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I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break  and I'm LOVING IT!  Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com ) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.
  

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Out of Action

I fractured a bone in my dominant hand 10 days ago, so knitting, crochet, sewing, driving and other activities are currently not possible, which is frustrating. :'(

Hubby has been valiantly stepping up and we went for lovely walk in Bovey Tracey which lifted the spirits.




Friday, 1 September 2017

Ten Years Ago

I started this cloth figure ten years ago! 

Then life and health took over and she got put in the UFP's box. 

I'd take her out from time to time, but the malaise would strike,so she went back in the box. 

This week I decided to get on with finishing her. She's another I've started So I'll Finish project.

It's a huge relief and now she'll need a new home. I thought I'd sell her for a Cancer Charity.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

I've Started So I'll Finish

This post was inspired by The Knitting Assassin's Blog Post. I can so relate to the idea of starting several projects at the same time. I am always impressed with those who stick to one project. 

I find that different situations, (lighting, TV viewing, Knit and natter) and moods (enthused, tired, inspired, determined)  call for different projects.


I was drawn to this Crochet  Molly Doll because I was intrigued by the crochet rib bobble hat. Unfortunately the hat does not fit over the kind of hair I chose to make.
I'll just have to give it to another doll project.

I'm relieved to have completed her, after following the rather unconventially written pattern that, for me, contained a number of frustrating ambiguities and errors. A learning curve...



She's destined for a charity raffle now.
I started a patch pocket cardigan, in November 2016, which I find I cannot do unless I give it my COMPLETE attention...


and I've been designing a Monster Book of Monsters Pyjama Case...


I thought it would be fun to crochet an octopus after seeing the Crocheted Sea Creatures book

and every so often I feel the urge to make a few more twiddle bags for the hospital dementia patients

So do you start lots of projects or are you much more disciplined?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Knitted Donations Going to Waste: CHARITY KNITTING

I discovered an alarming fact yesterday, that quality, knitted/ crocheted items (jumpers, toys, etc.) donated to charity shops have to be placed in the textile recycling and cannot be resold, if they do not have the required safety/ care labels.


DONATING TO CHARITY SHOPS UK : Guidelines state: 'If you are not sure whether your clothes can be re-sold – donate them anyway – whatever clothes a charity shop can’t sell they can send off for further re-use or recycling!'

When I make items for charity raffles and sale tables etc. I always try to include the important safety information.


  • Keep your yarn/ ball bands which supply much of the relevant information on care, including washing and drying instructions.
  • Wool also has a British Standard Code: (e.g. Complies with BS984)
  • Toy filling must not be Kapok or old stockings. It must comply with British Safety Standards, so that it is hypoallergenic with flame retardant properties.
  • Any small accessories that could detach and consequently choke or injure a child, including wire armatures, should also be mentioned in a warning on the label; stating what it contains and that the item is, therefore, UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3YRS.

There are plenty of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items:

http://knitforlife.co.uk/charities.php

http://www.simbacharity.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/knitting/

http://www.theyarnloop.com/index.php/article/knit-for-charity

https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/craft-hobbies/crafting/sewing-and-knitting-for-charity

http://blog.loveknitting.com/how-to-craft-knits-that-charities-can-use/

http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk/knit-for-good/donate-goods/

http://www.ukhandknitting.com/knitting-for-charity/charity-list

http://www.bliss.org.uk/knit-for-premature-babies

https://www.battersea.org.uk/support-us/other-ways-give/make-or-donate-goods

...but again, make sure to include your safety/ care label.
Or have a woven one made. 

Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Make Your Own Story Bags to stimulate Language and Reading

When National Literacy Project statistics showed that only 15 % of parents were reading to / sharing books with their children, it was felt something had to be done.
Story Bags were the answer and have become a worldwide phenomenon.
So what books are best for the story bag?

These story bags also help imaginative play, sequencing, speech and language skills.

Would a storysack appeal to you?


 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Cast- on Trials and Tribulations

I always think it's odd when a pattern says cast-on using the thumb method. I think why?


There are apparently 35 ways to cast-on, so why choose the one that seems the least effective way to produce a neat edge? 


It may be looser than other cast-ons, so why not just say cast-on loosely?


I started in the 1970's with the thumb method, which I found gave an untidy, erratic edge.

I progressed to the 2 needle method, which is a neater, but tighter edge.

Then I learned the long tail method. However, how long does the tail need to be?
Then I learned the cast on between the stitches called Cable Cast On method. This one seems one of the neatest. 

The next problem for me was counting the stitches

When there are lots of sts to cast-on, I found I always ended up with a different number, at least once, out of three counts.
Now I have a fool-proof way of counting, that reduces the stress and time taken. 

I cast-on (or chain if I'm crocheting), the first  20 sts and then add a marker, then another 20 sts and add the marker. Each time I double-check the last 20 sts I added, until I have the required number of stitches. Then I only need to count in twenties until I reach the last few stitches. 
Simples!

How do you cast on?

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Retrospective Knitted Fingers for Fingerless Mitts

If you are anything like me, while you might like the look of fingerless mitts, they just are not practical in cold weather. So, I decided to make individual fingers and add them retrospectively to my gloves. You can find the basic pattern for these in my Ravelry store