Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I have absolutely no idea where the time goes these days! And I get really frustrated that I never manage to find the time to put together a proper blog post. I do want to blog, but somehow I just never get there …..

Anyway, no more apologies, but a change of plan! WIP Wednesdays – on Wednesdays, I’ll share pics of anything I happen to be working on. At the moment, that mainly involves woolly stuff, but I see some cardboard in my future and some felt!

Without further ado, here are today’s WIPs.

Exhibit no. 1 – end of year gifts for my son’s teachers.

They may not look much in this pic, but I’m having great fun with them! I hope to be able to show you why next week.

Exhibit no. 2 – random motif collection.

I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to collect motifs in the hope that by the end of the year, I’ll have enough to make them into a random motif waistcoat/sleeveless jacket/vest type thingy - I’m looking forward to seeing what I end up with!


It really love this motif! I originally made a creamy coloured one, but all the time I was working on it, I kept visualising it in these colours. The pattern comes from a Japanese book.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Have you joined Pinterest? I have and I love it! Yes, I know it’s another one of those things that just eats all your online time, but I love the fact that I can use it to keep track of images and tutorials and patterns and stuff that I see online and fall in love with or feel completely inspired by. Even better – I can get at it all from my iPod too! Yay! (I’m rather attached to my iPod these days.)

So you can see what I’ve been pinning here and you can

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Monkey Business

Well, last time I blogged, I did say that I had Important Monkey News to report.

Monkeys have never been entirely absent from my life since ZeroX-1 came along just over 3 years ago. He leads a fairly laid back life, living in Alexander’s bed and guarding Alexander’s (vitally important) shawl (ie. comfort blanket) when Alexander’s not there.

Occasionally, he comes for outings with us, like the time I mentioned previously when Alexander and Iona both ended up in tears fighting over him in the school playground.

At that time, thinking back to the halcyon days of 007’s adventures with monkeemaker, I looked up monkeemaker on Flickr and sent a brief message reporting our monkey troubles.

(Pic borrowed from monkeemaker's Flickr photostream.)

I was astonished to receive a reply suggesting that 007 might like to come and live with us to support ZeroX-1 in his predicament! Of course I answered in the positive and shortly after a parcel arrived at our house emblazoned with monkee insignia.

This arrival was very timely, with just time to open the parcel before braving the school run. In fact, I was given little chance to have anything to do with the opening, one small bossy person and another, nearly the same height as me but considerably less bossy, taking over entirely.

Joy was unbounded as not one, but two monkees emerged, ready for action.
007 and Lily the Pink.

007 and Lily the Pink

I'm very pleased to say that 007 and Lily the Pink immediately settled into our chaotic household and made themselves at home. Although 007 does occasionally seek refuge in the relative calm of my bedroom.

007 and ZeroX-1 instantly became fast friends and have spent many a happy hour playing table tennis together.

Spot the ball

Think this must be one of those 'Spot the ball games' ....

Lily the Pink proved a much more excitable type and instantly became fast friends with Iona. The two of them have since spent many a happy hour throwing themselves around the trampoline in the back garden.


Meantime, Niamh has inherited Titch . . . . at least, until next time I dig out the knitting needles!

Monkey business