I’m knitting

Hello! Isn’t that cute? No, I’m not trying to tell you anything but that I’ve been knitting.

The village we live in isn’t a big one but it has, at least for the next few weeks, two Swiss ladies living in it. Sadly, the lovely Christa is moving to Japan in July and I will be once again the only Swiss person in the village (she moved here about a year ago). A ¬†little while ago she knocked on my door and asked whether I could help her with her knitting. When Christa was still in school she knitted a pair of baby booties which were worn by both her little girls. She wanted to knit some more of these booties as gifts but did not have a pattern and wasn’t able to find one. I had a good look at her booties and with the help of my mum, who had a similar pattern, designed these little booties. I’m quite proud of them as I don’t knit very often and only needed about three attempts to come up with this pattern. At the moment I’m writing up the pattern for them so that Christa can knit them at a later stage. Once that is done I might put the pattern up on Ravelry.

Here’s a view from the side. They are knitted with two needles and have a seam on the bottom and at the back of the booties. They are incredibly easy and quick to knit and could easily be made in one hour. I will definitely make a few to sell at the Christmas Fayre (thinking ahead!) or to have ready for little gifts, maybe with a hat.

Holding tight

Hi there. I know I have been gone for a very long time but I’ve had a big personal sorrow to deal with which meant I had to travel to Switzerland from one day to the next. I’m back now, though, and I have some lovely ideas for the next few crafting sessions. However, before I get going I would love to show you what I made before travelling home:

For ages I’ve been thinking that I really need to get a new pin cushion, one that I can put on my wrist so that it’s always with me. I sew sitting on an office chair with wheels with my ironing board set up right behind me at the right height to iron sitting down. All the cutting, pinning, planning etc. is done on the ironing board, then I swivel round and sew on my machine and forget to bring my pin cushion. Doh. I have to stop the machine, swivel round again, get the pin cushion and continue (I like to take the pins out while sewing, rather than afterwards. Don’t know why. Answers on a postcard, please). Gone is the hunt for the pin cushion because now it will go with me wherever I go! Even downstairs when I make myself a nice cup of tea and get a cinnamon swirl out of the tin. Mmmh…

I’m so in love with this pin cushion I’m going to make a few more and maybe even write up a tutorial for them. It’s great to use up some favourite scraps. Anyone interested?

cosy

The cushion cover from Vic’s cushion cover swap finally arrived! I have to admit that I was rather worried as it took an awfully long time to arrive. At first I thought it might be because of the bank holiday but when another week passed I was afraid that my cushion cover was lost in the post. So when the doorbell rang today I expected anything but a lovely package from Australia. But there it was!

Christina knitted this fabulous cushion from 100% wool and it is just so soft and warm and the colours are gorgeous (you could almost think she’s seen my bedroom which is held in exactly the same colours).

I still haven’t bought a big enough cushion, this one is one size smaller than it should be (14″ x 14″ instead of 16″ x 16″) but I couldn’t wait to use it. It’s on my bed and it’s so nice to lean against while reading a good book (Keeper of the Bride by Tess Gerritsen). Oh, and the back is just as lovely with its floral fabric and vintage buttons.

While the swap was going on, Vic posted the links to the finished cushions and I went to look at them, of course. They were all really nice but I did have a few favourites and this was one of them! I’m a very lucky girl. And a very happy one.

No, Christina, I don’t like it….I love it!

number 2

This is a post for dog owners. So if you don’t have a dog feel free to go make a cup of tea and come back some other day for a crafty post.

Today I was really excited because this arrived in the post:

It’s a Dicky Bag, the “No.1 Answer to Dog’s No.2’s” according to the box. I’m one of these people who have doggy bags in every pocket and bag and always picks up her dog’s poo. Why? Firstly because I hate the sight and smell of dog poo on roads, grass verges and pavements, secondly because I’m Swiss. We Swiss believe suggestions are laws. I always joke about the fact that signs in Switzerland are polite recommendations not to do something rather than a ban.

Anyway, I brought it on my walk this morning to test whether I bought a good thing and let me tell you it’s fantastic. The doggy bags fit into the lid and there’s an air freshener that you put into the bottom of the bag. I put Little Miss Bossy-Boots in the pushchair, put Aron on the lead, attached the Dicky Bag to my bag and went off to the local garden centre to buy a stepping stone. We didn’t get very far before Aron had to go, so I scooped and bagged and knotted and then put my doggy bag in the Dicky Bag. No smell!

Even though there is a bin in front of the garden centre I decided to test the Dicky Bag even further and took it inside with its smelly content. Still no smell! I love it. We’ve had our dog for almost 9 years now and have bought lots of things for him that we thought were going to be really practical. Some are very handy and are used on an almost daily basis, some very quickly ended up in the second hand shop. The Dicky Bag will definitely stay with us.

PS I know, I know, it’s pink. I didn’t mean to get the pink one, it just happened. They do them in lots of different colours.