Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
That was how Salamanca looked just before I left it. I trained to Madrid (nice place to visit), stayed the night in Alcalá and flew to Edinburgh on Saturday. Can you guess from the photo below who was with me on the plane?
That's all for now but check back soon for pictures of Mr.Pigeon's Christmas present :)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
This also means that for the next two weeks I will have a good internet connection and don't have to post at 8am to be able to include photos :D
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
PS: apologies for the dull photos- I blame winter.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Here is my conclusion...
Click here or on the picture itself for a better look :)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I strongly discourage anybody from attempting to handsew small garments for spherical objects- not easy!
The card follows a very similar theme :) There are 50 birds for 50 years. The one I posted was coloured in but the photos weren't great so here it is in black and white...
A larger image can be found on Flickr here if you want to count them all.
Friday, November 30, 2007
The little hens on the other hand have been doing very well for themselves -there's even a small waiting list for them :)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Busy Bees is in Co. Durham and we went there about 3 years ago to do a little pre-Christmas craft workshop (which is what the lady mainly does) in her craft shed. There are american folk art/ country style painting, sewing and ...er...other workshops and of course most importantly tea and cake is included :D
Friday, November 23, 2007
...don't ask - the way my brain works even scares me sometimes!
In other news: last week I found "Women's Secret" (a name which is supposed to sound classy and sophisticated as it's in English but makes me giggle every time I see it) in Salamanca and couldn't resist the robots range which all comes with little felt robot badges attached. Can't wait to get home to start making my own version :D
Monday, November 19, 2007
But Mr. Pigeon couldn't eat a whole woolly pudding all by himself...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Yes, this little bird is so excited by his new knitted santa hat that he wants to share the pattern with the world.
If you don't own a pigeon then don't worry! These could be made for little dolls, used as tree decorations, as christmas egg-warmers etc. The diameter of the hat is about 3.5-4cm but you can easily make bigger hats by using larger needles or casting on more stitches at the beginning.
Using 3mm knitting needles cast on 22 stitches with white yarn.
Garter stitch 2 rows (that's normal knitting)
Change to red yarn and from this point work in stocking stitch (SS = knit one row, purl one row) throughout, starting with a knit row.
SS 6 rows
K1, k2tog, k16, k2tog, k1
K1, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k1
K1, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k1
You may have spotted a pattern! Continue in this way (decreasing at each end of every knit row) until you are left with 4 stitches. Cut the yarn leaving about 15cm. Thread through a needle and draw up the remaining 4 stitches tightly.
I then folded the had in half lengthways and used mattress stitch to join the two edges. My glamourous assisstant is demonstrating the nice neat seam...
To make the pompom wrap white yarn around two of your fingers lots and lots of times then tie in the middle with another piece of white yarn. Cut through the loops and trim until it looks like a real pompom. Then sew it onto the top of your santa hat.
Ta-dah! It's as easy as that.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
If you've never heard of a gocco here are some links to some pretty amazing gocco-printed goodness:
I'll be spending the next 45 days coming up with ideas for things to print with it...
Monday, November 5, 2007
I needed to make a card and couldn't resist the colours on this paper. Then I decided that it looked nice on my bookshelf next to Miss Hennypenny (who coordinates with it) and kept it for decorative purposes instead. That happens with a surprising number of things I make :D
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Just like his idol 007 James Bond Mr. Pigeon had a classy bow tie, was well-travelled, popular with the ladies and had a licence to trill but unlike Mr. Bond, Mr. Pigeon had no glamorous secretary. This all changed with the arrival of Miss. Hennypenny...
(That's a top-secret MI6 super computer in the background as well as an exploding lip balm and missile disguised as a rubber)
Monday, October 29, 2007
Cupcakes For Clara (one of my "lovely places to visit") has two lovely little badges to dowload from the blog. As there's a reward for being pictured wearing them in public, Mr Pigeon 007 and I embraced the challenge. Here we are in Segovia wearing our Cupcakes For Clara badges with pride. Incidentally, the alcázar in the background inspired Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
As you may know I am living in Spain until the end of January. To fill the gaping void left by my sewing machine and wool supply (both still at home) I've turned to doodling.
Allow me to present part one of Mr. Pigeon's online illustrated guide to Spain. Unfortunately I couldn't make it large enough to read but you can make it bigger by clicking on it and selecting "all sizes" on the flikr toolbar...
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