A Bad Week

The entire country has been infected with a mystery disease. Half the population think it is worth while giving ourselves this disease, as it will cure another one they think we have, despite having no idea what the effects of the mystery disease will be. The rest of us think the mystery disease is likely to have life changing effects, even if it isn’t terminal, and dread the consequences.

The person responsible for exposing us all has washed his hands of it all, and we’re left in the hands of a group of lying buffoons who, despite having encouraged us to expose ourselves to the illness, seem to have made no plans on how to deal with it.

And meantime, those who chose to get us all infected, and who, in practice, are more likely to suffer from the consequences, are telling the rest us to suck it up and stop moaning. Which I, for one, find very irritating.

I think we may have been cursed by the Chinese (‘may you live in interesting times’) – who are, of course, most likely to profit from all this. Wait till we are economically at death’s door, and then buy up the country.

So, to more positive things.


A completed embroidery of 4 red circles.There are 4 there – see the back for proof – but they are well camouflaged. The background is basketweave tent stitch, the circles are in conventional tent stitch, half cross, basketweave worked in the opposite direction to the background, and a thicker thread, which in real life is more visible than it seems in the photo.

I have ideas for following this up, but no time…




I have four finished felted samples – but only one photo, because two of them are boring, and the third photo came out blurry. I’ll try to remember to have another go before I post again.



This one is blue cotton tucks of various sizes on a white wool background, and white wool tucks on a blue cotton background. The cotton came from a charity shop, and as it is packed in ounce balls, must be (please wait while I Google) at least 40 years old.

(Interesting Google article on metrication – did you know that the only countries which don’t use the metric system are the US, Liberia and Burma? And that before metrication we had over 40 sizes of ‘threaded fastenings ‘ [nuts and bolts to you and me] which were replaced by just 7 metric sizes?)

But I digress.


So here are two ‘Make Something Every Day’ (MSED – I’m getting bored typing all that) prompts: make something under water, and make something with staples – somewhat freely interpreted.

The bottles have been wrapped in something called forming felt,  which I bought ages ago for no reason that I can remember. You can shape it by damping it and forming it over a mould, but I soaked it in a bucket for the underwater bit. Then I wrapped it round a couple of bottles, and dipped them in Brusho, so the bottoms were underwater – well, underBrusho. When the colour had soaked in, I turned them upside down for the trickle down effect. When it’s all dried (24 hours and counting) I shall make bases from the flat bits and add some stitch.

The unexciting index card serves 4 purposes in one – two prompts and two of my current obsessions. There’s the MSED prompt to use staples, and one of this weeks ICAD prompts, ‘magenta’. The obsessions are tone on tone, and circles – the shapes are (very) vaguely circular. I’m practicing economy for the future, as I think I may need it.


Bits and Bobs

Some finished bits:


a  scarf, which just needs washing and blocking to be ready for next winter;










imageby special request, two purses;








and, not by special request, two junk mail books, using techniques from an on-line course of Carla Sonheim’s: the bookbinding method I used is slightly different to hers but the basic technique is the same. the result is interesting to draw in.



And some unfinished bobs:



six gravel bags – like sandbags, but with gravel. (So far, minus gravel.) No, we are not expecting floods – we live on top of a hill. They are a more professional (I hope) way to weigh down the larger gloves, which may be going on a trip to the seaside next month.





the second glove in my new mini glove series. It is scarlet, not orange: for some reason anything I photograph on the carpet comes out the wrong colour – as does the carpet, which is blue, not grey:







imageand a work in very slow progress, because I can only face it in good light. It’s an exercise in breaking the rules of canvas work: four ‘circles’ on a red background. Yes, there are four. Not sure its going anywhere but the psychologist in me likes the idea of making things which explore just-noticeable differences.

Plus I have another sample to prepare for felting, and lots of ideas for other samples. All good things to do while watching cycling on the TV.


Oh dear.

Oh dear.

When I moved my blogs over from Blogger to here, I intended to post more frequently – but it hasn’t happened. Even though Uni has finished and we had two weeks off from grandparenting. My excuse is that we were busy doing things which we hadn’t had time to do in the last, mad weeks before the Degree show, but that didn’t really take up much time. We only managed one visit to Walford Mill, and one to the Hillier Gardens. I spent more time just relaxing, pottering in my workroom doing nothing very much, and being sociable.

I have managed some more of the ‘365: Make Something Every Day’ prompts, though not every day. The top one involved air drying clay, a rolling pin (not one I use for pastry!) and ‘stamps’ – like bits of knitting and embroidery. As you can see, I discovered that the dried clay is more fragile than real clay…

I can’t remember what the prompt for this one was, but the book is not part of it, it just seemed a suitable place to put the drawing. The drawn feather was done with the real feather, which is there to remind me.

The knitting I showed you last time has been frogged, finished and in one case felted. Meet baby glove, before and after he met the washing machine.

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the scarf, and It is at home and I am not. However it is triangular and very red.

Regular readers may have noticed the absence of junk mail books in recent weeks. This is because, amazingly, there was a shortage of junk mail, although the postman rectified this on Monday, when 80% of our mail was junk, and 10% of the rest was a bill. I was going to gesso my junk, as you do, but when I opened the gesso pot, it had dried out and was unusable, so I have had to order some more. Watch this space.

Not much to show for two weeks off, but I did have a very interesting email at the beginning of the week, which may turn into an exciting opportunity. More when I know more!

Here we have two pieces of knitting.

The cream is an experimental slip stitch tube, destined to meet the washing machine at a very high temperature in the hopes that it will get considerably smaller. (Wish it worked for people in a hot bath.)

Despite being a very simple stitch pattern (knit 4 slip 4 on every other row) I keep making mistakes, so I have some simple knitting for when the mistakes are happening too often and I need a break. I have just realised that I made a mistake 7 rows ago, so it needs pulling back.

The red is the aforementioned simple knitting. It has been frogged once because I decided the pattern I was using wasn’t working. I picked it up when I couldn’t face frogging 7 rows just now.

But – trying to pretend it wasn’t a problem for ages, I decided I couldn’t live with the glitch, which you may be able to see top left, just next to the cable of the needle.

Yes, there is a glitch there, and I don’t like it. But this yarn is slippery and splitty, and pulling it back will be even harder. 

Time for a drink. Which will not help with the frogging…

I am happy with this, though. Which is fortunate, because frogging heavily felted wool is unlikely to be successful.