Sunday, 29 April 2012

I made some blankets

 At long last I have managed to get these photos to upload.They are in the wrong order but so what.A while ago I started crocheting squares using the pattern from Jane Brocket's The Gentle Art of Knitting(but it does include crochet-strange).Above is the resulting blanket.I really enjoyed doing it as the different colour combinations produced different effects.They are also very quick.
 A month or so ago I was stuck for something to do so decided to make some baby car seat blankets.The intention is to sell them for a particular charity I have been following.I used Stylecraft Special DK which is lovely and soft and comes in a huge range of colours.I have made six so far,all different.
This is my favourite.A miniature version of my bigger blanket.

Emily,our middle granddaughter, is seven today so later this afternoon we are going for a birthday tea.She has had a roller disco party with friends this lunchtime and we are the entertainment for later.We always have to have dancing.Quite a sight as you can imagine at my age.Good fun though and definitely no photos!!!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Why can't I load photos?

Why can't I load photos with the new blogger?I have them in a Picasa file but can't load them.HELP NEEDED!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Japanese Style at Ruthin Craft Centre.

We had a short trip to Ruthin Craft Centre this afternoon which is featuring the above exhibition.While this was in preparation the tsunami and earthquake took place.There was doubt that it would actually happen but all the Japanese participants wanted to go ahead.There are various displays but I am just showing you two.

Shinksuke Iwami was giving a demonstration.He was born in 1964 in Tokyo.In 1995 he moved to Mashiko which is a pottery village 60 miles north of Tokyo.It suffered considerable damage in the earthquake and tsunami and a number of kilns were destroyed.
One of the things he demonstrated was how he made teapots like the one above.He also made tea bowls which were used in the home and others that were used in tea ceremonies.He obviously doesn't speak English(or Welsh!!!) and had an interpreter who had to ask for help with words like "spout".
Some more examples of his finished work which was on sale.A small bowl was £21.
In the main exhibition area there was an amazing display of textiles.So innovative.Reiki Sudo is the creative director of Nuno textiles .She gave a talk a couple of weeks ago and I missed it.Such a shame.There were examples of all the textiles around the room which you could handle and an explanation of the process and materials used.
This is a close up of one of the fabrics.They used origami to work out how to produce and weave this material.
Other things on show were the Hale Collection of Tohukuu Ceramics.Renowned in Japan it has never been exhibited as a collection in the UK before and architectural models.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter.We went over to Northwich to our daughter's and after a delicious roast beef dinner it was time for the Easter egg hunt.(When will Emily have front teeth again?!!!!)Inside,with the central heating on,lovely party dresses but outside it was cold.
That's better.Cardies and coats on and all the eggs collected and shared.Great fun.After charades and other games we went to Blakemere Craft Centre.A super day enjoyed by all with lots of laughter and fun.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Barbara has a little cat.........

Barbara has a little cat
It's paws as white as snow
And everywhere that Barbara went
The cat was sure to go
I think ,he thinks I am his mum!C has been out walking this morning so I was in the house on my own.Ziggy has just followed me everywhere.Every time I sat down he was on my knee.Every time I moved rooms he was there with me.He is like this all the time.We kept him inside until he was neutered and microchipped but now he won't go out!!

He sits on the mat and looks out but unless we actually put him out he doesn't move.If we put him out he cries to come back in.He still uses his litter tray and doesn't seem to know he can have a wee outside!He is absolutely gorgeous but is getting to be a bit of a pain.Any suggestions?