Thursday, 30 June 2011

My Creative Space

My Creative Space today was ever so slightly hi-jacked at lunch time when a text message reminded me of a deadline I had forgotten about.
The simple question "Is your bear ready for the Teddy Bear Trail ?" lead to the one word answer "oops"
I've mentioned a few times about our various window competitions here in Alyth.
The teady bear trail is slightly different in that there is no prize for any shop keepers. The idea is that by having a Teddy Bear theme in all our windows over the summer will encourage people to take a walk around town, looking in windows and answering the questions on an entry form along the way. The hope of course is that people will become more aware of what is available in local shops and will therefore be more supportive to local businesses.
This years teddies will all have different flowers which have to be identified.
The long answer to the question was that my flower was ready but Teddy ( who I had decided, perhaps a little rashly, to knit ) only had one arm, his head was in the bag with his ears and his body was only half stuffed. Poor Teddy.
So this afternoon, instead of making jewellery, I was knitting, stuffing and sewing him all together.
Before he got down to work, posing in the window with a fetching button-hole flower, he had a wee shot on the rocking horse.

To be honest, he is a wee bit chubby, and his head is a wee bit wobbly but he is quite a cutie.
I hope people will recognise what kind of flower he is wearing because for once in my life I actually followed a pattern for this one.
Feel free to answer that one but unless you are prepared to walk round Alyth on a rainy summer afternoon there's no prize for getting it right.
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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Short attention span ??

One Pattern
Three crochet hooks
Three very different yarns

Three unfinished cowl / scarfy creations.
I don't think calling them 'scowls' would be a very good idea.
I like to think that I have been product testing, or working on design development, or simply multi-tasking.
Some husbands (who shall remain nameless) simply ask if maybe it wouldn't be a good idea to finish one project before starting another one ?
Maybe a special scowl of my own is the answer to that question.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Just a technicality.............

I'm feeling a wee bit peeved and a big bit annoyed.
Blogger won't let me post any comments on the blogs that I have been reading for the last week or so.
If anyone is feeling neglected by me then please don't be. I'm still reading and enjoying my favourite blogs and hopefully I will be able to get commenting again very soon.
Fiona x 

Thursday, 2 June 2011

I wish I was an Aran Cardigan...

He really doesn't look very happy,does he, sitting in the corner with his arms folded.
Maybe I should go back to the start of the story and explain the title.
France '98, to many people was all about football. There was a World Cup or European Cup, or some kind of big football tournament in France that year. But that meant nothing to the Dorchester Family. For us, France '98 was going to be our first foreign holiday as a family and we were really looking forward to it.
To go back even further.. when I was a wee girl, my sister, mum and I always seemed to get a new Aran Cardigan for our holidays. Walks around our campsite after dinner were always preceded by the instruction "don't forget your aran cardigan, it'll be chilly later"
So I decided that for our first camping holiday in France I would be needing and aran cardigan. I started knitting in plenty of time, or so I thought, but it wasn't finished by the time we set off on our big adventure. Needless to say, I somehow survived a holiday without an aran cardigan.
France '98 was so much fun that we soon arranged France '99 and a couple of weeks before we set off I got my knitting out and managed another sleeve. Yet again time got the better of me and another holiday without an aran cardigan passed by. I could go on and on and on about the inch that was knitted in 2000 just before we moved house.. the time I thought about knitting the second sleeve but couldn't find the pattern... the time I found the pattern and finally, the time I admitted I had completely lost interest in the cardigan and didn't even like the pattern any more.
And now, this morning, the last of the aran wool was used to finish off this little chap.

He was allowed to climb on the back of my chair.

Had a wee shot on the rocking horse.

And yet he still looks a wee bit sad. Dreaming, perhaps, about what it would have been like to be an Aran Cardigan.

Was it all too much , do you think, for him to see me start work on a new cardigan this afternoon ?
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