Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

WOYWW 135

IT'S JUST LIKE STARTING OVER!!
Happy 2012 everyone - Blwyddyn Newydd Dda for those of you reading this in Wales!  May this year be healthy, happy and exciting :)
After a very quiet New Year's Eve - we should have been partying but couldn't cos of illness - it's back to the normal humdrum routine from tomorrow. Back to school/university/sewing, delete as applicable! It's been an incredibly quiet Christmas for our family - we haven't been anywhere or done anything much..and it was FAB not doing it, if you see what I mean!!


This is a scheduled post. Julia popped over today (Tues afternoon) to bring some wood offcuts from Mr D to give to G3 for his woodwork GCSE project. There is now a heap of beautiful oak bits and pieces in my garage, like a huge jigsaw to be assembled. Have fun with that little lot, Rhys!

But I don't like to see her idle (!) so while she was here, I put her to work drawing circles onto some fabric scraps. I was cutting out while we chatted. The semi circles are going to end up being flower petals for corsages or bag charms. Pretty AND it uses up my scraps, love it!!
I had a bit of a splurge before Christmas and bought a whole load of toning fabrics...

I'm going to have fun with that little lot!! Think I'll make some more of the bread baskets with ribbon tie corners, they were quite successful and some doorstops and pegbags maybe. We shall see where inspiration strikes!


My friend Lynne and I both love knitting - she's so clever that she recognised the yarn I was using in last week's post! She found this amazing site all about radical knitting, here's my favourite pic from it..

Isn't this AWESOME!!!! Try cutting/pasting this address to see more...
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=176572965771351&set=a.142484345846880.27891.141668129261835&type=1&theater
I hope that works, I just cut and pasted it from our Facebook page. There are such talented people out there...*sigh*....


I'm off to knit me a Harley Davidson, I may be some time!!! See ya :D

67 comments:

  1. Well happy new year, happy woyww and wow fab knitted bike!!!I want one, only a little one, but as knitting and I were never meant to be I will just be glad I saw the piccie! Trace x

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  2. Wow that bike is totally awesome. I have the wool if you want to pop over for a knitting session :-)
    Happy 2012. Hope you have many many happy creative hours in the year ahead.
    Hugs,
    A x

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  3. Love the bike totaly awesome!Glad you got that Julia doing something useful instead just chatting..lolHappy new year
    hugs judex 10

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  4. WOW!! Love that knitting - radical is about right! Your piles of material look great - have fun with them. Sorry you weren't well at New Year, hope all is ok again now.

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  5. We enjoyed a quiet Christmas to. Although some wozzack decided to have an open party last Friday and therefore spent 2 days cooking...... We have one more lot of people visiting this Friday (but the decorations are all down) with our presents from Scotland. I am hoping that I will have time to start my crafting mojo for 2012 tomorrow when T goes to nursery. I have been given an old Riccar sewing machine so I just need a fabric raid somewhere (oh and I have your address now.........) only joking apparently we have a fabric warehouse in nearby Leicester called Kissco :)

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  6. Mayhaps you should start smaller and knit a vespa first? :) Love the new fabrics! Cannot wait to see what you make of them! Hope that you are well on the mend from the holidays! Have a happy WOYWW! -Amanda 28

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  7. Happy New Year LLJ :D

    Quietish one here too. We just had my Dad and Craig's Mum over.

    Love that bike!

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  8. Love the fabric. I actually gasped out loud as I thought one of the pieces was October Afternoon, it was only after I looked at the large picture I recognised it as a Clarke nad Clarke(?)
    Can't decide today if I should sew or make cards!
    As for knitting...... I'm no good at it, although I used to say that about sewing and all it took was a workshop in Oct 2010 and I haven't stopped!
    Happy New Year

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  9. Could you hurry up please, I need a lift to the dentist. And I really would be prepared to wear a crash hat if I could go on a bike like that!
    I must say that your hand model is looking well, damn perfect!!!

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  10. So beautiful fabrics again! That bike is really awesome!
    ...and now that Lennon´s "just like starting over" is playing in my head...

