Clicky bought me two little pots of bulbs for Mother's Day.
One of my favourite, Iris Reticulata 
and Tete-a-Tete Narcissus.
She's also brought some bargain pineapples home from work (25p!) and I thought I'd have a go at growing them.  I've never managed it in the past so I had a quick google.  Apparently you need to twist the top off before you cut your pineapple up.  This leaves a good bit of stalk, strip off the bottom leaves and then suspend over water.

After a little bit roots appear.
 I've now potted it up into compost.  It doesn't look pretty now I've cut the dead leaves off and there is only one left but I am hopeful that one day it will look like a pineapple.
That's me for now, I'm putting a big effort in my current cardigan so you never know..............

See you soon... Clicky Needles.



Sunday, 15 March 2015

More Bags

Hello Folks!

It was two of my old friends birthday's this week. When I say old friends, our daughters' are all 20 now and we met at our local playgroup.  They both had 4 children, I just stuck to the 2 and, when they were smaller they spent lots of time together while us mums drank tea and nattered.  As the children have grown up we see each other less, but we try and meet every few months.
I decided not to buy the usual pot of daffodils/primroses and make them each a bag instead.  I used the lovely birdie print fabric I got off eBay a little while ago.
This time the bags went much more smoothly.  No pins stuck inside and I even cut the selvedge off!
I had to buy some more lining material as I didn't have enough.
I was very pleased with the result, and, as it turns out, so were they.  We had a meal out in a local pub, and caught up.
Mr Clicky bought me some daffodils last week, and the young girl who served him told him to put sugar in the water.  She said they had done experiments in school ~ I told you she was young ~ and they lasted longer.  I've heard of putting lemonade in vases but I never have any.  Now, I wouldn't usually worry too much about a £1.00 bunch of daffs but I thought I'd give it a go.  Not only have they lasted longer they are standing more upright as well.  When I mentioned this to Master Clicky he said, 'Of course they will Mum, you're giving them food,' and even finished off his sentence with a duh.  That told me then.
Right, I'm off to watch Master Clicky play rugby, I am wearing long johns, thermal vest and two pairs of socks, I don't like getting cold!

See you soon, and you never know there may be progress on my Caramel Cardigan.

Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Spring is on it's way

Hello Folks!

I've had an upy downy last two weeks.

My lurgy got the better of me in the end and I got antibiotics from the doctor.  I'm happy to report I'm back to normal, but what is normal?  I came across this quote this week, which sums it up quite well I think.
"I tried being normal, but that was boring, so I went back to being me."

School wise, our Yr 5/6 class had a trip to Weston-Super-Mare Pier to look at tourism and have a fun day.  It was sunny but very blustery when we got there, more importantly the tide was in.  If you don't know Weston is also called Weston-Super-Mud.  It is on the very tidal Bristol Channel.  When the tide is out, beyond the sandy beach it is pretty much mud.  The tide can rise and fall as much as 14.5m making the second most tidal beach in the world.  
There was a fire in 2008 which completely destroyed the pavillion at the end and it was rebuilt and opened in 2010.
It is 1/4 mile out to sea.
I'm not all that happy about being able to see the sea through the slats!  With the wind the waves were really crashing in.
The kids had a great time, we went into the 4D Cinema, which was a new experience for me, we saw a Nemo type short film and got sprayed with water in the face, but were ok as we had 3D glasses on!
Spring is on it's way, evenings are lighter and I have put my first load of washing on the line this year.    Yaay!
The snowdrops are out....
and I have lots of hellebores flowering.
And I have two things getting me excited this week.
Mr Clicky suggested we change our Ikea Poang chairs.  They've done us well, we've had them 10 years and they've had several different covers.  I gave them away on Freegle to a young couple who were starting off together, so they'll still be put to good use :-).

We had a look around an came up with two tub chairs ~ and a footstool ~ from Dunelm.  I'm very pleased with them.  They go with the curtains, are very comfy, are much more compact and more importantly, I can knit in them!
The other thing making me happy is a bread maker, I'm late to the party on this one I know. 
We've made a variety of loaves, the granary and wholemeal being the nicest I think.  It takes a lot of effort from me not to lift the lid and give the mixture a stir, but leave it I must.
Yummy!
Lastly my Caramel Cardigan.  Do you remember I cast on with the wrong size needles and had to frog it?  
My next problem is I've tried to find some more of the green and pale purple yarns.  The original yarn was given to me by my pal Romain and she'd had it awhile.  The colours I got do not match, after spending at lot of time on Ravelry and various online stores I thought I had the right ones but, they are less tweedy and a different shade.  Plan B comes into play.  The sleeves are not going to be stripy, they'll be the purple (Bilberry.)  
Do you see what I mean?  These are both Bilberry but the (2nd) new ball is much less tweedy.
As I am typing this I have just realised that I have one row of green on the split for the sleeves.  I'll have to do a bit of jiggery pokey and take it out and add in the Bilberry.  Is life never simple?
Ah well, I'll leave you with another quote, this one from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 
 "Everything will be alright in the end, and if it's not alright then it's not yet the end."

Bye for now.........Clicky Needles.