Thursday, 16 February 2017

Finished and St Just.

So the saga of my cardigan finally comes to an end, it is finished except for buttons, thank goodness! I am off to spend a couple of days in Bath now so maybe I will find some lovely buttons there.

My book this week is called 500 Handmade Books and is a beautifully photographed catalogue of exactly what is says on the cover. I love books and have plans to bring some form of book making into my crafting life so this book is perfect for inspiration.

I found this book yesterday when I was right 'down west' almost at the end of Cornwall. The Misty Cottage daughter has a friend who lives in Penzance so we trekked off down to meet up with her friend in Marazion. Spectacular views there of course.

From Marazion I went on to St Just where there is the most wonderful place called the Makers' Emporium which is full of extremely high quality work, textiles, ceramics, hooking, silver, photography etc. The lady there was kind enough to allow me to take some photos to show you.

One of the wonderful things about this place is that it is always staffed by one of the makers. I have visited about four times now and each time there has been a different maker there and they have always been happy to talk about their work and extremely generous in describing their processes. One person even got her sketch book out to show me how she moves from her inspiration through to a finished piece. I have learnt so much from my conversations at the Makers' Emporium and I always come away brimming full of ideas and excited to come home and get on with bringing them into being.

As if that wasn't enough inducement to visit St Just, look what is right next door!

It is The Cook Book, a second hand bookshop cafe - the very place where I was luck enough to find this week's book.

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn Along.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

So Nearly Done!

The saga of the cardigan continues, body is done, sleeves are done, one shoulder seam is sewn so now I just have one shoulder seam to sew, the button band to knit and the sleeves to sew up and in. If I don't post it as a finished item next week please feel free to pour scorn in whatever form suits you best!

This week I am reading a very exciting book which has been lent to me by a lovely friend. It is called Yarn.i.tec.ture and is by Jillian Moreno. What a treat for anyone interested in spinning, it is well written, logically developed and with the most beautiful photos throughout. I am so chuffed to be able to have this book in my life for a little while!

In other news I have finished a needle felted commission. A lovely local lady bought a Mary and Joseph from me before Christmas to give to her daughter and son in law. Not long after Christmas her daughter had a baby and Mary and Joseph and the baby began to look like their family so she then asked me to make their other two daughters to complete the set. I love making these little people!

 Finally, I know that it is only the beginning of February but there are very definite signs of approaching spring here in Misty Cottage.

Apart from Lady Spring turning up in the Misty Cottage Crafts shop last week there are the pink tips of rhubarb shoots and one or two crocuses flowering to brighten the day.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Catching Up.

Having frogged almost an entire cardigan, I have been knitting like mad to catch up with myself. Consequently the back and two fronts are finished and I am about half way up the sleeves. I am knitting both sleeves at the same time so I can be sure that they will match. Luckily, after knitting it almost twice I do still love the yarn and the colours will match pretty much everything I own so it will get plenty of wear.

I am currently reading the January/February issue of Be Creative magazine which used to be called Workbox. In this issue I am particularly enjoying the work of textile artist Rachel Wright who is basically a painter with fabric and stitch, you can follow this link to find her amazing online portfolio

In other news I have been working on a new needle felted picture which I will blog about in more detail soon (well just as soon as the wind stops howling and the rain stops lashing down so I can get out to take a couple of photos). Here is a little preview of progress so far.

I will leave you with a reminder from the Misty Cottage garden that spring will arrive eventually.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along.