28 January 2012

starlit vessel

I have just finished my first piece for the city and guilds diploma. It is a felt vessel inspired by galaxies, nebulous and stars.

It is wet felted  with merino wool, Angelina fibre for a bit of sparkle and embellished with swarovski crystal beads to give a bit of a twinkle. Now I have to finish the accompanying book and that's one craft pathway completed. Felting is new to me but I'm really enjoying even if all the rolling is a bit exhausting. The resulting items are so tactile and better still, virtually unbreakable.
Bye, Ali

24 January 2012

for Nancy B

Nancy contacted me recently regarding a correction to ROW 17 to the leaf pattern. Nancy .....for ROW 17, slip 1 stitch onto the right needle, then knit a stitch. Now you have two stitches on the right needle. The next thing is psso, which is pass slipped stitch over. You do this on the two stitches on the right needle, passing the first slipped stitch over the knitted stitch. Once this is done there is only 1 stitch left on the right needle and 13 stitches on the left needle. Then it is a case of following the pattern, k4, p1, k1, p1, k4, k2tog. Hope this helps.

There has also been a blip on the blog with links to patterns not working and a resulting blank page. Ive tried to sort it out but it is a general problem.

1 January 2012


Hope everyone had a great Christmas. I bought myself a wee present ......two skeins of Sublime lustrous extrafine merino dk and knitted myself a pair of fingerless knits. For someone who is used knitting with acrylic yarn it was so luxurious........such extravagance. I used a pattern on Ravelry, Susie's reading mitts and they knit up very pretty. Had to knit one twice as I wasn't 
concentrating - too busy watching Great Expectations on the tv!

happy new year everyone from Ali (crazy dazy)