Sunday, November 25, 2012

Only a Matter of Time....

It was inevitable I know, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before one of them discovered my new woolly throw!

Although we've escaped any serious flooding round here, we have had high winds and rain so it's been a 'staying inside week'.  As a result I managed to finish a knitted tea cosy, adapted from a pattern I got at the Knitting and Stitching show.  It's working well at keeping the heat in my enamel teapot (I need a metal teapot as I have a poor track record with china ones!).  The curls look rather wacky (very me) but were an absolute pig to knit.

Cup of tea anyone?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Woolly Heaven!

When I went to the Knitting and Stitching show a few weeks ago one of the things that found its way into my shopping bag was a collection of Colinette yarn to make a throw.  It came as a kit with all the wool, 8 different types and the instructions.

It was a very simple pattern to knit, which meant that I could knit it whilst watching TV and it was knitted on relatively large (size 8) needles.

I have visions of snuggling up under it when it gets really cold of an evening, but for now it's living on the back of the sofa to try and keep my feline helpers off it, as I suspect that it is their idea of woolly heaven!

I love the colours and am really pleased with it.  

And I'm also pleased to report that my conservatory is still neat and tidy and I'm enjoying be able to sit in whilst eating my lunch.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Mini Makeover

When I moved here I was thrilled that I had a conservatory.  It's not large and there is no barrier/door between it and the kitchen.  This is great as it brings light and space into the kitchen but also means that  it's on view the whole time.  I use it as a space to do the messy parts of textile art, the printing and dying etc but, not being the tidiest person in the world, this means I can see all the gubbins from the kitchen.  On Saturday morning it looked like this

The mirrored walls make the mess look twice as bad

and I couldn't stand it any longer!

I went out and bought lidded storage boxes, oilcloth, and 2 fabric remnants.  I tidied, cleaned mirrors, found spiders, and made cushion covers.  I painted the lampbase with a match pot I found whilst tidying up and bought a new lampshade.  And voila - a nice room to sit in!

My messy art stuff is all in boxes under the table and the new cushion covers mean that this area is tied into the rest of the kitchen rather than being full of old mismatched bits.

I've put all my brushes and special bits like seed heads, shells and feathers into glass pots on the shelf above the original window.

And now when I stand in my kitchen this is the view I have into my conservatory - much nicer!

And if you're wondering about the apples in the trug, some have now become these -

Apple Muffins! All ready for a meeting I'm running tomorrow.  I find meetings always go better if cake is involved :-)

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Day Out in Cambridge

I've had a few days off this week so a friend and I went to Cambridge for the day.  We did a little shopping then had lunch in here,

the Old Library (now home to Jamie Oliver's restaurant).  As we came out we saw the statue to Snowy.

Snowy was a big part of my childhood trips to Cambridge. He always had a cart full of animals, usually a hat full of white mice and often a white cat on his head.

Snowy Farr - photo from here
He raised thousands of pounds for charity.  You can read more about him here.

The real purpose of our trip was to see the Winifred Nicholson exhibition at Kettles Yard.  It was rather small, which was a little disappointing but it was still worth seeing.

Winter, Bank's Head - Winifred Nicholson circa1970
I could really imagine sitting in the warmth looking out of this window at the cold landscape outside.

I think this one was my favourite, the colours and the simplicity appeal to me.

White Saxifrage - Winifred Nicholson 1967
Although it's only small, it's worth a visit if you're in the area.  It's free and they let you take pictures too (providing you don't use a flash).

The rest of the week I've been tree pruning (I'm getting good with a bow saw up a step ladder!) and some of today was spent lining a beautiful picnic basket from here, to make a cat proof knitting basket.

Hopefully this will now be the end of chewed wool!