    Happy 2012!
    Tuire #44

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  11. That bike is a hoot. Love all the fabrics you have collected and looking forward to seeing what you sew up. Good to see you had a helping hand with those circles.

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  12. Happy New year to you. I hope 2012 is a full, busy, fun and creative time for you. Love the Harley!
    Neil#49(ish)

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  13. I love people who put numbers to trace them, makes life so much easier. Thanks.
    Thanks also for the motorbike picture - awesome! What a work of art. Now to follow your link but first of all may I wish you and yours a good 2012 and I hope that whatever illness was around your family it has now disappeared.
    Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet #1

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  14. That bike is amazing, love it x x just off to follow your link x x x Hugs May x x x x

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  15. Love that bike! I wonder if the person who did that would like to make a Trabant for me!!
    Nice to see you are using your scraps.
    As for eating choccy fingers...I eat them any way I can!! But it does depend if it is in company or not!!

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  16. Wow that knitted bike is amazing!! I have a quilt on the go at the moment ... need to get some wadding to finish it off.
    Happy WOYWW
    Cathy xx

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  17. Hellloooooooo!!! Happy New Year to y'all!

    That is SOME motorbike, eh? Just fabulous. Still not sure you should come to the panto, but your call!

    See you soon!

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  18. Happy New Year! Great way to use up scraps! Love the new fabrics you bought, looking forward to seeing your creations using it. April #82 x

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  19. Wow - what a bike! Happy New Year - hope the bugs have all gone now :) Di xx

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  20. Hi Jan, that bike is awesome! If my husband thought he could knit a Harley D, the needles would be clicking away by now :)) You choose fabrics in exactly the same way as I choose paper and, yes, wouldn't my piece of paper look fabulous as fabric. Thanks for visiting earlier. All the best, Elizabeth x #60

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  21. Oh that bike if fabulous, if somewhat impractical lol, and so glad you got a helping hand!!

    xx

    Lou WOYWW

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  22. Thanks for the encouragement ... I bet your OH was happy about it just before his birthday. Did he feel ill on metformin at the start? ...they kept on about how I'll feel rough.

    That bike is AMAZING ....I am sure you could manage something like it ...I dare you....and glad you kept JD's idle hands busy lol xx

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  23. love all those materials i so want to try patchwork this year

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  24. Oh wow, how fab is that bike.
    Such a fab way of using all your scraps of wool Jan, I can’t wait to see your one when you finish it and may be you could make a sidecar for the rest of the family, Lol!
    Loving the fabric you have ready for your next projects, especially the subtle Blue and Beige colours.

    Happy Sewing!
    And a Happy New Year.
    Sue
    x

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  25. Poor Julia, no rest for the wicked eh? Love the new fabric stash, especially those blues and browns. Can't see the Facebook page, not allowed to from work so will try and pop in later.

    Happy New Year to you all.
    Hugs
    Brenda 76

    PS. Yes you can knit socks on round needles too.

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  26. Looks like you will have another fab, creative, crafty year ahead then Jan. All the best. x Jo
    PS The crafty book is lovely - I will try and feature a few items on my blog so you get an idea.

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  27. Thought for a moment you had been busy and done the bike yourself - bet you have enough wool to give it a go as well. Love that coffee coloured material.
    Thanks for popping by to my place - the kettles always on.
    Ann B
    #42

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  28. Glad you and Julia had fun with that material. I think those pieces would be perfect for bread baskets - just the right colours. xx Maggie #73

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  29. Wow! that bike is amazing!!

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  30. Happy New Year Jan! that knitted motorcycle is incredible! How far have you got with knitting your Harley??!!?

    Dunno if you ever got my message about box templates for your school teacher friend - it was a little while ago! the template on my desk was from a Payper Box cd, but there are loads of freebie templates at Melstampz.blogspot.com

    Happy Woyww

    Debs xx

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  31. That is fantastic- I saw a wooden motorcycle at the Motorcycle Museum by the Nec in Birmingham, but a knitted one is really awesome. Happy new Year, Shaz x

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  32. Wow! That bike is just amazing! I can't imagine how long it would take to create something like that. Always love seeing your fabrics on display. Have fun turning them into to lots of wonderful things.
    Fiona #86

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  33. Wow! Your girls some up with some of the dardest things..... Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving the kind words too!!
    I've ejoyed my visit today!!!

