Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Yarn Along

Happily joining Ginny and the gang over at Small Things for this week's Yarn Along.
I'm home from my trip to England and trying to get back into the swing of things here, phew! 
I'll be sharing a little about that soon.
 Meanwhile.........a hat for class two to crochet! Curious time of the year for it I know, but it's the time when abilities and skills have built enough to work on such a pattern. Inspired by the hat pattern in Crochet for Children.  I made some modifications (always looking to simplify) and used chunky yarn with a size 5.5mm hook.
A wonderful pattern for beginners : )

A friend loaned me this beautiful book, a feast for the eyes indeed : )
I'm also hooking up a cover for a round cushion, to cosy up a certain caravan we're taking on the road this summer. Just when I thought my caravan days were over!

So what's in your work basket this week..?  Looking forward to checking out what you're up to out there.
Thank you for stopping by x M

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Yarn Along

Happily joining Ginny and the gang over at Small Things for this week's Yarn Along.
 I decided to do wrist warmers with my class two children and made up this simple pattern for them. I posted before about it here when I made a pair for my small son. (you should see them now all worn fuzzy, and sporting bits of moss! ; ) With the amount of time these children spend outside in all weathers, I love how these keep the draught out.
I had fun making up this sample pair, so quick and easy.

And while my son is quite in love with The Seven-year-old Wonder Book above,... I myself am quite enthralled with this beautiful book Essentially Irish at the moment.

                                                                         Thanks to Henneke for this photo
The children wear their wrist warmers with pride : ) 

Hey, I think I've finally gotten over my block about blocking ; ) Having been a slacker about it for ages now, I had a bit of a blocking party over the weekend with all my wool handwork samples for school (the cotton projects will have to wait 'til another day)and a few of my own bits too, including a pair of wrist warmers I've been wearing for well over a year now!

In a few days time I will be winging my way over to the South of England to visit a bigger Waldorf School there for a week, to observe and assist in the handwork department. I am excited : )

 Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your visits on last weeks post. I look forward to seeing what you're up to x M

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Yarn Along

Happily joining Ginny and the gang over at Small things for this week's Yarn Along.
I've been holding on to a lot our glass jars from the kitchen to re-use for storage in the studio and handwork room at school. Upcycling is an idea I love playing with these days. I couldn't find a pattern for a jar cover that I loved, so thought I'd try my hand at making it up as I went. Thinking it would be a great project for the children at school to store their crochet hooks and pencils and all. I don't know why this colour combination captivates me so, I love the retro feel of it.

I finished reading The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. I've mixed feelings about it... the idea of a contemporary story that has the act of knitting as its centre thrills me, and the belief that knitting can be a healing practise, I love all that. The story did have glimmers of honesty and authenticity but overall I found it very contrived. Definitely an easy read though.

What's in your work basket this week..? I look forward to browsing through. Thanks for stopping by : ) x M

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Yarn Along

Happily joining Ginny and the gang over at Small Things for this week's Yarn Along, having taken a little breather from my computer ; ) badly needed every now and then, no?
This was the first knitting project I did with class 1 when they'd just learned to knit.
Inspired by Linda's pattern over at the lovely Natural Suburbia.

The children were very proud indeed of their sewing books and could hardly wait to take them home to share : )

I finished reading The Horse Whisperer...such an engaging story.
Though I had a hard time with the ending, I found myself having grown very attached to the characters and their fate : )

I look forward to checking out all your knits and your reads. And for the Yarn Alongers who wanted to see the painted bellycast I've been busy finishing, you'll see it in my previous post. Thanks for all the lovely comments on that and for stopping by today x M