Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Knit vs Crochet

Eh up,
As you know, I knit, that's what I do, mostly machine knitting but some hand knitting too. I love knitting but I love alot of other craftz too. If you've ever read the awesome craft zine SugarPaper that I do with my super crafty pal Seleena you will know there are lots of other crafts i heart too!
One of those is crochet, in some ways i prefer crocheting to hand knitting. It's quicker and great for 3D shapes, one word...amigurumi!
Wanting more crochet info, I purchased an old crochet book from a charity shop today. It is a great find with loads of different techniques and ideas. This picture is my favourite bit in the whole book:

This DUDE is James Walters, the co-author of 'The Crochet Workbook', I love the multitude of colous in this one outfit, and of course, the fact it is 100% crocheted, amazing! If you want to find out more about Mr Walters and about freeform crochet, click the photo for his ace website!

From crochet...to knitting..I also wanted to show you another colourful bit of yarn-craft, the beginnings of my contribution to the 'knit a year' project being run my the UK based knitted Beth Barlow.

This project 'does what it says on the tin', it is a group of people who are all knitting for a year! The idea is to knit a few rows a day for 365 days, I started about 30 days ago and am enjoying it and more impressively, keeping up with it for now! This project is a great chance for me to practice different knitting techniques and an excuse to keep a diary which I haven't done for years! For now... back to the knitting machine.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Crepes, cakes, cats n car boots!

Hello there,
Here is what I've been up to the past few weeks, in pictures...first up, cakes, lemon butterfly buns,yum!
Cats...these are some new products in progress.
Car boot, there is a big car boot every sunday in Chesterfield, I hadn't been for ages and it was a Sunny Sunday so we headed down and got all these treats and more! The 'rainbow' dominoes are my favourite, the more 2 player games in the house the better!

Crepes...a little trip to Paris, I ate lots of delicious food...not 'michelin star french cuisine' I'm not that fancy. Delicious like crepes, brioche, hot chocolatem macaroons, croissants and goats cheese baguettes, c'etait tout delicieux!

Now I'm back home, all inspiro'd from the Sonia Rykiel shops I went to. I was dissapointed by the H&M collection (mostly cos it wasn't designed for anyone with curves,hmph) but that didn't effect my love for the lady's awesome knit skillz. Seeing all her amazing knits has given me the motivation I needed to get my designs going, and to try something new !

Kandy x