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  34. now that's what I call radical, I wonder how many miles to the gram it does, He He
    good luck with the sewing
    janet aka fairy thoughts

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  35. you are one of those talented people.

    I have sat here a good ten minutes and thought - where the living daylights Did I Put the Stuff the WAS on the desk,

    and I realised my problem - (and you should be a therapist cos you ask the right questions)

    the reason I LOSE EVERYTHING the very moment I tidy up is that I do not pay ANY attention to where I move things to, so my brain goes to where things WERE not where things ARE,

    next time I find everything and it ends up out on the desk and I then tidy up I will do a map...

    nah

    I usually have no idea what I have done...with anything

    Dx

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  36. Could you just knit me a little convertible when you're done, LLJ, shouldn't take long and it'll just do me for nipping into town!!
    Radical knitting!!! that's a new one on me. Have you seen the huge knitting they do on C&C making carpets and the like, amazing stuff.
    I'm glad you spent Christmas just the way you wanted too, that's what it's all about. I felt like a real party pooper all day on New Years Eve as we were just staying at home but in the end it was a perfect way to bring in the New Year.
    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, I hope it's a good one for you.
    hugs Lisax

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  37. Good for you, putting Julia to work! How nice to live so close and to meet other like-minded people!!! I'm envious.

    The motorcycle is too cool. I think they also call it knit bombing.

    Kay
    WOYWW #92

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  38. I love that knitted Harley! haha :) I recall seeing some biology inspired knitted items recently that I would like to have a go at - neurons, bacteria, etc. ;) Thank you for visiting my blog earlier today - you're more than welcome to join us for pudding night any time! :D

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  39. Sounds like you had fun with the cutting out - two pairs of hands are better than one! Wow! to that knitted Harley - I wonder how long that would take?! (Hazel, WOYWW 108) x

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  40. Blwyddyn newydd dda! Love your new fabrics, I saw some great fabric doorstops in Laura Ashleys sale yesterday, one like a little mushroom house that I was lusting after (their prices are so expensive, even in the sales!) That motorbike is amazing
    hugs
    Enfys

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  41. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog today! I was so excited to see your fabric crafts and that knit cycle! My daughter told me about those knitters and so it was fun to see it here! Thanks for sharing!!

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  42. Jan - Have a great time creating all that new fabric you bought. So fun! Love the picture of the knitted Harley - so fun. Take care, Lori

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  43. Great start to the year for you with those yummy fabrics. My friend on the South Coast gave me another great idea that I'll make soon and let you share. As for the Harley.... have you got the pattern, please? Brrrrm Brrrm!!!
    Lv JoZarty x

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  44. Jan,
    Thank you for the special words about my mom's post. You are right; she's with me all the time!!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  45. The material looks really nice, I'm sure they will be transformed into something wonderful.

    It must be cold over there, if you have to put woolies on your motor bikes!!!
    Von #18

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  46. Wow LLJ, a knitted motor bike! I don't know about radical knitting - I think that's X-treme knitting lol!! I'll have a look at the link for more in a mo.

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Sheba, my new lean mean machine, will cut virtually anything that will go underneath her blade - card as thick as mounting board, foam, felt, fabric, leather, even thin metal... She will also cut extremely small and intricate, and she will also draw, emboss and engrave. That's all locked-in potential until I learn how to let it out lol! She's one powerful black kitty. Watch this space for the great team I'm hoping she and I will make, creating lots of great stuff this year I hope!

    Happy New Year, and happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #60

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  47. Way to keep Julia busy so she stays out of trouble! Have to say that motorcycle looks a wee bit out of the 70's too LOL!

