Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
I've just received this letter (slightly edited for privacy and copyright):
Recently Alex's school submitted some of their pupils' work for Young Writers' Mini Sagas 2009 competition. In the exciting competition, children were asked to write an imaginative mini saga on a theme that inspired them, with the added challenge of using 50 words or less.
Mini Sagas is Young Writers' nineteenth annual creative writing competition and we have received in excess of 30, 000 stories from all over the UK and overseas. Work has been selected for publication based on perception, imagination, expression and creative use of language. I am therefore delighted to let you know that Alex's story, The Jar Of Pickles, has been chosen for publication in Mini Sagas 2009 From The UK. A copy of the book will be kept at the British Library and further libraries across the UK and Republic of Ireland, providing a lasting record of your child's achievement. Information has been sent to the school giving details of Alex's success, and enclosed is a bookmark and certificate to mark Alex's achievement.
Books in this series are attractively laid out A5 softbacks with a glossy, full colour cover, giving children a real sense of pride in their achievement as well as an engaging book to browse and read. They also make a great keepsake for other family members, capturing a snapshot of Alex's work at this age in a format that will last for years to come. Mini Sagas 2009 From The UK is scheduled for publication on 30th November 2009. Family members are entitled to order before publication at a reduced price.
I'd like to close by congratulating Alex, and hope that this achievement will encourage confident participation in future creative writing. If there is anything you would like to discuss, or you would like further information, please get in touch.
Angela Fairbrace, Editor"
Alex had absolutely NO idea that his school was going to do this and I'm over the moon that his work has been chosen for this publication.
If you wish to congratulate Alex (and please do so) you can either leave a comment here or send him a message through his twitter page.
If you want to know more about Young Writers, please click here.
Friday, 4 September 2009
Here's some BFL that I got from Natalie, the colours are 981 and 982. I spun each plait into a single then blended the 2 singles together. They were quite similar in colour, but with subtle differences.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
I also finished spinning and plying the last of my purple and black yarn and I now have a total of 750m and I've decided to make a Clapotis with it!
I decided some time ago that when my children are older and decide it's time for them to move out that I would console myself by turning a bedroom into a craft room.
At the moment my house is set out like this: downstairs there's the lounge, my bedroom (mine as in it's where all my clothes and stuff live, but Jessica's as in she sleeps there, I sleep in the lounge) and the kitchen. Upstairs is the bathroom, WC, 2 double bedrooms (occupied by Alex and Kyle) a single bedroom (occupied by Matt) and the box room (which houses all the games consoles and a fold out sofabed).
There simply wasn't space for me to have a craft room so I knew it was going to be several years before I got one!
Then I cancelled Sky TV. Now we rarely watch TV at all (even though we have a humongous TV in the lounge).
Recently Alex and I decided to play on one of the games consoles and because I find the sofabed uncomfortable, we bought the PlayStation downstairs to the lounge.
Can you see where I'm going with this?
Now, bit by bit, the games room is merging into my lounge!
Today, I had an epiphany! Move the games consoles down to the lounge, move Jess up to the box room and turn the downstairs bedroom into my craft room!
Nah, Jess'll never go for it!
BUT, just on the off-chance, I mentioned it to her this evening. The conversation went like this:
"Jess, how do you feel about moving into the box room?"
"Ummmm, ok. Where are the games consoles going to go?"
"Oh, ok. As long as I can have a TV up there!"
OMIGOD! OMIGOD!! OMIGOD!!!
Jess has agreed to move back upstairs and THAT, Ladies & Gentlemen, means............
I'M GONNA HAVE A CRAFT ROOM!!!
Obviously, it won't be immediately. I'm going to have to buy Jess a bed and some stuff for her room, then I want to decorate the downstairs room and carpet it. It also needs sealing (we have a slug problem at night). But it shouldn't take more than a couple of months.
Wonder if I can be in there before Christmas?
I have something else for you. I'm a new spinner and I'm still trying to learn what stuff feels like so I decided a Samples Dictionary would be a good idea.
My idea for using it is this: spin your yarn and then ply it back on itself in the manner you usually use then just stick it in the dictionary, write down the name, grade it's softness and any other notes (what plying method did you use, did you like spinning it, did it break, etc).
The Samples Dictionary is available to download here
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
I made one sock...........and it didn't fit!
So I started another one, slightly larger and worked the sock from the top down rather than toe up.................that didn't fit either!
In my despair I had a chat with Joy; the problem seemed to be Alex's heels. The kid has major skinny legs, wide feet and almost abnormal heels, I tell ya!
So we decided I would work a top down sock with a stretchier top, garter stitch short row heel and a 2x2 rib.
Here is the pattern for anyone else with abnormal heels!
Cast on 99 stitches.
Work one round: *k3, p2, k2, p2, rep from * to end
Work next round: *k2tog, p2, k2, p2, rep from * to end. 88 sts.
Work in 2x2 rib until desired length.
Work a short row garter stitch heel.
Work foot of sock with st-st on sole and 2x2 rib on top. Work preferred toe.
Here are the socks!