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  48. That motor bike is beyond cool... thanks for the link...and it looks like you have been busy as always... have a great creative week... happy woyww...xx

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  49. Never heard of radical knitting. This is where blogging comes in as we learn and see new things. You have been busy too. Maybe in the future I will see what you made with those fabric circles.
    Have a great day
    cAROL

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  50. Hi, I'm commenting from my upstairs computer as I'm working, my Ipad equivalent thingy is not liking commenting these last few weeks. I can't believe how fast christmas and new year was, it seemed like a real whirlwind, even though it was rather quite during the new year. Hope your feeling better. I'm so glad the christmas card surprised you, you made me feel so happy with your comments and I knew you liked it so much I just had to send it. I really love the market you went to before christmas, the colours and fesitviness (not sure thats a word lol) were amazing. I love knitting and occasionally have a go while watching tv, I'm trying to learn how to crochet, my attempts so far are dismal, but I'm saving them all just so I can show them when I get the hang of it. I'm only learning because I refuse to buy the little crochet flowers from craft suppliers, as I reckon I could do them myself, by the time I learn they will be out of fashion.. Love the pics of the tradional New Years eves, I bet the risk assessment for that was interesting lol. Wow that knitted bike is amazing, and yes there are amazing people out there with fantastic talent, but believe me your one of them, I love your sewing and amazed what you can do. I love the gifts you received, Lisa is very clever, I'm amazed with her paint fusion techniques, and of course we all know how brilliant Julia is. I'm so glad I've managed to catch up with you finally. Hope 2012 brings you great health and happiness for you and your family. Take care. Kezzy xxx

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  51. oops meant to comment on all that utterly gorgeous material and I can't wait to see the finished corsages from scraps. Kezzy xxx

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  52. I love the knitted motor bike. Came across some push bikes last summer that had been embellished with knitting. What fun!

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  53. Wow! That bike is incredible! Those fabric bundles look great. I'm interested to see how these circles come together... hhmmm.. might have to have a look on YouTube... And I'm definitely up for a meeting in Winchester one Wednesday. xx

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  54. That knitted bike is so cool! I love the fabric you bought before Christmas, the colors are great :)

    Katie #81

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  55. Can you please knit me a '69 mustang? ;) That is some fancy knitting! Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting my first woyww!

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  56. thanks for stopping by my blog - we had a great night at Sosban - nice to know there is someone else out there crafting in Wales it's been hard to find like minded folk since we came to live in Wales !

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  57. I saw your photo and thought, "Those knitters will knit cozies for ANYTHING." hee hee Good luck with that Harley.

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  58. Love the 'motorbike' and also your fabrics. Have fun with those. We were also poorly over Christmas- hope you all ok now. Thanks for sharing and a Happy New your. Anne x

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  59. One day I'm going to learn how to do wonderful things with fabric...I too love the photo of the motorbike...How's your Harley going? I'm sure it will be great!

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  60. Oh wow that motorbike is supper cool! Love all the fabrics you're working with! Happy WOYWW!

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  61. Wow I love the radical knitting, will have to revist it again.
    Bridget #151

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  62. Hi there Lunch lady Jan, Happy 2012to you all your dear ones over there and thanks so much for your cheering words each week, you are a treasure. happy knitting that is really a classic! Thanks so much for popping over, for sharing. Happy WOYWW! Love, Shaz in Oz. x #24

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  63. Have now linked your comments back to the Knitting Relay blog. It wasn't clever, I've just used the same wool. I love multi-coloured wool, it's just brilliant how the patterns emerge.
    Jan looking forward to going on a ride on your harley - imagine lots of bunting and wool streamers flying behind us!

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  64. What a fun post, Jan, even though you didn't go anywhere over the holidays. I love the Harley. I would say you have good taste!

    I want to thank you for the lovely Christmas "bunting." I used it during Christmas. I even took photos, but I downloaded the memory card to a computer that got a virus and died. Mine was already DEAD, so this one was a surprise. All I have are the memories of Christmas and an awesome banner/bunting that I will use year after year. Thank you again.

    Now that I am finally back online, I want to wish you a belated Happy New Year and Christmas. Thanks so much for making this a lovely Christmas for me.

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  65. Love the fabric you have brought and that knitted bike is amazing I will just have to learn to knit now lol

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  66. Playing catch up...love this colorful creature.. Oh the new year..so far it's meant no winter for IOWA..in the 50's and wonderful.

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